Syed Shaukat Hasan did his matriculation from Model High School (1964), Hyderabad (Sindh), I.Sc from Government College (1966), Hyderabad, BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Sindh (1969), Jamshoro and M.Sc. Physics in Nuclear Physics (1970) from the University of Sindh. His first job was as a teacher in Allama Iqbal High School, Hyderabad (Dec. 1970- Nov. 1971). He joined the Reactor School (now known as PIEAS) at the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Nilore and did M.Sc. Nuclear Technology from Quaid- i- Azam University, in 1974.
Mr Shaukat Hassan started working as a Scientific Officer in the former Nuclear Safety and Licensing Division (NSLD) of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and served for more than twenty years. The area of specialization at that time was radiation protection and environmental safety. During service in NSLD, he proceeded to USA in 1977 and earned another Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Then joined the PAEC Headquarters (International Affairs and Training Division) in 1998 and served there for more than three years (from May 1998 to November 2001). The years in PAEC Headquarters were spent reviewing and analyzing issues related to disarmament and non proliferation and international treaties and conventions having a bearing on Pakistan’s nuclear Program.
From November 2001 to July 2005, Mr Syed Shaukat Hasan served in the Permanent Mission of Pakistan at Geneva as Minister Technical and represented Pakistan at the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and provided expert advice to the Ambassador and Foreign Office on issues discussed in the CD. Also provided assistance regarding bilateral cooperation programs between PAEC and the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN). After rejoining PAEC Headquarters in August 2005 established the Disarmament and Safeguards Division and served as its Director for almost ten years. The Disarmament and Safeguard Division provided expert advice to various PAEC establishments, Foreign Office and other government departments on matters related to safety, security and safeguards.
In addition to the responsibilities as Director (Disarmament and Safeguards), held the Post of the Director General (International Affairs and Training) for about eight months. During more than forty years of service in PAEC several programs, interalia, in radiation protection; environmental safety; radioactive waste management; emergency planning and preparedness, training in the area of nuclear law, disarmament and safeguards were conceptualized and initiated. He served as a member of the team which drafted the first regulations on nuclear safety and radiation protection in Pakistan and was also one of the first few experts who performed calculations for the Site Evaluation Report (SER) of the site of the Chashma Nuclear Power Plants.
Have a distinction of among the very few persons in PAEC who are trained technically, but have also served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs having the rare experience of engaging with international nuclear players and learning the nuances of nuclear interplay. This unique experience has helped in conducting critical analysis of various issues in the use of nuclear energy. He had a leading role in the review and analysis of disarmament and nonproliferation issues having a bearing on PAEC programs, including international conventions and treaties, such as the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Comprehensive (nuclear) Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), (yet to be negotiated, Fissile Material Cut off Treaty (FMCT), Convention on Nuclear Safety, Early Notification and Emergency Assistance Conventions, Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material(CPPNM), Radioactive Waste Management Convention, Export Control Guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), international conventions on civil nuclear liability (Paris and Vienna Conventions and Supplementary Compensation Convention), etc.
During service as an expert on international nuclear affairs, prepared and submitted numerous briefs and position papers to Chairman PAEC and accompanied him to several Board and General Conference meetings of the IAEA, in addition to the Nuclear Industry Summits in Seoul and Amsterdam, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Having an interest in teaching, have also conducted several training courses and have taught subjects including radiation protection and shielding, nuclear safety and mathematics at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS). He has delivered a number of lectures on several nuclear issues including nuclear safeguards, international convention and treaties, civil nuclear liability, physical protection of nuclear material and facilities, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, etc. After retirement from PAEC the search for knowledge continues as it should be at every stage in one’s life.