Pakistan Museum of Natural History

     
     

We are pleased to announce the National Exhibition on IT & Computer Tools for Science and Education, being organized by PASTIC/PSF.

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Invitation to International Museum Day-2017 to be held at Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad on 18th May, 2017

Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), the only natural history museum in the country established in 1976, is an attached organization of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF)/ Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). It holds the mandate of exploring, collecting, identifying, cataloguing, and preserving natural resources of Pakistan in the form of plants, animals, minerals, rocks and fossils to cater the research and educational needs of the country. PMNH disseminates knowledge on various scientific disciplines to students, teachers, researchers, conservationists and general public through its exhibits and displays and by organizing scientific exhibitions/ fairs on large scale.

In this purview, PMNH/ PSF/ MoST intends to organize International Museum Day-2017 at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian, Islamabad for creation of mass awareness about the importance of museums and to inculcate the sense of appreciation and ownership of museums in the civil societies. To give you a highlight, International Museum Day-2016 garnered record-breaking participation with more than 35,000 museums hosting events in some 145 countries. Our theme for this year’s International Museum Day-2017 is "Role of museums in societal education". Museum Education is a specialized field devoted to developing and strengthening the education role of non-formal education spaces and institutions such as museums. Its main objective is to engage visitors in learning experiences to enhance their curiosity and interest on their objects and collections. With the changing times, museums tend to draw more focus on openness, pragmatism and collective involvement in dealing with issues that impact on people, communities and nations. Societal education in creating mass awareness is a shared responsibility of all people from all walks of life.

Besides an interesting technical session in the event, there will be an Art Competition and Animated Film Shows for the students. The Art Competition will be about drawing cultural, heritage, artifacts, monuments, historical figures, events and or natural history specimens including animals, plants and fossils present in the display galleries of PMNH and thereby presenting the drawings in a story telling way. The stories and or facts about the drawings can be produced as prior knowledge of the student and or shared stories by the family members. Necessary material for Art Competition will be provided by the host organization. The first 3 selected students will be awarded souvenirs and certificates on May 22 nd, 2017 i.e., International Biodiversity Day. The animated film shows will be arranged from 02:00 – 05:00 PM in the Audio-Visual Hall of PMNH.

We would like to cordially invite you to the International Museum Day-2017 on 18 th May 2017. To provide every possible convenience to the students participating in the Art Competition, the schools/colleges are requested to nominate 3 students and a teacher/chaperon, properly complete and send back the provided proforma indicating the contact details and the number of students to this office till 12 th May 2017.

Taxidermy Training Workshop

REGISTRATION/NOMINATION FORM
Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) is an attached department of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF)/Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) and holds the mandate of exploring, collecting, identifying, cataloguing, and preserving the natural resources of Pakistan in the form of animals, plants, minerals, rocks and fossils for developing national repositories. It also publishes its findings in the form of research papers, technical reports, popular articles and books, and also disseminates the knowledge through state of the art exhibits, displays and scientific documentaries. PMNH regularly arranges national and international workshops, symposia, conferences and lectures for dissemination of scientific knowledge to researchers as well as students about natural resources of the country and their sustainable use.
Taxidermy is a fundamental technique for preserving different types of animal especially birds and mammals. It is simultaneously the art as well as the science for preserving an animal's body through traditional stuffing or mounting or preparing study skins for the purpose of display or research. PMNH is the only national museum in Pakistan possessing the expertise of professional Taxidermists for catering the needs of its displays/exhibits and researchers.
To create awareness among the stakeholders like wildlife departments, wildlife parks, zoos, researchers, professionals, field biologists, conservationists, teachers, amateur zoologists and students working on the conservation of our natural resources, PMNH (PSF) is organizing five days Training Workshop on Taxidermy w.e.f. 10 - 14 July 2017 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Garden Avenue, Islamabad for a limited number of participants.
The registration fee for the training course will be Rs.10,000/- (non-refundable) and will include morning and evening tea, working lunch and training material. The participants will have to arrange their own accommodation and travelling to and from Islamabad. The nomination of departmental candidates on the attached registration form should reach to the office of the Director General, Pakistan Museum of Natural History before 30th June, 2017 along with the Demand Draft / Pay Order in favour of “Pakistan Museum of Natural History”. Registration form without fee will not be entertained.
For any further query, please contact Dr. Khalid Mahmood, Curator, Zoological Sciences Division, Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad. Email: dkmahmood@msn.com Phone 051-9249250
 

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German Ambassador Visits PMNH

ISLAMABAD (February 2017): German Ambassador H.E. Ina Lepel along with Chief of German Embassy’s Cultural Section Mr. Burghard Brinksmeier visited Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) on February 1, 2017.
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Director General PMNH Dr. Muhammad Khan Leghari and other senior scientists welcomed the distinguished guests. The Ambassador visited display galleries of the Museum and appreciated the PMNH scientists for preservation and display of natural history specimens for research as well as educational purposes in a very professional manner. Later the German Ambassador and Pakistan Science Foundation Chairman during a meeting also discussed the areas of cooperation between PSF, PMNH and the German Science and Technology institutions
German Ambassador H.E. Ina Lepel along with Chief of German Embassy’s Cultural Section Mr. Burghard Brinksmeier visits Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) on February 1, 2017. PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf is also present.
German Ambassador H.E. Ina Lepel along with Chief of German Embassy’s Cultural Section Mr. Burghard Brinksmeier visits Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) on February 1, 2017. PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf is also present.
German Ambassador H.E. Ina Lepel along with Chief of German Embassy’s Cultural Section Mr. Burghard Brinksmeier visits Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) on February 1, 2017. PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf is also present.

Pakistani Expatriates can be invited through Pakistan National Talent Pool (PNTP) Programme

“The President’s Programme for Care of Highly Qualified Overseas Pakistanis” (PPQP) launched to look forward to the qualified expatriate nationals for their active participation in national building. This programme is the centralized forum for Highly Skilled/Qualified Professionals within or outside the country to interact with each other in the scientific fields. This programme is meant to facilitate high level Pakistani professionals abroad for their placement in Pakistan through short-to-long-term technical assistance  to gain benefits of their expertise for specific inputs in their areas of specialization, for public and private sector within the country. The expatriate scientists and R&D professionals can provide their valuable services for transfer of modern know-how/knowledge and cutting-edge technology, capacity building in priority areas, supervision of researchers and technical inputs regarding optimization of equipment.
Further details can be visited at http://www.ppqp.gov.pk/

National Ethno-botanical Seminar

Venue: Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Islamabad
National Display Centre of Medicinal Plants a Must, Says Federal Secretary PMNH to establish world class Botanical Garden: Dr. Ashraf
ISLAMABAD (December 29, 2016): Pakistan needs proper documentation of work being done on medicinal plants in the country and also establish a national display center to exhibit these plants for the marketing purposes, said Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change on Thursday.
He was addressing the inaugural session of National Ethno-Botanical Seminar at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) as the Chief Guest. The Seminar was jointly organized by PMNH/Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), IUCN, Mountain and Marketing (M&M) Project and UNDP.
Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Advisor to PM on Climate Change Mr. Rizwan Mehboob, Ministry of Climate Change Inspector General Forest Syed Mehmood Nasir, IUCN Country Representative Mr. Mehmood Akhtar Cheema and PMNH Director General Dr. M.K. Leghari were present at inaugural session of the Seminar. A large number of botanists, botany students and teachers, representatives of NGOs etc. were also attended the seminar. An attractive exhibition of medicinal plants and products was also established on this occasion.
The Federal Secretary said that a lot of work is being done at community level regarding ethnobotany, especially drying vegetables, fruits and sea buckthorn products etc. in the country. He said this work should be highlighted through short documentaries for benefit of the people.
He called upon the IUCN, UNDP and other stakeholders to join hands for documenting the traditional knowledge about various uses of plants.
PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf on this occasion announced that a world class Botanical Garden will be established at PMNH. He deplored that Pakistan has only 6,000 listed species of plants whereas as large number of oceanic flora still needs to be explored and listed. Dr. Ashraf said that in the absence of plants DNA Bar Coding there is a potential risk of exploitation of medicinal and other valuable plants through illegal export. He stressed the need for DNA Bar Coding on urgent basis to preserve and protect the valuable medicinal plants and traditional knowledge.
Syed Mehmood Nasir, IG Forest and National Director of M&M Project said that 177 countries signed the Convention on Biological Diversity. He said that according to the Convention all signatory governments are bound to respect the knowledge of local people and the pharmaceuticals using this knowledge are bound to share the profit with the local communities. He was of the view that due to side effects of allopathic medicines various medicine companies are again using herbal medicines.
IUCN Country Representative Mr. Mehmood Akhtar Cheema and PMNH Deputy Director General Dr. Muhammad Rafiq also spoke on this occasion. They said our life and comforts depend upon plants which greatly influence our culture and shape civilizations.
Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf and other join hands to cut ribbon at inaugural ceremony of the National Ethno-Botanical Seminar and Exhibition at PMNH on December 29, 2016.
Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change and Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf visit the stalls set up during Exhibition and National Ethno-Botanical Seminar at PMNH on December 29, 2016.
Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, addresses the inaugural ceremony of the National Ethno-Botanical Seminar at PMNH on December 29, 2016.
Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf addresses the inaugural session of the National Ethno-Botanical Seminar at PMNH on December 29, 2016.

National Ethno-Botanical Seminar Tentative Program/Agenda

NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR CONCLUDES WITH HUGE RUSH ON LAST DAY

ISLAMABAD: (December 7, 2016): From onwards National Science Fair will be a regular feature every year in order to make people aware of developments in the field of science and technology as well as forge cooperation among science and technology institutions, said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) on Wednesday.
He was addressing closing ceremony of National Science Fair 2016 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH).
Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf addresses closing ceremony of National Science Fair at Pakistan Museum of Natural History on December 7, 2016.
The Chief Guest, Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf awards shields to winner stall-holders during closing ceremony of National Science Fair 2016 at PMNH on December 7, 2016.
Country Director FAO Mr. Patrick T. Evens, PMNH Director General Dr. M.K. Leghari, Deputy Director General Dr. Muhammad Rafiq, PSF Member Science Dr. Akram Shaikh, heads and representatives of S&T organizations, educational institutions and a large number of students were present at the closing ceremony.
The Chairman said overwhelming response of general public and students to the Science Fair was very encouraging.
He said the Fair attracted huge crowds of general public, especially the students and teachers evinced keen interest in different products displayed at over 147 stalls set up by various public and private sector organizations. He appreciated the participants and organizers of the Fair.
The PSF Chairman and other guests also distributed shields among winner stall-holders.
Over 100 organizations participated in the weeklong National Fair organized by PMNH, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Ministry of Science and Technology (S&T).
The theme of the Fair was “Science and Technology: For Better Future”. Different scientific organizations have showcased their scientific work in the exhibition. There are four pavilions including S&T, Schools/Colleges/Universities, Unique Research Projects and Special Attractions for entertainment of the public. The pavilion for special attractions had food court, handicraft stalls, book stalls, nature painting, Lok Virsa theatre, planetarium world, nature products, booth for health check, aquaria, 3-D movies, dinosaurs show, swings for children and robot show etc. PMNH is also remain open entire week for public to see various exhibits including the biggest fish in the world, blue whale, animated dinosaurs, 30 million years old Balochitherium, biodiversity hall, world of birds, world of insects, world of fishes, Marine life, fossils gallery, precious minerals gallery, rock types of Pakistan, cave life, rock garden etc.
The National Science Fair was aimed at creating awareness among the masses about developments in the field of S&T in Pakistan, dissemination of information about research, development, advancement and innovation in science and technology and encouraging education and career development in S&T.
Main activities of the Fair include exhibitions regarding development of S&T, the latest scientific research, Environmental sciences, Science exhibitions by schools, colleges and universities, Displays of new technologies/ innovations Innovative attractions/ amusements through science displays.
All S&T organizations under the Ministry of Science and l Technology, all relevant ministries like Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture etc., educational institutions including universities, colleges and schools, Science Societies, NGOs, Media l and Defense organizations, agricultural departments, biodiversity, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries and environment departments, community hygiene and health organizations, Tourism Department, CDA, Firefighting Department, horticulture, handicrafts, OGDCL/ oil exploring companies and Meteorological Department are participating in the National Science Fair.

WEEKLONG NATIONAL SCIENCE FAIR AT PMNH OPENS

Science Fairs play role in shaping future of nations: S&T Minister
ISLAMABAD: (December 2, 2016): Science Fairs play a significant role in shaping future of nations as they provide a golden opportunity to public, especially the youth to learn about latest developments and innovations in the field of science and motivate them to adopt science as a career, said Federal Minister for Science and Technology (S&T) Rana Tanveer Hussain on Friday
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of National Science Fair – 2016 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) Garden Avenue, Shakarparian Islamabad on December 2. Federal Secretary for S&T Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Pakistan Science Foundation Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, heads of S&T organizations, educational institutions and students attended the inaugural ceremony. The Minister cut the ribbon to formally inaugurate the Fair.
Over 100 organizations are participating in the weeklong National Fair organized by PMNH, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Ministry of Science and Technology (S&T). The Fair will remain open for general public daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm on December 2-7, 2016.
The theme of the Fair is “Science and Technology: For Better Future”. Different scientific organizations will showcase their scientific work in the exhibition. There are four pavilions including S&T, Schools/Colleges/Universities, Unique Research Projects and Special Attractions for entertainment of the public. The pavilion for special attractions have food court, handicraft stalls, book stalls, nature painting, Lok Virsa theatre, putli tamasha, planetarium world, nature products, booth for health check, pets pavilion, aquaria, 3-D movies, dinosaurs show, lunch with a dignitary, swings for children, hot air balloon, air show and robot show etc. PMNH will also remain open for public to see various exhibits including the biggest fish in the world, blue whale, animated dinosaurs, 30 million years old Balochitherium, biodiversity hall, world of birds, world of insects, world of fishes, Marine life, fossils gallery, precious minerals gallery, rock types of Pakistan, cave life, rock garden and many many more.
The Federal Minister visited over 150 stalls set up in the Fair and appreciated the effort.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Rana Tanveer Hussain said Science Fairs provide opportunity of learning experience to students and general public and bridge gap between science organizations and public. He said science played a key role in progress of nations and civilizations.
The Science Fairs are an important mean of informal education and we must adopt it to spread information about science and technology, he added.
Addressing the ceremony, PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf said the National Science Fair is aimed at creating awareness among the masses about developments in the field of S&T in Pakistan, dissemination of information about research, development, advancement and innovation in science and technology and encouraging education and career development in S&T.
The Chairman said the Science Fair was a part of the World Science Day celebrated on November 10 every year. He said main activities of the Fair include exhibitions regarding development of S&T, the latest scientific research, Environmental sciences, Science exhibitions by schools, colleges and universities, Displays of new technologies/ innovations Innovative attractions/ amusements through science displays.
All S&T organizations under the Ministry of Science and l Technology, all relevant ministries like Ministry of Education, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture etc., educational institutions including universities, colleges and schools, Science Societies, NGOs, Defense organizations, agricultural departments, biodiversity, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries and environment departments, community hygiene and health organizations, Tourism Department, CDA, Firefighting Department, horticulture, handicrafts, OGDCL/ oil exploring companies and Meteorological Department are participating in the National Science Fair.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain cuts ribbon to inaugurate National Science Fair 2016 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History on December 2, 2016.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain and other dignitaries inaugurate visit stalls in National Science Fair 2016 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History on December 2, 2016.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain addresses the inaugural ceremony of National Science Fair 2016 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History on December 2, 2016.
PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf addresses the inaugural ceremony of National Science Fair 2016 at Pakistan Museum of Natural History on December 2, 2016.

National Science Fair 2016

(December 2-7, 2016)

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