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Published in the 1-15 Feb 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

MAAS felicitates elderly AMU scientists

The Muslim Association for the Advancement of Science (MAAS) recently held a "Felicitation Ceremony" on evening of December 31, 2004 at Aligarh to felicitate its past office bearers and some well known scientists of AMU Aligarh.
The ceremony was attended by several AMU faculty members despite it being a chilly and windy evening. Prof. M. Shakir, convenor of MAAS Aligarh Chapter extended a warm welcome to all the invited guests and distinguished office-bearers of MAAS to the knowledge-concerned gathering. 

Bouquets were presented to Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, former vice chancellor of Kashmir University; Prof. Hisamuddin Farooqui who was first President of MAAS in 1983 and the current President of MAAS, Dr. M. R. Sarkhawas from Pune by prominent personalities, namely, Prof. Kabir A. Jaisee, Mr. Motiurrab Tameem and Dr. Adeeb Alam Khan respectively. Dr. M. Zaki Kirmani , hon'y secretary, MAAS, gave an introductory speech over the founding philosophy, aims and objectives and various other activities of MAAS towards promotion of science.

Mementos were presented to Prof. Hisamuddin Farooqui, Prof. A.K.M. Ghouse, Prof. M. Moin Farooqui, Prof. M. Hamiuddin former office bearers of the MAAS, and Prof. S.M.R. Ansari, Prof. J.A.K. Tareen and Prof. M. Shamim Jairajpuri, eminent scientists.

An important highlight of the evening was the release of four volumes of the "Encyclopaedia of Islamic Science and Scientists" jointly edited by Dr. M. Zaki Kirmani and Dr. N.K. Singh. Three lectures were also scheduled for the evening.

Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, an eminent mineralogist, delivered an inspiring talk on "NGOs and the Promotion of Science in Masses." He suggested that self empowerment of the unemployed educated resource of our country could go a long way in promoting education and science among the masses.

Prof. Hisamuddin Farooqui delivered the second lecture on "Rejuvenating science in Muslim Institutions". He reminded those present of the tremendous responsibilities of all Muslim scientists to promote international level science and encouraged people to come forward to the task. Prof. S.M.R. Ansari, Historian of science emphasized the importance of studying History of Science discipline. While reputed international universities like Oxford, Harvard etc. had separate departments unfortunately very few Indian universities had taken the initiatives, he lamented. On this occasion, Prof. M. Shamim Jairajpuri, former Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University and eminent entomologist of the country also expressed his explicit opinion and commended the efforts undertaken by MAAS. 

Dr. M. Rafique Sarkhawas, national president of the MAAS, in his presidential address stated that scientific developments and technologies were necessary for the socio economic upliftment of mankind and Muslim scientists needed to contribute a lot.
Soghra Haq, Aligarh
maas1@vsnl.com

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