Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

National Integration Marathon Race organised by AMU

National Integration Marathon Race organised by AMU as part of Republic Day Celebrations 2011

The Hiking and Mountaineering Club of University Games Committee, Aligarh Muslim University organized National Integration Marathon Race as part of the Republic Day Celebrations 2011 here on Sunday. Professor P.K. Abdul Azis, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University flagged off the Marathon.

Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Secretary, University Games Committee and Dr. Shadab Khursheed, President, Hiking and Mountaineering Club along with prominent faculty members were also present on this occasion.

Around 500 students and staff members of AMU including students from schools of Aligarh district along with girl students took part in the Marathon Race. The race started at 10 am from football ground and passed through Shamshad Market, Tasveer Mahal, State Bank of India Tiraha, Centre Point, Maris Road, Lal Diggi Road, University Circle, Bab-e-Syed, VC’s Lodge and finished at University Football Ground covering around 10 kilometers of distance.

At the prize distribution ceremony the Chief Guest, Mr. Man Singh Chauhan, SP (City), Prof. M. Zubair Khan, Proctor, AMU, Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Secretary, University Games Committee, Mr. Shafiur Rahman, former player and founder of the club and Ms. Amina Malik, Principal, Girls High School gave away the prizes to winners of the marathon race.

In the male category, Vinod Kumar of S.S. Durga College, Hathras won the first prize. The second prize was given to Pushp Kumar of S.S.D. Inter College, Iglas while the third prize went to Dharmendra Kumar of S.D.S. College, Iglas.

In the female category, Nisha of Shivdan Singh College won the first prize while Keerti Singh Jadon of District Athletics Association got second and Rashmi Chaudhary of Dhruv Singh Inter College bagged the third prize.

The programme was jointly conducted by Dr. Shadab Khursheed and Mr. Mazharul Qamar, President of District Olympic Association.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

AMUSU Election Results Declared

Result of AMU Students' Union Election Announced

January 20, 2011: Today the AMU Students' Union Election Results have been declared today by the Chief Election Officer, Prof. Mursaleen. The election of the AMU Students’ Union was held as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee. The whole process of election from filling of nominations to campaigning, voting, counting and result declaration is done in festive and peaceful atmosphere.

With the Declaration of the results, whole of the campus went into festive mood with the supportes of the Candidates happily Congratulating the Winners and other Supporters.

The Results of the AMUSU are published below.
Click here to view the Profiles of all the contestants of AMUSU Election.






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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Salamevatan to Publish list of AMU Students' Union Election Contestants

Salamevatan to Publish the list of AMU Students' Union Election Contestants

Salamevatan will be publishing the list of all the contestants of AMU Students' Union Elections on its website This will help the students of AMU to be able to see all the contenders and their profiles at the same place and hence will help them choose the most eligible candidate to represent them in the Student's Union. 

The List will be available on the Link "List of Contenders in AMU Students' Union Election" in the morning of 13th January when the list of Valid Candidates will be displayed at the AMUSU Office.

If you are a Candidate contesting the Election, Please click here to build your profile for this list. For more details contact Mr. Shoeb Masood, the Events Coordinator, Salamevatan at or Mobile: 9761499007. You can also contact Mahtab Masood, Sub-Editor, Salamevatan at

The Timeline of the Students Union Elections' as published by the PRO of AMU is as below:

  • The process of the election started from the 3rd January with display of Voters’ lists by the respective Deans. 
  • Filing of objections for corrections in Voters’ lists was done till 5th January. 
  • Notification of the final Voters’ lists by the respective Deans on 8th January.
  • Filing of Nomination Papers in the prescribed form at Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) Office on 10th January.
  • Scrutiny of Nomination Papers on 11th January.
  • Withdrawal of Nomination on 12th January.
  • Display of the list of Valid Candidates at the AMUSU Office on 13th January.
  • Allotment of Serial Numbers to the valid candidates and notification thereof at AMUSU Office on 14th January.
  • Circulation of the Final List of Candidates on 14th January.
  • Final speeches at Union Hall Terrace by the Chair Candidates on 17th January.
  • Polling at Faculty Level on 19th January.
  • Counting of Votes shall start from 6:30 pm onwards till the declaration of results on 19th January.
Disclaimer: Salamevatan is not aligning itself with any of the candidates. It is only facilitating the students to know their candidates better.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Organized By Environsense in Tameer an Annual National Technical Festival, Civil Engineering Department, AMU

In the sequence of awareness programs, a one day workshop was organized by team Environsense on the topic “Development and Sustainability” in collaboration with media partners SALAMEVATAN, A hindi fortnightly newspaper, AMU LIVE and sponsors including CADD Centre Aligarh. More than 140 Students from all over the nation came to attend the workshop held on 10th October 2010 at Civil Engineering Department (CED), AMU as a part of “TAAMEER” the Annual National Technical Festival, CED. In this workshop various guests delivered their lectures in which Dr. I. H. Farooqi, Associate  Professor, CED; Dr. Nadeem Khaleel Khan, CED; Dr.Arshad Husain, Reader, University Polytechnic and Research Scholar Devender Singh were  the main speakers.
Dr. Arshad Husain said that sustainable development is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. The term was used by the Brundtland Commission which defines the sustainable development as the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development ties together concern for the carrying capacity of natural systems with the social challenges facing humanity.
The world commission on environment and development (the Brundtland Commission) submitted its report entitled "Our Common Future” in 1987. This report highlighted and popularised the concept of 'Sustainable Development'. Sustainable development has been defined on meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the need of future generations. All developmental activities involve some amount of environmental degradation. What is required is to take into account the damage to environment as a result of development and strike a balance between development and environmental protection. The aim should be to achieve sustainable levels of people's welfare and development.
On this occasion Dr. Nadeem Khalil said that sustainable development requires the integration of economic, environmental, and social considerations into all decision-making. Various national governments have set up programmes in order to meet the objectives outlined following the Rio de Janeiro Summit on Environment in June 1992. The Rio summit culminated in resolutions such as the Rio Declarations on Environment and Agenda 21, and was followed by the South African summit in 2002. However, the process of translating national strategic sustainability objectives into concrete action at micro (i.e., project specific)- levels is a difficult task.
Inadequate understanding of the interactions and cumulative impacts of the various sub-level sustainability indicators further compound the difficulty in sustainability appraisal of designs. Thus, although there is increasing realisation of the need to design and construct for sustainability, the real challenge is on achieving these objectives at the micro-level. Given the international focus on sustainability in recent years, there is a dire need for methods and techniques that would facilitate sustainability assessment and decision making at the various project level interfaces (i.e., from conceptualization to design, construction, operation and decommissioning).
Deforestation and increased construction in the forests are also a significant concern because of increased human encroachment upon wilderness areas, increased resource extraction and further threats to biodiversity.
From environmental perspective the effective control of the generation, storage, treatment, recycling and reuse, transport, recovery and disposal of hazardous wastes is of paramount importance for proper health, environmental protection and natural resource management, and sustainable development. The present European approach towards waste management is to prioritize waste prevention, followed by recycling, waste recovery and incineration, and finally, only as a last resort, land filling. Prevention of the generation of hazardous wastes is thus a key element, and requires knowledge, experienced people, facilities, financial resources and technical and scientific capacities.
One of the main priorities in ensuring environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes could be to provide awareness, education and training programmes covering all levels of society. Education, including formal education, public awareness and training should be recognized as a process by which human beings and societies can reach their fullest potential. Education is critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of the people to address environment and development issues. Therefore, educating institutions can play a key role in setting quality standards in education for sustainable development. Higher education institutions have an increased responsibility for tutoring future decision-makers of our society.
"Create conditions which encourage the people to save the environment.”

Reported by: Shoeb Masood, B.Tech 3rd year (Civil)

Environsense is a forum organized for environmental awareness and environmental care by students of M.Tech.(Environmental Engg.), Department of Civil Engineering, AMU, Aligarh.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The First Technique Developed by “Environsense”

The First Technique Developed by “Environsense”

Rainwater harvesting is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due to the inherent quality of rainwater and interest in reducing consumption of treated water. Rainwater is valued for its purity and softness. It has a nearly neutral pH, and is free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants. Plants thrive under irrigation with stored rainwater.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Did You know? History of Credit Cards.

History of credit cards

The word credit comes from Latin, meaning “trust”. Credit was first used in Assyria, Babylon and Egypt 3000 years ago. The bill of exchange – the forerunner of banknotes – was established in the 14th century. Debts were settled by one-third cash and two-thirds bill of exchange. Paper money followed only in the 17th century.

The first credit card
In 1950, Diners Club and American Express launched their charge cards in the USA, the first “plastic money”. In 1951, Diners Club issued the first credit card to 200 customers who could use it at 27 restaurants in New York. But it was only until the establishment of standards for the magnetic strip in 1970 that the credit card became part of the information age.
The first use of magnetic stripes on cards was in the early 1960s, when the London Transit Authority installed a magnetic stripe system. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit installed a paper based ticket the same size as the credit cards in the late 1960s.

Interaction with Young IAS, Mr Masoom Ali Sarvar

Quality of  study matters much more than its duration
We are launching the Special Column, Azad Minds, in Salamevatan Newspaper with an interaction of a Young Mind, Mr. Masoom Ali Sarvar, who has cleared the IAS Exam recently. Currently he is undergoing the IAS Training in Aligarh .This interaction is intended to provide an insight behind the preparation of Civil Services Exam and sharing the experience of success in it.

SV: Please tell us about yourself and your career path.
I belong to Aurangabad district in Bihar. Passed my graduation in 2003 from there only and joined Paramilitary Services and served there for five years. After that I took IAS Exam.
SV: At what point in life you decided that you want to take IAS as your Goal. What has been your motivation for IAS?
In 2006, decided to take IAS. Because this is a supreme service in India in which you get tremendous number of opportunities to serve Country and her People which are not there in other services.
SV: Please Guide the IAS aspirants. How should they go about studies etc. Do’s and Don’ts. Your Study Routine when you were preparing for the same, etc.
I did not take any coaching for IAS. Preparation takes a long time and requires dedication and commitment. Many people start preparing for IAS but, on the mid-way, they give up and quit. One has to take special caution while choosing the Optional Subjects, has to study with focus. It is not necessary to study for 8-10 hours or so, but studying with full focus and attention is a must to master the subject.
SV: Which Subjects you chose for the Prelims and Mains Exam? Which Combination is most scoring? 
It is a myth that some subjects are more scoring and some are less. You should always choose that subject which interests you so that you can enjoy it when you go deep into its studies. I took History in Prelims and Political Science in Mains Exam.
SV: What was your preference Order for different services (IAS, IPS, IFS etc.)
I gave the preference as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS. The Preference Order is purely the choice and interest of the candidate.
SV: How do you feel after this achievement of getting selected for these coveted Services?
Of course, I felt very happy that I was able to live up to the dreams of my Parents.
SV: What difference you find in yourself (Your personality, thinking etc) before and after clearing the most sought after position in India?
I did not find much difference. The Basic Thinking will not change. I have worked at the Chennai Airport, it is evident that I got a broader sense of thinking, but there is not much difference in principles and beliefs.
SV: Please tell us something about the Training after Clearing the IAS Exam. Its different milestones etc.
The training after IAS is for 2 years. First, there is a foundation training which is attended by IAS, IPS, IFS etc. after the foundation course, phase 1st starts which consists of a tour of whole India and a visit to every state of the country understanding the culture, tradition and way of administration. This is followed by 3 months’ State training which I got in Lucknow. After that there is a joint training for 15 days of candidates of all IAS Cadres. This is followed by 9 months’ district training in which the candidate is allocated in a district and he works with different officers in the administration of District to understand the function of District administration. Currently I am in this phase of District Training. District Training is followed by 2 phases of 2 months each and then a foreign trip of 15 days. After these traiings, there will be an ideas sharing session among the candidates who have taken the training in 120 districts. This will be followed by posting in the Cadre in which the candidate has been selected.

SV: Your views about the change in the Pattern of UPSC Exam to include aptitude as CSAT.
This is an initiative in the test pattern. Earlier there were two optional subjects. Now the Common paper will be there one of General Studies and the other of Aptitude with the name of CSAT. (Civil Services Aptitude Test).
SV: Please share some incidents or Experiences from your life which you would like to share with today’s youth.
In my first attempt, I got a rank of 608, but I again tried and got a rank of 128 hence One should never get disappointed and One should always keep trying. It is the best if right after high school, a student is given guidance to take IAS. According to this Plan, he takes all the subjects and it will become easy for the candidate to clear the Exam.
SV: Take home message for people who wants to take IAS Exam in future?
It is best if the child is introduced to the IAS exam right after high school and given guidance to take IAS. Accordingly he selects the subjects in Class 12th and then in graduation. In this way it will become very easy for the candidate to clear the Exam. At graduation, the mind of the student is at its threshold. Hence One should start preparing for IAS immediately after Graduation. This approach was best when there are Optional Subjects in the IAS Exam. With the introduction of Aptitude Test, the approach may change.
SV: Take home message about Salamevatan. What we should do to make a difference in Society?
Newspaper is a link which creates a communication medium between Government, Public and NGOs and serves for the benefit of all the communities.

Career Guidance: Management as Career

Career Guidance: Management as Career
Counselor: Mr. Waliur Rahman
Q. How is MBA as a career? And what are the exams one can give to opt for MBA as a career?
A. With the New Economic Policy of 1990s MBA as a career became most sought after. With big MNCs finding its way in India demand for MBA also increased. Today MBA is looked upon as a coveted career having its own charm and unique social status. There is a notable trend that youngsters opt more for MBA rather than Civil Services. Around 225000 Students take CAT alone. The number of candidates appearing in other MBA entrance test is much more. The most prestigious MBA entrance test is CAT which is held in the month of November every year. Some other important MBA entrance exams are:
Q. Can you give some tips to the students for MBA preparation?
The students should develop their reading skills from the very beginning of their graduation years.
speed and the sections of Reading Comprehension will become easy for them. One should strive to develop a reading speed of around 500words per minute. The second important thing for the students is to develop their vocabulary through different means. To have good command on roots, affixes, phobias, manias, personality types, etymology etc proves to be a blessing. Again the students should try to develop ability to comprehend meaning from a given structure. There are very few questions on grammar but yet it is very significant as it is badly needed to understand a given tests.

Did you Know? Who invented the light bulb?

Who invented the light bulb?

Who invented the light bulb? No, it wasn't Thomas Edison. Light bulbs – in particular Starr’s electric lamp – were in use 50 years before Edison applied for the patent in 1879. In addition, British inventor Joseph Swan was awarded a light bulb patent the previous year. Edison went on to make big buck from the light bulb but Swan sued Edison for infringement and won. As part of the settlement, Edison was forced to take Swan in as a partner but later bought him out in the company that was to become General Electric.

Career Planning in today’s Competitive Era

Career Planning in today’s 
Competitive Era
Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. 
Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come."- Greer Garson

Today’s youth plan their Career in a very hasty way & as a result takes impulsive career decisions. In order to excel in today’s scenario, it is necessary to have the amalgamation of “Interests plus abilities.
Today’s youth is very fortunate to be born in an era, where, good careers are available as per their interests, abilities & the personality as a whole. Personality is of Different kinds, like, Authoritative , Service oriented, Creative, Technical etc., and today ,likewise careers are also available both at undergraduate and post graduate level.. The student of today is very fortunate that he can choose his/her career according to the need, interest & abilities.
But, the competition today is very tough and the career planning needs to be perfect. Dreams are to be converted into Aims, in order to achieve success in due time. As they say “Dreaming without strategy is a waste of time”, one must identify a dream, but the dream has to be realistic and time bound, because it is the aim which is achieved, not the dream.  In order to identify your aim & strategy to accomplish it, you need to undergo a process, which is called “Career Planning”. The procedure of career planning that the student should follow can be like mentioned below:
The first stage of career planning is Self – Actualization i.e. identifying your interest, your abilities, your strengths & Weaknesses, and then conducting a SWOT analysis i.e. matching your strengths & Weaknesses, with the identified career options, that matches your personal profile. Once you identify your career options (at least three) the next stage is to make necessary Queries, about how you can achieve your desired target or aim. Prepare yourself for the desired target; try to learn all the necessary traits and knowledge required. Develop a tendency of Learning and be always ready for improvement., as you will agree that Success in life will come on its own terms and conditions, not as per our wishes we know life is full of ups & downs and it may be sometimes difficult to go on, but you should develop an attitude which says “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”, i.e. Positive attitude.
Positive attitude plays a very vital role in your success, because it helps you to fight the hard times in a more positive frame of mind and hence, good results do come. As some body has rightly said, that “a Man is a product of his thoughts, whatever he thinks he becomes”. So, always try to see the brighter side of life. Next comes Honesty, which says, that whatever efforts you do, should be with full Honesty and commitment. Honesty is the foundation stone of one’s character, so if you are honest to yourself, then only you will be honest towards your goal. The next important aspect is Time Management. As you know, God has made us different in every aspect, but he has made one thing common for all of us, and that is TIME. So you have to make the best use of available time i.e. 24 Hours and that is the success Mantra of almost all the great people, ranging from Nelson Mandela to Bill Gates. I would also like to suggest, that to keep your pace going, you need to love your goal like a small baby and have to nurture it with full interest & Devotion, and have to be focused throughout. Most people, who fail in life, don’t fail because they lack in talent or abilities, but because they fail to concentrate & focus their energies in one single direction, for eg, a magnifying glass if kept on moving, will do no harm on the paper, but if it is kept on one place that to for only couple of seconds, it will burn down the paper, such is the power of focused approach. So, please be focused on your goal and that to with interest and devotion. Make your mission statement & put it at a prime location in your room, read it daily and motivate yourself to plan and work accordingly (be accountable to yourself)
As, I mentioned earlier, lots of ups & downs do come during the entire process of career success, there are some ways through which you can handle the related stress and study pressures:

         Be Grateful of What You Have ( cherish you past success & what do u have at present)
         Share your stress or problems with an elder, friend or counselor.
         Give Someone Help or Contribute to others, it will make you happy and feel good.
         Avoid the company of Negative people.
In the end, would like to mention, that, despite of all the efforts, be patient, as God will deliver you, when the time is ripe, and he will only dispose your proposal, if it is at all better for you, because He is the Best Planner. I would like to quote a saying by Theodre Roosevelt, who said “Sometimes an Opportunity comes under the disguise of a Failure”.  So don’t worry about small failures, keep on working hard, and take the failures as experiences, learn from them, I am sure it will take you to success. So man can only propose, God will dispose, but, the PROPOSAL HAS TO BE PERFECT.

Some Dos, in a nut shell:
·        Goal Identification through self Actualization
·        Preparation to acquire the Desired goal
·        Proper strategy
·        Honest Efforts
·        Learning Tendency
·        Firm Belief in God & in your abilities
·        Patience.

M. Saad Hameed, Counselor, A.M.U., Aligarh.

The writer, Mr. M. Saad Hameed is a renowned Career Counselor in Aligarh, with 8 years of corporate experience and 7 years' experience in career counseling and guidance. He has organised more than 100 workshops on various specific Career Themes, has counselled hundereds of students from different Universities and Institutes and is running Career Counselling Cells in four Halls of Residence in AMU, Aligarh. He is a coprorate trainer in different MNCs and also a visiting faculty in different universities and management institutes. He has the expertise in the area of Career Counselling and Guidance, Corporate Training, Language Improvement, Personality Development, Placement Preparation and Soft Skills.
He is also the Project Head of Comunity College, Aligarh, an initiative to educatinally empower the weaker section of the society.

Salamevatan is proud to have Mr. Saad Hameed as Honorary Member, Advisory Board of Azad Minds and the Member of Career Counselling Team, Salamevatan.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Letter to all Youngsters

Dear Friends,

As we all know that out of four pillars of Indian democracy i.e. Legislature, Bureaucracy, Judiciary and Media, today it has become very important for Media to play a vital role to improve the status of people and to build India as a developed country.

In order to serve the society, a fortnightly hindi newspaper Salamevatan is published from Aligarh, since August 2003. Its mission is educational, social and economical upliftment of people.

We believe that the high quality intellect and knowledge of students can make a big difference in the society. If you share this priceless gift of knowledge and experience with others, you can make them more aware and hence improve there lives. These small contributions together will lead to an aware and developed India.

To channelise the voice of youth, we are going to launch a special corner Azad Minds for youth of India. This corner will focus on ideation from Indian youth and aligning those ideas towards the above stated mission.

Under this initiative we will be rolling out various competitions/events for example:
  •         Community Services        
  •         Article Writing
  •         Essay Writing
  •         Online/Offline Debates
  •         Panel Discussions
  •         Guest Lectures
  •         Quiz
  •         And many other things to come.

We will send invitations to such events/competitions as and when they are organized. We request you to participate actively and make your presence felt in media and win prizes and certificates.

On this new year, I feel honored to invite you in this initiative of Salamevatan giving you the opportunity to serve people through publishing your own views, news and interviews in Salamevatan as well as to organize Seminars, Debates and Street plays, which are the need of time for improving the status of people and prosperity of India.

Shoeb Masood
Coordinator, Azad Minds
Ph. +91-9761499007

Mahtab Masood                                
Sub-Editor Salamevatan                  
Ph. +91-9820704303, +91-7666841405                              

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