Director: Dr. Muhammad Jawed Iqbal (In charge)
Today we live in an era characterized by high-Q technology and microgravity science on the Earth managed by observations and experiments in Outer Space. We are in the midst of a GeoSpace Science revolution. Every nation is keen to partake the enormous benefits accruable by pursuing developments in GeoSpace Science. The Space Science uses new space-age technologies like data visualizations, spatial data management analysis tools and remotely-sensed imaging and satellite photography to greatly advance scientific understanding of Earth and its systems. With the launch of Earth resources satellites in polar and geostationary orbits around the Earth, the decade of 90’s has witnessed a wide spectrum of applications in disparate fields subject to the need and quality of imagery datasets acquired from the Earth orbiting satellites. The advances in computer technology have also contributed a lot in the development of more sophisticated sensors capable of imaging the earth in hyper-spectral, multi-resolution and multi-temporal modes. Digital image processing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are the new subjects having direct relevance to Remote Sensing Technology.
The University of Karachi is the pioneer university in Pakistan that realized the importance of Space Science and started a subject of Astronomy in 1952 at the Department of Mathematics. The Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA) came into existence as an autonomous Research Institute of the University of Karachi in 1994. After one year, ISPA had introduced M.Phil. / Ph.D. research program first time in Pakistan.
We are now introducing M.Sc. (Space Science) program at the University of Karachi for strengthening the existing MS / Ph. D. program of ISPA. This Space Science curriculum is designed in compliance with international standards, emerging technologies, and to meet the indigenous requirements of Pakistan. In addition, the proposed curriculum ensures the quality trends and the development of dynamic professional human resources. Our graduates of M.Sc. in Space Science will have job opening in SUPARCO, NESCOM, National Institute of Oceanography, Civil Aviation Authority, PIA, Pakistan Meteorological Department, National Telecommunication Corporation, Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Ltd., Sui Sothern Gas Company and Oil & Gas Development Ltd. etc.
Till today the University of Karachi has awarded six PhDs and twelve M. Phil. / MS degrees to students of the Institute.
First National Conference on Space Sciences
The Institute of Space & Planetary Astrophysics, University of Karachi is organizing the First National Conference on Space Sciences on October 8, 2012 at Arts Auditorium, University of Karachi for celebrating "World Space Week 2012". This conference is being organized in collaboration with SUPARCO, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Space Technology, Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Physical Society, Sindh Chapter. The theme of the Conference is "Space for Human Safety and Security." The Senior Minister Sindh for Education & Literacy, Mr. Pir Mazhar-ul Haq will inaugurate the two days National Conference on Space Sciences and will be the proposed Chief Guest. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser will preside while Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Nusrat Jamil will also be present at this occasion.
The invited speakers are Prof. Dr. Asghar Qadir (Hilal-i-Imtiaz) from NUST, Rawalpindi; Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) from University of Punjab; Dr. Ghulam Jaffer (Head, Department of Space) from Institute of Space Technology-IST, Islamabad; Dr. Khan Alam from University of Peshawar; Dr. Adnan Khan from LUMS, Lahore; Prof. Dr. Badar M. Ghauri from IST, Karachi; Prof. Dr. Syed Jamil H. Kazmi and Prof. Dr. M. Ayub Khan Yousuf Zai from University of Karachi. Moreover, faculty members and students of various universities, institutes and other organization of Karachi as well as Pakistan are expected to attend the Conference.