Science Setu: Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ANDC & THSTI

Coordinators: Dr Urmi Bajpai, Dr Anupama Shukla and Dr Seema Makhija

Science Setu program is an initiative undertaken to actively involve Indian scientists in sharing their research interests with the undergraduate students. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between ANDC & THSTI and this endeavor aims to build a bridge between the ANDC students and faculty with the THSTI scientists. Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) is an autonomous institution of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. It came into existence in July 2009 with a mission to integrate the fields of medicine, science, engineering and technology into translational knowledge and make the resulting biomedical innovations accessible to human health.

The Setu provides opportunities to students to work on short-term projects at THSTI under the guidance of a scientist. Under their Shadow: A Scientist program, four of ANDC students got opportunity to work in assigned lab for 10-12 days at THSTI. Students got personal guidance by the scientists to whom they were assigned and conducted experiments in their laboratory

Every year, students from various departments of Acharya Narendra Dev College attend their open day session. This gives them opportunity to participate in the Science quiz and extempore competition organized by THSTI on their open day. During their open day, they also organize poster session where many researchers from THSTI present their work.

THISTI also sponsored the travel allowance of one of our student Ms. Akhila A. of B.Sc. (H) Biomedical Science II Year to attend the Indian International Science Festival, which was organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati at Indra Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow held from October 5-8, 2018.

Talks by Eminent Scientists of THISTI are regularly organized in the college to update students in the latest developments in the field of translational health sciences. The topics ranged from generic account on viruses and bacteria, their complexity and role in our ecosystem to the specialised ones such as vaccine development and chemotherapy in tuberculosis, viral vectors, ethical issues regarding gene therapy and the emerging technology such as CRISPR. Some of the eminent speakers who have visited the college in the recent years are:

  1. Dr Tarun Kumar Sharma
  2. Dr Chandresh Sharma
  3. Dr. Pallavi Kshetrapal
  4. Dr. Shailaja Sopory
  5. Dr. Suchitra Devi Gopinath
  6. Dr. Milan Surjit
  7. Dr. Mohan B. Appaiahgari
  8. Dr. Guruprasad
  9. Dr. Arup Banerjee
  10. Dr. Sankar Bhattacharya
  11. Dr. Amit Pandey
  12. Dr. Krishnamohan
  13. Dr. Ramandeep Singh
  14. Dr. Nishith Aggrawal