28-OCT-2016: The Aligarh Muslim University will confer the Doctorate in Science, honoris causa, on the noted physicist and Nobel laureate Professor Takaaki Kajita of Japan at its 64th Annual Convocation scheduled on November 1, 2016. Engineer Sobhi Batterjee, distinguished entrepreneur and Chairman, Middle East Healthcare Company and Saudi German Hospitals, Saudi Arabia, will deliver the Convocation Address.
The chief guest, Mr Batterjee has been engaged in developing a chain of Not-for-Profit hospitals for the poor, in association with Mr. Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and noted economist of Bangladesh, Gramin Bank, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), GE and CCC.
The honorary degree recipient, Prof Takaaki Kajita is currently the Director of the Center for Cosmic Neutrinos at the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), Japan. He is also the principal investigator of ICRR project located at the Kamioka Observatory, the KAGRA gravity wave detector.
Around five thousand degrees will be awarded to graduate, postgraduate pass outs and PhD holders in the Convocation. Besides this, more than two hundred medals will also be distributed on this occasion.
The first Annual Convocation was held on 28th December 1922 and degrees were conferred on 75 graduates. The first convocation was presided over by its founder Chancellor Begum Sultan Jahan, ruler of Bhopal.
This Annual Convocation has gained importance on another count as well. Prof. Takaaki Kajita is visiting AMU along with a high delegation of physicists and scholars from Japan to facilitate a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aligarh Muslim University for developing cooperation and exchange in Physics.
Prof. Sajjad Athar, Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University told the media persons that Prof. Kajita's visit to AMU will also help increase the prospects for better Indo-Japan relations and cooperation in the field of scientific explorations. He said that following the Convocation proceeding, an "Indo-Japan Collaboration Meeting" will be held on "Opportunities for Neutrino Research in Japan" which will be presided over by the AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah.
Prof. Takashi Kobayashi, Head of Particle and Nuclear Physics Division, J-PARC, KEK and Deputy Director, Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies, KEK, Prof. Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Prof. T. Nakaya, Kyoto University T2K Spokesperson and Prof. S. K. Singh, Adjunct Professor, AMU will be amongst other distinguished persons to attend the meeting. Other Indian scientists will make presentations in the meeting which will conclude with an interactive discussion.
Prof. Sajjad Athar informed that later, on November 2, 2016, an International Workshop on "The Frontiers of Electroweak Interactions of Leptons and Hadrons" will be organized by the Department of Physics, AMU, which will conclude on 6th November. Prof. Kajita will deliver the inaugural lecture, while AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Shah will preside. Pro-Vice Chancellor Brig. S. Ahmad Ali and AMU's Adjunct Professor S. K. Singh are the patrons of the International Workshop, which is scheduled to be held at the J. N. Medical College Auditorium.
About 150 participants, coming from different parts of India and the world will present their talks during the five-day Workshop.