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Director: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Jawed Iqbal

 

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.

 

Fourth National Conference on Space Science & Technology (NCSS&T-2016)

The Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics, University of Karachi is organizing the Fourth National Conference on Space Science on October 7-9, 2016 at University of Karachi for celebrating "World Space Week 2016". This conference is being organized in collaboration with SUPARCO and Higher Education Commission. The main theme of the Conference is “Frontiers of Space Science & Applications”. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser will preside while Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Syed Afrozuddin Ahmed will also be present at this occasion.

The invited speakers are Prof. Dr. Asghar Qadir (Hilal-e-Imtiaz & Sitara-e-Imtiaz) from NUST, Islamabad; Prof. Dr. Ghulam Murtaza (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) from GC University, Lahore; Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) from University of Punjab; Prof. Dr. Hamid Saleem from Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad; Prof. Dr. Haleem Zaman Magsi from Karakoram International University, Gilgit; Dr. Khan Alam from University of Peshawar; Dr. Amna Mir and Dr. Zahida Ehsan from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore; Dr. Safia Zahid from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad; Dr. Gulzar Khan from Abdul Wali khan University Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Prof. Dr. M. Ayub Khan Yousufzai and Prof. Dr. Syed Jamil H. Kazmi from University of Karachi. Prof. Dr. M. Jawed Iqbal is the Conference Convener, Dr. Mirza Jawwad Baig is the Secretary, Mr. Faisal Ahmed Khan Afridi is the Joint Secretary, Mr. Syed Faisal-ur-Rehman is the Assistant Secretary while 11 other members are included in the Conference Organizing Committee.

 

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Third National Conference on Space Science & Technology (NCSS&T-2015)

The Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics, University of Karachi was organized the Third National Conference on Space Science & Technology on October 5 & 6, 2015 at HEJ Auditorium, University of Karachi for celebrating "World Space Week 2015". This conference was organized in collaboration with SUPARCO and Higher Education Commission. The main theme of the Conference is “Deep Space Discoveries”.

Mr. Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister for Local Bodies, Govt. of Sindh was the Chief Guest of the Inaugural ceremony. Dr Sajid Mirza, Member Space Science & Technology, SUPARCO, was the chief guest of the Closing Ceremony. Prof. Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Hoorani, Director General, National Centre for Physics, Islamabad and Hilton Pharma Ltd’s Chairman, Mr. Sardar Yasin Malik were also present as Special guest in the Closing Ceremony. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser presided the Conference while Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Syed Arif Kamal was also present at this occasion.

The invited speakers were Prof. Dr. Charles Timothy Spracklen from Habib University, Karachi; Prof. Dr. Asghar Qadir (Hilal-e-Imtiaz & Sitara-e-Imtiaz) from NUST, Islamabad; Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) from University of Punjab; Prof. Dr. Qamar-ul-Islam, Prof. Dr. Hamid Saleem and Dr. Najam Abbas Naqvi from Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad; Prof. Dr. Suhail Zaki Farooqui from Pakistan Council for Renewable Technologies, Islamabad; Dr. Saeed-ur-Rehman from PINSTECH, Islamabad; Dr. Khan Alam from University of Peshawar; Dr. Mubasher Jamil from NUST, Islamabad; Dr. M. Fraz Bashir from G.C. University, Lahore; Prof. Dr. Asim-ur-Rehman from FAST-NUCES, Karachi; Dr. Alia Bano Munshi from PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Karachi; Prof. Dr. Badar Munir Khan Ghauri from Institute of Space Technology, Karachi; Prof. Dr. M. Ayub Khan Yousufzai from University of Karachi.

Paper presenters were from the University of Punjab, Lahore; COMSAT, Lahore; Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad; NUST, Islamabad; PINSTECH, Islamabad; Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies, Islamabad; SUPARCO; Habib University, Karachi; Iqra University, Karachi; Hamdard University, Karachi; PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Karachi; NUST, Karachi; NED University of Engg. & Technology; FAST-NUCES, Karachi; Institute of Space Technology, Karachi; Sir Syed University of Engg. & Technology and University of Karachi. A large number of students, faculty members, scientists and professionals attended the Conference and fully benefited from the outcome of technical discussions. More than 50 research papers were presented in the Conference. Prof. Dr. M. Jawed Iqbal was the Conference Convener, Dr. Mirza Jawwad Baig was the Secretary, Dr. Saqib-ur-Rehman was the Joint Secretary, Mr. Faisal Ahmed Khan Afridi and Mr. Syed Faisal-ur-Rehman was the Assistant Secretary while 13 other members were included in the Conference Organizing Committee.

 

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Second National Conference on Space Science (NCSS-2013)

The Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics, University of Karachi was organized the Second National Conference on Space Science on October 7 & 8, 2013 at HEJ Auditorium, University of Karachi for celebrating "World Space Week 2013". This conference was organized in collaboration with SUPARCO, HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Physical Society, Sindh Chapter. The main theme of the Conference is “Exploring the Universe”. The Chief Guest was the Emeritus Professor, Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, who inaugurated the inaugural ceremony of two days National Conference on Space Science at University of Karachi. The Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Abid Azhar was presided the Inaugural Ceremony. The Chief Guest of the Closing ceremony was the Eminent Atomic Scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. Prof. Dr. Faizullah Abbasi, Vice Chancellor, Dawood University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi was the special Guest of the ceremony.

The invited speakers were Prof. Dr. Ghulam Murtaza (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) from GC University, Lahore; Prof. Dr. Asghar Qadir (Hilal-e-Imtiaz & Sitara-e-Imtiaz) from NUST, Islamabad; Prof. Dr. Muhammad Sharif (Tamgha-e-Imtiaz) from University of Punjab; Prof. Dr. Sarwar Naqvi & Dr. Fazeel Mahmood Khan from Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad; Dr. S. M. Ahmad from GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi; Prof. Dr. FaheemUddin, Faculty of Engineering, Baluchistan University of I.T. Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta; Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid from International Nathiagali Summer College; Dr. Saleha N. Habibullah from Kinnaird College For Women, Lahore; Dr. Adnan Maqsood from NUST, Islamabad; Dr. Khan Alam and Dr. Muhammad Shafique from University of Peshawar; Dr. Adnan Khan from LUMS; Dr. Gulzar Khan from Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan; Prof. Dr. M. Ayub Khan Yousufzai and Prof. Dr. Syed Jamil H. Kazmi from University of Karachi. Total 60 research papers were presented in the Conference. Dr. M. Jawed Iqbal was the Conference Convener, Mr. Faisal Ahmed Khan Afridi was the Secretary, Mr. Syed Faisal-ur-Rehman was the Joint Secretary, Mr. Mirza Jawwad Baig was the Assistant Secretary while 12 other members were included in the Conference Organizing Committee.

 

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First National Conference on Space Sciences (NCSS-2012)

The First National Conference on Space Science was organized by the Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA), University of Karachi on October 8 & 9, 2012 at Arts Auditorium, University of Karachi and Bashir A. Malik Auditorium, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, respectively. This Conference was organized in collaboration with Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, SUPARCO, Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Physical Society, Sindh Chapter. The theme of the Conference is "Space for Human Safety and Security." The Chief Guest was the Senior Minister Sindh for Education & Literacy, Mr. Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, who inaugurated the inaugural ceremony of two days National Conference on Space Science at University of Karachi. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser presided the Inaugural Ceremony while Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Dr. Nusrat Jamil was also present at this occasion. The Closing ceremony was held at Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi on October 9, 2012. The Chief Guest of the Closing ceremony was the Chancellor of Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Mr. Z. A. Nizami, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Syed Jawaid Hasan Rizvi presided the Closing Ceremony.

Speakers from LUMs, Lahore; University of Punjab, Lahore; Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; NUST, Rawalpindi; Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad & Karachi; University of Peshawar; University of Sindh; Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology, Karachi; Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi; SUPARCO and University of Karachi, were presented their research work at this conference. Total 36 research papers were presented in the Conference. Dr. M. Jawed Iqbal was the Conference Convener, Dr. Arjumand Zaidi was the Secretary, Mr. Faisal Ahmed Khan Afridi was the Assistant Secretary while six other members were included in the Conference Organizing Committee.

 

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