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First National Laboratory Immersion Program 2012


The National Laboratory Immersion Program is a training and orientation program organized by the Department of Physics, School of Science and Engineering (SSE), LUMS.

It is targeted at post-graduate students, researchers and teachers who are involved in the field of physics education and experimental physical sciences.

Up to 75 participants shall be selected from all over Pakistan primarily seeking their strong interest in experimental investigations of nature. Particularly welcome are teachers from colleges with newly established B.Sc. Honors and M.Sc. Programs.

The workshop will span 3 days and will comprise lectures, laboratory work, demonstrations and guest lectures, from seasoned instructors.

Additionally, there will be interactive laboratory sessions where the participants will be guided through the complete cycle of:

  • generating physical data,
  • understanding data and inferring physics from data,
  • impeccable recording of practical work through laboratory notebooks, and
  • presenting results with an acute sense of precision, significance, relevance.

There will be particular emphasis on: Acquiring experimental data, presenting data, analyzing and processing data, building equipment, analyzing error and uncertainties and report writing. In addition, there will be inspiring lectures on greatest experiments in sciences.


Workshop Report

The Physics Lab at the Department of Physics, LUMS School of Science & Engineering (SSE) conducted a three-day National Laboratory Immersion Program from 1st to 3rd June, 2012.

The purpose was to engage post-graduate students, researches, and teachers involved in the field of physics education and experimental sciences, and to provide them with knowledge-based, hands-on, modern and invigorating exposure to the various aspects of laboratory program development, teaching, implementation and assessment. With over 150 applications received, the organizers finalized a list of 50 candidates most suited to attend the Workshop; the selected participants were teachers in Universities from all across Pakistan – Khairpur, Sukkur, Karachi, Jhelum, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Gujjar Khan, Sara-e-Alamgir, Kasur and Lahore, representing 23 Universities and Colleges.

The Workshop included inspiring lectures and engaging demonstrations by Dr. Sabieh Anwar (SSE LUMS), Dr. Asad Abidi (UCLA, United States), Muhammad Wasif (SSE, LUMS), Junaid Alam (SSE, LUMS) and Amrozia Shaheen (SSE, LUMS). The lectures were loaded with demonstrations, tours of the laboratory facilities, data processing workshops, laboratory demonstrations and real practical training.

The participants were exposed to the newly devised standards for best measurement practice, and formalisms for quantifying and expressing so-called uncertainties revealing the statistical nature of measurement. It was emphasized that a set of readings must be critically transformed into a measurement, identifying a suitable probability distribution function and quantifying its parameters.

The interactive laboratory sessions also cruised the participants through a complete cycle of:

  • generating and recording physical data by data acquisition hardware, including the cheap sound card, that could transform the laboratory experience in developing countries like Pakistan,
  • understanding, organizing, processing and analyzing physics data.

An important highlight was Dr. Asad Abidi's guest lecture on the ‘The Greatest Experiments in Science’, a two-hour inspirational encounter that mesmerized the audience with a gripping account of Cavendish's year-long, meticulous experiment on literally weighing the earth. His experiment based on a torsional pendulum demonstrates the apex of human ingenuity, experimental adroitness, vocational skill, care for sources of error and above all deep foundational scientific knowledge.

The closing ceremony was presided by Dr. Khalil Qureshi (H.I., S.I.). In his closing remarks he praised the theme of the workshop and emphasized the need of literally immersing into scientific creativity and ingenuity. Volunteers from the participants then expressed their candid views and unanimously hailed the program as a life-changer.

In conclusion, it was decided that this program is taken up as a permanent calendar feature by various universities and colleges across the country.

List of selected candidates
Comments of the participants

Course Material

Measurement and uncertainties
Part A | Part B | Part C

Computer based data acquisition
Video recording of "Computer based detection and acquisition"

Data processing and presentation

Reducing errors in electrical measurements



For a complete schedule of the workshop, click here.
The detailed schedule for Laboratory work is available here


The registration is now closed. Selected applicants will be informed by May 23, 2012.

The last date of registration was Monday, May 21st, 2012, and all applicants are encouraged to submit their Registration Forms via email, online link (referred above) or through post before the deadline. The pdf version of the application form is available here.

A fee of Rs.1000 will be charged from all the participants of the Workshop, with LUMS responsible for the provision of shared hostel accommodation, as well as lunch and dinner. No TA/DA will be admissible. the certificate will be issued to all the participants on successful participation in all the activities.


Dr. Sabieh Anwar, Assistant Professor Physics, LUMS School of Science and Engineering
Dr. Asad Abidi, University of California Los Angeles
Amrozia Shaheen, Lab Instructor Physics, LUMS SSE
Rabiya Salman, Lab Instructor Physics, LUMS SSE
Muhammad Wasif, Development Engineer Physics, LUMS SSE


Dr. Sabieh Anwar (
Rabiya Salman (
Rafi Ullah (
Amrozia Shaheen (
Mohammad Wasif (
Muhammad Yousaf (
Muhammad Arshad Maral (

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