16-MAR-2016: A four-day International Conference on Nanotechnology and STEM-Education and Research (STEMCON-16) I the cutting edge area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, organized by the Centre of Excellence in Material Science, Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University concluded here, yesterday.
The International Conference, which was jointly organized by AMU and the Ohio State University, USA, was devoted to studies in Nanotechnology applications and methods to improve teaching and research standards in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in Indian and other developing countries' universities.
The Conference covered the topics related to interdisciplinary research areas such as Nano-herbal, Unani Medicine and Health Care, Nanotechnology for Defence Applications, Energy, food production and food preservation, agriculture, water purification, Nano-particles for engineering material, Nano-electronics, Nano-sensors, Grapheme and its Nano-composites.
During the Conference, 14 technical sessions on Nanotechnology and five sessions on STEM-ER were organized, along with 32 invited talks in the area of Nanotechnology and 16 on STEM-ER delivered by eminent scholars from India and abroad, including USA, Russia, Bangladesh and Egypt. Around 200 participants attended the conference, out of which 39 made oral presentation while 144 participants made poster presentations in the physical and biological sciences.
Inaugurating the conference, Professor William Brustien, Vice Provost, Ohio State University, highlighted the future prospects of AMU and OSU collaborations.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.)said that AMU will play a big role in ushering the second Green Revolution in the country through Nanotechnology. He said AMU was committed to support nanotechnology programme in the University.
Prof. Anil Pradhan from OSU said that under the Knowledge Initiative collaboration, a two-year dual degree programme has been devised in Masters of Education and PhD course in which no brain drain will take place. He pointed out that so far four students of AMU, namely, Malik Anwar Azeem, Nida Rahmani, Asim Rizvi and Hala were selected by OSU to provide them better research facilities.
AMU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali explained in depth the importance and future prospects of the Nanotechnology in 21st century. He said that the University is planning to establish a separate Department of Nanotechnology to promote teaching and research in this area.
Prof. Sultana N. Nahar from OSU read out the message of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Ahmad H. Zewail who said that "AMU has taken a lead in the field of Nanotechnology when the impact of this technology is increasing."
Prof. Alim H, Naqvi, Convener of the Conference said that the Centre of Excellence in Material Sciences has so far organized four International Conference. He said that this conference was sponsored by AMU STEM Education and Research Centre under Indo-US Collaborative 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award, Ministry of AYUSH, DRDO, Dawakhana Tibbiya College, Department of Saidla, Unani Medicine, CSIR, DST and ICAR.
Prof. Wasi Haider, Prof. Ameer Azam, Chairman, Department of Applied Physics, Prof. Sufiyan Beg, Principal, Z. H. College of Engineering and Technology and Dr. Wasi Khan of Applied Physics also addressed the conference.
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Guests present at Concluding function of International Conference on Nanotechnology