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Saturday April 27, 2013 10:03:40 PM, Ali Warisuzzaman

The debate on AMU's "crappy" status that continued until late this week, was unfortunate for it violated the norms of decent criticism. Any criticism that focuses exclusively on the negative side is malicious. I am saying so because I see some extraordinary caliber and its manifestation at the same institution.

These unsung heroes are too dignified to project themselves. Consequently, they live in obscurity locally and domestically in India notwithstanding the fact that they add to the prestige of their institution and their country through their publications internationally.

One such tall figure is Professor Naheed Banu of the department of medical biochemistry at AMU. I did not know her until I recently stumbled on her extraordinary resume. I found her multifaceted skills, ranging from the highest level of scientific research to the management of nursery and women's education, stunning. Even from the Western standards a combination of the traits she represent are uncommon.

Look at her resume. It would show that out of Dr. Banu's 60 research publications, 45 publications were in international science journals---many highly prestigious such as Brain Research Bulletin (USA); Toxicology In vitro (USA); Reproductive Toxicology (UK); Cellular and Molecular Biology Letters (USA); J. Ethnopharmacology (USA); International journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (USA); J. Psychiatry Research (USA); Cell Biology International. (USA); Biological Macromolecules (UK); Stress; to name some.

The aforementioned research is not in the 'pie in the sky' category. Because of its medicinal and therapeutic value, it is applicable in the foreseeable future, I have no doubt that it has attracted the attention of the R&D departments of many pharmaceutical companies internationally.


Here too, it is as diversified as it could be ranging from cell biology to neurology to endocrinology. Expertise of one individual in so many highly specialized medicinal areas is mind boggling.

As an academician, Dr.Banu's work is not self-serving. She has produced 19 Ph.D. awardees, 4 M.D. 1 M.Phil. 2 M.S. at the medical school.

In addition, Dr. Banu, who was first class, first, throughout her college career at BHU. finds time to develop science curriculum for deeni madrasas and Islamic schools. This is only the tip of the iceberg that our subject is capable to embody----so casually.

Tell me how many of the nationally recognized Indian scientists can match such credentials. Hum nay sub ka kalaam daikha hai / Hai adab shirt munh na khulwayen

Let us celebrate the accomplishments of our scholar whose work has highlighted our alma mater on the world map, has served our beloved nation and has the potential to serve the humanity.


At the same time, in our interest, we should actively search for many other hidden gems on the AMU soil. Such exposure alone would instigate a cascade effect stimulating those who are not so serious about their duties.








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