October 14th, 2015 by vmft
Focus on application of science: Valiathan
Social audit of science research makes us aware of the significance of the utilitarian aspects of science, noted scientist M.S. Valiathan has said.
He was delivering the 14th K.M. Bashir memorial lecture at a programme organised by the Vakkom Maulavi Foundation Trust, here, on Friday.
While India has had a tradition of exalting fundamental science, there has not been much thrust on the application part of science. For instance, the Susrutha Samhitha lists many forms of surgery; detailed descriptions are given about various surgical instruments which are to be fashioned by master craftsmen.
However, over time this application part of Ayurveda was lost, with practitioners of this system of medicine not preferring to practice surgery. Such knowledge got limited to the people of particular castes, Dr. Valiathan pointed out. Foreign universities on the other hand have always understood the importance of the utilitarian aspects of science. While institutions such as the MIT have always been sound on theoretical aspects of science, they have always had their feet firmly on the ground and have many inventions to their credit, he added.
Dr. Valiathan later gave away the N.A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service instituted by the Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust to Achuthsankar S. Nair, head of the Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Kerala. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, a citation and a memento.
Says foreign universities focus on theoretical and practical aspects of science.
January 1st, 2015 by vmft
Nominations for the ‘Vakkom Moulavi Foundation’s Professor N. A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service-2015’, consisting of a Rs. One lakh cash Award, a citation and a memento, are invited. The Award is to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed to public service in a way that has produced tangible benefits for Kerala society. Any person residing in Kerala or residing in other parts of India or abroad, who has worked on issues of significance to Kerala society that fall within the purview of VMFT’s goals is eligible for the Award, irrespective of religion,
The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) provides a forum for IEEE volunteers to demonstrate the application of engineering, science and mathematics concepts by sharing their real-world experiences with secondary school educators. TISP functions essentially as a professional development workshop aimed at helping teachers bring exciting hands-on engineering lessons into their classrooms.TISP Week 2012 partnered by VMFT kickstarted with a grand inaugural function at Vakkom Moulavi Foundation
The 13th K.M.Bashir Memorial Lecture was delivered by Mr. John Samuel, Global Democratic Governance Adviser and Chief of Global programme on Governance Assessments of UNDP (New York and Oslo) on Sunday April 15, 2012 at the Foundation Hall, Thekkummmoodu, Thiruvananthapuram. The topic of the lecture was ‘Political Economy of Social Transitions and New Sectarianism in Kerala’. The speaker discussed the significant achievements of Kerala in the area of social development, democratization and economic growth. The most important challenge for the political and policy leadership of Kerala is to challenge the stagnation that is settling in at the core of our society and to have a new movement for renewing the creative energies, recharging our potential and creating a passionate vision for the future of Kerala. Shri.T.P.Srinivasan,
August 28th, 2011 by vmft
The first workshop on IT for Teaching was held on 27 August 2011 at VMFT for the members of the Teacher Resource Centre. Shri. N.T.Nair, Chief Editor, Executive Knowledge Lines inaugurated the programme. Dr. K. Soman, Director, VMFT welcomed and Dr.C.G.Sukumaran Nair and Mr.A.Suhair addressed the participants . 16 High School Teachers from various schools in Trivandrum
February 13th, 2011 by vmft
A poster exhibition on “History of Science” was inaugurated at the Teacher Resource Centre, VMFT on 7th Feb 2011. About 50 teachers and students from Trivandrum schools attended the event.
The exhibition showed the development of technological tools through human history and the scientific concepts that they embody. Although the modern theoretical framework for many scientific
December 27th, 2012 by vmft
Vakkom Mohammad Abdul Khadir who is now popularly known as Vakkom Moulavi was one of the tallest leaders of the Kerala Renaissance which began in the second half of the 19th century and continued till the end of the first half 20th century with great vigour that caused great awakening in Kerala in the tidal waves of which several of the superstitions connected with religious beliefs of almost all communities in Kerala were washed away and new ideas of freedom and progress blossomed.
The role played by the Moulavi in several spheres of life during this period has been evaluated as really epoch-making. Education, social and religious reforms and political journalism are the areas in which the Moulavi’s works are considered to be memorable. A great scholar and a multi-linguist, he made periodicals in Malayalam and Arabi-Malayalam, mainly for illiterate Muslims, particularly their womenfolk.
Journals were the main medium through which he propagated his programme and ideas of social and political changes, the effect of which was profound.
February 20th, 2013 by vmft
The Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust’s Professor N.A. Karim Award for Outstanding Public Service comprising of Rs. 1 lakh cash, citation and memento was awarded to the eminent Gandhian social worker Shri. P.V. Rajagopal by Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri.Hamid Ansari at a function held at Kanakakkunnu Palace on 16th February 2013. The Awardee was selected by a 5 member jury consisting of Dr.B.Ekbal, Prof. V.K. Damodaran, John Samuel, Padmashri.Shankar and Dr.Manisha Priyam.
July 29th, 2012 by vmft
Vakkom Abdulkhader (1912-1976) was a great literatteur, scholar, critic and the first writer of full length critical biography of the celebrated poet Sri. G. Sankara Kurup with whom he was on personal and literary intimate terms. Vakkom Abdulkhader introduced western writers and thinkers to the Malayalam readers at a time the Malayalam literature was in its stage of infancy. Besides innumerable articles in leading journals, he also published about 25 books
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