Dr. Mirza Barjees Baig
Dr. Mirza Barjees Baig is working as a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Society at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He received his education in both social and natural sciences from USA. He completed his Ph.D. in Extension for Natural Resource Management from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA. He earned his MS degree in International Agricultural Extension in 1992 from the Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA and was placed on the “Roll of Honour”. During his doctoral program, he was honored with “1995 Outstanding Graduate Student Award”.
Dr. Baig has published extensively in the national and international journals. He has also presented extension education and natural resource management extensively at various international conferences. Particularly issues like degradation of natural resources, deteriorating environment and their relationship with society/community are his areas of interest. He has attempted to develop strategies for conserving natural resources, promoting environment and developing sustainable communities through rural development programs.
Dr. Baig started his scientific career in 1983 as a researcher at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan and in that capacity, he worked on the various issues related to soils and crops. He has been associated with the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as the Special Graduate Faculty in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Planning from 2000-2005. He served as a Foreign Professor at the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) through Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, from 2005-2009.
Dr. Baig the member of the Assessment Committee of the Intergovernmental Education Organization, United Nations, EDU Administrative Office, Brussels, Belgium. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan. He serves on the editorial Boards of many International Journals including: International Journal of Agriculture and Biology; TC- Biodiversity Journal, Canada; Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development. Dr. Baig is the member of many national and international professional organizations including Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists. Dr. Baig has traveled in Europe and the Middle East and has got a vast experience of working with the international community.
At the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), he served as the Coordinator for M.Sc. Rural Development degree program. Along with many publications, he has produced books on “Natural Resource Management in Pakistan; Social Forestry in Pakistan. He was the member of committee, revising curricula for M.Sc. (Hons.) Agricultural Extension and M.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry Extension degree programmes at the AIOU.