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FCCU congratulates Dr Samina Mehnaz for having her accomplishments acknowledged in an article by While shedding light on her academic pursuits and achievements, the article reads, “She is undoubtedly an inspiration for all the young girls in Pakistan who want to pursue a career as a scientist. Prof Samina has undoubtedly set new standards of women empowerment in Pakistan.” It goes on to add that “she is not only an asset for Pakistan but also a very down-to-earth human being”.

Dr Samina is presently head of KAM-School of Life Sciences at FCCU. Among her many achievements is her appointment as Humboldt Ambassador Scientist by Alexander von Humbolt Foundation, Germany, for the period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018. In 2010, Dr Samina received Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and has also been the recipient of Pakistan Council of Science and Technology’s (PCST) Research Productivity Award (RPA) from 2011 to 2014.

According to PCST, she is one of the most productive scientists of Pakistan. Her recent work includes the continuation of her project characterizing secondary metabolites from the novel bacterium that she discovered from sugarcane stem, her potential work in the field of bio-fertilizers and bio-formulations. Dr Samina has also discovered a chemical compound and named it “Lahorenoic Acid” after her hometown Lahore.

Being a Researcher she has published many research papers in international journals which have been cited more than 2300 times, She is an Editor of two books titles “Bioformulations: For Sustainable Agriculture” and “Rhizophs: Plant Growth Promotion to Bioremdeiation” and author of six book chapters, published by Springer. Dr. Smaina has reviewed more than 140 research articles for more than 45 international journals including “Microbial Ecology” (Springer) the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology” (SGM,UK), Frontiers in Microbiology”, “PLOS One”, “Microbial Cell Factory”, BMC Microbiology” and Canadian Journal of Microbiology”.

She completed her PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and holds one pre and three post-doctorates. Moreover, she has published several research papers and has two books to her credit.

Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh completed B.Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry and M.Sc in Physical Chemistry with first class with first positions in both examinations. He has been duly awarded three gold medals for his outstanding academic performance in the M.Sc final Chemistry examination of the University of Karachi and was declared as the best student of the whole Faculty of Science. He earned Ph.D. in the field of Chemistry in 2003, first postdoctoral research (catalysis) in 2007 in Brazil on a fellowship awarded by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy and CNPq, Brazil and second postdoctoral research (nanomaterials) in 2010 in Malaysia awarded by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and TWAS. He has received other Awards/Shields/ Scholarships along with four gold medals for excellent performance in research and service to society.

He has over 19 years of professional experience and served the University of Karachi, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and GC University Lahore as a Registrar.

Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh has been awarded many international and national awards; selected by UNESCO and participated as a “Representative of Pakistan” in the first Assembly of the World Association of Young Scientists (WAYS) in Morocco in 2004, awarded “Young Chemist Award” by IUPAC in Italy in 2007, selected as “Young Scientist” by TWAS in Egypt and IAP in Germany in 2010, selected as “Young Scientist” by IAP/World Economic Forum to participate in the annual meeting of new champions 2010 in China, selected as “Young Researcher” in 2013 by the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting, awarded IUPAC-2015 Award for Chemists as an outstanding chemist from developing countries, received Gold Medal for Best Performance by Minister for Higher Education, Punjab in 2016, received SATHA Innovation Award 2018 with Gold Medal by South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA). He has been selected as “Productive Scientists of Pakistan” by PCST since 2005 and ranked 1st in Lahore, 4th in Punjab and 11th in Pakistan (Category Chemistry Young Scientists) in 2017, received Research Productivity Awards for the year 2012-2013, 2013-2014 (Category B with highest score from GC University Lahore), 2015-2016 (Category A and ranked at 1st in Lahore, 2nd in Punjab and 11th in Pakistan in Chemistry, over all 26th in Pakistan),  2017-2018 (Category C and ranked at 16th in Pakistan with the highest score from GC University Lahore) by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.

He has participated in many international conferences/training sponsored by UNESCO, IUPAC, TWAS, WAYS, UNU, IAP, PSF, AKB Stiftung, INS, IFA, INN, WHS, and HEC etc. He is a member of 15 international professional bodies. He has published more than 105 papers in international/national repute journals, published/edited 23 books, issued 07 US patents/applicationspresented 48 papers in international/national conferences and gave 54 plenary/invited lectures in 25 countries around the globe, he is the referee of 61 journals. He has won 06 major Research Grants from TWAS, USM, HEC, PSF, ORIC GCU in the area of nanotechnology, two industrial projects, established first-ever Nano-Chemistry Lab., at GC University Lahore and has supervised 44 M.Phil./Ph.D. theses. This biography is updated until November 2019.

 Research Interest:

  1. Nanotechnology:Synthesis of metal oxides nanoparticles, nanocomposites and thin films for their applications in nanofiltration for waste water, nano-fertilizer for slow release nitrogen/urea, catalysis, photodegradation of industrial wastes/organic pollutants/pesticides, solid oxides fuel cells, solar cells, antibiotic/anticancer nanodrugs, drug delivery & release, and toxicity of nanomaterials.
  2. Nano-Forensics:Analysis and health hazards of poisons in medicinal oils. Antimicrobial activities of drugs. Application of nanomaterials in degradation of explosive materials and development of nanopowders for latent fingerprints.
  3. Physical Chemistry:Kinetic study of electron transfer reactions. Reaction mechanism. Micellar effect and catalysis of organic/inorganic reactions of biological interest.

 US Patents/Applications Issued:

  1. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Development of nanofiltration system with La/SnO2-TiO2nanoparticles, US patent filing application No. 15/131,814, Patent. No. US 10,258,977 B2, Pub. Date of patent issued: 16 April 2019.
  2. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Muhammad Rehan Gul, and Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Ciprofloxacin loaded diethylaminoethyl cellulose nanoparticles, US patent filing application No. 14/516,824, Patent. No. US 9,555,009 B2, Date of patent issued: 31 January 2017.
  3. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Adarsh Shams, and Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Drug entrapment efficiency and sustained drug release of Chloramphenicol loaded polymeric-iron nanoparticles, US patent filing application No. 14/514,055, Patent. No. US 9,393,313 B2, Date of patent issued: 19 July 2016.
  4. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, ZnO-SiO2nanopowder for the development of latent fingerprints, US patent filing application No. 13/968,025, Pub. No.: US 2015/0050495 A1, Publication Date: 16 February 2015.
  5. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukhand Fizza Naseem, Nano-Leucite for Slow Release Nitrogen Fertilizer and Green Environment, US patent filing application No. 13/738,727, Patent No. US 8,911,526 B2, Date of patent issued: 16 December 2014.
  6. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukhand Rohana Adnan, Zinc oxide nanoflaks for treatment of pollutants, US patent filing application No. 13/609,962, Pub. No.: US 2014/0069819 A1, Publication Date: 13 March 2014.
  7. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Analytical Grade Salt, US patent filing application No. 13/216,232, Patent No. US 8,273,321 B1, Date of patent issued: 25 September 2012.

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Over 42 years of teaching, research and industrial management experience in various universities in Pakistan, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and pharmaceutical industry; supervised 20 PhD and several MS scholars in the areas of chemistry, chemical engineering and pharmacy. Fellow IUPAC, Fellow Pakistan Institute of Chemists, National Representative IUPAC (USA) – Chemistry & Human Health Division, Member Boards of Studies in Chemistry of several universities in Pakistan. Involved in teaching and research at graduate and post-graduate level. HEC-approved supervisor.

Research interests: Analytical, inorganic, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry. Currently my group is working on a number of projects including: isolation, modification and pharmaceutical applications of naturally occurring swellable biomaterials; drug delivery systems; design and discovery of metal-based drugs; interaction of metal-based drugs with amino acids, proteins and DNA; in silico synthesis and docking studies, nano-medicine; and mechano-chemical synthesis.


About 100 research publications in peer-reviewed international journals with a total impact factor greater than 142, h-index 16 and i10-index 31. Three patents (2 Pak and 1 US) of medicinal products. Reviewer of 20 peer-reviewed journals and served on editorial boards of three international journals.

Dr Saeed Shafqat joined FCC in 2007 as a Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Governance. Besides working on preparation of postgraduate academic programs in Public Policy, he started the publication of Research and News Quarterly at CPPG.

Since 2005, he has also been an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Affairs and Public Policy (SIPA), Columbia University (New York, USA). His research articles on culture, politics, security and various aspects of public policy, governance and civil service reform on Pakistan have been published in journals of international repute. Currently, he is the President of the Population Association of Pakistan (PAP), a professional association of demographers and interested social scientists. Dr. Shafqat is the elected president of PAP for 2009-10 (2-year term), and has the distinction of being the first non-demographer president. He is also the current Chairman of the Board of Governors at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad. Dr Shafqat is a founder member and former Chairman of the Department of Pakistan Studies (established 1973) at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has served as Chief Instructor and Warden, Pakistan Civil Services Academy during 1988-2001. Over this period, he imparted instruction and training to over 1,500 under-training officers (federal civil servants) who are now serving in different branches of government all over Pakistan. He has been President (1990) of Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad (and retains the distinction of being the only academic professional to head this research organization). Dr Saeed Shafqat was a Fulbright Fellow for the year 1992-93, and has been the Director of Fulbright Seminar in Pakistan for the years 1991 and 1994. He was Visiting Professor at MAISON DES SCIENCES DEL’HOMME, Paris (France) in 2000, and has also been Adjunct Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan). He was Quaid-i-Azam Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Pakistan Center at SIPA, Columbia University during 2001-05. He is a regional member on the Board of Directors, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also held the post of Chief Executive of National Trust for Population Welfare (NATPOW), Islamabad during 2005-06, which is the principal institution of the Ministry of Population Welfare for liaison with NGOs on family planning, reproductive health and community development.

From 2005-07, he was the Executive Director, National Institute of Population Studies (NIPS), Islamabad, the premier national institute on demographic and population studies, demographic and health surveys, training and capacity building. At NIPS, Dr Shafqat led a team of professionals who managed the conduct and successful completion of Pakistan Demographic & Health Survey 2006-07 (PDHS), funded by USAID. He was also instrumental in getting the PDHS 2006-07 Preliminary Findings Report published.

He is a Consultant and Master Trainer, and has done consultancies on educational reform, governance, institution building, electoral reform and democracy for Asian Development Bank, UNDP, GTZ, DFID and USAID. In 2007, he conducted a training workshop on USAID-Pakistan Legislative Strengthening program.

Dr. Saeed Shafqat, Professor was honored with the Chevalier des Palmed Académiques by the French Embassy in Pakistan. The Chevalier des Palmes Académiques is a very prestigious award given to those who have made significant contributions to French education and culture. The award was originally created by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte but has since evolved to an order of merit.

Dr Sikandar Hayat is Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), holding a dual appointment in the Department of History and Pakistan Studies and the Center for Public Policy and Governance, since early 2013. In 2014-17, he was Chairperson of the History Department. Earlier, in 2006-12, he was Directing Staff (Research) at the National Management College (formerly Pakistan Administrative Staff College) and Dean, National Institute of Public Policy at the National School of Public Policy, Lahore. In 1973-2006, he was faculty at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and, after serving for more than three decades, first at the Department of Pakistan Studies (founding faculty, till 1983) and later at the Department of History, he retired as Meritorious Professor and Chairperson of the Department of History. During this period, in 1991-1995, he was Education Counselor (Head of Education Division) at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, United States of America (USA). In 1995-96, he was American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) Scholar-in-Residence, and taught courses at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) and Arkansas State University (Jonesboro). He was AIPS Pakistan Lecture Series Speaker in 1990, 1997, and 2003, and delivered lectures on Pakistan at some of the leading universities in USA. In 2006, he was invited to teach a course on ‘Politics and Islam’ at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, under Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program, ‘Direct Access to the Muslim World’. He has been an HEC-approved Supervisor, and has supervised PhD dissertations and MPhil theses at the Quaid-i-Azam and FC College universities.

Dr. Hayat has been member of a host of professional associations in the United States and Pakistan, including Association for Asian Studies (USA); Middle East Studies Association (USA); Annual Conference on South Asia, UW-Madison (USA); Pakistan Society of Development Economists (Islamabad); Council of Social Sciences (Islamabad); and Pakistan History Society (Karachi). He has participated in many national and international conferences, both at home and abroad, especially in the USA.

Research Interests:

Dr Hayat’s primary research interests are Pakistan Movement (Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah Studies); British Indian History; Pakistan; Modern South Asia.

Publications (Recent):

In addition to numerous research papers, published in national and international journals, Dr Hayat’s most recent publications are:

  • Muslim Separatism and the Achievement of the Separate State of Pakistan: A Leadership Odyssey, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • ‘Ouaid-i-Azam’s Personality and its Role and Relevance in the Achievement of Pakistan’, in The Jinnah Anthology, 4thEdition, eds. Liaqat H. Merchant and Sharif al Mujahid (Karachi: Lightstone Publishers, 2018).
  • The Charismatic Leader: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Creation of Pakistan, Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks, 2nded.(Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2018). The first edition of the book was published in 2008, and is recipient of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) ‘Best Book Publication Award’ for Social Sciences and Humanities for books published in 2008-2009. The second, revised edition was published in 2014.
  • Aspects of the Pakistan Movement, 3rd (Islamabad: National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, 2016).
  • ‘Muslim Revival and Freedom Movement’, in A History of Pakistan, ed., Roger D. Long (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Currently, Dr Hayat is working on an edited volume tentatively titled, ‘Pakistan Studies: A Book of Readings,’ for college students in Pakistan (and abroad).

Over 15 years of teaching experience (since 2003) and 18 years of research experience including PhD (since 2000).

Research interests: Phytoremediation, Electron Microscopy, Plant Anatomy and Heavy Metals Toxicity


Book Publication:

Author of book: Flowering Plants: Structure and Industrial Products

International publications:

Research Papers Publications

  • Khan A.S., Hussain M.W. and Malik K.A. 2016. A possibility of using waterlily (Nymphaea alba) for reducing the toxic effects of chromium (Cr) in industrial wastewater. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 48(4): 1447-1452 (impact factor 0.658)
  • Khan A.S. and Rehan S. 2014. Environmental factors affect calcium oxalate crystals formation in Tradescantia pallida(Commelinaceae). Pakistan Journal of Botany, 46 (2): 477-482 (citation 5, impact factor 0.658)
  • Khan, A.S. and Chaudhry, N.Y. 2010. Florigenic effects of IAA for improving pistillate and staminate flowering in cucurbits under Pb stress. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 42(3): 1835-1840 (citation 2, impact factor 0.658)
  • Khan, A.S. 2008. IAA improves floral and fruit development in cucurbits under mercury stress. Plant Stress, 2 (1): 75-77.
  • Chaudhry, N.Y. and Khan, A.S. 2007. Role of mercury and exogenous IAA on xylem elements and sieve cells in Cucumis sativus Pakistan Journal of Botany, 39(1): 135-140 (citation 9, impact factor 0.658)
  • Chaudhry, N.Y. and Khan, A.S. 2006. Improvement of pistillate flowers yields with GA3in heavy metals treated plants. Plant Growth Regulation, 50: 211–217. (citation 9, impact factor 2.333)
  • Khan, A.S. and Chaudhry, N.Y. 2006. Peroxidase activity (POX) in some cucurbits under the stress of mercury and lead. Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, 4 (2): 274-276 (citation 3)
  • Khan, A.S. and Chaudhry, N.Y. 2006. GA3improves flower yield in some cucurbits treated with lead and mercury. African Journal of Biotechnology, 5(2): 149-153 (citation 29, impact factor 0.657)
  • Khan, A.S. and Chaudhry, N.Y. 2006. Auxins partially restore the cambial activity in Luffa cylindrica (Cucurbitaceae) under mercury stress. Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, 4(1): 276-281.
  • Khan, A.S. and Chaudhry, N.Y. 2005. Morphogenetic effects of mercury in Lagenaria siceraria(Mol) Stand1 and their partial reversal by exogenous auxin. Journal of General and Applied Plant Physiology, 31 (3-4): 225-234.
  • Razi, A. Samina M and Khan, A.S. 2018. Evaluation of potential of money plant (Epipremnum aureum Engl). in removing pollutants. Pakistan Journal of Botany (In press)
  • Wafee, C., Khan, A.S and Rehan S. 2018. Phytoremediation potential of Catharanthus roseus L. and effects of lead (Pb) toxicity on its morpho-anatomical features. Pakistan Journal of Botany, 50(4): 1323-1326.

National publication

  • Chaudhry, N.Y. and Khan, A.S. 2000. Effects of growth hormones i.e., GA3, IAA and kinetin on 1. Length and Diameter of Shoot, 2. Early Initiation of cambium and maturation of metaxylem elements in Cicer arietinumPakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 3 (8): 1263-1266.