Dr. M. Asif Khan (TI)
HEC Distinguished National Professor
- DIC, (Post-Graduate Diploma), Imperial College, London 1992.
- PhD, Imperial College, London University, 1988.
- MSc, University of Peshawar, 1980.
- B.Sc (Hons.), University of Peshawar, 1979.
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS:
- University of Texas, Dallas, 1993-1994.Fulbright Fellowship, Programs
- Penn State University, USA, 1994. National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Oxford University, UK, 1998-1999. Commonwealth Fellowship, Department
- Lehigh University, USA, 2004-2005. NSF Fellowship
AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS:
- Civil Award of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz , 2000.
- Distinguished National Professor, Higher Education Commission, 2012.
- Fellow, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2009)
- Elected Member Executive Council, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2010-2014).
- Honorary Life -Time Fellow, Geological Society of London (2008).
- Gold Medal in Earth Sciences, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, 2002.
- Pakistan Book Council Scientist of the Year Award, 1991.
HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
- Executive Director, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University
Pakistan (October 2005-Feb, 2014).
- Acting Executive Director, National Centre of Excellence in Geology,
Peshawar, Pakistan (Dec 2001-June 2002).
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Vice Chancellor's Message
The KIU occupies a world-wide unique position at the junction of
worlds' greatest mountain ranges including Himalayas, Karakoram and
Hindu Kush. These mountain ranges serve as a unique laboratory for
natural sciences. I have an honour of being one of the leading geoscientists
in the country for past two decades and my entire research spanning
32 years has remained focused on this region. This is reflected in
my book entitled "Tectonics of Nanga Parbat Syntaxis and Western
Himalayas" published by Geological Society London. Additionally
I have published ~ 200 research publications and two coloured geological
maps on this region.
Under prevailing geopolitical situation whereby the tourism industry
has come to stand still, irrigation channels feeding the meager agricultural
resources are fast drying up due to glacier retreat in response to
climate change and trade with China is at standstill due to inaccessibility
across the Attaabad Lake; KIU is the only light of hope for the population
of the region. KIU can contribute to knowledge economy through skill
development and focus on improving livelihood.
Whereas the traditional subjects like numerical/computer sciences,
economics and business/public administration already offered at the
KIU need to be continued, KIU needs to focus on its strength i.e.
natural resources. Student population at KIU needs to be equipped
with skills that can help them utilize their natural resources in
a sustainable way not only to generate livelihood but to improve socioeconomic
conditions of the population. Just an example, the traditional panning
for placer gold in Indus River sand can serve as an unending source
of livelihood for thousands of unemployed families provided the local
knowledge is combined with scientific knowledge. Scientific mining
techniques for gemstones and building stones, exploration knowledge
for metallic and rare-earth minerals needs to be the focus of the
KIU professional training. On energy side, small-scale (village or
house-hold scale) power turbines and exploitation of geothermal resources
are badly neglected that can revolutionize life styles for generations.
Medicinal plants are another area where a lot of livelihood can be
generated through local knowledge combined with scientific research.
In this context, the KIU needs to focus on natural/social sciences
and engineering specific to natural mountain environment. These may
include glaciology, water resources management, hydrology, arid-agriculture
and irrigation, engineering (geological, geophysical, geotechnical,
environmental and water resource), physical geography, anthropology,
sociology, archaeology, forestry, high-altitude flora/fauna, tourism/hospitality
industry, Central Asia history, natural hazards, disaster risk reduction
and climate change studies.
My joining the KIU is purely strategical. I am committed to change
the entire outlook of the university to make it a centre of excellence
in mountain areas' development to ensure its role in community uplift
and prosperity. In this context I appeal to the students, faculty
and people of Gilgit-Baltistan to extend me their full support. On
my behalf, I promise that from now on every admission, induction and
appointment at the KIU will be purely based on merit and performance.
Let's together strive for making KIU a truly international university.