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Professor Dr.Ghulam Murtaza is working as Director, Academics in the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He was born in 1968 in Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan. Dr. Murtaza completed his high school education with Ist division from Government Islamia Secondary School, Toba Tek Singh. He started his education at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in 1985 and completed his BSc.(Hons.) Agri and MSc.(Hons.) Agri. degrees in 1989 and 1991, respectively with distinction.
Dr. Murtaza obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, and as such he was recognized as a bright, diligent and congenial academic staff as well as a scientist by the University. His Ph.D research work on salt-affected soils advanced scientific knowledge and understanding and contribute to resolve a problem of national as well as international significance. He won University Grants Commission (UGC) research scholarship for Ph.D. during 1992 and 1993.
Dr. Murtaza was appointed as a scientific officer of the project funded by WAPDA in the Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences University of Agriculture Faisalabad from 1993 to 1995. He worked as a Lecturer in 1995; as an Assistant Professor in 2000 to 2006. Dr. Murtaza resumed his role as an Associate Professor in 2006 and became a prominent Professor in 2013.
Dr. Murtaza was awarded Research Productivity Allowances for the fiscal years 2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. He is also an approved Ph.D. supervisor by PCST/HEC since 2003. In recognition of his outstanding performance in education and research, Dr. Murtaza, has received the best University Teacher Award for the year 2011 from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dr. Murtaza did his Post-doc research at the University of South Australia in Australia. During his Post-doc, he worked at the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia) on an innovative technique for collection of pore water with help of Rhizon samplers for studying soil solution chemistry.
Dr. Murtaza established the 'auger hole technology' for the economical reclamation of dense saline-sodic soils from which farmers are getting benefits. He endeavored to extend his research on transfer of heavy metals from soil to plant species as well as their bioaccumulation by animals. As a result, a Ph.D. student under his supervision conducted experiments on rabbits in collaboration with Faculty of Veterinary Sciences for resolving this complex issue.
In addition, Dr. Murtaza has been successful to win funding from several national and international funding donors as a Principal Investigator as well as a Co-Principal Investigator (up to 12 research projects completed under the financial support provided by the HEC, EFS, PARC and UNDP). He participated/presented papers in national and international conferences/symposia as well as produced more than 105 publications including 60 research paper published internationally in high impact journals. Until now, he produced 40 M.Sc.(Hons.) and 6 Ph.D. students and 4 Ph.D. and 16 M.Sc.(Hons.) students are in progress. All these students are doing research in Soil, Water and Environmental Chemistry area for examining key problems of heavy metal contamination and salt-affected soils.
Dr. Murtaza worked as a Land Utilization Officer (14-09-2009 to 24-08-2014), Director Farms (03-09-2010 to 24-08-2014), Associate Hall Warden (11-11-2014), Section Editor of the International Journal of Agriculture and Biology at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He is a member of several professional national/ international Societies. Dr. Murtaza displayed a visionary approach and a remarkable talent in providing leadership in academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular fields in the University. He received many certificates/letter of appreciation for his excellent services while discharging duties assigned to him. He has established Thursday Bazar at Ghulam Muhammad Abad Farm of the University for the welfare of community and to enhance practical knowledge of the students pursuing their studies in the subject of marketing.