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Professors of Jamia Millia, AMU Feature in Global List of Highly Cited Researchers

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Prof Imran Ali (Jamia Millia Islamia) and Prof Nafees Ahmad Khan (Aligarh Muslim University)

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New Delhi, November 29— Two professors from Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi) and Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh), both renowned central universities, have featured in the coveted global list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCR).

Prof.  Imran Ali of Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia has secured a place in the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2020 released by the USA’s Web of Science, Clarivate Plc.

HCR 2020 identifies researchers who “demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.” Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index, according to Clarivate Plc.

Recently, Prof. Ali was adjudged as the number one scientist in India and 24th in the World in the field of Analytical Chemistry by a group of scientists from the University of Stanford, USA.

The HCR 2020 list includes 6,167 researchers from 60 countries. The list includes 26 Nobel laureates, including three announced this year – CRISPR pioneers Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer A. Doudna and Reinhard Genzel.

Prof. Imran Ali is a vibrant and most active Professor with high Google citations of 25,500, 82 h-index and 260 i10-index, said the university in a statement.

“He has a high scientific profile and an excellent international reputation. His primary research goals are multidisciplinary with the main emphasis on Environmental, Analytical, Organic and Water Chemistry. His specific research includes water treatment, water quality, development of anti-cancer and chiral drugs, pharmaceutical and xenobiotics analysis by chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. He is the pioneer to highlight the importance of the chirality concept in the pollutants i.e. study of the chiral pollutants.”

Prof. Ali is a forerunner and leading researcher in India in the area of chiral separations by chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. He is also a leading researcher in the world in the area of chiral pollutants.

He is a world-recognized academician and researcher with more than 450 publications including patents, books, several book chapters, research papers, technical reports and conference presentations.

Congratulating Prof. Imran Ali for the achievement, Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia said: “I am delighted not only to see his name in the list but because of him the name of Jamia Millia Islamia has been included among the world’s outstanding Institutions and Universities. I and Jamia are proud to be associated with a scientist of this repute. I hope he will continue to inspire young lives in the university and the world.”

Union Minister of Education Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has also congratulated Prof. Ali.

“Congratulations to Prof. Imran Ali of JMI for securing a place in the coveted list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) 2020 released by the USA’s Web of Science, Clarivate Plc. I wish him good luck for his future endeavours,” the minister tweeted.

AMU Faculty in HCR List

Prof Nafees Ahmad Khan, Chairman, Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University has also featured in the prestigious list of Highly Cited Researchers.

He has been included in the list “for his exceptional contribution to Plant and Animal Science”, said AMU in a statement.

“He is among the most influential researchers from India as determined by their peers around the globe – those who have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade.”

The research focus of Prof Nafees is mainly on understanding the mechanisms of hormonal and nutritional regulation of plant growth with emphasis on abiotic stress vis-a-vis photosynthetic efficiency and abiotic stress tolerance.

Prof Nafees has over 28 years of teaching experience in which he has supervised a score of Ph.D. dissertations and M.Phil thesis, besides supervising research projects. He has written chapters for books and has published over 161 research papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals.

He did his BSc, MSc, Ph.D. and DSc in botany from AMU.