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Prof. Dr. Mohammad Tahir Shah

It gives me a great pleasure to serve as the first Vice Chancellor of this newly established FATA University. After assuming the charge as a Vice Chancellor, I made strong commitment that I will leave no stone unturned in paving the foundation of this university on strong footage. This can only be possible if I was succeeded in having a team of devoted, intellectual, talented and competent faculty and staff. I would, therefore, welcome everyone who is committed to support me in this cause. I will try my best to attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff to serve this university to their best. As a vice Chancellor, I am deeply committed to provide our students with the finest education and a supportive learning environment.

The university has been established with an objective to impart higher quality and technical education to the Pakistani students without giving any consideration to sex, religion, creed, cast, race, class, color and domicile. In compliance with the objectives of the FATA University Regulations 2013, due to its infancy and limited space some traditional and professional courses are being offered initially at the Government Degree College, Darra Adem Khel in FR Kohat. However, with the development of our own campus at Akhurwal, Darra Adem Khel with an impressive infrastructure, I am determined to introduce more new and innovative courses with the support of dedicated and dynamic teachers. In order to provide the quality higher education facilities to the students of FATA at their door steps, the establishment of Sub-Campuses of FATA University at all the agencies are also planned in future.

I am confident that in the next decade or so, surmounting all sorts of hurdles, it will be the first and sole university in FATA which will be grown into a dynamic degree awarding institution engaged itself in capacity building, in terms of infrastructure and human resource development.

I am striving to make the FATA University a model educational institute where the students will have quality education and training that will open new avenues for the betterment of their future. It is hoped that the FATA University will attract the students from all the agencies of FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also from the other provinces of the country. My dreams can come true, if the intelligentsia of the country come forward and joins hand with us in making this university an institution where the advance level quality education and research flourish and where the fruit of knowledge resonate through the society.

Prof. Dr. M. Tahir Shah has been the founder Vice Chancellor of the FATA University, FR Kohat since January 2016. He obtained his B.Sc. Hons (1979) and MSc. (1981) degree in Geology from Department of Geology, University of Peshawar. He was appointed as a Research Associate / Lecturer in the National Centre of excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar in 1982 and completed his M.Phil. in 1986. He earned Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia (USA) in 1991 under the USAID Thomas Jefferson scholarship. He remained Assistant Professor (1992-1995), Associate Professor (1995-2002), Professor, Tenured Professor (2002-2016), and also the Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar from 2013 to 2016. He has completed one year Fulbright Post-Doctoral research in the University of Nevada, Reno, USA (1999-2000) and one year Commonwealth Post-Doctoral research in the University of Leicester, UK (2001-2002).

Dr. Shah is among the leading geoscientists in Pakistan having published 88 abstracts in the proceedings of national and international conferences and 167 peer reviewed research papers in the journals of international repute. He has supervised 42 M.Phil and 14 Ph.D. scholars and remained the Chief Editor of the HEC recognized “X” category Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences. He has the leadership qualities to manage the problems in efficient manner. This is because of all these qualities that he has completed national and international projects of immense importance with full zeal and spirits. He has completed HEC funded project worth of 36.954 million rupees as a Project Director and several other national and international projects as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator under the auspices of Pakistan Science Foundation, Higher Education Commission, PAK-US Science & Technology and US National Science Foundation. He was also actively involved in the completion of 800 million rupees PC-1 project of Strengthening of the National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar.

On the basis of his excellent teaching, research and administrative capabilities, he has been awarded several awards, commutative certificates and gold medals. Important among these are the Civil award “Tamga-i-Imtiaz” in 2014, Presidential award “Izaz-i-Fazeelat” in 2001, Earth Scientist of the year award in 1994, IUCN 2001 Environmental award, Gold Medal by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Star Laureate award and Dr. Zafar H. Zaidi Gold Medal, Productive Scientists of Pakistan award. For last several years he is receiving the Research Productivity award on the basis of his research. He remained the Vice President of the Geological Society of Pakistan for two years.

Dr. Shah has specialty in economic geology, mineral exploration, geochemistry and environmental geology. He has been teaching these courses to M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars. He has presented papers related to these subjects in various international conferences held in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Austria, China, Italy, Bangkok, UK and USA and has delivered lectures at the University of South Carolina, the University of Nevada and the University of Eastern Washington in USA and in the University of Leicester, UK by invitation. He remained and is the member of the National Curriculum Revision Committee of the Higher Education commission and the Board of Studies and Senate of various universities, the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of various institutions. Dr. Tahir Shah, besides teaching and research, has also made major contributions towards promotion of academics, mineral exploration and environmental management during his 36 years of service. Presently as the founder Vice Chancellor of FATA University, he is carrying out all the efforts for establishment of FATA University on strong footings.