Youth under the age of 21 constitutes 63% of total population of Pakistan. Many talented youngsters are working in isolation and few are working through sponsors without proper governmental support. Pakistani youth branching out from all sorts of backgrounds and are working in diverse fields including science and technology, a path that will lead to the process of strengthening the country and contribute towards its progress.
Pakistan contains so much young talent that needs to be given spotlight. Whether it is in the field of Computer, Sports or Physics, Pakistan has produced some brightest stars. Arfa Karim at the age of 9 became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. Similarly in Sports, recently a group of footballers won the Russian Tournament and here comes the 16-year-old resident of Lahore from Lahore College of Arts and Science (LACAS), Johar Town, who is getting a great media attention for his recent discovery.
Shaheer Niazi, aged 17 is one such young boy, now a world acknowledged scientist, a graduate of Lahore College of Arts and Sciences (LACAS). The concept of electric honeycomb was known to Physicists for decades but Shaheer Niazi contributed in the phenomena with the help of a thermal telescope to study the movement of ions and the temperature changes that occur in the electric honeycomb process. This made the phenomena more interesting for the Physicists.
He discovered how an electric honeycomb is formed? While in the lab, Shaheer observed a layer of oil in an electric field between a pointed electrode and a flat one. A honeycomb pattern appeared on the layer of oil when a high voltage was passed through it. Mr. Shaheer Niazi elaborates it by saying, “When a High Voltage is passed from a pointed needle electrode to a flat plate electrode containing oil as a medium between, The high voltage produces ions on the surface of the oil which intends to gain electrons from the grounded (flat plate electrode) thereby producing enough pressure to distort the oil structure. As a result, the oil responds by making a hexagonal structure, which is the most stable structure (honeycomb structure) to seek equilibrium”. He says, “Everything in the universe goes towards the state of achieving and then maintaining equilibrium. Later, he decided to write a research paper on his findings and after experiencing the difficulties of fulfilling his ambition to publicize it, Professor Troy Shinbrot assisted Shaheer in publishing his research article. This is how the youngest Pakistani scientist managed to publish his research paper in the Journal of Royal Society Open Science. Moreover, backed by his research, he is the one who had represented Pakistan in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament in Russia in 2016.
This discovery in the field of Physics would help in Printing and in BioMedicine. In Printing, Shaheer’s discovery can be used to gain more control over the size of the colour droplet which is used in Printer. In Biomedicine, the discovery can be used to control the drug/medicine to a specific area of the human body without letting the drug spread in the whole human body.
Age is just a number of Shaheer Niazi whose research paper has been successfully published in Royal Society Open Science Journal. He founded the conventional classroom rather boring. So he preferred online free courses in school. The thermal telescope was a toy for Shaheer, which would rather be a complex machine for the children of his age. Shaheer stated that he was only 16 when his research paper was published and Newton was 17 when he publicized his first research. He is planning on conducting research in plant perceptions in gardening and horticulture. Moreover, he is aiming to win the prestigious Nobel Prize for Pakistan and is looking to continue his work at a top university, like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
According to Shaheer, “Pakistan’s education system is facing the crises of inadequate innovative technical ideas from its young talent and the provision of low-quality education by the government is the cause behind lack of exposure of the Pakistani youth”. He strongly believes that students should use the internet to supplement its learning through online courses and everyone interested in learning beyond classroom curriculum should take free online courses.
Furthermore, Shaheer Niazi suggests the student to take interest in Online Learning courses which provide free training/videos on relevant subjects. Examples of such websites are the coursera.com and FutureLearn.com
The need of the hour is that the Government now needs to focus its attention towards its youth rather than pathetic politics which is only leading towards greater discontentment among the public. The Government should hunt talent and provide scholarships to such exceptional students whether in academics, sports or in any other area.
According to a survey led by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), an overwhelming majority of young Pakistanis travel overseas for better opportunities mostly to US, Europe and Australia. The survey revealed that most of the children and young men between 14 and 25 seeking opportunities belonged to Pakistan. This youth later settles down abroad due to lack of opportunities for them within the country. This practice is leading to “brain drain” and needs immediate attention at Government level. To provide an attraction to the talented students who are continuously picked up by the foreigners, the top priority of our future goals should go in favour of our educational reforms and maximum expending of the Government’s exchequer goes to the education.
Academic achievement of Shaheer where make us all proud, there also draws our attention to review our curriculum and education system in schools and colleges. There is an urgent need for sponsoring bright students of the country.