Prof. Ashraf, a scholar from the developing world, started his research career in 1983 when he got admission to the Department of Botany of the University of Liverpool (U.K). Dr. Ashraf’s contribution in human resource development has been remarkable. He has produced 72 PhD students (32 as a major supervisor + 40 as a co-supervisor or committee member) in addition to having produced over 182 M.Sc and 96 M.Phil graduates.
The quality of research work can be assessed not only from publication of the work undertaken in high quality journals (journal impact factor is now over 650), but also from the citation index. His citation index is now considerably high (over 11000 according to Web of Knowledge, and over 26800 citations according to Googles My Citations; h-index 66; i10-index 369) as my research work has been continuously cited every year by many workers since 1986, when I had my first publication. He has won a number of national and international awards.