Ministry of Science and Technology (Pakistan)

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Ministry of Science and Technology
وزارت سائنس و ٹیکنالوجی
Ministry of Science logo.png
Agency overview
Formed1964; 58 years ago (1964)[1]
JurisdictionGovernment of Pakistan
HeadquartersIslamabad, Pakistan
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Websitemost.gov.pk

The Ministry of Science and Technology Urdu: وزارت سائنس و ٹیکنالوجی, wazarat-e- science o technology (abbreviated as MoST) is a Cabinet-level Ministry of the Government of Pakistan concerned with Science and Technology in Pakistan and in general, Pakistan's science policy, planning, coordination and directing of efforts to initiate and launch scientific and technological programs as well as projects aimed at economic development.

The ministry is coordinated by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology who is currently Shibli Faraz and is headquartered in Islamabad.[2]

Mission[edit]

To achieve the security, prosperity and social cohesion of Pakistan through equitable and sustainable socio-economic progress using science, technology and innovation as central pillars of development in all sectors of economic activity.

The principle agenda of the MoST is building Pakistan's technological competence in the 21st century by leap forging into new markets, develop a larger pool of human resource for reverse brain drain and integrate the soft technology infrastructure into hard modern technological base, strengthen technology institutions, effective S & TR governance and enhance the capacity if indigenous innovation systems.

Federal Ministers/Ministers of State/Advisers/In-charge, Ministry of Science and Technology[edit]

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman FRS, former Federal Minister of Science and Technology, receiving the UNESCO Science Prize at the World Congress on Science in Budapest Hungary (1999)

The Scientific and Technological Research Division (S&TRD) established in 1964 was initially responsible to administrate the National Science Council, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Committee. The status of S&TR Division was raised to the level of full-fledged Ministry of Science and Technology “MoST” in 1972.

Name Portfolio From To
Mr. Habibur Rahman Federal Minister for Education, Re-designated as Minister of Education & Scientific Research 17.02.1960 17.04.1961
Mr. Akhtar Husain Federal Minister for Education & Scientific Research 17.04.1961 01.03.1962
Lt. Gen.W.A. Burki


Federal Minister for Education & Scientific Research 02.03.1962 08.06.1962
Mr. Ghulam Faruque Federal Minister for Scientific and Technological Research 01.01.1966 15.07.1967
Vice Admiral S.M. Ahsan Incharge

M/o Scientific & Technological Research

05.04.1969 06.05.1969
Air Marshal M. Nur Khan Incharge Scientific & Technological Research


07.05.1969 03.08.1969
Mr. Muhammad Shamsul Huq Federal Minister for Education and Scientific Research 04.08.1969 22.02.1971
Mr. Khurshid Hasan Meer Minister without portfolio (looked after work of the Ministry) Federal Minister for Science and Technology 17.08.1973 22.10.1974
Mr. Abdul Hafiz Pirzada Federal Minister for Education, Science and Technology and Provincial Coordination


22.10.1974 05.02.1976
Mr. Hafeezullah Cheema Minister of State for Science and Technology


22.10.1974 09.01.1975
Shahzada Saeed-ur-Rashid Abbasi Minister of State for Science and Technology 10.01.1975 05.02.1976
Malik Muhammad Jaffer Minister of State for Science and Technology 05.02.1976 24.01.1977
Mr. Niaz Muhammad Wassan Federal Minister for Science and Technology


30.03.1977 05.07.1977
Mr. Mohammamd Arshad Chaudhri Federal Minister for Science and Technology


27.08.1978 21.04.1979
Mr. Hamid Nasir Chatta Federal Minister for Science and Technology


28.01.1986 31.05.1986
Mir Haji Tareen Federal Minister for Science and Technology


28.09.1986 20.12.1986
Malik Muhammad Naeem Khan Federal Minister for Science and Technology


15.05.1988 29.05.1988
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Federal Minister for Science and Technology


09.06.1988 01.12.1988
Mr. Jahangir Badr Federal Minister for Science and Technology


04.12.1988 20.09.1989
Mr. Javed Jabbar Federal Minister for Science and Technology


20.09.1989 06.08.1990
Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani Federal Minister for Science and Technology


13.08.1990 06.11.1990
Choudhri Hamid Nasir Chatta Federal Minister for Science and Technology


09.11.1990 10.09.1991
Mian Muhammad Zaman, Minister of State for Science and Technology


9.06.1991 18.07.1993
Mr. Illahi Bukhsh Soomro


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


10.09.1991 09.06.1993
Lt. Gen. (R) Muhammad Shafiq Federal Minister for Science and Technology 23.07.1993 19.10.1993
Haji Muhammad Nawaz Khokhar Federal Minister for Science and Technology 31.07.1996 05.11.1996
Syeda Abida Hussain Federal Minister for Science and Technology


5.11.1996 15.12.1996
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, N.I., H.I., S.I., T.I. Federal Minister for Science and Technology 4.03.2000 23.11.2002
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, N.I., H.I., S.I., T.I.


Adviser to the Prime Minister

Federal Minister for Science and Technology

24.11.2002


25.08.2004
Ch. Nouraiz Shakoor Khan,


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


3.09.2004 15.11.2007
Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, H.I., S.I. Federal Minister for Science and Technology


16-11-2007 25-03-2008
Ms. Tehmina Daultana


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


31.03.2008 12/5/2008
Mr. Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Federal Minister for Science and Technology


29.01.2009 14.12.2010
Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani Federal Minister for Science and Technology


14.12.2010 12.02.2011
Mir Changez Khan Jamali Federal Minister for Science and Technology


12.02.2011 16.03.2013
Dr. Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister for Science and Technology


04.04.2013 05.06.2013
Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of state for Science and Technology


07.06.2013 22.06.2013
Mr. Zahid Hamid Federal Minister for Science and Technology


22.06.2013 21.11.2014
Rana Tanveer Hussain Federal Minister for Science and Technology


17-12-2014 28.07.2017
Mir Dostain Khan Domki


Minister of State for Science and Technology


15-09-2017
Rana Tanveer Hussain


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


17-12-2014 31-05-2018
Mr. Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


06-06-2018 18-08-2018
Muhammad Azam Khan Swati


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


05-10-2018 06-12-2018
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


19-04-2019 14-04-2021
Mr. Adeel Chaudhry


Advisor to Ministry of Science and Technology[3]


10-03-2021 Present
Shibli Faraz


Federal Minister for Science and Technology


14-04-2021 10-04-2022

Organizations[edit]

The following organizations are situated under the Ministry of Science and Technology:-

PakMoonSighting.pk[edit]

Moon Sighting Pakistan
Type of site
Lunar observation[4]
Available inEnglish
OwnersGovernment of Pakistan
Created byMinistry of Science and Technology
URLpakmoonsighting.pk
Launched26 May 2019; 3 years ago (2019-05-26)

The ministry launched a lunar observatory website in 2019 aimed at to show the citizens about the Islamic events, holidays, and primarily crescent associated with lunar calendar dates.[4] The website claims to have modern features such as predetermine the future-dates or arrival of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and other events based on scientific evidences and observations through moon sighting.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home". most.gov.pk.
  2. ^ Sherani, Tahir (19 April 2019). "Asad Umar still listed as finance minister in Cabinet Division's new notification". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Screenshot".
  4. ^ a b "Pakistan launches moon-sighting website ahead of Eid to resolve differences over dates of Islamic festivals". Firstpost. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Fawad Chaudhry launches 'Pakistan's first official' moonsighting website". DAWN.COM. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  6. ^ IANS (28 May 2019). "Pakistan launches first official 'moonsighting' website". Zee News. Retrieved 22 May 2020.

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