History of the CSP

The Chemical Society of Pakistan (CSP) was established in 1968 and its first extraordinary meeting was held on the 20th of January 1968 in which the aims & objectives of the society were defined and the appointment of the office bearers made to start working of the society. It was also decided to write a constitution and get the society registered with the appropriate authorities. The first executive council of the society had Prof. Dr. Khawaja Salah-Ud-Din, Prof. Dr. Riaz-Ur-Rahman, and Prof. Dr. M.I. D. Chughtai as President, Secretary, and Treasurer respectively. After this initial enthusiasm and activities, the society remained a little bit dormant, and, then, its activities revived in the late eighties with Prof. Dr. M. A. Kazi, Dr. Aejaz Ahmad Malik, and Prof. Dr. G. A. Miana as President, Secretary General, and Treasurer of the society respectively. After this, the society managed to establish a tradition of holding regular elections after every three years to select the new executive. Further, the office bearers of the Society included names such as Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Prof. Dr. Zafar H. Zaidi, Prof. Dr. Viqar-uddin and Prof. Dr. Roshan Ahmad as Presidents, Prof. Dr. G. A Miana, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, and Dr. Din Mohammad as Secretary Generals and Prof. Dr. Noor Ahmad, Prof. Dr. Rasul Jan and Dr. Farnaz Malik as treasurers respectively.

A draft constitution of the society existed from the very early days and each subsequent executive council worked for making it more vibrant with the existing situation. However, this draft constitution served its purpose to provide guidelines for the smooth running of the affairs of the society without any official registration till 2001 when the society, following constitutional guidelines, was registered in Islamabad under registration No. RS/ICT/364 of 2001. It was soon realized that the society must possess a headquarter building to be used as a central office. A PC-1 for the same was prepared in 2002 for a total cost of Rs. 2.824 million to be at the premises of the Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. Approval of the same was possible in 2003 and, after a lot of consultation; the foundation stone laying ceremony was held on the 9th of March 2006 by Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman. The construction work was completed by June 2007 and the building was finally occupied by the Chemical Society of Pakistan in July 2007 as a permanent central office of the Chemical Society of Pakistan. Its name has been coined as the "Country Coordination Centre in Chemical Sciences" (CCCCS) which will be working under the administrative control of the Chairman Department of Chemistry Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and to be used by the Chemical Society of Pakistan as its central office.

At present, the Chemical Society of Pakistan has a total membership of over 1500 with five chapters such as Islamabad, Sindh, Punjab, KPK, and Balochistan. Members from AJK(Islamabad) are separately grouped under AJK which may be declared as a separate chapter in the near future. The membership status included Life, Five yearly annual, annual, and student members. The Society regularly publishes the Journal of The Chemical Society of Pakistan and the Newsletter Al-Chemy.

The Head Quarter building i.e. the central office known as the Country Coordination Centre in Chemical Sciences (CCCCS) is situated near the Department of Chemistry, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad.