Dear Fellows and Colleagues
AlhamdoLillah we are celebrating 70th Anniversary of Pakistan. 8th Anniversary of National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan is also on the same day. The foundation of NAYS was laid on 14th August 2009 by dedicated young scientists of Pakistan and NAYS has earned great achievements in short span of time.
NAYS was established to provide a platform to young scientists of Pakistan so they could utilize their potential and play role for the promotion of education, health, innovation, science and technology in Pakistan. NAYS was a timely initiative as NAYS is first National Young Academy (NYA) of Asia. Now there are over 35 NYAs in the world but so far NAYS Pakistan is playing a leading role as we have initiated over 20 program to achieve our objectives and almost all the programs are running well.
NAYS Pakistan is one of the most popular science networks of Pakistan as there are thousands of scientists on mailing list, close to 1000,000 on NAYS FB page and around 50,000 on NAYS group. There are thousands of people on other NAYS pages and groups like science for youth, community education and awareness program, science and society, public health services, scholarships and jobs portal etc.
We could won several national and international grants notably from Emerging Nations Science Foundation, American Society for Microbiology, International Association for Study of Pain, American Association for Advancements of Science (AAAS), USA, CRDF Global, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), PASTIC, Pakistan Science Foundation etc. and through these grants we arranged hundreds of events across the country to promote education, awareness, science and technology. Even this year, we have won grants from Health Security Partners (HSP), CRDF Global and International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) and will arrange workshops across the country. We have arranged first workshop on Chronic Pain Management in Lahore and will arrange 1 workshop each months and a total of 12 workshops in major cities of Pakistan.
NAYS Pakistan not only arrange training and workshops but we also celebrate all the days related to education, innovation, science and technology like World Hepatitis Day, Cancer Day, No Tobacco Day, Weeks (Space week, breastfeeding week etc.) and Months (cataract awareness month, brain cancer awareness month etc.) across the country to raise awareness at general public level. This project had great impact in Pakistan and people of Pakistan are much more aware now to prevent various communicable and non-communicable diseases. In addition, they can make healthy choices in life. So far we have arranged hundreds of events as part of CEAP in universities, research institutes, schools, colleges and public places.
NAYS is blessed with a dedicated team of volunteers, passionate leadership and eminent advisory board, which are working together to develop education and research culture in the country. Pakistan is a blessed country in term of natural and human resources, there is only need to utilize them in proper way and NAYS along with other organizations is making their best efforts to engage, train and inspire our youth so they could play vital role of national development and could drive the future economy.
What NAYS has done over the years would not have been possible without the efforts of our volunteers who are working day and night for a great cause and I personally salute their courage, passion and dedication. NAYS has a huge team now so it is not possible to name all of them but a big thanks to all NAYS team members, who are our future science leaders, in shaa Allah.
In order to train our young scientists, we have recently established National Training and Research Laboratory (NTRL), in collaboration with SureBio Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical and Thermo-Fisher Scientific USA and hope to have more similar laboratories in other cities of Pakistan soon. The first training was arranged in NTRL few days back. As there are new technologies knocking our doors everyday so there is need to update our researchers and introduce them modern technologies and we are doing this through our NTRL and other similar programs. In order to make better career choices, we also published a book “The Career Guide”, which received great appreciation.
NAYS has a vision to provide guidance, education, awareness, introduction of new technologies and training, so that we can equip our youth to face the modern day challenges and to solve them. Recently we have established working groups related to Environment, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Women in Science. In these working groups we are gathering like-minded people so they could work on relevant issues. Beside this, we have taken several other initiatives especially in area of science education for youth, teacher trainings, career guidance etc. and will extend these in coming years. We can accomplish these tasks with your help and support so be an active part of NAYS and play your role for the betterment of Pakistan.
At the end I am thankful to all the people, institutes, organizations and sponsoring bodies for their trust and support and do hope that you will keep supporting us and my special thanks to all the NAYS team members.
Long Live NAYS
Long Live Pakistan!!!
Dr. Aftab Ahmad Chattha
National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan