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Department of Biotechnology organized State Level Seminar on Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Development

A One day State Level Seminar on ‘Role of Biotechnology in Sustainable Development’ was organized by the Department of Biotechnology in association with, Biotechnology Association and Environment Analysis and Conservation team at Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, on 20th February, 2017 (Monday). Two hundred participants comprising students and faculty members from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar.

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The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event at 9.30 a.m. by lighting the lamp. Dr. R.I.K. Moorthy, Principal of Pillai College of Engineering welcomed the gathering. Opening remarks were given by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, Convener of the Seminar. Chief Guest, Dr. Siddhivinayak Barve, Director – Scientific Research Centre, KET’S V.G. Vaze College, Mulund delivered the keynote address on “Sustainable Development Biotechnology”. In his converse, the explained the current environmental issues that the world is facing and how Biotechnology can help solving these issues directing the nation towards Sustainable Development’. His lecture was very interesting, informative and motivating. The technical session on sustainable energy and agriculture started at 11.15 a.m. by Dr. Sandeep Joshi, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, PCE, New Panvel. He delivered the lecture on “Biofuel - Alternate Engine fuel”. He described the potential of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel as an alternative fuel which can address issues of greenhouse gases, emissions and help in climate change mitigation. The second speaker of the session Dr. Seema Mishra, Director – SIES Indian Institute of Environment Management, Nerul gave the lecture on “Biotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture”. In her talk, she discussed on the development of various biofertilizers and soil fertility improvement strategies to develop effective agriculture. The technical session on Bioenergy and Biodiversity began at 2.15 p.m. following lunch. The session commenced with the lecture of Dr. Shubhalaxmi Vaylure, Founder and CEO, Ladybird Environmental Consultancy LLP, Kharghar. She gave a lecture on “Mobile Applications for recording Urban Biodiversity”. The lecture covered the issues related to usage of the iNaturewatch Mobile apps for climate change studies, engaging students outdoors for environmental studies, and the potential of students as citizen scientists in urban settings. The second speaker for session on Bioenergy was Dr. Annamma Anil Odaneth, Assistant Professor of biochemistry form DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, ICT, Matunga. Her lecture was on “Bioenergy production on sustainable development”. She discussed on biomass resources for bioenergy generation and the technologies used for the same, logistics of biomass collection and storage, its impact on biomass resources, economic development and overall dynamics.

The Valedictory session was held at 4.30 p.m. where, Dr. P. S. Goyal, Dean – R & D, PCE gave the concluding remarks emphasizing on the potential of Biotechnology in developing an effective healthcare. The seminar ended with distribution of certificates by Dr. Annamma and Dr. P. S. Goyal followed by Vote of thanks by the Convener, Prof. Gopakumar Pillai.

The students and faculty members were very interactive throughout the lectures. The seminar received a good feedback form the audience. Overall, the seminar was very encouraging and was well appreciated by the guests, students and faculty members.

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The Department of Biotechnology and Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, organized a State Level Seminar on “Nanobiotechnology and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease Management” on 19th January, 2016 (Tuesday).

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Three hundred participants comprising students & faculty members from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar.

The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event at 10.30 am by lighting the lamp. Dr. Daphne Pillai, Principal, PCACS welcomed the gathering. Opening remarks were given by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, Convener of the Seminar. Chief Guest, Dr. Jayesh Bellare, Professor - Chemical Engineering, School of Biosciences & Bioengineering, IIT, Powai delivered the keynote address “Amazing Nanotechnology and its applications in health care and more...” In his converse, he explained the importance of Nanotechnology and its applications in health care. His lecture was very interesting, informative and motivating. The technical session on Nanobiotechnology started at 11.45 am by Dr. Absar Ahmad, Senior Principal Scientist, NCL, Pune. He delivered the lecture on “Green synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and their various applications”. He described the synthesis of various nanomaterials which has applications in healthcare. The second speaker of the session Dr. P. A .Hassan, Scientific Officer H & Head, Thermal & Interfacial Chemistry Section, Chemistry Division, BARC, gave the lecture on “Interfacial engineering of nanomaterials for drug delivery”. In his talk, he discussed microstructure and drug delivery aspects of various materials created via self-assembly in designing stimuli sensitive drug delivery systems. The technical session on Nutraceuticals began at 2.15 pm following lunch. The session commenced with the lecture of Dr. Rekha Singhal, Professor - Department of Food Engineering & Technology, Dean - Research, Consultancy and Resource Mobilization, ICT, Mumbai. She gave a lecture on “Nutraceuticals for joint health”. The lecture covered the basic reasons and types of disorders associated with joints, the conventional treatments and their limitations, and the nutraceuticals that have been investigated along with their relevant clinical studies reported across the world. The second speaker for session on Nutraceuticals was Dr. Mukesh Nandave, Associate Professor of Pharmacology Department form NMIMS, Mumbai. His lecture was on “Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease with Special Emphasis on their Roles in Cardiovascular Diseases”. He discussed the differences and similarities in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, their market place as well as roles in treatment and management of CVD.

The Valedictory session was held at 4 pm where, Dr. P. S. Goyal, Dean – R & D, PIIT gave the concluding remarks emphasizing on the potential of Nanobiotechnology and Nutraceuticals in developing an effective healthcare. The seminar ended with distribution of certificates by Dr. Rekha Singhal, Dr. Daphne Pillai & Dr. P. S. Goyal followed by Vote of thanks by the Convener, Prof. Gopakumar Pillai.

The students and faculty members were very interactive throughout the lectures. The seminar received a good feedback form the audience. Overall the seminar was very encouraging and was well appreciated by the guests, students and faculty members.

Training on Advances in MicroscopyTraining on Chromatography Techniques

Training on ‘Advances in Microscopy’ for M.Sc. Biotechnology students

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A hands on training on ‘Advances in Microscopy’ was organised by the Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Matunga from 16th to 18th January, 2017. Three students of M.Sc. Biotechnology part I were send for the training (Ms. Shweta Vijaykumar Kartha, Ms. Vaishnavi Uday Samant and Ms. Tanishka Suhas Bagwe). The opportunity was provided to the students through Prof. Gopakumar Pillai who was in communication with Dr. Vigneshwaran, Senior Scientist and Course Coordinator, CIRCOT. The training was of three days and covered types of light microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy and Atomic force microscopy. The principle, operation, sample preparation, methods and applications of various microscopy techniques were detailed and hands on practice were provided. The resource persons of various sessions were reputed professionals in the field of Microscopy. They provided the students in depth knowledge, hands on practice over microscopes and study materials. Refreshments were also provided for three days. Students were provided certificates on completion of the training. The students have been well benefitted with this training and have provided them advanced knowledge and skills in microscopy. One of the highlights of the program was that all the participants excluding the three students were Scientists, Academicians and Industry professionals. This gave a chance for the students to even interact with various specialists in the field. The students were very much motivated with the program. The initiative taken by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai was well appreciated by the Program Coordinator of CIRCOT and the Research Institute has extended their support to have customized programs for the students of our college. The department looks forward to strengthen this bond with CIRCOT and provide quality industrial training to students to help them have a bright career in Biotechnology.

Training on Chromatography Techniques for M.Sc. Biotechnology students

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A hands on training on ‘Chromatography Techniques’ was organised for M.Sc. Biotechnology students at the Institute of Chromatography and Spectroscopy (ICSI), SIES College, Nerul from 7th to 12th September, 2016 during the Ganpati festival vacation.

The objective of the training was to help students develop the industrial expertise in the field of chromatography which will provide them better career prospects. The training was organised by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai, M.Sc Coordinator, Biotechnology Department. The training was of five days and a total of seventeen students from M.Sc. I and II participated in the training program. Dr. G. Ramakrishnan, Director, ICSI and President of Chromatography Society of India (CSI) inaugurated the program and gave his valuable speech in the first session which was also attended by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai. Dr. Ramakrishnan made the students aware about the importance and applications of chromatography in the field of biosciences. He alongwith his staffs ensured that the students were provided attention and all facilities through out the training period. Hands on training were provided to students on HPLC, GC, Mass spectrophotometry, UV & IR spectroscopy. A test was also conducted towards the end of the training to assess the students. The training concluded with a feed back session and distribution of certificates which was attended by Prof. Gopakumar Pillai. Overall the training was found to be very informative and it gave the students, the necessary skills to help them make a career in Industry and Research. Similar programs are being planned to be organised for the overall development of the students.

Campus Drive was conducted for M.Sc Biotechnology part II course

The placement cell had conducted a campus drive for M.Sc. Biotechnology Part II course on 12th January, 2017. Lilac Insights is India’s leading provider of evidence based genetic services with a special focus in the area of Maternal and Fetal Health, Newborn Health and Oncology.

Following students from M.Sc. Biotechnology part II have been selected by Lilac Insights Pvt. Ltd. in the campus interview:

  1. Ms. Neha Kousar Khan
  2. Ms. Kshitija Ghosalkar

Kshitija-trophyMs. Kshitija Ghoslakar, student of M.Sc. Biotechnology Part I won Second Prize in Vernacular Speech and First Prize in Rangoli held during Bonhomie 2016 - Intercollegiate event at Anjuman-i-islam’s Kalsekar Technical Campus on 1st and 3rd February, 2016.

Ms. Kshitija Ghosalkar, student of M.Sc. Biotechnology Part I presented a Research paper on ‘DNA Barcoding: A tool for identification and authentication of Tinosporacordifolia’ in the Interdisciplinary National Conference on Green Technology and Sustainable Development: Indigenous Practices organized by Amity University, Mumbai on 26th and 27th February, 2016.

Consortia - An Intercollegiate Biotechnology Fest on 16th January, 2016. view Brochure