12-MAR-2016: The Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University and International Society of Muslim Women in Science (ISMWS) recently celebrated the International Womens' Day in the Department of Physics.
Retired Professor Hamida Ahmad of Clinical Psychololgy of Aligarh Muslim University was the Chief Guest of the event.
In her speech, she explained the importance of science, particularly for Muslim women. She was known for her contributions in education at Aligarh Muslim University, in making higher education policy during serving at UGC and later working for a school of under privileged Muslim girls.
The guest of Honor Professor Sultana N Nahar of the Ohio State University, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the founder of ISMWS, encouraged women to study science.
She said that there are equal capabilities of females and males, and that each woman should keep some hours for herself to nurture intellectual growth.
Prof Nahar also urged women to support each other and never put down others. She is known for scientific contributions, work for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, and research internationally.
Professor Qudsia Tahseen of Department of Zoology, who is an elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, convened the event.
Twenty-two women in academia were recognized for being successful and inspirational for other females. They concluded that women should be united, support each other and must strive for excellence like the male counter parts.
Many female faculty members, scholars, students as well as some national and international distinguished male professors such as Professors Anil Pradhan, Karen Irwing, attended the event and Prof Altaf Wani of the Ohio State University expressed their support for the empowerment of women.
Related PicturesProfessor Hameeda Ahmad addressing the International Women's Day program at Department of Physics