Dr. Qasim Jan

Adviser COMSTECH
Address: COMSTECH Secretariat, 33 Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad.
Tel: (+92 51) 9220681-3
Fax: (+92 51) 9211115, 9205264
E-Mail: adviser@comstech.org

Qasim Jan is Advisor of the OIC Standing Committee on Scientific & Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Islamabad, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Peshawar. He obtained BSc Hons (Peshawar, 1964), MS (Oregon, 1967), PhD (London, 1977), and (Honorary) DSc (King’s College, 2009) degrees. He became a lecturer in University of Peshawar in 1968, a full Professor in 1983, Director of the National Centre for Geology in 1988, and Dean of the Faculty of Science in Feb. 1997. In 1994-95, he was a visiting Professor at the Univ. of Oregon, USA. He has availed prestigious fellowships/scholarships (Royal Society, Fulbright, British NERC, US NSF, British Council, USAID) and paid academic visits to many institutions. He has traveled extensively and delivered talks on the geology of Pakistan in Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia.

Qasim Jan is/was a member of governing bodies of many institutions, peer-review committees, and on the editorial boards of several journals. He remained Chairman of the Himalayan Regional Committee of the International Lithosphere Program (1998-2004). From Oct. 1997 to Dec. 2000, he served as Vice Chancellor (VC), Univ. of Peshawar, and July 2001 to Jan. 2004, as founder VC of Sarhad Univ., Peshawar. In 2004, he was titled as Distinguished National Professor by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, and from Oct. 2005 to Feb. 2010 served as VC of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Dr. Jan is a fellow/member of many learned societies, including Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Pakistan Acad. of Sciences (PAS), Nepal Geological Society (Honorary), and Mineralogical Soc. of Great Britain (Emeritus). He is currently Vice President of the PAS and Secretary General of the Association of the Academies of Sciences in Asia.

He has carried out extensive investigations of the geology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and tectonics of the Himalaya-Karakoram of Pakistan, with emphasis on crust-building and geodynamic processes. These have contributed to 1) better understanding of the geodynamics of NW Himalaya, 2) petrologic and tectonic evolution of the lower and middle continental crust in general and Kohistan arc in particular, 3) chemical mineralogy of chromite occurrences in Pakistan, 4) knowledge on seismicity in northern Pakistan, 5) publication of the seminal book “Geology and Tectonics of Pakistan” (Kazmi & Jan 1997), 6) compilation of the first reconnaissance geological map of northern Pakistan (Tahirkheli & Jan 1980), and 7) provision of a broad data base useful in research, planning and mineral industry. He participated actively in several national and international research projects, has 270 publications, edited ten special volumes on the geology of the Himalaya-Karakoram, and co-authored two books.

In addition to heavy involvement in research, as a senior Professor and Director, Dr. Jan played an important role in developing an academic institution of international reputation in Geology. As VC, his responsibilities have included the overall administration, academic/financial planning and development, resource management, and research activities of the universities he headed. He has received many awards and honours, some of which are: 1) ISESCO Prize in S&T for contributions in Geology (2010), 2) Pakistan Civil Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1999), Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1994); and Presidential Award Izaz-e-Fazeelat (1993), 3) Gold medals from Pak. Acad. Sciences (1980, 1997, 2009), 4) Ministry of S&T awards for outstanding research publications (1996) and Productivity Allowance for life-time research contributions (2001), and 5) Best book-authorship (Natural Sciences, 1995-97 period), Scientist of the Year (1990, 2009), and Earth Scientist of the Year (1986) awards, from PAS and National Book Foundation of Pakistan.

COMSTECH News & Events
  • 27-31Oct
    2019
    OIC Robotics
  • 18July
    2019

    QAU and COMSTECH organize International
    Symposium on Biodiversity and Big Health Data
    and 2nd Annual Meeting of Biodiversity and
    Health Big Data (BHBD) Alliance


  • May
    2019
    COMSTECH Awards
  • 29-31July,
    2019

  • 16May,
    2019

    Mr. Arman Tynybek, Consular, Embassy of the
    Republic of Kazakhstan visited COMSTECH Secretariat.

  • 04May,
    2019



  • Apr,
    2019

    Director IFS discusses joint programme with
    Coordinator General COMSTECH


  • 11Apr,
    2019

    Consultation Workshop on Development of Multi
    National Project on Plant Genetic Resources
    organized by COMSTECH, FAO and PARC.


  • 10Apr,
    2019

    Dr. Khareasat visited COMSTECH during the
    International Workshop on Genome Editing and
    other Breeding Technologies for Food Security,
    at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad.


  • 11Apr,
    2019

    Consultation Workshop being organized by COMSTECH,
    FAO and PARC


  • 19Mar,
    2019

    Meeting between COMSTECH and IsDB Delegation.


  • 18-19Mar,
    2019

    The 1st Meeting of the Steering Committee for the
    Implementation of the STI Agenda 2026 successfully
    concluded at the COMSTECH Secretariat Islamabad.


  • 20Feb,
    2019

    President for united efforts by Muslim countries
    to secure bright future.



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