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    Asian Chemical Education Network (ACEN)

    Directors (2008-2009)


    Prof. Mwi-Hung Chiu (Taipei)


    Graduate Institute of Science Education National Taiwan Normal University Taipei 116, Taiwan


    +886-2-2932-2756 ext 223






    Ng Soo Boon(Malaysia)


    Institut Kimia Malaysia 127B, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    +60-3-7728 3272


    +60-3-7728 9909




    Prof. Masato M.Ito(Japan)


    Faculty of Engineering, Soka University 1-236 Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8577








    Directors (2006-2007)


    Director: Prof. Zuriati Zakaria (Malaysia)


    School of Chemical Science and Food Technology
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
    43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor D.E., Malaysia


    +6 03 8921 5430/5424


    +6 03 8921 5410






    Prof. Masato M.Ito


    Faculty of Engineering, Soka University
    1-236 Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8577






    Directors (2004-2005)

    Guidelines for Use of FACS Seed Money

    Approved at the 37th Ex-Co Meeting on 11 Jan 2001 at Hawaii

    Corrected at the 40th Ex-Co Meeting on 15 Dec 2001 at Singapore

    1. Project Directors must submit before the end of the year their proposals for use of the Seed Money for the next year. For 2002, they must submit their proposals by the end of June (This sentence is deleted on July 1 2002).

    2. The Coordinator of Projects shall approve the use of the money in consultation with the President and Treasurer.

    3. All variation from the proposals shall be subject to new approval.

    4. The funds not spent by 31 Dec expire unless special approval has been requested to the Coordinator of Projects by 31 Dec for carry-over for the next year. The fund carried over from the previous year cannot be carried over any more.

    5. Seed fund shall be used for the following purposes:

    • a) Support of participants or speakers from countries of the region to a Workshop, Seminar or Meeting approved by FACS.

    • b) No person shall be sponsored more than once during the 2 years period.

    • c) Up to 25% of the seed money shall be used to cover incidental costs of the Project Director to organize the project. 

    • d) Up to 25% of the seed money shall be used to prepare documents or reports of the project. 

    • e) Up to 50% of the seed money shall be used to fund travel of the Project Director or Co-Director to a FACS approved Workshop, Seminar or Meeting. 

    • f) For any other use, prior approval shall be obtained from the Ex-Co.

    • 6. Project Directors must give a report of the Meeting, Seminar or Workshop and details of the use of the Seed Money, before money can be released by the Treasurer.

    • 7. The report shall contain the highlights of the project, progress, resolutions or recommendations (if any) and photographs. The report shall be considered for publication in the FACS Newsletter.

    • 8. The grant shall only be released if the society is in benefit, that is, its subscription has been paid


    Directors (2001-2003)

    Past directors of ACEN

    Note: This page is only valid before Dec. 2001, listed here only for archiving.

    Director: Dr MM Ito 
    Adrress: Dept. of Engineering, Soka University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8577 Japan 
    Fax: +81-426-91-9312 
    Email: itomasa@t.soka.ac.jp 
    Sub-Projects: Low Cost Instrumentation (including World Bank supported Loww Cost Publication Program) 
    Director: Professor KV Sane 
    Address: 2259, Second Floor, Hudson Line, Kingsway Camp, Delhi-110 009 INDIA 
    Fax: +91-11-725-6541 
    Email: sitah@bol.net.in


    Prof. J. N. Oleap Fernando 


    The Open University of Sri Lanka, P O Box 21, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka






    Dr. Zuriati Zakaria


    Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43650 UKM Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia 






    Low Cost Publication (LCP)


    Professor K.V. Sane


    2259, Second Floor, Hudson Line, Kingsway Camp, Delhi-110 009 INDIA






    Low Cost Instrumentation/ Microscale Chemistry (LCI/MC)


    Prof. Winghong Chan


    Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Baptist University,
    Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China








    Web site for ACEN

    www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/ACEN/ is an erroneous url.

    Please visit http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/acen/ (lower case).



    • FACS Biennial Report(1997-1999) on the Asian Pacific Chemical Education Network (ACEN) on WWW

    (Internet Address: http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/ACEN/)

    Masato M. Ito

    Projcet ACEN Co-Dierector

    Associate Professor, Soka University, Japan

    1. Concept and Structure

    The network has been managed in line with the following "Concept and Structure".

    (1) ACEN is an international human network, which is constructed on Internet, the international computer network, and which is maintained by, available for, and possessed of all the chemical educators throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

    (2) ACEN is aimed at contributing the mutual advancement of chemical education in Asia-Pacific region, through exchanging information in chemical education of each country--curricula, materials ,tips and know how, research reports, problems faced, all that might be useful or advisable for those in other countries--and through communication of questions and answers and other kind of styles.

    (3) ACEN itself will be linked from various www sites, i.e., index sites related to chemistry and chemical education.

    (4) ACEN itself will be linked to other national or regional www sites, or information available through www in Asia-pacific region, which are useful for chemical education in this region.

    2. Activities

    June 1997

    (1) Information on the 7ACC Symosium on Chemical Education was disseminated: the program which covers the whole title of the symposium, including keynote lectures, and oral and poster presentations, were available. The "List of Attendants" of the symposium was also prepared.

    (2) A mailing list (acen@bioorg1.t.soka.ac.jp) for the ACEN attendants was prepared. It has been used to inform of the news on ACEN home page, as well as to send announcements or messages to those registered in this mailing list. The number of registered people comes up to 62 in 17 countries in November 15, 1999.

    August 1997

    Document files (MS Word format) for both "Chemcal Education in Japan Version 2" and "Chemical Education in Asia-Pacific" became available through the relevant web site. Supplimentary materials for "Chemical Education in Asia-Pacific," which covers those not contained in the body of the book, also became available.

    January 1998

    Contacted with Prof. Xiaoxia Li and discussed on the cooperation with ChIN network. Linking was prepared to ChIN's home page from the "WWW Sites Related to Chemistry and Education" section.

    Ocrober 1998--November 1999

    Prepared for the collaboration with the 8ACC Special Symposium for Chemical Education. This finally resulted in the Panel Discussion Session "Internet and Chemistry" as part of the Symposim with four panelists: Prof. Hsin-Tien Chiu (National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan) Dr. Hiroshi Yosihda (Hiroshima University, Japan) Prof. Robert F. Toia (University of San Francisco, U.S.A.) Prof. Charles Fogliani (Charles Sturt University, Australia). (http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/ACEN/8accpanel/index.html)

    May--September 1999

    (1) Mutual linking was made with an international site at the University of Liverpool : "Links for Chemists" http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/links.html and their international collaboration:http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/international.html

    September 1999

    The ACEN section for linking to other sites "WWW Sites Related to Chemistry and Education" changed address into http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/wwwsites.html, and in joint with the IUPAC/CTC Home page, most of its previous link addresses were united into their renewed "World-wide Chemical Education Network"

    (http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/wcen.html). By doing so, our linking section contains the entries to chemical education sites world-wide. Also linked to the "WWW Servers on Chemistry in Japan" site (http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/jchem.html). Cooperation with the CTC home page will be enhanced in the future.

    Calendar Section

    Ten new international events related to chemical education presented on the Calendar section during these two years.

    3. Future Activities

    In addition to the continuous effort for collecting and presenting information through the ACEN home page, we are planning the following:

    Encouragement of launching home pages for Chemical Education in Asian-Pacific countries

    The number of home pages on chemical education on national basis has not yet increased sufficiently. Opening the page will be the starting step to the international information dissemination from Asian-Pacific countries.

    We should do research on what obstacles, if any, to overcome for the most Asian-Padific countries before they open their home page. Then, we may find out the way how to assist them for the purpose.

    Encouragement of the submission of news and/or articles to the ACEN home page.

    Our effort has hitherto been focused on presentation, the "Calendar" and "WWW Sites Related to Chemistry and Education" sections. Now we should focus more on communication. The most hopeful will be the completion or update of "Chemical Education in (our nation)" compiled in 1997. If not so intensive, news, reports, or articles contributed from those in various countries will be helpful. By now we are on the whole waiting, but in the next stage, we start asking for contribution from each country.

    We would like to use part of the FACS project seed money for ACEN in the next two years as a grant to the founders of their national home page for Chemical Education and/or the contributors to ACEN home page.


    We deeply appreciate all the contributors and attendants to ACEN. We are grateful to the Scientific Computer Center of Faculty of Engineering, Soka University for offering their resources and network. We thank Miss Kaori Ishiyama, an undergraduate of Faculty of Engineering, Soka University for valuable assistance.


    ITO, Masato M.

    Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Soka University

    TEL: +(81)426-91-9448

    FAX: +(81)426-91-9312

    The Asian Chemical Education Network

    (Co-managing with Professor M. C. D. Padolina, UP Open University, The






    Panel Discussion in 8ACC: "Internet and Chemistry" http://www.t.soka.ac.jp/chem/ACEN/8accpanel/


    FACS Biennial Report(1997-1999 for Low Cost Equipment Project (sub project of ACEN)

    Report for Low Cost Equipment Project (sub project of ACEN)

    The Low-cost Equipment has maintained steady progress in R & D work with the development of a multi-channel datalogger. We are looking for suitable collaborators for coupling this item with a remote sensing facility.

    With the adaptation of LCE to environmental monitoring, the Project has been renamed as Cost Effective Environment Science Education Project. An All-India UNESCO- sponsored Workshop was held from October 25 to 29, 1999 to set-up a Network of educational institutions (schools and colleges) who will participate in hands-on environmental monitoring.

    An offshoot of the Project namely Low-cost Educational Publications Programme has received a major boost through Project SITA (Studies in Information Technology Applications: Training in Computer Skills for Low-income Women) sponsored by the Information for Development (InfoDev) Programme of the World Bank (Project outline enclosed).

    Women Empower Women

    A World Bank sponsored computer skill training programme for socially disabled women.

    The academic community - especially in the third world - is finding it difficult to keep up with the rising prices of books, journals and other educational resource material. Another area of concern is how to organize employment-oriented training programmes in emerging technologies for the under privileged sectors.

    An interesting solution to the above problems is to couple them. An informal Pilot Project to test this idea was conducted during 1992-97. The Pilot Project trained a number of women from low-income sectors in Desk Top Publishing (DTP) by processing several useful and high quality educational manuscripts which were then published as books and journals at significantly lower costs. The success of the trial attempt led to formulation of Project SITA (Studies in Information Technology Applications: Training in computer skills for low-income women) now sponsored by InfoDev (Information for Development) programme of the World Bank.

    SITA's Objective:

    To empower low-income women from rural, semi-urban and urban areas, through computer training, customized to meet the demands of both the public and private sectors.

    Beginning July 1, 1999, the training programme will be initiated in Delhi and Haryana with the target of training 500 women by July 2000.

    SITA's Methodology:

    Small batches of selected trainees will be given intensive two months hands-on computer training. Wherever possible, each trainee will be attached to a potential employer. At the end of the course, successful trainees will be given a Certificate and assistance in getting employment. The entire training programme will be totally free.

    The trainer group of SITA is setting up a Women's Unit which will be run on semi-commercial lines. The Unit will process top quality educational manuscripts and arrange their publication through low-cost channels. Outstanding trainees may be absorbed as employees of the Women's Unit.

    SITA's Needs:

    Since SITA must become self-reliant at the end of the 18-month World Bank support, it is necessary to start exploring various ways in which interested individuals/ organizations can help. Some possibilities are

    Full time employees (Trainers, Coordinators)

    Part time (Consultants having expertize in different IT areas)

    Potential Employers

    Volunteers (Facilitators, Mentors)

    Moral supporters (Women Empowerment Organisations)

    Donors (Hardware, Software, office and printing equipment)

    Sponsors (support for needy women)

    Publishers (manuscripts, marketing)

    Any other

    Since the ways of participation in SITA by an individual/organization is flexible, any one can offer assistance in other ways by contacting. Prof. K.V. Sane, Director Project SITA, 2259, Second Floor, Hudson Line, Kingsway Camp, Delhi - 110 009, India. ( Tel: +91-11-713-7937  Fax: +91-11-725-6541   Email: sitah@bol.net.in.)

    About the Director

    Krishna V. Sane, Ph. D. (Princeton), Post-Doc (Stanford), was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Delhi, until his retirement in 1995. He was UNESCO-Nehru Professor for Science Capacity Building at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India, from 1996 to 1998. He served as the Chairman, IUPAC Committee on Teaching of Chemistry from 1991 to 1995; Director, UNESCO Low Cost Equipment Project (1979-1996); and the Chief Editor Chemistry Education (1984-98). He has received Albert Einstein Medal from UNESCO and the Brasted Memorial Award from the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, for his efforts at improving science education in developing countries.

    Krishna Sane's interest in women empowerment began after the untimely and pre-mature demise of his wife, Dr. Kamalni Sane, who first experimented with computer skill training for socially disabled women. It is his hope that SITA will become a self-evolving memorial of Kamalni.

    List of Low Cost Educational Publications from the Women's Unit

    S.No. Editor/Author Title

    K.V. Sane & D.C. West Locally Produced low-cost equipment for teaching of Chemistry

    V.M. Khanna, Experiments for Introductory Chemistry, K.V. Sane & C.K. Seth

    A. Neidig & Modern Experiments for Introductory Chemistry, W.J. Stratton

    R.B. Bucat & Selected readings in Chemical Education Research, P.J. Fensham

    G.B. Kauffman Classics in Coordination Chemistry

    P.J. Towse Chemistry: The key to the future

    R. Blume & H.J. Bader Environmental Chemistry in Classroom Experiments

    P.J. Towse A Proceedings on Cost-Effective Chemistry

    K.V. Sane & R. Usha Profiles in Excellence

    K.V. Sane & R. Usha Selected readings in Chemistr

        Volume 1: Low-Cost Experiments

        Volume 2: Low-Cost Equipment

        Volume 3: Computers in Chemistry

    Shukichi Yamana Stereochemical Models From Folded Envelopes

    Jaswinder Chadha Essence of Sikhism, 'Guru Nanak's Japji'

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