Posted on 29/Aug/2018
Atta-ur –Rahman is a Pakistani scientist. He completed his A-level in 1960 from Karachi Grammar School, than he persuaded for studying chemistry at the University of Karachi. He completed his Msc in organic chemistry and then travelled to Cambridge where he was awarded PhD and later Sc.D in organic chemistry. He started his teaching career as an associate professor at the University of Karachi in 1964 and also worked at the University of Tubingen as a postdoctoral researcher as it was part of German exchange program.
Proff Atta Ur Rahman has made vital contribution to the creation of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and in the development of Science and Technology in Pakistan. He promoted Higher education in Pakistan extensively and devoted himself to make the education standard better. He is one of the excellent researchers from Pakistan. He has 800 international Publication which include his books, articles, research papers in area of organic chemistry. He is awarded highest civilian award in Pakistan Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Under His supervision 4000 scholars have took part in PhD programs in Pakistan out of which more than 600 students have studied in foreign PhD programs. His contribution to Pakistan in education sector is undeniable and incredible. He is one of the assets of Pakistan.
From March 2000 till September 2000 Atta-ur-Rahman served as the Federal Minister for Science and Technology in the Government of Pakistan .He joined as a Director of Husain Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry (HEJ) University of Karachi. During that period the budget for science and Technology was increased by 6000%. He convinced the government to make science and technology a priority area of national interest. Thousands of scientists have been trained in the center which also includes international students. He won millions of Grants from different overseas development authority and with that he transformed one of the best facilities research centres of natural products in chemistry which is one of its own kinds in world. This center now serves as an international standard of training center for scientists from the third world country which is no doubt one of the greatest achievements for Pakistan due to Prof.Atta efforts and hard work. Also in 2004 this centre received an award of the best Science Research Institute in the Islamic world. His work and efforts at HEJ Institute of Chemistry at Karachi University is encouraging for scientist community world. Due to which he has been awarded the worth achieving UNESCO 1999 Science Prize.
Than In October 2002 He was appointed as a chairman of Higher Education Commission. He served for seven years in HEC. During his time the budget for higher education was drastically increased by 1000-1200%. He worked tirelessly for the improvement of higher education in Pakistan and laid the strongest foundation of HEC. He initiated over three hundred and fifty national projects .Some of his remarkable contribution in betterment of education are launching of a digital library which provide free-nation wide access to all colleges, universities and research institution of Pakistan. He laid the foundation of many new universities and institution all over the country, Establishing and providing free internet access to all universities. Also providing funds and resources availability for improving the infrastructure of universities across Pakistan. Introducing a nation-wide lectureship program which helped in linking 56 universities together for allowing lectures to be given in one university and inter-actively connected to other universities as well. He initiated 58 project which worth over 20 million US dollars in the field of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.
During his tenure he made sure that he develops the standard of higher education in Pakistan and emphasize on research in university levels. The corruption in education sector reached to minimum level and there was strong and clear check on policies.
In 2008 he inaugurated Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center (LEJNSIC) which is a center of the information dissemination and main point of the Virtual Education Project. Hundreds of thousands full courses are available in school, college and university level for skill development modules and mentoring sessions online. These courses are collected with the collaboration of international recognized institutes such as MIT open courseware, Yale University, Stanford University and HEC courses. All the learning material is available on a web based portal which includes variety of technical and advance courses. This was great initiative by him as this will help underprivileged Pakistani for obtaining an excellent mean of learning.
Indeed Prof.Atta-ur-Rahman scientific contribution for Pakistan is excellent and His effort has resulted in betterment for future of Pakistan. Every Pakistani will be remain in debt for His favors’ for a national interest.