The Higher Education Commission (HEC) conferred awards on 33 outstanding researchers and scholars of the country on Monday.
The ceremony titled “Outstanding Research Awards” was held at the HEC Secretariat, where the “merited winners” were handed out awards under different categories: Lifetime Academic Achievement, Best Innovator, Best Book Publication, Best Research Paper and Best Young Research Scholar.
Academics from six varied disciplines, including Biological Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Basic and Applied Sciences, Management Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, were given the awards.
The Life Time Achievement Award was given out to Agha Khan University Professor Dr Anwarul Hassan Gilani and University of Karachi Professor Dr Bina Shaheen Siddiqui, whereas, the Best Innovator Award went to the associate professor from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Abbottabad Dr Robina Farooq. Assistant professor from the University of the Punjab Dr Ghazala Nasim, Hamdard University Karachi Vice Chancellor Dr Nasim A Khan and National Management College Lahore’s Director Staff (Research) Dr Sikandar Hayat won the Best Book Publication awards.
Moreover, the Best Research Paper Award was handed out to several academics and scientists for their “outstanding work”. The winners were Punjab Institute of Nuclear Medicine Principal Medical Officer Dr Muhammad Saeed Akhtar, junior scientist at the National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Samina Anwar, research associate from University of the Punjab Dr Muhammad Ilyas, senior scientist at Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture Dr Muhammad Irfaq Khan, Dr Asif Mir from International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), University of the Balochistan Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Ayub Kakar, Professor Dr Syed Tauseef Mohyuddin from HITEC University of Taxila, senior scientist from Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science Dr Muhammad Atif and IIUI’s Dr Ahmer Mehmood.
Furthermore, assistant professor from Military College of Signals Dr Asif Masood, HEC research fellow from University of Sindh Imdadullah Qureshi, CIIT Abbottabad’s Scientific Officer Maria Siddique, assistant professor at CIIT Lahore Kashif Imran, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Professor Dr Khanji Harijan, Principal Engineer SES Directorate Islamabad Qarab Raza, Dean University of Management and Technology Lahore Dr Abdul Aziz Bhatti, Balochistan University of Information Technology Professor Dr Faheemudin, University of the Punjab Assistant Professor Dr Muhammad Usman Awan, associate professor from University of the Punjab Nasir Mahmood, Director IIUI Muhammad Munir and University of the Punjab Lecturer Dr Muhammad Arshad were also conferred the Best Research Paper awards.
Dr Pashtoon Murtaza Kasi, an intern at the Aga Khan University, a lecturer from University of Sindh Jamshoro Dr Hassan Imran Afridi, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) lecturer Dr Syed Muneer Hussain Shahabad, associate professor from QAU Dr Tassawar Hayat, assistant professor from National University of Sciences and Technology Dr Syed Ali Khayam and Federal College of Education Lecturer Aijaz Ahmed Gujjar, won the Best Young Research Scholar awards.
HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari said that the purpose of these awards is to recognise and reward achievements of Pakistani researchers in all areas of knowledge. University research is directly linked to the economic growth of any country which is evident by the developments taking place across the globe, he added. Praising the researchers for their work, Executive Director HEC Dr Sohail Naqvi said, “They have proved that they are second to none in world-class research.”
Similarly, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali, while addressing the audience, said that due to initiatives of HEC scholars are engaging in active research activities.
An official from HEC said that each year, applications are invited from all over Pakistan for these awards, for which a transparent and competitive mechanism has been adopted.
“The selection is made after scrutinising the research work of applicants, which is evaluated by judges nominated by the Research Awards Management Committee,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2011.