No­bel lau­re­ate lauds Prof. Atta for ‘Video Book’

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rah­man, for­mer Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and for­mer chair­man of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, has com­piled the first-ever novel ‘Video Book’ with­out any text in or­ganic chem­istry in Pak­istan.

The video book will be dis­trib­uted free to all. A se­nior of­fi­cial of the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Chem­i­cal and Bi­o­log­i­cal Sci­ences (ICCBS), Univer­sity of Karachi, said here on Sun­day that Prof. Atta along with his as­so­ciate Syeda Sa­dia Kha­toon com­piled this book en­ti­tled ‘Ba­sic Prin­ci­ples of Or­ganic Chem­istry: A Com­pendium of Video Lec­tures’, which is the first video book of its kind.

He said that the video book is ar­ranged in the form of a stan­dard text­book, but in­stead of hav­ing text in each chap­ter and sec­tion, it con­tains video links to some 300 lec­tures of lead­ing au­thor­i­ties from MIT, Yale, Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia etc.

The world-fa­mous French No­bel Lau­re­ate Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, in his fore­word to the video book, said, “What is par­tic­u­larly use­ful about this ef­fort is that the ma­te­ri­als have been care­fully screened by the au­thors to en­sure qual­ity, and then or­gan­ised to cover a broad range of topics.

“The novel ar­range­ment of the ma­te­ri­als in the for­mat of a stan­dard book, with chap­ters and sec­tions con­tain­ing the video links within them, should make it par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive to users. “This Com­pendium of some 300 lec­tures should be a use­ful source of learn­ing for or­ganic chem­istry stu­dents. It also rep­re­sents a very valu­able ef­fort in line with the evo­lu­tion of teach­ing and knowl­edge trans­fer method­olo­gies.”

Com­ment­ing on his novel con­tri­bu­tion, Prof. Atta ex­plained that the sin­gle big­gest chal­lenge to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the de­vel­op­ing world, was the lack of high qual­ity and well qual­i­fied fac­ulty. To ad­dress this prob­lem he along with Ms. Syeda Sa­dia Kha­toon had pre­pared a ‘Video Book’ that can be a truly pow­er­ful tool to im­part high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, he added. “This was the first video book of its kind and he hoped that it will lead to a new trend that will trans­form the man­ner in which ed­u­ca­tion is im­parted in class rooms of the fu­ture. The video book will be dis­trib­uted free to all,” he said.Prof. Atta-ur-Rah­man is the most dec­o­rated sci­en­tist of Pak­istan hav­ing won four civil awards by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments in­clud­ing the high­est na­tional Award, Nis­han-i-Im­tiaz.

He has also been con­ferred the high­est civil award of the Gov­ern­ment of Aus­tria for his con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing 2000-2008 to trans­form the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor of Pak­istan. He is the only sci­en­tist in the Mus­lim world to have been elected as Fel­low of Royal So­ci­ety (London) and to have been awarded the UNESCO Sci­ence Prize.

The largest univer­sity in Malaysia, Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara, has named a chem­istry re­search in­sti­tute in his name, the ‘Atta-ur-Rah­man In­sti­tute of Nat­u­ral Prod­uct Dis­cov­ery’. Vice Chan­cel­lor Univer­sity of Karachi Prof. Dr. Muham­mad Qaiser and Di­rec­tor ICCBSKU Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choud­hary have con­grat­u­lated Prof. Atta-ur-Rah­man on his achieve­ment.—APP

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