Blackhole Blackhole Sultana N. Nahar

  • i) Indo-US collaboration and Stone of the Center, ii) University Hall, The Ohio State University (OSU), USA, iii) Victoria Hall, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India, iv) Indo-US team with banner of Indo-US APSJ Abdul Kalam STEM Education and Research Center of OSU-AMU at dedicated space in the Engineering building of AMU v) March 5, 2020: Members in the STEM ER Center office

    "INDO-US A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre of Excellence for
    - Joint partnership of OSU and AMU
    B-5, Shibli Road (road leads to Sir Syed House, building is opposite to Urdu Academy), Aligarh, U.P. 202002, India

  • Established: 2013
    - under Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiave Award of US Department of State
  • Formalized legal and financial structures, and Named "APJ Abdul Kalam Center", 2017
  • Founding members: Prof. Anil K. Pradhan, Prof. Sultana N. Nahar of OSU
    with support by the team of VC Zameer Uuddin Shah, Prof. Wasi Haider (Past Physics Chair), and Prof. Alim naqvi (Founder of Nanotechnology Center) of AMU

  • Director: Dr. Anil K. Pradhan
  • Co-Director (STEM Research and Liaison Officer): Dr. Sultana N. Nahar,
  • Co-Director (STEM Education): Dr. Karen Irving (until 2019),
  • Director: Dr. Tauheed Ahmad (Past Physics Chair),
  • Co-Director: Prof. Farukh Arjmand (Chemistry Dept)
  • Co-Director: Prof. Ekram Khan (Electronics Engineering)

  • Foundation of the Center & Location
    OSU-AMU Committee
    Center Activities (2017 -)
    RESEARCH, TEACHING, & Publications


  • Foundation

    i) Founding members: 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) March 2017: Dr. Craig Dicker, Sultana, Anil at American Center in Delhi where Craig adviced and emphasized on the legal and financial structure for the STEM ER Center, v) Stone plaque of the Center at a dedicated building inaugurated on September 27, 2022

  • The center has been materialized by the continous effort since 2012 led by OSU Prof. Anil K. Pradhan and Prof. Sultana N. Nahar who have been operating it from OSU Astronomy Department and visiting AMU. It was originally established 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

  • 2012: Before the USIEF award, a center effort was made in trilateral parts AMU, Bristol University, OSU
    - Indian Muslim Observer news, May 12, 2012: "AMU moots a trilateral research agreement with Bristol and Ohio university"

  • 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. The Center used the facilities in Wild Life Department during 2013 - 2014 and then mainly Physics Department of AMU for its activities.
  • AMU News 2013: Details of the STEM program in "The OSU-AMU Pilot Project Gets Award Under OBAMA-SINGH 21stCentury Knowledge Initiative
    - 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

  • 2017: Formalization of legal and financial structure of the center:

    i) Anil Pradhan is presentating structures at the Obama-Singh project symposium, ii) Sultana Nahar presents the successes of the center for continuity, iii) All OSU-AMU Fellows and their advisors are associated with 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

  • AMU News, April 15, 2017: "AMU establishes Center of Excellence in STEM-ER
  • AMU News, April 24, 2017: "AMU establishes Centre of STEM-ER in consonance with Ohio State University"
  • OSU OIA News, April 28, 2017: "Indo-US Center of Excellence in STEM-ER is established"

  • OSU Arts and Sciences news, 2017: "Indo-US STEM Initiative Celebrates Success, Announces New Center" (p.2)
  • American Physical Society News: "Indo-U.S. STEM Education and Research Center in India", January 2018 (Volume 27, Number 1, p.2 )


  • 2013 - 2017: Wildlife Department (official), Department of Physics, and Nanotechnology Center, AMU, Aligarh, India

    Jan 2014: i) Wildlife Department with Department Head Prof. Jamal, ii) Prof. Jamal and Sultana in Smart classroom of the Center which was used for interviewing applicants on Skype and later for OSU distant learning course in Summer 2014, iii) in shared conference room, Prof. Wasi Haider and Prof. Jamal

  • The first physical space of the center was housed in the Wildlife Department at AMU, with shared Smart Classroom, Conference room, and one office. However, since 2016 most of the acitivities were organized in the Department of Physics facilitated by Chair Prof. Rahimullah Khan, also at Nanotechnology Center faciliated by Director Prof. Alim Naqvi.

  • 2017 - 2021: Zakir Hossain Engineering Building (in the space left by Nanotechnolgy Center as it moved to a different location), AMU, Aligarh, India

  • 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 in May 2017
    - 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 regarding the space, July 2017

  • July 17, 2017: The first banner for the center, designed by Prof. Farukh, a graduate student, and Sultana Nahar, was posted and inaugurated by the visit of Prof. Altaf Wani of OSU to the Center.

    i) Banner outside the Engineering building housing the Center, ii) STEM ER function with banner at the dedicated space in the Engineering Building welcoming OSU Prof. Altaf Wani to the center

  • Sultana took the following pictures of the space given to the center in Febraury 2018 before AMU administration started to provide various facilities to the center:

    L to R: i) Main office, ii) Conference room/smart lecture room, iii) Hall inside, faces to the kitchen door, iv) Left room 1 after the entrance, v) Left room 2 divided into (a) and vi) left room 2b, vii) Left room 3, viii) Right room 1

  • The Center has been furnished by the AMU Administration during 2018- 2019

    i) L1: Computer lab with 10 desks, ii) R3: Head Office with desk, printer, iii) R3: Head Office - computer, refridgerator, iv) R2: Smart lecture room with capacity 45-50 seats, v) R2: podium in the smart room

  • 2021 - : Independent STEM Center building on the road between Sir Syed House and VC Lodge, AMU, Aligarh, India B-5, Shibli Road (road to Sir Syed House, building is opposite to Urdu Academy), Aligarh, U.P. 202002, India
    AMU property order Center space is given to an old renovoted building. Shibli Rd, May 2022

    August 2021: Pictures sent by Director Prof. Tauheed Ahmed and Co-Director Prof. Farukh Arjmand

  • Indo-US APJ Abdul Kalam STEM Education and Research Center of OSU and AMU during Sultana's visit in September 2022

    i) Sultana worked in the office, ii) The entrance on Shibli Road, iii) Shibli Road ends to Sir Syed House, iv) seminar room for about 25-30 people, v) Computer lab, vi) reserch lab, vii) Hallway as one enters the building, viii) lovely Hala, ix) lovely Swaleha,


    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: (past, until 2019)
  • Dr. M. Scott Herness, Vice President of Graduate Studies (Email:
  • Dr. David Manderscheid, Executive Dean, Arts and Sciences (Email:
  • Prof Cheryl Achterberg, Dean, Education, (Email: (past)
  • Dean of Colleges of Arts and Sciences,
  • Dr. David Williams, Dean of Engineering (Email:


  • Dr. Tariq Mansour, Vice Chancellor (Email:
  • Dr. Asfar Ali khan (Email:
  • Dr. Javaid Akhter, Registrar (Email:
  • Dr. Javid Akhter, Treasurer (Email:
  • Dean of Faculty of Science, Dr. Mahshar Raza (Email:
  • Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Prof Hamid Ali (Email:



  • Director: Prof. Anil K. Pradhan, (Departments of Astronomy, Chemical Physics, Biophysics, Email:
  • Co-Director (Research and Chief Liaison Officer): Prof. Sultana Nahar, (Astronomy Department, Adjunct Professor AMU Physics, Email:
  • Co-Director (STEM Education): Prof. Karen Irving, (Department of Teaching and Learning, Email: Ipast)
  • Prof. Syed Tariq Rizvi, (Department of Mathematics,
  • Prof. Alraf Wani, (Department of Radiology, Email:
  • Prof. Guramrit Singh, Department of Molecular Genetics, Email:


  • Director: Dr. Tauheed Ahmad, Department of Physics (Email:, Cell: 91-9837404077)
  • Co-Director: Prof. Farukh Arjmand, Department of Chemistry (Email:, Cell: 91-98971 57511)
  • Co-Director: Prof. Ekram Khan, Department of Engineering (Email:, Cell: 91-98971 57511)
  • Coordinator Dr. Alim Hossain Naqvi (between STEM ER and Nanotechnology Centers, Email:
  • Dr. Absar Ahmad, (Director, Nanotechnology Center, Email:
  • Dr. Rahimullah Khan (Ex Chair, Physics, Email:
  • Dr Jamal Ahmad (Email:
  • Dr Rizwan Khan, (Chair, Biotechnology, Email:
  • Dr. Nesar Ahmad (Engineering, Email:
  • Dr. Rashid Shaz (Outreach Director CEPECAMI)
  • Directors and Chairs of the Departments concerned with the STEM ER program



  • Dr. J A Cowan, Department of Chemistry (Email:
  • Dr. Qi-En Wang, Department of Radiology (Email:
  • Dr. Ronald Kawakami, Department of Physics (Email:

    AMU (OSU-AMU Fellows) :

  • Dr. Asim Rizvi (Biochemistry, Email:
  • Dr. Hala (Physics, Email:
  • Dr. Nida Rehmani (Biochemistry, Email:
  • Dr. Taqseer Khan (Mathematics, Email:
  • Malik Azeem (Zoology, Email:
  • Parvez Alam (Biotechnology, Email:
  • Sabiha Parveen (Chemistry, Email:
  • Swaleha Naseem (Nanotechnology, Email:



  • Ashley Behrendt (OIA, Email:
  • Dr. Nikhil S. Tambe (Mumbai Gateway, Email:
    - Ratnesh Bhattacharya (Mumbai Gateway, Email:, until 2017)
  • Priya Kurle Vasant (Mumbai Gateway, Email:


  • Hasan Kamal, Alig (Email:

  • Mr. Nick Booker (UK-IN-EDU, Email:


  • Objective: One of the main objectives of the STEM ER Center is cutting edge STEM research.

    REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program:

  • REU was introduced at the STEM ER Center in 2018.

  • Guidelines for the REU Research Projects and Fund

    - In 2021, Sultana Nahar formalized the terms and conditions of the research selection and funding along with the committed fund and submitted to the VC. The document was read by the Directors of the Center and the inputs were incorporated in the document.


  • Initiated REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) 2022

  • GLOBAL TEACHING AND RESEARCH TRAINING, Prof. S.N, Nahar and Guest lecturer Prof. A. Pradhan, June 18 - July 17, 2022

  • March 2022: Symposium on International Women's Day and Publication of magazine "An-Nisa"

    - STEM ER Center publishes along with International Society of Muslim Women in Science (ISMWS) the first issue of its

    e-magazine "An-Nisa" for women in STEM


  • Symposium of Undergraduate Research, March 19, 2020

  • Anil Pradhan visited the STEM ER Center for a few days when one day was dedicated for a symposium of research.
    - Anil Pradhan, Sultana Nahar (remotely) and AMU members made presentations. The first batch of undergraduate students also made presentaionts.


  • Formal Research presenations and felicitation, September 5, 2019

    - The 26 undergraduate participants wrote up their thesis after 6 months of research under various advisors at AMU. The adviosrs provided no-cost participation in their laboratores and research guidance.
    - The students made their final presentations and were felicitated on September 5, 2019 in presence of Pro VC and Dean of Faculty of Science.

  • 2019: VC Prof. Mansoor allocated additional Rs.3 lac for the Research program after the updates from Prof. Tauheed and Prof. Arjmand.


  • Initiation of Undergraduate Research Program (REU):

    - Research scope in India is available for Master's students in a limited manner and full fledge to post-graduate students and faculty membbers and postgraduate students.
    - To introuce research experience for undergraduate and Master students who will need it for Ph.D. applications in US universities, Sultana Nahar submitted a proposal with a commitment of $3000 for the program to Vice Chancellor Prof. T. Mansoor for initiation of research projects in STEM at the APJAK STEM ER Center of OSU-AMU in June 2018 which was approved quickly.

  • Later 2018, in September event at the Center, the Research Program was announced. It brought enthusiasm of many students who wanted to sign up for the program.
  • Under the leadership of the Center Directors, Prof. Tauheed Ahmad and Prof. Farukh Arjmand, the project was launched in October 2018. The center members started the process of selections. Twenty six students were selected to pursue the research projects for six months under faculty members who volunteered their time and provided lab facilities.

    CENTER ACTIVITIES (2017 - present):


  • September 26, 2022, Inaguration with the Stone of the Indo-US APJ Abdul Kalam STEM Education and Research Center of OSU and AMU at AMU, Algarh, India
  • Invitation and pictures of the INAUGURATION

    The stone has been mounted to the Center wall and preparation goes on for the inauguration

  • September 12 - 28, 2022, REU Initiation Education and Resech Center
  • REU II needed to be Formulated the students criteria, Advisor's commitment for the program.

  • During Sultana's visit, REU II was initiated
    - It included
    the student selection criteria - only B.Sc. students with high GPA and Advisors role and appreciation for participation
    - The notice was sent to the Deans of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering" for advertisements.

    - With Sultana's dictation and Swaleha's comments and typing (the computer is on the desk at the corner) the announcements for the students and faculty advisors were made. ii) Haris helped in the online connection and downloaded the files. iii) Student applicants were called for their presentations on their interest in research. AMU team members of the Center and faculty members held the interviews.
    Out of total 86 application 13 were chosen from Physical sciences, 13 from life sciences, and 13 from Engineering.

  • It is a very progressive step for the Center. The attached revised slightly from the Criteria formulated by the AMU team were revised slightly to accommodate more student applications.

  • September 12, 2022, Reception for Sultana Nahar at the APJAK STEM Education and Resech Center
    Sultana Nahar spent a few weeks at AMU, September 11 - 27, 2022. The team at the Center organized a reception for her at the new location on Shilvi Road which ends to Sir Syed House. It was a wonderful event of prayer for the Center, cutting the cake, a tour, and officiate the office.


  • Poster and some snapshots during sessions

  • Research training based course "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy with computational workshops on the R-matrix codes II" was held under the "Indo-US APJAK STEM Education and Research Center of OSU-AMU during the 4-weekends of June 18 - July 17, 2022
    - Venue: Blackhole OSU zooom platform. Time: 11 am - 3 pm, US time
    - Computational Facility (online): Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), USA
    - Textbook: "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy" By A.K. Pradhan and S.N. Nahar (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

  • Participating countries (11):

    1. Bangladesh
    2. Egypt
    3. India
    4. Iraq
    5. Mexico
    6. Morocco
    7. Pakistan
    8. Palestine
    9. Saudi Arabia
    10. United Arab Emirates
    11. USA

  • List of 54 participants

  • Topmost scorers of the course

  • Sample certificates:
    - Certificate of Achievement
    - Salutary certificate from OSU Vice Provost of Global Strategies and International Affairs Prof. Gil Latz

  • May 19-23, 2022: OSU Dirctor Anil Pradhan visits AMU

    Blackhole Blackhole Blackhole Blackhole
    i) Meeting with VC Prof Tariq Mansoor and AMU members, ii) Standing next to the signboard of the STEM ER Center, iii & iv) Evening get together at CALEM with LEAP members who attended the Leadership workshop at OSU

  • May 19-23, 2022: OSU Dirctor Anil Pradhan visited AMU for
    - Renewal of MOA, administrative structure, future plans, collaboration with CALEM, networkging

  • March 26, 2022: Indo-US APJ Abdul Kalam STEM Education and Research Center of AMU and OSU celebrates International Women's Day alongwith International Society of Muslim Women in Science (ISMWS)

  • Presentation, by NASA scientist Dr. Hashima Hasan, Deputy Program Scientist of space telescope JWST, NASA, USA in the mini conference of IWD

  • AN-NISA, the e-magazine for women in STEM was released. with real life stories of outstanding women in STEM who are making the history

  • AMU News, April 21, 2022: "Virtual conference on women in STEM"


  • Oct 16 - 31, 2021: Nahar delivers "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy with computational workshops on the R-matrix codes" globally (on zoom)

  • Poster and some snapshots during sessions

  • Research based course "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy with computational workshops on the R-matrix codes" organized under the Indo-US APJAK STEM Education and Research Center of OSU-AMU was held during the 3-weekends of October 16 - 31, 2021
    - Venue: Blackhole OSU zooom platform. Time: 12 noon - 3 pm, US time
    - Computational Facility (online): Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), USA
    - Textbook: "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy"
    By A.K. Pradhan and S.N. Nahar (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

  • Participating countries (11):

    1. USA
    2. Bangladesh
    3. Egypt
    4. Ethiopia
    5. India
    6. Mexico
    7. Morocco
    8. Pakistan
    9. Palestine
    10. Saudi Arabia
    11. United Arab Emirates

  • Number of participants: 101

    - Venue: Blackhole OSU zooom platform. Time: 12 noon - 3 pm, US time
    - Computational Facility (online): Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), USA
    - Textbook: "Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy"
    By A.K. Pradhan and S.N. Nahar (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

  • Sample certificates: Certificate of Achievement for Prof. Rinku Sharma, India,
    Salutary certificate from OSU Vice Provost of Global Strategies and International Affairs Prof. Gil Latz to Prof. Maher Ghossain, Palestine


    3. OSU news Around the Oval (under "This week in recognition",p.5), June 15, 2022, "Nahar shows that international teaching can transform physics"

    2. APS newsletter, June 2022 (front page): "International Teaching Can Transform Physics"

    1. OSU news Around the Oval, (under "This week in recognition", p.6), Dec 1, 2021: "Sultana Nahar Teaches Global Online Course on Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy"

  • October 20, 2021: Collaborative program with EducationUSA on American Physical Society: Free membership and scopes

  • A session that I give to AMU Physics members
  • A session on "American Physical Society,about APS and its programs, free membership, jobs. recognition etc, organized by EducationUSA of US Embassy in Bangladesh, was held during 11 am - 12 noon (Bangladesh time), October 21, 2021
    - Link to program "American Physical Society"

  • Anyone related to physics, including those in Engineering, medicine, Chemistry etc can be a member of APS

  • July 11, 2021: Committee meeting (virtual)

  • Indo-US APJAK STEM Education and Research Center held a meeting of the members and disucussed:
    - MOA between OSU and AMu for the Centers,
    - 10 Computers for the Center from OSU
    - Research Program for the 2nd batch of for the B.Sc. and some M.Sc. students in October, the $3000 fund I sent and the guidelines
    The VC has allocated a larger fund of Rs.3 lac
    - Introduction of some STEM courses
    - Sir Syed Global Scholarship program and possible partnership in mentoring students,
    - New building for the center which has a larger space and convenient location etc.

  • May 22, 2021: SSGSA (Sir Syed Global Scholar Award) 2021 Selection

  • Sultana Nahar participated with AMU alumai in the USA Dr. Rehan Bacqri, Dr. Farhan Ahmad, Ph.D. students Sajad Shiekh at Kent State Univesity and Mohannad Zubair at University of Arkansas, in the selection panel for SSGSA awards in engineering, on May 22. Seven short-listed students were interviewed. ALl students had excellent records.

  • Discussed issues on partnership with APJAK STEM Education and Research Center of AMu-OSU, particularly for the SSGA mentoring

  • March 20, 2021: The Center celebrates International Women's Day:

  • Video of Celebration of Internaitonal Women's Day

  • The Event

  • The center celebrated the International Women's Day 2021 jointly with the International Society of Muslim Women in Science (ISMWS) on March 20, 2021. It was supported by OSU zoom platform.
  • The structure of the event was different from an event of a Chief Guest and Guest of Honor. The purpose was to present the cases of 10 selected speakders i) to speak about their journies from low key beginning to competing establishement today and continuing struggle and ii) the takebacks for others. The invited speakers were
    - Prof. Lotfia El Nadi (Cairo University and NILES Laser Institute, Egypt)
    - Dr. Hameeda Tariq (Pediatrician and owner of Childcare Center, Aligarh, India}
    - Prof. Faiza Abbasi (Wild Life Dept, and Co-Director of CALEM of UGC, AMU, India)
    - Prof. Bushra Ateeq (IIT-Kanpur, India)
    - Prof. Seemin Rubab (NIT-Srinagar, India)
    - Zamzama Rahmany (Ph.D. Scholar at University of Kerala, and Afghanistan)
    - Prof. Samima Masood (University of Houston, USA)
    - Dr. Hala (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
    - Dr. Nasreen Haque (President of Intalage Ind, USA)
    - Prof. Sultana N. Nahar (The Ohio State University and OSU Co-Director of Indo-US APJAK STEM Education and Research Center of OSU-AMU, USA)
  • All stories were impressive and inspiring. Everyone was a symbol of courage.
  • Each speaker offer her advices and scopes to other women in STEM. The outcome was on how to be more involved to ignite the light and funding opportunities.
  • The event was enriched by the mothers with little babies who stayed with it for the entire time up to 3 hours.

  • In the 3rd part, a new chapter of ISMWS, ISMWS at AMU, was founded with an executive committee of 4 students headed by Alvia Rahreen of Zoology Department and all Center members as advisors.

  • Recognition

    In the next Recognition part of the event, 9 females in STEM were recognized:

    i) Prof. Lotfia El Nadi (Cairo University), ii) Prof. Samima Masood (University of Houston), iii) Dr. Nasreen Haque (Intalage Inc), iv) Prof. Seemin Rubab (NIT-Srinagar), v) Prof. Huma Haider (AMU), vi) Dr. Samima Khatun (AMU), vii) Dr. Nida Rahmany (New Yourk Academy of Sciences), viii) Zamzama Rahmany (University of Kerala, and Afghanistan), ix) Prof. Sultana N. Nahar (The Ohio State University)

  • Self-Introduction:

    - In the last part, number of participating women did 1-minute self-introduction

  • NEWS:

  • Aligarh Muslim University News of the event "STEM ER Centre of OSU-AMU and ISMWS celebrates IWD", March 26, 2021 by Public Relations Office, AMU, India
    - News is concise form


  • October 13-14, 2020: AMU Centenary celebration at the STEM ER Center:

    The center celebrated the Centenary by holding a two-day long sympoisum on "Prospects of STEM Education in 21st Century and Contributions of Women Scientists in STEM", where a number of experts were invited to speak on the current research interest and wormen's role.

  • September 2020: STEM ER Center participation in National Course on "Women Studies"

  • On behalf of the center, Prof. F. Arjmand presented the UGC lecture on "Women in STEM subjects", that featured prominent scientists under the National UGS course "Women Studies", AMU UGC Center. It had 147 participants who were Assitant professors from all over India participated in this course. Her one hour and 30 minutes long session was recorded by HRDC calem.

  • March 3-6, 2020: Center organizes a few events during Anil Pradhan's visit of AMU:

    i) The renewal of the Center MOA with updated commitments between OSU and AMU were finalized with VC Prof. Mansour Tariq at AMU

    ii) A day long symposium on `"International collaboration and prospects in STEM Education and Research" . was held where presentations were made by a number of speakers, and students presented posters on their projects organized by the Center

    i) Symposium banner, ii) memento for Anil Pradhan, iii and iv) Students demonstrate properties in Periodic table
    - The news "Symposium on International Collaborations" was posted on March 11, 2020


  • September 5, 2019: Presentation symposium and felicitation of the first batch of cohort from the Research Program for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students

    After approval of the undergraduate research project, at the interest of the students and support of Prof. Tauheed and Prof. Arjmand, decision was made by the whole team of the Center to start the program in 2019.
    announcement for student applications was distributed in the STEM departments of AMU.

    After 6 months of research, 26 selected students completed research projects under the supervision of volunteered faculty members from STEM departments.
    - Each student wrote up a thesis of his/her project and submitted to the Center.
    - Students made presenations in the day long symposium in front of the Dean of Faculty of Science, Advisors, STEM ER members and othe audiences

    Research presenations and felicitation 2019

  • July 26-28, 2019: Participation in the 18th convention of the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Association (FAAA) held in Atlanta during July 26-28.

    The convention was on the theme of "Sir Syed's Vision and the 21st Century". 18 Aligarh Alumni Associations in the US, e.g. Atlanta, Alabama, Maryland, New York, Washington DC, Texas, etc are under the FAAA participated with their activity reports
    Anil Pradhan and Sultana Nahar were invited for presentation of the OSU-AMU collaboration and APJAK STEM ER center. Pradhan spoke on the brief history of the Center and financial aspect.
    Nahar spoke on the impact and programs of the Center. The objectives were collaborative efforts for seeking funds for the activities of the Center.

    Sessions: 1-3, i) Sir Syed Global Award book

  • AligAtlanta Magazine published the special issue for the convention which featured the article "Indo-US AMU-OSU STEM Education and Research Center", Anil Pradhan and Sultana N. Nahar, Magazine FAAA Convention Special: Carrying Forward the Aligarh Movement for the Betterment of Our Communities, Alig Atlanta publications, Vol 10 (2019)

  • April 2, 2019: Meeting with new Vice Provost Prof Gil Latz on LEAP

    The APJAK STEM ER Center of OSU-AMU at OSU wii be holding the LEAP (Leadership of Academicians Programme) workshop during Sep 8 - 15, 2019 as the foreign partner of AMU. It is a MHRD program of the Indian government involving senior professors of central universities. The details and and preparation can be found at LEAP India at OSU

    - April 2, 2019: Meeting of STEM ER Directors with new Vice Provost Prof. Gil Latz, Global Gateway interim Director Dr. Don Hempson, Indian Community liaison leader Nirmal Sinha - Report of visit by Sinha, mechanism for fund raising, and LEAP program

  • Jan 28, 2019: Visit to Indo-US APJAK STEM ER Center of OSU-AMU by Nirmal Sinha (OSU - Indian community liaison in Columbus), Dr. Nikhil Tambe, Director of OSU India Gateway Office in Mumbai, Sayatan Chakravarty, Editor of India Empire Magazine based in Delhi

    Purpose: to get more information for advertisement and future planning News: Aligarh, January 30: A team of eminent Indian-American community members visited the APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Center, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), where they were acquainted with the Center's developments. Dr Nikhil Tambe (Director, India Gateway, Global Gateways, Office of the International Affairs, Ohio State University), Mr Nirmal K Sinha (President and Trustee of the Federation of Asian Indian Associations and President of the Asian Indian American Business Group) and Mr Sayantan Chakravarty (Editor, Indian Empire) were briefed about the STEM ER Center's work by the Chief-Guest, Prof M Shakir (Dean, Faculty of Science) and Guest of Honour, Prof Rizwan H Khan (Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit).
    Prof Tauheed Ahmad (Director, APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Center) delivered the welcome address, while Prof Farukh Arjmand spoke on the Center's undergraduate research projects. Dr Sabiha Parveen and Ms Swaleha Naseem informed the delegation about the AMU-Ohio State University (OSU) STEM ER collaboration and visit of STEM fellows to OSU. Dr Nikhil Tambe also spoke on the occasion. Dr Asim Rizvi conducted the programme. AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor hosted the delegation for lunch after their University tour. Center showed them historical Maulana Azad library, Sir Syed House and the Sir Syed mosque.

  • AMU News Jan 30, 2019, "Indian-American community members visit APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Center",

  • AMU facebook News: "Indian-American community members visit APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Center",

  • January 3 to 6, 2019: Participation at USIEF supported "Showcasing U.S.-India knowledge initiative awards at IIT, Shastra", by Fellow Dr. Asim Rizvi of Obama-Singh Knowledge Inititative project
  • OSU-AMU Fellow Dr. Asim Rizvi made presentation at the IIT Shastra by support from USIEF.
    PAS Chennai awarded a grant to Bangalore-based Learning Links Foundation (LLF) to organize a showcasing of U.S.-India Science and Technology cooperation at the Shaastra Festival in IIT Madras form January 3 to 6, 2019.
    - Project description: The project involves the creation of an exhibit that will showcase how US - India collaboration in the area of science and technology/innovation and research and development is positively impacting life between the two countries.
  • Asim's presentation
  • Deccan Chronicle News, Jan 13, 2019 IIT Shastra news
  • Trinity Mirror news, Jan 14, 2019 showcase news
  • Rajsthan Patrika, Jam 19, 2019: hindi news


  • December 10 - 14, 2018: The course presentation: “Science Education in the Indian Context: A short course”
    - Resource person: Dr Asim Rizvi, Department of Biochemistry, AMU Aligarh and a member of the APJAK STEM ER Center

    - The course was open to PhD students in the Faculties of Science, Life Science and Engineering and Technology, and the Department of Education. A total of 25 students were selected out of 45 applications for the course. Miss Moheeta Khan, research scholar in Physics Education, Dept. of Education, won the Dr. Karen E. Irving Award for the best paper written during the course.
    - Syllabus: The topics covered i) introduction to science education, ii) diversity in the Indian science classroom, iii) academic language and English as a second language in the Indian science classroom, iv) resources and the lack of resources, v) technology and its use in the Indian science classroom.
    - The valedictory function was held on Dec 17th 2018. Mr. Abdul Hameed, IPS, Registrar of the AMU was the Chief Guest. and Prof. Sartaj Tabassum (Chair, Dept. of Chemistry), Prof. Qayyum Hussain (Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences) and Prof. Mirza Mohd Sufiayan Beg (Principal, Z.H. Engineering College) were the guests of honour along with the presence of Prof. Tauheed Ahmad, Director of the centre and Prof. Farukh Arjmand, the co-director of the centre. Center members Dr. Sabiha Parveen apprised the guests of the aim of the centre and Miss Swaleha Naseem proposed the vote of thanks.

  • Sept 13 - 14, 2018: INTERACTIVE SESSION: on Educational and Research opportunities

  • The Center held a two-day Interactive Sessions, Sep 13 for female students and Sep 14 for male students to discuss
    - Center background,
    - Educational and Research scopes available at the Center
    - Applications to US universities
  • Program of the event

    Presentations: Director Prof. Tauheed, - Co-Director Prof. Farukh, - Day 1: Chief Guest Dr. Hamida Mansour \& Guest of Honor Prof. Naima, - Day 2: Guest of Honor Prof. Asfar Khan

  • March 12, 2018: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2018 Celebration:

    - i) OSU Co-Director S.N Nahar and AMU Director T. Ahmad at entrance of the STEM ER Center, ii) IWD Banner

  • On March 12, 2018: All participants of the Aligarh WSR come together to celectrate the day organized by the APJ Abul Kalam STEM center for Education and Research at its facility (pictures below)
    - Chief Guest Prof. Qudsia Tahseen is one of a few women in India who received the national awards by becoming the member of the three levels of National Academy of Sciences
    - The Guests of Honor were Dr. Hameeda Tariq and Prof. Sultana Nahar
    - Speeches were given and all WSR participants expressed their future dream positions in STEM areas
    - Number of women were recognized for their scientific contributions and as emerging scientists
    - Refreshments were served

  • Jan 27 - Mar 15, 2018: "WOMEN IN STEM ROADSHOW PROJECT" (support: US Department of State):

    STEM ER Center provided the base logistics in India for the 9 workshops of project held in 6 locations: Aligarh, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kurnool, Patna

  • Aligarh workshop: i) Nahar's speech inauguration session, ii) AMU Director Prof. Tauheed Ahmad and Co-Director Prof. Farukh Arjmand of the APJAK STEM ER Center were recognized for their contributions, iii) partial audience at inauguration of the "Women in STEM Roadshow" project, Feb 24, 2018


  • November 20, 2017: Visit by NSF official Dr. Ellen Carpenter:

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

    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: Plan for STEM Team 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: Women in STEM Roadshow proposal
  • 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: Inauguration of the first banner of the Center with OSU Prof. Altaf Wani visit

    Welcoming to Prof. Altaf Wani and AMU Coordinator Prof. Alim Naqvi

  • 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)

  • April 1, 2017: Formalization of the OSU-AMU STEM ER center as an independent center:
    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

  • Legal and Financial 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


  • Sep 11, 2021: How to become a free member of American Physical Society (APS), International conference on "Nanotechnology for Better Living" 7, Sep 7-11, NIT-Sri Nagar, India

    August 25, 2021: EducationUSA of the US Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh featured OSU on admission, fund, and other issues (host: S.N. Nahar)

  • EducationUSA program

    EducationUSA is a global network of more than 450 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. EducationUSA centers actively promote United States higher education around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational opportunities in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience having studied in the United States themselves and/or having received State Department-approved training about United States higher education and the advising process.

  • "Admission Adda with the Ohio State University" at US Embassy for the prospective students and researchers in Bangladesh. It discussed common items of intererest for the STEM ER Center on admission in US universites, resources and funding, advanced research, study experience of students, and student activities. (Program organized and hosted by Sultana Nahar)

  • "EducationUSA Study in the USA: Navigating the Admissions Process", Muhammad Sohel Iqbal, EducationUSA Director, US Embassy, Dhaka, International e-Conference on Physics, Bangladesh, Feb 5-7. 2021

  • Information on application to US universities, S.N. Nahar, International e-Conference on Physics, Bangladesh, Feb 5-7. 2021

  • Sir Syed Global Scholar Award (SSGSA) Program
    Program is for merit-based scholarship that is awarded to academically outstanding students at master’s level from all faculties, including sciences, life sciences, medicine, arts, business, commerce, law, and education at the Aligarh Muslim University. All donations and contributions directly sponsor the attempts of talented students to secure admission in MS/Ph.D programs at centers/universities of international repute.
    For application, please visit: About SSGSA


  • AMU news, March 11, 2020: "Symposium on International Collaborations", on the day long scientific symposium at the APJAK STEM Education and Research Center of OSU-AMU, AMU

  • OIA News, August 2019: "Ohio State to Host Leadership Workshop for Indian Faculty". It was conducted through Indo-US STEM ER Center of OSU-AMU at OSU
    - OIA newsbrief (page 2): "Ohio State to Host Leadership Workshop for Indian Faculty", August, OSU 2019

  • Facebook News on Sep 14, 2019: Aligarh Muslim University News on research project felicitation

  • OSU Ofice of International Affairs - India Gateway news, February 2019: "Sinha Impressed with Indo-U.S. STEM Education and Research Center"

  • AMU News Jan 30, 2019, "Indian-American community members visit APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Center",

  • AMU facebook News: "Indian-American community members visit APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Center",

  • AMU News "APJ Abdul Kalam STEM ER Centre organises interactive session with University graduates", Sep 14, 2018

  • APS News article "Indo-U.S. STEM Education and Research Center in India", Sultana Nahar, January 2018 (Volume 27, Number 1, p.2 )

  • 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

  • OSU News, March 3, 2017, Under "NEWS & RESEARCH" (page.2): "Indo-US STEM Initiative Celebrates Success, Announces New Center"


  • 2021: S.N. Nahar contributed a fund grant for the research projects of B.Sc students
  • 2018: Professor Tariq Rizvi, Department of Mathematics, The Ohio State University donated Indian Rs.1 lac
  • 2018: S.N. Nahar paid for expenses incurred for a few events
  • OIA of OSU opened an Development Account with a donation from an OSU member
  • Contributions were made by S.N. Nahar and OSU that evolved the Center

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