Traveling Expo opened in Multan
Prof S. Khawaja Alqama, H.E. Mr. Philippe THEIBAUD, Prof Dr Manzoor Soomro & Prof Tariq Ansari at the Opening of the Chemistry Expo
International Traveling expo on Chemistry opened on 13 Feb at Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan for nine days. Major objective is to attract the young generation towards science education by delivering complex scientific phenomena through simple hands on activities. The theme of the Expo is Chemistry and its role in our daily life because Chemistry is considered very difficult and dry subject resulting less interest of the students.
The Expo is jointly organized by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Embassy of France, and BZU, Multan. Speaking at the occasion, H.E. Mr. Philippe THEIBAUD, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, highlighted the role of Science and Technology in national development and role of S&T Exhibitions for popularization of science in the society. He added that France has paid special focus to the science education at primary level, which is necessary for skill and mental development of the children. Interacting with the student the Ambassador ensured support of his office for higher education and research activities.
Prof. Dr. Manzoor Soomro, Chairman, PSF briefed the audience about the activities undertaken by PSF for promotion and popularization of science in the country. He highlighted the role traveling Expos for creating science awareness in the students. He emphasized on the need of Inquiry Based Science education at grass root level and ensured best possible support from Pakistan Science Foundation to the students and teachers in science popularization activities.
Prof. Dr. Syed Khawaja Alqama, VC, BZU, lauded the programmes of the University for S&T research for socio economic development of the country. He informed that female enrolment in BZU is very encouraging and appreciated the female students for their interest in Science and technology. He added that the Expo is a great opportunity for the students and general public to get firsthand knowledge about Chemistry and its applications in our daily life.
Ms. Farhat Rajpar, Chief Scientific Officer thanked the BZU, Embassy of France and all the participants and students for sparing their time for the Expo. She encouraged the students and invite them to maximize their participation in the Expo.
The expo “It’s all about Chemistry” is prepared by Centre Sciences- France & partners and is visiting Pakistan from January to March, 2012. It started its travel from Karachi to Hyderabad, Khairpur, DG Khan, and Multan is its 5th destination. Further it will go to Lahore, Mansehra, Islamabad, Sibi/Jaffarabad and will be concluded at Quetta on 31 March, 2012. So far 21,000 students and teachers have participated in the Expo.
The organizing body i.e. Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), working under Federal Ministry of Science & Technology is continuously striving for promotion and popularization of science in the country through its research funding and science awareness programs. For science popularization, holding S&T Fairs and Expos is an important activity, which includes four (4) National S&T Fairs, four mega Expos namely; “Shaping the Future-2007”; “Experiencing Mathematics-2008”; “The Earth’s Future in Our Hands-2009” “Biodiversity is Life; It’s Our life-2011” and a large number of mobile exhibitions. (Abdul Rauf, SSO/Coordinator Expo)