Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
In April 2019, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf was appointed vice-chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Prof. Dr. Ashraf is a Fulbright alumnus, who was a visiting scientist at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA from 1993 to 1994. He also received the Fulbright Research Award. He has previously served as Chairperson Pakistan Science Foundation, Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan, and Dean and Professor of Faculty of Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
He was declared a highly cited researcher by the Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters, USA) for 2018. This honor has been previously conferred on only four Pakistani scientists; globally also, the list comprises of the top one percent of scientists. Prof. Dr. Ashraf was also ranked the top scientist of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), comprising 57 countries, by securing 4306 points in Biological Sciences in 2007 by the COMSTECH of the OIC countries. Furthermore, he ranked as the top scientist in biological sciences in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010 by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology. He attained the third position among the scientists from all disciplines in Pakistan in 2017 by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf has over 20 awards, including the Sitara-i-Imtiaz.
Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti
In July 2019, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti was appointed vice-chancellor of Shaikh Ayaz University of Shikarpur by the Government of Sindh. Prof. Dr. Bhatti has served for five years in key administrative positions of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad, including Executive Director (August 2015 to February 2016), Member Operations and Planning and Member Human Resource Development. After completing his five-year deputation at HEC, he joined Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.
Prof. Dr. Bhatti has also served as Meritorious Professor (Top National Services Scale-Grade 22) since 2011 and is founding pro-vice-chancellor of Shikarpur Campus of Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh. He has more than 50 research papers to his credit and has supervised M.Phil./PhD’s managing critical conservation projects with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Pakistan), Pakistan Science Foundation and Higher Education Commission.
Prof. Dr. Bhatti holds a PhD degree from the University of London, UK in 1995, and is a Fulbright Scholar who completed his post-doc in Biological Sciences at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri, from 2012-2013.