History

Information plays a fundamental role for Scientific, Technological and Economic development of a country. Realizing the importance of potential role that Scientific Information plays, government of Pakistan with the assistance of UNESCO established (1957) Pakistan National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre (PANSDOC) under the Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR), Karachi to cater to the Scientific Community needs such as Procurement of Documents, Compilation of Bibliographies, Abstracting, Indexing and Technical Translations. An expanded project namely Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) was launched (1974) around the nucleus of PANSDOC and was transferred from PCSIR to Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Islamabad. Presently, PASTIC is functioning as subsidiary of PSF, an autonomous organization under Ministry of Science & Technology. PASTIC is the premier organization in the field of S&T Information and is serving thousands of researchers and other professionals through its specialised information services. Scopes and facilities of PASTIC were expanded after transferring to PSF. PASTIC National Centre (Headquarter) is located in the premises of Quaid-i- Azam University Campus, Islamabad whereas its six Sub-Centers are located at Karachi, Lahore, Fasilabad, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad and Quetta. PASTIC is currently offering wide ranging services such as supply of full-text S&T Documents, publication of primary (Pakistan Journal of Computer and Information System-PJCIS) and Secondary Journals (Pakistan Science Abstracts in Ten(10) Disciplines), Patent Information Service, Bibliographic Information Service, development of indigenous S&T databases, compilation of Union Catalogues and Directories, National Science Reference Library, Printing Services (Reprographic) ranging from Mimeographing, Photocopying and Microfilming to printing. PASTIC is dedicated to fulfil the ever-growing needs of information community in the field of Science, Engineering and Technology for research and development activities at national level.