Prof. Iqbal Choudhary Appointed COMSTECH Coordinator General

KARACHI - The President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, in his capacity as Chairman COMSTECH, has appointed Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary as the Coordinator General of COMSTECH (the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation).

A press statement, issued by the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, said on Thursday that Prof. Iqbal Choudhary was the second from the international center who has been appointed as COMSTECH coordinator general. Earlier, Prof. Atta-ur Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief, and Chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology also served COMSTECH on the same position.

It is pertinent to mention here that COMSTECH, the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) was established by the Third Islamic Summit of OIC held at Makkah, Saudi Arabia in January 1981. The President of Pakistan is Chairman of COMSTECH. The core mandate of COMSTECH is to strengthen cooperation among OIC Member States in science and technology, and to increase the capability of the Muslim countries in science and technology.

Prof. Choudhary, who is currently serving as ICCBS director, has 1355 publications in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry, including 67 international/ US patents, and 73 books, and 40 chapters in books, published by major U.S. and European publishers. Currently his h-index is 68 and has 27,394 citations. As many as 94 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.

Prof. Choudhary is one of the most decorated scientists of Pakistan who has been conferred not only with highest civil awards of Pakistan, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, and Hilal-i-Imtiaz, but also international awards. He is also a member of the National Commission for Science and Technology, chaired by the prime minister of Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Khalid Mehmood Irqai and Prof. Atta-ur Rahman congratulated him, and declared his outstanding achievement as an honour not only for the University but also for the whole nation.