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First Pakistani Female Geo-morphologist, Postdoctoral DRR Professor Dr. Khalida M. Khan Honored as ISDR Researcher of the Year at National Postdoctoral Association

Pakistan's PU Esteemed Globally --- Asian DESIMGOW Moderator Honored as High Contour Profile at National Postdoctoral Association

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WASHINGTON, D.C./EWORLDWIRE/Jan. 1, 2016 --- The first Pakistani female geo-morphologist, and postdoctoral DRR, Professor Dr. Khalida M. Khan has been honored as ISDR Researcher of the Year at the U.S. National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) by the Inter-regional Directors' Board of the SAARC-ASEAN Post-doc Academia.

Khan is a former chair holder of UNESCO with a portfolio comprising of Community Education Mountain Conservation and Watershed Management.

The extensive canvasser of community education, skill-empowering and equality-based civil rights for the neglected inhabitant populaces of mountains valleys, Khan, 58, has now become an icon within the disciplinary spheres of relevance by receiving 2016's first postdoc scholarship for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategies & New Research Horizons for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) at NPA under the UN-KAKHTAH DRR program.

The environmental sustainability expert from Punjab University (PU) Lahore, Khan is a designated postdoctoral research moderator in Dynamics of Environment Sustainability, Integrated Mountains' Geomorphology and Ortho-Watersheds (DESIMGOW) of SAARC region at the US-based NPA.

Khan has also been awarded International Award Ibaraki Kasumigaura, Japan, for the outstanding paper on Lake Conservation in Austin, Texas, USA, 2011. She has been awarded Gold Medal in Exceptional services for Education. She was awarded Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal Award for outstanding performance in education, 2013 by the Civil Society organization. She has made prized contributions to the National Strategy for Pakistan Water Sector Environmental Management Program, National Volunteer Movement Relief Work for the Rehabilitation of Earthquake affected areas in 2005.

PU Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujahid Kamran congratulates PU faculty on the achievement.

High profile academics of across the region including Justice (R) Dr. S. S. Paru L.L.D.(Indonesia), Dr. Faiser N.M. (Sri Lanka), Dr. Madhulika (Malaysia), Dr. Mehar Master Moos (India), Dr. Martin Haigh (Oxford), Dr. Andrew Taber (Washington), Dr. Takahi (Japan), Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya, Dr. Salawal Salah (Sri Lanka), Professor Emeritus Dr. Zaki, Dr. Bareera N.B. and Dr. Azam Sheikh pay their gratitude to Pak academia on the magnanimous triumph.

Khan contributed to the first Post-Disaster's Epidemiological Susceptibility & Pandemic Outbreak (Post-DESPO) Assessment Appraisal that marked highest cross-referential impact factor (CRIF) on DRR perspectives of the United Nations' Hyogo Framework of Action, 2014-2015 and distinctive annotation-notes on the U.N. MDGs and Post 2015 Extension- scenario.

Khan is responsible for initiating the first U.N. Partnership for Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), Japan at CIMR under the umbrella of Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan 2012.

Under the directorship of Khan, CIMR is also credited for establishing the first UN-KAKHTAH Digital Repository at PU.
Khan is currently serving as director of CIMR at PU. She has been serving Punjab University since January 1987.
She is a research moderator of National Postdoc. Association (NPA-USA) under the umbrella of SAARC-ASEAN Postdoc Academia and SAIRI Postdoc Multiversity for the United Nations MDGs Studies at NPA.

Khan is member of various national and international organizations such as the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation, Geographical Societies, ASIAN WATMANET, Kathmandu, Association of American Geographers, 2014, American Association of Geophysical Union, 2014, SAIRI Research Initiative and member of the Board of Trustees of the HEAD Foundation, (Kohistan and Gilgit Baltistan Community Foundation) 2013.

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