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Technical Session/Dinner Dr. Atta u Rehman

20-Mar-2010, PEF arranged a successful technical session and dinner with Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman. He delivered a lecture on “Higher Education, Science and Technology - Imperatives for Socio-Economic Development”. The lecture was followed by a ‘23rd March Surprise Quiz' to celebrate the National Day of Pakistan. Pakistani ambassador to Qatar Mohamed Asghar Afridi was the chief guest. PEF president Nadeem Bashir concluded and thanked Cimac Electrical and Automations for sponsoring the event. All the contributions were acknowledged by distribution of mementos conducted by PEF vice president Tahir Jamil. The session held at Diplomatic Club, Doha. Media Coverage for Session:Higher studies key to growth: expert Higher studies remain the key to developing indigenous technologies in Pakistan, Pakistan's most decorated scientist and educationist Dr Ata-ur-Rahman has said. While delivering a keynote on ‘Higher education, science and technology – imperatives for socio-economic development', organised by Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) at The Diplomatic Club recently, Dr Ata said the future of research in Pakistan remained promising. Dr Atta is the most decorated scientist of Pakistan, honoured with the highest national civilian award Nishan-i-Imtiaz in 2002 by the government in addition to three other civil awards. He is also renowned internationally, and has received the highest civil award from the Austrian government, and Unesco Science Prize in chemistry in recognition of his contributions. Dr Ata is currently the co-ordinator general of COMSTECH, a ministerial committee comprising 57 Ministers of Science and Technology from member-countries of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC). “In his lecture, Dr Ata gave eye-opening statistics, and maintained that if development was to be encouraged research should be at the forefront of educational focus,” PEF general secretary Asfandiar Ansari said. The lecture was followed by a ‘23rd March Surprise Quiz' to celebrate the National Day of Pakistan. Pakistani ambassador to Qatar Mohamed Asghar Afridi was the chief guest. PEF president Nadeem Bashir concluded and thanked Cimac Electrical and Automations for sponsoring the event. All the contributions were acknowledged by distribution of mementos conducted by PEF vice president Tahir Jamil. Gulf Times News, 27-Mar-2010 Lecture by Pakistan scientist : akistan Engineers Forum (PEF) Qatar is to hold a technical seminar featuring the first Muslim scientist to receive the Unesco Science Prize (1999), Prof Ata-ur-Rahman, pictured. Prof Ata, who won the Unesco award in 1999 and has also served as the Pakistani federal minister of education, will be speaking on March 20, at the Diplomatic Club. The keynote by Prof Ata will be on “Higher education, science and technology – imperatives for socio-economic development”, a PEF official said. Prof Ata remains the most decorated scientist of the country, honoured with the highest civilian award, Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2002) by the government of Pakistan in addition to three other civil awards. “With over 700 publications, particularly, in the field of organic chemistry, Dr Ata-ur-Rahman is also credited for reviving the higher education and research practices in Pakistan,” the official said. Internationally, the Austrian government honoured Prof Ata with its highest civil award, Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande (2007), in recognition of his contributions to science and research. More information could be obtained on 589 4047 or 584 9903.