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DST INSPIRE INTERNSHIP CAMP CONCLUDED WITH TALK ‘HOW NATURES USES THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS’

November 25, 2017 06:36 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

6th DST Inspire Internship five day Camp commencing from 21 Nov,2017 concluded at PU, here on Sunday. Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Chief Guest of the valedictory function addressed the gathering about DST Inspire Internship Program and other important activities going on at Panjab University campus. Professor Grover congratulated his team for their untiring efforts to make this camp a big success. 

 A talk by Prof Tushar Kanti Chakraborty, Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore & Former Director, CDRI, focused on how nature uses the basic building blocks viz. handful of amino acids, few carbohydrates, four nucleobases, lipids etc., for creation and sustenance of every form of life on earth.  

WHAT WAS THE TALK OF PROGRAMME

*Prof Umesh Varshney discussed with the students how using simple approaches, the Nobel Laureate, Har Gobind Khorana solved the genetic code. He also educated how Khorana pioneered chemical synthesis of biologically active genes.* Professor Prasanta K. Panigrahi highlighted that starting from special theory of relativity to modern quantum physics, light has played a key role in almost all the branches of physics.*Professor Rup Lal, enumerated how our country has undergone a dramatic change in terms of population, lifestyle and the digital age. 

Prof Umesh Varshney, Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Chairman, Division of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, discussed with the students how using simple approaches, the Nobel Laureate, Har Gobind Khorana solved the genetic code. He also educated how Khorana pioneered chemical synthesis of biologically active genes. He concluded his talk by discussing the contributions of another Nobel Laureate of Indian origin, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, to the field of protein synthesis. He stressed that scientific temper helps  to be rational in  interpersonal relations and day-to-day activities. 

Prof. Deepak Sharma, Professor School of Life Sciences, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi inspired the students with his lecture on the Role of Science in shaping brain, body and behavior. The talk was inclined to sensitize the students on harnessing the brainpower for successful attempt in the exams and reflected on the importance of science in personality development.  

Professor Kanwaljit Chopra, Honorary Coordinator of DST Inspire Internship Program, briefed about five day DST Inspire camp activities hoping that the camp could effectively widen the horizons and ignite the desire for Science in the students. Appreciate the whys and wherefores of Mother Nature and motivate them to pose new questions and look for all the answers,he added. 

Prof Chopra further informed that this five-day camp was meticulously designed and planned to expose the young participants to all the frontiers of science, be it chemical, physical, mathematical or biological sciences. Talks by eminent scientists from across India, coupled with a variety of laboratory sessions, Innovative Scientific Idea competition and cultural program, were included as a part of this camp. 

Students feedback, mementos, prize and certificate distribution to all Panjab University laboratory mentors, students, escort teachers, volunteer and staff of Panjab University was part of the veledictory session. 

Students gave feedback at valedictory function of DST Inspire camp. They were interested in long question answer sessions with mentors of the camp and suggested to increase the interaction time. Students were satisfied with scientific content of the camp and thoroughly enjoyed hands-on experiments at various PU science departments. Students were quite enthusiastic to know about innovations in basic science and admitted that the camp opened new vista of understanding of science and guide them to choose science as career. Escort teachers also interacted with science faculty of Panjab University and were satisfied with their visit to PU. 

6th DST Inspire Internship Camp was inaugurated on 21 Nov,2017  by Chief Guest Professor Prasanta K. Panigrahi, Director, Dean of International Relations and Outreach and Dean of Faculty Affairs, IISER, Kolkata at Panjab University Law Auditorium. Major General KAS Bhullar, Project Director Meritorious School, PSEB, Mohali was Guest of Honor and the inauguration function was presided over by Col G S Chadha (Retd.), Registrar, Panjab University. Professor Kanwaljit Chopra, Chairman, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Honorary Coordinator of DST Inspire, delivered the welcome address and highlighted the achievements of PU, UIPS and DST Inspire Program Centre. Dr Anurag Kuhad, Program Coordinator, DST Inspire Internship Camp briefed about the past DST Inspire camps and introduced the students to program schedule of the current DST Inspire camp. 

Major General KAS Bhullar, Project Director Meritorious School, PSEB, Mohali urged his students to take full advantage of this opportunity and do not hesitate to ask question in Hindi/English or Punjabi. Col G S Chadha (Retd.), Registrar, Panjab University highlighted the importance of learning and not to give up at any  point of their life. 

Professor Prasanta K. Panigrahi, Director, Dean of International Relations and Outreach and Dean of Faculty Affairs, IISER, Kolkata delivered inaugural lecture entitled What is matter made of ? He highlighted that starting from special theory of relativity to modern quantum physics, light has played a key role in almost all the branches of physics.  Prominent scientists like Newton, Huygens, Young, Einstein and Pancharatnam have given shadow to the nature of light. Natural phenomena like diffraction, interference and polarization are the key phenomena which are explained by the theory of light.  We inspire young students to use this theory in modern technologies like quantum technologies to have a better living world. 

Second lecture of the camp was an interactive talk by Professor Rup Lal, Molecular Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, New Delhi. He enumerated how our country has undergone a dramatic change in terms of population, lifestyle and the digital age. 

Professor M S Marwaha, Former Principal, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh conducted 20+ experimental demonstration or Physics Stage Show, covering Mechanics, Sound, Wave Motion, Light, Electricity and Magnetism, inspiring them to learn Physics through understanding of concepts in applications in daily life. Ms Sunayna Singh, CEO of Organ Receiving and Giving Awareness Network (ORGAN), India, sensitized them on the importance of Organ Donation. 

On second day, morning session was focused on hands-on exposure to a variety of basic and advanced practical classes in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Anthropology, Zoology, UIET, UICET, Chemistry, Geology and Physics. These experiments must have fascinated the future scientists.  

Concerted efforts were made   to prepare a platter of practical exercises ranging from use of Vernier calipers, to measurement of viscosity, isolation of casein from milk, tablet manufacturing, chromatographic techniques, acid-base titrations, applications of chromatography, titrimetry and study of exothermic reactions, growth of bacteria, techniques for DNA extraction and gel electrophoresis for DNA visualization, and visits to geology and zoology museums to name a few. Various animal models of diseases were also demonstrated to them. 

Dr Anurag Kuhad, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, highlighted the importance of homeostatic balance in human body and how maintenance of homeostasis can prevent/control incidence of diseases or disorders.  

Professor Ashok K Ganguli, Director, Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali dwelled on some amazing technologies of today like Maglev trains, artificial skin or making objects invisible by applying science into practice and showcased hallmarks of great men and women who have helped in making this world a better place.  

Mr Vinod Phutela, Neuro-Linguistic Trainer, trained them on harness power of mind and various ways to improve memory. 

On third Day, morning session was again focused on hands-on exposure to a variety of basic and advanced practical classes in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Anthropology, Zoology, UIET, UICET, Chemistry, Geology and Physics. 

Professor Kanwaljit Chopra, Chairperson, UIPS, educated the students to make the right choices to adopt healthy behaviours to arrest the progression of epidemic and lifestyle diseases in adulthood as well as for the countrys future health. Professor Madhu Raka, Professor Re-employed, Department of Mathematics, PU, introduced the coding theory and cryptography and explained how prime numbers play a key role in transmitting data in a secure way. 

On fourth day, through various interesting visuals, short films, Professor Arun D Ahluwalia, Outreach Specialist Environmental & Earth Sciences, Professor of Eminence (Honorary), School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh generated excitement in the young audience on various environmental issues threatening India.   

A blend of inspirational talk was organised by Professor Arvind, Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali, who discussed how emergence of quantum physics has changed ways of thinking about the world around us and emphasized the recent developments in the area of quantum computers. 

Professor Sudesh Kaur Khanduja, INSA Senior Scientist IISER, Mohali, discussed how about interesting properties of prime numbers, the corner stone of number theory by relating the story of Hardy-Ramanujan Number. 

Afternoon session was dedicated to hands-on exposure to a variety of basic and advanced practical classes in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Anthropology, Zoology, UIET, UICET, Chemistry, Geology and Physics.  

Meritorious Schools of PSEB and from schools of Chandigarh and Haryana. A total number of 547 meritorious students (361+ girls & 186 boys) specifically from Meritorious Schools of PSEB, Mohali in the rural areas of Punjab participated in the 6th DST INSPIRE CAMP. 

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