Aligarh, February 8: The University Sophisticated Instruments Facility (USIF), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today started a three-day ‘National Workshop on Advanced Microscopy’ (NWAM—2018) with an inaugural function at the Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit.
Presiding over the function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the theme of the workshop is relevant in this era of constant technological development, to have greater insight in biological and material research. “Handling of advanced microscopy is a perquisite to apply its efficiency judiciously to explore the recent phenomenon,” said Prof Mansoor pointing out that the technical assistants should be highly trained in best centres for using equipments at USIF.
The Vice Chancellor further said that since AMU is a residential university with lesser distances between various faculties and departments, high-end facilities such as sophisticated instruments can be shared by all departments.
“USIF is well equipped and performing excellent research and developmental tasks,” said Prof Mansoor. He added that this facility is providing help to other university departments and various institutions are also availing USIF’s facility.
The Vice Chancellor with the guests also released the souvenir of the programme.
The guest-of-honour, Prof Abbas Ali Mahdi (Vice Chancellor, Era University, Lucknow) who is the son of son of Padma Shree recipient, Late Professor Mahdi Hasan (Founder Director, Central Electron Microscope Facility) stressed on the need of continuous programmes, seminars and workshops on advanced microscopy to provide students with hands on training and to facilitate them with exchange of information and knowledge of advanced technologies.
Prof Irfan Ahmad (Department of Zoology) said that that the electron microscope uses a beam of electrons to create an image of the specimen and is capable of higher magnifications and greater resolving power allowing it to see much smaller objects in finer details. “Only highly trained people can use this facility and it is imperative that the facility should be expanded to other departments,” said Prof Ahmad.
While welcoming the guests to the inaugural function, Prof Asadullah Khan (Coordinator of USIF and Coordinator DST PURSE Programme) said that Rs 16 crores has been allotted to USIF under the DST Pulse Programme for high-end facilities. “USIF will be centralised at the national level on the mandate of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD),” said Prof Khan adding that the programme has been approved to be implemented by the Vice Chancellor and the university administration.
“This workshop is dedicated to Padma Shree recipient, Late Professor Mahdi Hasan (Founder Director, Central Electron Microscope Facility) under whose guidance AMU’s first Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) was installed in 1985 in the Central Electron Microscope Facility,” said Prof Khan. He added that the USIF in AMU also invites users from other academic institutions including the IITs, research laboratories and industries.
Prof S M Abbas Abdi proposed the vote of thanks. Ms H Hussain conducted the programme.
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