• i) Indo-US collaboration, ii) University Hall, The Ohio State University (OSU), USA, iii) Victoia Hall, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India, iv) Banner of Indo-US APSJ Abdul Kalam Center for STEM Education and Research of OSU-AMU at dedicated space in Engineering building of AMU

    "INDO-US A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre of Excellence for
    - Joint partnership of OSU and AMU

  • Established: 2013
  • Formalized legal and financial structures, and Named "APJ Abdul Kalam Center", 2017

  • Director: Dr. Anil K. Pradhan
  • Co-Director (STEM Research and Liaison Officer): Dr. Sultana N. Nahar,
  • Co-Director (STEM Education): Dr. Karen Irving,
  • Director: Dr. Tauheed Ahmad (Physics Chair),
  • Co-Director: Dr. Farukh Arjmand (Chemistry Dept)

  • Foundation of the Center
    OSU-AMU Committee
    Center Activities (2017 -)


    i) Sultana Nahar, Anil Pradhan at OSU, ii) Sep 2013: Oficial initiation of the STEM ER program and the STEM ER Center (VC Lt General Shah speech), iii) Nov 2013: MOA signing ceremony - OSU team: Vice President of Internaitonal Affairs Prof. Brustein, Vice President of Graduate Studes Prof. Osmer, Dean of Engeneering Prof. Williams, and AMU team: VC Z.U. Shah, PVC A. Ali and other university officials, iv) Jan 2014: Center shared space with Wildlife Department - Head Prof. Jamal and Sultana in Smart classroom of the Center used for interviewing applicants on Skype and later for OSU distant learning course in Summer 2014

  • The center has been materialized by the continous effort since 2012 led by OSU Prof. Anil K. Pradhan and Prof. Sultana N. Nahar with support by the AMU members Prof. Wasi Haider, Prof. Alim Naqvi, Prof. Rahimullah Khan and its past administration headed by Vice Chancellor Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah

  • The OSU-AMU Center was formally founded in 2013 with signing by OSU and AMU officials in the MOA (the first item) under Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award of US India Education Foundation (USIEF) for the project (2013-2017) the STEM Faculty Training Project for Indian Universities of OSU in partnership with AMU
    - AMU News of the MOA: The Aligarh Muslim University today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio, USA, November 11, 2013
    - The center was housed in the Wildlife Department, with shared Smart Classroom, Conference room, and one office

    2017: Formalization of center: i) Anil is presentating structures at the Obama-Singh project symposium, ii) All OSU-AMU Fellows and their advisors are associated with the center, iii) STEM ER function with banner at the dedicated space in the Engineering Building welcoming OSU Prof. Altaf Wani to the center

  • Five years of effort and four successful years of the STEM project culminated to the formalized center in 2017 with the name "Indo-US A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre of Excellence for STEM Education and Research" of AMU and OSU
    - AMU Ordinance for the restructured Indo-US A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Center for STEM Education and Research of AMU and OSU
    - Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a scientist, known as the "Missile Man" of India and a past President of India

  • The objectives of the formalized center remain the same as detailed OSU-AMU STEM Project and in "Executive Summary" of the project published at USIEF website: "The STEM Faculty Project: Training the Next Generation of STEM Faculty at Higher Education Institutions in India"

  • OSU letter of the center

  • VC Zameer Uddin Shah helped to get the dedicated space for the center in the soon to-be-vacated space of Nanotechnology Center before the end of his term
    - A happy moment is shared by Anil and Sultana as the permanent space for the center, in the engineering building of AMU, is sanctioned by the VC, May 2017
    - Confusion and Clarification about the space, July 2017


    i): Jan 2017: Board Meeting at OSU: Sultana Nahar, Chris Carey, Anil Pradhan, Altaf Wani, Karen Irving, Tariq Rizvi, ii): April 2 2017: Members meeting on STEM ER center at AMU, Physics Department



  • Dr Gifty Ako-Adounvo, Assistant Vice President of Global Strategies and International Affairs, (Email: ako-adounvo.1@osu.edu)
  • Dr. M. Scott Herness, Vice President of Graduate Studies (Email: herness.1@osu.edu)
  • Dr. David Manderscheid, Executive Dean, Arts and Sciences (Email: manderscheid.1@osu.edu)
  • Prof Cheryl Achterberg, Dean, Education, (Email: cachterberg@ehe.osu.edu)
  • Dean of Colleges of Arts and Sciences,
  • Dr. David Williams, Dean of Engineering (Email: williams.4219@osu.edu)


  • Dr. Tariq Mansour, Vice Chancellor (Email: vcamu@amu.ac.in)
  • Dr. Asfar Ali khan (Email: asfaralikhan@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Javaid Akhter, Registrar (Email: javedmba@hotmail.com)
  • Dr. Javid Akhter, Treasurer (Email: fo.amu@amu.ac.in)
  • Dean of Faculty of Science, Dr. Mahshar Raza (Email: azamahshar@gmail.com)
  • Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Prof Hamid Ali (Email: dean@zhcet.ac.in)



  • Director: Dr. Anil K. Pradhan, (Departments of Astronomy, Chemical Physics, Biophysics, Email: pradhan.1@osu.edu)
  • Co-Director (Research and Chief Liaison Officer): Dr. Sultana Nahar, (Astronomy Department, Adjunct Professor AMU Physics, Email: nahar.1@osu.edu)
  • Co-Director (STEM Education): Dr. Karen Irving, (Department of Teaching and Learning, Email: irving.8@osu.edu))
  • Dr. Syed Tariq Rizvi (Department of Mathematics, Email:rizvi.1@osu.edu)
  • Dr. Alraf Wani (Department of Radiology, Email: wani.2@osu.edu)
  • Mr. Christopher Carey (OIA, Email: Carey.3@osu.edu)


  • Dr. J A Cowan, Department of Chemistry (Email: cowan.2@osu.edu)
  • Dr. Qi-En Wang, Department of Radiology (Email: Qi-En.Wang@osumc.edu)


  • Director: Dr. Tauheed Ahmad, Department of Physics (Email: ahmadtauheed@rediffmail.com)
  • Co-Director: Prof. Farukh Arjmand, Department of Chemistry (Email: farukh_arjmand@yahoo.co.in)
  • Coordinator Dr. Alim Hossain Naqvi (between STEM ER and Nanotechnology Centers, Email: aligarhnano@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Absar Ahmad, (Director, Nanotechnology Center, Email: aahmad786in@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Rahimullah Khan (Ex Chair, Physics, Email: rahimullah@rediffmail.com)
  • Dr Jamal Ahmad (Email: secretarywsi@gmail.com)
  • Dr Rizwan Khan, (Chair, Biotechnology, Email: rizwanhkhan1@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Nesar Ahmad (Engineering, Email: nesar.ahmad@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Rashid Shaz (Outreach Director CEPECAMI)
  • Directors and Chairs of the Departments concerned with the STEM ER program

    MEMBERS (OSU-AMU Fellows) :

  • Dr. Asim Rizvi (Biochemistry, Email: rizvirizviasim@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Hala (Physics, Email: hala.noman@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Nida Rehmani (Biochemistry, Email: nida.rehmani4@gmail.com)
  • Dr. Taqseer Khan (Mathematics, Email: taqi.khan91@gmail.com)
  • Malik Azeem (Zoology, Email: malikazeemanwar@gmail.com)
  • Parvez Alam (Biotechnology, Email: parvezalam777@gmail.com)
  • Sabiha Parveen (Chemistry, Email: sabihap1@gmail.com)
  • Swaleha Naseem (Nanotechnology, Email: nswaleha@gmail.com)



  • Ashley Behrendt (OIA, Email: behrendt.16@osu.edu)
  • Ratnesh Bhattacharya (Mumbai Gateway, Email: bhattacharya.11@buckeyemail.osu.edu)
  • Priya Kurle Vasant (Mumbai Gateway, Email: vasantkurle.1@osu.edu)


  • Hasan Kamal, Alig (Email: hkamal@gbcwebsite.com)

  • Mr. Nick Booker (UK-IN-EDU, Email: nick@indogenius.com)

    CENTER ACTIVITIES (2017 - ):

  • Nov 2017: i) Center visit by NSF Official Dr. Ellen Carpenter, 2) Reception at the center, 3) Meeting Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Manzoor

  • November 20, 2017: NSF Official Dr. Ellen Carpenter visit APJ Abul Kalam STEM Center, for Education and Research to see the implementation, impact, and outcome of the Indo-US Knowledge Initative Award for the parternship between OSU and AMU and women involvement in STEM field. AMU News.
    Dr. Carpenter expressed interest and impressed by the center and suggested to move ahead with proposals submission
    - Event Program, - welcome to Kalam STEM ER Center - Buchet presentation, - Presentations at the center, - Welcome note from Prof. Tauheed Ahmed, - APJ Abul Kalam STEM Education and Research Center overview by Prof. Farukh Arjmand, - STEM faculty training program by Dr. Asim Rizvi
    Visit to Nanotechnology Center:
    - With Profs. Naqvi, Absar, Farukh, Qudsia Tahseen
    Visit to Abdullah Women's College:
    - Ellen Meeting the Principal of the college, - discussions, - meeting students at the Abdullah Women's College
    - Lunch with members of the STEM ER Center

  • Aug 16-20, 2017: AMU team in 2017 plans short visit to Jahangirabad Institute of Technology (JiT) for research and education Departments (delayed by the classes)

  • July 12, 2017:
  • The proposal "Indo-US Collaboration: STEM Educational and Research Opportunities for Women from Minorities and Disadvantaged Group" for which the Center is a part was submitted under the US Program "Women in STEM Roadshow" of U.S. MISSION INDIA PUBLIC DIPLOMACY GRANTS PROGRAM
    - September 2017, Proposal was selected by the Department of States

  • July 11, 2017: The "Indo-US APJ Abdul Kalam STEM Education and Research Center" gets it first banner at its allotted space in the Engineering Building in the welcoming ceremony of Prof. Altaf Wani of OSU in the presence of Members of the Center (Courtesy: AMU Co-Director Prof. Arjmand Farukh and AMU Coordinator Prof. Alim Naqvi)

  • April 1, 2017: The OSU-AMU STEM ER center founded in 2013 was formalized as an independent center with legal and financial structure for conitnuing OSU-AMU activities and grant applilcations in the concluding Symposium of the Obama-Singh knowledge initiative award

  • Structure meetings of the Center in March 2017

  • March 2017: Drafting of the center structure and meetings: Dr. Craig Dicker of US Center in Delhi, VC Zameer Uddin Shah and Registrar Prof Javaid Akhtar of AMU, Anil Pradhan, Sultana Nahar
    - General Meeting with all AMU officials, March 28, 2017

  • Sultana met Vice Chancellor Prof. Khurshid Andrabi and Vice President of Academic Affairs Prof. Ashraf Wani of University of Kashmir which is now committed to the STEM ER consortium of the center, March 2017

  • Sultana met with NIT-Srinagar Director regarding Indo-US consortium for the STEM Education and Research Center (picture with the Director, Physics Chair and Physics Prof Rubab), Kashmir, March 2017


  • AMU News: " US Embassy official visits APJ Abdul Kalam Center for STEM Education and Research", November 25, 2017

  • OSU News: "Indo-U.S. Centre of Excellence in STEM-ER is Established", Office of International Affairs, April 28, 2017

  • "AMU establishes Centre of STEM-ER in consonance with Ohio State University", AMU News, April 24, 2017

  • AMU establishes Centre of Excellence in STEM-ER, ALIGARH, The Aligarh Muslim University, India, April 15, 2017

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