Dr. Noor-ul-Islam received his M. Sc. from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He was sent to CIMMYT, Mexico, to broaden his vision in researchmanagement and to enrich his breeding skills. During his training, he selected 403 wheat lines that were studied in Punjab. Two of these were released as Punjab-85 and Faisalabad-85. The life of both varieties was more than ten years. He also contributed in the testing and development of several wheat varieties such as Indus-79, Punjab-81, Pak-81, Faisalabad-83, Kohinoor-83 and Inqlab-91.
He received his Ph. D. from Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA and returned to Pakistan after more than three years. On his return, Dr. Noor-ul-Islam started wheat breeding and developed useful F4 lines, which were sent to the Arid Zone Research Institute, Bhakkar. One of those lines has been released as Bhakkar 2002, which remained the most popular variety after Inqlab-91 in Punjab.