Allahabad Chapter of the Academy


Allahabad Chapter has organized the following activities during November 2010 to October 2011–


(I)        Lecture by Prof. A. K. Pandey, Department of Botany, University of Delhi



(Left) Prof. A.K. Pandey delivering the lecture (Right) Prof. G.K. Srivastava giving the vote-of-thanks


An illustrative and interesting lecture was delivered by Prof. A.K. Pandey on “Diversity, Phylogeny and Conservation of Ginseng (Panax)”, on August 28, 2010 in the Department of Botany, University of Allahabad. Prof. G.K. Srivastava Chaired the lecture session; and also proposed vote-of-thanks in the end.


(II)      A series of lectures was organized at Narayani Ashram, Allahabad on 13th August, 2010. Prof. G.K. Srivastava, Secretary, Allahabad Chapter (Head, Department of Botany, University of Allahabad) outlined the objectives of this programme. The eminent resource persons of NASI were Prof. V.C. Srivastava, Dr. Pankaj Srivastava and Dr. Kamalesh Pandey; who delivered lectures on ‘Mechanism of Evolution, ‘Role of Mathematics in Computer Science’ and ‘Alternative sources of Energy’, respectively. Interactive sessions were held at the end of every lecture. Students raised many queries and the experts answered satisfactorily. The Principal of the school proposed vote-of thanks in the end.




(Left) Prof. B. Rai delivering the Lecture (Right) Prof. P.N. Pandey delivering the lecture



Prof. V.S. Tripathi delivering the lecture


(III)     August 26, 2010 at ECC, Allahabad - Three interesting and illustrative lectures were delivered by Prof. S.P. Misra, Prof. (Mrs.) Krishna Misra and Prof. U.C. Srivastava in the National Seminar on “Impact of Physics on Biological Science” on August 26, 2010, organized by the Department of Physics, Ewing Christian College (ECC), Allahabad.


(IV)    Other science extension lectures were organized at Allahabad Inter College Allahabad on 21st September, 2010. Prof. G.K. Srivastava, Secretary, Allahabad Chapter, introduced the eminent speakers and highlighted the significance of the programme being organized by the NASI, Allahabad. Prof. P.N. Pandey, Department of Mathematics, University of Allahabad; Prof. V.S. Tripathi, Department of Chemistry, University of Allahabad; and Prof. Bindhyachal Rai, Former Head, Department of Mathematics, University of Allahabad delivered lectures on popular science topics ‘Geometry and its importance’, ‘Significance of Chemistry in Daily Life’ and ‘Comment on International Conference in Hyderabad, India’, respectively.  The Principal of Allahabad Inter College, Allahabad proposed vote-of –thanks in the end.


(V)      A Computer workshop was organized at Janta Inter College, Sikandra, Phulpur on 18th September, 2010. Principal of the Janta Inter College, Allahabad welcomed the experts. A large number of students of class 10th, 11th, & 12th of science stream participated in this workshop. Students were introduced about the "Introduction of computers, M.S.Office, Internet and e-mail". The Resource persons were R.V.G.K. Mohan, Amit Srivastava, V. Narendra, Prasanna Acharya and Dr. Pankaj Srivastava. A number of queries were raised by the students about e-mails, MS-excel and Internet; and their replies were given by the resource persons. At the end of the programme, Shri Shiv Murat Shukla (Science teacher) proposed the vote- of-thanks.


(VI)    The third series of science extension lectures was organized at Kendria Vidyalaya, Manauri, Allahabad on 5th October, 2010.  Prof. G.K. Srivastava, Secretary, Allahabad Chapter, outlined the objectives of this programme. Prof. Avinash Pandey, University of Allahabad and Prof. Anupam Dixit, Dept of Botany, University of Allahabad delivered lectures on popular science topics ‘Nano-technology and its application’, and ‘Innovations and Interaction’, respectively. Dr. Shalini Dixit, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Allahabad proposed vote-of –thanks in the end.


(VII)   Extension Lecture at Gurukulam School, Phaphamau - On 22nd December 2010 Allahabad chapter organized lecture series at Ganga Gurukulam  school, Phaphamau. Principal,  Mrs. Alpono Dey  welcomed the Speakers Prof.P.K.Banerjee (Emeritus Professor, U.G.C. Fellow, J.N.V. University Jodhpur) and Dr.Kamlesh Pandey,Scientist, NCEMP, Allahabad University.



(Left) Prof.  P.K. Banerjee and Dr. Kamlesh Pandey being greeted by students and (Right) Prof. P.K.Banerjee delivering lecture at Ganga Gurukulam, Allahabad


Prof. P.K. Banerjee discussed the Principles of Mathematics in detail with a number of interesting examples and explained the answers of questions raised by the students during the interactive session.  Later on Dr. Kamlesh Pandey has given a talk on the “Fancy Diamond: Synthesis and Characterisation”. In his talk Dr. Pandey show the brief history of the exploration to use of Diamond in ancient India. Before the 18th century India was the major production hub of the natural Diamonds.  Due to increasing demand, scientists were focused on the production of artificial diamond. He also explained the defects present naturally in diamond as well as the creation of new defects externally. The role of these defects  is very important in the production of fancy diamonds.



Dr. Kamlesh Pandey delivering lecture at Ganga Gurukulam, Allahabad


(VIII)  Workshop on “Experimental tools for characterization of Novel Materials” - The National Academy of Sciences, India, (Allahabad Chapter) & National Centre of Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Allahabad jointly organized a workshop entitled “Experimental tools for characterization of Novel Materials” on 9-10 Feb. 2011. In this workshop total 70 participants were participated for five Indian Universities and research Institutes. The inaugural session was organized in the NASI, auditorium on 09 Feb., 2011.



    (Left) Dr. Kamlesh Pandey, Prof. G.K. Srivastava,  Prof. S. Dasgupta (Chief Guest), Prof. Krishna Mishra and Prof. Pankaj Srivastava in Inaugural session of workshop

(Right) Group photo of all the participants


Prof. Somnath Dasgupta (FNA, FASc, FNASc, FTWAS and J.C. Bose National Fellow), Director, N.C.E.M.P. was chief guest in this function. Dr. Kamlesh Pandey, convener of the workshop welcomed all the distinguished guests and participants. Prof. G.K. Srivastava (Chairman, Allahabad Chapter), Prof. Krishna Mishra (General Secretary, NASI) and Mr. A.K. Srivastava (Deputy Ex. Sec, NASI) also addressed the participants. In the inaugural speech, Prof Dasgupta said that today facilities for characterization of Electrical, thermal and structural properties of new compound and samples are available. Our mission requires a great versatility of supported experimental methods, including the development and cultivation like experimental techniques to perform measurements on Petrological as well as other important small samples, under different physical conditions. Prof. Pankaj Srivastava (Secretary, NASI, Allahabad Chapter) explained the functioning  of Allahabad Chapter, in spreading the culture of science. He also expressed the vote-of-thanks. 



        Welcome by Dr. Kamlesh Pandey                    Inaugural speech by Prof. Somnath Dasgupta




Introduction of NASI by Shri A.K.Srivastava               Vote-of-thanks by Prof. Pankaj Srivastava


The technical sessions were arranged in NASI auditorium on 09-10 Feb., 2011.


In the first technical session Dr. Devesh Kumar (Molecular Modeling group Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad), gave a talk on “Drug metabolism by Cytochrome P450: A tale of multistate reactivity”. In his talk he has given detail description of Quantum Mechanics (QM, Molecular Mechanics  (MM) method. The QM methods provide electronic structure information and can be applied to the study of complete reaction pathways.



        Invited talk by Dr. Devesh Kumar                                               IT-2 by Dr. Prashant Dubey


 IT-4 by Dr. Ravindra Dhar


In second lecture, Dr. Prashant Dubey Material Science Dept. A.U.) explained the various experimental techniques of nanomaterial synthesis. Dr. Dubey said, Synthesis and characterization of various nanostructures have grown a restless pace due to creativity, applications, opportunities, and economics in broad areas of science, medicine, and technology. Increasing emphasis have been placed on harnessing synthetic versatility to produce nanostructures at a very high degree of precision with control of the size, shape, structure, morphology, and connectivity of molecules, supermolecules, nano-objects and nanostructured materials and devices.


Dr. M.M. Dwivedi (N.C.E.M.P., University of Allahabad) explained the utilization of EPMA in the structural analysis of physical and biological compounds. He explained the electrons and x-rays, spectroscopy and chemical analysis, development of electron and x-ray instruments and essentials of an electron microprobe. He also explained the elastic, Backscattering of electrons (~high energy) and Inelastic, Plasmon excitation (in metals, loosely bound outer-shell electrons are excited) with Phonon excitation (lattice oscillations: heating), Secondary electron excitation, Inner-shell ionization (Auger electrons, X-rays),Bremsstrahlung (continuum) X-ray generation and Cathodoluminescence radiation (non-metal valence shell phenomenon).


The experimental demonstration at NCEMP (for 30 participants) and interaction sessions at  NASI (for 30 participants) were held in IInd and IVth  technical sessions simultaneously. In demonstration we gave the full details with performing experiments on EPMA, XRD, High pressure-temperature equipments and novel material synthesis (i.e. sol-gel and solution cast) technique. In interaction sessions participants were interacted with Prof. D. Kumar, Dr. N. Srivastava and Dr. P. Dubey on different techniques and modelings.





In the third technical session Dr. R. Dhar (Co-coordinator, Material Science Dept, A.U.) delivered a talk on use of DSC, IR and polarizing microscope in characterization of novel materials. He explained, the basic principle underlying this technique is that, when the sample undergoes a physical transformation such as phase transitions, more or less heat will need to flow to it than the reference to maintain both at the same temperature. Whether less or more heat must flow to the sample depends on whether the process is exothermic or endothermic. DSC may also be used to observe more subtle phase changes, such as glass transitions. It is widely used in industrial settings as a quality control instrument due to its applicability in evaluating sample purity and for studying polymer curing.


Dr. S.S. Narvi (Chemistry, MNNIT, Allahabad) gave an interesting lecture on Mousborr Technology. He gave the complete knowledge of use of Mousborr technique with the application in ferromaterials.  Dr. Neelam Srivastava, Physics Dept., B.H.U. Varanasi gave a talk on impedance spectroscopic technique is an important tool for the analysis of novel materials. She explained in her talk the Introduction to Solid State Ionics, basic characterization techniques, electrical characterization techniques, impedance spectroscopy, scaling properties and different technique of transport number measurement i.e. Tubandt’s Electrolysis Method, EMF method, Wagner’s polarization technique, dc polarization technique, Combined ac-dc method and Isothermal transient ionic current  methods.



 Certificate given by Dr. N. Srivastava, BHU Varanasi           Vote of Thanks by Dr. Kamlesh Pandey

                                                                                                                    in valedictory session


Lastly the valedictory sessions was arranged in the auditorium of NASI, Allahabad. In this Prof. G.K. Srivastava (Chairman, Allahabad Chapter) extended his kind blessings to all participants. Dr. Neelam Srivastava, chief guest of the function has distributed the participation certificates to all participants. Dr. Kamlesh Pandey proposed the vote-of-thanks. The function was ended with National anthem.


(IX) Extension lecture at Jaunpur on 11 Feb. 2011 - The NASI Allahabad chapter organized lecture series at Jaunpur on 11-2-2011 and the first session of lecture series was organized at Nagar palika Inter college Jaunpur. Dr.Udai Raj singh, Principal of the college informed the audience about the importance of the extension lecture series. He introduced the speakers. The first lecture was delivered by Dr.Pankaj Srivastava, M.N.N.I.T., Allahabad on the role of Mathematics in computer science. He elaborated the concepts in a simple way and inspired students to strengthen the mathematical concepts. Later on Dr. Kamlesh Pandey, Scientist, N.C.E.M.P. University of Allahabad given a very interesting and popular talk on alternative energy sources. He told that, we now stand at an important historical crossroads in terms of the structure of both Indian and global society. Therefore, it is necessary for us to discover alternative energy sources in order for our industrial and commercial future in the twenty-first century to be secure. Students and teachers asked a number of questions related with the both lectures and explained answers given by both the speakers.


The second extension lecture was organized at T.D. Inter College Jaunpur. In the beginning the Principal Dr. Virendra Singh introduced the speaker and highlighted the role of the National Academy of Sciences, India. He mentioned about the previous lectures organized by the National Academy of Sciences, India under the extension lecture series and requested that such type of support must continue so that the students of science stream will be aware of current development of science and technology.  He felicitated the speakers Dr. Pankaj Srivastava, MNNIT, Allahabad and Dr. Kamlesh Pandey, Scientist, N.C.E.M.P., University of Allahabad. The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Pankaj Srivastava on the concept of Mathematics and its emerging roles in the field of biological sciences. He emphasied that the knowledge of mathematics is essential to the students of biological background up to the 10+2 level. He explained number of biological sciences examples and its mathematical explanations. After that Dr. Kamlesh Pandey gave  a very interesting lecture on battery. He told that a battery is a collection of multiple electrochemical cells (or cells, for short), but in popular usage battery often refers to a single cell. He further classified the Batteries into two broad categories, each type with advantages and disadvantages. Both batteries and fuel cells are electrochemical devices. As such, both have a positively charged anode, a negatively charged cathode and an ion-conducting material called an electrolyte. Fuel cells are classified by their electrolyte material. Electrochemical devices generate electricity without combustion of the fuel and oxidizer, as opposed to what occurs with traditional methods of electricity generation.


At the end of the session, number of queries were raised by the students; and answers were given by the speakers.


(X) Workshop on Characterization techniques in Nanotechnology - The National Academy of Sciences, India, its Allahabad Chapter & Nanotechnology Centre, University of Allahabad jointly organized a workshop entitled “Characterization techniques in Nanotechnology” on 12-13 Feb. 2011. The program was inaugurated by Prof. G.K. Srivastava, Chairman, Allahabad Chapter. Dr. Niraj Kumar, Executive Secretary briefed the audience about the role of the Academy in generating scientific temperament. The convener of the workshop Prof. A. C. Pandey highlighted the role of Nanotechnology in the current trends of science and technology. In this workshop about 60 participants from the various degree colleges participated. In the end of inaugural session, Dr. A. K. Srivastava expressed the vote of thanks. The details is given under the Science Communication Activities head.



 Prof. G.K. Srivastava delivering inauguration speech


 Participants working at Nanotechnology Centre, University of Allahabad


(XI) Extension lecture at Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical Sciences, Sultanpur-The National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad Chapter, organized extension lecture series “Recent Researches in Physical and Biological Sciences” on 14-15th Feb., 2011 at Kamla Nehru Institute of Physical Sciences, Sultanpur, U.P. (India). The program was inaugurated by Prof. G. K. Srivastava, Chairman, Allahabad Chapter. During the two days session, eminent speakers namely, Prof. Krishna Mishra,  General Secretary, NASI, Prof. M. M. Verma, University of Allahabad, Dr. Niraj Kumar, Executive Secretary, NASI, Prof. Pankaj Srivastava, MNNIT, Allahabad, Dr. Kamlesh Pandey, N.C.E.M.P., University of Allahabad delivered lectures on the emerging topics of Science and Technology.



Inauguration Ceremony of the Extension Lectures           Prof. G.K. Srivastava (Chairman, Allahabad

                                                                                                         Chapter) addressing the audience




        Prof. Krishna Mishra (General Secretary, NASI)            Dr. Niraj Kumar (Executive Secretary, NASI)

 delivering the lecture                                                      delivering the lecture



Prof. Pankaj Srivastava delivering the lecture; and vote-of-thanks being given