KARACHI: University of Karachi Vice-Chancellor Professor dr Muhammad Ajmal passed away at a private hospital in the wee hours of Saturday.
According to Karachi University’s (KU) spokesperson Muhammad Farooq, Dr Ajmal was hospitalised on Friday night after his health condition deteriorated.
He said the VC was suffering from heart ailment. The spokesperson further said that his body will soon be moved from the hospital to his residence.
Dr Khan is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan was appointed as the 19th vice chancellor of the institution for four years on 24 Jan 2017.
Having research and teaching experience spread over four decades, Prof Khan is a recipient of numerous awards that include the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the Pride of Performance and the Distinguished Professor of the Year 2008, by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences on account of his scientific contributions.
He received a PhD in botany from Ohio University in the US, and a DSc (doctorate in science) from Karachi University, where he had served from 1975 till his retirement in 2012.
During his tenure at KU, he acted as the founding director of the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilisation, a research centre for developing non-conventional crops for saline areas.
He was also elected as a fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences (IAS) and conferred the title of Distinguished National Professor in 2005 by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The Pakistan Academy of Sciences had presented its highest award of Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2008 to Dr Khan.