Pakistan Society of Nematologists (PSN) meets virtually- Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro relinquishes the responsibilities of President PSN
The newly elected Executive Council of Pakistan Society of Nematology (PSN) met online on 16 May 2020.
The elections of PSN were held in March 2020 but due to COVID-19 restrictions the newly elected officers could not have formal meeting; therefore, an online meeting was organized and chaired by the newly elected President of PSN Prof. Dr. Tariq Mukhtar and moderated by the newly elected Secretary General Dr. A. Mubeen Lodhi
At the outset condolence prayers (Dua-e-Maghfirat) were offered for the departed soul of former Secretary General PSN, Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz who passed away early during the year.
Afterwards the out-going President Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was invited for opening remarks. Prof Soomro congratulated the newly elected body of PSN and acknowledged the historical contributions of Dr. Shahina Fayyaz in the field of Nematology in Pakistan, who had been the Director of National Nematological Research Center at University of Karachi and the Managing Editor of Pakistan Journal of Nematology (PJN).
Subsequently the meeting agenda was taken up and following decisions were made with consensus.
- Prof .Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was requested to be the Patron -in-Chief of PSN and Editor -in-Chief of Pakistan Journal of Nematology as well as the Counselor of International Federation of Nematological Societies (IFNS).
- Dr. Saleem Shahzad of the University of Karachi will replace Dr. Shahina Fayyaz as the Managing Editor of PJN.
- A PSN Endorsement/Trust Fund would be established with voluntary funds from PSN members, well-wishers and philanthropists for promotion of the Science of Nematology in Pakistan. To start with the participants of meeting pledged one-time contribution of at least Rs.10,000. Prof. Soomro pledged Rs.100,000 for the PSN Fund.
- A Gold Medal in the name of Dr. Shahina Fayyaz along with certificate and cash to be awarded every year to the best young Nematologist of up to the 40 years of age.