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Ansar Pervaiz, also spelled as (Ansar Parvez), HI, is a Pakistani scientist and a nuclear engineer who was the former chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), and former chairman of the Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).[1] Pervaiz is widely given credit for establishing the nuclear engineering, nuclear physics and nuclear technology institutes within Pakistan.

Ansar Pervaiz
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ResidenceIslamabad, Pakistan, Islamabad Capital Territory
Alma materPunjab University
Quaid-e-Azam University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Known forNuclear power programme
AwardsHilal-i-Imtiaz (1998)
Scientific career
FieldsNuclear Engineering
InstitutionsPakistan Atomic Energy Commission
International Atomic Energy Agency
Institute of Nuclear Engineering
Institute of Engineering and Applied Science
Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology
Purdue University

Pervaiz is a strong supporter for peaceful civilian-used nuclear technology in Pakistan whereas he is also supervising the construction of second atomic power plant, Karachi nuclear power plant-II, in Karachi.[2] Pervaiz also established Nuclear medicines centres and cancer research centres in PAEC.

Life and educationEdit

Born in Lahore, Ansar Pervaiz received his early and intermediate education there. In 1972, Ansar Pervaiz received his BSc in Physics from Punjab University. The same year, he attended Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad where he secured a gold medal followed by a double MSc in physics and Nuclear technology from Quaid-e-Azam University in 1974.[3] In 1974, he went to United States for higher studies where he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received his PhD in Nuclear engineering and Nuclear reactor technology in 1977.[4] He served as visiting assistant professor of both nuclear physics and nuclear technology at Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA from 1982 till 1984.[5] While at Purdue University, he had more than 30 publications in international journals and proceedings.

Karachi Nuclear Power PlantEdit

In 1986, he came back to Pakistan and joined PAEC as a Principle Scientific Officer (PSO). He formed the nuclear safety group at PAEC. Later, he was transferred in Karachi nuclear power plant, where he was appointed head of the nuclear safety department. At Karachi nuclear power plant, he expertised in nuclear reactor physics, pressure vessel, radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), very high temperature reactor (VHTR), and liquid metal cooled reactor (LMFR). He also established the food processing and agricultural engineering labs at PAEC. In May 1998, he was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz by then-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. He also served as a director of KANUPP Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering before promoting as a director general at the Chasma Reactor.[6]

Pakistan Atomic Energy CommissionEdit

Parvaiz joined PAEC in 1986. He was put in charge of nuclear technology labs.[7] He worked closely with his fellow nuclear scientist and engineers to plan and set up nuclear power plants of civilian purpose throughout the country. He was a general manager at the Chashma Nuclear Power Unit-II before elevating as a chairman of the agency.[8][9] In March 2009, he met, together with his fellow engineers and scientists, with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani where he briefed the Prime Minister about the energy crisis in Pakistan. He was appointed as Project Director of nuclear power plant. In April 2009, he was appointed as PAEC chairman. He is also the chairman of the board of governors of Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences.[10]

Nuclear Power ProgramEdit

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, under Parvaiz, planned to set up 8800 MW power plants in Pakistan. Pakistan, currently suffering with power shortage and crises, the PAEC unveiled its indigenous plans to set up more nuclear power plants in the country. Pakistan's nuclear power plants were operating well and PAEC was looking forward to installing more nuclear power plants, said by Parvez.[11][12]


  1. ^ Pakistan elected to the chair of IAEA Board of Governors Archived 9 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ GEO Business (28 April 2009). "Pakistan to set up atomic power plants". Geo TV. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009.
  3. ^ The Staff Reporter. "Dr Ansar takes over as PAEC Chief". The Nation. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012.
  4. ^ The Power and Electricity:World Asia. "Ansar Parvez, Chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission".
  5. ^ Unknown. "Profile:Ansar Parvez".[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ PakAtom, Newsletter of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. "Nuclear energy is a safe national investment". Archived from the original on 5 December 2008.
  7. ^ The Staff Reporter (7 April 2009). "Dr Ansar Parvez new PAEC chief". The News International. Islamabad: The News International. Archived from the original on 3 May 2009.
  8. ^ THe Free Library. "Dr. Ansar Parvez takes over as new PAEC Chief".
  9. ^ (NTI), Nuclear Threat Initiative; Abbasi, Ansar (2009), See:April 7, 2009, Zardari Was Part of N-Programme Budget Cuts, archived from the original on 14 April 2010
  10. ^ (PIEAS), Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (31 July 2009). "PIEAS:Board of Governors". Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  11. ^ The Staff Reporter (8 November 2009), "PAEC plans N-power generation", Daily Times (Pakistan)
  12. ^ Bureau Report. "8,800 MW of nuclear electricity by 2030". Daily Mail News. Islamabad. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009.

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