Country loses one of the ‘most productive’ scientists
LAHORE: The Vice-Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Dr Muhammad Naseer Khan, who lost his life in the tragic air crash Monday, was an iconic figure in the field of material sciences and leaves the stage prematurely after a thoroughly eventful career.
He was serving as the Rector of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), Topi, before joining the BZU on May 2, 2005. He immediately took up the task to revamp the academic and research infrastructure of the premier institution and some 18-20 such projects were in the pipeline including the establishment of BZU sub-campuses in Dera Ghazi Khan and Sahiwal.
He is survived by a wife, three sons and two daughters. Dr Khan was also a British national and had decided to serve his homeland for the love of the land instead of opting for greener pastures.
While working abroad in different academic institutions, he played a key role in establishing scientific and technical collaboration between foreign and home universities during his stay at GIKI of late and at BZU, Multan, more recently. At the GIKI, he had established a state-of-the-art research laboratory titled ‘Fabrication and Characterisation of Advanced Materials’ in the faculty of Engineering Sciences. As BZU VC, he endeavoured to create conducive work environment in the previously politicised and troubled institution and took unprecedented bold steps to achieve outstanding results.