About Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad was born on 1st April 1952 in Raiwind, Lahore. He got school education at the Pakistan Western Railway High School, Sukhar, Sindh. In 1968, he joined the West Pakistan Agricultural University, Lyallpur (the present day University of Agriculture Faisalabad) and was awarded Master degree in 1976. Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad had excellent academic record, securing gold medal in BSc (Hons.) and Silver medal in M.Sc. (Hons). He was awarded Sir William Roberts scholarship for his doctoral studies in plant pathology at the University of Wales, UK and earned post-doctoral…

  • UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: A MEMOIR OF DR. IFTIKHAR AHMAD’S DEATH

    REMEMBRANCE IN LIFE’S PASSING

    IS THE TRUEST FORM OF LOVE ONE CAN GIVE,

    FOR A MEMORY SHOULD NEVER DIE

    AND A LOVE SHOULD LIVE FOREVER IN THE HEART OF ANOTHER.

    (Laura M. Phipps-Kelley)

    After losing a loved one we are hurled into an emotionally pressured period called “grieving.” Words can’t contain the initial shock. Our loss moves inside, throbbing as a constant reminder, later surfacing in random moments. My world has changed forever, on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3:30am, when I lost the love of my life Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad due to heart attack…..Read More

     

    Dr Shazia Iftikhar Ahmad (Wife of late Dr Iftikhar Ahmad): -Associate Professor, FJWU, Rawalpindi-Pakistan
  • Dear Friends, It is not true….I just said goodbye to him from Bangkok hotel…..we were together in a workshop on Institutionalization of FFS organized by FAO at Bangkok. I had no idea that it was my last and final goodbye to him.

    He was my mentor, my teacher my role model and my ideal personality. Whatever I am today it is because of him…..he empowered and developed competency in us to speak. He was such an impressive personality that anyone who would meet him cannot forget him. His passion of working with & for farmers was contagious and would affect all who were around him.  He used all international forum to promote Pakistan, its agriculture and the growers of Pakistan. He used his contacts and relations for developing and consolidation of International linkages of Pakistan agriculture. He has been representing Pakistan in the Program Advisory Committee of Australian Center for International Agricultural Research and was instrumental in securing Australian support for agriculture sector of Pakistan in general and for Balochistan in particular. I am really going to miss him a lot and world would not be same for all those who loved him. May God bless his soul

     

    Munawar Raza Kazmi, PhD – Country Manager, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Pakistan
  • I was a student of Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad in the early 2000’s at National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) for research and thesis of my Master degree I completed in University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi during 2003.

    Dr. Ahmad was one of the best teachers that I ever had in any school or university. He made all of his students feel equally loved and cared for. Dr. Ahmad taught me so much about the importance of communication, accepting challenges, innovations and participation. I spend almost 15 years of my student cum professional life with him. In the beginning, he was my supervisor from NARC side. This was the time when he made a full turn in my professional life by assigning me to work with the novel approach of Farmer Field School (FFS) as part of my academic research and he supervised the first thesis of my post-graduation on FFS approach in the country…..read More

     

    JAM KHALID – Manager Programs, SOFT
  • Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad was a national asset, great team leader and nice man. May his soul be rest in peace.

    Amjad Shahzad – Graduate Ambassador at American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), President at Young Phytodoctors Forum and Researcher at Michigan State University
  • Great scientest, great mohsan!

    Shahid Saleem Gorsi – Human Development Foundation, Islamabad
  • He was a dedicated scientist. I have had a chance to work with him, and after having been convinced of the importance, I decided to help him plan and implement the IPM project. This was a time when the Planning Commission was skeptical about Dr Sahib’s claims about the benefits of IPM.

    Ghulam Mustafa, Ministry of Planning Development and Reform
  • He was real scientist and greatest rolemodel. He was an amazing boss, coach, teacher, leader and friend. His personality tought us how to live an honourable and graceful life. Kash….. he……………….

    Muhammad Tahir – PARC
  • This is shocking news. Dr. iftikhar was an excellent teacher and an examplery human. May his soul be in peace!

    Muhammad Waris
  • Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad was a national asset, great team leader and nice man. May his soul be rest in peace.

    Dr Munir Ahmad, Director at NARC-PARC
  • dr.aik achai naik, hamdard, ghamkhar, kissan dost, aik naik insan thai. kashmir visit par mai chand din un k sath raha tha…

    Muhammad Hassan Raisani – Farmer from Balochistan
  • I had just met him on 22 May in Bangkok…اناللہ و انا الیہ راجعون

    Khizar Ashraf
  • shocking news . May Allah SWT rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family members to bear this colossal loss.

    Arshad Ali Sakhi, Agribusiness and Micro-finance Specialist, FAO, Islamabad
  • Its un-repairable loss of Scientist community and Agriculture Sciences. We loss our visionary leader and very kind and loving person. I have no words to explain him. GOD may keep his soul in heaven and dare to his all family members. Ameeeeeeen

    Dr Attaullah Khan, Director AZRI, Umar Kot-Sindh
  • Really sad to know. I have the opportunity to interact with Mr. Iftikhar on number of occasions and I found he has wealth of knowledge on agriculture in Pakistan. RIP

    Amjad Jamal, WFP, Islamabad
  • Really Nice Person who dedicated all his efforts for Agriculture sector in Pakistan. We must remember his work.
    Realy felt sorrow of his sad demise.

    Chaudhary Asad Ullah, Business man, Islamabad
  • Pakistan lost a brilliant and dedicated Agriculturist/Scientist

    He always tried for the development of farming community especially Balochistan and we will continue his mission.

    His last massage for me (at NARC cafeteria) “Green Balochistan” through the involvement of students

    Dr Arif Shah Kakar, Associate Professor, Balochistan Agricluture College, Quetta
  • اســــــــــــان وقــــــت پنهنــــــــــجو گذاري وينــــــــــداسين،
    حــــــــــــــياتيءَ جــــــــــي ڪشــــــــــتي اڪاري وينــداسين،
    ســــــــــــــــڄي ڳالھ قســــــــــــــمت سنـــــــــــــدي آ انعـــــــــــــام،
    ڪنهن کي خوش ڪري ڪنهن کي روئاري وينــــداسين.

    Sher Muhammad Pahnwar, FAO AAN Advisory Member -Sindh
  • Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajeoon. Such a loss. May Allah grant him higher place in Jannah and give sabr e jameel to his family and friends. I’m in shock!

    Sumra Munir
  • A big loss. He was really a nice man. No body can forget him who once have met him. May Allah shower his soul with his countless blessings and give courage to his family to bear this loss. Ameen

    Abid Khan
  • A nice person left leaving a large gap and loss not only for his family and friends but for whole Agriculture based community

    Muhammad Yousif Channa, Senior Instructor, ATI-Sakrand, Sindh
  • A nice person left leaving a large gap and loss not only for his family and friends but for whole scientif community .

    Husnain Shah, Senior Scientist, NARC, Islamabad
  • A big shock. Talked to him yesterday. Hard to believe he is no more. May Allah makes it easy for the family and the departed soul

    Syed Tajammul Hussain, FAO, Pakistan
  • Very sad news. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and give courage to his family to bear this great loss. Really he was a great scientist, leader and teacher

    Noor Islam, Senior Scientific Officer, Honey Bee, NARC-Islamabad
  • What a great loss.life is so unpredictable.Allah bless us courage to bear this loss.my fingers not supporting me in writing this message,today my friend told me that dr ifthakhar sb has passed away due to heart attack.so I am very upset nd not belive my friend nd went to the office of dr sb. Asked the security man, where is dr ifthakhar sb he said wo Allah ko pyaray ho gay.ye soun kr meray mon se ye alfaz nklay..inaa lila he wa inaa ilehey rajey oon…dr sb is always in my heart..May Allah his soul in eternal peace.Ameen.

    Nawab Khetran, Student from Balochistan
  • We feel shocked.  Just met him last week in Bangkok and then suddenly receiving this sad news.

    Please convey our heartfelt condolence to his family and friends in Pakistan.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    Cahyana (FIELD Indonesia) & Indonesia FFS Team

    Cahyana (FIELD Indonesia) & Indonesia FFS Team
  • I surprised to hear sad news. Please convey my sincere condolences to his family and friends in Pakistan.

    Regards, Ngo Tien Dung

    Ngo Tien Dung, National IPM Programme, Philipine
  • It is hard to believe. Please pass my heartfelt condolences to his family. Hope he rests in peace.
    With best regards. Khanithe.

    Khaitha Phongpreecha, Bangkok, Thailand
  • So sorry to hear the sad news – please extend my condolence to the bereaved family!

    Ofel

    Ofelia A. Sanchez – Davao, Philipine
  • It is really a sad news and I feel shock to know that.  We was just sit on the same table last week during the FFS institutionalizing workshop.

    Please convey my sincere condolence to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

    DAVY from Cambodia
  • Love u Dr Iftikhar…needless to say we miss u every second

    Dr Mubarik Ahmed, Ex DG-SARC-PARC Karachi
  • We the agriculture graduates, professionals and farmers of Balochistan have received with heavy heart the news of sad demise of Dr.  Iftikhar Ahmad, Ex-chairman PARC and founder of many initiatives at National Agricultural Research System in Pakistan including the National IPM Programme aiming at farmer education.

    May the departed soul rest in peace and Almighty Allah gives the strength to bear this great loss with grace and patience.

    Balochistan has a special place in his heart and he advocated for development of agriculture in this province. Many new research and development projects along with establishment of new research institutes are due to his tireless efforts. The farming community of Balochistan shall remember services of late Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad for long time.

    Agriculture Graduates, Professionals and Farmers – Balochistan
  • When I was invited to write tributes of Professor Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, I was touched but also challenged. In his successful efforts and dedications towards the science are unforgettable. He served as a platform for the dissemination of research, educational and organizational information which would facilitate growth of the field and provide enormous benefits to his colleagues and students. I know Prof Ifitkhar since long as very kind and helping researcher and my PhD supervisor also. Over the time, I learned much from his gentle guidance throughout my PhD work. He helped to teach me about hard work and dedication. Professor Ifitkhar was a renowned educator and a scientist in the field of agriculture.

    During the early days of Prof Iftikhar supported newly establish ……Read More

    Prof Dr Rukhsana Jabeen – Vice Chancellor, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta
  • A Kind, Ambitious, Honest and Nobel Person, who, consumed every moment of life and never wasted even any second. He motivated scientists and students towards science in many ways. Annual Confidential Reports (ACRS) of many scientists were corrected for the sake of their professional service record. He looked after poor community quietly. He always celebrated birthdays of colleagues even after retirement. In the sweet memory of Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, his loving wife Dr. Shazia Iftikhar celebrated this event in July 2016 with extremely sorrow.

    I remember the day of December 1998, when Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad came to my home for the first time without knowing the address. My mother was sick and I was on leave. He was Director Crop Diseases Research Institute (CDRI) at that time. He was well mannered, devoted, career oriented, responsible person with charming habits.

    Now I am thinking about Maryum, daughter of Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, who  is asking many questions, but, we have no answers at all. I remember the poem written by Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad in which a little girl was asking questions about pesticides and hazardous effects of the chemicals. In that situation, experts were responsible to reduce and minimize her pain but, nobody can reduce the painful life of Maryum without father.

    He will be greatly missed and never forgotten

    Dr Yasmin Ahmad – Former Senior Director, NARC
  • No doubt, the death of our beloved Patron Dr Iftikhar Ahmad has been observed with great sorrow, sad n heavy hearts, it’s unbelievable and heart does not accept, that how all of a sudden, he left us. He was so much disciplined and dedicated that due to his work n dedication, he earned such a high positions in life. He was a bright star and his contributions to the disciplined of Plant Pathology has set a role model for the others, who travelling on this route. His vision has paved a path that leads towards the highest milestones to be achieved by the PPS. May his grieved family bear this great loss with patience.  I with the consultation of other Executive Council members will plan a reference meeting in this regard after Ramdan.

     

     

    Francesca Mancini
  • Really I became very much shocked to see this sad news. It is a big vacuum of global FFS team, even for the world. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May Allah rest him in peace.

    Regards

     

    Mrityunjoy Roy – Horticulturist, Bangladesh
  • All the Members of PARC Family

    It is with the deepest sadness that I heard the unbelievable news of the death of Dr Iftikhar. My heart goes out to Dr Iftikhar’s family and friends, who had no way to prepare for this unexpected and tragic incident. The deceased was a gifted biological scientist and an insightful research manager who tried hard to expand the Ag research operations from the bounds of PARC. I vividly remember his monumental contributions in attaining PAEC pay scales for PARC employees and fearless fight for saving NARC land from vultures of the Capital. His popularity among his acquaintances was unbounded. I’m sure all of them will always hold his memory in the deepest reverence and affection. Sadly, DR WAQAR MALIK

    DR WAQAR MALIK – PARC, Pakistan
  • He deserves same kind of respect in Pakistan. Great scientist and administrator. He had God gifted qualities and intelligence. May God Almighty Grant him highest status in Jannatul Firdous Ameen.

    Tanveer Ahmad

     

    Tanveer Ahmad
  • I have very nice fruitful contact with you while you visited in Nepal in soil health course and workshop. I also got opportunity to meet you at CDRI in Soil course. You recognized me at BGRI 2014 meeting workshop at Obregon Mexico. You were very kind and friendly person.

     

    Sarala Sharma – Plant Pathologist, Nepal
  • This is sad news indeed. He will be sorely missed. Sorry to hear that Kazmi.

     

    Eric Hutner – Research Program Manager, Crop Improvement Program (CIP) ACIAR
  • I am beyond words. He has been a dear friend. I have known him and worked with him for about 16 years. Just want you all to know that the rest of your IPM FFS family are there for all of you. May he rest in peace.

     

    Abubakar AlmaLinda – FAORAP, Bangkok
  • That is a shock. He was a lovely man, he will be missed by many I am sure. I think it must be a shock for you personally too as you have known him and worked together for a long time.  Please pass my condolences to the family.

    Evan Christen – Research Program Manager, Land & Water. ACIAR, Canberra, Australia
  • It is a shock receiving this sad news! I have no words to express my deep sorrow. Please convey my sincere condolences to his family and friends in Pakistan and around the world. May his soul rest in peace.

     

    Impiglia, Alfredo – FAORNE
  • This afternoon I heard of the passing of Iftikhar and this mad me very sad indeed.  He was a great man, a talented scientist and a friend to me and to ACIAR.  I do not have the details of his passing….I hope it was peaceful.  I can only imagine how difficult this will be for Shazia. Please pass on my condolences and best wishes to her. I hope all is well with you and your family as well.

     

    Les Baxter – Former Research Program Manager, Horticulture, ACIAR Canberra
  • It is a shocking news and I don’t have words to express how sad I am. Dr Iftikhar Ahmed has worked and interacted with many people around the world and I am sure he will be missed by many. He contributed a lot for the country in building relations to improve its agriculture sector. Whenever I met and discussed with him I found him a person who had a conviction that the agriculture sector is the backbone of Pakistan. He always talked about improving the country’s agriculture sector and making it one of the most productive and profitable sectors of the economy. He has left a great legacy and may get a great place hereafter. Please pass my deepest condolence on to his family.

     

    Dr Ejaz Qureshi – Research Program Manager, Agricultural Development Policy, ACIAR Canberra
  • Sad news indeed.  Please convey our sincere condolences to the family and friends.

     

    Marut Jatiket – Thai Education Foundation, The Field Alliance, Thailand
  • He was a kind, generous and wise man. His dedication to the poor farmers of Pakistan was immense.  I am deeply saddened by his loss and I can only imagine your loss of your mentor and friend. Please convey my condolences to his family. Insha Allah his efforts in this life will be rewarded in the next.

    Warm regards and love and Salaams to my family. From Sandra Heaney-Mustafa

     

     

    Sandra Heaney-Mustafa – University of Canberra, Australia
  • Jan, I didn’t know it was the same person that I met last week. What a terrible news! I was so impressed with him in the little time we had together.  So passionate and practical!

    The country and the region has indeed lost a good leader in this subject matter. Best, Kadiresan, Kundhavi

    Kadiresan, Kundhavi – Assistant DG/Regional Representative, FAO, Bangkok
  • We feel shocked.  Just met him last week in Bangkok and then suddenly receiving this sad news. Please convey our heartfelt condolence to his family and friends in Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace.

    Cahyana (FIELD Indonesia) & Indonesia FFS Team

    Widyastama Cahyana – FIELD Indonesia
  • We are very much saddened to hear the news about untimely demise of Dr. Iftikhar. Just a week ago we met and had so nice interaction with him. We agreed to have greater collaboration with the network founded by him and all of sudden this sad news. His vision and thoughts will always remain with us. Please convey our heartfelt condolences to his family. May God rest his soul in peace.

    Binod Saha
    Assistant FAOR (Programme)

    Binod Saha – Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), Nepal
  • I am shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Dr Iftikar Ahmad. My heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues. He will remain an inspiration to all of us. May he rest in Peace.

    Konda Reddy – FAO, India
  • My goodness! It is indeed a shock knowing this very sad news after just meeting him in Bangkok. It would be a great lost for our Pakistani friends and the FFSs programmes in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world. My deep condolence for his family, friends, and FFSs champions in Pakistan. I hope that his passion, motivation, spirit, and energy to develop, improve, and institutionalize FFS in Pakistan will be carried out further by his colleagues. Please extend my deep condolence to his family.

    Cheers up, Yunita Winarto

    Yunita Winarto – University of Indonesia , Depok
  • Kazmi, you must be particularly upset given your long working relationship and friendship with Dr Iftikar.  I always appreciated his interest, humor, support, optimism and incredible patience with the development community.  Maintaining those qualities in a job is hard enough, but displaying these qualities over a lifetime is inspirational – I will miss his guidance (and his impeccable choice of restaurants).

     

    David Swete Kelly – RDSM Consulting NZ
  • Thank you, David, for letting me know.  It is a tremendous loss.  I had developed a great respect for Dr Iftikhar, even though I had only known him for a short time.

     

    Richard Brettell – Acting Research Program Manager, Cropping Systems and Economics – ACIAR
  • “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” ― Kahlil Gibran

    Dr Iftikhar’s professionalism, cheerfulness and self-discipline always impressed me as my adviser in work and in life. He is missed dearly. Let us remember his commitment to farmers and to others and let it continue to inspire each of us. With sincere regards, Kevin

     

     

    Kevin Gallagher – FAO Deputy Representative in Mongolia
  • I would like to express my sincere condolences and sorry. He will be missed no doubt by many in Pakistan and all over the world.

    I know Dr Iftikhar was a close friend and mentor to you (Kazmi) over many years.

    Warm regards…Tony

     

    COOKE Tony – Queens Land Department, Government of Australia
  • I got a bad news through your email regarding the death of Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad (Ex Chairman PARC & PL Citrus).  No doubt, he was a great and graceful leader of Agriculture Scientists. His efforts were wholly solely for the improvement in agriculture technologies in the country. He was an internationally known scientist. His contributions in agriculture will always be remembered in golden words.  May his soul rest in peace.

    Dr. Ghulam Nabi – Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Amir Muhammad Khan Campus Mardan
  • We are also deeply hearted to know this news. May Allah give him highest rank in Jannah. Further Allah bless on his family and also give them patience. Aamen.

    Irum Fatima – President, Pakistani Hoslamand Khawateen Network (PHKN), District Haripur, KPK , Pakistan
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    It’s really sad news for the world of agriculture. Dr Iftikhar is no more among us we loss a great National and international scientist I  cannot express his contribution in words towards agriculture.  Till his last day he was very depress / disturb by NARC land issue and if we can see NARC now is a part of agriculture this is due to this great scientist. Allah bless him.

     

    Dr Abdul Samad
  • What a sad news. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

    He was such a champion and I am very much honored that I got to meet him during our workshop in Bangkok. He is our inspiration.

    May he rest in peace.  With sadness

    Degi (Chuluunbaatar, Delgermaa – (AGDR) FAO, Bangkok
  • I surprised to hear sad new about demise of Dr Iftikhar. Last week we were together working and preparing the plan of FFS implementation in the respective countries.  Please convey my heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP

     

    Dilli Ram Sharma, PhD – Program Director/ National Coordinator of National IPM Programme, NEPAL
  • It is a very very sad news and it is unbelievable. Dr Iftikhar Ahmad looked healthy during the FFS workshop. He contributed a lot of valuable ideas especially the resolution. This is a big loss of an active FFS promoter not only for Pakistan but for the world. The Cambodia National IPM Team would like to share moaning and condolence to his family. May his soul stay in peace.

    Best regards

     

    Ngin Chhay – Director of Rice Crop Department and Deputy Director of the National IPM Program, Cambodia
  • This is such a sad news, almost impossible to take in. My heartfelt condolences to his family and his colleagues in Pakistan and elsewhere. His commitment will continue be an example and inspiration for us. May he rest in peace. With a heavy heart, Marjon

    Fredrix, Marjon (AGPM) – FAO
  • This is a very sad news. I met the Pakistani team during the workshop and they were very nice to me. They were so worried about me when I had diarrhea during the workshop. They checked with me very often and asked if I really needed help and they were willing to take me to hospital as needed (much appreciated to them). By the way, Mr. I Ahmad Iftikhar was a nice person. He was so fatherly and I felt warm being close to him. He provided very productive comments and advices to the team and to the workshop, much respect to him even in a very short period. I really feel sad about the bad news from him, thank you for sharing this and please convey my sincere condolence to his family and friends. May he rest in peace!

    Lath (Pongmala, Chanthalath – Asistant FAOR, Loas
  • Very sad indeed is the demise of Dr Iftikhar Ahmad at this particular juncture of his career. I have the honour to be his student. He supervised my MS research work at the then CDRI, NARC when Dr Soomro was part of it. I observed him working both in the lab and in the field. He was a truly dedicated and gentle scientist. May Almighty Allah rest his soul in eternal peace.  

    Dr. Amjad Hassan – Associate Professor Biotechnology Program, Department of Environmental Sciences COMSATS University, University Road, Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • No doubt, the death of our beloved Patron Dr Iftikhar Ahmad has been observed with great sorrow, sad n heavy hearts, it’s unbelievable and heart does not accept, that how all of a sudden, he left us. He was so much disciplined and dedicated that due to his work n dedication, he earned such a high positions in life. He was a bright star and his contributions to the disciplined of Plant Pathology has set a role model for the others, who travelling on this route. His vision has paved a path that leads towards the highest milestones to be achieved by the PPS. May his grieved family bear this great loss with patience.  I with the consultation of other Executive Council members will plan a reference meeting in this regard after Ramdan.

    Dr. Muhammad Saleem Haider – President, Pakistan Phytopathological Society  Professor & Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences,  University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • It was a shocking news for everyone and especially for those who worked with him closely.  He was very good friend, teacher and Boss.  Although he never acted like boss. He guided us day in day out in all aspect.  In him we have lost a very good friend. May Allah bless him in life hereafter.

    Dr. Anjum Munir – Sr. Director Crop Diseases Research Institute (CDRI), NARC
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    Indeed we are all aggrieved on the irreversible loss of Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, with whom I worked directly and closely for 7 years in CDRI, PARC-NARC and over 4 years in FAO where we together established National IPM Programme. We may have many arguments and differences of opinion but all for a good cause and finally we would convince each other and continue progressing positively. We did quite a few strategic activities that became popular. IPM FFS and Women Open Schools for extensionists and farmers are some examples. I think we must pic all the positives of Dr Iftikhar Ahmad for the common good especially in the disciplines of Plant Pathology and plant Protection and that would be a tribute to the Man with wisdom and great ideas! May God bless the departed soul and bestow His courage on the aggrieved family to cope with the situation- Aameen.

    Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro – President – ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF)
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    I am deeply saddened by this news of Dr Iftikhar Ahmad’s passing! Certainly, “To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return”. May The Almighty Allah comfort his family during this time of grief and to bear this great loss. Indeed, Dr Sahib was a dynamic researcher and a teacher. His outstanding contributions towards agriculture research and development and in particular, the discipline of Plant Pathology will always be remembered. No doubt, he will be greatly missed by us but his warmth, kindness and gentle personality will be remembered forever and we will always cherish the beautiful memories of Dr Sahib. Further, I would like to share that we should keep working with full devotion for uplift of the discipline of Plant Pathology in the light of vision given by our Ex-Patron PPS, Dr Iftikhar Ahmad.

     

    Prof ABDUL RAUF, PhD – PMAS-AAU, Rawalpindi
  • Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Ex-Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), under the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, had an excellent academic career, secured first division in all the university examinations and obtained merit scholarships for his Under- and Post-graduation education besides achieving Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
    Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad initiated his career as lecturer at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad in 1976 and later joined PARC in 1983 after his doctorate from University of Wales, U.K. Dr. Ahmad has since blossomed into a distinguished scientist and research manager. He rose to the present position of Chairman, PARC having shown exceptional research, managerial and leadership skills to steer research groups in knowledge generation and dissemination.
    Dr. Ahmad designed and established a National IPM Programme with a strong initiative of large-scale……Read More

    Tribute by NARC
  • I am deeply saddened by this news. Dr Iftikhar was such a positive influence for Pakistan’s agriculture sector, and for the role that science and research can play in improving production and livelihoods. I personally benefitted enormously from his warmth, friendship and guidance.

    When available, can you please let me know details so that I can write to convey ACIAR’s condolences to Dr Iftikhar’s family. I have alerted ACIAR Commissioners and PAC President to this sad news.

    With regards

    Nick

    NICK AUSTIN – Interim Executive Director CGIAR System Organziation
  • My mind is not willing to accept it. When I look back at my life. Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad had major contributions as a teacher and mentor. I will miss him and feel his loss throughout my life.

  • We tragically lost Dr. Ifitkhar Ahmad on 3 June 2016.  It was a huge shock to all of us who have known and worked with Dr. Iftikhar.   Only one week earlier, Dr. Iftikhar had traveled to a Regional Conference on Farmer Field Schools organized by the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok and I had received a very complementary email from our Regional Director on how great Dr. Iftikhar was at the conference and his leadership was highly valued.

    I arrived in Pakistan on 1 September 2013 and had the honor and pleasure of knowing Dr. Iftikhar since my first days in country.  He had done some work with FAO prior to my arrival and at the time I met him he was the Chairman of PARC.  I liked him from………Read More

    Patrick Evans – FAOR, Pakistan
  • A very nice human being. May his soul rest in peace.

    Muhammad Shakeel
  • ِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
    May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give her family the strength to bear this irreparable loss. A great Scientist

    Safia Ahmad

Life Achievements

Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D

1979-80

Plant Biology

University College of North Wales, Bangor, U.K.


M.Sc. (Hons) Agri.

1974-76

Plant Pathology

1st position in University in Plant Pathology/Silver Medal

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad


B.Sc. (Hons) Agri.

1970-73

Plant Pathology

1st position in University /Gold Medal

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad


Faculty of Science (F.Sc.) Agriculture

1968-70

Agriculture

1st position in University

West Pakistan Agricultural University, Lyallpur


Secondary School Certificate

1968

Science

1st position in School

P.W.R. High School, Sukkur


INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT/ ADVISOR PROGRAMME  November 16, 2015 onward Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Pakistan Representation "Advice to FAO Representative on Programme Development in Agriculture for Pakistan''
CHAIRMAN  September 12 , 2012– September 11, 2015 Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan All Managerial functions as Chief Executive of PARC
SENIOR ADVISOR ON PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT April 2, 2012 – September 11, 2012 FAO Representation in Pakistan "Coordination of the technical and operational support of the Programme Development of the FAO Representation in the Area of Agriculture, Fisheries, Nutrition and Rural Development"
CHAIRMAN (in addition to duties of DG NARC) August 10, 2011 – March 31, 2012 Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan "All Managerial functions as Chief Executive of PARC"
DIRECTOR GENERAL July 9, 2008 – March 31, 2012 National Agricultural Research Center, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan "- Manage day to day running of NARC and Management of Personnel and finances. - Provide direction to various research programme at NARC. - Coordinate NARC research in the country in collaboration with provinces. - Monitor various research programmes. - Liaise with international institutions and agencies."
Acting DIRECTOR GENERAL Feb 1, 2008 – July 8, 2008 NARC, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan "- Manage day to day running of NARC and Management of Personnel and finances. - Provide direction to various research programme at NARC. - Coordinate NARC research in the country in collaboration with provinces. - Monitor various research programmes. - Liaise with international institutions and agencies."
MEMBER -(Crop Sciences/ Natural Resources, BPS21) July 15, 2006 – July 8, 2008 Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan - Assist the Chairman in the discharge of his function as Chief Executive of PARC. - Act as Member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee meetings for policy decisions. - Supervise planning, implementation and execution of PARC programmes. - Supervise and control Centers /Institutes /projects of PARC.
Knowledge Management Consultant (ICARDA with approval from GOP) July 2005- December 2005 International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas, Aleppo, Syria - Analysis of Knowledge and Innovations from ICARDA Research Programmes
Deputy Director General/ Chief Scientific Officer July 1, 2002 – July 14, 2006 Institute of Plant and Environmental Protection (IPEP), NARC, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan - Manage day to day running of IPEP, NARC and Management of Personnel and finances. - Provide direction to various research programme at IPEP, NARC. - Coordinate Plant Protection research in the country in collaboration with provinces. - Monitor various research programmes. - Liaise with international institutions and agencies.
Deputy Director General/ Chief Scientific Officer May 2, 2000 – June 30, 2002 National Agricultural Research Centre, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan - Assist the Director General NARC in day to day running of the Centre and Management of Personnel and finances. - Provide direction to various research institutes and research programme at NARC. - Coordinate agricultural research in the country in collaboration with provinces. - Monitor various research programmes. - Arrange and manage finances for various scientific activities. - Liaise with international institutions and agencies.
Director/Chief Scientific Officer August 3, 1999 – March 8, 2000 (currrent charge); March 9, 2000 – October 6, 2001 Crop Diseases Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre , PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan - Managing the Institute with its two substations. - Providing leadership in plant pathology at national level and coordinating activities with provinces and international Centres. - Providing research direction to the scientists in the institute.
Director/Principal Scientific Officer March 18, 1997 – August 2, 1999 Crop Diseases Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre , PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan - Managing the Institute with its two substations. - Providing leadership in plant pathology at national level and coordinating activities with provinces and international Centres. - Providing research direction to the scientists in the institute.
Principal Scientific Officer March 22, 1987 – Jan 17, 1997 Crop Diseases Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre , PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan - Assisting the Director in managing the Institute. - Conducting and supervising research of junior scientists and students. - Preparation of Institute's reports
Senior Scientific Officer July 11, 1983 - March 21, 1987 Crop Diseases Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre, PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan - Assisting the Director in managing the Institute. - Conducting and supervising research of junior scientists and students. - Preparation of Institute's reports.
Lecturer May 5, 1976 – August 8, 1979 Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan - Teaching of plant pathology at undergraduate and post-graduate level; faculty research

Pakistan Academy of Sciences Gold Medal

 1999

for contribution in agricultural research


PARC Scientist of the Year Award

1999

for contribution in agricultural research


PARC Scientists Association Award

1995

for contribution in agricultural research


Best Research Paper Award

1995

National Seminar on Research and Development of Potato Production in Pakistan. April 23-25, 1995, NARC, PSPDP, PARC, Islamabad


Contribution to Plant Pathology Award

1999

Pakistan Phytopathological Society. Second National Conference of Plant Pathology, September 27-29, 1999, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.


FAO World Food Day Shield

 October 16, 2004

National IPM Programme- FAO Regional Cotton IPM in Asia Programme.


Norman Borlaug Award

2006

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Government of Pakistan & FAO Representation, Pakistan.


PARC Silver Jubilee Award

2006

PARC Silver Jubilee Celebrations.

 

 LIFE FELLOW

Cambridge Philosophical Society. (Life Fellow)


MEMBER

American Phytopathological Society


MEMBER

British Society for Plant Pathology


(CBIOL MRSB)

Royal Society of Biology, UK.


LIFE MEMBER

Pakistan Botanical Society


LIFE MEMBER

World Wide Fund for Nature, Pakistan


LIFE MEMBER

Pakistan Phytopathological Society and Myco-phytopathological Society of Pakistan


 LIFE MEMBER

Pakistan Nematological Society


FOUNDER /LIFE MEMBER

Society of Facilitators and Trainers (SOFT)

Family Life


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