Posted by Abdul Alim
Youtube: Hammad Said: Published on May 24, 2013
This conversation with Dr Abdus Salam, the only Nobel Prize winning Physicit from the whole muslim world, was recorded by my uncle Akhtar Said, back in the late 1980s, when he invited Dr. Abdus Salam to advise the government on transforming the educational system of Pakistan, with special emphasis on science and technology education. Needless to say that the initiative did not go anywhere, because of the total lack of support by both the Punjab Govt (then headed by Nawaz Sharif), and the central government of PPP. But, Dr. Salam and Akhtar Said developed deep friendship during the period,each convinced of deep sincerity, commitment, and ability of the other to bring about a radical change in Pakistan’s educational system. They took the time out from their busy focus on educational policy to record this casual conversation covering Dr. Salam’s views on science, religion, mathematics and his life achievement. Unfortunately, i could not get hold of the whole conversation (which spread over many hours), but only portion of it. I consider it a national treasure and want to share with the rest of my countrymen the views and ideas of the greatest son of Pakistan.