Jaipur Humboldt Club

Sincere Endeavours

1. We arranged a Humboldt Kolleg and during the period of launching of the Club in 2007.
2. Afterwards we have been arranging several meetings.
3. As president of the Club, I have been making sincere endeavours to arrange some lectures of the people from Germany who happened to be in the town.
4. Once, Dr. Amita Chandra, the Humboldt Ambassador in New Delhi, also addressed the prospective applicants of the University.
5. Besides this, at my personal level wherever I am finding an opportunity (in Conferences/Seminars), I am propagating a word about AvH fellowship thus at least young research students could know and apply.  I receive their queries and help them, sometimes writing reference letter too, if known to me.  I think every member should do so.  But sorry, they do not heed upon much on this part.
6. In refresher courses which I organize, one full day I devote on the Humboldt-His life and Work.
7. I have some 'left out' memontos made during Humboldt Kolleg, which I give away in some conference, for best presentation.
8. I being the editror-in-chief of the Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences, could bring out the proceeding of the Humboldt Kolleg http://www.ajes.in/ajes_archives_2008-2.html


Western Regional Humboldt Kolleg


“Nanotechnology Education, Science and Technology & Emerging Applications”



jointly with


Humboldt Club-Jaipur


Hotel Clarks

Jaipur Rajasthan

September 28-30, 2007



Prof. A.S. Khanna,

President, ( WRHK)

Corrosion Science and Engg

Department of Metallurgy

IIT-Bombay, Powai,

Mumbai 400072


Prof. A. L. Bhatia

Convener ( WRHK)

Department of Zoology,

University of Rajastan

Jaipur - 302004


Local Organizing Committee


A. L. Bhatia

   Convener WRHK

S.K. Sharma

  Local  President , WRHK

D.K. Pandey,

  Local Secretary, WRHK

Ashok Kumar

Ashwani Kumar

Pahup Singh

R. C. Chaudhary

R.K. Bansal

Rakesh Bohra

Ram S.  Sharma, Jaipur

T.N. Bharadwaj, Jaipur









DAY 1, FRIDAY September 28th, 2007



Arrival & Hotel Check in

11:00 – 13:00


Inaugural Lunch

13:00 – 14:00



14:00 - 15:30





14:00               Meeting Call to order

                        Dr. D.K.Pandey, Local Secretary, WRHK


14:05              Welcome by Prof. A.L. Bhatia, Convener, WRHK


14:10               Address by Prof. A.S. Khanna, President, WRHK


14:15               Inauguration of Kolleg by Mr. Walter Stechel

                         Consulate General of Germany in Mumbai


                         LIGHTING OF LAMP

                         Inaugural Address


14:40               Address by

                         Dr. Gernot Gad

                         Director, DFG, German Research Foundation, Delhi


15:00             Address by Hon. General Secretary Indo-German Society,

                      Prof. Pawan Surana


15:10               Presidential Address and

                        Inauguration of Humboldt Club- Jaipur  


Dr. N.K. Jain

Vice Chancellor, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur


15: 30             Vote of thanks by Dr. A.R.Kulkarni

                       Secretary HAB



























Technical Session 1              Nanomaterials in Physical Sciences



16:00 - 19:30







DAY 2, SATURDAY, September 29th, 2007



Technical Session 2            Nanotechnology & Medical application




Tea Break

10:30 - 11:00

Technical session 3               Biotechnology and Nanomaterials

11:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00


Technical Session 4            

                               Chemicals and Chemistry Applications in Nanotechnology


14:00 - 15:00

Technical Session 5                   Poster Presentation

15:00 – 16:00


16:00 - 16:30

Sight Seeing Tour to JAIPUR City

16:30 - 18:00

Visit to Chokhi Dhani and DINNER

18:30 onwards

DAY 3, SUNDAY,  September 30th, 2007



Technical Session 6      Engineering Applications of Nanomaterials


08:30 - 11:00


Tea will be served in Conference Hall






Technical Session 7       Evolution and Sustainable Development



11: 00 - 12:00

Technical session - 8            Students Sessions

12:00 - 13:00

All Presidents (from India) Meet

13:00 - 13:30


13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30






Western Regional Humboldt Kolleg


“Nanotechnology Education, Science and Technology &Emerging Applications”


Hotel Clarks

                                              Jaipur Rajasthan                                

September 28-30, 2007



Technical Programme in the Conference Hall


German Consulate in Mumbai/New Delhi,

Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

Humboldt Club, Jaipur


Humboldt Academy of Bombay,


cordially invite you to participate.



(Open to all Fellows and all interested spouses)

DAY 1, FRIDAY September 28th, 2007



11:00                          Arrival at The Hotel Clarks, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Jaipur  by 11 A.M.


11:00 – 13:00                        Registration and Checking into Rooms


13:00 – 14:00                        LUNCH



Technical Session 1     Nanomaterials in Physical Sciences



16:00 - 19:30



Chairman : Prof. H. Paetrzke, Director, GSF München, Germany



16:00 – 16:30                                    Plenary Lecture-1



The Dual Effect of Low Dose Radiation, Damage versus Benefit 

Ludwig E. Feinendegen, MD

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. Germany

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA



16:30 – 1700                                       Keynote Lectures


Foray's in Radiation Research
Prof(Dr)Jai Pal Mittal
Humboldt Research Awardee
Ex.Director,Chemistry & Isotope Group
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
& Distinguished Professor, IIT,Bombay.




17:00 – 17:20

R. V. Gavai, TIFR, Mumbai

Re-creating the Big Bang

17:20 – 17:40

Gopal Krishna, Pune – 411007

India’s advance in Radio Astronomy

17:40 – 18:00

Y.K. Gambhir, IIT Mumbai

Extending Periodic Table: Production of Super Heavy Elements (SHE)

18:00 – 18:20

B. S. M. Rao University of Pune

Pune 411007

Radiation Induced Synthesis of Nanoparticles

18:20 – 18:40

G. S. Lakhina,

Indian Institute of Geomagnetism,

Navi Mumbai

A mechanism for generation of ultra low-frequency waves in the polar

Cusp region

18:40 – 19:00                    

S. K. Sharma, Jaipur


Oxidation of Zr-based Bulk Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Alloys


Chairman’s Remarks






20:00 onwards






DAY 2, SATURDAY, September 29th, 2007


Technical Session 2     Nanotechnology & Medical Application





Chairman : Prof. Ludwig Feinendegen, Germany


Plenary Lecture-2

8:30 - 9:00

Nanoscopic Aspects in Physical, Chemical and Biological Radiation Sciences


Herwig G. Paretzke

GSF-National Research Center for Environment and

Health, GmbH, Director, Institute of Radiation Protection Neuherberg,



9:00 – 9:20

A.L. Bhatia, Jaipur


Nuclear Medicine In 21st Millennium: An Approach Via Nanotech

9:20 – 9:40

Ompal Singh,

AERB, BARC, Mumbai

Nanotechnology And Emerging Applications In Cancer Treatment,

9:40 – 10:00

Pradyut Ghosh,

Bhavnagar, Gujarat

Chemical Sensing of Ions and its Clinical Application

10:00 – 10:20

Omprakash Gupta,

DR. H.S. Gour University, MP

Domesticating Atoms and Medical Application

10:20 – 10:40


Chairman’s Remarks


Tea Break

11:00 - 11:10


Technical session 3       Biotechnology and Nanomaterials


CHAIRMAN: Prof. Ashwani Kumar, Jaipur

11:00 – 11:30

11:10 – 11:20

D.C. Agrawal,  Plant Tissue culture Division, NCL Pune

Genetic Engineering of Grapevine – Current Issues and Future Prospects

11:20 – 11:40

Arun P. Kulkarni, NCL Pune

Agricultural Income and Price Policies of the European Community

11:40 – 12:00

Vijai N. Pathak



Some aspects of Fluorinated Bioactive heterocycles of Medicinal importance

12:00 – 12:20

A.C. Ranade


Craze for ISO 9001 certification by all kinds of Organizations and Its Advantage to General Public


12:20 – 12:40

Sourav Pal

National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

Computational Chemistry as an integrated tool for chemical structure, reactivity and modeling

12:40 – 13:00

Mandar Deshmukh

Electron transport measurements in Graphene and In-As nanowires


Chairman’s remarks


13:00 - 14:00



Technical Session 4    Chemical and Chemistry Applications in Nanotechnology

14:00 -15:00


CHAIRMAN: Dr. J.P. Mittal, Mumbai


14:00 – 14:20

Alok Srivastava,


Application Of Nanotechnology:

Perspective of A Chemist

14:20 – 14:40

P. A. Ganeshpure, Indian Petrochemicals Corpn Ltd, Vadodara

Ionic Liquids:

Environment-friendly Future Solvents”


14:40 – 15:0 0

Pradeep Kumar, NCL Puna

Synthesis, characterization and application of Yttria-Zirconia based Strong Lewis Acid catalyst

15:00 – 15:30                                     Special Lecture on







Technical Session 5

15:30 – 16:00                     Poster Presentations


CHAIRMEN: Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya, Mumbai Prof. R.S. Sharma, Jaipur  & Prof. R.K. Bansal

1.          Low Temperature Synthesis of Mesoporous Organosilica

Veena Dhayal and Rakesh Bohra*

Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004, India.

E-mail: rkbohra@stayam.net.in


2.         Synthetic Studies and Structural Aspects of Some Oxovanadium(V) Complexes with Functionallized Oximes

Vineet Sharma and Rakesh Bohra,

Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004, India.

vinsham_jpr@rediffmail.com; rkbohra@sifymail.com


3.         Substituent Effects on Activity of   >C=P- Functionality in Diels-Alder Reaction of 2-Phosphaindolizines: A DFT Investigation

Raj.K.Bansal, Neelima Gupta, Govind Dixit

Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004, India


4.         Some Recent Synthetic and Theoretical Results of Diels-Alder Reactions of Azaphospholes

Raj K. Bansal, Neelima Gupta, Surendra K. Kumawat

Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302 004, India.

5          Processing and properties of wood based SiC

G.Amirthan1, V.V. Bhanu Prasad2, *M.Balasubramanian1

1Composite Technology Center, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600036, India.

2Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Kanchanbagh PO, Hyderabad 500 058, India.


6.         Hydrogen Adsorption by Carbon nanomaterials from Natural source

1Maheshwar Sharon, 1Sunil Bharadwaj, 1Sandesh Jaybhaye, 2D.Sathiyamoorthy, 2K.Dasgupta, 3Madhuri Sharon

1Nanotechnology research Lab., Birla College, Kalyan 421304, India

2Powder Metallurgy Division, BARC, Trombay, India 400 085

3Monad nanotech, 704 A-702 Bhawani Towers, Adishankaracharya Marg, Powai,

Mumbai 400 076, India.

             Email: sharon@iitb.ac.in, s_p_bh@rediffmail.com


7          Ultrasound Promoted Synthesis of Some 1-(4-haloaryl-thiazol-2-yl)-3-substituted-4-haloaryl-2-azetidinones via PTC and their Insecticidal activity

Vijai N.Pathak*1,Ragini Gupta2, Deepti sharma1

1 Centre of Advanced Studies, Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004, India. E-mail pathakvijain@yahoo.com

2 Department of Chemistry, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur-302017,    India. E-mail guptaragini@yahoo.com


8          A ‘One Pot’ synthesis of 2-aryl-4H-1-benzopyran-4-ones under coupled Microwave PTC or Ultrasonic Irradiation PTC

Vijai N. Pathak,1,* Ragini Gupta2 and Bindu Varshney1

1Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur- 302 004, India.

2Department of Chemistry, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur – 302 017, India


9.         Effects of a Chemical Reaction on an Isothermal Vertical Surface in Slip Flow Regime

R. C. Chaudhary1, Umesh Gupta2 & Abhay Kumar Jha3

Department of Mathematics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur – 302004 (India)

1E-mail: rcchaudhary@rediffmail.com;

2E-mail: umeshindian@yahoo.com

3E-mail: itsabhav@rediffmail.com


10.       Synthesis of New Naphthaquinoxaline and Naphthazaquinoxaline Derivatives from Naturally Occurring Quinones.

Poonam Khandelwal, Anshu Dandia and  Pahup Singh*

Centre of Advanced Studies, Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004, Rajasthan, India

E-mail: pahupsingh@yahoo.co.uk


11.       Quinonoids Constituents from the Heartwood of Tectona grandis Linn.

Jaya Mathur, Deepa Chaturvedi, L.K. Singh, Pahup Singh

Centre of Advanced Studies, Department of chemistry, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004, Rajasthan


12.         Melt-mixed Polyamide 6/Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Composites

Pravin V. Kodgire1, Arup Ranjan Bhattacharyya2, Ajit R. Kulkarni2, Ashok Misra1, Petra Pötschke3

1Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076, India

2Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076, India

3Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Hohe Strasse 6, D -01069 Dresden, Germany


13.        Influence of Specific Interactions and Reactive Coupling in Assessing the State of Dispersion of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes in Co-continuous Polymer Blends

Suryasarathi Bose, Arup R. Bhattacharyya*and Ajit R. Kulkarni

Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of

Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai- 400076, India 10.00  – 10:20





14.       Growth and characterization of InN quantum wells by metalorganic vapour phase


Abdul Kadir, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science,

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, 1, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400005, India 


15.        Hall Effects on the Unsteady Hydromagnetic Couette Flow with Heat Transfer

R. C. Chaudhary1 and Abhay Kumar Jha2

Department of Mathematics University of Rajasthan Jaipur. (INDIA)

1E-mail: rcchaudhary@rediffmail.com

2E-mail: itsabhay@rediffmail.com


16.       Jatropha curcas: A Potential Plant for Biofuel

Anita Kumari  and Ashwani Kumar

Engery Plantation Demonstration project and Biotechnology Center.

Bio-Technology Lab Department of Botany

              University of Rajasthan, Jaipur


17.        Modulation of Radiation Induced Damage in Brain of Swiss Albino Mice by Sesame Oil

Shikha Patni, Ajay Gaur and A.L. Bhatia

Radiation Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004; India


18.        Novel Waterborne Nanostructured Coatings

S. S. Pathak & A. S. Khanna

 Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai-400 076 India



Sight Seeing Tour to JAIPUR City

16:30 – 18:00


Visit to Chokhi Dhani and DINNER


18:30 onwards


DAY 3, SUNDAY,  September 30th, 2007


Technical Session 6:  Engineering Applications of Nanomaterials


CHAIRMAN: Dr. Minocha


09:00 – 09:20

Arnab Bhattacharya

TI FR,  Mumbai

Semiconductor Nanostructures: Quantum  Wells, Wires, and Dots

09:20 – 9:40

Ajit Kulkarni, MEME IIT Bombay

Control of Multiwall Carbon Nano Tubes Dispersion and Electrical Conductivity Nanotube-Polyamide6 Composites

9:40  – 10:00

A.S. Khanna, IIT Bombay

Nanotechnology in Paint Coatings

10:00  – 10:20


R.K. Bohra, Jaipur

Low Temperature Synthesis of Nano-materials using Sol-gel Technology

10:20  – 10:40


B.P. Asthana, Varanasi

Characterisation of Carbonaceous Materials using Raman Spectroscopy and  Raman Signature for Degree of Alignment in Multi-Walled Nanotube Filters


10:40 – 11:00

Chairman’s Remarks



Tea will be served in Conference Hall





Technical Session 7:  Evolution and Sustainable Environment

CHAIRMAN: Prof. O.P. Gupta, Sagar, M.P.




11:00 – 11:15


Dhirendra K. Pandey & Shipra Choudhary

Department of Geology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004, Rajasthan, India


Sequence Stratigraphic Framework of Lower – Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) sediments of the Jaisalmer Basin, India


11:15 – 11:30

Ram S. Sharma, Jaipur

Symphony of the Himalayan Mountain

11:30 – 11:45

R.K. Bansal, Emeritus Scientist, Jaipur


Serendipity (Accidental discoveries).

11:45 – 12:00

Ashwani Kumar  and Anita Kumari

Energy Plantation Demonstration Project and Biotechnology Center.

BioTechnology Lab Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur - 302 004

Email. msku31@yahoo.com

Strategies For Biofuel Production And Improvement In Developing Countries: Problems And Prospects.

11:50- 12:00

T N Bhardwaj,


Investigations of The   Amphibious Heterosporous Fern   Family   Marsileaceae; Systematics, Phytogeography, Speciation    and Evolutionary Biology


Chairman’s Remarks


Technical Session - 8     Recent Trends in Technology        1200 - 13:00


CHAIRMAN:  T. N. Bharadwaj, Jaipur


12:00 – 12:10

Nayana Vaval, NCL Puna

Inter-Atomic Coulombic Decay

using Many Body Methods

12:10 – 12:20


IIT Roorkee

Fracture of Smart Structures

12: 20 – 12:30

Arpan Misra1 and Dhirendra K. Pandey2

1AMD, Department of Atomic Energy, W.R., Jaipur-302030.

2Department of Geology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur302004.

Microfacies and Depositional Environment of the Bathonian Jhurio Formation at

the Jumara Dome, Kachchh, Western India

12:30 – 12:40

K.D. Sen

School of Chemistry

University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad-500 046,INDIA

What Is New In The Confined Electronic Systems


12:20 – 12:40

Shikha Patni and A.L. Bhatia

Radiation Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004; India

Nanotechnology: A Double Edged Sword-Environmental Friend and Foe

12:40 – 13:00

Aruna Pandey, Department of English, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

The East-West Encounter




All Presidents (from India) Meet

(Parallel with or On Lunch Hours)

13:00 - 13:30


13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30












The Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation in Bonn is one of the most reputed foundations in the world for the promotion of international research cooperation. It supports research and development by inviting young, highly-qualified scholars from all over world to carry out research on frontier areas of international interest in Germany. The Foundation has built up an international network currently numbering more than 23,000 individuals in about 130 countries who maintain intensive academic, cultural, political and economic contacts with Germany. In order to keep a link among this large number of fellows and also with the AvH office in Bonn, various Humboldt Clubs have been formed. One of the tasks of these clubs is to organize meetings, seminars, and colloquiums in their own countries and discuss the important issues in science and technology, art and culture and new innovations. There are more than 80 such clubs in the world. In India alone we have more than 12 clubs. The Humboldt Club, Bombay is one of the active clubs and was first to initiate colloquiums. After organizing three colloquiums in Lonavala, Daman, and Bombay, the club is now organizing the First Western Regional Humboldt Kolleg (WRHK) at Jaipur where Humboldt Fellows from Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are participating. While deciding about the topic of the Kolleg, we got several suggestions from Humboldt Fellows but finally we selected a topic, Nanotechnology Education, Science, Technology and emerging applications”. This topic suits the present scenario of Research in 21 Century, where irrespective of basic sciences, chemistry, physics and biosciences, Nanotechnology is focussing several applications engineering and medical sciences. Thus it will also help all Humboldt fellows from physical sciences, engineering and medical to present their point of view on the nano-technology in their narrow subject and learn from what others are doing in other fields. Also, a few topics from art and culture, linguistics are more then welcome. We also plan to have a detailed poster presentation from Ph.D students who are prospective Humboldt fellows in the years to come.



Jaipur is 260 km from Delhi and 240 km from Agra and forms the most chosen tourism golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trapping of modern metropolis but yet flavored strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveler. The old Jaipur painted in Pink can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of ancient forts Nahargarh, Amer, Jagarh and Moti Dungri are dramatic testimonials of the bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance.
Jaipur is named after its founder the warrior and astronomer sovereign Sawai Jai Singh II (ruled 1688 to 1744). The decision to move out of his hilltop capital Amer was also compelled by reasons of growing population and paucity of water. Moreover in the early seventh century the power of the great Mughals was dwindling with its aging Monarch Aurangzeb and after several centuries of invasions the north was now quite and the wealth of the kingdom had become greater than before. Seizing upon this opportune time Jai Singh planned his new capital in the planes. Jaipur is a corroborative effort of Sawai Jai Singh's strong grounding in sciences and astrology and a Bengali architect Vidyadhar with a strong instinct for planning.

General Information
Area : Jaipur City
(Municipal limits 64.75 sq.km., Pink City 9.8 sq. km.)
Altitude : 431 meters
Climate : Max. Min.
Summer : 45.0° C 25.8° C
Winter : 22.0° C 8.3° C
Best Season : September-March
Clothing :
Summer: light tropical
Winter: Light woollen
Languages : English, Hindi, Rajasthani.

Sawai Jai Singh II Climate
Climate of Jaipur is expected to be mild sunny and pleasant with clouds sometimes. Temperature can be low mostly during the nights.
How to Reach
By Air: Jaipur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.
By Bus: Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
By Train: The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country. The train services to Jaipur are slower, because of the metre gauge line.


A talk on guidelines for prospective applicants
Recent Selection Trends for Humboldt Fellowship
[A 30 minute presentation followed by an informal discussion]
Dr. Amita Chandra
Humboldt Ambassador Scientist
New Delhi
Academic Staff College
Jaipur Rajasthan
15th October, 2007
at 10.30. AM
Dr. Amita Chandra not only informed the young faculty, postdoctoral and doctoral students
about the programmes of the Humboldt Foundation but also provided an opportunity of personal
Prof. A. L. Bhatia                  Dr. D.K. Pandey
President, Humboldt Society                    Secretary, Humboldt Society
Department of Zoology                    Department of Geology
University of Rajastan
Jaipur – 302004



Humboldt Day

was organized in the Refresher Course on Recent Trends in Life Sciences on 21st February, 2008 at 9.30 AM in the Ramaswami Hall, Department of Zoology.

 Which was presided by Prof. T.N. Bhardwaj and a comprehensive account on Alexander von Humboldt's Work and Life was present by Prof. R.S. Sharma.  Dr. D.K Pandey welcomed and introduced the speakers and chairperson and a guideline and different dimensions of the fellowship application was explained by Prof. A.L.Bhatia.