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Qurratulain Thursday, February 22, 2007 10:11 PM

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
[B]Intro duction:[/B]

The history of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission goes back to 1956, when the Atomic Energy Research Council was established. In 1964, 1965 and 1973 reorganization took place and the Atomic Energy Commission was incorporated as a statutory body under an Act, with considerable autonomy. In 1972 the commission was transferred from the Science and Technology Research Division to the President's Secretariat.

PAEC is now the largest S & T organization of the country, both in terms of scientific/technical manpower and the scope of its activities. Starting with a nuclear power reactor at Karachi (KANUPP) and an experimental research reactor at Nilore, Islamabad (PARR-I), the emphasis in the early years remained focussed on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Consequently research centres in agriculture, medicine, biotechnology and other scientific disciplines were set up all over the country. As the emphasis shifted towards concerns for national security, important projects were also initiated in this area.


PAEC is charged with the promotion of, and research work on the peaceful uses of atomic energy in the fields of agriculture, medicine and industry, as well as the execution of development projects involving nuclear power stations and the generation of electric power, and to perform such other functions relating to the peaceful uses of atomic energy as may be agreed to between the Commission and the government.

Accordingly the commission is engaged in:-

Programmes to develop nuclear power and fuel-cycle facilities.

Promotion of use of radiation and radio-isotopes in agriculture, medicine and industry.

Research, development and training of manpower to support the programmes of nuclear power and radio-isotope applications.

[I]Source : PAEC Website[/I]

[B]All the forum members are hereby invited to evaluate the performance of PAEC.[/B]


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