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|Electronic Periodicals Section
Electronic Periodicals Section, a state of the art facility to access
journals electronically, has been established at Zakir Hussain College of
Engineering & Technology (ZHCET), AMU, Aligarh. Prof. Farid Ghani,
Dean Faculty of Engineering & Technology who lead this project, said
that ZHCET is one of the few technical institutions of the country to
possess such a facility. He further informed that this facility would be
boosting research activities in the engineering college.
The section is equipped with Internet connection from VSNL,
New Delhi through 64 Kbps leased line and eleven computers, which have
been borrowed from each department of the engineering college. The
Internet service is available on each computer through an Ethernet-based
LAN. Users can use the Electronic Periodical Section to download research
articles from publishers’ websites. A major advantage of this facility
is that it eliminates postal delay. This facility will also be resulting
in financial saving, as there are several journals whose electronic copy
is available free of cost.
The use of the facility is not limited to journal
subscription but it can also be used for e-mail, browsing etc. Among
others who are involved in establishing this facility are Mr. M. R. Warsi
and Mr. Alsaad Ishaq of Department of Computer Engineering. In the second
phase, the facility will be extended to each department so that users can
access the journals from there.
Conference on Neuroscience
The biggest killers on prowl in the country are trauma and diseases
related to nervous system and about 75 per cent casualties in India occur
to these diseases. This was disclosed by Professor A.K. Banerjee, former
head of the department of Neurosurgery, AIIMS, New Delhi in address to the
Xth Annual Conference of U.P. Neuroscience Society held at J.N.Medical
College, Aligarh Muslim University on 4 March.
He reminded the organizers that AMU had an old commitment for
having a separate department of Neurosurgery. He said that the dream of
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to have fulfilled beyond his expectations and this
University is considered the most prestigious institution in the country.
AMU Vice Chancellor released a souvenir edited by Dr Afzal
Anees. On this occasion, Prof. VK Jain, president of the Neuroscience
society of U.P., Prof. Rakesh Shukla, Prof. Mohammad Ahmad, Dean, Faculty
of Medicine and Professor S.A. Sadiq, Principal, J.N.Medical College also
addressed the inaugural session.
Dr VK Sharma, chairman, National Centre for Disaster Management urged
the educators to introduce the ‘disaster education’ course in Indian
Universities and disaster management plan should be prepared in all areas.
He was inaugurating a two-day national workshop on
‘Disaster awareness and Management’ in the Z.H. College of Engineering
and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University. He appreciated the role of NCC
and NSS volunteers during the Orissa cyclone and Gujarat earthquake.
Dr. Sharma said the role of structural engineering would have
to be awarded eminence in all building activity in earthquake-borne areas
and appreciated the role of Aligarh Muslim University to organize this
unique workshop and urged the University to set-up a cell of disaster
Prof. Farid Ghani, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and
Technology said that Disasters are not longer ‘localized events’ –
their impact is felt by people living for from the disaster site itself.
We spent about five billion us dollars per week on them worldwide. They
take a tremendous human toll and thousands of lives are lost every year
throughout the world.
Prof. Farid Ghani mentioned that on average; about 128,000
people loose their lives in global tragedies each year. Last year disaster
took 139,000 lives. The Venezuela floods, earthquake in Turkey, and
cyclone in India accounted for about 85,000 of these deaths.
An inter-disciplinary exercise is the need of the hour to tackle with
the problems of environmental degradation and poverty in ‘our land
having diversity of plants’. It was stated by Mr M. Hamid Ansari,
Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University on 3 March while delivering
the presidential address at the regional conference on ‘Environment,
Agriculture & Poverty in the Department of Geography.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Ali Mohammad, chairman of
Department of Geography reminded the participants that agriculture was
still a main source of survival in this country and other surrounding
countries but highly affected by environmental phenomena because of poor
infrastructure and poor socio-economic base.