Prof. Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik (H.I., S.I, T.I), Fellow, PAS takes Oath as Caretaker Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research on Monday 11 September, 2023
It is indeed a matter of great honour and immense pride for the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) to announce that Prof. Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik, Fellow, PAS has taken oath as Caretaker Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research today 11 September, 2023. The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi administered him the oath in a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad. It is noteworthy to mention with pride that Prof. Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik is Fellow Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) elected in 1995. Since then, he has also served from time to time in various capacities as Member of the PAS Executive Council. He has also served as Secretary, Lahore Chapter of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences from 2010-2012. His prestigious appointment as Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research in fact speaks of the recognition of his executive management and meritorious achievements & services for the benefit of Agriculture, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and Life Sciences in this country.
Prof. Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik obtained his B.Sc. (Hon’s) degree in 1964 and M.Sc. (Hon’s) Degree in 1965 from Government College-Lahore, University of The Punjab and his PhD in 1970 from University of Aston, Birmingham, UK. Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik is worldwide known for his extensive investigations and excellence in the domain of Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and Life Sciences. At the platform of Pakistan Academy of Sciences, he has published several articles and policy documents in the domain of Life Sciences and Bioenergy. Presently, he is serving as Distinguished National Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, F.C. College, Lahore.
Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik has also been a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) since 1997; Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow (1974-1975), Member Board of Trustees, International Foundation for Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden (1997 to date); Board of Trustees WWF-Pakistan (2004-2010); and several other distinctions.
Dr. Malik has held several important positions nationally and internationally, including Vice Chairman-Punjab Agriculture, Food and Drug Authority since 2016; Member, Food and Agriculture, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan (2006-2008); Member, Biosciences and Administration, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (2001-2006; Honorary Secretary, National Commission on Biotechnology (2001-2008); Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad (1998-2001); Director General, National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Faisalabad ((1997-1998); as well as Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Biophysics, University of Hanover, Germany (1986).
Dr. Malik’s prominent honors include ISESCO Prize in Biology (1997); Gold Medals from Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1993); Certificate of Commendation for Scientific Research in Biology, Government of Pakistan (1998); and Distinguished National Professor, HEC (2006-to date). In recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, the Government of Pakistan conferred upon him the prestigious Civil Awards of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2004), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1998), and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1988). He is also Life Time Member of the Pakistan Nuclear Society.
The Pakistan Academy of Sciences wishes Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik many more awards and continued success in his future endeavors to serve this country.