RECEPTION in honour of Judge Narain, Ramesh Basant Roi, Governor of the Bank of Mauritius and Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing, new President of SBM at Honkong Palace, Grand Bay,.

 

 

From Left

Mr. Ramesh Basant Roi, Governor, Bank of Mauritius

Mr. Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing

H. E. Mrs Ameena Fakim, President of Mauritius,

Mr. Ali Parkar, CEO, Star Knitwear

Dawood Auleear, President, Alif Society and

Justice Narain.

PRESIDENT’S SPEECH 

Ladies and Gentleman,

I am going to speak about Justice Aruna Narain, a lady whose roots are in my village of Vale. Her grandfather’s contemporaries were those of Rashid Daureawoo, Judge Hamuth and of Anwar Husnoo. Anwar’s Nana, known as Sheik was a big small planter making the rounds of his domain on a BSA, old man Daureeawoo, a sixieme passé, was a Moniteur finally recycled to become a big small planter like Hamuth whereas Master Narain pursued a career as a Teacher. This first generation of Vale people were quite advanced for their time and their vision helped produce a large number of professionals today and I have made it a point to gather some of their grandchildren….. Fazila Hamuth, Rashid Daureeawoo, Anwar Husnoo and of course Aruna.

 

Aruna holds an LL.M from London School of Economics and has a rich working experience at the Attorney-General’s Office serving successively as State Counsel, Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Assistant Parliamentary Counsel and Assistant Solicitor-General. She was appointed Parliamentary Counsel in 2011.

 

She has lectured at the Council of Legal Education where she was a board member and she attended several conferences as part of a team at the Commonwealth secretariat, the Human Rights Commission, the Law of the Sea Conference and has also served at the Electoral Commission.

 

Madeleine Albright’s has said ‘there is a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women. Pioneering women must champion the cause of women generally; otherwise the world will slip back into its complacent old masculo-centric ways”. Our Judicial and Legal commission has proved that women in Mauritius do not need the backing of their likes as we don’t use the tap on the shoulder method in appointing our judges.

 

Professor Erika Rackley remarked that “ A judge has to be seen as “supra human” and can’t be imagined as having a bath or doing the washing up  and went on to compare the woman judge with Andersen’s little mermaid. Aruna, I hope you are do not fit that description.

 

The foundation of any civilization is built on law and you have chosen to be its ardent and loyal servant. And I cannot improve on the decision of the Judiciary to appoint you at the Apex court.

 

As a young judge, you are expected to abide by the Magna Carta for Judges “To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice”. You may, why not, choose to mould a new judicial culture which is a pressing need in Mauritius where the administrators of justice have taken a beating lately to the point of relegating the concept of honour to anachronism and reducing it as a stylish and polite language.

 

We are sure that you will not swerve from applying the law impartially and keeping alive its impartiality in decision making. Please, do administer justice with a firm hand, dignity and fairness.

 

There is no doubt that becoming a Judge is due recognition of years of hard work, dedication and ability to serve a cause and a compensation for the sacrifices made by burning the midnight oil. This evening, ALIF joins your dear ones in celebrating your success. I am sure that Master Narain, your grandpa, would relish this occasion if he were still alive. And allow me to imitate Sarah Palin to addI have every confidence that Judge Narain has the experience, intellect, wisdom and character to be an outstanding Supreme Court justice.”

Cela fera bientôt trois siècles de l’implantation française dans notre ile et alors nous faisons partie de l’Histoire de France. Nous évoquerons plein de souvenirs de notre glorieuse passe et l’esprit tricolore avec le concours de l’Etat Mauricien et les forces vives mauriciennes. Alif souhaite pleins succès a ces réjouissances : Que la grande fête citoyenne prévue soit une de notre fraternité et de notre coopération et l’occasion de tracer un avenir ensemble et avec espoir.

Il se passe rarement un mois sans que Madame la Présidente ne reçoive une distinction internationale. Elle est cette fois la Lauréate du Magazine Challenges  qui la classe parmi les 100 prestigieuses personnalités qui changent le monde. Félicitations Ameena.

 

 

VISIT BY USM DEAN AND ASSISTANT OF THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE

The Dean YBhg. Profesor Dato’ Paduka Dr. Ahmad Sukari Halim and the Dep. Dean Prof. Razak visited Mauritius as  guests of Alif Society in April 2018.

USM has already graduated about 20 Mauritian Medical doctors who are well appreciated in Malaysia for their hard work and motivation.

The delegation held an open day in Bagatelle and a large number of doctors contacted the visitors to obtain information about USM. Some have chosen to join USM for specialisation in different fields.

VISIT BY UNISZA DELEGATION

A delegation led by the VC of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin was the guest of Alif Society. The delegation was received over a lunch at the seat of the Muslim Youth Federation after which gifts were exchanged between the hosts and the visitors.

The two decided to work closely to send Mauritians with good A levels to study in this prestigious Institution.

DINNER-RECEPTION IN HONOR OF THE NEW CHINESE AND JAPANESE AMBASSADORS OCTOBER 2017

ALIF organised a dinner-reception in honour of H.E Mr Sun Gongyi, Ambassador of the PRC and H. E Yoshiharu KATO, Ambassador of Japan on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at the SARM Hall, Phoenix. The guests of Honour were Sir Aneerood and Lady Jugnauth. Ministers Sinatambou and Husnoo also graced the function.

After the cocktail and dinner, Sameera Chattun addressed the gathering in the following words.

We would like to welcome H. E KATO to our country. Excellency, Japan and Mauritius have established relations for a long time and the opening of your Embassy is long overdue. We vividly remember the Research Centre in Albion and the financial support your country has provided for our development projects. As an Association involved in Education, enjoying an Observer Status at the Asian Universities Presidents Forum, we had invited a delegation from MIRAI University, Hakodate to prospect possibility of collaboration in Ocean Studies with Mauritius. So, I would say it is better that you have come late than later still.

Excellency, you are the third largest world economy and a leader in the latest technology, especially robotics with which you would like to solve the problems of employment caused by your ageing population. As most countries we too look towards you for guidance in our development projects. But your country can best serve the world if it is living in a peaceful environment.

We are aware and worried of the tensions in your part of the world. Our fervent wish is that all your neighbours solve your problems through dialogue and in the respect of International law. It is time that they forget the scars of the past. If Europe can overcome its hurdles and today Britain, France and Germany can sit in a civilized manner around the same table for frank exchanges, why can’t the Asian countries with a rich culture do the same? Japan is sending forces to maintain peace in hot regions and volunteers who risk their lives as hostages for economic development: can’t it propose the same solution to its neighbours?

We have so much to say but I prefer to keep some talking points for later. Let me wish that your stay among us be a most enjoyable one and that before your term ends, Japan will have found a permanent seat at the United Nations.

Enjoy a happy stay among us.

The speech of Samera was followed by that of Dawood Auleear, the President.

 

Mesdames et Messieurs, Chers Amis,

Nous avons l’honneur d’accueillir S.E M. Sun Gongyi, le nouvel Ambassadeur de ce géant qui a légué au monde le compas, la poudre a canon, le papier, l’imprimerie et le dernier fleuron: la plus grande ferme solaire flottante au monde capable de produire 40 MW d’énergie ;et maintenant elle s’est mise au travail, après BRICS, pour la réalisation de l’OBOR récemment baptise BRI. L’amitié entre la Chine et Maurice est une très longue histoire. Nous aimons a dire que nous sommes le premier pays à reconnaitre l’existence d’une Chine unique et pas, ce qui est vrai,  parmi les premiers. Nous sommes redevables envers l’Empire du milieu pour les réalisations de nos Écoles primaires, nos hôpitaux, nos smart cities, l’aéroport SSR, les projets immobiliers, le stade Anjaley, le Bagatelle dam, le siège de la MBC, et autre nouveau complexe sportif.

 La largesse chinoise s’étend dans le monde: pour ne citer que quelques uns : le corridor du Canal de Suez au cout de US35 milliards, le CPEC au Pakistan, plus de 100 milliards, amélioration du Tanzam railway,  le métro d’Ethiopie et les infrastructures  du Népal, de la Malaisie, du Bhutan et de l’Indonésie.

Mais la générosité de la Chine est mieux appréciée en cernant le projet BRICS, accueilli par la moquerie par ses détracteurs comme BLOODY RIDICULOUS INVESTMENT CONCEPT ou le groupe de PAPER TIGERS, et le BRI. Et rira bien qui rira dernier.  La philosophie chinoise croit que les oies sauvages peuvent braver les tempêtes s’ils volent en colonies pour arriver au bon port. Et cette colonie est une réalité maintenant avec le BRI, la Russie jouant un rôle crucial; Le BRICS qui représente 40% de la population et le quart de l’économie mondiale maintenant ;  il est prévu que le produit national brut de l’Asie oriental dépassera celui des Etats Unis durant la présidence de Donald Trump et ce sera la déroute du monde unipolaire.

Napoléon disait que quand la Chine s’éveillera, le monde tremblera mais l’évidence est que quand la Chine s’éveille, le monde s’émerveille. Et le monde gagnera s’il monte dans le train de paix Chinois. SUN TA SIR HUAN YIN YUAN YIN. XIE XIE

Ladies and gentleman,

We are living in dangerous times, with sabre rattling in the South China Sea, nuclear tests on the Korean peninsula, terror bombings in the Middle East and around the Indian subcontinent and bomb blasts in European capitals. One can easily get lost in the maze of accusations being exchanged between and among protagonists. Most of the time, the common factor is the Muslim who is being made a synonym for terrorism. Followers of Islam make up about a quarter of humanity, form a majority in 57 countries and are present in substantial numbers in most parts of the world enough to pose as a destabilizing element in their society.

Being part of the Ummah, we feel concerned about our image and we become uncomfortable when the Mass Media blasts the news of terrorist attacks in densely populated areas. Who wouldn’t be if he loves humanity? The Muslim is taught that taking one life is equivalent to erasing the whole of humanity. Apart from association with terrorism, the Muslim woman is pictured as being subjugated to veil herself and needs to go out only accompanied by a man who is the slave driver. A lady from a Foreign mission once hesitated to accept my invitation for dinner like this one as she suspected she would not find her way to her table in a segregated reception.

This description is partly true but using one big brush to tar the entire population of 1.6 billion Muslims into this picture is something that needs to be critically looked at, and certainly something that most Muslims should avoid to achieve.  Just simply ask: Qui Bono?

Alternative media is projecting quite a different narrative. Are only Muslim women or all women getting a rough deal by the macho man? Are only Muslim women veiled? Is humanity being decimated only by Muslims? Who created and armed Muslim terrorism that is morphing into new names in new regions? And which country is airlifting 20 ISIS commanders from DEIR EZZOR? Which News Agency is relaying salafist ideology through IKRA TV?

Who is shipping and managing the Afghan opium trade to finance secret services? Why has terrorism not been eradicated with the smartest bombs available to the proponents of peace? Why terrorists are never taken as prisoners but allowed a passage to safety after their activities in a region?

Are we not taking the trees for the forest? Has the world ever considered the number of Muslims who, while risking their own lives, saved victims or would-be victims of terrorism? Has the world asked what is the percentage of terrorists in the population? Take France for example: France is home to between 7m and 10m Muslims, about 10 to 15% of the population. The Security personnel at Orly could be made up of between 10 and 15 % Muslims. If they were the bloodthirsty goons, France would be paralysed any time and every time. Fortunately, making the Muslim the bogey man is not paying according to the expectations of the promoters. Reasonable and sane voices are rising to decry the excesses of some scaremongers.

We would like to say the world should not fear Muslims in general but only the lunatic fringe ready to create havoc. Let us join hands in building a model of civilization where discrimination, insecurity, greed, inequality, survival of the fittest and beggar-thy-neighbour mentality are rooted out for good and where we promote dialogue and cooperation and shared prosperity. Let us together build this lovely world. This is our message. Thank you.

WE are now going to offer a present to our guests and we’ll request Lady Jugnauth to hand over the gifts to them

First H. E Mr. SUN

Now H. E Mr. KATO.

Enjoy your dessert and tea.

 

MOHAMED VAYID

Merci d’être venus ici ce soir au rendez-vous du souvenir.
C’est avec un plaisir tout particulier que nous reçevons M. Mohamed Vayid, qui vient de recevoir l’Insigne GOSK, la deuxieme plus haute des decorations Mauriciennes.
En vous honorant ainsi, M. Vayid, Maurice a voulu rendre un hommage tout particulier a votre immense talent de Capitaine du secteur prive, à votre génie de penseur et à la place exceptionnelle que vous occupez dans le monde des affaires.
Dans tout le pays, vous êtes acclamé par le public. Mais en vous remettant cette insigne d’honneur, le pays a voulu également marquer la place aussi singulière qu’éminente que vous occupez dans le progres industriel du pays.
Un peu d’histoire vecue. Les annees 60 etaient les annees de braise. Le taux de croissance de la population Mauricienne etait 3%. Le chomage foudroyait toutes les familles. Maurice se preparait pour son Independance dans un climat de marasme economique propice a la demagogie et la Revolution.
C’est dans ce climat malsain qu’il fallait créer l’initiative contre le decouragement et l’immobilisme dont etaient victimes les decideurs politiques.
Contrairement au laxisme d’aujourd’hui, notre pays etait un creuset d’idees. Des forums se tenaient partout, dans les centres de jeunesse, dans des restaurants en forme de dejeuner-debat. Mohamad Vayid etait un animateur acharne, il l’est moins maintenant. Son temoignage etait un repere pour tout Mauricien averti, une invitation a rever au bonheur certain, une vigie dans la tourmente que voulait créer les demagogues. Sa voix se faisait entendre a la Radio, dans la presse ecrite et dans des salles. En passant, je voudrais saluer ses amis combattants, Philippe Forget, Benoist Arouf, Jose Poncini. Vayid etait un farouche partisan de l’Independance et avait une foi inebranlable dans le destin d’une Ile Maurice Independante. Le temoignage de Vayid etait tellement riche et imbattable que ses detracteurs avait choisi de lui porter des coups au bas de la ceinture. On lui avait surnomme le sirdar du secteur prive. L’histoire recente a leve les voiles. Ses assaillants voulaient seulement dire » Ote toi que je m’y mets ».

M. Vayid a continue son combat comme DG de BAT, President de la MEF et avec d’autres responsabilites eminentes dans le secteur prive. Il le fait aujourd’hui comme temoigne les interviews qu’il a accordes. Moi, je suis un temoin privilegie du parcours de M. Vayid. Riche de tous ces talents, cet homme incomparable les a mis au service d’un ambitieux dessein qui lui ont valu son titre de GOSK.

Maurice en mouvement, qui evolue, qui change, qui bouge et qui veut amorcer un renouveau, est au cœur des grands enjeux de notre temps. Elle ne peut pas se permettre de rester au bord du chemin. Dans la singularité de ses parcours, M. Vayid a beaucoup à nous apprendre, ses critiques, ses suggestions et ses recommandations nous sont infiniment précieuses. M. Vayid, vous n’etes plus aussi actif mais votre dessin demeure et c’est au pays d’assumer ce dessin.

La Nation vient de vous témoigner sa confiance en vous donnant l’Insigne du GCOSK. C’est avec plaisir que nous vous adressons nos plus vives félicitations ainsi que nos vœux les plus chaleureux de succès dans votre vie.
Dans l’exercice de vos responsabilités vous pouvez compter sur l’entier soutien de ALIF SOCIETY. Le parterre des Decores s’est enrichi de votre inclusion en son sein.
Nous vous exprimons nos sinceres felicitations et également la conviction que votre apport au pays nous fera connaitre un progres fulgurant. Je vous remercie.

Cardinal Margeot

Obituary Cardinal Margeot
Aujourd’hui je veux rendre hommage a un homme exceptionnel qui ne vivait que pour l’amour de l’Ile Maurice et je veux honorer sa vie extraordinaire. C’est tout a fait naturel que le quadricolore soit en berne ce week-end car la nation va pleurer sa disparition.
C’est avec une profonde émotion que j’ai appris le décès du Cardinal Margeot au milieu de la foret de Daruty, ce lieu memorable ou j’ai salue la premiere fois ce grand tribun et avec qui j’ai fait quelques pas ensemble et respire l’air frais qu’il venait chercher avec ses amis du Nord.
Ce grand serviteur de l’Eglise a marque l’histoire de notre pays pendant pres d’un siecle et on se souviendra de lui comme un homme de cœur, qui par son courage, sa vision, sa lucidite et sa tenacite a fait du Mauricianisme son dessein jusqu’à la fin de sa vie. Son cardinalat avait fait deplacer les Mauriciens de toutes les religions pour lui témoigner leur admiration, leur affection et les voeux qu’ils formaient à son intention.
La présence chrétienne à Maurice date des les premieres vagues d’implantation des Europeens; son importance et sa vitalité n’ont cesse de croitre grace au devouement des premiers missionnaires tel le Pere Laval, Apotre des Pauvres, dont le sacrifice n’aura pas été vain car son oeuvre sera poursuivie avec succès par cette generation incarnee par Jean Margeot.
Je suis fier qu’en 1968, Mgr Margeot, l’un des nôtres, ait été choisi pour la premiere fois par Mgr Liston pour servir l’Eglise. Qui mieux que lui, ce grand érudit, ce grand pédagogue, cet homme qui avait puisé sa spiritualite aux meilleures sources, pourrions nous dire, accomplirez la mission dont lui a investi la confiance de son predecesseur.
L’engagement de Mgr Margeot dans la voie du Seigneur debute avec son ordination en 1938 ; il tracera par la suite un parcours unique. Il servira tour a tour Vacoas, St Pierre, Curepipe, Quatre Bornes, Bambous et Rose Hill et visitera la Reunion et Madagascar.
Son nom sera associe a toutes les grandes œuvres qui dementiront le Professeur Meade et Naipaul, l’auteur du Overcrowded Baracoon ……………. l’Action Familiale qui contribua et qui contribue a baisser le taux de natalite et stabiliser la croissance de la population a 1%, la RCEA avec ses N. D. Lourdes, N D des Lorettes et autres St Esprit qui produit les laureats.
Je ne voudrais pas oublier l’oeuvre admirable accomplie par les religieuses de la creche du Sacre Cœur de Marie, creation de Mgr Margeot, que j’ai visitee comme etudiant de l’Universite. La générosité et la compétence y etaient palpables. Ces devouees servantes de la foi, avec des moyens limites, s’efforcaient d’accueillir enfants et jeunes de toutes religions et de tous milieux. Je sais aussi leur contribution à la diffusion du bonheur a toute l’Ile Maurice!
L’action de Mgr Margeot en 1968, lors des bagarres raciales a ete decisive; il voulait a tout prix que notre pays demeure terre de foi et terre de raison, terre de liberté et terre de fraternite.
Les annees n’ont rien érodé de sa vitalité car en 2006, entouré de ses parents, amis et proches collaborateurs, il a célébré deux événements importants. Il a fêté le vendredi 3 février 2006 ses 90 ans et assiste au lancement de son site web http://www.jeanmargeot.com.
Mgr Margeot avait fait sien l’idéal qui anime tout Mauricien, celui d’une humanité unie autour de valeurs universelles et capable de célébrer la diversité de nos histoires et de nos cultures. Il reconnaissait que la sauvegarde du plus faible, du plus fragile, du plus démuni constitue un devoir, un impératif moral qui transcende les religions Pour lui, c’etait un combat pour la solidarité, la justice et le progrès social, pour que cessent les scandales de la pauvreté de l’analphabétisme ou de la faim. Oh combien ses efforts semblent se rejoindre aux croyances de toutes les religions presentes sur notre sol. Ainsi, la foi chrétienne marque son empreinte sur nos institutions éducatives, hospitalières, sociales.
Puisse son exemple raviver la ferveur de tous ceux qui se reconnaissent aujourd’hui dans le message évangélique, vedique et coranique et qui appellent à l’homme, à sa dignité et à sa générosité et qui oeuvrent a batir un monde de paix et d’équité. Un monde où hommes et femmes pourraient mieux s’épanouir.

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Pakistani Student Syeda

M.Sc. Research Experience:
Literature review: Title “Introduction to Reporter Genes”, describing CAT, β-Gal, Lux, Luc, Aequorin, GFP, Urogen reporter genes focusing Lux Operon regulation. Quorum sensing, autoinduction and bioassays associated with it. Envi-ronmental and ecological significance of bioluminescence and bacterial biosensing systems.
Research project: Title “Study of Stress on Luminescent and Metal Resistant Bacteria”. Extensive experimental studies were carried on bioluminescent bacteria focusing on lux operon and luciferase enzyme and metal resistant bacteria. This experimental work was part of Higher Education Commission Research project entitled:” Construction of Multiplex Biosensor for Monitoring Heavy Metal Contaminants in the Polluted Environments of Industrial Effluent” awarded to Dr Uzma Badar.
Name of supervisor: Dr. Uzma Badar (Ph.D).
Name of department & university: Department of Genetics, University of Karachi.
Duration: Literature review Jan’2009-June’2009, Research project July’2009-Dec’2009.

Research Summary:

My research was part of Higher Education Commission project, awarded to Dr. Uzma Badar. I was appointed merito-riously on scoring second highest marks in microbial genetics course. Basic aim of one year research course was to introduce potential scientist to research field to practice experimental design. My work was purely related to bacteria and its genetics referring future research related to marker and reporter gene.

Marker and reporter genes are tools for quantization or in situ detection of specific cell populations and/or gene activi-ties in complex samples such as soil or plant material. Marker genes have constitutive promoters while reporter genes have inducible promoter expressing a detectable phenotype. Aseptic techniques were used for isolation. Characteriza-tion of metal resistant and bioluminescent bacteria was done on the basis of cellular and colonial morphology using enriched and minimal media. Maximum tolerance concentrations (MTC) were determined for different metal salts and antibiotics. Effect of temperature, metal salt and antibiotics were observed on bacterial growth. Culture growth and luminescence of bioluminescent bacteria were compared in control and stress medium.

To carry out genetics studies, genomic DNA and plasmid DNA were isolated after culturing isolates in different stress and control medium to examine its effect through agarose gel electrophoresis. Restriction digestion and plasmid DNA transformation was carried out by EcoR1. The marine and industrial waste water carry large amounts of heavy metals enabling bacteria to get adapted to such environment. Therefore, significant difference observed in MTC’s of resistance while cellular and colonial morphology was almost similar. The MTC’s suggested that resistance was probably due to presence of R plasmid or resistance genes on the chromosomal DNA as it had been reported that heavy metal resistance genes are often found on plasmids and transposons. It was observed that plasmid copy number vary among salt treated and untreated cultures. Treatment affect was compared and interpreted as direct relation between luminescent and growth. Treatment was definitely affecting plasmid copy number, hence inducing quorum sensing. Further 16S RNA amplification of luminescent strain was done and sequencing data were submitted.

Concluding the results, I assert that the evolution is adaptation to ambience. Effects of enviromental factors ultimately alter gene regulation, plasmid copy number, gene expression, growth etc. These affects could be lethal or beneficial and reversible or irreversible depending on the balance between interior and exterior of living system such as bacteria in the above mentioned research. For one bacterial strain tested factors were noxious while innocuous to other bacterial specie. It left the question to inspect the differences in the two systems. Through transformation I learned that set of genes can work in similar system depending on the expression prerequisites to have an active output.

• Graduate Record Examination:
GRE molecular medicine: 67 percentile
GRE ETS: Verbal score: 135, Quantitative score: 145

GRE subjective Molecular Medicine: 67 percentile

OBJECTIVE:

To seek a challenging position in a dynamic and research oriented environment where I can fully utilize my knowledge and skills to achieve personal & organizational objectives effectively and efficiently, to develop professional skills in my career. Future objective is to research in area of genetics and system biology in order to develop economical therapeu-tics and diagnostics.

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
• Date of Birth : March 23rd, 1986.
• Place of Birth: Pakistan.
• Marital Status: Single.
• Nationality: Pakistani

EXPERIMENTAL AND TECHNICAL SKILLS:

Genetics / genetics screening skills: Experience of agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR, restriction enzyme digestion for DNA analysis, transformation, transfection, cloning and expression of DNA, DNA isolation and purification by crude me-thod as well as by commercial kits and karyotyping.

Southern blotting, DNA sequencing and microarray technique through on-line lectures and course work are well understood.

Microbiology skills: Advance level experience of aseptic techniques for collection, isolation, purification and preserva-tion of microbial sample (bacteria and fungi) using different enriched and minimal agar media. Examination of cellular and colonial morphology of isolates. Biochemical characterization of isolates. Metal and antibiotic resistance analysis for characterization of microbial isolates. Replica plating and growth curve determination. Streak plate procedure, quantification through colony forming units (CFU) method, dilution plating to quantify and isolate single colonies, Experience of microscopy (worked on bright field, dark field, inverted, upright light microscope) and related staining techniques.

Phage quantification through plaque forming units (PFU), flourescent microscopy and electron microscopy are well understood through on-line lectures and course work lectures.

Other experimental skills: Experience of chromatography, ELISA, spectrophotometery, nanodrop use, luminometer use, flow cytometery and western blotting. Protein isolation from bacteria and other cell type using ultra sonicator. And study of extracted and isolated proteins in different buffer systems to analyze its structural and functional characteris-tics. Command on SDS-PAGE.

There are other techniques which are well understood for example cell culturing, slide preparation for histology using microscopy and NMR through on-line lectures and course work.

Language skills: Fluent English and Urdu

PARTICIPATION IN SYMPOSIA:

• Poster presentation: Participated in 12th International Symposium on Natural Product Chemistry. Title of poster, “Characterization of Luminescent Bacterial Strain Isolated from Karachi Coastal Area, Clifton”.
• Poster presentation: 14TH ASIAN SYMPOSIUM ON MEDICINAL PLANTS,SPICES AND OTHER NATURAL PRODUCTS (ASOMPS-XIV). Title: “Cloning, Expression, Purification and Structural Studiesof MRSA252 trxA gene”.
• Poster presentation: MMDR-5 Conference, poster title “Cloning, Expression, Purification and Structural Stu-dies of MRSA252 rsbV Gene”.
• Oral presentation: Participated in 10th Biennial Conference of Pakistan Society for Biochemistry and Molecu-lar Biology, “Biomolecular Sciences in Development”. Title of oral presentation, “Characterization of Lumines-cent Bacterial Strain Isolated from Karachi Coastal Area, Clifton”.
• 3rd International Symposium-cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research.
• Participation in “Press conference / Launch of ISAAA Brief 42 and One Day Seminar on Application of Modern Biotechnology” held on 21st May, 2011 organized by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center.

ACHIEVEMENT:

• 3rd Prize in Poster Competition: MMDR-5 Conference, poster title “Cloning, Expression, Purification and Structural Studies of MRSA252 rsbV Gene”.
• 2nd Prize in Poster Competition: 14TH ASIAN SYMPOSIUM ON MEDICINAL PLANTS,SPICES AND OTHER NATURAL PRODUCTS (ASOMPS-XIV). Title: “Cloning, Expression, Purification and Structural Studiesof MRSA252 trxA gene”.
• Award of Scholarship: ” Mitsubishi Corporation International Scholarship” 2008. On August 25, 2009 scholarship cheque was distributed. An official letter is uploaded.
• Research Accomplishments: “Screening and Characterization of Luminescent Bacterial Strain.“ Uzma Ba-dar1,*, Erum Shoeb1, Komal Daredia1, Durr-e-Shawar1, Jameela Akhtar2 and Maqsood A. Ansari1. 1Department of Genetics University of Karachi, 75270-Karachi, Pakistan. 2Centre for Molecular Genetics University of Karachi, 75270-Karachi. Pakistan Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences, 2012, 8, 602-606.