Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan

The Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan (ASA) (Persian: آکادمی علوم افغانستان, Pashto: د علومو اکاډمي نښه) is the official government agency of Afghanistan that regulates the Pashto and Dari Persian[citation needed] languages spoken in Afghanistan. It also works with Tajikistan and Iran's official government agencies to regulate literature.

Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan
Persian: آکادمی علوم افغانستان
Pashto: د علومو اکاډمي نښه
Government agency overview
Formed1978; 44 years ago (1978)
JurisdictionAfghanistan
Government agency executive
  • Shaykh-ul-Hadith Farid-ud-Din Mahmood[1], President

The Academy was founded in 1978 by Dr. Gul Mohammed Noorzai, a historian, writer, and linguist as a result of the merging of older academic associations.[2] The Academy has more than 300 research fellows, divided into three main groups: social science, natural sciences, and Islamic studies.

During years of civil war many research institutes in Afghanistan have been destroyed. The ASA building as well lacks adequate infrastructure, laboratories, equipment and libraries.[3]


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