PAKISTAN HVACR SOCIETY – SERVING PROFESSION FOR OVER TWO DECADES
Before the formation of Pakistan HVACR Society HVACR activities were present in the Country but the professionals working in the Industry did not have a platform where all of them could come together and share their ideas and work together for the growth and advancement of this vital Industry.
The idea of HVACR representative body was conceived for the first time in 1993. At that time, National Institute of Technical Education Islamabad - Ministry of Education, wanted to hold a National Conference / Workshop on Air- conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. In June 1993, they approached leading Manufacturers, Contractors, Engineers and Consultants associated with the HVACR Profession & industry. The idea was to consolidate and promote HVACR activities in the Country. This objective appealed to all organizations associated with the HVACR field and full support was extended to NITE. It was decided to conduct a technical exhibition pertaining to HVACR products concurrently with a technical conference on issues & problems related to HVACR profession, trade & industry. It was decided to conduct the first Exhibition and Conference on October 23-24, 1993 at National Technical Teachers Training College Islamabad.
This event was a great success. The Conference provided an opportunity to all delegates associated with HVACR field to discuss the possibility of establishing a Society to look after the promotion of HVACR activities in the country. Subsequently, several meetings were held at Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi whichwere attended by delegates and HVACR professionals from almost all the major industrial towns of Pakistan.
In June 1994, a meeting was held in Karachi under the chairmanship of Mr. Anwar Saadat, whereby, it was decided to establish a society to promote the interest of HVACR field in the country. This was the beginning of Pakistan HVACR Society.
As with all new Societies the Pakistan HVACR Society passed through an extended teething period. Working procedures had to be laid down, byelaws were to be made and functional outlines had to be developed and finalized. It was agreed that once these matters were settled and Bylaws were in place, the Society would be in a better position to serve its members and the profession of HVACR.
Almost 2 decades later the Pakistan HVACR Society is one of the most vibrant and active Societies of the country. It has been successful in organizing regular Annual Conferences and Expos even though the country has been passing through one crisis after the other. It goes to the credit of the Founders of the Society and the subsequent leaders who had guided the Society through its initial years and helped it to become one of the best technical Societies of the Country.
It goes without saying that HVACR activities have tremendously progressed under the umbrella of the Society, but still a lot of work has to be done for the progress, prosperity and betterment of theHVACR profession.
Keen interest has been shown both by the business community and public at large whichis a very healthy sign and augurs well for the future of the Society. Being a representative body, well organized and informative institution the Pakistan HVACR Society should be of tremendous help to its members and other concerned professionals by guiding and informing them on the latest advancements in the HVACR field the world over. It can also advise various Government agencies and departments in formulating policies favorable to HVACR activities in the country.
The Pakistan HVACR Society has the following goals and objectives:
• To establish, maintain and operate an association of members from the profession of HVACR Engineering.
• To promote and advance activities of HVACR engineering sciences and technology.
• To provide a central platform for members to communicate, exchange views and ideas for development of products and services of HVACR industry.
• To develop professional skill by disseminating latest and uptodate information on global changes and developments in HVACR technology.
• To maintain high professional standards and to establish and maintain code of conduct.
• To conduct workshops, conferences, seminars and exhibitions for advancement of HVACR engineering sciences and technology.
• To provide assistance to different groups of HVACR industry, to form their individual associations and to provide guidance for keeping these associations active.
• To nominate delegates for participation in national and international seminars / exhibitions / forums.
The Pakistan HVACR Society has built up different forums and various committees at all levels. The Society goes into election after every two years and different bodies are elected to look after affairs of the Society. The most effective and powerful elected body is Executive Council at Head Quarter level. This body is headed by a President and meets after every 2-3 months. The Executive Council is supported by three chapters presently operative at Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi. The Executive Council comprises of 18 members and Mr. Mohammad Abbas Sajid is the President in chair, Mr. Shahbaz Khan - S. Vice President, Mr. Mubesher Ahmad- V. President, Ch. Nadeem A. Rauf- Honorary General Secretary, an Honorary Finance Secretary, a Media & Publication Secretary, three Chapter Chairmen and eight Council Members.
They are working on volunteer basis with no personal motives and devoting their time, energy, experience, skill and expertise for the cause of promotion of HVACR profession in Pakistan. The decisions takenin the Executive Council meetings are executed at branch level better known as Chapters. Similarly each Chapter Council is also directly elected and is headed by a Chapter Chairman. The Society has its principal office at Islamabad known as Society Head Quarter. At the moment, three local Councils are actively functional at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.
The Pakistan HVACR Society, right form its inception, has been marching ahead rapidly and has achieved big landmarks. These two decades of its history are full of life, developments, achievements, recognition and acceptance; a big history in a relatively short span of time.
The sphere of acceptance and recognition of Pakistan HVACR Society has even crossed the territorial boundaries of Pakistan. 1997was another important yearwhen the Society made a big achievement by obtaining affiliation with ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc). which is the largest institution of its kind in the world having more than 50,000 members worldwide.
The Society successfully made efforts for establishing of an ASHRAE Chapter in Pakistan. Eventually ASHRAE Pakistan Chapter was chartered in Karachi in September 2003; another feather in the Society’s cap. This became possible due to dedicated interest, prolonged and hectic efforts of the Society management and in particular, the then Society President, who had always been instrumental and looking for the possibilities of improvement and betterment of Society, both internally and externally.
Currently there are about two hundred ASHRAE members in Pakistan and we now have three ASHRAE chapters in Pakistan. We also have seven ASHRAE student Chapters in the country.
The Pakistan HVACR Society has successfully conducted annual exhibitions and Conferences on rotational basis at Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi. The interest shown by the industrial sector, businessmen groups and all concerned with HVACR activities, is definitely a healthy and encouraging sign for the progress, prosperity and technological advancement in the country.