KARACHI- Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Islamabad has declared Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), the most productive scientists of Pakistan.
Dr. Iqbal Choudhary was selected from around 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan. Under the umbrella of ICCBS, Dr. Iqbal Choudhary also heads HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, KU and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, Ku.
The PCST, in its recent directory titled “Productive Scientists of Pakistan 2013-14”, has ranked the KU scientist the top among 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan, employed in public/private sector Universities, colleges and R& D organistions, who have contributed in research, supervision of students and any other productive work during the period 1960-2013-14.
An official of the ICCBS said that the scoring system takes into account different factors from which the academic status and output of scientists and engineers is judged. These include research publications at national and international level, books written or edited, supervision of PhD, MPhil or MSc students, international awards, research grants won, impact factor of the journals in which the research papers were published, citation figures for the papers that were published in science citation index.
As per the said criteria, in the field of chemistry, Dr Iqbal Choudhary has lead over 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan, he said. It is also pertinent to mention here that six more scientists of ICCBS-KU are included among the leading productive scientists of the country in the field of chemistry. The names of these scientists included Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf (17th rank), Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, former Chairman of the Higher Education Commission Pakistan (20th), Dr. Zaheer-ul-Haq (24th), Prof. Dr. Khalid Muhammad Khan (28th), Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah (52nd) and Prof. Wiqar Uddin Ahmed (92nd).
Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser has congratulated these scientists on their great achievements.