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Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Jan (Fellow, PAS) has Been Honoured with Prestigious Appointment as Member of the Provincial Interim Cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Saturday 18 August, 2023

It is indeed a matter of immense pride and honour for the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) to announce that Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qasim Jan, Fellow, PAS and distinguished National Professor (Emeritus), University of Peshawar has sworn in today 18 August, 2023 as a member of the provincial interim cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Saturday. He is amongst one of the new 12-member caretaker cabinet, comprising nine ministers and two advisers and a special assistant. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ghulam Ali administered the oath in a ceremony held at the Governor House which was attended by the KP caretaker Chief Minister, Mohammad Azam Khan and other distinguished guests and officials from KP.

It is noteworthy to mention with pride that Prof. Dr. Qasim Jan has served as former President Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). His prestigious appointment as Member of the Provincial Interim Cabinet of Khyber in fact speaks of the recognition of his executive management and meritorious achievements & services for the benefit of science and education in this country. Dr. Qasim Jan obtained his MS (Oregon, USA) and PhD (London, UK) degrees and is worldwide known for his extensive investigations of Creto-Tertiary island arc terrains in Kohistan Himalaya, Balochistan, and Neoproterozoic granitoids of Pakistan. He served as a distinguished Professor of Geology at the University of Peshawar for a long time before his appointment as Vice Chancellor of the same University. He is author/editor of hundreds of papers and books and has the prestige of being Fellow & Member of several academies and professional bodies, including the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamic World Academy of Sciences and Mineralogical Society London. He has held several important positions nationally and internationally, including Vice Chancellor of three universities. His honors include gold medals from PAS, Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award (National Book Foundation & PAS), Life-time Achievement Award (Assoc. Petrol. Geologists of PK), ISESCO Science Prize, and Hon. DSc from King’s College London and University of Leicester.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Geological Sciences, the Government of Pakistan conferred upon him the prestigious Civil Awards of Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1999), and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1993). The Pakistan Academy of Sciences wishes Prof. Dr. M. Qasim Jan many more awards and continued success in his endeavours to serve this country.

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