Friday, January 21, 2011

An Aspirin a day!

Aspirin, a commonly available headache pill is in news for its ability to curb certain type of cancers but our own specialists are suggesting that improper dosage of aspirin can lead to health disasters.

AN aspirin a day minimizes the risks of certain type of cancers, according to the recent research conducted in Britain. Brit researchers have claimed that aspirin reduces the overall death rates fell by 34 per cent for all cancers and 54 per cent for gastrointestinal cancers and longer the people were given the drug, better was the protection.

The British researchers also claimed that those who took the low dose of aspirin around the age of 45 or 50 for 20 to 30 years benefited the most and it may be because cancer rates rise with age.

Previously aspirin was found to a good solution for heart attack cases. A 75mg dose can prevent heart attacks and strokes even in people who have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular problems.

This research has further boosted the sales of already very popular aspirin on local counters. People are asking it even without any prescription slips.

“It is a very commonly sold drug”, says Rajiv Singh who runs a pharmacy. “People frequently ask it for common fever and aches”.

But the medical experts flout the idea of consuming aspirin without proper medical guidance. They believe that research may have been done in closed environment and is an objective study. This should not be generalized as the frequent consumption of aspirin can lead to major health problems.

“Aspirin dilutes the blood and hence reduces the chances of heart attack”, admits Dr. A.K Singh a Surgeon. “But I will never recommend aspirin to my patients so generally”, he says adding that it may risk their life and prove hazardous, specially in case one gets injured.

Also, the medical experts warn for not consuming an aspirin occasionally. “The frequent use of aspirin may help in cancers but certainly it will give birth to some new problem”, says Dr. Ashish Asthana, a professor in microbiology.

“All the allopathic prescriptions have one or the other side effect and you cannot avoid them in any condition”, he adds.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Time to connect with Egypt

Indian Universities can help in the development of Urdu in Egypt feels Professor Yusuf Amir, HoD Urdu in Al-Azhar University of Cairo

CCS University will share its experiences on Urdu as a teaching subject and its literature with one of the oldest Universities in the world, the Al-Azhar of Cairo and are also planning for the educational exchange programs among themselves.

India shares warm historical relations with Egypt as the land of one of the oldest civilizations and also with a good number of Urdu knowing population. The department of Urdu, running in Al-Azhar University wants cultural; exchange with Indian universities in order to enrich its knowledge about the language and India, where Urdu was born.

“Although it is a new language but is quite popular among the masses world-wide and in Egypt too”, says Professor Yusuf Amir, who heads the department of Urdu in Al-Azhar. “The language bridges the gap between the people of various countries residing in Egypt and it can further ensure better communication among such people with those of Egypt ”, he says while adding that Indian Universities can help them in the development of curriculum and popularizing Urdu.

At Al-Azhar major Urdu literature and poetry is being translated to Arabic and vice versa. Now the university is looking for educational exchange programs. Along with Aligarh Muslim University, the Jamia Millia Islamia and the Maulana Azad Urdu University, the CCS University is also on the radar of Egyptian University. Reciprocating to the desire of Professor Amir, the CCS University has also shown the interest in the plan.

“It will be good both for them and our students too”, said Dr. Aslam Jamshedpuri about the educational exchange program. “ If we can serve for Urdu what another opportunity better then this will come to us”, he adds.

Presently, long with the University of Al-Azhar, which started teaching Urdu language way back in 1962 in the department of languages, five other universities run various courses in Urdu. With more then 400 research scholars in the language, Urdu is quite popular among Egyptian students. The language can ensure better ties with the major Arab country and with Al-Azhar, which is often termed as the cradle of knowledge for Islamic world and their relations with the rest of the world.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

At last, CCS Students to get their Degrees

Finally, the wait of degrees for more then 10 Lakh students CCS University may come to an end, as the administration has decided to distribute the academic testimonials to all those who have been waiting for years.

CCS University will host the annual convocation of February 12 and the University academic council wishes to end the backlog of degrees that has been pending towards the university from the session on 2006-07. Since then, more then 10 Lakh students have passed their respective degree courses from the campus and the affiliated colleges. Interestingly, none of these have been issues the degree certificates.

“The backlog kept on piling year after year and there have been so many reasons behind this”, says Prabhat Ranjan, the University Registrar. “The reasons includes the shortage of staff, the software solution and many more to count on”, he adds.

Approximately 3 Lakh students queue up for their pass out certificates for graduation, post-graduation and professional courses every year. For the last four sessions, students have been handed the provisional certificates and that too on the request. But, university wishes to end the backlog during the current session and want to finish of the responsibility on or before February 12, the date fixed for the annual convocation. University staff is working day and night to finish the task in time.

“This year, University will surely handover all the degrees pending with us”, claims S.C Piplani, the University PRO.

CCS University is one of the biggest state universities in India, but is also infamous for irregular sessions and academic negligence. Recently, CCS University has lost its B++ rating of NAAC, the National Academic Accreditation Council. Now, CCS not only wants to retain its lost pride, the NNAC grading but also wishes to regularize the sessions. This move will not only get back things back to the track but also it will benefit the students who are waiting anxiously for their degree certificates.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Social (Business) networking

Local small business entrepreneurs in Meerut are rushing to popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and myspace for business promotion and expansion.

With rising number of Internet users in India, the local corporate groups and entrepreneurs are busy in exploiting the social sites for their business development.

With more then 10 million net users in India, 650 million global users and many more joining in everyday, Internet family is growing with a fast pace. An average time the Internet users devote is also on a rise. To exploit this growing trend for the net, more and more business organizations are turning to it for their business advantage. Not only they are placing their personalized advertisement but also they are using social sites to grow their network.

“I have found more then 25 clients on the Facebook for my small apparel business” says Shahzad Ahmed. “My network is growing and I can hope to reap the harvest in a better way”, he adds.

Actually the mathematics of social sites is very simple. People look for like-minded people through auto generated friend suggestions and placing the personalized advertisement that are free on many social sites. Also people are targeted through personal messages.

“ Whenever I have a new design or a new product launch, I inform all the members of my network about it,” says Rajiv Singh, a kitchen plastic ware manufacturer. “ I do it for suggestions and feedback, also I get some clientage from it”, he adds.

Another reason being quoted for the social business networking is that the net users devote much of their time with such sites. An average net literate spend at least an hour a day on social networking, according to a recent survey.

“Also it is convenient, cheaper and effective medium to reach your target audience”, says Naveen Jain, a brand promotion manager with an MNC. “Those who cant afford costly ad-campaigns and brand promotion exercise have a best option to join a networking site’, he adds.

Not only for brand promotion, feedback or clientage by the entrepreneurs, consultants and vendors are also using social sites, as it allows them to keep a regular touch with their customers and sharing the business tips.
“Almost half of my customers remain available on social sites for most of the day”, says Pradeep Mitra, a financial consultant, who claims that the social sites have helped him to grow his clientage. “I even share ideas with many of my group members”, he adds.