BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A young professor from Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Dr Muhammad Ismail has been selected as “UNESCO Laureate for Green Chemistry Grant” for his innovative idea in the field of pesticides.
The selection of the 32 years old scientist is the first not only from Pakistan but also from rest of the under-developed countries. It is highly competitive grant given to only six scientists across the globe in 2016.
“I’m so happy, its an honour for me, for my institute, my province and my country,” says Ismail who belongs to G-B’s Hoper valley in district Nagar and heads Chemistry department in Karakoram International University (KIU).
In his proposal Dr Ismail explained how he would work to develop using natural methods an alternative to the pesticides, which though increase yield but at the cost of human health. “My idea was novel as I linked chemistry with biology,” Ismail told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. “It is like a step forward in the world of science.”
Dr Ismail is one of the six scientists chosen this year for the grant which is offered by UNESCO to support research in the field of green chemistry under a joint programme with PhosAgro (Russia) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
Dr Ismail’s proposal was wetted and approved by an international Jury, which includes renowned members of the international scientific community and representatives of leading research and development centres from Africa, Europe, North America and South-East Asia at UNESCO’s headquarters in May.
The selection of the KIU scientist, who did his Ph.D in 2010 under the supervision of Dr Atta Rahman, sent jubilation across KIU and his family.
“This is first time a scientist from third world country has been selected for the award,” said VC – KIU Dr Asif Khan in a statement. “Its a great honour for us.”
The young scientists, who did his post doctorate from UK in 2012, has had two scientific publications to his credit.
The articles, published by Royal Society of Chemistry, have impact factor 6 – a measurement rate highly by scientists.