UNESCO prize to help promote ethics in science: Dr. Zabta

STAFF REPORT ISB: At a time when major chowks and market places in Paris were decorated with portraits of Prof Zabta Khan Shinwari from Pakistan for winning the prestigious UNESCO Avicenna Prize 2015, he was busy delivering lecture at Quaid-i-Azam University and holding meetings with fellow scientists for promotion of ethics in science.

Minister of State, Baligh-ur-Rehman, who was also in Paris at that time made a phone call to Prof. Shinwari and said, “You are there in Pakistan and here in France every square is decorated with your portraits.”

Prof. of Biotechnology and Bioethics, Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari is currently working as the Chairman of the Department of Biotechnology, QAU, Islamabad, but he is working in numerous fields – Chairman at QAU Department of Biotechnology, President of the National Council for Tibb, Secretary General Pakistan Academy of Sciences.

Perhaps this is why when his name was announced by an independent jury for the UNESCO prize that includes a diploma, a gold medal and a cheque of $10,000.Seeing Dr. Zabta academic profile and the pace of work, one simply agrees with the citation read out at the time of the prize giving that he can be a role model for others. A PhD in Biosciences and Genetic Engineering in a brief period of 2 and a half years, a D.SC in Molecular Systematics from Kyoto University Japan and numerous certificates and degrees from the US, Japan and Pakistan.

After completing his degree in Japan, he was called by his supervisor who offered him a job in the same university but he turned down the offer.

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