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Obituary - Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan (July 01, 1952 - May 04, 2019)

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The Officers of Pakistan Society of Nematologists (PSN) and Staff of the National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi share the deep sorrow of all colleagues and research students of NNRC for the sudden death of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan, the Vice Chencellor of University of Karachi. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a world renowned Botanists and a Visionary human being. We pray to Allah Almighty; the departed soul may rest in eternal peace in heaven, Aameen!

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan, one of the prominent Botanists, Distinguished National Professor, a revered scholar, high caliber scientist and internationally recognized authority in Halophytes, passed away early morning on Saturday, 04 May 2019 due to cardiac arrest; he was 66 years old. His death is a great loss for the country especially the academic community.

Dr. Khan was the 17th VC of KU from January 23, 2017 to May 3, 2019. He was also the founding director of the University’s Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization. His research interest had been the salt tolerant plants (halophytes), their physiology, biochemistry and ecophysiology and he had developed cash-crop halophytes. Sustainable Halophyte Utilization. His research interest had been the Salt tolerant plants (halophytes), their physiology, biochemistry and ecophysiology and he had developed cash-crop halophytes.

Dr. Khan’s teaching and research career spread over 44 years. For his outstanding services in plant sciences he had received numerous prestigious local and international awards, including Presidential Award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz, 2008, title of Distinguished Scientists of the year 2008 in Botany. He had also received fellowship of Fulbright Academy of Sciences and The World Innovation Foundation, Switzerland, in 2006, HEC-Distinguished National Professor and Honourable Professor, Shijiazhuang Institute for Agriculture Modernization, China in 2005, fellowship of Islamic World Academy of Sciences, fellowship of Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) in 2003, fellowship of Pakistan Academy of Science and Presidential award of Pride of Performance in August 2001. He also served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar Shell Professorial Chair in Sustainable Development, Qatar University. He was awarded D. Sc. in Botany by the KU in 2010, earned Ph. D in Physiological Ecology from Ohio University in 1985, did B. Sc. (Hons) and M. Sc. in Plant Physiology from the KU in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Prof. Ajmal Khan will always be remembered in the entire research community for inspiring us with his engaging personality, teaching abilities, scientific expertise, and dedication to improve the standard of the University of Karachi. He was energetic and enthusiastic about science and Karachi University and had been struggling to make KU one of the best universities.