Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Zafar is presently working as Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He has earned his M.Sc. from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and M. Phil. from the University of London, UK respectively. He has completed his doctorate in shortest possible time of three years from the University of Exeter, UK. Dr. Zafar is a commonwealth research fellow and attained Post-doctoral training from the University of Nottingham, UK and University of New England, Armidale, Australia. Since the establishment of Faculty in 1961, Professor Zafar became the pioneer in producing first ever Ph.D. scholar of the Faculty and country as well in the discipline of Rural Sociology in 2003 –the unique and milestone contribution. Dr. Zafar has produced thirty nine Ph.D. scholars, 18 as major supervisor and 21 as member and they have worked in the areas of Population and Health, HIV/AIDS, and Cultural Values and Development, Mother-Child Health, Child Personality and Health Issues of Senior Citizens. Three more Ph. D. scholars are conducting their research under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Zafar. Prof. Zafar supervised 75 MPhil/MS students in the disciplines of Rural Sociology, Population Sciences, Home Economics and Rural Development.
The research record of Professor Zafar is also excellent. He has 192 research articles published in the journals of national and international repute and many popular articles appeared in different national newspapers about social problems prevailing in the society. Nineteen research reports are also at the credit of Professor Zafar. Six books are also at credit of Dr. Zafar. Professor Zafar has also completed three research projects funded by national and international agencies on gender health and development.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Zafar with his Ph. D. scholars developed Theories and Models in the discipline of social sciences. These innovations helped in understanding the demographic transition and promoting small family norms in Pakistan which is prime objective of Government of Pakistan for attaining sustainable socioeconomic development and poverty reduction. Dr. Zafar also took the lead in supervising the doctoral level research on social issues of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. The research provided guidelines to policy practitioners to address the issue and for promoting health status of the community. The theory; Rational Values and Development developed by Dr. Zafar is vitally important for understanding the long standing traditional belief system that hinders the development process in Pakistan.
Under the Deanship of Professor Zafar fourteen undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs such M.A. Economics, M. Phil Economics, Ph.D Economics, M.Sc. Sociology, M. Phil Rural Sociology, M.Sc. (Hons) Rural Development, M.Sc. Education, M.Ed., M. Phil Education, M.Com and MS Business Management and BBA have been initiated in the Faculty to address the educational needs of society and for the promotion of business education- required to transfer from traditional to modern knowledge based society. For skill development of people, about 200 short courses of duration from two weeks to three years are also organized by the Faculty under his Deanship.
Being a member of the editorial boards of scientific journals, Professor Zafar reviewed many research papers for publication and as a convener of Zarai Digest he has done the best for disseminating updated information regarding the advances in animal and plant sciences to different stakeholders for rural development. Being a member of many learned and academic societies, bio-safety committee, Academic Council, Senate, UAF and Board of Studies of different universities, he is working for the promotion of teaching and research.
Dr. Zafar is also actively participating in social welfare activities through creating awareness about the social and health problems/issues such HIV/AIDS, environmental, dengue, population explosion, drug addiction, human rights, poverty, and beggary through organizing seminars and writing articles. He also actively participated in fund raising activities for the rehabilitation of Earthquake Victims in AJK and Flood Affected Families in Atarahazari, Jhang District.
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||Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.