30-Mar-2015: Presiding over the function at the 'National Science Day' celebration ' 2015 in Aligarh Muslim University's Department of Physics, former Chairman, Department of Physics and Emeritus Professor R Prasad said that this day is not only a salute to the discovery of special effect, known as Raman Effect by Professor C V Raman, but also a celebration of all those who are working hard in sciences for the benefit of humanity.
"Whole nation takes the honor of thanking all the scientists for their remarkable contributions and dedication on this occasion. The day attracts many young minds and motivates them to take up science as their career," said Prof Prasad.
Adding that the National Science Day is being celebrated every year to widely spread a message about the significance of scientific applications in the daily life of people, Prof Prasad said he believes that AMU's Department of Physics has the potential to bring changes in daily life through science applications.
Urging people to have scientific attitudes and remove fears related to dangers of nuclear radiation, Prof Prasad said that according to Government of India researches, most casualties happen to workers in the coal sector and hydro-electric power plants. "The evidence over six decades shows that nuclear power is a safe means of generating electricity. The risk of accidents in nuclear power plants is low and declining," said Prof Prasad.
He also urged people to clean their surroundings and manage their waste in proper ways. "Cleanliness is the basic scientific attitude in which one does not have to be a scholar of science," said Prof Prasad.
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor N A K Durrani, who attended the event as the Chief Guest said that programs like 'National Science Day' celebrations will work as catalyst for us to work hard. "Most People out of ignorance think that science is used for destruction purposes, however science makes our lives more comfortable," said Prof Durrani.
He said that AMU's Department of Physics has produced galaxy of scholars and scientists and it has been possible because of the academicians in the department. He also pointed out that a very large amount of Government research grant has been given to Aligarh Muslim University along with other institutions to collaborate closely with the US-based Fermilab Neutrino Experiments and the US on the 'God particle' project.
Guest of Honor, I P S officer and Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Mr A K Singh said that it is only progress in science, which will make India stand shoulders to shoulders with developed countries. "Progress in Science is the responsibility of us all, we need to have scientific attitudes for this progress," added Mr Singh. He added that we have a progress slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' (Long live the soldier and farmer) and now we need to believe in 'Jai Vigyan' (Long live science) for progress.
Before starting the prize distribution ceremony, the Dean, Faculty of Science and Chairman, Department of Physics, Prof Rahimullah Khan said that everyone in the Department of Physics is performing to turn Physics Department as University's flagship Department.
Prof Prasad later gave away the Research Scholar's Best Presentation Award to Mr Vijay Raj Sharma for his work on 'Incomplete fusion at low energies: recent results.' Mr Afaque Kareem shared the second prize for his work on 'LC based patch antenna' with Ms Zonah Falak for her work on 'Study of Geomagnetic Disturbances in relation to Solar and Heliospheric Phenomena'. While the third and consolation prizes were won by Mr Mohsin Ilahi for his work on 'Notion of Unification and Reductionism' and Mr Muhammad Aslam O P for his work on 'Cosmic Ray Intensity Variation during Deep Solar and Mini-Maximum' respectively.
Prof Durrani gave the Alburuj R Rahman Best Phd thesis award to Dr Suhail Ahmad Siddiqui. He gave the S N Sahar Best Student Prize for girls and boys to BSC (Hons) students Aashna Zainab and Parvez Alam. Alumni Award (MSc I and II Semester) was given to Miss Sunaina and Miss Azra Haroon.
Prof R Prasad also gave awards to supporting staff members Mr Noorussayam, Mr Shahid Hussain, Mr Faizan Ali Khan, Mr Lala Ram and Mr Raj Kumar.
Earlier Prof M Afzal Ansari welcomed the guests.
The Convener of the event, Prof B P Singh said that the National Science Day celebrations inspire youngsters to take up science as careers and progress. "Every year, this day helps us to understand applications of technology in our lives," said Prof B P Singh. He also introduced the guests, highlighted their achievements, and later proposed the vote of thanks.
Related PicturesProfessor NAK Durrani presenting certificate to a student at the National Science Day clebrations at Department of Physics
Professor R Prasad addressing the National Science Day celebrations at Department of Physics