Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Abbreviation PAS
Motto Keeping the Tradition Alive...
Formation 16 February 1953 (1953-02-16)
Type Think tank
Research institute
Legal status Organization
Purpose humanitarian, peacekeeping, and promote science in the country
Headquarters PAS Secretariat
Location
Region served Worldwide
Membership Worldwide
Official language English and Urdu
President Dr. Atta ur Rahman
Affiliations Royal Society
Website Pakistan Academy of Sciences

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (Urdu: پاکستان اكيڈ مى ﺁف سائس;) shortened to PAS, is a learned society for science and technology based in Pakistan. The Pakistan Academy of Sciences is a non-governmental and non-political supreme scientific body of distinguished scientists in the country. The Government of Pakistan has accorded 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 as may be referred to the Academy".

The affairs of the Academy are regulated by its Charter and Bye-Laws approved by the Fellows. The Academy is governed by a 17-member Council which includes its President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary General, Associate Secretary General and Treasurer. At present, there are 90 Fellows, 22 Foreign Fellows, and 8 Members, who have been elected by the General Body.

Foundation

The idea of establishing Pakistan Academy of Sciences was mooted soon after the creation of Pakistan, in November 1947, 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 constitution of the Academy which was approved. The Pakistan Academy of Sciences was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Khwaja Nazimuddin, on 16 February 1953, during the 5th Pakistan Science Conference at Lahore. On 19 February 1953, the Foundation Fellows elected Prof. M. Afzal Hussain as President and Dr. M. Raziuddin Siddiqi as Secretary of the Academy.

Academy fellows

Only scientists of the highest merit, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge, are elected as Fellows of the Academy. 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 consulted in all matters relating to scientific education, research and development.

Research

The Academy has a rich tradition of organizing conferences promoting the work of researchers from multiple fields of science. The Academy's Lahore chapter recently held a National Research Conference in Lahore on 29 and 30 June 2007.

Publications

The Academy regularly publishes a quarterly journal The Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences since 1963 that is distributed to international scientific organizations and universities by subscription and on exchange basis.

See also

External links

  • Official website of the Academy
  • The Academy is a signatory of IAP Statement on the teaching of evolution
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