21st August, 2017
Two NUSTians Haad Khurram Daniyal from SEECS and Muhammad Farhan
Shabir from MCS successfully bagged 3rd Prize in Poster Competition on
the topic” Energy, Air and Water”. A total of 35 countries participated
in the event i.e. Annual Asian Science Camp 2017 held in Malaysia from
21 to 26 August, 2017 at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
The event was organized by IC Asian Science Camp. The event
further included lectures presented on improvements in the fields of
information of Science and Technology.
Asian Science Camp
The idea of Asian Science Camp was co-proposed in September
2005 after the Lindau Science Meeting by Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee from
Taiwan, the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Professor Masatoshi
Koshiba from Japan, the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Physics. Asian Camp is
held annually in one of the
States with the purpose of bringing together intriguing minds of Asia
with technologists and top scholars of the world. Moreover, achieving
international cooperation and friendshipwas also one of the paramount
factors of this conference.
Asian Science Camp 2017 was the eleventh Asian Science Camp
and it was held in Malaysia from 20th to 26th of August 2017 at
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia. The participation in Asian
Science Camp requires the invitation from the organizing committee after
being shortlisted by the ministries or governing bodies ofthe
Countries. Asian Science Camp was unique in this regard that 297
students from 30 different countries participated in it.
The selection process comprises of three stages. The first
stage consists of short listing of students on the basis of their
application after getting recommendation from their institutes. After
this the short listed students are called upon for a written test which
is conducted in specific regions of Pakistan, one of them being
Islamabad. The test consists of general science questions, views upon
some of the scientific concern of the world and a hypothesis of an idea.
After clearing the test top 16 students are called for a panel
interview in which eminent Pakistani scientist and scholars were
present. Finally on the basis of this interview top 4 candidates are
chosen for representing Pakistan in this camp.
During the camp, the organizing committee distributes the
people among different groups and then the candidates are given a topic
to make aproject on and deliver a poster presentation on the final day.
By the grace of Allah Almighty our project “Biodegradation of the ocean
waste such as plastic “was awarded the second runner-up prize among the
297 participants. The camp also included lectures from one of the top
scholars of the world as well as Nobel laureates. The camp was a great
learning experience as well as an eye-opener for me in terms exposure to
the approach adopted by the international students while tackling a
problem. But to me, the most important take from this experience was the
rather grim perception of the foreign students regarding Pakistan and I
believe that by encouraging students to participate more in these
international forums, we might succeed in developing positive views
about our beloved country among the foreign masses.