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Former HEC Chairman Appointed UN Committee Chairman


Pakistan does not only contribute in modern world with its agriculture and industry exports but also with finest minds to play part in leading researches and innovations. Our three scientists are working in world’s largest experiment of CERN, our Shamshad Akhtar is working as an undersecretary general in UN and we have bright faces like Nergis Mavalvala and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. Nargis Mavalvala and Imran Khan has recently praised for their working as a team member of team that discovered gravitational waves.


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Now, we have great news, former chairman of Higher Education Commission has been appointed as the chairman of United Nations committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Some days ago, he chaired his first meeting and discussed the challenges.
The first meeting was organized by UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP). The theme of the meeting was Harnessing science, technology and innovation for sustainable socio economic Development.  The participants discussed various elements that are affecting science, technology and innovation. Various advices came into agenda for discussion. Dr Atta ur Rehman in his speech said that UNGA adopted the most ambitious and detailed program for upcoming 15 years with the name “agenda 2030”. He added that these efforts will improve welfare of people around the world.
The UN committee for the implementation of this agenda is co chaired by Dr. Atta ur Rehman and Tan Sri Zakri, who is a advisor to Malaysian PM for Science and Technology.
Dr Atta ur Rehman is receiving greetings from all over the world especially from scientist community for his appointment. 
Dr. Atta received his master’s degree in chemistry from University of Karachi and went to England for higher studies; there he got his Ph. D degree in organic chemistry from university of Cambridge. He has remained one of the leading scientists in chemistry in his time. He came to Pakistan to serve his country. In Pervez Mushraf era, he was appointed as Minister of science and technology, the post he served from 2000-2002. He started working on the idea of reshaping higher education in Pakistan and in 2002, HEC established. HEC sent thousands of teachers and students to foreign universities for the specializations in their respective fields. Many new universities came into existence and research grants were issued. The universities received special funding for research and individual funding was also given to persons with credible background with science and technology to promote culture of science and technology.


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He received several honors for his contribution on national and international level. Pakistan gave four highest civilian awards to him; Nishan-e-Imtiaz (2002), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (1998), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1993) and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (1983). He has 900 research publications on his credit in organic chemistry and his finest achievement is that he also holds 28 patents on his name.

This is really honor for Pakistan and will enlighten the name of country. This shows that people of Pakistan has enormous potential, if they given timely opportunities. Pakistan should also call him for services again in education sector as we have not gained what we should have achieved.


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