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Stanford University enlists Kashmiri among top 2 percent scientists in world

Available to contribute towards improving quality education in J&K: Dr M Iqbal Khan

Srinagar, Dec 24: A scientist from Srinagar presently working as Professor in the Department of Civil engineering at King Saud University has brought laurels to Kashmir as he has earned a very rare honour of figuring in top 2 per cent scientists in the world.

Professor Mohammad Iqbal Khan a resident of Khan Mohalla, Chanapora, Srinagar an alumnus of NIT Srinagar and IIT Delhi who has earned his PhD degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield United Kingdom has been listed among two per cent scientists by Stanford University, one of the world’s most prestigious Institutions based on the international evaluation of their research work.

Dr Khan is faculty of University of Nottingham, UK, currently, working as Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at King Saud University. He is an Adjunct Professor, at Department of Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA and enrolled as visiting Professor at numerous universities in Canada, China and Germany.

Concurrently, Prof. Khan currently holds many key positions in vital state-run R&D establishments viz. Managing Director, Center of Excellence for Concrete Research and Testing (CoE-CRT); Director, Laboratories of Structural Engineering Division in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prof. Khan is actively engaged in research in structural engineering and construction materials. His primary research interests are developing blast and impact-resistant materials; structural behaviour of concrete-filled tubes; nano- and micro-mechanics of composite materials; fibre-reinforced composites; sustainability and environmental impact; prediction modelling; and application of artificial intelligence. He has published well over 200 research publications, holds 21 international patent inventions, prepared four books related to modern paradigms in construction and concrete technology (published by Springer and Elsevier), and supervised over 40 research scholars.

Innovativeness and industrial applicability of his inventions’ prototypes have been acknowledged internationally and fetched him four Gold and two Silver commemorations at international technology conventions.

He is a proud recipient of eight International Excellence and Distinguished awards for bringing new innovative technologies and practices in structural and concrete engineering. He serves as editor/associate editor of six highly reputed international journals. He has delivered over 30 invited lectures/seminars, over 25 conference lectures in various countries including USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Hong Kong, China, etc.

He has served as the principal investigator for numerous research projects in the Kingdom and internationally and attracted above 10 million US dollar grant for funding his academic research. Over the years, Prof. Khan has rendered consultancy services to multiple construction/structures industry research projects in KSA, Germany, Canada, UK and USA.

While talking with the news agency, besides his contributions and achievements, Prof. Khan said that the higher education setup within Jammu and Kashmir seems to concentrate moreover, graduation rates while ignoring danger signs that the skills and competencies attained by students in the colleges may be declining.

“Merely increasing the levels of educational attainment will accomplish little if students do not learn something of lasting value,” he said.

When asked about if he will get a chance to streamline higher and technological educational frontier in J&K, Khan said that it would be a matter of honour and pride for him.

“If I can contribute towards improving the quality of education and research of institutions of higher learning of my motherland, during the last phase of my academic and research career. It will be an honour,” he said.

Khan said during the years 2017 and 2015, he was contacted and offered executive roles in academics and administration within an emerging regional university and a newly established IIT, respectively but due to some personal reasons and prior commitments, he could not take up any full-time role by then.

“However, currently, I am available to render services in establishing and streamlining the research pathways within and facilitate outreach collaboration,” he said.

“I can contribute in developing mechanisms for the quality assurance of engineering and technological education in line with international standards and its implementation process to achieve the graduate attributes, skill and competence of engineering graduates,” Khan said.

Prof. Khan is an internationally acknowledged specialist in Accreditation and Quality Assurance in engineering education. He provides tenured consultancy and evaluatory services to Ministry of Education, KSA and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA to ascertain institutions/programs meet the anticipated quality standards of the profession for which they prepare graduates—(KNO)

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.

GNS

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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.

GNS

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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.

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