The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) celebrated the “40 Years Commemoration of NIO” on 2nd January 2023. It was NIO’s first initiative to celebrate 40 years of Commemoration of NIO. Distinguished guests from former DGs NIO and alumni were invited. The program began with reciting the Holy Quran and the National Anthem of Pakistan. The opening program included introductory remarks and a wonderful video presentation of NIO's achievements of NIO in the last four decades such as Antarctic Expedition, Northern Arabian Sea Environment and Ecosystem Research (NASEER), and Continental Shelf Extension Program.
Dr. M.M.Rabbani (Former DG-NIO), Dr. Shahid Amjad (Former DG-NIO), Dr. Asif Inam (Former DG-NIO) addressed 1st Era (1981-1990), 2nd Era (1991-200), and 3rd Era (2001-2020) of NIO respectively. Brig(R) Akram (Associate, Friend of NIO) and Mr. Moazzam Khan (Former DG-MFD) expressed online their remarks of the day especially the role of NIO in Pakistan's first and second Antarctic expeditions. Current Director General NIO Dr. Samina Kidwai addressed a talk on NIO Vision 2040. Dr. Ibrahim Zia, Senior Research Officer and Project Director of GIS and RS Centre of Integrated Physical Oceanography Lab (IPOL) launched IPOL webpage and Weather Bulletin Flip Book. The souvenirs were presented to former Director Generals of NIO and alumni.
Over the years, the NIO has contributed significantly to the understanding of Pakistan's marine biodiversity, oceanography, and coastal processes. Their research has helped to identify and address issues related to marine pollution, climate change, and sustainable management of coastal resources.
Celebrating this anniversary is not only a recognition of the NIO's achievements but also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that lie ahead. With the growing impacts of climate change and increasing pressures on coastal and marine ecosystems, the work of organizations like the NIO is more critical than ever. The Celebration of 40 Years ended with a Group Photo and refreshment.