Pakistani nuclear scientists and institutions have won international awards in three categories, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last week. The Foreign Office recognized Pakistan’s advancement in the application of nuclear technology to achieve sustainable development goals. These awards are jointly conferred by The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The “Team Achievement Award” was won by four scientists in the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). The Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Pakistan’s Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB). The third award, the “Young Scientist Award”, has gone to a PAEC scientist for work in plant mutation breeding and related technologies.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the award certificates will be presented during the IAEA’s 65th General Conference in September 2021.
“These awards are a clear marker of Pakistan’s advancement in nuclear technology and efforts for the achievement of Sustainable Development goals, especially food security,” a statement by the Foreign Office read.
“Extensive civilian nuclear applications in Pakistan are directly contributing to the well-being of the people and national development in the areas of public health, medicine, agriculture, industry and nuclear power generation.” the statement added.