The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) started in May 2004. It had already been mentioned in the Megaproject for NUST and given its name in it. A preliminary PC1 had been prepared for it by Drs. M. Rafique and Azad A. Siddiqui of the Basic Sciences Department of the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering. It had then been left pending for implementation much later. However, when Prof. Asghar Qadir of the Department of Mathematics of the QuaidiAzam University, who also works as a physicist, took early retirement from his University in March 2004 and became available to take other employment in May 2004, he was appointed as Director of SNS.
Admission to the MPhil leading to PhD was advertised and the PC1 for the School was prepared and submitted to the Higher Education Commission right away. The PC1 consisted of three phases: the first just had an MPhil leading to PhD in Mathematics; the second, to start four years later, an MPhil leading to PhD in Theoretical Physics; the third (three years later) to extend into Experimental Physics and to start a 4year BS programme, in at least Mathematics. The intention was to have 20 students admitted to each of the graduate programmes and 40 for the BS. It took two years before the PC1 was approved. In the mean time SNS had already got 5 PhD students and awarded an MPhil to one more. A second batch of some 7 students had also been admitted. The second phase was started after 4 years (2 years after the PC1 had been approved) and the third phase after another 2 years. Prof. Siddiqui took over as Principal SNS in 2011.
Though the School had only one faculty member at the time, Dr. Khalid Saifullah came as visiting faculty from the QuaidiAzam Univeersity and Drs. Rafique and Siddiqui. The faculty built up reasonably fast but the growth of the student body was more sporadic (see tables below) and the research issuing from SNS increased rapidly (see graphs in the research section of webpage). Despite the original plan, the Mathematics students admitted for the MPhil/PhD increased to 30. While some Physics faculty was inducted early on, there was no attempt to hire a lot of physicists at that time, the concentration being on Mathematics. With more Physics faculty being inducted from 2011 it was decided to separate the Departments of Mathematics and Physics. Though the same faculty taught and supervised in both departments they were administratively counted in only one. The increase in the faculty strength in Mathematics and Physics at SNS is given in the table below. As such, Mathematics and Physics are shown separately for 2011 and 2012.
Table 1. MPhil/PhD Students in Mathematics at SNS
2004 
8 
3 
5 


1 
 
2005 
7 
2 
5 


1 
 
2006 
8 
6 
2 


2 
 
2007 
10 
6 
4 


3 
 
2008 
11 
5

6 


0 
 
2009 
9 
8 
1 


1 
1 
2010 
22 
17 
5 


6 
3 
2011 
30 
28 
2 


3

4 
2012 
27 
26 
1 


7 
5 
2013 
43 
39

4 


26 
1 
2014

48 
41 
7



16 
4

2015

37 
29 
8 


22 
5 
2016

35 
29 
6 


27 
3 
2017

37 
28 
9 


19 
0 
Table 2. BS in MathematicS/PHYSICS at SNS
BS MathematicsI (2010) 
18 
13 
 
BS MathematicsII (2011) 
37 
29 
 
BS MathematicsIII (2012) 
33 
30 
 
BS MathematicsIV (2013) 
41 
32 
 
BS MathematicsV (2014) 
50 
41 
13 
BS PhysicsI (2014) 
57 
47 
 
BS MathematicsVI (2015) 
53 
35 
24 
BS PhysicsII (2015) 
56 
40 
 
BS MathematicsVII (2016) 
51 
47 
28 
BS PhysicsIII (2016) 
44 
43 
 
BS MathematicsVIII (2017) 
40 
40 
26 
BS PhysicsIV

53 
43 
 
Total 
530

440 
91

Table 3. MPhil/PhD Students in Physics at SNS
2008 
3 
3 
 


 
 
2009 
7 
7 




 
 
2010 
6 
4 
2 


 
 
2011 
18 
18 
 


4 
 
2012 
16 
15 
1 


2 
 
2013 
28 
27 
1 


3 
 
2014

26 
22 
4 


4 
 
2015

23 
22 
1 


7 
 
2016

26 
24 
1 


13 
 
2017

26 
22 
4 


10 
 
TABLE 3. MPHIL/PHD STUDENTS IN CHEMISTRY AT SNS
2014

28 
24 
4 


 
 
2015

29 
25 
4 


 
 
2016

28 
23 
5 


 
 
2017

30 
24 
6 


19 
 







