The Pakistan Academy of
Sciences awarded Dr. Syed Manzoor Alam, the "PAS/INFAQ Foundation
Joint Award of Gold Medal (2002)" in the field of Agriculture in
recognition of his outstanding research work. The award was announced on
7th November 2003. Dr. Syed Manzoor Alam, Ex Chief Scientific
Officer/Head Plant Physiology Division, Nuclear Institute of
Agriculture, (NIA) Tandojam is a Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (1996).
The titled of his thesis was "Allelopathic effects of weeds on the
growth and development of wheat and rice under saline condition".
Recipient of First Prize of Rs.25,000 and a "Commendation
Certificate" in recognition of his scientific research work in the
field of Agricultural Sciences from the National Bank Council of
Pakistan, Ministry of Education, Govt. of Pakistan (1991). Recipient of
Men of the Year 1998 and 2000-Millenium Honor Award from American
Biographical Institute, North Carolina, USA (1999).
On the occasion of PAEC Day-2000 in connection with
Youm-e-Takbeer on 28th May, 1998; the Chairman PAEC awarded him a Gold
Medal for his meritorious services in Agricultural Sciences in the
country. The South Asia Publications based at Karachi declared him Star
Laureate 2002 and awarded him (i)
A Gold-Plated Badge/Lapel Pin with the Inscription "XIII Star Award
2002, South Asia Publications, Recipient, (ii)
A Gold-Plated Trophy, (iii)
An enduring Profile Book titled
"125 Distinguished Men and Women: Leaders of the New Millenium",
A Certificate of Excellence.
Dr. Syed Manzoor Alam was born in January 1944 in
District Arrah, Behar, India. He did his Matric from Nawabpur, Govt.
High School Dhaka in 1958, and F.Sc. from Govt. College Dhaka in 1960.
He did his B.Sc. from the University of Dhaka in 1962 and two years
later, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Soil Science from the same
University securing first position. During M.Sc., he submitted a thesis
entitled "Study of the interactions of iron and manganese and their
effects on the uptake of phosphorus in rice plant by radioisotope
technique". He joined PAEC at Atomic Energy Centre (AEC), Dhaka as
Assistant Scientific Officer on 3rd April 1965. He worked as Research
Associate for seven years (1965-71) in four different IAEA/PAEC/FAO
Coordinated Research Projects and other ongoing projects of PAEC on the
Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation in Rice Cultivation at Atomic
Energy Centre, Dhaka (Former East Pakistan).
On being transferred from AEC, Dhaka, he joined
Atomic Energy Agriculture Research Centre (AEARC), Tandojam in April
1971. He worked there on different research projects. In 1974, he went
abroad and did his Diploma and M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences from the
University College Wales, UK in 1975 and 1976, respectively. The title
of his M.Sc. thesis was "Aluminium toxicity in barley and
Dr. Alam's research works carried out at Nuclear
Institute of Agriculture (NIA), Tandojam from 1971 in the field of Plant
Nutrition especially Micro-nutrients, Salinity, Brackish water, Growth
regulators and Incorporation of crop and weed residues have contributed
to the basic understanding of the subject. The findings of these
research works have resulted in the Publications of more than 490
research papers and popular articles in National and International
Journals and Magazines of repute.
His involvement in Hydroponic work using Saline
Brackish Water with gravel and fine and from Tar desert of Sindh has
proved that different vegetable crops like tomato, cucumber (kakri),
chilli, cauliflower, beans, etc. can be grown successfully in barren
desert areas of the country using low quality water. His work using
Growth Regulator, Inorganic chemicals, Salicylic acid and Acetyl
salicylic acid demonstrated that fruit drop in mango and flower drop in
chilli pods, tomato and cotton can be substantially reduced resulting in
significant increase in the yield and subsequent studies with cobalt,
silver ions and naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) almost doubled the fruit
yields of Sindhri, Langra and Dasehri, the elite mango varieties by
aqueous sprays. This technique has been perfected and is gaining
popularity among the orchard owners of the region.
He has more than 38 years of professional experience,
and actively engaged in research activities in Plant Physiology
Laboratory, NIA, Tandojam, Sindh. His professional training includes (a)
Nuclear Orientation Course on the use of radioisotopes technique in the
field of Agriculture, Medicine and Industry conducted AEC, Dhaka,
August-September, 1965, (b) One Year Nuclear Orientation Training Course
on Nuclear Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Statistics and Agric. Subjects
organized by PAEC at AEC, Dhaka from October 1969 to September 1970, (c)
National Training Workshop on Fertilizer Research Programme organized by
NFDC/FAO held at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, January 23-26,
1983; Instrument Training Course on Technician Near Infra-Red
Reflectance Analyzer-450 (NIRA) in Singapore, 1986.
Dr. Alam has been members of various professional
scientific varieties (a)
PAAS, Lahore (1967-89), (b)
Pakistan Botanical Society (1972-92), (c)
Pahstan Weed Science Society (1989), (d)
Agriculturists, Breeders and Botanists Club (1990-91), (e)
Nematological Society of Pakistan (1993-95). As an International
recognition, Dr. Alam has contributed five chapters for Handbook of
Plant and Crop Stress Edited by Dr. M. Pessarakli, Department of Soil
and Water, University of Arizona, USA. One chapter Nutrient uptake by
plant under stress condition published by Marcel Dekker, New York in
1994 and four chapters on different topics published in 1999 by the same
In recognition of his Commendable Services in his
respective disciplines, Dr. Alam has received many professional awards
(from International Biographical Institute, North Carolina, USA):
as a member of the Leading Intellectuals of the World-1998.
Listed in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership-1998.
Nomination for International Who's Who of Twentieth century
Nominated for five hundred leaders of Influence-1998.
Nominated as a member of Leading Intellectuals of the world-1998.
Nominated as a member ABI's Research Board of Advisors-1999.
Nominated for Who's Who of the year-1999.
And British Award from International Biographical
for inclusion of name in the Dictionary of International Biography, IBC,
U.K., 27th Edition-1998.
Nominated for the Twentieth Century Award for Achievement by IBC, U.K.
Nominated for Outstanding People of the 20th Century-IBC, UK — 1999.
Nominated for International Man of the Millenium by IBC, IBC, UK —
As a subject Expert and Referee, he reviewed and
evaluated research papers and projects at National and International
levels. His research papers have been published in most leading Journals
and countries of USA, France, Japan, Poland, Hungary, Australia,
Austria, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Syria, Philippines, Bangladesh and Pakistan.