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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 : 5th International Workshop for capacity building in Nematology has ended successfully


(12-22, FEBRUARY, 2018)


5th International Workshop for Capacity Building in Nematology was held from 12-22 February, 2018, which was jointly organized by Pakistan Society of Nematologists (PSN), National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) at National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan.


The workshop was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Ajmal Khan. In inaugural session, president of ECOSF and Pakistan Society of Nematologists, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro delivered the presidential address to more than 400 researchers, students and subject specialist. Director of NNRC Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz welcome the participants. Shield and souvenir were also presented the foreign participants.

A total of 47 participants, 12 from ECO countries, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan and 35 from all around the country also attended this training workshop.

The senior Scientist from International and National had presented the country report. In the same day Ms. Safia Siddiqi gave the memorable dinner in the honor of her late father Dr. M. Rafiq Siddiqi. A dinner was also arranged by Mr. Sohail Ahmed on behalf of his late father Dr. M.A. Maqbool who is also the father founder of NNRC.

During the past ten days NNRC provided information and experience through the series of informative lectures in the workshop. All the session were started from 9 o’ clock till 1 o’ clock at Council room, Dean Faculty of Science from initial to advance techniques in the series of lectures and after lunch lab exercises were taken at NNRC.

All the national and international participants visited expo center, Clifton beach, shopping malls and on 21st  February a cultural night show program was also arranged by NNRC for foreigners as well as for local participants for their enjoyment.

Pakistan Society of Nematologists and National Nematological Research Centre, University of Karachi have been holding national and International Capacity Building Workshops in Nematology ever since their establishment.

The chief guest Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro distributed shields and certificates to the participants at the end of the concluding ceremony of the workshop. All the foreign and local participants gave their remarks and concluded that “there is need to strengthen of cooperation and coordination among the ECO countries are indeed important and necessary”.



Tuesday, February 27, 2018 : Minutes of Meeting of the General Body of Pakistan Society of Nematologists (PSN) 12 Feb, 2018

A General Body Meeting of the PSN was held on the occasion of 5th International Workshop for Capacity Building in Nematology at Salimuzzaman Siddiqi Auditorium International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Karachi.

Following office bearers of the society attended the meeting:

  1. Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro (ECOSF), Islamabad

President (in chair)

  1. Dr. Nazir Javed Faisalabad

Vice President, Punjab

  1. Dr. Syed Asim Rehan Kazmi, Karachi

Vice President, Sindh

  1. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz, Karachi

 General Secretary / Treasurer

List of Society members attended the meeting is attached.


The meeting began with recitation from the Holy Quran.


Various matters related to the functioning of the Society were discussed and following decisions were made unanimously.


Item 1: Election for the post of President (PSN)


It was resolved with the collective decision of the Executive Council and Members of PSN that Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro will continue to serve as the President of the Society.


Item 2: Nomination of Vice Presidents

  • Prof. Dr. Nazir Javed proposed Prof. Dr. Tariq Mukhtar, Chairman Depatment of Plant Pathology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, for the post of Vice President from Punjab, and the Society approved the proposal.
  • Dr. Farman Ali, Assistant Professor, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan was elected as Vice President from KPK.
  • Mr. Taimoor Khan, Associate professor, Dept. of Agriculture, Uthal University, Lasbella, Balochistan was elected as Vice President from Balochistan.
  • Dr. Asim Rehan Kazmi, PARC, Karachi will remain the Vice President from Sindh.
  • Dr. Shahina Fayyaz will continue her services as General Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Dr. Ateeq-ur-Rehman was elected Joint Secretary with consensus.


Item 3: Revise criteria for PSN membership:

Continue with the already demonstrated by-laws pertaining to membership, however, the proposal from AJK and Gilgit Baltistan for creating new posts of Vice Presidents or Councillors would be looked into and considered in the next GB meeting for any modification in the by-laws.


Item 4: Ways and means to promote the science of Nematology in Pakistan


  1. Coordinated Research Projects will be designed by different institutes to involve different funding agencies and to develop the concrete association between researches all over the country.
  2. Development of Farmer field School to facilitate farmers and engage them in spreading information about nematology among their community.
  3. Establish networking among Society members through developing mobile app.
  4. Promotion of Nematology in Gilgit Baltistan Establish new setups or transfer technology to the concerned departments. However, it was suggested that the Department of Agriculture of GB may organize and host a workshop for advocacy with higher authorities and for building capacity of staff.  


Item 5: Improvement of PJN for getting X category as per HEC criteria


Any other item

Ms. Safia Siddiqi of the International Journal of Nematology (IJN) has proposed to revise the status of the Journal after Dr. Siddiqi’s Death and sought possibility of merger of IJN and PJN. The PSN members noted that a lot needs to be looked into options to decide. Thus, the Society authorized Dr. Shahina Fayyaz to negotiate with Ms. Safia on this matter.