MIRPUR (AJK) - The AJK University awarded first PhD degree in Chemistry to its students Shahid Aziz, it was officially declared here the other day.

Shahid, the University declared, worked under the supervision of the university Vice Chancellor Dr Habibur Rehman. Title of his research work was "Phytochemical Investigations on Constituents of the two medicinal plants and Synthesis of Topopyrone C & its Related Anthrapyranes via Marschalk Reaction".

Shahid qualified for the degree by passing the subject GRE International, comprehensive examination and successfully defending PhD thesis. His thesis was evaluated by two foreign experts taken from technologically advanced countries, Dr David Smith, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the US and Dr Bilge Sener, Gazi University, Turkey besides Dr Naghmana Rashid, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, AIOU, Islamabad. All the examiners recommended the award of PhD degree to him and appreciated his PhD work.

This would be the first ever PhD degree awarded to student in the Department of Chemistry. He also published his research work in the form of seven papers in foreign impact factor journals while five of his research papers have also been accepted for publication in the foreign journals.

AJK University VC granted extension in service: The state-run Azad Jammu & Kashmir University Vice Chancellor Dr Habibur Rehman has been granted extension in his service for an indefinite period, an official statement of the varsity said.

The faculty members, administrative staff and students have expressed jubilation over thid decision, it said. They were of the view that on account of his outstanding performance and achievements, Dr Rehman deserves to be reappointed as Vice Chancellor for another term. It is apt recognition of his excellent performance and acknowledgment of his extraordinary contributions in the uplift of higher education in the University and AJ&K as well, they added.

The students and the presidents of Academic Staff Association, Officers Welfare Association and Administrative Staff Association congratulated the VC. They also thanked to the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir for acknowledging the services of Dr Habibur Rehman by extending his tenure.

Company starts printing expiry date on products: The Mariana International Ltd Company has started printing manufacturing and expiry dates on its products, it has been learnt here Friday. The company took this step after the directive of a legal notice by District Consumer Protection Council Assistant Director (Legal).

 Zeenat Mazhar.