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The Prime Minister of Pakistan approved the appointment of DR. SAMINA KIDWAI as the regular DIRECTOR GENERAL (BS 21) of the National Institute of Oceanography Pakistan. She has taken charge of office on 7th January 2021 for a period of 3 years.


Profile: Professional Marine Sciences (Biological Oceanography) research experience of over 29 years, 24 years at NIO with more than 15+ years of post-doctoral experience. Research interests include Biological Oceanography, (zoo)plankton ecology, bio-physical interactions and coastal deep sea interface and its effects on plankton ecology, food-web dynamics using biomarkers, developing Marine Bio-Geographical Information Systems (Marine BioGIS) for Pakistan and for the Northwest Arabian Sea, island and deltaic ecosystems and the impact/resilience to climatic variability on marine ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Member of the NIO team in several international research initiatives and national consultancy projects. Interested in National Capacity Building & Strengthening in Ocean Sciences for Pakistan, and Pakistan preparedness for International programs such as the UN SDG14, Blue Economy, UN OCEAN DECADE program 2021-2030 & IIOE-2. Involvement in International Scientific diplomacy and national coordination for progress in oceanography. Visiting scientist in several countries. Represented Pakistan at several International fora, made oral presentations: Belgium, Bermuda, China, Denmark, India (SAARC), Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Sri-Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America. Private International travels also include- Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UAE, K.S.A. Received YOUNG SCIENTIST CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION IHDP, IGBP,WCRP, Washington, USA, Best oral presentation at Islamic Network Oceanographic Commission (INOC), Lebanon; First Prize for best speaker at the SAARC “Training on Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Observation for Coastal Zone Management at Goa, India. Coordinator of two International collaborations of NIO. Currently, Project Director of a Public Sector Development Project, GOP. Has more than 60 scientific publications (scientific journals/peer reviewed with impact factor, recognised, book chapters, project/technical reports, press releases, general interest articles etc.)

National Institute of Oceanography Pakistan celebrated Eid Melad-un-Nabi ﷺ on 20th October 2021 at NIO auditorium, to delve in to the sacred life of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, to reflect on the advent of Prophethood and to highlight the fact that Prophet ﷺ has been sent in this world as the epitome of mercy for all mankind and for all creatures.



Director General, National Institute of Oceanography Dr. Samina Kidwai solemnly grace event with her presence and extended support. With the permission of DG NIO, Ms. Saira Ishaq S.R.O, began to conduct the Melad-un-Nabi ﷺ at 10:30 am.
The event started with the glorious name of Allah Almighty. The verses of Holy Quran were recited followed by the Naat-e-Mustafa ﷺ.
Dr. Hina Saeed Baig, Principal Scientific Officer, spoke on the occasion about the history before the birth of Prophet ﷺ. Ms. Saira Ishaq S.R.O, addressed the exemplary life led by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and shared numerous verses of Holy Quran which praises Muhammad ﷺ. Dr. Ibrahim Zia, Research Officer, presented the Seerat of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He emphasized the importance of following the sayings of Prophet ﷺ.. The staff members recited beautiful and heartening Naats to praise the qualities of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as the best of all humans and the miracles that are bestowed to him by the Almighty Allah.
On the end note of the event, Mr. Nisar Pirzada (Computer Operator) recalled how Arabs treated Prophet Muhammad ﷺ..
The event concluded with the very comprehensive Dua. Special prayers were made for all the deceased NIO employees and their relatives, for promising future of NIO and to follow the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which is the essence of celebration of 12th Rabbi-ul-Awwal every year.


Illuminated NIO building on the occasion of Eid Melad-un-Nabi.


Group photo of NIO officer’s and staff members on Eid Melad-un-Nabi celebration.




National Institute of Oceanography, Pakistan


Syed Shibli Faraz
Federal Minister for Science and Technology
Dr. Akhtar Nazir
Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology
Dr. Samina Kidwai
Director General (NIO)

Extension of Continental Shelf Pakistan

The UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf hason Friday 21st March 2015, announced adoption of the recommendations for Extension of Pakistan Continental Shelf. With this Pakistan’s continental shelf limits stands extended from 200 to 350 nautical miles, giving Pakistan sovereign rights over additional area of 50,000sq km beyond Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone thus increasing Pakistan’s maritime area from 240,000 sq km at present to about 290,000 sq km.



PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2020-21

NIO's LATEST PSDP APPROVED PROJECTS
Sea Water Intrusion

Monitoring Sea Water Intrusion, Sea Level Rise, Coastal Erosion and Land Subsidence Along Sindh and Baluchistan Coast

Tidal Energy

Assessment of Tidal Energy Potential of Major Creeks Along the Indus Delta Sindh Coast

Strengthening ORS Gwadar

Strengthening of Oceanographic Research Sub Station Gwadar Pakistan

Biological Oceanography NIO, Pakistan

In broad perspective of objectives the emphasis is being given to Fisheries Biology, Marine Ecology and Aquaculture. For direct underwater observation and study of organisms NIO's Biological department laboratory has modern equipment.



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