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Aligarh: In the loving memory of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Norman Earnest Borlaug, father of great revolution, a commemorative meeting was held on 16th September, at the Department of Zoology, AMU, Aligarh.

AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor P. K Abdul Azis said that India regards him for his yeoman contribution in the field of agricultural sciences. Due to his remarkable contribution, India became self reliant in rice and wheat production. He had saved our lives than anyone who has ever lived. He also highlighted the contribution of Indian agricultural scientist, Prof. M. S. Swaminathan in the field of food production.

Prof. Pervez Qamar Rizvi, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences mentioned that Norman was one of the hundred most influential minds of the 20th Century and until his death on September 12, 2009, he continued to devote himself to passing on the next generation his passion for the science and education as the means to uplift people who lived in poverty.

Prof. Asif Ali Khan, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences said that Dr. Norman Borlaug will be remembered as ‘Father of Green Revolution’ who developed high yielding wheat output and prevented famine in the developing countries. Prof. Khan pointed out that in 1965, on the invitation of Dr. M. S. Swaminathan and Indian Government, Dr. Borlaug offered his advice and soon Indian farmers took up the new varieties for farming.

Prof. Akhtar Haseeb, Chairman, Department of Plant Protection at AMU said that this great scientist will always be remembered for his path breaking research and immense contribution in developing semi-dwarf, high yield, disease resistant wheat varieties. His discoveries have been estimated to have saved over 250 million lives worldwide.
Prof. Haseeb said that his teacher, Prof. Abrar Mustafa Khan had worked on some scientific research with Dr. Norman.

Dr. Moinuddin of the Botany Department also paid tribute to the great scientist and disclosed that he had met several times with Dr. Norman during his research in US.

Prof. Arif Inam, Chairman, Department of Botany and Ms. Muntaha Qamar, Student, Department of Plant Protection also addressed the programme.


























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