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Oct 2nd, 2010 #1----
I don't know if many people are aware of this initiative or not so I'll explain it a bit in this thread, because it really is a huge step forward for Pakistan.
The PFSA project is being undertaken by the Home Department for the establishment of a modern and unified Forensic Science Agency in Punjab. The overall purpose of this project is to establish an international standard, well quipped, state of the art , full service forensic science laboratory at Lahore. On its operation, the laboratory will support criminal investigations by providing forensic analysis. It will also assist the legal matters of interest. Punjab Forensic Science Agency will offer complete services in the field of forensic science, including:
Fire Arms & Tool - marks
Crime Scene Specialist
Death Scene Investigation
They have an in-house training facility that would provide an opportunity to judicial officers, lawyers, doctors, investigators, and persons involved in law enforcement to understand forensics and play their role in building positive image of the country. Moreover, they are also planning on starting Pakistan's first ever forensic science institute. Conviction rates are proven to be excellent with the proper implementation of forensic sciences and it can also decrease the rate of wrongful convictions.
This project is still ongoing, they only finished the recruitment process early this year but there ought to some positions still available. Now is a good time to send out your job applications to PFSA if you are a qualified scientist and if you would like to work for the agency. Pakistan lacks fully qualified forensic scientists at the moment and, if you look at PFSA's job descriptions, they are hiring scientists from a variety of backgrounds who will then be trained in forensic sciences. Here's their website if you're looking for more info or if you would like to send out job applications:
I would have loved to serve in PFSA if I wasn't going ahead with research.
Last edited by BarbieCue; Oct 2nd, 2010 at 12:49 PM.GS - It's all about enjoying the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Oct 2nd, 2010 #2
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Wow thanks for sharing. This is so cool!!! Good luck to them on this initiative.Heart in London. Mind in Lahore. Physically in Dubai. Loving it every millisecond.
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It's something you can pursue after your Masters..BBQ...We don't need no education....
Erm, yes you do....you just used a double negative.
Oct 2nd, 2010 #4----
^ I would love to. They've hired an American Pakistani consultant Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Tahir to help them set up the training procedures, SOPs etc because there really isn't anyone in Pakistan who knows a whole lot about forensics. It would be great to be a part of this project and help in any way you can.GS - It's all about enjoying the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Jul 23rd, 2011 #5
Thanks for information in detail. I am interested to work in the agency and would like to be responsible person of Toxicology and Narcotics labs. How this can be achieved ?
Jul 23rd, 2011 #6----
^ I have given the website above. Please visit that for further information. The best thing to do would be to call them and speak to them. When vacancies arise, they list them on the website and they're not hiring right now. But I would still call them and speak to them.
Visit their careers section http://www.pfsa.gop.pk/PFSA%20Careers.html and have a look at the job descriptions which will give you an idea of what are the requirements for different roles. If you want to be a lab technician in the toxicology & narcotics department, you will need at least a bachelors degree in a science related discipline. http://www.pfsa.gop.pk/Jobs/pdf/Lab%20Technicians.pdf
Candidates have to go through a written test and only the high scoring ones are called for interviews. http://www.pfsa.gop.pk/Eligible%20Candidate.htmlGS - It's all about enjoying the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Jul 25th, 2011 #7
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Hmm this is really a huge step forward. In Pakistan Forensic sciences is now being taught at some major universities, this will help the young graduates learn and develop their skills more.Main to is waastay chup hon kay tamasha na banay
Tu samajhta hai mujhe tujh se gila kuch bhi nahi...
Jul 26th, 2011 #8
Regards. changez Khan
2009 Ph.D Akamai University, HI, U.S.A.
“Studies on the Quality and Toxicity of selected Drug products: Furosemide, a Diuretic Drug, Nifedipine, an Antihypertensive drug, their Degradation Products, and Yohimbe Plus, a Herbal Drug used in Erectile dysfunction” 1988 MPhil. Biochemistry Pakistan
1976 MSc. Chemistry Pakistan
1973 BSc. Chemistry Pakistan
Equivalent to MSc Chemistry / Biochemistry from USA Universities.
(Credential Evaluation Service, IERF, Los Angeles, CA. 90066)
2011 Laboratory Specialist Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
MRSC Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Member American Chemical Society, USA.
Specialized Professional Training 1983 National Drug Research Center, University Science Malysia,Penang,Malaysia. 1985 United Nation Narcotic Laboratory, Division of Narcotic Drugs,Vienna, Austria.
1986 Special Testing and Research Lab, Drug Enforcement Admin, Mclean, Virginia, U.S.A. Professional Experience 1 Established GC MS Drug Confirmation laboratory using CAP and SAMHSA guidelines at AFHSR Khamis Mushyt KSA. 2 Wrote SOP for the newly established Drug Confirmation Laboratory. 3 Identified and Quantified Alcohols by TDX, Hitachi747-100, Viva ,Viva Twin, Gas Chromatography and Head Space GC. 4 Screened urine specimens for Drugs of Abuse and adulterants by ETS, Viva Twins, Olympus, Hitachi analyzers and Toxi Lab. 5 Confirmed Non-Negatives by Gas Chromatography Mass Selective Detector. 6 Performed clinical analysis on emergency drug screen by Toxilab and Therapeutic drug monitoring. 7 Analyzed Trace metals Al, Cu, Zn in serum, Copper in urine and Lead in whole blood by atomic absorption spectrometry. 8 Analyzed pills,powders,unknown liquids,syringes and many other items for the traces of drugs 9 Maintained Chain of Custody of specimen and reported results to different agencies. 10 Trained technologists in lab operation. 11 Participated in UKNEQAS and CAP Proficiency Testing Program. 12 Validation of Analyzers, Assays, Reagents and all other equipments. 13 Ordered and maintained inventory of GC-MS, GC, TDX,, ETS,Viva and VivaTwin,Hitachi Analyzers accessories, reagents, calibrators, controls, standards, lab reagents, chemicals, solvents and other consumables
1. Organize, Supervise and perform analysis of drugs and their metabolites (Screening and Confirmation) in biological fluids utilizing EIA and GC-MS following College of American Pathologists and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidelines.
2. Maintain chain of custody of specimens from receipt to reporting of the results.
3. Provide technical and administrative review of batch data and batch reporting.
4. Prepare certified reference materials for use in analysis.
5. Prepare and validate Drug Free Urine, Negative and Positive open blind controls for use in analysis.
6. Maintain and trouble shoot Agilent GC-MS, and all other lab instrument.
7. Write all Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Work Instructions and prepare necessary validations.
8. Train technologists in screening of urine samples for the presence and absence of drugs and their metabolites and extracting Non Negatives by SPE, derivatizing and running drug extracts in batches on GC-MS for their confirmation.
9. Verify and Certify negative and positive results.
10. Testify and defend results in court if required.
11. Responsible for maintaining quality assurance program to assure the proper performance of all the test results.
12. Assuring and documenting the validity, accuracy, reliability and precision of each test and test system.
13. To assist Unit Manager, Medical Director and Chief of Pathology with the planning and implementation of changes required for the upgrading of drug testing services.
14. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Jul 26th, 2011 #9----
^ Wow, impressive!
They will definitely consider you.
Project Director's contact is at the bottom of this ad: http://dailyjobads.com/wp-content/up...ncy-Lahore.jpg
I think his name is Syed Khalid Gardezi http://www.careersinpk.com/wp-conten...ortunities.jpg
I don't think you can contact CM Shahbaz Sharif directly, you'll have to go through his secretaries. Contacts on the official website of Punjab government: http://pportal.punjab.gov.pk/portal/...LvpAe?nav=left
And I don't have Dr. Ashraf Tahir's contact details.GS - It's all about enjoying the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Jul 26th, 2011 #10
Thank's a lot. I am in hurry because the place where I am working presently is asking for renewal of contract. Althogh I am getting handsome sallary (equals RS 500000 PM) but want to work in PFSA and utilize me experienc and train Pakistani's in the field. It is their luck if they don't contact. I tried to reach and contact Dr Ashraf in OHIO USA, can't trace of Dr Ashraf. What do you think it is my bad luck or some body else.
Please stay in contact and see if you can get hold of the PFSA higher administration.
Changez Khan Toxicologist and Head of Toxicology
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