completion of 50 years of its existence, the Pakistan Academy of Sciences
is planning to celebrate its Golden Jubilee. The Academy is a Non-Governmental
and Non-Political supreme scientific body of distinguished scientists
in the country. The Government of Pakistan has given consultative and
advisory status to the Academy "on all problems relating to the development
of scientific efforts in the country" and "generally on such
matters of national and international importance in the field of science
and Technology as may be referred to the Academy".
It is generally recognized that any progressive country, which aspires
to occupy a befitting place in the comity of nations, encourages the establishment
of a supreme scientific organization, usually designated as the "Academy
of Sciences" devoted to the promotion of science and its applications
for the general welfare of humanity. While these organizations may not
carry out actual laboratory researches they do provide a forum for the
advancement of scientific research, popularization of science, motivation
of scientists and technologists, as well as studies on new areas of Science
of establishing Pakistan Academy of Sciences was mooted in November 1947,
soon after the creation of Pakistan, at the first National Educational
Conference held at Karachi. Subsequently nine senior and eminent scientists
were elected as Foundation Fellows of the proposed Academy. One of the
Foundation Fellows, Dr. M. Raziuddin Siddiqi, drafted the constitution
of the Academy, which was approved. The Pakistan Academy of Sciences was
formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin
and established on 16th February 1953 at Lahore. The Academy has been
the most coveted platform of Pakistan's such renowned scientists and academicians
Siddiqui, Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam, Dr. M. Raziuddin Siddiqi, and others.
Proud of being served by such a rare galaxy of Literati, PAS thus has
ample justification of being the sole claimant of the country's true representative
As utmost importance is attached to the membership of such an Academy,
only scientists of the highest merit' who have made outstanding contributions
to the advancement of scientific knowledge, are elected its Fellows. The
Academy is regarded by the public and the government as a repository of
the highest scientific talent available in the country, and is generally
supported and constituted in all matters relating to scientific education,
research and development. The Academy, located at 3-Constitution Avenue,
lslamabad, is governed by a 17 member Council that includes Dr. A. Q.
Khan, N.I and Bar, H.I. the world renowned nuclear scientist, as its President,
two Vice Presidents, Secretary General, Associate Secretary General and
Treasurar. At present there are 72 Fellows, 19 Foreign Fellows and 11
members of the Academy, who have been elected by the General Body. The
Academy has local Chapters at Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and lslamabad/Rawalpindi,
which hold regular meetings and seminars on important scientific topics.
Further details about the Academy can be obtained by visiting its Website
in its year Book. The affairs of the Academy are regulated by its Charter
and Bye-laws approved by the Fellows.
As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, the Academy plans to arrange
an exhibition entitled "Science in Pakistan". Various Prestigious
Scientific Organizations will set up their stalls on the premises of the
Academy and display their exhibits. The Fellows of the Academy will give
lectures highlighting scientific contributions. The proceedings of the
Pakistan Academy of Sciences, the official science journal of Academy,
will publish its Golden Jubilee number/supplement. It is expected that
several overseas scientists will participate in the celebrations.
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