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Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz retired on 3rd April, 2019 from National Nematological Research Centre, University of Karachi as a Director of the Centre.


Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz retired on 3rd April, 2019 from National Nematological Research Centre, University of Karachi as a Director of the Centre. A memorable gathering was arranged on 5th April, 2019 at NNRC, University of Karachi. The program began with the name of Almighty Allah and Naat Rasool-e-Maqbool (SWA).

Then luminous tributes were paid by staff members, colleagues, students and other distinguished guests present on this occasion. In a farewell speech some of the major accomplishments of her professional carrier were highlighted:

Meritorious Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz had a long and brilliant service of 37 years to the University of Karachi.  She served the NNRC for 37 long years with utmost dedication and perseverance.  Dr. Fayyaz is a distinguished, enthusiastic and dedicated Nematologist who has been associated with the Centre for the last 4 decades. Under her able guidance the NNRC has set new standards in the field of Nematology. We are highly grateful to her for all valuable skills, knowledge and all the positive qualities that she has instilled on everyone here in shaping our professional skills.

Prof Dr. Shahina Fayyaz has been honored from time to time with different awards like, Appreciation shields, Certificates, Marie-curie fellowship, Productively Allowances, and Gold Medal for her remarkable research accomplishments. Under her Directorship NNRC became ISO Certified Centre for the compliance of its Diagnostic Services and Educational Program. During her tenure the first Board of Governors meeting of NNRC was held in July, 2018 by her dedicated ad sincere efforts.

Biopesticides in the form of Entomopathogenic nematodes and plant products have been developed as alternate to chemical pesticides. In this regard, PAK NEMA and NNRC products are being used as biological control agents against insects and nematode pests of vegetables and fruits. These endeavors resulted in the achievement of one International and Ten National Industrial Patents and over 200 accessions for molecular characterization of EPN and root-knot nematodes, besides a new genus, new subfamily, several new species for the science and new records from Pakistan have been reported.  A part from this, 14 International and National Nematological events have been organized by her. 40 Research projects have been successfully completed, funded by several National and International agencies. 15 PhDs and 6 M. Phils, as well as numerous MS and BS project theses have been produced; while many post graduate students are doing research for their Ph. D degrees.



It is painful to say goodbye to a leader of her caliber. However, we all need to express our sincerest gratitude to her for her extraordinary contributions not only to this Centre but for every staff members. The NNRC staff wishes her good luck, happy and long life and success in future endeavors.

Besides saying goodbye to the former Director, the NNRC staff also welcomed the newly appointed Director of NNRC, Prof. Dr. Shahnaz Dawar. She also spoke on the occasion. At the end a shield of appreciation was presented to Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz on the behalf of NNRC team by the President of Pakistan Society of Nematologists, President of ECO Science Foundation, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro and Prof. Dr. Shahnaz Dawar.

Another shield was given on the behalf of the Ph. D. students of Dr. Fayyaz  by Dr. Syed Asim Rehan Kazmi. Afterwards all the colleagues, staff members and students showed their affection by giving their gifts and presents to Dr. Shahina Fayyaz. The graceful occasion came to an end with a wonderful lunch party.