3rd GLOBAL FSM CONFERENCE
Third Global Conference on Flexible Systems Management on "Technology Transfer Innovation and Flexibility" was organised by Prof Abid Haleem during 13-15 March. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. H. Paul of Auckland University who also delivered the key note address on Technology Management issues at Thailand Power Plant. The Conference was chaired by Mr Syed Shahid
Mahdi, VC, Jamia Millia Islamia and subsequently by Prof. Z. H. Khan.
Prof. Abid Haleem stressed upon the need of technology transfer, innovation and flexibility for the success of Indian industries to compete and sustain in the global competitive environment. Prof.
Sushil, founder of Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management elaborated the concept of flexibility in management.
More than 90 papers were received from all over the world, out of which 73 were selected and edited for publishing by Tata McGraw Hill. This volume was released at the time of inauguration of the Conference.
Over three days, 55 papers were presented in 12 parallel sessions. Themes of these sessions were Integrated Product Development, Technology Transfer, Managing Innovation, Strategic Framework and HR Practices, Flexibility and Change Management, Infrastructure Management and Sectoral Technologies, Innovation for Competitiveness and Value Creation, E-Business: Strategic Processes and Systems, Support System for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Knowledge Management for Innovation and Excellence.
Seven International papers were presented; the presenters were from University Sains Malaysia, University of Miami, USA, Auckland University, and Wayne State University, MI, USA. The Conference attracted a cross-section of participants both from the industry and the academia numbering over 300. Some of the key speakers included Prof. Nanua Singh of Detroit, Prof. K.K. Muthu, Prof. K.R. Srivathsan, Yogendra Prasad.
An important sidelight of the Conference was a concurrent exhibition in the specially designed and erected stalls. Among the exhibitors were Toshiba, CADD Lab, GIFT Society, Travel House and the NGO for street children, Butterflies.
The Conference was an outright successful event which attracted eminent industry professionals, researchers, and students from all over India and overseas who presented their papers on cutting-edge themes.
The conference, providing a glimpse of future directions of industry, is a testimony to JMI's venture into new horizons and providing leadership.
LECTURE ON MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA
New Delhi: Muslims have played a prominent role in the development and progress of Australia. By laying railway lines, Muslims in Australia have done the ground work in the country’s development where people earlier utilised the services of animals for transportation. These views were expressed by Dr Qazi Muhammad Ashfaq at an extension lecture on “Muslims and Islam in Australia” organised by the Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. Qazi Ashfaq said that there are at present 135 high school of Muslims where students are given modern and religious education. He appreciated individual services of Fahmi Imam, Muhammad Afif and Qazi Khalid for popularising Islamic teachings in Australia. He also mentioned about the services of Islamic Federation of Islamic Society.
Qazi Ashfaq said when people from the subcontinent arrived in Australia they started doing Tabligh and other reform works and now mosques have been constructed in big cities of the country. In his presidential address Prof. Akhtarul Wase said that even some Islamic countries lacked Islamic spirit and people were not allowed to speak the truth.
SOCIETY PRESENTS AJMAL KHAN AWARDS
New Delhi: On the occasion of Ajmal Day, Maseehul Mulk Hakim Ajmal Khan Memorial Society gave away Hakim Ajmal Khan Awards on 3 March. The awards were presented by Najma Heptullah, deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha. Speaking on this occasion Heptullah criticised Congress president Sonia Gandhi (without naming her) that many people were deriving political mileage in the name of family. Heptullah said that she never used the name of her grandfather Maulana Abul Kalam Azad for political advantage but even then she was being maligned by poster politics. She indirectly praised the present government.
Aziz Burney, joint editor of Urdu daily Rashtriya Sahara said that Heptullah should have expressed her anger against Congress when riots broke out in Meerut and Maliana. Her anger today is motivated by her personal interests, Burney said. Their hands are stained with Muslims bloods whom she praises today, he said. Dr J K Jain hailed Hakim Ajmal’s talents and praised the society for its works. Hakim MS Usmani said that Maulana Azad and Hakim Ajmal Khan were bright chapters of India’s history.
The recipients of the awards include Dr K Kumar, Dr Syed Mehmud Najmi, Hakim Anis Ahmad Ansari, Ved Pratap S Chauhan, Hakim Muzaffar Iqbal, Hakim Mubin Khan, Dr Shabbir and Ayurved Ltd. Journalists Seema Mustafa of The Asian Age, Arshad Fridi of Dainik Jagran, Shamsul Huda of Urdu monthly Pasban and Abdullah Jauhar of Jain TV were also presented the awards.
SEMINAR ON RAMPUR’S LITERARY SERVICES
Rampur: Speaking at a three-day seminar on contribution of Rampur in promotion of Urdu and Hindi literature, Prof. Nasir Ahmad Khan of Jawaharlal Nehru University said we should preserve our culture and identity so that the new generation could benefit from them. He appreciated Raza Library for organising the seminar and said that the library should establish a cultural centre. By preserving old books and publishing new ones, the library has achieved a new milestone in literary world, he said.
Chotelal Nagendra said that after the mutiny of 1857, Urdu, Hindi and Persian poets were given prominence during the reign of Nawab Yusuf Ali Khan. At the time of Mirza Chalib and Momin, Gopal Rai and Baldeo Das Chaubey complained that Hindi was not given the status in the state as it deserved. In his inaugural speech, the library OSD, Dr Waqarul Hasan said that Rampur was the only district in India which was never affected by communalism. He said that one could see the beautiful exposition of composite culture when people of all religions celebrate their festivals together. Prof. Nisar Ahmad Farooqui said though Rampur was not a large state, it rendered great services in every field.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TIPU SULTAN’S HEIR
Kolkata: The Central Government granted Rs 50,000 each as financial assistance to the distant offsprings of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and Mysore tiger Tipu Sultan. These families reside in Kolkata and its outskirts. Deputy Prime Minister, LK Advani, who had visited the families last year on the occasion of Independence Day granted the amount on the report of minister of state for home affairs, Swamy Chinmayanand. On 15 August 2003, Swami had met the heirs of Bahadur Shah Zafar and Tipu Sultan and presented them gifts and sweets. He was moved by the plight of Begum Chaman Ara and Sultan Begum, the aged heirs of Tipu Sultan and Shah
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