Friday, January 23, 2004

Pakistani researcher devises mechanism to study objects in space

Pakistani researcher devises mechanism to study objects in space
Dawn, By A Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Nov 4: Assistant Professor Mohammad Aslam Wasim of the
Department of Maths and Stats, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), on
Tuesday announced the results of his research explaining that how he had
devised a mechanism to study the behaviour of an object in space.

He was speaking at a seminar entitled "Permutation Representation of the
Group" arranged at the Quaid-i-Azam University here. Elaborating on the
results, Mr Wasim said an object in space was associated with a group of
information containing all the necessary data about it. He said a closer
study of the group defined and explained the nature of that object.

He said there were several such groups but accessing the right one
without wasting time was the real catch. He said the Rubiks cube
puzzle/game was a good example to understand what he was trying to
explain. "Just as six to seven special moves are required to match the
colours of the Rubiks cube, similarly this mechanism devised is very
easy and systematic to obtain a class of useful groups. Once the right
group is located, analysing and studying that group would eventually
lead to the understanding of the object, its looks, its behaviour and
other important characteristics without wastage of time."

He said the implementation of this mechanism was useful in various
mathematical and scientific studies. The mechanism he added, would make
the job easier for the students trying to detect the right answers in a
systematic way.

For the last three decades such seminars have been part of important
research activities of the mathematics department of the QAU. These
seminars are a weekly activity and are attended by the faculty, PhD and
M.Phil scholars.

Scholars and intellectuals from outside the university are also invited
to speak on topics of general mathematical interest based on their
researches. About 570 such seminars have been arranged on various
topics. Most lectures have been on specialised topics from pure to
applied mathematics.

Dawn has learnt that there are about 80 to 90 PhDs in Pakistan out of
which very few are involved in research and advanced studies. These
handful of researchers have made important contributions and their
research work has been printed in international journals.

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