Date Palm Research Institute

Khairpur being the area of Date Palm was given an opportunity to establish Date Palm Research Institute (DPRI) to conduct research on various aspects of date palm. The DPRI project was approved with a capital cost Rs.30.740 million by Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. The project was approved for three years and has been completed in November 2007. Since then, the institute has been shifted to the recurring budget of the University and is a part of University. The Institute is conducting research on various aspects of Date Palm as per objectives of the Project.

The Institute is run by Prof. Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Markhand as a Director with a team of Researchers. Dr. Adel Ahmed Abul-Soad world known Date Palm Biotechnologist from Egypt is working under Short Term Foreign Faculty Hiring Program of HEC, Islamabad as a Visiting Professor/Consultant to this Institute since May 2006 till now. Dr. Adel is using his expertise on all aspects of date palm and applying his own-developed technique in Micropropagation of date palm (Inflorescence explant). Furthermore, Dr. Adel also conducting classes of BS, M.Phil and Ph.D in the department of Botany.