Prof Nasim Ahmad assumes charge of UVAS Vice-Chancellor
LAHORE (25-01-20): The Governor Punjab/Chancellor appointed Professor Emeritus Dr Nasim Ahmad (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) Lahore for a period of four years. Prof Nasim Ahmad assumed the charge of UVAS Vice-Chancellor on Saturday.
Earlier Prof Nasim was working as an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Theriogenology, UVAS. He also served as first Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), Dean Faculties of Veterinary Science and Life Sciences Business Management, Director Research and External Linkages and Chairman Department of Theriogenology, UVAS. He is recipient of ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’ Presidential Civil Award, ‘Best University Teacher Award’ by the Higher Education Commission, ‘PARC Scientist of the Year 1999 Award’ and Research Productivity Award (three times) from the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.
He is PhD in Reproductive Physiology from the West Virginia University, USA. His research interests are improving fertility through enhancing post-thaw semen quality and optimizing protocols of estrus synchronization and ovulation. Earlier, he directed male infertility laboratory (for human) in New York. He introduced the use of ultrasonography in Animal Reproduction research, training and extension in Pakistan.
Prof Dr Ahmad is author of about 80 research publications with 87.513 impact factor and 1,510 citations. He won competitive research grants as PI worth more than Rs. 39.3 million and development projects of more than Rs. 474 million. He has supervised/co-supervised 56 Master’s and two Doctoral students. His model of developing and implementing internship for veterinary students has had a great impact in bringing industry with academia more close.
After taking over the charge of office, Prof Nasim said that bringing UVAS graduates at par with international standards, international accreditation, new startups for graduates, innovations/patents, applied research focused on end-user benefit and linked with industry, new development and research projects and improving diagnostic and health services are his top priorities. The Vice-Chancellor said that improving genetic potential of animals, increasing exports by value addition, food safety and quality, sustainable development goals, improving value chain (milk and meat), one health and smart livestock farming are his targets for livestock sector development.