Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman, Vice Chancellor, Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mirpur did his M.Sc. from the University of Karachi in 1980. He was awarded Gold Medal for securing 1st Class 1st in M.Sc. Chemistry. He started his career as Lecturer Chemistry in the Education Department of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on April 24, 1981 where he served for about four years. Then he joined the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi for Ph.D. He completed his Ph.D. studies in 1988 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS, Nishan-i-Imtiaz. In March 1988, he joined the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as Associate Professor. In October 1989, he went to the States for Post Doctoral Studies at the Department of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA.
Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman was appointed as Professor of Chemistry on February 22, 1997. He headed the Department of Chemistry from October 1992 through February 1994 and February 07, 2001 to January 31, 2004. He had also been Dean, Faculty of Sciences w.e.f. July 06, 2001 to November 14, 2001. In addition to professional duties, he served the University twice as Controller of Examinations (February 1997 through April 1998; July 2000 through October 2001) as Registrar (September 02, 2002 through June 08, 2005). He also served the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir as Vice Chancellor (February 15, 2008 to August 02, 2012). Presently he is serving as Vice Chancellor, Mirpur University of Science and Technology since October 28, 2013. He also served the Mirpur University of Science and Technology earlier as Vice Chancellor (March 27, 2009 through July 21, 2011).
Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman has published over 100 research papers in journals of international repute. He presented his research work in numerous national and international conferences. He has established a research laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and successfully executed four research projects. He has supervised over 100 research projects of M.Sc. students. He has also supervised 6 Ph.D. students and 8 M. Phil. students. In this respect, he has done a lot to improve the standard of academics and research of his department. In addition, he served the University as Chairman of various important bodies of the University. Besides a permanent member of the Chemical Society of Pakistan, he is a member Executive Council of the Society.
Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman has been awarded the Pakistan Academy of Sciences Award (1999) for his outstanding research work in the field of Chemistry. In recognition of his outstanding academic and research achievements, he has also been awarded the Independence Day-14th August, 2000 Medal by the Azad Govt. of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, the University Best Teacher Award 2001 and 2005 by the Govt. of Pakistan. In recognition of his outstanding research work in the field of Chemistry, he has been awarded the Fellowship of the Chemical Society of Pakistan in 2006. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of Chemistry, the President Islamic Republic of Pakistan conferred upon him Sitara-i-Imtiaz on August 14, 2008.
His contributions in the development of the UAJK and establishment of the MUST have been appreciated by all and sundry. In particular, his extraordinary contributions towards the establishment of MUST were recognized by all stakeholders. He established administrative set up of the nascent University and successfully managed launching ten new disciplines in the University during first year of its establishment, thus provided higher education facilities to additional 2500 students. Being such, the University has witnessed a tremendous progress, both on academic and infrastructural development during his earlier tenure.