Dean Faculty of Crop Production Sciences

Prof. Dr. Zahir Shah
Dean / Professor
Phone:
+ 92 91 9221315
Mobile:
+92 336 912 9580
Fax:
+92 91 9221262
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Website:
www.aup.edu.pk
Mailing Address:
Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, 25130, Pakistan
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About Dean
Prof. Dr. Zahir Shah
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Education:
Post doc (USA)
Post doc (UK)
PhD (UK)
M.Sc (Hons) (Pak)
HEC Approved Supervisor:
Yes
Area of Specialization:
Soil microbiology & plant nutrition including nutrient transformation processes with emphases on N cycling, fertilizer use efficiency, N losses, management of legume N2 fixation for increasing cereal production, management of micronutrients for fruit production, management of organic wastes for sustainable agriculture production, and bioremediation of waste waters.
Professional Responsibilites & Activities:
Teaching: Teaching both undergraduate and post graduate students
Research: Supervising M.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D students in their research projects for their degree programs. Also carrying out independent research projects funded by various national and international agencies.
Outreach: Carrying out experiments mostly at farmers fields; arranging field days on experiments, impart trainings to farmers and extension workers.
Administration: Heading the Department of Soil & Environmental Sciences; Any other duty assigned by the university administration.
Research Projects:
Projects in progress:
  • ‘Bioremediation of industrial wastewater through micro-algae’ is being funded by Higher Education Commission Islamabad for a period of three years (2009+).
Projects completed successfully:
  • ‘Nitrification rate of nitrogenous fertilizers in soils of Mardan SCARP area’ was sponsored by USAID TIPAN Project/Agricultural University Peshawar (1991).
  • ‘Enhancing fertilizer use efficiency and crop productivity in soils of Mardan SCARP area’ sponsored by USAID TIPAN Project/Agric Univ Peshawar (1993-94).
  • ‘Nitrification inhibition property of some indigenous plant materials and their influence on yield of different crops’ was funded by the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Morocco for a period of 3-4 years (1992-95).
  • ‘Fate of nitrogen-15 fertilizer in soil-plant system as influenced by nitrification inhibitor’ was funded by Pakistan Science Foundation for a period of three years (1994-97).
  • ‘Management of legume nitrogen fixation for rain-fed cereal production in Pakistan, Nepal and Australia’ was funded by ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research), Australia for a period of 4 years (1994-1997).
  • ‘Enhancing wheat productivity through management of legume N2 fixation in irrigated environment’ was funded by the University Grants Commission, Islamabad for a period of 2 years (1999-2000).
  • ‘Sustainable legume-cereal production systems through management of N2 fixation’ is being funded by ACIAR for a period of 5 years (1998- 2002).
  • Management of legume nitrogen fixation for irrigated wheat production’ funded by the AUP/UGC Islamabad for a period of 2 years (2001-2002).
  • ‘Recycling of organic wastes for sustainable agricultural production’ is being funded by PARC Islamabad under ALP programme for a period of about five years (2001-2006).
  • ‘Development of sustainable rice-wheat cropping system through management of legumes’ by Pakistan Science Foundation, Islamabad for a period of 3 years (2002-2006).
  • ‘Micronutrients management in apple and citrus orchards in Swat valley’ is being funded by PARC Islamabad under ALP programme for a period of years (2006-2009)
Awards/Honors/Recognitions:
Recipient of GOLD MEDAL in B.Sc (Hons)
PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN AWARD in B.Sc (Hons)
GOLD MEDAL in M.Sc (Hons)
Quaid e Azam scholarship for Ph.D
Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (U.K)
Fulbright Post Doctoral Fellowship (USA)
Best University Teacher Award for Year 2007 from HEC Islamabad
Distinguished Soil Science Service Award from Soil Science Society of Pakistan
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