Postgraduate Diploma (Pgd) In Food and Drug Analysis in a joint venture of the Department of Chemistry and Department of Pharmacy. This postgraduate diploma will be the first program of its nature in Pakistan to provide specialized training in food and drug analysis.


The one-year postgraduate diploma program is designed to produce trained analysts for food and pharmaceutical industries and government testing laboratories. The key feature of this program will be hands-on experience on major instruments used for the analysis of food and drugs. Therefore, in addition to class-based courses, special lab-based courses have been included in this program to provide practical training.

The safety of food and drugs is one of the major public health concerns in Pakistan. The falsified and substandard food and drug products cause many diseases and health issues. Consequently, the pharmaceutical and food industries are also keen to upgrade their quality control/assurance department. There is a need for a postgraduate program to produce trained analysts for the food and pharmaceutical industry as well as public sector organizations (drug and food testing laboratories, regulatory authorities, etc.).

This postgraduate diploma will be the first program of its nature in Pakistan to provide specialized training in food and drug analysis.

  • The Punjab Agriculture, Food and Drug Authority (PAFDA)
  • Pharmaceutical & Food industries (Above 1000 industrial units in Pakistan)
  • Drug testing laboratories (Punjab Government is establishing and developing DTLs )
  • Drug regulatory authorities (DRAP)
  • Food testing laboratories & Food authorities
  • Chemical industry.
  • Research organizations

Hands-on training will be the key feature of this program. Departments of Chemistry & Pharmacy are well equipped with laboratory instruments/equipment required for training in the field of food and drug analysis.

  • UV/visible spectrophotometer (for qualitative and quantitative assay of food and drugs)
  • FT-IR (for determination of functional groups)
  • NMR (60MHZ) spectrometer (for structure elucidation)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (to determine different elements in food and drugs)
  • CHNSO Analyzer (to determine the percent of C, H, N, S, or O in foods and drugs samples)
  • GC-MS (for detection of volatile components in food, beverages, and medicines)
  • HPLC (used for analysis of wide range of food and drug products)
  • Thermal Analyzer (TGA/DSC) (for the thermal degradation of the food and drugs)
  • Multimode Microplate Reader with fluorescence, absorbance, luminescence, and Alphascreen mode) can be used for wide variety of bio- and cell-based assays of food and drug products.
  • Chemistry Analyzer (to determine the concentration of metabolites, electrolytes, proteins, and/or drugs in body fluids)
  • Power Lab. (To study the pharmacological and physiological effects of food and drugs)
  • Karl Fisher Titrator (for moisture determinations)
  • Digital Polarized Microscope (for microscopic analysis of food and drug materials)
  • Hematology Analyzer (to determine effect of food and drug on blood cells)
  • Dissolution Apparatus (for dissolution studies)
  • Disintegration Apparatus (for determination of the disintegration)
  • Freeze Dryer (for lyophilization of food and drug samples)
  • Gel electrophoresis system
  • Tableting Machine

For working environment exposure, study tours of pharmaceuticals, food industries, and government testing laboratories will be arranged.

  • Number of semesters = 2
  • Number of credit hours: 24 (4 class- and 4 lab-based courses of 3 credits each)
  • This is an evening program, especially designed to facilitate people on job.

Dr Dildar Ahmed


PhD (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi)
MSc (University of Karachi)
Course on Science Religion and Environment (Cambridge University, UK)
Room # 103, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 509

Dr Mariya-al-Rashida

Chairperson & Associate Professor

PhD (University of the Punjab, Lahore)

Dr Abdul Haleem Khan

Chairperson & Associate Professor

PhD (Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan)
Room # 155, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 597

Dr Christy Munir

Professor Emeritus of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

PhD (Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
MSc (University of Peshawar, Peshawar)
Ext: 304
Room # 122, Armacost Science Building

Dr Athar Yaseen Khan

Professor of Physical Chemistry

PhD (University of Southampton, UK) Postdoctorate (State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton)

Dr Muhammad Saeed Iqbal

Professor of Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry

PhD (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)
MSc (University of the Punjab)
Room # 159, Peter H Armacost Building
Ext: 563

Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh

Associate Professor

Post Doctorate in Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Characterization and Application (Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia)
Post Doctorate in Physical Chemistry; Catalysis, Micellar Effects, Kinetics (Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil)
PhD Chemistry (University of Karachi)
Room # 147, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 555

Dr Shazma Azeem

Assistant Professor of Inorganic/Analytical Chemistry

PhD (Government College University, Lahore in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, UK)
MPhil (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)
Room # 164, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 601

Dr Seemal Jelani

Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry

PhD (University of Punjab, Lahore)
MSc (University of Punjab, Lahore)
Ext: 595
Room # 163, Armacost Science Building

Dr Muhammad Nadeem Asghar

Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry

PhD (Government College University, Lahore)
MPhil Chemistry (GCU, Lahore)
MPhil Mol. Biol. (CEMB, PU, Lahore)
Ext: 603
Room # 146, Armacost Science Building

Dr Hira Khalid

Associate Professor

PhD (GC University Lahore in collaboration with University of Washington, Seattle)
MS (University of the Punjab)
Room # 153, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 562

Dr Muhammad Tariq Qamar

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry

PhD (KAU Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
MPhil (QAU, Islamabad)
MSc (QAU, Islamabad)
BSc (GCU, Lahore)
Room # 141, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 507

Dr Atta ur Rehman

Associate Professor

PhD (Groningen University, Institute of Drug Exploration, Netherlands)
MPhil (CEMB, Punjab University), B-Pharm (University of Lahore)
Room # 156, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 610

Dr Hafiz Muhammad Mazhar Asjad

Assistant Professor

PhD Pharmacology (Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
MPhil Pharmacology (University of Sargodha)
Pharm-D (University of Sargodha)
Room # 151, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 610

Dr Khurram Rehman

Assistant Professor

PhD Pharmaceutical Technology (National University of Malaysia)
MS Pharmaceutical Analysis (National University of Malaysia)
PharmD (University of Lahore)
Room # 151, Armacost Science Building

Dr Laiba Arshad

Assistant Professor

PhD Pharmacology (The National University of Malaysia)
MPhil Pharmacology (University of Sargodha)
PharmD (University of Sargodha)
Room # 154, Armacost Science Building

Dr Omer Salman Qureshi

Assistant Professor

Room # 156, Armacost Science Building
Ext: 610

Dr Mariya-al-Rashida

Chairperson & Associate Professor

PhD (University of the Punjab, Lahore)

Admission Timeline: 

AAdmissions BeginJune 1, 2020
BLast Date for Submission of FormAugust 13, 2020

Date: TBD

(For all the updates check university website)

Time: TBD

Venue: TBD

DMerit ListSubject to University Opening
ELast Date for Fee SubmissionSubject to University Opening
FClasses BeginOctober 26, 2020

Online Application Link:

Click here to apply

Now accepting admission applications. For details, contact Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh at

Graduates holding PharmD, BS (Food Tech.), BS (Chemistry), BS (Biology/Biotechnology) or equivalent degrees, employees of pharmaceutical and food industries willing to enhance/refresh their knowledge and instrument handling skills. MPhil degree holders in above-mentioned fields are also eligible to apply.