Workshops/ Seminars/ Training/ Conferences

Dr Anjana Srivastava Convener, Organized National symposium on Pesticides, Food Safety & Environment on November 8, 2011.

National Training workshop on “Intervention of Bioinformatics in Biodiversity Indexing Technologies, Oct 10-14, 2011 for the scientists, mid career teachers and Students.

There exists a huge plant biodiversity in our country and specifically in the state of Uttarakhand which has vast reservoirs of many useful genes and biologically active molecules that are largely unknown and have many beneficial properties which can be exploited for biomedical and agricultural applications. Unfortunately, growing human intervention into the floral habitats has led to fast erosion of these prized natural resources. Hence, to tap the full potential, there is immediate need to index these bio-resources using modern techniques such as development of core and mini core, their phenomics and genomics, DNA fingerprinting such as using modern DNA barcoding tools, which would subsequently be of immense help in identifying important proteins /compounds and mining important genes. Therefore, to scintillate and equip young and active researchers in the field of biodiversity indexing, the Bioinformatics Sub-DIC, Pantnagar conducted a 5 day workshop on the topic “Intervention of Bioinformatics in Biodiversity Indexing Technologies” on Oct 10th-14th, 2011. Expectedly, the theme of the workshop attracted more than 80 participants from various universities/institutions of our country. To provide a comprehensive understanding about the subject, on-hand practicals and lectures were organized by invited eminent scientists like Dr. L.M.S. Palni from GBPIHED, Almora, Dr. Anil Kumar from GBPUAT, Pantnagar, Dr. Dr. T. Napolean from IARI, Dr. Badri Narayan from NISER, Bhubneswar, Dr. Sunder from IIT Delhi, Dr. Sameer Savant from NBRI of our country who have in-depth knowledge of theoretical concepts of bioinformatics and computational biology as well as wide knowledge of various bioinformatics tools that have applications in biodiversity indexing. The participants gave an overwhelming response to the contents of workshop and were very interested in utilizing the knowledge gained to explore the biodiversity potential of our country as well as integrating it in their ongoing research work.