From left to right: professor Umar Salikhbaev and academician Bekhzod Yuldashev with the rector of the Samarakand State University – professor Rustam Khalmuradov and the nuclear physics laboratory staff members
On July 25, 2021 the president of the academy of sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan academician Bekhzod Yuldashev and the counselor of the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Uzbekistan at IAEA professor Umar Salikhbaev paid a visit to nuclear physics laboratory of Samarkand State University (SSU). Guests got acquainted with the recent progress of the laboratory. Dr.Akmal Safarov, IAEA technical cooperation project counterpart from SSU, assistant of the department of nuclear physics and astronomy, informed the guests that the lab the government spent over 6.1 billion soums to renovate the lab in 2020. Moreover, it was noted that over the past 7 years, foreign investments have been attracted in the form of grants in the amount of $1 million.
As of July 2021, within the UZB0006 IAEA technical cooperation project, equipment for $125,000 was purchased. The planned volume of investments by the end of 2021 is $ 200,000.
With the assistance of the IAEA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (American Councils grant), 5 scientific and educational laboratories have been created where 170 students of the 3rd and 4th courses, as well as 22 undergraduates undergo laboratory practice and carry out research work. In 2021, 10 out of 12 undergraduates of the Department of Nuclear Physics completed their dissertations at the nuclear physics laboratory.
In May 2021, 2 PhD theses were defended. In the laboratory, research is carried out by 2 doctoral students and 2 applicants. Currently, 3 former undergraduates are studying at the graduate school of MEPhI (Russia), China and Belarus.
Financial support of foreign grants allowed to train 7 nuclear physics staff members in Austria, Italy, USA, Great Britain, Finland, Scotland, Croatia. In 2021, 3 internships are planned in the leading centers of the USA, Ukraine and Russia
Akmal Safarov (PhD),
Samarkand State University
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Physics and Astronomy
IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund Project Manager