Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CME cum workshop on genetic markers and human diseases held in BHU

Centre of Experimental Medicine and Surgery organized a three-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) cum workshop on genetic markers and human diseases at Dhanwantari Hall in the Institute of Medical Sciences (Banaras Hindu University) on December 26, 2011.
Professor GK Singh, director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, was the chief guest while BHU vice chancellor Dr Lalji Singh was the special guest on the occasion. Former director of IMS (BHU), Professor Gajendra Singh presided over the function. BHU vice chancellor Dr Lalji Singh also felicitated Dr GK Singh on the occasion.

Monday, December 26, 2011

BHU celebrates Malviya Diwali

The evening in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) was exciting one on December 25, 2011 as the Malviya Bhavan was decorated with decorative electric lamps to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. In other words, this was Malviya Diwali as students of the university lighted earthen lamps (diyas) on the Malviya Bhavan campus to make it a 'Diwali night'.
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Geetanjali organised to celebrate Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya birth anniversary

Faculty of Music and Performing Arts organised Geetanjali (classical music programme) to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in Banaras Hindu University on December 25, 2011.
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150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya begin in BHU

The 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya began in a grand manner at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi on December 25, 2011. Several functions were organised in BHU to mark the occasion. The  function began with a flower show that was inaugurated by BHU vice chancellor professor Lalji Singh. A completely flower-decorated idol of Mahamana stole the limelight.
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

ART Centre inaugurated at SSL Hospital in BHU

Varanasi, December 21, 2011: Banaras Hindu University vice-chancellor Dr. Lalji Singh inaugurated the state-of-the-art ART Centre on the OPD Complex of SSL Hospital here on Wednesday.

Deputy Director of Centre of Excellence (COE) Dr. Jaya Chakravarty welcomed the guests while professor BD Bhatia, dean, Faculty of Medicine, delivered the welcome address. Dr Bhatia said the ART Centre BHU” was started on March 2005 and upgraded to COE on August 28, 2009.

He said 854 children living with HIV (CLHIV) had been registered in the ART Centre of which 463 CLHIV have started on ART.

Institute of Medical Sciences director, prof. TM Mahapatra said the total number of PLHIV registered in the ART Centre were 14299 of which 9344 people living with HIV (PLHIV) received the first line treatment and 130 got the second line treatment.

The Medical Superintendent of SSL Hospital, prof. US Dwivedi said this centre catered patients not only from Uttar Pradesh but also from neighboring states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh.
BHU vice chancellor Dr Lalji Singh appreciated the work being done in the ART Centre for the services rendered to the poor and needy patients.  He appreciated the team work which is being done in the ART Centre. 

BHU teacher Dr Rajeev Pratap Singh gets Green Talents award

Varanasi, December 20, 2011: Dr Rajeev Pratap Singh of Banaras Hindu University, who is presently serving an assistant professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, was conferred with Green Talents-2011 award in Berlin on December 15 last.
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany gave away the award to 20 outstanding up-and coming scientists from all over the world. While giving the award Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Rachel said this was the third time that the BMBF had selected the exceptional young scientist’s active in the field of sustainable development.
Research contributions of 331 young researchers from 58 different countries were analysed for the award out of which 20 were selected. Before the award ceremony in Berlin, the Green Talents were invited for a scientific journey across the Germany as a part of a ten-day science forum hosted by BMBF.

BHU to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in a grand manner

Varanasi, December 19, 2011: Banaras Hindu University decided to adopt a number of institutions and projects under the campus of the Mahamana Malaviya Heritage Complex dedicated to the memory and ideals of the founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya’s whose 150th birth anniversary celebrations will begin on December 25, 2011. The Union Government constituted a national committee to celebrate it throughout year under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister who will also inaugurate it in Vigyan Bhawan on Sunday.

The university constituted a committee to coordinate with the national committee as also to chalk out programme which will be implemented and observed throughout year. Presiding over the committee, vice-chancellor Dr. Lalji Singh said the University has specially published a commemorative volume on Malaviya Jee which will be released by the PM along with the book published by Malaviya Trust, Bangalore titled ‘Visionary of Modern India – Madan Mohan Malaviya’.

The meeting discussed the matters regarding publication of the complete work of Malaviya Jee and digitalization of the existing work, special lectures at the faculty level to commemorate the occasion, special convocation and gold medals for excellence in research, special lectures by alumni chapters all over the world and also to organize youth parliament, debates and cultural events focused to the ideals of the Mahamana.

A coordination committee was also constituted which include Prof. Kamal Sheel (chairman), Prof. AK Raghuvansi, Prof. SK Singh, Prof. Awadesh Pradhan, Prof. Ashok Kaul, Prof. Ravindra Mishra, Prof. SB Agrwal, (All members) and Dr. Vishwanath Pandey, PRO as a member secretary. Various other committees were constituted for organizing several events.


Statue of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya unveiled in BHU

Banaras Hindu University vice-chancellor Professor Lalji Singh unveiled a statue of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya at Malviya Bhavan hall in Varanasi on December 18 2011 on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. According to Hindu calendar Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya’s birth anniversary falls on Paush Krishna Astami. Two students of Faculty of Visual Arts Sanjay Kumar Bharati and Hrishikesh Verma sculptured the statue under the able guidance of faculty teacher Vindo Kumar Singh. Havan and Pujan were also performed on the occasion.
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BHU vice-chancellor Lalji Singh donates sweaters to school kids

Banaras Hindu University vice-chancellor Professor Lalji Singh distributed sweaters among the students of Lala Lajpat Rai School at Sundar Bagia on the university campus on December 18, 2011, on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. According to Hindu calendar Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya’s birth anniversary falls on Paush Krishna Astami. As per Gregorian calendar, the birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya is December 25.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Dr Lalji Singh gets BioSpectrum Life Time Achievement Award 2011

BHU vice chancellor Dr Lalji Singh

Varanasi, December 14, 2011: Banaras Hindu University vice chancellor Dr. Lalji Singh, has been selected for the ‘BioSpectrum Life Time Achievement Award 2011’.

The award will be presented at a function which will be attended by creams of Indian biotechnology-science and industry on December 16 in Bangalore.

The award has been instituted by Technology Review India & BioSpectrum Cyber Media India Ltd, Bangalore. It may be mentioned here that BioSpectrum is country’s most widely read magazine started in the year March, 2003 and the same year the awards were also started.

In a letter communicated to the vice chancellor, it was mentioned that he was selected on the behalf of entire life sciences community, which wanted to show their appreciation to Dr. Lalji Singh for his tireless efforts in setting up the foundation for life science research specially in the filed of biotechnology with special reference to DNA based technology and training the future generation to take-up the challenging task of research in the field of biotechnology.

The award consists of a trophy and a citation. Earlier, winners of this award were the personalities with high scientific and social contributions like Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Dr. N.C. Ganguly, Dr. M.K. Bhan, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Dr. Manju Sharma, DR. G. Padmanabhan, Dr. Samir Brahmachari, and Hari Bhartia. 


Monday, December 12, 2011

Institute of Agricultural Science (BHU) celebrates Terra Madre Day

Varanasi, December 12, 2011: Institute of Agricultural Science, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) celebrated Terra Madre Day here on Monday. The aim of the day is eating locally to popularize the concept of Slow Food. BHU is one of the 2000 “Terra Madre” Community Food Centers.

Slow food celebrates Terra Madre Day around the world, on December 10 every year. It was founded in 1989 to promote the concept of “Good Clean and Fair Food” available locally in Italy. To counter the fast growth of ‘Fast Food’, the foundation has got the people together under umbrella of ‘Slow Food’ on December 10, under the banner of the “Terra Madre Day”.

Speaking on the occasion the chairman of the programme Prof. Shive Raj Singh said there were 100,000 registered members of Slow Food spreading around its 160 member countries. Gave a brief account of Slow Food concept, Professor Singh said slow food promotes access to ‘Good, Clean and Fair Food’ to all people. Such food should be readily available in local market. He said ‘Good’ means; fresh and flavorsome daily diet which satisfy the sense and is part of local culture; ‘Clean’ means produce the food using the methods that don’t harm environment and human health; and ‘Fair’ means providing fair conditions and compensations for producers and accessible prices for consumers. “Slow Food works to defend the right to good, clean and fair food for all people and emphasizes that pleasure and responsibility must go hand-in-hand,” he added.

Prof. Singh pointed out the other issues being debated among its members were ; agriculture and food biodiversity, small scale food production; food sovereignty; language; cultural and traditional knowledge; environmentally friendly food production; fair and sustainable food trade.

“It may be noted that during last 100 years we have lost 80 per cent food biodiversity, one third of cattle, sheep, pig and other foods. We have lost 300,000 vegetable species during last century and every 6 hours we are losing one local vegetable variety”, he remarked.

Porf. Ram Pratap Singh, Director of the Institute, who was the chief guest of the function, said food is the top most requirement of life and it is directly related with farmers. He thanked Biram Kumar Chourasia and all the members of the Varanasi Terra Madre Day celebration committee for their hard work to make programme grand successes.

In this occasion an essay competition is organized on Slow Food vs Fast Food. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Consolation prizes and certificates were awarded to winners. Kumari Jayasudha S (first), Kumari Garima Singh (second), Rameshwar Dayal Lodhi (third) and Devbrat awarded consolation prizes. 10 farmers were awarded SLOW FOOD FARMERS AWARD 2011 for promoting organic farming and traditional agriculture in their area. They were Sant Ram Pandey, Gaurav Srivastav, Shitla Rai, Shalu Devi, Shakuntala Devi, Brajesh Kumar Baheliya, Kaushlesh Pathak, Sudhir Kumar Singh, Girja Shankar Singh, Sumil Tiwar & Sri Rakesh Singh.

Terra Madre Day Celebration Committee awarded SLOW FOOD AWARD 2011 to Prof. Ram Pratap Singh, Director, Instt. of Ag. Sc., BHU also for his excellence contribution in Agriculture Education.

The programme was attended by the heads of the different departments with Prof. J S Bohra, Prof. Ravi P. Singh, Coordinator (RGSC), Bipram Kumar Chourasia, Students of B.Sc.(Ag.), M.Sc.(Ag.), Ph. D. and more than 100 farmers form Chandauli, Sonbhdra, Mirzapur and Varanasi.

Prof Shive Raj Singh welcoed the guets while Prof. Rajesh Singh proposed a vote of thanks.. Biram Kumar Chourasia conducted the proceedings.

Photo caption: From top: Prof. Ram Pratap Singh (left), Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, receives SLOW FOOD AWARD 2011 from Professor Rajesh Singh in BHU on December 12, 2011.

All the awards winners of Terra Madre Day function pose for a group photograph in BHU on December 12, 2011.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Genome decoding technology will help develop high-yielding species of crops soon, says NK Singh

Dr Nagendra Kumar Singh, national professor BP Pal Chair and Principal scientist National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, was in Banaras Hindu University on December 9, 2011. Professor Singh was here to deliver a lecture on plant science at UGC Academic Staff College.

In his speech Dr Singh said new and high-yielding species of crops would be developed soon by using genome decoding technology.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

UGC-BSR Faculty Fellowship UGC-BFF Award for Professor Vakil Singh

Varanasi, December 8, 2011: Prof. Vakil Singh of Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, has been selected by the University Grants Commission for the prestigious UGC-BSR Faculty Fellowship (UGC-BFF) Award.

Prof. Singh has over 150 research publication in leading national and international journals and conference proceedings. He has visited the University of Paris and Hahn-Meitner institute, Berlin as Visiting Scientis and collaborated with the Scientists working in the area.

He is also a recepient of the coveted "Best Metallurgist Award" of the Ministry of Steel and Mines Government of India in 1991. Presently 5 researchers are working under his supervision for their doctoral research. He is Principal Investigator of important projects, worth more than Rs. 1 crore.


UGC-BSR Faculty Fellowship UGC-BFF Award for Professor. BN Singh

Varanasi, December 7, 2011: Professor BN Singh of Department of Zoology, Faculty of Scince (BHU), has been selected by the University Grants Commission for the prestigious UGC-BSR Faculty Fellowship (UGC-BFF) Award. Prof. Singh has over 200 research publication in leading national and international journals and conference proceedings. He had assumed the posts of victing professor in several universities of Canada and US. He was also selcted as a fellow of National Academy of Science.


Experts favour standardisation of herbal drugs

Varanasi, December 5, 2011: An Expert Group Meeting on WHO project ”Role of ayurvedic drugs in Oral hygiene maintenance and treatment” was organized by Professor Neelam Mittal, Principal Investigator, in K.N Uddapa Auditorium in Banaras Hindu University on Monday.

The programme was started with lightening of the lamp and garlanding of the bust of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya by Professor TM Mahapatra (Director) Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU. Dr. Gyaan Prakash, Chief Medical Officer, Varanasi, was the special guest.

Prof. Neelam Mittal, gave the brief introductory remarks, detailed explanation of the methodology and results of the project. The project was started 3 months ago with aim of bringing the awareness about the benefits of traditional Indian medicine over modern medicine among the masses world wide.

Four ayurvedic medicines - Neem, Apamarga, Khadiradi vati, Dashansanskar churan were used to treat periodontal diseases and for maintenance of oral hygiene. Ayurvedic medicines showed superior results in management of periodontal problems.

The experts from fields of Ayurveda, Dr. Vijay Chauhan from Mumbai, gave a short talk on “Standardization of herbal drugs”. Prof. VK Joshi, BHU, gave the detailed procedure of preparation of Ayurvedic formularies. Dr. Subhash Garg, Indore, presented the paper on “Suggesting the usefulness and cost effectiveness of ayurvedic treatment over allopathic mode of management”.

Dr. Ashu Bhardwaj from New Delhi and Dr. Sambi from Lucknow also shared their views regarding the project.

The experts from field of community Medicine, Dr. Amiruddin Kadri (Ahmedabad), Dr. Deepak Saxena (Rajkot), Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj (Lucknow), Dr. RK Srivastava (BHU) explained the statistically analysis used in the present study. All the out station and local experts highly appreciated the work perused by Prof. Neelam Mittal and agreed to cooperate in future research works on Ayurvedic medicines.

Press release and photo: PPP-Cell, BHU

India has given birth to several world populations, says Professor Lalji Singh

Varanasi, November 29, 2011: India is like melting pot and has given birth to several world populations, said Professor Lalji Singh, vice-chancellor of the Banaras Hindu University while delivering the keynote address in the Platinum Jubilee Lecture series in Mahila Mahavidyalaya, on Tuesday.

Professor Singh said that India is a land of matchless diversity at the level of genes too. He emphasized global genome studies and correlated it with origin of Aryans who were original settlers of India.

He said that there are no evidences of Aryan invasion and Aryan and Dravidians are not distinct but climatically they can be differentiated and is shown by their skin colour. He emphasized how different Indian populations are genetically associated. “Studies suggest that the populations seen today have 40-80 per cent similarity with Ancestral North Indians and rest with Ancestral South Indians. But Ancestral South Indian population are not related to any other population outside India”, he remarked.

According to the studies conducted by Dr Singh and other researchers, Homo sapiens have travelled from Africa to India and other parts of the globe due to extreme draught and climatic conditions to India through other coastal routes and arrived in Andaman over 75,000 years ago. Andamanese have more affinity to Ancestral South Indians populations. So, South Indian populations may have spoken Dravidian language before mixing with populations descending from Ancestral North Indians (ANI).

“It is also interesting to know that we are 98.8% similar to chimpanzees”, said Dr. Singh. “Chimpanzees which were originated about 1, 60,000 years ago in East Africa. We all human beings are also similar by 99.9% and 0.1% make us as different individual. So, all the amazing human diversity, at the level of genes is due to tiny portion of our DNA (SNP). These tiny repeats of DNA have helped scientists to study about historical origin of human population”, he pointed out.

Dr Singh said his study also had identified causes of certain diseases amongst various racial groups such as sudden cardiac arrest among south Indian populations. His study had also pointed out role of endogamy (marriages within the communities, same castes etc.) in affecting recessive genes related diseases which can easily spread within populations.

Further, he emphasized to join experts of different disciplines to do novel research. He said our hospitals should have huge data about certain diseases and their correlation with the drug responses. It will help in finding out which community has which drug receptive ability.

Press release and photo: PPP Cell-BHU

Boys hostel of Central Hindu School inaugurated

Banaras Hindu University vice chancellor Professor Lalji Singh inaugurated boys hostel and main gate of the Central Hindu Boys School, Kamachha, in Varanasi on November 29, 2011.
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

National Teachers Science Congress concludes in BHU

The four-day National Teachers Science Congress concluded at the Swatantrata Bhavan in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on November 11, 2011 . BHU vice chancellor Professor Lalji Singh was the chief guest at the closing function.

Addressing the function Professor Singh said he had been trying his best to make BHU one of the best universities of the world. He said he wanted to organize International Science Festival in BHU.

Dr BP Singh, head of National Council for Science Teachers, New Delhi also addressed the function.

Photo: PPP Cell-BHU

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thousands take holy dip in Ganga on Kartik Purnima

Thousands took holy dip in Ganga on the auspices occasion of Kartik Purnima in Varanasi on November 10, 2011.
Photo: Samrat

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Illuminated Hazara marks Dev Deepawali in Varanasi

A minaret laced with thousand earthen lamps, traditionally called Hazara, was seen illuminated on the occasion of Dev Deepawali at Panchganga Ghat in Varanasi on November 10, 2011.
Photo: Samrat

Dashaswamedh Ghat lights up on Dev Deepawali

Dev Deepawali was celebrated at Dashaswamedh Ghat with Vedic rituals in Varanasi on November 10, 2011. Only earthen lamps with ghee or oil inside were used to illuminate the entire ghat.
Photo: Samrat