Photonics research made its debut in the University of Malaya with the construction of the University very first laser in 1979. Under the guidance of Prof Dr. Harith Ahmad ,the laboratory ventured outward, further expanding the research activities of the Photonics Laboratory to encompass not only lasers but also fiber optic devices and planar waveguide circuits since 1995.
Since 1995, the laboratory has strived to be an academic and research center of excellence for the development of the filed of photonics in Malaysia. As an academic institution, the laboratory has managed to produce over 30 successful post-graduate degree students as well as over 300 hundred publications in international referred journals and conference proceedings and has also acquired 10 patents for fiber optic devices. In 2012, PRC had been awarded the status of Potential Higher Institutions Centre of Excellence (HICoE) by Mohe.
After two years, in 2014 PRC was selected to be a full-fledged HICOE by Ministry of Education. In this regard, PRC has been given the responsibility to drive research and innovation in the area of optical devices for communication to be internationally recognised.
Professor. Datuk. Dr. Harith Ahmad
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