International Nathiagali Summer College (INSC) on Physics and Contemporary Needs have been organized every year since 1976, mostly at the scenic hill resort of Nathiagali near Islamabad, Pakistan. The idea of holding these Colleges came from the distinguished Nobel Laureate, Professor Abdus Salam who emphasized the vital need of communication, as well as for transferring and sharing scientific knowledge. among the scientific community of the Third World. The primary aim of the College is to break the isolation of the scientists in the developing countries by enabling them to interact with an international faculty and colleagues actively engaged in teaching and research activities.
Postgraduate students from Pakistan are also encouraged to attend this intellectual discourse of advance level. During the last 37 years, about 670 eminent scientists including six Nobel Laureates as faculty shared their knowledge and experience with more than 1020 foreign scientists from over seventy two developing countries & 7000 scientists from Pakistan.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has been regularly organizing this scientific activity since 1976. The scientific activities of INSC aim at the broad coverage of topics at the frontiers of knowledge in Physics and allied sciences. Every year one or two subjects of current interest and their applications for technological development, with special reference to needs of the developing world, are highlighted.