15-Feb-2016: The Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University today started a two-day National Conference on 'Recent Trends in Nuclear Physics' in its Conference Hall. Researchers, scientists and academics from all over the India and abroad are attending the conference.
While presiding over the inaugural function, the Aligarh Muslim University Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd) said that most people associate nuclear physics with bombs and destruction without knowing that nuclear physics has immensely contributed in the fields of medicine, power generation and reduction of emissions.
He pointed out that nuclear physics technology is today providing radiation treatment for cancer patients.
The Pro Vice Chancellor urged the harsh critics of nuclear physics technology to consider the field's contribution in various spheres before considering it as a technology for making bombs only. He also informed that AMU will soon have a planetarium for training in celestial navigation.
Professor V M Datar, INO Cell, TIFR, Mumbai, who attended the function as a Guest of Honour urged young researchers to think differently and fresh for coming up with new ideas.
Giving a reference to the recent success in the theory of gravitational waves, Prof Datar said that the predictions to the discovery were made almost a century ago but success in proving the theory came recently through hard work and determination. He urged the young scientist to think out of box and keep the hard to discover and explore new things. Prof Datar is also schedule to speak on 'Neutrons-fundamental science and applications' in the conference.
Prof S Kailas, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, who also attended the function as a Guest of Honour is scheduled to speak on 'Frontiers in nuclear physics-Current trends' later in the conference.
While addressing the gathering, Prof Kailas said that AMU has a high tradition of nuclear physics. He added that AMU's Department of Physics is over 100 years old and so is the field of nuclear physics.
Prof Kailas pointed out that at a time, when there is a dearth of researchers and faculty members in nuclear physics through out the country, AMU's Department of Physics with huge numbers of researchers will fulfill the need of the country.
He further urged the AMU administration and the Department of Physics to have a facility of a small accelerator for research purposes.
Prof Abdul Muneer, Dean, Faculty of Science pointed out that Department of Physics, AMU started nuclear physics research in the 1950's. He added that the Department of Physics has maintained its reputation of one of the busiest departments of AMU.
Prof Muneer further said that the department has been busy in studying and researching atomic nuclei and their constituents and interactions. He pointed out that research carried out in the department has been leading to applications in many fields, including nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging, ion implantation in materials engineering and radiocarbon dating in geology and archaeology with contributions in many other areas.
While welcoming the dignitaries and researchers from all over the country and abroad, Prof M Afzal Ansari, Chairman, Department of Physics and Organizing Committee of the Conference said since its establishment in 1912, the Department of Physics has maintained a rich tradition of teaching and research.
He pointed out that eminent scientists Prof Wali Mohammad, Prof R Samual, Prof P S Gill, Prof R K Asundi, Prof P Venkateshwarlu, Prof A N Mitra, Prof H S Hans, Prof Rais Ahmad, Prof M Z R Khan, Prof M L Sehgal, among others have been faculty members at the department.
Giving a brief description of the conference, Prof B P Singh, Convener of the conference said the researchers and young scientists will discus and share ideas on topics like comparisons between experiment and theory for nuclear structure phenomena at extremes, nuclear structure inputs for astrophysics, density functional and correlations and tools and techniques for experiment along with many other recent trends in nuclear physics.
Prof Isar A Rizvi, Secretary of the conference conducted the programme and also delivered the vote of thanks.
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Professor Kailas addressing at the National Conference at Department of Physics