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Dept of Applied Physics to organize ‘International Conference on Nanotechnology and STEM-ER’

Aligarh, March 11: The Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, in partnership with the Ohio State University, USA and CEERI Pilani is organizing an ‘International Conference on Nanotechnology and STEM-ER’. The Conference, which will start from March 12 and end on March 15 will take place at the J N Medical College Auditorium.

The first two days (March 12 & 13, 2016) would be devoted to Nanotechnology and its applications while the next two days (March 14 & 15, 2016) will be on recent advances and methods to improve the teaching and research standards in STEM subjects in universities in India and other developing countries.

Speaking at a press conference on the programme, the AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd) said that at least 30 foreign delegates including eight from USA, four from Russia, eight from Egypt one from China, one from Bangladesh and one from Iran will attend the Conference.

He added that the conference will also have 200 delegates including 30 speakers from different parts of India. He also said that around 55 research papers will be presented in different sessions of the Conference. 

The Pro Vice Chancellor said that the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India has given a grant of Rs 10 lakhs for the Conference. He pointed out that since the aim of this Conference is to bring another green revolution in India, the focus of the conference will be on agriculture and environment.

He added that the deliberations in the Conference will cover Nanotechnology for defence applications, Nanotechnology for harnessing energy Nanomaterials in food, agriculture, water purification, Nanoparticles based drug targeting, Nanomedicine and health-care and Nanocosmetics and house hold products

He also confirmed that a special message on the Conference by Nobel Prize winner, Prof Ahmed H Zewail will be read out in the Conference.

Professor Anil K Pradhan from the Ohio State University said that this Conference is first of its kind in India under the Indo-US collaboration.

He added that with a dual Masters in Education and PhD programme, this Ohio State University and AMU collaboration is unique as it is targeted to prepare a world class faculty.

Prof Pradhan further said that with sustained efforts, AMU will soon be the first Indian university to come in the top 200 global universities.

Prof Sultana N Nahar from the Ohio State University said that India has a large number of talented students, who need guidance to become world class faculties in future.

She added that this programme will guide the young Indian minds, who have potential to lead researches in India when they come back.

Prof Alim H Naqvi said that the Conference will also have Prof Abbas Pardakhty, Vice Chancellor of Research and Tech, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran and Prof Ashok Kumar, Director, Samprash Foods Limited, Aligarh to deliver the keynote addresses.

He confirmed the presence of Prof William Brustein, Vice Provost, OSU as the Chief Guest.

In a pilot project (STEM-ER) funded by the US-India Education Foundation (USIEF) under the title ‘21st Century Knowledge Initiative’, OSU and AMU have started a two-year dual PhD and Masters of Education (Med-STEM) degree programs.

So far, four AMU PhD research students, selected under a very strict criteria have already completed courses of the first academic year at OSU and returned to AMU to continue the second year for the dual PhD+Med (STEM) degrees.

The Centre of Excellence in Material Science (Nanomaterials) at AMU supported by Council of Science and Technology (CST) Uttar Pradesh is a leading national centre for Nanotechnology research with several patents (published) and awards to its credit. The Centre successfully organized four conferences in past with active participation of foreign and national experts on Nanotechnology.

(Dr. Rahat Abrar)

Consultant, Public Relations

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