Policeman Gets PhD In Chemistry While On Duty

In a first, a sub-inspector of Punjab Police has completed his PhD in Chemistry while working as an investigation in-charge at Wahdat Colony Police Station at the same time.

Dr Muhammad Irfan had joined the police department in 2007 as an assistant sub-inspector after completing his Masters in Chemistry. He started his MPhil in 2011 and then got admission to the Government College University for the doctorate in Chemistry.

Narrating his story, Dr Irfan said he was lucky enough to get posted in the Punjab Constabulary and later in the investigation wing. “My family and officers also played a positive role in ensuring a conducive environment for me to study,” he said.

“On several occasions, I had to complete my assignments all night and in the morning join my duty after submitting those assignments,” SI Irfan added.

Reacting to the news, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shoaib Dastgir held a meeting with Dr Irfan at Central Police Office in acknowledgment of his achievement.

He said completion of a PhD degree by a policeman during service was a unique honour. He said SI Irfan had enhanced the respect and prestige of the department by acquiring it.

The IGP awarded SI Irfan with a cash prize and ceremonial certificate for his achievement.

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