In recent times, significant advances in biotechnology are impacting our lives as never before. Rapidly emerging field of biotechnology has lots to offer us from genetically modified organisms with desired traits to ecofriendly plastic, biofuels to improved drug and their delivery and so on. However, there are still areas that challenge the researchers in the area. Hence a two days National Conference on Recent Trends & Advances in Biotechnology “BIOKUMBH-2016” was organized by Center of Biotechnology, University of Allahabad during February 20-21, 2016. The Conference was inaugurated by our Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. R. L. Hangloo and the chief guest of the event was Prof. Raymond Wegmann, France, a legendry scientist of Biological sciences.
Scientists across the globe participated in the two days Conference and discussed the latest developments in the frontier area of biological science. Scientists from IGIB New Delhi have developed biosensor which can detect heart disease in minutes and predict the possibility of heart attack earlier, previously such early detection of heart ailments was not possible, it used to take long time and many tests to established heart ailments.
Scientist from Maryland University, USA demonstrated that by developing right materials we can make biosensor which will prevent cancer & other dreaded disease. In most of cases when we detect disease, by that time irreparable loss of cells takes place and it becomes difficult to save the life of ailing person.
Prof. M. P. Singh, Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh and Dr. Vinod Verma of Center Of Biotechnology, Allahabad University said by manipulating the gene and changing DNA of living organism, revolutionary changes can be brought and we can increase production and feed starved population, fight disease and develop renewable biofuel.
The organizer of the Biokumbh-2016 Convener Prof. M. P. Singh and Organizing Secretaries Dr. Ashish Kumar Singh and Dr. Vinod Verma of Center of Biotechnology said that selected papers of this Conference will be published in the book as well as prestigious International Journal.
An Indo-Polish seminar on ‘Advanced Materials’ was organized during Feb 05 and 06, 2016 by Centre of Materials Sciences. Seminar was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Allahabad Prof. R. L. Hangloo. Prof. R. S. Dabrowski from Military University of Technology, Warsaw was the chief guest of the seminar. In the seminar various aspects related with Advanced Materials such as Solar Materials, Display Materials, Magnetic Materials, Opto-electronic materials, Bio Materials and Nano Materials etc were discussed. Prof. Dabrowski discussed about preparing fast switching liquid crystals display materials which are expected to increase the display of liquid crystal television pictures at video frequency rate which is presently limited to only 200 frames/sec. He also discussed about the materials for 3D display of pictures in television sets. Prof. Michal Czerwinski discussed about display materials having large viewing angle in displays. Centre of Materials Sciences, University of Allahabad and Military University of Technology, Warsaw have strong ongoing collaboration on these materials. Work on Flexible solar cells was also presented by group of workers of the Centre. Such materials are highly useful as these can be coated on walls and roof tops of building and hence will increase harnessing of solar power. Dr Brajendra Singh discussed about new materials which shows potential applications in micro electronics. Prof Rajiv Prakash from IIT, BHU discussed the use of functional polymers and nano hybrid materials in electro-sensing of toxic drugs.
Delegation of Polish Scientists met with the Vice-Chancellor in his office and discussed about signing a MOU so that frequent exchange of scholars and faculty members may be possible.
Physics Department (FIST-supported and UGC Centre of Advanced Studies) of University of Allahabad had the rare privilege of organizing a 3-day International Conference on “LIGHT QUANTA: MODERN PERSPECTIVES & APPLICATIONS” from December 14 to 16, 2015, in the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. Motivation to organize this Conference came from strong tradition of research in Spectroscopy started by Prof. M.N. Saha and in Quantum and Nonlinear Optics established by Prof. Vachaspati 50 years ago.
Chief patron of the Conference was Vice Chancellor, Patrons were Prof. Naresh Chandra and Prof. Hari Prakash, Chairperson & Convener was Prof. Ranjana Prakash who is Head Physics, Co-Chairpersons and Co-Conveners were Prof. Ram Kripal and Prof. A.K. Rai, Organizing Secretary was Dr. K.N. Uttam and Treasurer was Prof. R.R. Yadav. It had Prof. Anil Kumar, NASI Senior Scientist and Platinum Jubilee Fellow at IISc, as Chief Guest, and Prof. Siva Umapathy, Professor at IISc, Special Professor at University of Nottingham, UK, and J.C. Bose Fellow as the Guest of Honour at the Inaugural Function, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. This Conference saw Six Plenary Talks delivered by (1) Prof. B. Sanders, iCORE Chair of Quantum Information Science, Institute of Quantum Science & Technology, Calgary, Canada, (2) Prof. CS Unnikrishnan of TIFR, Mumbai, (3) Prof. P. Tombesi, Dean of the Department of Physics of the University of Camerino, Italy. (4) Prof. S. Umapathy of IISc., Bangalore, (5) Prof. Werner Vogel, Head of Quantum Optics Group, University of Rostock, Germany and (6) Prof. D.N. Rao of University of Hyderabad. Other delegates from abroad were Prof. C. Parigger and Prof. J.P. Singh from US, Prof. B. Hage and Dr. J. Sperling from Germany, Prof. Kyunwon An from Korea, Prof. H. Nag from Japan and Prof. K. Modi from Australia. There were also twenty five Invited Talks running in two parallel sessions centred on Nonlinear and Quantum Optics and Spectroscopy. The Conference received a very large number (174) of contributed Research Papers for Oral and Poster Presentations.
About 300 participants from US, Canada, Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan & Australia and from many Institutions of India (IISc., TIFR, BARC, RRCAT, PRL, NP, IMSc, HRI, IISER Kolkata, IIT’s, JIIT, NIT’s, Central and State Universities and their Colleges. Academic Institution Co-Sponsors were The Institute of Mathematical Science, Chennai, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, MNNIT, Allahabad, Optical Society of India, National Academy of Sciences, India, and BBS Institute of Engineering and Technology, Allahabad. It was also funded by Government Funding Agencies DST, DRDO, ISRO and SERB. M/s ATOS India, Research India, Laser Spectra Services India and other also co-sponsored the Conference.
One special feature was the Cultural evening on first day, courtesy Shri G.K. Bansal, Director NCZCC, who saw to it that the Foreign and Indian delegate were exposed to the rich cultural heritage in form of Folk Dances from different states. On the second day of Conference a Student Science Meet was organized jointly with NASI at Vijnan Parishad, attended by about 300 M.Sc. and B.Sc. Part III students of the University and its Constituent Colleges, having interaction with four eminent Scientists of the Conference, Prof. S. Umapathy, Prof. S.N. Thakur, Prof. R.P. Singh and Dr. Jan Sperling of Germany. Coordinator of this programme, Prof. S.L. Srivastava, Dr. Neeraj Kumar of NASI and Prof. Hari Prakash also addressed the students and the programme was conducted by Dr. Pavitra Tandon. Success of the Conference was evident from Valedictory Function on third day evening in packed a large lecture hall. Prof. NKS Gaur was the Chief Guest and he distributed the Best Paper award for Oral and Poster Presentations.
India’s policy towards Pakistan cannot be the same as it is towards the other neighbouring countries in the Western Neighbourhood because of the vast public sentiments and inter-emotional involvements and because of the basic nature of Pakistan which is greedy in nature, said Amb. Vivek Katju, former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Myanmar and Thailand, in his lecture organised by the University of Allahabad and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Amb. Katju deliberated upon various pivotal issues concerning the foreign policy of India. The conflict in the policies between the two countries arises because of the basic differences between the approaches of the two countries. He opined that Pakistan always feels threaten by the geographical size and the growth of economy which may lead into various internal conflicts in Pakistan. India has always desired a peaceful, stable, strong and prosperous Pakistan as a neighbour. This spirit is visible in Atal Bihari Vajpai’s comments in the visitor’s book at the historical site at Nishan-e-Pakistan. Amb. Katju also desired a peaceful Pakistan which otherwise could prove to be dangerous seeing its nuclear capabilities. He felt certain that India could still do well dealing with a slightly unstable Pakistan as well.
Amb. Katju also hoped that unless some major events takes place, the relationship between India and Pakistan is not going to change. This is also clear from the joint statement of India and Pakistan in Ufa, Russia. However, he also opined that any dialogue has to be meaningful which otherwise creates many other problems and sometimes leads to frustration.
Outlining the relationship with Afghanistan Amb. Katju said that the new Afghan Government is not inclined to accord similar status to India which it enjoyed during the Karzai administration. India on its part should continue to make its efforts, pursue her interests and engage all the groups into a meaningful dialogue and continue to support Afghanistan in its capacity building and reconstruction. If Pakistan manages to gain a meaningful centre-position this will not only jeopardise Indian interests but also those of the big International players.
In conclusion, Amb. Katju touched upon India’s relationship with Iran, Iraq, Israel and ISIS. In view of Iran having acquired the nuclear capabilities the entire region has to be viewed afresh and US-Israel and US-Arab relationships need to be keenly observed before making any strides. About seven million Indians are serving in the Gulf area. Their economic contribution to India and the countries they are serving are of immense interest, which need to be cared for and nourished before taking any decision though the fact remains that a Yemen like situation may arise any time.
Prof N R Farooqi in his presidential remarks highlighted the three issues which affect the foreign policies viz. Safeguarding borders, creation of stable democratic set up in a country and balance of economic growth. He highlighted the importance of a composite dialogue.
Prof R K Singh, Professor-in-Charge (Academics) welcomed the guest and introduced the theme. Prof R Khanna, Dean (Law) proposed a vote of thanks and Prof Sanjeev Bhadauria gave a background introduction to the theme of lecture and compeered the programme. The lecture was largely attended by senior professors like Prof B P Singh, Prof L M Singh, Prof S C Dubey, Prof J Purwar, Prof S K Sharma, Prof R K Chaubey, Prof HN Tewari, Prof Mohd Aslam, Prof Shekhar Adhikari, Prof R. K. Upadhyaya and a large number of research scholars and students.
International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great fervour & enthusiasm in the different departments, centres and hostels of the University. In the morning session a yoga demonstration was made by experts at Gandhi Bhawan under the guidance of Prof. A. K. Srivastava, Dean, Faculty of Science. A large number of students, teachers and staff participated and performed yogic asanas at the initiative of the department of Physical Education, Women’s Hostel Campus and PCB Hostel. Exhibition of posters and an essay competition on yoga were also organised. Dr. N. Srinivasan, Head Centre of Behaviour & Cognitive Sciences organised a lecture on “Impact of Yoga on Mind & Well-being” in which yoga specialist like Dr. Shashank Shekhar and Mrs. Kalpana expressed their views. Eminent psychologist Profs. Janak Pandey and R. C. Tripathi underlined the importance of Yoga in making an optimal use of potential of mind and body.
A lecture was also organised on “Yoga & Spirituality” in the Senate Hall in which the reputed Yoga guru Sri Yogi Satyam was the main speaker. Prof. N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor presided over the lecture. Prof. Farooqi highlighted the importance of yoga in Medieval India and called upon the researchers and scholars in the field to restore India’s prestige as the world leader in yoga. Prof. Mridula Tripathi, Dean, Faculty of Arts welcomed the guest speaker. Prof. R. K. Singh, Incharge Academic Programme, gave a vote of thanks. The lecture was attended by Deans, Heads & Officials of the University along with staff & students.
The National Seminar on the Theory and Teaching of English was inaugurated by the Honourable governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik. Earlier, the honourable governor who is also Chief Rector of University of Allahabad was welcomed at the newly constructed helipad of the UoA by the Vice Chancellor, Prof N R Farooqi, the Registrar UoA Prof B P Singh and other officials of the district and the university. The venue of the inauguration ceremony was the Senate Hall. The Hon’ble governor inaugurated the seminar by lighting the lamp and garlanding Goddess Saraswati. National Anthem and Saraswati Vandana was sung by students and teachers of the music department under the guidance of Prof Vidyadhar Mishra.
In his welcome address, Prof N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor traced the history of University of Allahabad from 1887 to the present day. He pointed out that the territorial limits of University of Allahabad at that time comprised Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajputana and covered a population of nine crores. In 1957, there were seven thousand enrolled students and in 2015 there are more than twenty five thousands enrolled students. Appreciating the department of English for taking the initiative and organizing a conference on the teaching of English, the Vice Chancellor stated that conferences were the life line of the university.
The key note address was delivered by Shri Vikas Swarup, IFS and author of the renowned novel Q and A. A senior diplomat of the 1986 batch, Shri Vikas Swarup stated that he was proud to be an alumnus of the University of Allahabad. Quoting Disraeli, he said the university is devoted to life, liberty and learning. Shri Swarup said that English now and Indian language and we use English our own Indian idiom. He talked about the writing of his famous novel Q and A which has been translated into forty four languages around the world and made into Oscar Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire. He said that the novel is set in newly globalising India. Written in 2003 over a period of two months, the novel is about a boy from Dharavi Ram Mohammad Thomas who wins a quiz show and is subsequently arrested for fraud.
Shri Vikas Swarup mentioned the importance of three C’s for any creative writer: Curiosity, Confidence and Computer. He proclaimed that so long as civilization lasts we will continue to tell stories and novel as a literary form will always continue.
In his speech the Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh emphasised that English is no substitute for Hindi. The mother tongue is the best language for learning, however, we live in a global age and English is necessary because it is an international language. India has always embraced English – Gandhi Ji himself used Gujarati and Hindi as well as English. His magazine Harijan was published in the English language. How to teach English properly is a challenge that must be met in this age of science and technology.
The vote of thanks was given by the Head, Department of English, Prof Deepika Srivastava. She thanked the Governor for finding time to come to Allahabad on his maiden visit to the University of Allahabad as its Chief Rector and the district administration for its cooperation. Prof R K Singh, Professor In-charge Academic Programmes conducted the proceeding of the inaugural session. The programme ended with the singing of the national anthem.
An Oratory Competition was organised in the University of Allahabad on Dec 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM in MONIRBA to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India. The topic of the Oratory was “Use of Technology & Innovations in Promoting Good Governance”. A total of 12 contestants representing various faculties gave their speeches on the topic. Speakers highlighted the use of technology and innovations that has put India on the map of one of the fast progressing Nations. They underlined the contribution of Shri Vajpayee in setting the trend of Good Governance in the country. They emphasized the need to choose young students in the University and institutions with excellence to be the purveyors of technologies and innovations for acceleration of the pace of good governance in the country.
Prof. R. K. Singh, Incharge, Academic Programme made the inaugural remarks. Prof. N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad, gave away the prizes and certificates to the contestants. The first, second and third prizes were won by Mr. Sanjay Kumar Pandey, Mr. Parakh Saxena and Ms. Amita Singh respectively. He thanked the organizers and students for having made an excellent presentation on the occasion. He recalled the great qualities of Shri Vajpayee’s personality as statesman, orator, thinker and a visionary. He exhorted the students to emulate the qualities of the great leader. Prof. B. P. Singh, Registrar, gave away the certificate of participation. The panel of judges comprised Prof. Anita Gopesh, Dr. Raju Parghi, and Dr. R. K. Anand. Prof. Gopesh gave a few significant tips to the students on sharpening their oratorical skills. Prof. Ajay Singhal, Coordinator of the event thanked the participants, judges & the guests for making this event a great success.
The birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on 11th November 2014 was celebrated as National Education Day was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm in the North Hall of the University. Prof. Pushpesh Pant (Prof. JNU, Ex-VC, GGD Univ, Bilaspur) and Prof. Rizwan Qaiser (Prof. JMI) delivered their addresses on the occasion. Prof. Rizwan gave a detailed assessment of Maulana Azad’s contribution to the making of the Indian nation while Prof. Pant accessed Maulana’s contribution critically, particularly the fall out of his policies in the post-independence India. Prof. N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor chaired the session. In his presidential remarks he reminded the young generation of the great sacrifice Maulana made in his personal and public life for the larger cause of the nation building. He also urged them to imbibe his qualities in their personal and public conduct. Prof. R K Singh welcomed the guests and threw light on the importance of holding such events and remembering India’s great heroes. Prof. Mridula Tripathi proposed a vote of thanks. Prof. Sanjeev Bhadauriya conducted the programme. The programme began with Saraswati Vandana and Kulgeet performed by the students and teachers of the Department of Music and concluded with National Anthem. Functions were also organized by different departments to mark National Education Day.
Rastriya Ekta Diwas celebrations commemorating the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel were organised in the various departments, institutes and centres of University of Allahabad. Various programmes revolving around the great leader were held on the occasion. Run for Unity was arranged in the Science Faculty Stadium and was actively participated by teachers, staff, research scholars, PG and UG students. The University family took the pledge of unity on the occasion. Among the various other programmes that were put up were slogan writing competition on “Strength in Unity”, essay writing competition on “Contribution on Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel to Nation Building” and a general knowledge test revolving around Sardar Patel’s life & achievements.
Teachers and students gave speeches and took Oath of Unity in the Faculty of Law which was administered by Dean, Faculty of Law. In faculty of Arts a panel of experts from various disciplines gave lectures on Sardar Patel which was presided by Prof. N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor, UoA. The lecture was attended by a large no. of students, teachers and research scholar. The Vice Chancellor at the end of the function gave away prizes and certificates to the winners of the essay & quiz competitions.
The Central Library of the University staged an exhibition on books and articles shedding light on the great leader’s accomplishments. Notably among the books on display there was a book making reference to the conferment of the degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) on Sardar Patel in the year 1948 by the University.
Responding to the call given by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Mission) on the occasion ofGandhi Jayanti (2nd October, 2014), Prof. N. R. Farooqi, the Vice Chancellor led the campaign to maintain the various campuses of the University of Allahabad, neat and clean. In the first phase the campaign was started with an intensive cleanliness drive at the University Health Centre. He exhorted the university community to come forward and to participate in this noble mission. Teachers, staff and the students took part with great enthusiasm and a sense of commitment.
The Vice Chancellor exhorted the students, teachers and staff to work tirelessly to restore the past glory of the university. He expressed optimism that the stakeholders of the university will leave no stone unturned in their efforts of putting the university among the best in the world.
The University of Allahabad celebrated its 127th Foundation Day on 23rd September, 2014. Various departments organised symposia and lectures to mark the occasion. The traditional foundation day lecture was delivered by Prof. Somenath Biswas, Director, IIIT Allahabad, on a topic related to the area of public health and welfare.Prof. N. R. Farooqi, Vice Chancellor, presided over the lecture. In his address the Vice Chancellor highlighted the glorious past of the University. He shared his thoughts about how the University could meet the challenges to be able to make rapid progress in the sphere of academic excellence and social service. The Vice Chancellor planted saplings on the campus.
A function to mark the Teachers’ Day was organized in the University on September 05, 2014. The function was attended by the teachers, staff and students of the University. In keeping with the tradition the Vice Chancellor, Prof. N. R. Farooqi, felicitated the retired teachers (2013-14) by presenting each one of them with a shawl and a citation. The retired teachers in their speeches remembered their long association with the great University. They expressed their deep gratitude to it assuring of contributing their mite towards its goal of achieving excellence. The Vice Chancellor in his address underlined the role of teachers in institution building. While throwing light on the qualities of a good teacher, he fervently hoped that teachers will imbibe the qualities that Dr. S. Radhakrishnan possessed and will be able to live up to the ideals that the great teacher ever upheld in his life and work.
Independence Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in the University. Prof NR Farooqi, Vice Chancellor, unfurled the national flag and was given the guard of honour by the cadets of NCC. Addressing the faculty, staff and students on the occasion the Vice Chancellor paid homage to the countrymen who took part in the freedom movement sacrificing everything for the liberation of the motherland from the foreign rule. He reminded the crucial role that the University and the citizens of Allahabad played in the prolonged struggle for freedom.
The Vice Chancellor exhorted the students, teachers and staff to work tirelessly to restore the past glory of the university. He expressed optimism that the stakeholders of the university will leave no stone unturned in their efforts of putting the university among the best in the world.
World Environment Day was observed at the University of Allahabad (UoA) with plantation of trees in the Guest House Campus of the University. Vice Chancellor Prof. A. K. Singh while addressing the gathering of officers, teacher and students highlighted the importance of 4 E’s i.e. Environment, Energy, Education and Employment. He emphasized the need to start academic programmes for sustainable management of environment with new tools of science and technology. He also stressed the need to develop capacity for sustainable management of natural resources like- water, air, soils, biodiversity etc. Issues related to renewable energy, green building, water harvesting, carbon neutrality, aforestation, etc were highlighted. In addition, concept and benefits of Green Economy was emphasized. There is immense need to tackle these issues in holistic manner. The Honourable VC, reiterated the commitment of the University to continue Green and Clean Campus drive. In this connection, the efforts done by the Committee for Environmental Governance and Green Audit during the session was also appreciated. Dr. N. B. Singh, Horticulture/ Garden in- charge informed that the University in collaboration with the Forest Department, Allahabad, is planning to plant about 5,000 trees this coming monsoon to develop green belt which is going to act as natural lungs of the city. Dr. Singh’s efforts were appreciated by all the present.
Prof. M.P. Dube, in his address highlighted the importance of environment and sustainable growth in social, economic and ethical arena. He also emphasized different efforts to be made for conservation of environment and sustainable economic growth. The programme was compeered by Prof. H. K. Sharma Director A.S.C, UoA.
"SAANJHI: A CULTURAL FEST", on 4th March, 2014, beginning with the lighting of the lamp ceremony by Prof. Jagdamba Singh (DSW), Mrs. Suman Singh, Proctor Prof. R.K. Upadhyay, Mrs. Upadhyaya, Prof. Irene Bobb Das, Dr. Tanu Das, Prof. Sumita Parmar, Finance Officer CA P. K. Singh, Prof. Smita Agarwal (Warden), Dr. Mangu Singh and Dr. Pratima (Superintendent).
The event began with a melodious Saraswati Vandana by Ruby, Sonam, Anju and Jagriti followed by enchanting solo singing by Ankita, Jyoti, Sonam and Shivangi and poetic verses by Aradhana, Prof. Smita Agarwal and Mangu Singh. The Evening was made colourful by the charm of Qawwali by Sakshi, Garima, Anju, Laxmi, Sonam, Pooja and a group dance with a message on the theme "Balance in Nature". Captivating dances by Jyoti Saroj, Jyoti Pandey, Sameeksha , Manu, Manju, Priyanka, Komil, Harshita, Manisha and Kirti Anand mesmerized the crowd. A stand-up comedy performance by Karuna added flavour to the night. A prize distribution ceremony was organised to award the winners of various extra-curricular activities. The event reached its finale with the numerous and fabulous colours of a Fashion Show.
In the end, the Warden and the Superintendent thanked the organisers Nandini Raizada, Social Secretary and Manu Vats, Cultural Secretary, for the successful event. The anchors, Sameeksha and Manu thanked everyone for their presence and participation. The night ended with a delightful dinner and DJ night.
National Conference held on March 8, 2014 on "Education, Employability and Entrepreneurship: Finding the Missing Links" jointly organized under the auspices of the University of Allahabad and Eastern UP Chamber of Commerce and Industry & Allahabad Management Association.
Prof A. K. Singh, Vice -Chancellor, University of Allahabad, delivering the Keynote address underlined the need for a strong linkage between the academia and industry for the ultimate benefit and upliftment of society. He expressed happiness at the happy outcome of the initiative undertaken under the University Academy Interface Programme. The seminar of this nature held ever for the first time in the city of Allahabad could be possible only through such a novel thought. Prof Singh showcased how the University of Allahabad is breaking new grounds in imparting the value added education and human skills to serve the nation even more efficiently. He highlighted the positive elements of the higher education and pointed out how the strong undercurrent of research activity in the university can be converted into a major mutual advantage for the academy and industry. He advocated for a close cooperation between the two critical entities and expressed optimism for the University of Allahabad and Industry Interface Cell to contribute towards development and growth. He assured of sharing the fruits of advanced researches being conducted at the University by the dedicated researchers and academics into the areas of deep social concerns.
The Seminar was attended by a team of eminent researchers from the University of Allahabad led by Prof N. R. Farooqi, Dean R&D, along with the captains of the industry of the region, functionaries of the EUPCCI, technical experts and entrepreneurs of the region. Among others who spoke on the occasion were Prof Chakravarti, Director MNIT, Shri Rajiv Bhadoria, Director , HR, Jindal Steels Ltd, Shri A. N. Jain, ex-CMD, BPCL, Naini, Shri S. Srivastava, GM, IFFCO, Phulpur, Shri Jagdish Khatri, President, AMA, and Dr G. S. Darbari President, EUPCCI.
The Centre of Photo and Radiation Sciences was inaugurated by the eminent scientist Padma Shri Prof (Dr) Jai Pal Mittal on February 26, 1514. The function was attended by Prof A. K. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Allahabad, Dean, Faculty of Science, Head of the Chemistry Department along with other distinguished guests and scholars participating in the National Seminar organised under the aegis of the Chemistry Department. The science of light and its interaction with matter has been the object of significant study in the University. By establishing this unit we preserve our heritage and embark on the study of the subject afresh by taking advantage of newer developments in the area. Housed in the Department of Chemistry the basic aim of the Centre is to focus on advanced study of interaction of non-ionizing radiations (light) with physical, chemical and biological systems and on the quest for purposeful applications of the basic knowledge generated to stimulate new innovation and technique for the benefit of mankind. The Centre will prove to be a boon for the country for carrying out advanced researches in the field of medical science in the coming years.
Vice-Chancellor’s Republic Day Message
The 65th Republic Day was celebrated in the University of Allahabad with gaiety and fervour. The magnificent historic Senate House Campus of the University provided the backdrop for the function attended by a large number of teachers, students, staff and guests.
Prof. Anil Kumar Singh, Vice-Chancellor, unfurled the tricolour and addressed the gathering. The NCC cadets put up programmes exhibiting military exercise and valour. The students of the department of Music and Performing Arts presented patriotic songs. The Vice-Chancellor extended Republic Day greetings to the members of the University community and complimented everyone for their work and contribution in the service of the University and the nation.
Prof. Singh stressed the significance of quality higher education in the development of the country. He outlined the newer challenges that globalization and new development models have posed to higher education and observed that we need to be globally competitive. He emphasised the need for enhancing content and quality of our educational offerings, faculty development schemes, resource sharing, industry-academia-community interactions, internationalization of education, alternative mode of delivery of education offerings, development of new generation educational infrastructure, enhanced appropriate usage of ICT, design of e-instruction and e-educational tool and coursewares, quality of curriculum, competence and motivation of faculty and reforms in the admission and examination system. He further underlined the need to strengthen research and development programmes by enhancing the number and quality of the Doctoral offerings, encouraging and undertaking multi-disciplinary research work across the departments. He appealed for developing a culture of excellence in all the pursuits of higher education undertaken by the University.
The Vice-Chancellor exhorted everyone to once again rededicate whole heartedly to strive for attaining even higher levels of excellence in the coming years and urged for becoming the global best.
Yet another milestone achieved towards becoming the best .......An untiring effort has borne fruit under the inspirational guidance of Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor. The Hon'ble Vice Chancellor inaugurated the 33/11 KV Substation on 19th November 2013. Now the University will be having uninterrupted electric power supply benefiting the teaching and the research work. This facility is going to aid the research and teaching work of the University in manifolds and will lead to quality research.
Technical specification of the Sub-Station:
Dr. Sam Pitroda on 13th Nov 2013 at 9:15 AM
Mr Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister of India on public information infrastructure and innovations and the chairman of National Innovation Council delivered a distinguished lecture in the Senate Hall of the University of Allahabad on 13th Nov 2013 at 9:30 AM. This motivating and inspirational lecture was organized under the aegis of University of Allahabad Innovation Cluster. He said two things are most important and should be started as soon as possible in the University of Allahabad. One of them is to organize at least one distinguished lecture once of month. These lectures should be recorded and videographed and should be shown to the students of other neighbouring Univesities/colleges as part of Innovation cluster initiatives. The lecture should be delivered by the leading experts in different fields of science and humanities. The other initiative is to start interactive sessions among the students. The students should make their own small groups comprising of members/students from different disciplines. They should meet once a week for interactions and discussions and share each others knowledge. This way the learning of other subjects of relevance shall also become possible to some extent by the students not taking those courses. These two measures shall open the gateway of innovations. He congratulated the University of Allahabad for having Innovation Cluster and said that the University should take a lead in this direction in the Uttar Pradesh at first and subsequently at the National Level.
Mr Sam Pitroda emphasized on the role of Science and Information Technology in transforming the society. He stressed on the emergent need of popularization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for national development and inclusive growth. He pointed out that the ICT is a great leveler and is such a rich and effective tool which benefits rich and poor in a similar fashion without any discrimination of any kind. The five major areas on which development is essential for any country are (i) Agricultural Production, (ii) Space Technology, (iii) Useful application of atomic energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology, (iv) Information and Communication Technology, and (v) Milk Production.
He also talked about life long learning and said that there is no age as well as no limit of learning. He talked about the challenges of his life at great length and how he handled them with great commitment, determination and enthusiasm. He said that challenges will come in everybody’s life but it is possible to overcome them if some one has strong self determination and courage.
A function was held to mark the Teacher's Day on September 05, 2013 in the after noon in the Senate Hall. On this occasion 14 teachers who have retired in the previous session were namely: 1. Dr. S. B. Singh-Zoology, 2. Prof. V. M. Baijal-Commerce, 3. Prof. R. P. Tripathi- Anct. History, 4. Prof. Raj Lakshmi Verma-Sanskrit, 5. Prof. O.P. Srivastava- Anct. History, 6. Ms. Kamal Singh-Commerce, 7. Prof. Hari Dutt Sharma-Sanskrit and Prof. D. P. Chaudhary-Mathematics. Prof. L. D. S. Yadav, Prof. B. N. Mishra, Prof. Swatantra Bala Sharma, Prof. V. C. Pande, Prof. Sachin Tiwari and Sri Himanshu Tiwari could not attend the function. Prof. A. K. Singh, Vice-Chancellor felicitated the retired teachers and congratulated the academic community of the University.
Eco friendly initiatives are being taken on different points in the campus, such as: