The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has recently elected the internationally famous Pakistani scientist Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary as TWAS Vice President for Central and South Asia for the four-year term from 2023 to 2026.

In a statement, the spokesman of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU) said that the council and the members of the TWAS intended to take benefit from the wide experience of Prof. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of ICCBS, and COMSTECH Coordinator General, in promoting science in the developing world.

It is pertinent to mention here that the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, known worldwide by its acronym, TWAS, supports sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. The Academy is based in Trieste, Italy.

It is also worth mentioning here that Prof Iqbal Choudhary has recently received the 2021 Mustafa (PBUH) Prize, the most prestigious prize of the Muslim World, for his services in the field of bio-organic chemistry. He has published 1,175 research papers in the fields of organic and bio-organic chemistry in international journals, 76 books, and 40 chapters in books published by major US and European press. He has secured 40 US patents so far. He has established several new centers for the support of industries and government organizations.

Dr Iqbal’s work has been cited by researchers from around the world — 32,000 times in total — and his h-index is 70. As many as 94 local and international scholars have completed their PhD degrees under his supervision so far.

Dr Iqbal has been awarded by different Pakistani governments with the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. He has been elected a fellow by renowned academies, including the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and Chemical Society of Pakistan (CSP).

Prof Iqbal has previously been honored by the president of Iran with the Khwarizmi International Award; president of Azerbaijan with the ECO Award in Education; and the prime minister of Pakistan with COMSTECH Award in Chemistry.

Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi and Prof Atta Ur Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief and former Federal Minister for Science and Technology, congratulated Prof Choudhary for his outstanding achievement.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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