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AMU VC convened a meeting of the centre for the promotion of education among Indian Muslims on 21 November to revive the centre. It was agreed that the centre should work for better coordination between the university’s various departments for the betterment and upliftment of the Muslim minority. The centre was asked to collect facts and figures about the minority and lay down schemes and publish a bulletin about its activities and recommendations for the upliftment of the India Muslim society.
Lecture on Human Genome Project
Delivering an extension lecture at the AMU on ‘Human Genome Project’, Dr. Hameed Khan of the National Institute of
Health, Washington, urged leaders of different nations and communities to draw up guidelines for their respective communities to decide ‘ethical issues’ related to the genome-based technology. He was delivering a university extension lecture at Biochemistry Department in the faculty of Life Sciences. A large number of University teachers and students were present.
India-born American scientist Dr Hameed Khan said that human genome is a collection of genes for performing a particular function. It is the basic structure of the human cell which provides the blueprint of human body.
He said that there were some doubts among the people about the recent genome experiment. He said that the National Institute of Health is a ‘Taj Mahal’ for scientists from all over the world. He said that science is a thinking process .
Dr Hameed Khan is a recipient of the international cancer research award of the Royal Cancer Hospital, London. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemistry and has made over 200 drugs to shut off variety of genes.
He is a co-discoverer of AZQ (US patent) which is now used for treating brain cancer.
Centre for Nehru Studies
The University Grants Commission has approved the establishment of a centre for Nehru studies in the department of political science at the AMU from the current session.
Prof. TA Nizami of the department of political science will be the first director of this centre. He has been working in this field for quite sometime and has several books and research papers on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to his credit. In his recent book on Nehru, Prof Nizami for the first time made public valuable letters written to him by Nehru.
Lecture on Nurul Hasan
Delivering the first Professor Nurul Hasan Memorial Lecture at the AMU, noted historian and former chairman of the UGC, Prof Satish Chandra, said that Nurul Hasan considered history to be a powerful means of national integration, and of building a society free of religious or sectarian violence and bitterness.
Prof Chandra, first provost of NRSC and a former AMU proctor, said that Prof Hasan always fought for a holistic view of history, where all aspects of life — political,economic,social, religious and cultural, would be seen in an integrated manner, and in perspective.
He pointed out that Prof. Nurul Hasan also fought against the distortions in our history by the colonial rulers, who put forward a narrow view of history, partly out of their own narrow Eurocentric view of history, and partly out of desire to serve imperial ends.
He said that the efforts of Nurul Hasan to put forward an objective and scientific view of history were strongly supported at Aligarh by Professor Mohammad Habib who was considered an integral part of the liberal nationalist Allahabad school of history and by Dr Zakir Husain who was the vice chancellor of the University.
Welcoming the guests, Prof S.P. Gupta, chairman of the history department at AMU, said that Prof Hasan always insisted upon scientific and secular approach to history. ‘Research in Medieval India is not possible without the knowledge of Persian and regional languages,’ he used to remark.