Ibne Sina Academy organizes seminar on â€˜Life and Contribution of Ibne-al-Haythamâ€™
Aligarh: The Ibne Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences today organized a two-day National Seminar on â€˜Life and Contribution of Ibne-al-Haythamâ€™ in which Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) delivered the presidential address. AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd) attended the seminar as the Guest of Honour.
National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language and Indian Council of Historical research, New Delhi jointly sponsored the seminar.
While delivering his address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) said that the Islamic community has produced great scholars like Ibne-al-Haytham but we have to examine work done by todayâ€™s Muslims.
â€œRecently in Lucknow, I tried to highlight the need for quality research in Muslim institutions but unfortunately the media quoted me for other things,â€ said AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd).
He added that there is a downslide in the Muslim community, but AMU has a solution for it.
â€œJust two days ago, an independent research in the United States of America has voted AMU as the second best Indian university,â€ said AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd).
He pointed out that AMU has done tremendous work in recycling water and the usage of Nano Technology along with other things.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) further shared that there is a possible collaboration of Maruti and Mahendra and Mahendra coming up with AMU in the field of â€˜solar power automationâ€™. â€œThis collaboration will be another feather in cap for AMU,â€ he added.
AMU Vice Chancellor also inaugurated an exhibition on the works of Ibne-al-Haytham during the seminar.
The AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd) said that remembering heroes like Ibne-al-Haytham from the history of Islamic civilization helps us to do something new and innovative.
â€œIbne-al-Haytham was a polymath and philosopher who is widely considered as one of the most influential scientists of all time. Referred to as the father of experimental physics and modern optics and scientific methodology, he made significant contributions to the principles of optics, astronomy, mathematics, meteorology, visual perception and the scientific method,â€ said the AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali.
He added that Ibne-al-Haytham was the earliest theoretical physicist to discover that a hypothesis has the necessity to be experimented through confirmable procedures or mathematical evidence.
â€œWith his book on optics, Kitab al-Manazir, Ibne-al-Haytham explained certain optical phenomena using mechanical analogies,â€ said the AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali. He added that Ibne-al-Haytham discovered how light bents and turns and also discovered the depth of the atmosphere.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali pointed out that unfortunately only 50 of the 200 books written by Ibne-al-Haytham survive today and there is an immediate need of the revival of his works.
He also said that it is an irony that Islamic civilization, which has produced such great scholars, stopped thinking after the eighth century. He lamented that no great work takes place when people stop questioning things around them.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali concluded his address by saying that the time has come when we should start questioning things again.
While delivering the welcome address, Prof Syed Zillur Rahman, President, Ibne Sina Academy said that he is proud that this seminar has taken place despite the limited means.
Prof Rahman said that Ibne-al-Haythamâ€™s experiments, with special reference to optics and light, proved earlier researches incorrect and presented the correct observations. â€œThe entire world recognizes Ibne-al-Haythamâ€™s conclusions and as a result the UNESCO is celebrating 2015 as the year of light (IYL-2015).
He also pointed out that the Ibne Sina Academy is dedicated in editing, translating and publishing rare books from time to time and the Academy has been well appreciated in India and the International community.
Prof K C Singhal, Chief Guest pointed out that he only knows a little bit about the works of Ibne-al-Haytham. â€œBut I have always been willing to come across new discoveries and inventions. â€œIt is a pity that the modern medicine has replaced traditional medicines like Unani, Ayurvedic, Chinese and others. What we need to ponder on is that lack of research and inventions in traditional medicines is responsible for the decline,â€ he added.
He further urged young scholars and scientists to do innovations in the fields of traditional medicines.
Dr Kathleen Longwaters, â€˜Full Bright Scholarâ€™ from USA said that much of modern scientific and medical instrumentation is built on Ibne-al-Haythamâ€™s work on optics. â€œAs a Full Bright scholar I am exploring and working on Ibne-al-Haythamâ€™s works in a broader cultural context,â€ she added.
During the seminar, the Ibne Sina Academy also awarded Prof Abdul Latif, Department of Ilmul Advia, Faculty of Unani Medicine, AMU for his work on public health.
A short documentary on Ibne-al-Haytham produced by the Department of Journalism and Mass communication, AMU was screened during the inaugural session of the two day seminar. The Chairperson, Department of Journalism and Mass communication, Prof Afrina Rizvi provided expertise in making the film.
Bangladeshi Research investigators, Dr Md Zakiul Hassan, Resipratory Viruses Research Group, Centre for Communicable Diseases, Dhaka and Dr Shah Mohammad Fahim, Ibne Sina Medical College, Dhaka also attended the seminar.
Meanwhile Congress leaders, Mr Vivek Bansal and Mrs Ruhi Zuberi were also present.
Dr Syed Ziaur Rahman delivered the vote of thanks while Dr Sumbul Rahman conducted the programme.