Islamabad: Former chairman of the Higher Education Commission Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman received Regional Science Prize from Academy of Sciences for the Developing World generally known as Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in a ceremony held in Durban, South Africa, on Thursday.
The prize was conferred on Dr. Rahman in recognition of his services for building scientific institutions in Pakistan. He was selected for the prize in August this year from among the scientists of South and Central Asia, including China. He addressed 400 delegates from more than hundred countries of the world after receiving the prestigious prize.
A TWAS note of appreciation said that he started nearly 400 projects which mainly included a free of charge digital library providing nation-wide access to 20,000 journals to all academic and research institutions in Pakistan.
TWAS Regional Science Prize is awarded every three year, which recognises individuals who have played key roles in the establishment of vibrant scientific institutions or the expansion of already-established institutions in the developing world. The awardee receives a $3,000 cash award alongside a plaque/certificate describing the winner’s achievements.