Saturday, December 31, 2016

India: ICTS Bangalore hosts Abdus Salam Memorial Lecture by Prof. C N R Rao


To hear Bharat Ratna C N R Rao, the most eminent Scientist and scientific advisor to the Prime Minister, hold Dr. Salam in such high regards and as a mentor was very touching for the Ahmadiyya delegation. 

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By Shahid Badruddin | December 30, 2016

There appeared an advertisement in the newspaper on December 29, 2016, about a lecture entitled "Abdus Salam Memorial Lecture" to be delivered in the honor of the Ahmadi Muslim Nobel Prize winning scientist. The lecture was to be held at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) in Bangalore and it was going to be delivered by none other than the most renowned scientist of India Professor C N R Rao who in the year 2014 was awarded the highest civilian award in India the "Bharat Ratna".

A delegation of five members from the Bangalore Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, including Naib Ameer Muhammad Hashmatullah, Sec. Umoore Kharija Shahid Badruddin, Sec. Islahi Irshad Basharat Ahmad, along with Mr. Saneem from IBM Research, and Mr. Shahajahan, PHD Student at IISc, attended the lecture.

The Director Rajesh Gopakumar gave an introduction by praising the works of Dr. Abdus Salam and explained why every year a special lecture was named after the great scientist Dr. Salam.

Prof. C N R Rao started his presentation with praise for Dr Salam and expressed feelings of honor in presenting a lecture as a memorial to Dr. Salaam. He spoke emotionally about his personal interactions with Dr. Salaam and his final years. When Dr. Salam setup the theoretical physics center in Italy, Prof. C N R Rao was its Vice President and during that time Dr. Salam was suffering from Alzheimer's. Few months before his demise, Prof. Rao says, Dr. Salam had told him to take a good care of the Academy, which he still remembered.

To hear Bharat Ratna C N R Rao, the most eminent Scientist and scientific advisor to the Prime Minister, hold Dr. Salam in such high regards and as a mentor was very touching for the Ahmadiyya delegation.

When searched on Youtube I found this speech at ICTP Italy by Prof C N R Rao in memory and Legacy of Dr. Abdus Salaam, which he delivered in 2014:

Please watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQsxt83Xv-8      

The Ahmadiyya delegation learned that a block was named after Dr. Abdus Salam at the ICTS in Bangalore, known as "Abdus Salam Academic Block."

It is noted with sadness that the country which was very dear to Dr Salam and he loved it even till his last breath, Pakistan, cared very little for him. Even his tombstone was desecrated to remove the word "Muslim".

May Allah enable the people to Pakistan to give the due credit to the great scientist, that he really deserves.



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Shahid Badruddin
Sec. External Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Bangalore



India: Bangalore hosts Abdus Salam Memorial Lecture by Prof. C N R Rao


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