Buraq Planetary Society

The Buraq Planetary Society, founded in 1993, is a CSR project of Interactive Group of Companies with the Pakistan Air Force being its Patron-in-Chief. The society is managed by Graduate Buraqians with a self-supporting hierarchy of individuals. The founder and Chairman of Buraq, Shahid Mahmud, and co-founder, Sameer Qureshi, formed it on the pattern of the Space Camp in Uzbekistan. Mr. Mahmud’s initial vision was to form a society which aspires to emphasize on the analysis and study of Space Sciences.

He actualised his vision in 1994 when the first Buraq Space Camp was held. It aims to bring together 14 to16 year old students, who share an interest in space exploration, and instil in them the ability to think out of the box while also fostering a sense of national cohesiveness and social responsibility. It places emphasis on experiential learning and seeks to be a platform apart from regular school. It has held a total of 9 camps since its inception and its first major achievement included sending three of its members to the Uzbekistan Space Camp.

ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF)

The ECO Science Foundation is an ambitious project by the Economic Cooperation organization, and aims to promote economic development through scientific research. All ten member states signed the charter of the Foundation at Islamabad in 1995. It is also an accredited stakeholder in the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, based in Germany. 

ECOSF believes that scientific research begins with science teaching at schools. To this end, it has formulated a capacity building program for member states to train them in Inquiry Based Science Education. It plans to implement this in Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, and Kazakhstan/Kyrgyz Republic.

Global Science Digest 

The Global Science Digest, launched in 1998, is Pakistan’s most widely circulated Urdu-language magazine in the fields of Science and Technology. It is a landmark achievement in terms of journalism in science and technology in Urdu. 

Apart from reporting the latest developments in these fields, this magazine serves as a trusted Urdu language resource for science and technology. Global Science Multipublications, the parent publishing house of this magazine, also brings out popular science books from time-to-time for which it was awarded the “NCR IT Excellence Award” in 2001 in the category of publication. 

Institute of Integrative Biosciences - CECOS University, Peshawar 

The Institute of Integrative Biosciences, founded in 2014, is based in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The IIB is a cross-disciplinary life sciences institution that offers world-class degree programs like biotechnology and undertakes cutting-edge research in different areas and at the interfaces of biological sciences.

The IIB has a holistic approach towards education with a vast range of courses in computer sciences, mathematics, humanities, arts and the social sciences. It aims to nurture and instil creativity, and critical thinking within each graduate, along with strong entrepreneurial enthusiasm. It does so by holding workshops and science camps and continually strives to find ways to upgrade science education. It has organised the Biocamp 2015, a workshop that provides a practical insight into biotechnology to science students aged, 16yrs-18yrs and Biology Teachers’ Meeting under its banner.                                           

Jugnu TV

Jugnu TV, a project of 3i Logic initiated in 2010, aims to educate children and enlighten them about a healthier, more informed future. Jugnu TV is Pakistan’s home-grown inclusive model that promotes education and healthy living among Pakistani children primarily through technology driven scalable initiatives. Not only does it promote a strong educational base, Jugnu TV also emphasises on children’s self-esteem, confidence and character building.

Based on the visionary ideas of our founding fathers, Iqbal and Jinnah, it uses fun and creative ways to inculcate confidence, tolerance and ingenuity in children. This is achieved by making use of several exciting and interactive activities such as Math Monster, Piyara Pakistan and Little Scientists.

Karachi Astronomers Society (KAS)

The Karachi Astronomers’ Society, known as KAS, was founded in 2008 by amateur astronomers who met at the Partial Solar Eclipse 2008 session at the PIA Planetarium, Karachi. The society aims to contribute towards the development of astronomy both as a science and as a fun activity for people in Pakistan. It went on to launch its website, www.kaasts.com, in 2010; it has now become an effective astronomy society website of Karachi, carrying many resources. The members of this society have a passion for astronomy and are spread out throughout Pakistan including Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Sargodha, Hyderabad and other cities. It has organized various events over the years like Al-Sufi Astronomy Night 2014 at ZamZama Park, DHA, Karachi and International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) event in Pakistan.

Khwarizmi Science Society

Khwarzimi Science Society (KSS), formed in 1997, seeks to promote scientific knowledge and make it available more readily. It is a non-profit association which aims to perpetuate a culture for scientific research throughout the country’s schools and colleges alongside the public at large. KSS wants to ensure fluid exchange of ideas amongst students, teachers, scientists, journalists and the public.

KSS also conducts, funds, encourages and advertises international and local conferences, workshops, symposia, field visits, workshops, meetings, seminars, dialogue and tutorials. It gives up-to-date credible help to students in their research by enabling provision of literature, and counselling whilst conducting seminars and discussions too. KSS plays a strong role in bringing together educational institutions and research organisations in the country and other similar groups throughout the world. In addition, it understands that there is a void in terms of quality science literature and hence seeks to bridge the gap by producing literature in print and online. It has also organized several successful events like ‘See the Sun in Swabi 2013’, ‘Galileo Workshop’ and the ‘10th Buraq Camp’ in Islamabad. 

Lahore Astronomy Society (ZEDObservatory)

Lahore Astronomy Society was founded by Umair Asim, a non-professional astronomer from Lahore. It is a small-scale, run-from-home astronomical observatory which mainly focuses on carrying out visual observations with Negler eyepieces, planetary imaging with ‘The Imaging Source Camera’ and deep sky objects with SBIG ST9XE CCD camera.

Apart from this, it conducts a podcast twice every month. The recently launched astronomy podcast, known as Hamari Kainaat, uses Urdu as a medium of communication and answers the questions of amateur astronomers from all over the country. The society also works in collaboration with local schools and colleges to organize astronomy awareness and star gazing sessions. In addition, it also holds visual and photographic sessions. The founder, Umair Asim, is also passionate about public outreach for stars and has been a part of numerous public star parties across Pakistan.

Learn Smart Pakistan (LSP) – The Knowledge Platform 

Originally introduced in 2014 by Knowledge Platform as a non-profit initiative, Learn Smart Pakistan is a digital learning challenge which aims to provide quality educational resources to Pakistan’s students and teachers. The Knowledge Platform, which was founded in the year 2000, is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading learning solutions’ companies and works to tackle the quality of education challenge with reference to the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals.

Following the unprecedented success of Learn Smart Pakistan 2014, the learning challenge was launched again during the Summer of 2015 and then 2016. These events focus on Innovation in learning and teaching by demonstrating the use of technology and digital content for in-class and out-of-class knowledge attainment. Learn Smart Pakistan (LSP) provides students and teachers a platform to access the 9th and 10th Grade Maths and English Pakistani Board Curriculum via specially designed lessons that are fun and engaging, along with boot camps for teachers, workshops for students, interactive educational games and content tailored to Pakistan’s Educational Institutions.

LearnOBots –  NUST H-11

The LearnOBots is an initiative of the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, NUST, Islamabad. It has been promoting a learning and research culture in Pakistan since its inception in June 2014 by supporting innovation in kids within the ambit of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. 

The LearnOBots give hands-on training to children interested in these fields; through their workshops, they help the students in identifying their passion and channelising it into productive hobbies such as creating new and exciting things and finding solutions to real-life problems. In addition, this series of workshops, spanning over the fields of robotics, electronics, 3D printing, computer programming, arts and crafts, and renewable energy, is coupled with low cost educational kits to aid the development of a platform where inventors can come together and create innovative contraptions.

Moreover, it hosts a variety of fun-filled and learning-oriented activities under the banner of Summer Science and Technology Camp each year. From building robots and powering DIY solar houses to teaching designing electronic circuits and 3D models, LearnOBots creates artwork, develops games, and conducts social experiments in a convivial environment that is highly conducive towards learning as well. 

National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) - Science for Youth 

The National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), currently headed by Dr. Anwar Nasim, Advisor COMSTECH, is a scientific organisation that aims to provide a platform to young researchers/professionals to initiate and strengthen the industrial collaboration within Pakistan. Their objective is to expand scientific research and activities in Pakistan with the help of scientists and scholars from Pakistan and abroad. This body of scientists engages with young scientists as well as students, providing career counselling and educating them about the diverse fields of science and technology.

The NAYS focuses on promoting research culture in Pakistan by bridging the gap between academia and the industry and conducts sessions and seminars providing information about various scientific disciplines and hosting a wide range of events to meet this challenge.

NSTC Alumni

The National Science Talent Contest (NSTC) is an extension of the National Physics Talent Contest launched by PAEC in 1995. The aim of NSTC is to inspire the country’s youth to take up careers in science and mathematics and prepare them for participation in the International Olympiad in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

The NPTC get together was made an annual event since the year 2000. In 2005 the 6th Annual Get together took place at GIK-I, in which NPTC/ NSTC Alumni from all over Pakistan and those studying abroad, participated. This alumni body comprises of people working in government and private organisations in well-reputed positions. The alumni hold local level meet-ups as well in order to discuss the issues related to NSTC and its promotion.

Moreover, the NSTC Alumni also helps in the various activities of the STEM Careers Projects such as invigilating at the screening test, training camps of NSTC, and preparing the Question bank.  

Numaish - Karachi

Numaish is a non-commercial social venture designed to encourage curosity and elicit healthy exchanges among all children and adults. They do this by creating large, colorful and dynamic displays based on popular stories and scietific concepts.

The exhibitions under Numaish will be temporary and will not damage of deface the environment in any way. The idea is to create exhilirating displays, open-air theatres and science labs, and 3D art that inspires - all in the midst of urban centers.

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    Numaish - Karachi

    Numaish is a non-commercial social venture designed to encourage curosity and elicit healthy exchanges among all children and adults. They do this by creating large, colorful and dynamic displays based on popular stories and scietific concepts.

    The exhibitions under Numaish will be temporary and will not damage of deface the environment in any way. The idea is to create exhilirating displays, open-air theatres and science labs, and 3D art that inspires - all in the midst of urban centers.

Pakistan Academy of Sciences

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences is a learned society often described as "a repository of the highest scientific talent available in the country." The Academy is a non-governmental and non-political scientific body of distinguished scientists in the country. 

It was established in 1953 to promote science and technology in Pakistan, disseminate scientific knowledge and honor eminent scientists primarily through their election as fellows. There are currently 67 Pakistani fellows and 17 international fellows. The Academy awards medals and prizes to scientists for their distinguished contributions to various scientific disciplines. In addition to having exchange programmes with scientific societies, academies and learned bodies in several countries, the Academy also publishes a scientific journal and monographs on topics of national interest. It also arranges seminars, symposia, conferences and workshops at national and international levels.

Pakistan Science Foundation

The Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is a body for the promotion and funding of scientific and technological research and science popularization in Pakistan. PSF has two subsidiary organisations i.e. Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Center (PASTIC).

The Foundation functions as a link of PMNH/PASTIC agency for the establishment of comprehensive scientific and technological information dissemination centers, promotion of scientific societies, research in the universities and other institutions, establishment of science centers and museums, organization of periodical science conferences, exchange of visits of scientists with other countries, prizes and fellowships to individuals engaged in developing processes of consequence to the economy of the country.

Pakistan Mathematical Society

Established in 2001, membership of the Pakistan Mathematical Society (PakMS) is open to any person who holds at least a Master’s degree in mathematics, irrespective of gender, religion or ethnicity. The society is dedicated to supporting and encouraging those involved in research, teaching and the learning of Mathematics at all levels in Pakistan. They organise and support seminars, workshops, lectures and educational meetings in order to do so.

Pakistan Society for Computational Biology

The Pakistan Society for Computational Science/Biology (PSCS/PSCB) is a non-profit organisation with the aim of advancing computational science in Pakistan by educating their faculty members, students and researchers. The Society is serving as an international forum and resource aimed to develop the next generation of Computational Scientists. It achieves its goal through conducting scientific events, training and educational programs that allow for networking opportunities. The Pakistan Society of Computational Science/Biology (PSCS/PSCB) launched the High School Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP) project in which young students learn from their mentors how to perform cutting edge research and gain counselling for future admissions. 

The purpose of HSSSRP is to promote science at school level and give high school students hands-on research experience by working on research projects with top class research scientists affiliated with public and private universities from all over Pakistan. The students present their research projects at the PSCB/PSCB annual meetings which equip them with key credentials that will help them compete for graduate school, medical school, fellowships, and permanent positions in Pakistan and abroad.

Pakistan Science Club 

The Pakistan Science Club is a non-profit science society based in Karachi, Sindh. It was founded in 2008 by Abdul Rauf, who still runs it today. They aim to promote scientific culture in our society and to get children and young adults excited about science. This is achieved through interactive and innovative science activities, projects and fairs. They have a strong interest in fostering and nurturing future scientists and technologists, and getting people involved in research, including the astronomical sciences and renewable energy.

The PSC promotes scientific knowledge and practice through its social media pages including Facebook and YouTube. Dozens of tutorials on experiments that they carry out are available online for free. 

Science Fuse

Science Fuse is a social enterprise working to promote science education among young learners. Their objective is to encourage students to develop an active interest in science and aspire to pursue it professionally. To this end they offer young students a unique opportunity to learn science by ‘doing’ at their summer camps, extracurricular science workshops and after-school science clubs. 

They intend to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, to engage the wider public with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as part of popular culture, and to the strengthen connection between researchers and the public. These camps and activities are designed to spark scientific interest and imagination in children and help break-away from rote learning practiced in many of our classrooms.  

Science Ka Adda

Science Ka Adda is an online platform that broadcasts videos describing scientific phenomena in Urdu. It was founded by Prof. Salman Hameed, who teaches Astronomy at Hampshire College, USA. Their first video was shared on 26 January, 2016. The videos are designed to be simple, understood by laymen and serve a wide range of audiences, including both children and adults. All the videos are short and educational in nature and deal with a variety of topics, including the solar system, black holes, life on mars and more.


TechTV is an exclusive web/satellite-based television channel of Pakistan. Its objective is to bring fresh science and technology graduates together and have the participants become part of the industry through road shows, exhibitions and talk shows. 

Their work is especially designed to encourage innovation, environmental consciousness, education and learning. Some of their most interesting initiatives include “Mahol Se Dosti” (with an intent to revive environmental consciousness), “Ubhartey Sitaarey” (with a purpose to foster young Pakistani talent), “Zameen Ka Sayban” (aiming to promote ozone awareness) and “Technology Aur Zindagi” (with the intent to build an interest to explore nature and technology). 

Technology Times

Technology Times is Pakistan’s first ever newspaper in the field of Science and Technology. Their main objectives are: to disseminate science and technology related information among masses, to showcase Pakistani scientists and entrepreneurs and to develop academia-industrial liaisons in Pakistan.  

This successful initiative receives 80,000 hits, on an average, on their website every day. Their magazine is distributed to several organisations and institutions, particularly universities, research institutes, academic groups, magazine outlets, and the hubs of decision makers and policy authors across the country. 

The Intel® National Science Fair 

The Intel ISEF affiliated National Science Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition. This project comes under the umbrella of Intel’s commitment to provide opportunities for innovation, talent and creativity. The fair is attended by more than 6 million young scientists from around the world out of which 1,600 are selected as finalists to compete for over USD 4 million in awards and scholarships.

Students from grades 8-12 participate in this global science fair from all over Pakistan who compete in district, provincial, and national competitions to qualify for a place at the Intel ISEF finals. The competition is judged by a panel of science, engineering, and industry professionals who select winners based on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects. The Intel ISEF is an opportunity for the best young minds in the world to come together and share ideas on an international stage, get exposure and an unparalleled learning experience. 

TeleTaleem (T2) - Science Camps

The TeleTaleem (T2), a social enterprise incorporated in early 2010, is an eLearning service that connects learners and teachers to quality learning sources. T2 leverages Information and Communications Technology to enable the users to access learning resources, unrestricted by geographical, social, institutional and time boundaries. The TeleTaleem is backed by Comcept, a technology driven business group which designs and implements ICT products and services in the telecom sector. The TeleTaleem (T2) is a cross-cutting initiative aiming to serve all educational segments – from primary to tertiary and from teacher education to technical and vocational education. 

Using T2, a teacher or a master trainer is able to reach out to the learner without travelling to remote and inaccessible areas, saving time and money. In addition, the learner has unlimited access to a rich repository of learning and training materials.

Its purpose is to improve the level of education in developing economies, including Pakistan. The TeleTaleem uses a combination of three sub-systems; Learning Management System, Content Management System and Virtual Classroom to meet this end. Till date, T2 has worked with about 1200 schools, impacting 200,000 children. Learning Boost, Rapid Assessment and Learning Mela are some of its prominent services.