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Arabic Club of CAAS presents the Arabic Play 'The Boat of Development'

The Cultural Wing of the Arabic Club of Centre of Arabic and African Studies (CAAS/ SLL&CS) staged a play in Arabic language (The Boat of Development) on 11 March, 2015, at the Auditorium 1 of the JNU Convention Centre. A large number of audience enjoyed the evening with some of the guests coming from some other universities of the country. The play and the actors received huge appreciation from none other than the famous Egyptian scenarist and film director and director of the National Center for Film Production in Egypt Mr. Mohammad Abdul Aziz Al- Fatuh, who was the chief guest on the occasion. It all began with the introductory remarks by the Chairperson of the Centre (CAAS), Prof. Mujeebur Rahman who welcomed the guests and highlighted the day's event. He drew audience's attention to the importance of staging such a cultural program. The general secretary of the Arabic Club at the Centre, Mohammad Salim, a Research Scholar, gave a brief account of the Arabic Club (Al- Nadi Al- Arabi) its different wings, their goals and ambitions for the future. He thanked the teachers at the Centre for their relentless efforts to help the students grow and develop and especially the chairperson of the centre Prof. Mujeebur Rahman who brought the idea of establishing a students' club at the centre to fruition. Later, Miss Anjali Sharma, a performer in the play gave a brief introduction about the play which was followed by presentation of the play which lasted 40 minutes.

The play, The Boat of Development, (Safinanatul Izdihar) gave its message loud and clear; No country can truly develop without removing the dangerous barriers of fascism, caste discrimination, communalism, socio-economic inequalities and intolerance. The script, direction and music and sound were all done by the students themselves. Noteworthy in the play is the fact that almost half of the actors knew no Arabic but the delivery of dialogue in Arabic was impeccable and flawless. The play received huge rounds of applause from the audience. At the end of the play, Mahmood Asim, a research scholar of the Centre and assistant director of the play introduced the group and its actors.

It is to be noted here that the same group presented the play at the National Arabic Theater Festival held in Chennai at the beginning of March, 2015 received critical appreciation from the judges consisting of known film actors and directors from the film Industries in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The chief guest of the occasion Egyptian Scenarist and Film Director Abdul Azizi Fatuh highly appreciated the performance of the actors. He said that he felt as if he was in an Arab country watching an Arabic play. He also spoke about the huge popularity of Indian films in Egypt.

Later, former Dean of SLL&CS and senior Professor at the Centre (CAAS), Prof. M.A. Islahi, expressed his happiness and encouraged students to continue such programs in future. Prof. Basheer Ahmad Jamali and Dr. Qutbuddin of the Centre applauded the efforts put in by the centre chairperson to conduct such kind of cultural events. Notable among the audience were the Cultural Counselor Embassy of Egypt Prof. A.M.A. Abdur Rahman, professors from other universities and a large number of students and research scholars from JNU and beyond.

Mohammad Salim (Ph.D.) &
Mahmood Asim (M.Phil).
Centre of Arabic and African Studies, SLL&CS


CAAS organizes Second Shah Waliullah Memorial Lecture on 18 March, 2015

The Second Shah Waliullah Dehlavi Special Memorial Lectures were held on 18 March, 2015. Prof. Obaidullah Fahad, Department of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, delivered his lecture on "Contemporary Relevance and Significance of Shah Waliullah Dehlavi". In his lecture he elaborated on the significance of Shah Waliullah Dehlavi's thought in the present times. Shah Waliullah Dehlavi, a towering intellectual, writer, philosopher in the 18th Century India has been a source of inspiration for most of the intellectual and religious fermentation that has taken place during the 19th and 20th centuries in India. He clearly spelt out that today Muslims need his ideas and wisdom for their upliftment more than anybody else. The second speaker on the occasion H.E. Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Abdur Rahman, Cultural Councilor and Director of Cultural Bureau, Egypt Embassy, delivered his lecture on "Media and intellectual invasion". In his erudite lecture he spoke about how media is invading the mindscape of the people and changing the perceptions through their sheer force and penetration. He said that media is very powerful today and is a double-edged weapon. Media should serve the society and should not be sued as weapon by the rulers and the media houses for their petty gains. The lectures were organized with funding from the university.

On this occasion the second issue of the Annual Refereed Journal of the Center "Arabic Studies" was released by the Dean of the School Prof. Vaishna Narang, Former Dean, Prof. M.A. Islahi, and the two sparkers. Dean Prof. Narang in her speech appreciated the activities of the centre.

Mujeebur Rahman
Associate Professor
Centre of Arabic and African Studies, SLL&CS

Renowned Scientist Prof. Govindjee's visit to School of Biotechnology

Govindjee, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, USA, was invited by the School of Biotechnology (SBT), JNU, as a Visiting Scientist for three months during the winter semester. Prof. Govindjee is a world famous scientist who has devoted many decades to teaching and popularizing the area of photosynthesis across the globe and is popularly known as 'Mr. Photosynthesis'. Prof. Govindjee has a long time association with JNU as he was the thesis advisor of Late Prof. Prasanna Mohanty of the School of Life Sciences (SLS) and has visited JNU on many occasions, both formal and informal. SBT is initiating a Master's course in Plant Biotechnology. Therefore, to have a short course on photosynthesis by none other than Prof. Govindjee was considered to be an essential first step for our students. During his stay at JNU, Prof. Govindjee taught the basics of photosynthesis to M. Sc. students from both SBT and the School of Life Sciences (SLS). His unique style, enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge and dedication earned him the affection and respect from the students who flocked around him at all times. He freely gave his time to students and also donated several books to the school libraries of both SBT and School of Life Sciences (SLS). His non-conventional style of teaching outside the classroom in the form of a drama on the Z-scheme of photosynthesis, performed by M. Sc. students, helped them understand the electron transport processes in photosynthesis in an interactive way. With this kind of approach, he ensured that the students do not easily forget this complicated pathway and understand the intricacies and complexity of the electron transport and how herbicides inhibit this process. Apart from this, he asked students to make presentations on any area of photosynthesis and provided his constructive comments and criticism to each student in a way that was a lesson in the art of positive criticism to many.

In addition to his classes on photosynthesis, he taught English writing skills. While these classes were primarily for Pre-Ph.D students, Ph.D and M. Sc. students also attended these lectures. His vast experience as author and editor of many books and papers clearly showed in his lectures and also benefited the faculty who attended these lectures.

Prof. Govindjee has a keen interest in the history of science and he is the Editor of the 'historical corner' of the international peer-reviewed journal 'Photosynthesis Research'. He uses this interest very effectively in his lectures by weaving seamlessly stories and personal anecdotes about many famous scientists in the field, thus making his lectures extremely interesting even for those not working in the area of photosynthesis. Govindjee's use of props and drama as a teaching tool makes a lasting impression on students. His generosity, humility and friendliness was evident during the lunch he hosted for his class. The event was attended and enjoyed by students and faculty of SBT and SLS, JNU.

Swati Tiwari
School of Biotechnology


First International Yoga Day

Keeping in view the importance of Yoga in today's life, Yoga Kendra was set up in Jawaharlal Nehru University on 5 February, 1999. Practicing Yoga in the Yoga Kendra is a voluntary regular routine for JNUites under the able guidance and instruction of Dr. Ajay Shastri and it has already become part of everyday life. The University had organized the following two programmes on the occasion of First International Yoga Day:

On the occasion of First International Yoga Day, a 5-day special camp (entitled: Tanaav Mukta Jeevan Yog ke Saath) was organized in JNU Yoga Kendra from 15 to 19 June, 2015. In which, around 200 participants from different age groups, including students, faculty, staff and residents enthusiastically participated. They practiced various Yoga asanaas, pranayam, banda, etc. under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Shastri, Yoga Teacher, to make their life pleasant with stress free mind and healthy body. On the concluding day, the certificates were distributed to the participants by Prof. Sudha Pai, Rector of the University.

Another one hour special programme was organized by the Dr. K.B. Usha, Programme Coordinator, National Service Scheme in association with the JNU Yoga Kendra to celebrate First International Yoga Day on 21 June, 2015. The theme of the programme was "Yoga for Health and Well Being". More than 100 persons including children, staff, faculty, students and other members of JNU community participated in the session. This session was followed by a tree plantation drive led by Prof. B.C. Tripathi, Dean, School of Life Sciences and followed by and exhibition of paintings and posters made by the children of the campus on the occasion of World Environment Day held on 5 June, 2015 for promoting awareness regarding conservation and protection of our environment.

Dr. K.B. Usha, Coordinator, NSS &
Dr. Ajay Kumar Shastri, Yoga Teacher


Ykksxksa dh O;fDrxr Lora=rk vkSj vf/kdkjksa dk iw.kZ Kku gksuk pkfg,

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izksxzke dk lapkyu eqtkfgn vljQ us fd;kA bl volj ij cM+h la[;k esa Nk=&Nk=k,¡ ,oa v/;kidksa ds lkFk&lkFk lkslkbZVh ds vU; lnL; eq- fQjkst+ vUlkjh] 'kqHke dqekj] esgjs vkye] bf'r;kd+ vgen] eks- lkftn] vCnqy jgeku] jkQs] deky lksuw dqekj bR;kfn Hkh mifLFkr FksA

eulwj vkye
ih,p-Mh- Ldkyj
Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsUnz

larxq# jfonkl ij nks fnolh; varfoZ"k;d varjkZ"Vªh; laxks"Bh dk vk;kstu

foxr nks&rhu n'kdksa esa vk, lkekftd vkSj jktuhfrd ifjorZuksa us fopkj vkSj fparu dh çfd;k dks cnyk gSA fo'ks"k :i ls lkekftd vfLerk ls lEcfU/kr ç'uksa us vkykspuk ds lalkj dks xgjkbZ ls çHkkfor fd;k gS vkSj gkf'k;s ds lekt ls mu tqM+s ç'uksa ij fopkj vkSj laokn djus ds fy,] tks vHkh rd cgl ds nk;js ls vks>y jgs gSa] v/;srkvksa] vkykspdksa vkSj fopkjdksa dks vkdf"kZr fd;k gSA vkykspuk vkSj lkfgR; dh nqfu;ka esa vk, bu cnykoksa ds ifj.kkeLo:i lkfgR; dk u, fljs ls ewY;kadu gksus yxk gSA blls Hkfä lkfgR; Hkh vNwrk ugha gSA bl dkj.k dchj] jfonkl vkfn ds O;fäRo vkSj —frRo ls tqM+s u, vk;ke lkeus vk;s gSaA ;s ckrsa 23 ls 24 ekpZ] 2015 rd Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsaæ dh vksj ls vk;ksftr gqbZ nks fnolh; lar jfonkl th ij dsfUær varfoZ"k;d varjkZ"Vªh; laxks"Bh esa mHkjdj vkbZaA

laxks"Bh dk mn~?kkVu djrs gq, lqyHk baVjus'kuy ds laLFkkid vkSj lekt'kkL=h M‚- foUns'oj ikBd us dgk fd lar jfonkl us tkfr dh vis{kk deZ dks ç/kkurk nh vkSj ;g Hkh cryk;k fd fuEu tkfr esa tUe ysus okyk euq"; mPp tkfr esa tUe ysus okys euq"; ls fdlh Hkh –f"V esa derj ugha gSA blfy, jfonkl us tgk¡ ,d vksj tkfrokn dk dM+s 'kCnksa esa [kaMu fd;k] rks ogha nwljh vksj vius is'ks vkSj tkfr dk mYys[k djus esa fdlh Hkh rjg dk ladksp ugha fd;kA jktho xka/kh dsUæh; tutkfr fo'ofo|ky;] vejdaVd ds dqyifr çks] Vh- oh- dêheuh us lar jfonkl dh jpukvksa dk fo'ys"k.k tkfrçFkk mUewyu ds lUnHkZ esa fd;kA mUgksaus cryk;k fd jfonkl gesa crkrs gSa fd tc rd lekt dk dksbZ Hkh oxZ HksnHkko dk f'kdkj jgsxk] rc rd ge lerkewyd lekt ds LoIu dks ;FkkFkZ esa ugha cny ldrs gSa vkSj u gh lekt esa O;kIr foæwikrkvksa ls NqVdkjk ik ldrs gSaA

lekt'kkL=h çks- foosd dqekj us Hkkjrh; lkekftd lajpuk ij çdk'k Mkyrs gq, lar jfonkl ds egÙo dk çfriknu fd;kA mUgksaus cryk;k fd lar jfonkl dk laca/k lekt ds lk/kughu oxZ ls FkkA vr% muds }kjk mRikfnr Kku ds ljksdkj mPp oxZ ds }kjk l`ftr fd, x, Kku ls iw.kZr% fHkUu FksA çksQslj pkSFkhjke ;kno us fuxqZ.k vkUnksyu dh mikns;rk ds lUnHkZ esa lar jfonkl dh fof'k"Vrk dks js[kkafdr fd;kA mUgksaus cryk;k fd Hkfä vkUnksyu ,d lkekftd ifjorZudkjh vkUnksyu Fkk] ftlds vxznwr dchj vkSj jfonkl FksA bu nksuksa dk lEcU/k cukjl ls FkkA

nfyr fpUrd pUæHkku us dgk fd gesa vkt Hkh csxeiqjk dh ladYiuk cgqr vkdf"kZr djrh gSA dkj.k ;g gS fd blesa Å¡p&uhp] tkfrokn] o.kZ O;oLFkk dk vHkko gSA lkFk gh lHkh dks vkfFkZd Lrj ij Hkh cjkcjh dk vf/kdkj fn;k x;k gSA mudk fparu fdlh ,d tkfr] leqnk; vkSj oxZ ds fy, ugha Fkk] cfYd mlesa lEiw.kZ fo'o dh fpark lkQ >ydrh gSA mn~?kkVu l= ds vxys oäk lquhy ljnkj FksA mUgksaus laxhrkRed 'kSyh esa Lojfpr vkSj xhrdkj 'kSysUæ ds pqus gq, xhr çLrqr fd, vkSj mu xhrksa ds ek/;e ls gh lar jfonkl dh çklafxdrk ds fo"k; esa le>k;kA mUgksaus dgk fd lar jfonkl ftl csxeiqjk dk vkn'kZ çLrqr dj jgs Fks] og çse dh uhao ij vk/kkfjr FkkA

l= dh v/;{krk Hkk"kk] lkfgR; vkSj laL—fr v/;;u laLFkku dh vf/k"Bkrk çks- oS'.kk ukjax us dhA mUgksaus dgk fd larxq: jfonkl dk le; vusd çdkj dh fo"kerkvksa esa my>k gqvk FkkA ml le; pkjksa rjQ o.kZ&O;oLFkk] tkfr&ik¡fr] Å¡p&uhp dk cksyckyk FkkA ifj.kker% fuEu oxZ ds yksx lkekftd] lkaL—frd ,oa vkfFkZd :i ls gkf'k, ij jgus dks etcwj FksA lar jfonkl us lekt esa QSys 'kks"k.k] HksnHkko vkSj vkMEcj dk fojks/k djrs gq, yksxksa dks ,glkl djk;k fd tc lHkh euq"; ,d bZ'oj ls mRiUu gq, gSa] rc fdlh euq"; dks tUe ds vk/kkj ij Js"B vkSj fdlh dks fuEu dSls dgk tk ldrk gS\

/kU;okn Kkfir djrs gq, çks- nsosUn dqekj pkScs us dgk fd lar jfonkl dk n'kZu lHkh çdkj ds iwokZxzgksa vkSj ladh.kZrkvksa ls iw.kZr% eqä gSA vkt vf/kdk¡'k leL;kvksa dk lek/kku blfy, ugha gks ik jgk gS] D;ksafd vf/kdrj O;fä lkekftd çxfr ds lkFk viuh lksp cny ugha ikrs gSa vkSj iwokZxzgksa ds dkj.k mRiUu gksus okys erHksnksa ds pyrs ,d&nwljs ds ijLij fojks/kh cu tkrs gSaA mUgksaus dk;ZØe esa vk, vfrfFk;ksa dk Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsaæ dh vksj ls /kU;okn Hkh fn;kA bl laxks"Bh esa mn~?kkVu l= ds vykok vkB rduhdh l= Hkh vk;ksftr fd;s x,] ftuds ek/;e ls laxks"Bh ds çLrkfor 22 ls vf/kd fo"k;ksa ij ns'k&fons'k ls vk, yxHkx 400 çfrHkkfx;ksa us vius 'kks/k&i=ksa dk okpu fd;kA lkFk gh l=ksa esa mifLFkr Jksrkvksa us oäkvksa ls ç'u Hkh iwNsA bl laxks"Bh esas Nk=ksa us cM+h la[;k esa Hkkxhnkjh dhA

nhi dqekj feÙky
Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsaæ

mnwZ dh fgQktr ge lc dh ftEesnkjh

tokgjyky usg: fo'ofo|ky; esa ljdkjh o xSj&ljdkjh foHkkxksa esa mnwZ ds bLrseky ds laHkkoukvksa ,oa dk;Z{ks= ds 'kh"kZd ij xks"Bh ¼flEiksft;e½ dk vk;kstuA

tokgjyky usg: fo'ofo|ky; ds Ldwy vkWQ ySaXostst ,.M dYpj LVMht&1 fcfYMax ds desVh :e esa bUVsysDpqvy lkslkbZVh QkWj lks'ky fjQkWElZ (ISSR) ds vUrxZr **ljdkjh o xSj&ljdkjh foHkkxksa esa mnwZ ds bLrseky ds bedkukr o eokds** ds 'kh"kZd ls ,d xks"Bh ¼flEiksft;e½ dk vk;kstu fd;k x;kA bl volj ij fo'ks"k vfrfFk vkSj vYila[;d Hkk"kk foKku ds dfe'uj izks- v[r:y okls us vius fopkjksa dks O;Dr djrs gq, dgk fd mnwZ ls gekjk lkaLd`frd laca/k gSA bldh fgQktr gesa [kqn djuh gSA ljdkjh foHkkxksa esa mnwZ ds izxfr ds laHkkoukvksa ij ckrphr djrs gq, mUgksaus ;g Hkh dgk fd vki pkgsaxs rks t:j mnwZ vuqoknd j[ks tk,axs ijUrq blds fy, gesa bZekunkjh ls viuk nkf;Ro fuHkkuk gksxkA mUgksaus dgk fd Hkwrdky esa mnwZ vuqoknd j[ks x;s Fks fdUrq dke u gksus ds dkj.k buls mnwZ ds ctk; nwljk dk;Z fy;k x;kA blfy, vko';drk bl ckr dh gS fd ge ljdkjh o xSj&ljdkjh dk;kZy;ksa esa mnwZ esa vkosnu nsa D;ksafd ;s gekjk vf/kdkj gSA mUgksaus [ksn O;Dr djrs gq, dgk fd gekjs vUnj deh gS fd ge vf/kdkj ds fy, [kqn ugha yM+rs gSa cfYd ge vius nkf;Ro nwljksas ij Mky nsrs gSaA mUgksaus vkxs ;g Hkh dgk fd mnwZ ds fodkl ds fy, gesa oSf'od cuus ds ctk, t+ehuh cuuk gksxk] blds fy, vko';drk gS fd ge t+ehuh lrg ij mnwZ ds fodkl ds fy, dk;Z djsaA

bl volj ij xsLV vkWQ vkWuj vkSj Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsUnz ds orZeku ps;jeSu izks- ,l- ,e- vuoj vkye ¼vuoj ik'kk½ us dgk fd laLd`r dks gqdwer dh lgk;rk izkIr gS vkSj blds ckotwn Hkh ;g Hkk"kk fodkl ugha dj ik jgh gS] bldh izkFkfed leL;k ;g gS fd ;s vkokeh lrg ij yksdizh; ugha gSA vxj mnwZ dks ckd+h j[kuk gS rks ljdkjh lrg ds lkFk&lkFk lkaLd`frd lrg ij Hkh dk;Z djuk gksxkA bUgksaus vkxs dgk fd mnwZ gekjh lkaLd`frd vkSj /keZfujis{k ekU;rk dh igpku gSA gesa bls cpkus ds fy, vkxs vkuk gksxk vkSj mnwZ dh yM+kbZ gesa [kqn yM+uh gksxhA bUgksaus ;g Hkh dgk fd ge vius Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsUnz esa Hkh vc vkosnu mnwZ esa eatwj djsaxsA

bl ls iwoZ lkslkbZVh QkWj lks'ky fjQkElZ (ISSR) ds duohuj Jh ealwj vkye us lkslkbZVh dk ifjp; djkrs gq, mnwZ ds vf/kdkj ds fy, lcdks ,d tqV gksdj ljdkj ls vf/kdkj fnykus dh ckr dgh gSA izksxzke ds vUr esa mifLFkr lHkh vfrfFk;ksa ,oa Jksrkvksasa dk 'kqfØ;k vnk fd;kA bl volj ij lkslkbZVh ds lnL; esgjs vkye] eq- fQjkst vUlkjh] bf'r;kd vgen] 'kqHke dqekj] ,glku rS¸eh] eks- lkftn] vCnqy jghe] izrhd dqekj flUgk] vCnqy jgeku vkSj ekstkfgn vljQ ds lkFk&lkFk vf/kd la[;k esa 'kks/k Nk=&Nk=k,¡ ,oa f'k{kd bR;kfn mifLFkr FksA

eulwj vkye
ih,p-Mh- Ldkyj
Hkkjrh; Hkk"kk dsUnz



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