The National Assembly Standing Committee on Science and Technology suggested Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) to indulge commercial activities at the museum to divert itself towards self-sustainability.
9th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 24th December, 2019 in Committee Room of PCSIR Ministry of Science and Technology at Islamabad under the Chairmanship of MNA Mr. Sajid Mehdi.
Sajid Mehdi asked Director General PMNH, Dr Syed Lal Shah to prepare a feasible report for establishing a hotel, tea and coffee shops, and other commercial activities at PMNH because numbers of people visit annually.
The NA body also directed the PMNH DG to place the feasibility report before the Ministry of Science and Technology for granting the loan by international donor or from the national banks of the country and report to the committee within two months.
Dr Syed Lal Shah explained the working and performance of the PMNH He informed that PMNH was established on 05 Acre land in 1976 near Shakarparian, Islamabad with four divisions like Botanical Science, Earth Science, Zoological Science and Public service. It serves global and national needs in three areas like Research, Conservation and Informal education.
He further informed that numbers of national and international people visited the museum annually and generated the revenues for national exchequer through nominal amount of ticketing.
Director Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) apprised the Committee about the working and performance of the centre.
He added that “PASTIC is planning to develop the National S&T data center including all disciplines like social sciences, natural and applied sciences and publishing the same in statistical year’s book annually for the information of country’s youth”.
Among others the meeting was attended by, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Abdul Shakoor Shad, Sobia Kamal Khan, Zeb Jaffar, Ch Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Naveed Aamer Jeeva, samina Matloob, Ch Ashraf and Dr Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, besides other senior officers from the Ministry of Science and Technology and its attached departments.