Prof. Atta appointed UN committee chairman

KARACHI: The United Nations has appointed Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, former federal minister for Science and Technology, as the Chairman of a UN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman will chair the first meeting of the committee at the UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) meeting in Bangkok.

A senior official of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, said here Sunday that the committee will discuss the ways and means to promote science, technology and innovation so that member states can benefit from explosive growth of knowledge.

Knowledge is transforming the landscape of many countries who are investing in higher education and promotion of innovation through the applications of science and technology, he maintained.

It is worth mentioning here that Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cambridge University (1968). He has 1,021 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 728 research publications, 37 international patents, 68 chapters in books and, 188 books published largely by major U.S. and European press.

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman also headed the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan as chairman. APP