STAFF REPORT IBD: The NUST Science Society has recently organized the “National Symposium on Peaceful Applications of Radiation” that exhibited the latest approaches in areas of agriculture, biotechnology, medical science, nuclear energy and radiation safety. Objective of the event was to bring to limelight the positive and irrefutable applications of nuclear radiation to ameliorate the human life.
The chief guest Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Executive Director Soprest and former member (SandT) Planning Commission, gave an preliminary introduction on the topic followed by remarks of Pro Rector NUST, Dr. Asif Raza.
Thematic sessions started by Dr. Syed Arif Ahmad, Director General Safety, PAEC, who spoke about International Safety Standards followed by a session on Nuclear Medicine by Dr. Javaid Irfanullah, Director NORI.
The talks mainly focused the countless applications of nuclear radiation in the fields of medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, power generation and material processing, which have proved prolific for the economy and industry of several countries. Pakistan has more than 30 years of experience of handling nuclear reactors.
Its indigenous capability is marked by high safety standard and quality excellence. Pakistani scientists and experts can handle civil nuclear technology for power generation and the radiation can safely be harnessed for peaceful applications in multifarious fields mentioned earlier.

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