Haad Khurram Daniyal from SEECS and Muhammad Farhan Shabir from MCS Bagged 3rd Prize in Annual Asian Science Competition 2017 held in Malaysia

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) University.

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 Asian 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.