KARACHI - US-based Muslim scientist and senior Aligarhian Shaheer Khan, currently on a short visit to Pakistan, was chief guest at a luncheon hosted by the vice-chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), an official of the institution said here on Tuesday.

He said that Shaheer Khan was a senior staff scientist at the Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific), San Francisco Bay Area Bitechnology.

During an interaction with the luncheon participants, Shaheer Khan praised the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) for its efforts for establishment of an engineering university named after the great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. He praised SSUET founders, including late Zakir Ali Khan and Z.A. Nizami, who helped AMUOBA achieve its objectives in the field of education, particularly in the discipline of engineering.

Shaheer Khan spoke about AMUOBA-like associations elsewhere in the world and said he wanted to establish an association on the pattern of the association at the Aligarh University. He called upon the SSUET graduates to contact him for this purpose. He said that preparations were under way to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan on October 17, 2017. As regards his association in the US, he said its functions were attended by people belonging to all religions because any political or other discussions were not allowed at this forum. Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid H Rizvi welcomed Khan to SSUET and said he was a proud Aligarhian, rendering most important services in the field of science and technology in the US. He said that during his meeting with Khan he discussed with him important matter like visiting fellowship, research collaboration, student guidance and postgraduate programme for faculty.

The luncheon was attended by senior Aligarhians, AMUOBA Vice-President Anwar Ali, General Secretary Arshad Khan, deans, associate deans, chairmen of various departments, senior faculty members and Registrar Syed Sarfraz Ali. Later, the visiting scientist, accompanied by Anwar Ali and Arshad Khan, visited the under-construction Sir Syed Tower at MR Kiyani Road opposite Arts Council of Pakistan. He praised the AMUOBA for its outstanding projects and said these projects would contribute greatly to national development as a follow up of the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.

Khan is an accomplished multidisciplinary scientist with more than 20 years of research and product development experience in Biotech Company. He demonstrated strong synthetic and analytical chemistry background for discovery and development of new products in a multidisciplinary team environment and has an extensive background in organic chemistry.