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Abstract Title: A case study of lab development in the developing world
Abstract: In this presentation, I would like to discuss the various aspects of establishing a contemporary and low-cost University physics laboratory in the developing world. In particular, the process of laboratory development requires various fine balancing acts. First, indigenization based on locally available resources is to be balanced with the importation of technology. The latter is not only costly but one has to also face bureaucratic import rules and the unwillingness of foreign companies to deal with particular developing countries. Second, there is a cultural philosophy prevalent in many Asian countries of considering experiments a handmaiden to theory. Therefore, laboratory courses are mostly always tied up as "parasites" to theory courses. Third, there are various internal pressures and conflicting demands imposed by the local University administration. For example, development of laboratory is considered to be inferior to classroom teaching or doing "elite" physics. I will present the example of the Physics Laboratory at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where all of these challenges, arguably, have been successfully addressed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Department of Physics, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Opposite Sector U, DHA
Lahore, Non U.S. 54792
Phone: 00924235608124