Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi
1988 - PhD Electrical Eng., Purdue University, USA
1986 - MSc Electrical Eng., Purdue University, USA
1984 - BSc Electrical Eng. (with highest distinction), Purdue University, USA
Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi
In July 2013, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi joined LUMS as the fourth Vice Chancellor of the University. Prior to joining LUMS he has served as a consultant on higher education to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and served as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for 8 years. At HEC, Dr. Naqvi was deeply involved from the first day with the transformation of the University Grants Commission of Pakistan to an autonomous ministerial level Higher Education Commission spearheading higher education reforms in Pakistan. He helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the revival of the university education sector of Pakistan. He is a visionary team builder who leads from the front in achieving ambitious targets. With an internationally recognized successful track record of change management of the national system of higher education, he led the Higher Education Commission with an annual budget of Rs. 50 Billion and was responsible for all matter relating to higher education in Pakistan including, higher education policy, quality assurance, degree recognition, development of new institutions and uplifting of existing institutions as well as operational funding of public sector universities. He led the implementation an ambitious portfolio of programs that resulted in an explosive growth in research activity in the universities in Pakistan coupled with a quadrupling in the number of students, significant enhancement of quality, standardization of programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level with clear quality related benchmarks, the implementation of a higher education quality assurance regime and launch of the most ambitious program in the history of Pakistan for faculty development.
Dr. Naqvi earned his BSc (with highest distinction), MSc and PhD degrees (all in Electrical Engineering) from Purdue University, USA. He served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, before returning to Pakistan in 1995 to join the Faculty of Electronics at the GIK Institute of Technology. He remained at GIKI until end of 1999 as Professor and Dean. He joined the HEC in 2002 and became its Executive Director in 2004.
Dr. Naqvi has a number of patents to his credit and co-developed scatterometry as a metrology technique and process sensor for micro-electronic and opto-electronic fabrication and transferred to Bio-Rad Laboratories, USA for use in its commercial semiconductor metrology tools.
He was one of the founding members of Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC), a non-profit organisation comprised of educational, research, and industrial institutions throughout America and the Iberian Peninsula. The Consortium was established to foster scientific, engineering, and technology education, joint international research and development efforts among its members, and to provide a cost-effective vehicle for the application and transfer of technology.
Dr. Naqvi was also the founding member of Engineering Education Trust (EET), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development of higher education in Pakistan. The Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE: www.case.edu.pk ) was the first project of EET.