ISLAMABAD - World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) 2014 will be celebrated today (Monday) across the world, including Pakistan, to raise awareness regarding the benefits of science worldwide.

Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will celebrate this day in collaboration with federal ministry of science and technology, UNESCO,

CIIT, Intel and other stakeholders here at PSF Auditorium. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid will be the chief guest at the ceremony.

The purpose of World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) is to renew the national as well as international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the reasonable use of science for the benefit of society. Since 2002, in Pakistan celebrations of the World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10 each year have become a regular programme of the Pakistan Science Foundation. This year theme of World Science Day is “Quality Science Education”.

During the celebration, Federal Minister Zahid Hamid, Dr Ashfaq Ahmad and Dr Hassan Bilal from UNESCO will talk on the need of quality science education in Pakistan. This day will be celebrated by organising various activities like presentations and talks by the scientists and competitions among the high school students on various scientific themes.

The most important component of World Science Day will be award of PSF Dr ZA Hashmi Gold Medal to the outstanding principal investigators of PSF-funded projects. Prizes and certificates will also be awarded to winner students of PSF 23rd annual inter board science essay and poster competition.