The South Asian Physics Foundation was established in late 2005, the World Year of Physics, by two physicists who recognized the need and potential for an organization dedicated to fostering international cooperation among South Asian nations in the areas of physics research and education. South Asia has a rich tradition of excellence and leadership in the sciences in general and in physics in particular. Academic and scholarly collaboration and exchange is an essential contributor to development and stability in the region.
SAPF is a US-based non-profit registered with the IRS and State of California. We obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 2008, and in 2009, the International Year of Astronomy, we started our student conference program, which has been renamed in January 2010 as the Professor Faheem Hussain Student Conference Program, in honor of the late Pakistani physicist who generously shared his extensive experience and expertise with SAPF to help establish the program and serve on its committee. We look forward to a long and productive future supporting many different types of promising collaborative physics efforts in South Asia.