The highest Chinese government honour for a Pakistani scientist
KARACHI: The People’s Republic of China has awarded the Chinese Government’s Friendship Award to the famous Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, says a Press release.
Spokesman of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi on Thursday said, “The Friendship Award is the highest award of the Chinese Government to commend foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China’s modernization drive.”
His Excellency Nong Rong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan presented the Chinese Government’s Friendship Award to Prof. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and Coordinator General COMSTECH, in Chinese Embassy in Islamabad on Monday (November 28, 2022).
It is also worth mentioning here that Prof. Iqbal Choudhary has recently received the 2021 Mustafa (PBUH) Prize, the most prestigious prize of the Muslim World, for his services in the field of bio-organic chemistry. He has published 1,175 research papers in the fields of organic and bio-organic chemistry in international journals, 76 books, and 40 chapters in books published by major US and European press. He has secured 40 US patents so far. He has established several new centers for the support of industries and government organizations.
Dr. Iqbal’s work has been cited by researchers from around the world – 32,000 times in total – and his h-index is 70. As many as 94 local and international scholars have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision so far.
Dr. Iqbal has been awarded by different Pakistani governments with the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. He has been elected a fellow by renowned academies, including the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Chemical Society of Pakistan.
Prof Iqbal has previously been honoured by the president of Iran with the Khwarizmi International Award; president of Azerbaijan with the ECO Award in Education; and the prime minister of Pakistan with COMSTECH Award in Chemistry.
Vice Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Khalid Iraqi and Prof.Atta-ur Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief and former Federal Minister for Science and Technology, congratulated Prof. Choudhary for his outstanding achievement.