The department of physics is a teaching/research department of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad. It offers courses leading to M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. The department was established in 1966 as the Institute of Physics and was located then in Rawalpindi. Founding Director of the Institute was the eminent particle theorist Prof. Riazuddin. The department initially offered only M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees and after shifting to the present QAU campus in 1972 the M.Sc. program was initiated. In the initial stage of its development the department benefited from strong support from various international programs and institutions such as Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP), Trieste (Italy), International Program in the Physical Sciences (IPPS) Uppsala (Sweden) and the DAAD Program (Germany).
The department enjoys research collaboration with PAEC, PINS TECH and Dr. A.Q. Khan Research Laboratories and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PlEAS). The department has also established international collaborations.
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