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Successful start of “EMERGE 2017”- Hands-on Workshops for EMpowering UndeRGraduatEs at CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow

‘EMERGE 2017’, an initiative by CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow successfully began on 18th July, 2017. This is a unique opportunity for the Undergraduate students to enrich theoretical as well as practical knowledge in the areas of Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Advanced Microscopy and Bioinformatics. EMERGE 2017 thematic S&T workshops commenced with welcoming the undergraduate students participating in this three-day hands-on workshop (18-20, July 2017) by Dr Parthasarathi Ramakrishnan, Coordinator. The event was inaugurated by Dr Poonam Kakkar, Chief Scientist, Dr. Kar Chowdhuri, Chief Scientist, Dr Devendra Parmar, Chief Scientist and Chairmen, HR Cell, CSIR-IITR. The esteemed panel members encouraged the participants to pursue science with passion and innovate technologies to solve societal needs. All four workshops are running in parallel with expert guidance of CSIR-IITR scientists: Dr VP Sharma, Dr Raviram, Dr Raja Gopal, Dr Alok Pande, Dr Amit Kumar, Dr Vikas Srivastava, Dr Satyakam Patnaik, Dr Manoj Kumar, Dr Neeraj Kumar Satija, Dr Pradeep Kumar Sharma and technical team: Dr P Saxena,   Mr Puneet, Mr Jai  and Ms Nidhi Arjaria. Student participants are learning enthusiastically on various advanced tools and techniques currently used in the field of life science and nanotechnology research.


World Environment Day - 2017

A perfect blend of science and technology marked the environment day celebrations at city based CSIR- Indian Institute of Toxicology Research. Welcoming the gathering, Director of the Institute, Prof. Alok Dhawan said, the Institute was privileged to host Padmashri Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Former Director, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and Distinguished Scientist, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad and Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand, Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, reflecting Institute’s commitment towards converting fundamental science into tangible human benefit. Also present were former and serving scientists and staff of CSIR-IITR.

Go Green with alternative fuel resources to save environment, says Prof. Balasubramanian

Padmashri Prof. Balasubramanian, delivered the XXI Dr. C.R. Krishnamurti Memorial Oration on the occasion. Speaking on global warming, he highlighted the need to forego fossil fuels so that the future world can cherish the clean and green environment.  Dr. Balasubramanian said that it is high time to go green by using alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy apart from bioelectricity generation from Microbial fuel cells. 

The function was presided over by Padmashri Dr. Nitya Anand Former Director, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. He stated that the environment is the most sacred place facilitating the survival of life and hence needs to be conserved. He suggested that schools and colleges shall have a regular course in environmental science. He also requested everyone to pledge for implementing actions towards the safe environment.  

A report entitled “Assessment of Ambient Air Quality of Lucknow City during Pre-Monsoon, 2017: Findings of a Random Survey", prepared by Environmental Monitoring Division of the Institute was released on this occasion. Details of the report are available on the institute’s website.

CSIR–IITR conducted a painting competition for school students in two age groups, the prizes for which were distributed on the occasion. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Er A.H. Khan Principal Scientist, CSIR-IITR, and convener of the function.

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One day workshop on “Be A Scientist” for school students

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research organized a one day workshop on “Be A Scientist” for school students from 8th standard to 12th standard on 18th May 2018. More than 130 students from 20 schools including Lucknow Public College, La Martiniere Girls' College, La Martiniere College boys, Loreto College, Wisdom Educational Academy, Lucknow city college, Unity College, Study Hall, Vidya Tree Modern world college, Kendriya vidyalaya Aliganj, AR Jaipuria School, St.Dominic Savio College, M.R. Jaipuria School Bansal Campus, City Montessori School, Sector-O, Delhi Public School, KVIIT Kanpur, ST. Clares Convent School, Christ Church College Lucknow attended the workshop. Dr Devendra Parmar, Chief Scientist welcomed the gathering and spoke about the programme CSIR Jigyasa initiatives for school kids on science outreach. Professor Dr Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-IITR addressed the student scientists of the day with inspirational thoughts and motivation to pursue career in science and do translational research that will be beneficial to society. Dr R Parthasarathi, Coordinator of the event presented vote of thanks and acknowledged Indian National Science Academy, The National Academy of Sciences and UPAAS for sponsoring the event. Students and teachers from respective schools visited advanced imaging facility, computational toxicology facility, translational facility, food toxicity and adulteration and molecular biology facility and interacted with scientists and research scholars of CSIR-IITR. Students had hands on experience on DNA isolation, building and visualizing molecules and chemicals, detecting adulteration/ contamination in oil and electron microscopy.

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Workshop on Synthesis, Characterization and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

A workshop on Synthesis, Characterization and Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials was inaugurated at the city based premier toxicology institute of the country, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research today, March 22, 2017.

Dr Alok Pandey, Co-convener of the workshop welcomed the gathering and Dr D. Kar Chowdhuri, Chief Scientist, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research and Chairman of the organizing committee apprised the guests and participants on the genesis of the workshop and the role the institute has played in advancing the science of nanotechnology. Delivering the inaugural address, Dr P. S. Chauhan, Former Head, Cell Biology Division, BARC, Mumbai emphasised the need for a focussed approach to evaluating nanomaterial safety, given their increasing use in various realms of human exposure. Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, while delivering his presidential remarks urged the participants to make the most of workshop by interacting with leading scientists of nanotechnology at the institute. The workshop schedule has been designed in a way have judicious mix of lectures and hands-on laboratory experimentation / demonstration covering topics of nanomaterial synthesis, characterization and safety using cutting edge technologies like electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and various in-vitro and in-vivo assays.

Dr Satyakam Patnaik, Co-convener of the workshop, proposed the vote of thanks.


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