Dr. Qasim Jan

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Qasim Jan is Advisor of the OIC Standing Committee on Scientific & Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Islamabad, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Peshawar. He obtained BSc Hons (Peshawar, 1964), MS (Oregon, 1967), PhD (London, 1977), and (Honorary) DSc (King’s College, 2009) degrees. He became a lecturer in University of Peshawar in 1968, a full Professor in 1983, Director of the National Centre for Geology in 1988, and Dean of the Faculty of Science in Feb. 1997. In 1994-95, he was a visiting Professor at the Univ. of Oregon, USA. He has availed prestigious fellowships/scholarships (Royal Society, Fulbright, British NERC, US NSF, British Council, USAID) and paid academic visits to many institutions. He has traveled extensively and delivered talks on the geology of Pakistan in Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia.

Qasim Jan is/was a member of governing bodies of many institutions, peer-review committees, and on the editorial boards of several journals. He remained Chairman of the Himalayan Regional Committee of the International Lithosphere Program (1998-2004). From Oct. 1997 to Dec. 2000, he served as Vice Chancellor (VC), Univ. of Peshawar, and July 2001 to Jan. 2004, as founder VC of Sarhad Univ., Peshawar. In 2004, he was titled as Distinguished National Professor by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, and from Oct. 2005 to Feb. 2010 served as VC of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Dr. Jan is a fellow/member of many learned societies, including Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Pakistan Acad. of Sciences (PAS), Nepal Geological Society (Honorary), and Mineralogical Soc. of Great Britain (Emeritus). He is currently Vice President of the PAS and Secretary General of the Association of the Academies of Sciences in Asia.

He has carried out extensive investigations of the geology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and tectonics of the Himalaya-Karakoram of Pakistan, with emphasis on crust-building and geodynamic processes. These have contributed to 1) better understanding of the geodynamics of NW Himalaya, 2) petrologic and tectonic evolution of the lower and middle continental crust in general and Kohistan arc in particular, 3) chemical mineralogy of chromite occurrences in Pakistan, 4) knowledge on seismicity in northern Pakistan, 5) publication of the seminal book “Geology and Tectonics of Pakistan” (Kazmi & Jan 1997), 6) compilation of the first reconnaissance geological map of northern Pakistan (Tahirkheli & Jan 1980), and 7) provision of a broad data base useful in research, planning and mineral industry. He participated actively in several national and international research projects, has 270 publications, edited ten special volumes on the geology of the Himalaya-Karakoram, and co-authored two books.

In addition to heavy involvement in research, as a senior Professor and Director, Dr. Jan played an important role in developing an academic institution of international reputation in Geology. As VC, his responsibilities have included the overall administration, academic/financial planning and development, resource management, and research activities of the universities he headed. He has received many awards and honours, some of which are: 1) ISESCO Prize in S&T for contributions in Geology (2010), 2) Pakistan Civil Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1999), Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1994); and Presidential Award Izaz-e-Fazeelat (1993), 3) Gold medals from Pak. Acad. Sciences (1980, 1997, 2009), 4) Ministry of S&T awards for outstanding research publications (1996) and Productivity Allowance for life-time research contributions (2001), and 5) Best book-authorship (Natural Sciences, 1995-97 period), Scientist of the Year (1990, 2009), and Earth Scientist of the Year (1986) awards, from PAS and National Book Foundation of Pakistan.

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