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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.