|Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar has been serving as the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, since July 15, 2011. He holds the Chair of COMSATS’ Consultative Committee in his capacity as the COMSATS’ Focal Point in the host country, Pakistan.
Born in the Punjab province of Pakistan in 1954, Mr. Tarar has an excellent academic background. He received his early education from the Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan, and later acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of the Punjab. He did his Master’s in Administrative Sciences from the George Washington University, USA.
Mr. Tarar has been working on various administrative positions since he joined the Civil Services of Pakistan in the District Management Group in 1980. Apart from his district-level administrative engagements, he has a vast experience in Public Administration as he has been dealing with important public issues including community development, development of infrastructure and law and order. He has also been contributing towards policy-making at the provincial and federal levels. The government departments managed by him during his career pertained to service delivery, strategic management, formulation and implementation of government policies in various sectors of development and economy.
As the Federal Secretary of the Pakistani Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Tarar has been providing leadership in performing various functions assigned to the Ministry, such as: coordination for and implementation of national S&T policy; promotion and coordination of research activities and utilization of their results; development, production and utilization of renewable energy; management of scientific and technological manpower; promotion of S&T educational institutions in Pakistan; liaison with private sector of S&T.
Mr. Tarar is also a practicing farmer and has keen interest in progressive agriculture farming.