Expert talks, research papers and more, highlights of the national seminar on Life Science at CUSB on Feb 20 – 21
If we wish to save the national aquatic animal ‘Dolphin’ from extinction then the government has to take strong steps. Law similar in lines of Wildlife Protection Act needs to be framed for saving the Dolphin found in Ganges river of India. If the tough rules are not formulated in due course of time there are fair chances we may lose the Dolphin like other endangered species. The concern was expressed by Patna University Zoology department’s Padmashree Professor R. K. Sinha during the inaugural day i.e on Monday, February 20, 2017 in national seminar on Life Science organised by Life Science programme of Central for Biological Sciences (CBS) of Central University of South Bihar (CUSB). Famed as ‘Dolphin Man’ Professor Sinha delivered the keynote talk entitled ‘Current Status and Conservation of the Ganges River Dolphin in India’. With the help of Power Point Presentation (PPT) Prof. Sinha described the life cycle of Dolphin in their habitat river Ganges and challenges faced by the species in the survival. Highlighting the fatality causes of Dolphin, the veteran environmentalist said of course the pollution in Ganges is one of the reasons to disturb the habitat of the mammal and poaching for the oil is also a reason. However, dolphins are killed due to other unintentional reasons by getting trapped in the fishing nets or hit by the sharp edge of the boats plying in river Ganges. Prof. Sinha who is working on Dolphin for past many decades said that as per latest study a total of 3607 are found in river Ganges which includes main stream and tributaries of the river Ganga, Brahmaputra river and tributaries, rivers of Nepal, rivers of Bangladesh and part of Sundarbans. Answering a query of the audience Prof. Sinha said in last December his team of researchers have spotted altogether 40 dolphins in the river Ganges crossing by Patna region.
Before the keynote address of Prof. Sinha the two-days national seminar on ‘Current Trends in Life Science’ was inaugurated at the auditorium of Bihar Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (BAMETI) in Patna, close to Phulwarisharif railway crossing in the morning. The dignitaries present at the inaugural ceremony were Chief guest Dr. Pradeep Das, Director, RMRIMS, Patna, Padmashree Prof. R. K. Sinha, Dept. of Zoology, Patna University as Guest of Honour. The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. O. P. Rai, Pro Vice-Chancellor of CUSB in company of patron Prof. R.S. Rathore, Dean, School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Rizwanul Haque, Head of CBS and also Convenor of the seminar, Dr. Gautam Kumar (Organising Secretary), Dr. Manoj Panchal (Co-Organising Secretary) and Dr. Amrita Srivastava (Treasurer).
After the formal inauguration of the seminar by lightening of the lamp the guests shared their views on the topic. Dr. Rizwanul Haque in his welcome speech thanked the dignitaries and delegates from gracing the occasion and highlighted the activities and achievements of CBS. Prof. R. S. Rathore urged the young participants for doing research with complete dedication and focussed approach for innovative research outcomes.
Speaking on the occasion Pro VC Prof. Rai said that the new-new innovations in the field of biological science is really remarkable and worthy for mankind as the treatment / medicines for deadly diseases were formulated. However, while at one hand life expectancy has increased on the other hand ageing disease i.e. Parkinson Disease is a big concern. Scientists may put their best effort for inventing the medicines to cure such unwanted diseases, mentioned Prof. Rai.
The chief guest Prof. Das working in the field of life science for past 30 years shared his experiences and research work with special focus on Kala-azar disease. With his power point presentation on the topic “Elamination of Kala-azar from Vaishali : A major achievement of RMRIMS” he shared about the work done for the deadly disease. Expressing his happiness Dr. Das said that with the extensive research works of many years finally they got the encouraging result in 2016 as there was zero fatality due to Kala-azar in the Vaishali area.
On the inaugural day the seminar was compared by Dr. Amrita Srivastava accompanied by Dr. Tara Kashav. In the second session post lunch Prof. S. Gourinath, JNU, New Delhi, Dr. Subodh Sinha and Dr. G. Abraham both from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (New Delhi) and Dr. Laishram Singh, University of Delhi given their presentations on different topics. The poster session by the students / researches and emerging scientist award were other highlights of the day first of the seminar. Likewise, on Tuesday as well many lectures were delivered by the experts along with poster presentation and emerging scientist award ceremony. Major themes to be covered in the two-days seminar are ‘Plant and Animal physiology and molecular biology, DNA-protein interactions, infectious diseases, microbial taxonomy and physiology, protein biochemistry, computational and structural biology.’
On the second day in the Keynote talk renowned scientist Prof. A. N. Lahiri Majumdar, Bose Institute, Kolkata said that the ubiquitous distribution and antiquity of the MIPS protein/gene makes it an ideal model for studying evolution throughout the biological kingdom. Prof. Majumdar spoke on the topic ‘Antiquity and functional diversity of L-myo-Inositol 1-phosphate synthase (MIPS). With the help of power point presentation (PPT), Prof. Majumdar described about the diversity and ancestry of MIPS which is quite helpful in extreme weather condition like drought.
Further Dr. Gopaljee Jha, NIPGR, New Delhi talked about the ‘Understanding the molecular intricacies of rice-Rhizoctonia solani interactions’, while Dr. Prashant Singh from National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune delivered the talk on ‘Cyanobacterial taxonomy : An enigmatic debate goes on’. In the post lunch session Dr. Rakesh Kumar Singh from BHU spoke on the topic ‘CD200 and CD200R interaction : Its role in leishmanial pathogenesis and vaccine induced immunity’. Other speakers of the day were Dr. Jawaid Ahsan and Dr. Manoj Panchal both from CUSB, along with Dr. Vahab Ali, RMRI, Patna and Dr. Kislay K. Sinha, NIPER Hajipur. The sessions of the seminar were chaired by Dr. Pradhan Parth Sarthi, Head EVS, CUSB, Dr. Rizwanul Haque, Head CBS, CUSB, Dr. R. K. Singh, BHU and Dr. Krishna Prakash, CUSB. While the sessions were co-chaired by Dr. Gautam Kumar, Dr. Asheesh Shanker, Dr. Antresh Kumar and Dr. Lokendra Kumar Sharma.
The second as well as last day of national seminar featured expert talks, poster presentations and presentations for Emerging Scientist Award. The two day national seminar came to end with valedictory ceremony in presence of chief patron CUSB Vice-Chancellor Prof. Harish Chandra Singh Rathore and other members of organizing committee Dr. Rizwanul Haque, Convenor, Dr. Gautam Kumar (Organising Secretary), Dr. Manoj Panchal (Co-Organising Secretary), Dr. Amrita Srivastava (Treasurer) and Dr. Tara Kashav.