Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmad (TI) took charge as the Vice Chancellor, Islamia College, Peshawar on July 29, 2016. Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmad (TI) also remain as the acting Vice Chancellor, Hazara University from August 03, 2015 to July 28, 2016. Prof. Habib Ahmad is having a vast experience of over 29 years in teaching, research and development and is ranked among the most privileged scientists of the country. He has served both nationally and internationally reputed organizations including WWF-Pakistan, Higher Education Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council before joining Hazara University as a professor in March 2005.
He started his career as a scientific officer by joining National Agricultural Research Center Islamabad on February 02, 1986. Where he made valuable contributions toward the establishment of cytogenetics laboratory that grew later into Cytogenetics Program of international repute. As technical coordinator in WWF, he introduced the discipline of Ethnobotany at the university level, which is growing at quantum rate and contributing a lot to the conservation of natural resources of Pakistan.
Since 2005, Dr. Habib Ahmad has been an integral part of Hazara University and is playing a critical role in the developmental matters of the University. As Dean Faculty of Science, he has provided a platform for academic leadership and excellence in teaching and research. Further, his immense role to strengthen Hazara University through capacity building of the young faculty as well as students and to prepare them to compete at the global level is inevitable. Establishment of new academic departments like Botany, Genetics, Zoology, Bioinformatics, Center for Human Genetics and giving them international recognition are the ultimate contributions of Dr. Habib Ahmad, and his these services continues till this day.
Over the recent years, he has published more than 200 research papers in peer reviewed international journals and 22 books addressing our national concerns. It is worthwhile to mention that Dr. Habib Ahmad has successfully supervised 9 PhDs and 98 MPhil scholars in the most challenging areas of life sciences. He has developed a high yielding rapeseed variety "Hasnain-2013" for enhancing edible oil production in Pakistan. Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has approved the variety for commercial cultivation. In addition, Dr. Habib Ahmad also has the credit of successfully introducing a new crop Pepino in Pakistan.
To date, he has completed 13 research projects, worth millions of rupees and another seven research projects are ongoing under his complete or partial supervision. Research output of Dr. Habib Ahmad can be viewed on Google Scholar in the form of 248 articles, with 997 citations, 17 h-index and 33 i-10 index. He has represented Pakistan in 15 international scientific forums and has the honour of being the first Muslim Scholar and Pakistani, who remained as a member on the Board of Directors, Society for Conservation Biology, USA.
Services of Dr. Habib Ahmad have been widely acknowledged by the civil society through conferring him the Best Researcher of Award Hazara University 2006, Teacher of the Year 2007 by UNESCO/Ministry of Education Government of Pakistan, National Talent Award 2008, Best Performance Award-2011 and Productive Scientist Award for the year 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In recognition of his contributions to the field of Cytogenetics, the Government of Pakistan awarded him the prestigious civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiazin March 2011.
Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmad has already made a huge impact in transforming Hazara University as one of the best seat of learning and place for genuine research within the country. Moreover, his current position as a Vice Chancellor Islamia College, Peshawar is widely seen as a turning point in shaping the future of Islamia College, Peshawar and our coming generations through high quality education.