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
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.
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.