Extra Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities
- REPORT ON STUY VISIT TO SRI CHAMARAJENDRA ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS, MYSORE ON 17 FEBRURY 2020
1 MSc Zoology students of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru visited Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore on 17/02/20 as a part of the curriculum (Practical in Animal Phylogeny and evolution MZOO251) with Dr. Krishnakumar V K as faculty incharge. The team started from CHRIST University Campus by college bus at 7.30 am and reached the Zoo by 12.00 pm. The journey provided real exposure to a lot of species from different phyla including aves, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. It houses more than 1450 specimens belonging to 168 species representing more than 30 countries. Anaconda and peacock were some of the attracting animals of the zoo. Students were made aware of the various concepts of animal phylogeny and evolution pattern of animals belonging to same family and the diversity in life during the course o evolution.
- Report on Extension activity under on “Maps - save arctic” in East West school 2019
The Department of Life Sciences had organized an extension activity in East West School on “MAPS- Save Arctic”. The talk was given by Pavan Rao, final year BSc BCZ student under the guidance of Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences in collaboration with a Canadian NGO Parvati.org on 7 September 2019. The intention was to spread the message on the urgent need to protect the Arctic region from commercialization as it has terrible consequences on climate change.
- Report on the Felicitation Ceremony of First Student Stem Cell donor
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a felicitation ceremony on Feb 11, 2020 in the KE Auditorium, Block IV, Central Campus, for the first student stem cell donor from India, Mr Suresh Varma, from the SCRI registry developed during the Stem Cell Registry Drive organized last year in CHRIST University, Central Campus under the guidance of Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences in collaboration with an NGO, DKMS, Germany and BMST, Bangalore. Suresh Varma is a second year undergraduate student of BCom F in CHRIST (Deemed to be University). He willingly donated his blood stem cells when it came a match for a patient who needed stem cells for the treatment. Stem cells are generally matched by HLA typing and only if the correct match is obtained, they can be received by cancer. patients. The department of Life Sciences felicitated Mr Suresh Varma with a cash prize for his noble and selfless service for the suffering mankind.
- Report on the Life Science Alumni Meet on January 26, 2020
The Alumni Meet of the department of Life Sciences of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was conducted at 2.30 PM on January 26, 2020 in Zoology Lab, Block I of Central Campus. The event in charge was Dr Ganesh. S. About 35 alumni came for the program. There was cake cutting followed by interaction of the alumni with teachers and among themselves. The event went up to 5pm. The faculty and alumni had a photo session before dispersing.
- Report on the Global Backyard Bird Count 2020
The Global backyard bird count takes place every year over four days around the middle of February. Sine it is carried out at around the same time every year, GBBC helps create an annual, real time snapshot of how birds habituate a place. The excitement of the event is contagious and makes it make this event as a great platform to introduce students to birds and bird-watching. GBBC 2020 took place from 14th-17th February 2020. It is a coordinated effort to document bird life in CHRIST University campus. The basic procedure is to list all the bird species seen at a particular location during the days of GBBC and the list of birds were uploaded in the e-bird, a bird recording
- Report on Guest Lecture on Ecology of Frogs 2020
Green Army, in association with the Department of Life Sciences, organized a guest lecture on "Ecology of Frogs" on Feb 1, 2020. The event was held in the Panel Room, Block II, Main Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to Be University). The speaker, Dr Gururaja K V, Chief Scientist at Gubbi Labs and faculty member at Srishti Institute of Arts, Design & Technology, who has over 20 years’ experience in the world of amphibian ecology graced the occasion. He presented excerpts of his work and discoveries, including data from his PhD thesis "Effect of Habitat Fragmentation on Distribution and Ecology of Anurans in Some Parts of Central Western Ghats". He also shared anecdotes from his time in the field and answered several queries about the relevance of amphibians to the ecosystem. Stressing on the importance of habitat conservation. He encouraged students to take up the initiative to raise public awareness and bring about ideas that would help protect India's diverse amphibian population, 80% of which is at risk of extinction. The session was lively and interactive, and helped generate interest towards the often misconceptualized field of batrachology.
- Report on Csa Rural Exposure Camp at Yeldur, Kolar District 2020
- Report on Biogala 2020
Biogala “The Celebration of Life”, was a National Seminar Series and an Inter Collegiate Fest organised by Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). It was a two-day event held on 11th and 12th of February 2020. The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Praveen Karanth, Professor, Centre for Ecological studies, Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore. Inaugural talk was on evolution and distribution of species, Second talk from Dr. Kumaresan, National Dairy research Institute, was on fertility issues and reproductive capability in cattles. Dr. Mathivanam Jothi, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore spoke on cancer therapeutics. Poster presentation competition was well received with participants from more than ten colleges. The second day was filled with events among different colleges which includes Jain University, Islamiah college, St. Aloysius -Mangalore, Garden City University, Bharathi Dasan University, Dayananda Sagar University, Vijaya college, St. Joseph college and BMS college. The events conducted were Treasure Hunt, Flower arrangement, 1+1 Sketching, Marketing Genius, True Detective, JAM and Quiz, followed by cultural competition among the students of Department of Life Sciences, of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). To the end, the Overall winners were declared to be St. Joseph’s College and the runner up was won by St. Aloysius College.
- Report on Invited Talk By Dr Shivanna Orgainzied by the Department Of Life Sciences on 27 November 2019
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a talk by Dr K R Shivanna, INSA Senior Scientist, Ashoka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology (ATREEE) Foundation, Bangalore as a part of “Memorial Lecture series on National Personalities” on 27 November 2019. Dr Shivanna shared his experiences and views about the national personalities Dr.Panchannan Maheshwari and Dr.Birbal Sahani. He also spoke about the importance of research and contribution of these scientist to research fields. The talk was followed by open discussion, question and answer session that were highly beneficial to the students.
- Report On Csa Rural Exposure Camp at Yeldur, Kolar District held On 22 & 23 November 2019
A rural exposure camp was held at Yeldur on 22 and 23 November 2019, as part of Centre for Social Actions (CSA) initiative to look in to the socio-economic conditions of the people living there and assessing their progresses towards development. The camp was held for 2 BCZ students coordinated by Dr.P.Manikantan and Mrs.Parvathy. Valuable inputs about the socio-economic life of the rural people were given by the coordinator Mr Anjan. He discussed about the conditions of the villages to visit, the rules to abide by and the issues that to tackle, as well as the stereotypes existing in the life of rural people. He also mentioned how previous batches had managed to ensure that the evils like child marriage were curbed, how women are encouraged to undergo delivery in hospitals and primary health centres so as to receive post-natal care, and how they had managed to improve the number of children pursuing their higher studies. The camp visualized the main problems currently faced by the villages including lack of awareness of the advantages of completing higher studies as well as maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.
- Report on Rameshwaram Field Trip
- Report on Inter Collegiate Science Fest Jeevotsav 2019
Department of Life Sciences organized an intercollegiate Science Fest “Jeevotsav 2019” on 19th August 2019. Several colleges from different parts of Bangalore participated in the fest. A total of 9 events were conducted including quiz as a prime event and cash prizes were given to the winners. The function was concluded with the valedictory and prize distribution ceremony.
- Report on the stem cell donor registration drive organized by the dept of life sciences 2019
The Department of Life Sciences had organized a Stem Cell Registry Drive under the guidance of Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, Dept of Life Sciences in collaboration with A DKMS, Germany and BMST, Bangalore on 19 August 2019. Ms. Shalini Gambhir, BMST Head of Donor Recruitment and Communications and her team of volunteers with Mr. Vysakh Shaji as the Lead were in charge of training the volunteers involved in the program on the importance of becoming potential stem cell donors and the procedures involved during the registration process like filling up registration forms, administration of the buccal swab, barcoding of the samples, etc. The Lead student Coordinator from CHRIST (Deemed to be University) was Ms Vibha Bharadwaj of final year BCZ. She was assisted by a team of 20 other student volunteers. A total of 141 entries were registered during the drive. This was a positive move towards a social cause - of helping cancer and thalassemia patients who may need stem cells for transplant.
- Report on Leadership Programme on Competency Building In Digital Learning
REPORT ON LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME ON “COMPETENCY BUILDING IN DIGITAL LEARNING” ORGANIZED BY THE DEPT OF LIFE SCIENCES DURING MAY 27-30 2019
A four day workshop on “Competency building in Digital Learning” as a part of Faculty Development and Leadership Programme was organized by the Department of Life Sciences from 27 to 30 May 2019. The Programme was coordinated by Dr Anish Nag. As resource persons of the workshop, Dr Fiju K Chacko Dr .Vinay M, Dr Sayantan and Dr Anish trained faculty members on different aspects on digital learning with a primary focus on leadership competency building.
- Report On Biodiversity Field Trip To Valley School, Kanakpura Road, Organized By The Department Of Life Sciences On 13 July 2019
A field trip was organized on 13 July 2019 for second year M.Sc. Zoology students to assess the biodiversity in the forest surrounding Valley School, Kanakpura Road accompanied by Dr P U Antony. It is located in Thatguni at a distance of 17 km away from the Bangalore city. The trip was aimed at understanding biodiversity and various methods and methodologies of observing biodiversity like the point transact and the line transact. Various species of birds were observed ranging from drongos to the wild fowl, wild boar rest areas, and possible vulture nests. New techniques were taught to identify animals with their peculiar calls. The overall visit exemplified on the fact that it is important to learn about the biodiversity and even more important to conserve it.
- Report On Agronomy Study Trip To Harohalli Organized By The Department Of Life Sciences On 19 July, 2019
A Study trip to Harohalli for understanding the agricultural practices in the state of Karnataka was organized on 19 July 2019 for the students 5BCB, accompanied by Prof Xavier Vincent and Dr D Sayantan. Prof Xavier elaborated the students about various cultivation techniques of maize and coconut, as well as the revenue generated by the farmers from those crops grown by the farmers in that area. The team also visited the lake, which was mainly used for irrigating the agricultural fields. The students were immensely benefited by the discussions on sustainable agricultural strategies, current scenario and future prospects.
- Report On Field Trip To Biligiriranga Hills Organized By The Department Of Life Sciences On 5 And 6 July, 2019
A two days field trip was organized on July 5 and 6, 2019 for the students of second year M.Sc. Botany to Biligiriranga Hills (BR hills) as a part of practical syllabus in Angiosperm taxonomy , accompanied by the honorable Head of the Department , Fr Jobi Xavier and Mr Joel Jose. The entire trip was about identification and collection of different species plants from varied families and the preparation of herbarium. The students guided by the teachers and local guide were taken deep into the forest to keenly observe the surrounding vegetation, identify and collect some of the rare varieties and thereby were taught the preparation of herbarium. The students were immensely benefited by this field trip as the study of taxonomy requires observing the characters of different specimen to get a better understanding of varied families.
- Report on study trip to fisheries research and information centre 2019
A study trip was organized on 16th July 2019 for 5BCZ and 5CBZ students to the Fisheries Research and Information Centre (FRIC), Hesaraghatta as a part of their practical syllabus in Aquatic Biology accompanied by Dr Krishna Kumar V and Dr Mridul Umesh. Fisheries Research and Information Centre (FRIC) is a unit established in the year 1960 by Govt. of Karnataka as a Fisheries Research Station and got transferred to University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru in 1966. It is a part of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University since 2005 and was re-nominated as Fisheries Research & Information Centre. It is located adjacent to the Hesaraghatta Lake, which is about 38 km away from the Bengaluru city. The visit was spearheaded by Dr Ravindragouda Patil, who briefed about the objectives of the institute, and highlighted the various steps involved in culture fisheries. Dr Patil described the shortcomings of the capture fisheries sector and explained the breeding techniques used for the culture of the Indian major carps at the institute. The research centre housed facilities like breeding tanks, stocking tanks and integrated aquaculture (duck- cum- fish and poultry- cum- fish) systems and has diverse array of aquatic animals ranging from goldfishes, mollies, guramis to swordtails, bettas and a soft-shelled turtle. The students had a fruitful interaction with Dr Patil and were benefited from his expertise about the intricacies and the importance of care, prudence and patience in the aquaculture industry.
- Report On Nature Walk To Devarayanadurga 2019
A Nature walk was organized by the Green Army on July 3rd, 2019 to the Ramadeverabetta near Devarayanadurga under the leadership of Dr P U Antony and Dr K A Paari. Fifty three students from various departments participated in the trekking camp. Students discussed the importance of nature conservation and enjoyed the significance of green environment. Dr. Antony PU led the trekking team with his experience and explained the animal habitat in the hilly regions and modes of ecosystem selection by the animal kingdom. Students also discussed various other issues related with environment and ecosystem management. Trekking also turned out to be a good physical outfit for the students and was a real leaning experience. Green Army Alumni, Rachit shared his experience about his association with the green army activities.
- Report on official inaugration of green army activities 2019
Inauguration of Green Army activities for the academic year 2019-2020 was held on June 29, 2019 A lecture on Wild life conservation was delivered by Mr. Gowrie Shankar, a wildlife biologist studying king cobras for close to two decades. Several wildlife documentaries like the King Cobra and I, Secrets of the King Cobra, One million snake bites, Deadliest snakes and Cobra King screened in the channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild and Animal Planet explains the contribution of the speaker Mr. Gowrie Shankar to the field of wild life conservation. Mr. Gowrie Shankar enlightened the audience about the phytogeography of king cobras across South East Asia. He shared his experience working at premier organizations like the Centre for Herpetology, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and also at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Agumbe. He shared his experience on how he has rescued and relocated over 350 king cobras from distress situations and monitored over 35 king cobra nests. Green Army activities were explained to the gathering. The students were encouraged and motivated to participate in all the upcoming activities of Green Army emphasizing the conservation of nature and wildlife.
- Report on Faculty Academia Interaction on LCMS technology with Agilent Technologies, Research Facility on June 18, 2019
A few faculty members of the Department of Life Sciences (Fr Jobi Xavier HOD; Dr Anish Nag and Mr Jyothis Devasia) and Mr. Tony Thomas Mathew, Facility Management; visited Agilent Technologies Research Facility, Bangalore on 18 June 2019 to have a basic training on the applications of Agilent LC MS/MS system as a part of the departmental Faculty Development Programme. Experts from Agilent Technologies Ltd. gave in depth presentations on different aspects of LC MS/MS system including analysis, hardware and software. Further the team also visited the laboratory facility of the organization accompanied by the officials of Agilent Technologies Ltd to understand more on the working of the instrument and its applications in the field of Life Sciences.
- Green Army Activities Post August 2018
- Report on National Conference on Innovation in Life Science for Sustainable Environment 2019
A national level conference, Innovation in Life Sciences for Sustainable Environment (ILSE 2019) was organised in CHRIST (Deemed to be University) on 20 and 21 February 2019. It was the place of meet for more than 500 life science students, eminent environmentalists and enthusiastic students for two days, which was organised with the view of creating some awareness against the environmental adversaries.
Through the continued discussions and interesting presentations, everyone attending the conference got an idea about the possibilities of reducing the increasing levels of global warming, environmental pollution and other environmental hazards. Thus, as a consequence of the event, we were able to instigate the young minds, to create the much needed awareness. There were speakers and participants from all around the country, with an estimate of around 400 participants, including around 100 posters and 50 oral presentations. About 35 institutions all around the country were involved, both from north as well as south. In the inaugural ceremony, we had eminent speakers like Uma Shaanker, Padmashree awardee Saalumarada Thimakka and Suresh Heblikar. The ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp and was followed by plenary talks and presentations. There was release of the “Book of abstracts”, a compilation of around 200 abstracts, in the inaugural ceremony, by the eminent environmentalists and speakers. All delegates were felicitated and honoured.
On the second day also, there were many presentations with both poster and oral happening simultaneously. There were numerous judges and there were divisions such as faculty and students and presentations were held accordingly. There was arrangement for lunch and finally in the valedictory ceremony, prizes were distributed by Mr. Jagannath Rao, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Lakes, BBMP, Bangalore. Also, the departmental magazine, Biolink, was released on that day. Altogether, there was a positive atmosphere created at the end of the conference. It was a memorable national conference, bringing thousands of people together, on the platform of environmental sustainability.
- Report on Study trip to Government Aquarium 2019
A study trip was organized on 13 Feb 2019, for the 6 CBZ class to the Government Aquarium as part of the practical syllabus accompanied by Prof Ganesh. Located adjacent to Visvesvaraya industrial and technological Museum on Kasturba road, about 7 kms from Christ University in Bangalore within the premises of Cubbon Park, the Government Aquarium is the most famous and largest aquarium in Bangalore and the second largest in India. Established in the year 1983, this aquarium has on display a variety of ornamental as well as exotic fishes. It is an ideal place for casual exploring in Bangalore. While the first floor has 14 tanks, the second floor has 69 tanks of various cultivable fishes and other aquatic flora and fauna. The various fishes that can be seen at the aquarium are eels, angelfish, hockey stick tetra, pearl gourami, goldfish, moon tail, Siamese Fighters, Catla, Goldfish, Red Tail Shark, Arowana among others. The students appreciated the experiential learning from the Centre.
- Report on Study trip to Central Poultry Development and Training Institute 2019
A study trip was organized on 27 Feb 2019, for the 6 BCZ class to the central poultry development and training institute, Hesarughatta, Bangalore as part of the practical syllabus accompanied by Dr Paari and Prof Ganesh. The Central Poultry Development Organisation and Training Institute under Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India was formed after merging and restructuring of the Central Poultry Units located at Hessaraghatta, Bangalore viz. Central Poultry Training Institute, Central Poultry Breeding Farm, Central Duck Breeding Farm, Random Sample Poultry Performance Testing Centre, during June 2003. It is located close to and on the way to Hessaraghatta lake about 40 kms from Christ University in Bangalore. It was established with an objective of acclimatizing and multiplying the exotic strains of WLH poultry. The Centre also has a Duck Breeding Farm (CDBF) with the technical collaboration of Government of United Kingdom for production and supply of layer and meat type of ducks across the country. Th students had a fruitful interaction with the Director Dr Mahesh PS and the deputy director Dr KS Prathap Kumar of the institute who briefed us about the history of the institute as well its aims and objectives. Dr Prathap Kumar also took the students to show the demonstration units where the different breeds of fowls were reared for visitors view. In all, this visit helped students to gain an insight in the happenings and functioning of the institute. Practical application of the theoretical knowledge gained in college was obtained allowing us to get a better grasp of the concepts.
- Report on the Career Stall 2018
REPORT ON THE CAREER STALL PUT UP BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES DURING DAKSH ON 30 NOVEMBER AND 1 DECEMBER, 2018
Daksh is an education fair conducted by the University Student Council every year. All departments under various deaneries have a representative stall which is open to school and college students. The Department of Life Sciences put up two stalls for two days (30 Nov and 1 Dec, 2018), for undergraduate (Teacher in charges Dr. Sayantan D and Dr. Joseph KS with Adhithya Sankar, Sumam Sara Sunil, Dias Priyanjali Savio and Aman Sharma as student volunteers) and postgraduate (Teacher in charges Prof. Vasantha VL and Dr. Anish Nag with Nidhi Girish and Joel Jose as student volunteers) courses respectively. Various information of the department on categories such as courses, publications, research- internship etc was displayed. Along with these, preserved specimens and permanent slides of various biological specimens were kept as exhibits. In addition to that, on the Day 1 live experiment of DNA isolation from cauliflower using household items was demonstrated and on the second day, blood groups typing experiment was performed live. Both the stalls attracted the crowd who were interested in these courses and necessary details were provided.
- Report on Alumni as resource person for the Moth camp 2018
Report on Alumni as resource person for the Moth camp at Ramanagara, Bangalore Rural on 14 and 15, July 2018 by Ladybird consulting
As a part of the extension activities of the Green Army, Rachit Singh, a Green Army Volunteer was invited as a resource person for the Moth Camp event and an interactive session on moths was conducted along with observations on the moth screen. The event was organised by a LLP company called Ladybird consulting. Participants of different age groups were present and around 50+ moth species were observed. Apart from moths, nature studies in the morning were also done where birds, butterflies and plants were observed, small sessions on birdwatching and other wildlife ethics were also discussed.
- Report of the Potluck 2019
We see students going through their everyday tasks in a routine. We wish our students feel energised at all times, to enjoy what they’re doing. Many curricular and co-curricular activities bring students together but maintaining a healthy cultural diversity that keeps the entire student community motivated and enthused, can be a tough task. There is a simpler and more effective alternative that can be just as rewarding and that is eating together with team potlucks which is a tried and tested team-building exercise used across the world for decades. Bonding over shared meals is an activity well-endorsed by psychologists for better child development, stronger family ties and friendships – and the same could be the key to a happier student’s life. Potlucks as fellowship lunch when the group is large was the brainchild of retired professor of Zoology Arul P V in 2009 and the tradition is still being continued in the department of Life Sciences. Potlucks at student’s community bring a feeling of commune and shared culture to the environment, and they are a good excuse for everyone to sit together and bond. Bonding over food is easily the best kind. Eating meals together, as a group, not only has a positive impact on productivity and group dynamics, it also offers different verticals of the Institution/organization a chance to interact with each other in an informal setup particularly in group with language diversity. Organised potluck lunches help bridge gaps and give everyone a chance to mingle and showcase their regional food culture. Remember to make it optional, so that no one feels like another unnecessary task is being forced upon them. Just a small activity is enough to see the change in the overall enthusiasm and energy of the student group. The classroom and gourmet extension where we had the fellowship lunch was flooded with yummy home-made FOOD! And thanks to the students of the 6 BCZ and 6 CBZ 2016-19 batch who did it.
- Report on Research Lab Visit 2019
The students of 4 semester MSc Biotechnology were taken for a research lab tour by Dr Suma S and Dr Biljo V Joseph to Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Trivandrum and Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Palode in Kerala. The students were taken to different research labs and instrumentation labs in RGCB and JNTBGRI and the scientists briefed them on the mandates of the lab (Infectious diseases biology, Cancer Biology, Micropropagation, Plant Molecular Biology etc) and the uses of the sophisticated instruments.
- REPORT ON FOREIGN FACULTY INTERACTION WIH DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON MARCH 1, 2019
The department of Life sciences had organized an interactive session with foreign faculty from UK on March 1, 2019. The participants from the foreign Universities included Dr Lynda Partridge, Fellow of Royal Society of Biology, University of Sheffield, UK and Dr Pattanathu Rahman, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, University of Portsmouth, UK. The event was done in collaboration with British Council. Thefaculty in charge was Dr Sayantan from CHRIST. Ms Miriam Ebenezer, Sr Manager, South India British Council, Chennai also participated in the discussion. The meeting was attended by Dr Anish, Dr Praveen, Dr Mridul, Dr Venkat, Dr Alok, Dr Biljo, Dr Paari, Dr Manikantan, Dr Sayantan from the Department of Life Sciences The meeting mainly focused on the possibilities of collaboration between the institutions which the delegates belonged to and CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. The delegates also informed the faculty members about the MSc programmes in their University. Ms Miriam informed the faculty members about the role of British Council to facilitate the collaboration. The delegates also had a discussion with Fr Jobi Xavier, HOD, Life Sciences.
- REPORT ON THE GOLDEN JUBILEEE NATIONAL SCIENCE EXHIBITION ORGANIZED BY THE DEANERY OF SCIENCES on January 7, 2019
The Deanery of Sciences organized the Golden Jubilee National Science exhibition on January 7, 2019 in the Central Campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the different colleges and Universities across India actively participated in the exhibition. A total of 70 teams representing the seven domains of sciences, viz. Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Life Sciences took part in the exhibition. There was a total of 26 external college teams, including few from outside Karnataka.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Honorable Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Fr Dr Thomas C Mathew. Dr T V Joseph, Coordinator of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Deanery of Sciences, Dr Suma S, National Science Exhibition Coordinator, Dr Surendra Kulkarni, Dean of Science, Dr George Thomas, Associate Dean of Science and the HODs and faculty of various Science departments were present for the inauguration. The students showcased their talents in various domains of Science by way of exhibits spread across 12 stalls. One stall was dedicated to Innovations by Christities. The judges of the exhibition included prominent scientists from industry and academia. The Prize distribution ceremony was conducted in Sky View, Central Block of the Central Campus. Dr T V Joseph distributed prizes to the winners. Three teams from each domain were given cash prizes – Rs 3000 (First prize), Rs 2000 (Second Prize) and Rs 1000 (Third Prize). The students appreciated the practical learning experience obtained from the National Science Exhibition.
- Report on Life Sciences Alumni Meet held on 26 January 2019
The Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) had organized its alumni meeting session on 26 January 2019. The official gathering started by 10.00 am in the Zoology Laboratory (Department of Life Sciences) and was graced with the presence of alumni from various older batch students of the department. The function started Dr Suma, Alumni Coordinator and Associate Professor, Department of Life Sciences, welcoming the gathering. It was followed by the welcome address delivered by honourable Head of the Department, Fr. Jobi Xavier, who briefed the alumni regarding the recent developments and introduction of research courses (MPhil and Ph.D) in the department. It was followed by short session of alumni interaction and cake cutting as a token of gratitude to the alumni. The meeting was concluded at 11.00 am with group photo session. The short alumni meeting held in the department clearly paved a platform for interacting with alumni from different batches of the department.
- Report on field trip to Fisheries Research and Information Centre 2018
A field trip was organized on July 19, 2018, for the students of 5CBZ and 5BCZ to the Fisheries Research and Information Centre, Hessarghatta Fisheries Research and Information Centre, Hessarghatta, as part of our course in Aquatic biology. The research institute comes under the Karnataka Fisheries and Science University and was set up in the year 2004. It is located adjacent to the Hesarghatta Lake which is 25kms from Bangalore. The centre is located over a span of 10 acres of land. The main mandate of the institute is to supply good quality fish feeds and conduct research on improved variety of aquatic crops. The students got to know about the facilities and conditions required to culture various species of fishes, especially the common commercially sought fishes, rearing hatchlings etc. The students gained insights on the practical aspects of Fisheries.
- Report on Visit to Narayana Nethralaya 2018
The students of second year MSc Zoology, Christ (Deemed to be University) were taken for a visit to Narayana Nethralaya on August 31, 2018 by the faculty of the department;
Prof. Ganesh and Mr. Deepak. Ms. Monica, instrumental engineer at Narayana Nethralaya explained in detail the working of instruments like Lasic machine, Keratograph, Eximer, Retinoscope etc. She conducted the session by beginning with the basic explanation of the human eye and its parts and affecting disorders. Therefore when the instruments were shown, the biology behind the study and interpretation of the related disorder was easily understood. Dr Nakl and Ms Monica clarified the doubts of students. It was really an enlightening session with respect to the study of human eye and its defects and possible causes and treatments were also explained. The faculty and students thanked Dr. Naik, Ms. Monica and all other staff members at Narayana Nethralaya for providing an opportunity to visit the hospital and getting to know the use of major instruments used in eyecare.
- REPORT ON SIGNING OF MoU
REPORT ON SIGNING OF MoU BY DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES WITH BIONIVID TECHNOLOGY PRIVATE LIMITED ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2018
To foster Industry-Academia collaboration, an MoU was signed between Bionivid Technology and CHRIST (Deemed to be University) on September 4, 2018 by Mr. Hitesh Goswami, Co-Founder - Bionivid Technology and Dr. Anil Pinto, Registrar, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in the presence of Fr. Abraham (Pro VC), Fr. Jobi Xavier (CFO and HoD, Life Sciences), Dr. Surendra Kulkarni (Dean of Sciences and HoD, Chemistry) and faculty from Science Deanery. The primary aim of this partnership is to offer quality training and hands on experience to students in the area of Genomics BIG DATA analytics.
- REPORT ON SAVE ARCTIC DRIVE- MAPS BANGALORE CHAPTER
REPORT ON SAVE ARCTIC DRIVE- MAPS BANGALORE CHAPTER ORGANIZED BY DEPT OF LIFE SCIENCES IN COLLABORATION WITH PARVATI.ORG, CANADA ON SEPT 15, 2018
Save Arctic Drive - MAPS Bangalore Chapter was organized by the department of Life Sciences under the leadership of Dr Suma S, Associate Professor, in collaboration with Parvati.org, a Canadian NGO. Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) is an initiative by this Canada based NGO who has taken up the challenge of identifying the magnitude of the deteriorating environmental conditions of the Arctic region and representing it on the global platform through the United Nation Organization. The department of Life Sciences, Christ (Deemed to be University), in association with Parvati.org has taken up the initiative of educating the masses and also getting support and concern by signing the petitions in order to channelize the entire drive. The lead volunteers of this drive were Pavan Rao and Sharwari S of 3 sem BCZ. The drive was inaugurated on September 15, World Cleanup Day. The Welcome address and introduction to MAPS was given by Dr Suma S and the key speakers of the session were Dr Surendra Kulkarni, Dean of Sciences, Prof Phinu Jose, Director, Centre for Social Action and Dr Antony P U, Head of Green Army of Christ (Deemed to be University). A stall was set up where the volunteers portrayed all the facts and figures and did a tremendous job of spreading an awareness and educating the masses. The online and offline petitions were signed by more than 600 students on Sept 15 alone. The organizers plan to scale up the activities more effectively in the coming months and to get maximum outreach by extension activities.
- Report On Maps (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) India Video Conference 2018
REPORT ON MAPS (MARINE ARCTIC PEACE SANCTUARY) INDIA VIDEO CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BYDEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON AUGUST 31, 2018
MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) is an effort initiated by award-winning Canadian musician, yogi, activist and author, Parvati, through her NGO parvati.org to protect the Arctic region from commercialization and pollution. In this regard, MAPS Ambassadors Uttama Anderson , Karen Ho and Mathew Edassery ( based in Canada) had preliminary talks with Dr Suma S (Dept of Life Sciences) and Prof. Phinu Jose (CSA) to initiate efforts in Christ (Deemed to be University) for protecting Arctic region. The first official video conference of MAPS officials with faculty and student lead volunteers of Christ was conducted on August 31 2018, Fridayfrom 8 AM IST, in the Council room, Central block, Central Campus of Christ.Christ University is the first educational institution in India to have such a collaboration with Parvati.org. Mathew and Karen Ho,the MAPS ambassadors were the resource persons for the Skype Conference. They gave a presentation on the situation in Arctic region and also gave guidelines for developing a collaborative strategy. This constituted a good opportunity for familiarizing the members with the purpose of the organisation and the need for immediate action. The students had a lot of queries to the MAPS ambassadors. The session was a collaborative venture by the Dept of Life Sciences and Centre for Social Action, Christ (Deemed to be University) and MAPS.
- Report on the Stem Cell Awareness and Donor Registration Drive 2018
- Report On National Moth Week Celebration By Green Army, Dept Of Life Sciences, July 2018
National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities were encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighbourhoods in and around Christ University, Central campus from 23 to 28 Jul7, 2018. It was a unique opportunity to contribute scientific data about moths. The students of Green Army led by Dr P U Antoney, Professor, Dept of Life Sciences has actively taken part in the celebrations of National Moth Week, 2018. During the week,interested students went around the campus in the late evenings searching for moths, clicking photos if possible and uploading them on biodiversity portals, from where they can be identified. This was another citizen science initiative, through which a large amount of data on diversity, range, habitat and other behavioral aspects of moths can be retrieved. This could prove to be important data for researchers and conservationists.Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, NMW participants helped to map the moth distribution.
- Report On The Inauguration Of Life Science And Chemistry Research Labs On July 12, 2018
Two state of the art, new research laboratories - Pharmaceutical Chemistry Lab (PCL) of Chemistry Department and Applied and Industrial Biotechnology Lab of Life Science Department were inaugurated in Block 2, 3rd Floor by Novozyme India and Asia Pacific R&D Director - Dr. Ashish Paradkar. The occasion was graced by the presence of Fr.Dr.Thomas Mathew, Vice Chancellor of Christ (Deemed to be University), Dr. Abraham V.M., Pro Vice Chancellor, CFO and HOD of Life Sciences Department. - Fr. Jobi Xavier, Dean of Sciences and HOD of Chemistry Department,Dr. Surendra Kulkarni, Registrar Dr. Anil Pinto as well as the faculty, staff and students from various departments. Both the labs were blessed by Fr. Thomas C Mathew and Fr. Jobi for its success. On this occasion,Dr. Ashish praised the support and commitments of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) management towards R&D infrastructure development and pushing the R&D efforts in University.
- REPORT ON LIFE SCIENCE FACULTY INTERACTION WITH PROF GEORGE COBB, CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, BAYLOR COLLEGE, TEXAS, USA, ON MAY 29, 2018
- Report On National Life Science Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme
REPORT ON NATIONAL LIFE SCIENCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARENESS PROGRAMME ORGAIZED JOINTLY BY BIRAC AND DEPT OF LIFE SCIENCES ON 28 JUNE 2017.
The Department of Life Sciences, in association with BREC (BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre) had organized the National Life Science Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme on 28 June 2017. It was a one day workshop that focussed on the theme of fostering entrepreneurial spirit among life science students. Professor Vasantha V. L. of the Department of Life Sciences, Christ University was the Coordinator of the event while Dr. Niranjan Joshi of BREC, C-CAMP was the Programme-in-charge. The event began at 9:00 A.M. with the invocation song by Alistair and team, followed by the welcome address by Professor Vasantha V. L. This was shortly followed by the Inaugural address by the Vice Chancellor Reverend Father Dr. Colonel Thomas C. Matthew. The opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Niranjan Joshi who was the Programme-in-charge. He set the tone of the workshop by briefly introducing the theme of the workshop.
The first session of the workshop was conducted by two renowned entrepreneurs: Dr. Sudeendra Koushik and Dr. Pragya Dixit from 9:15 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Dr. Koushik is the Chief Innovator and Co-Founder, Prasu and Dr. Dixit is the Chief Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Prasu. Their session was an Entrepreneurship Awareness Session that focussed on creating a sense of awareness among students about the broad spectrum of opportunities that lie in the area of entrepreneurship.
The second session began at 11:00 A.M. It was conducted by Dr. Ritu Mehdiratta, Consultant- IPR, C-CAMP. Her session threw light on the basics of Intellectual Property Rights and the various do’s and don’t’s of the same. She also spoke about how a Patent works, both nationally and internationally while also educating the participants on how to go about filing one. Her session also concluded with a discussion with the various participants.
The third session was conducted from 11:30 A.M. by Dr. Niranjan Joshi, the Programme-in-charge, BREC at C-CAMP. In his talk, Dr. Niranjan Joshi discussed the various elements of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and how they all work together in making a successful entrepreneurial career. He also exposed the audience to the various programs and opportunities that are currently available to nurture and develop one’s entrepreneurial skills and ideas.
The final session was more of an interactive session that began at 12:00 P.M. and was conducted by Dr. Arun Chandru, Co-founder, Pandorum Technologies. Through his session he guided the participants through the field of Bio-Entrepreneurship and brought to light the current status of the career in this field, both nationally and internationally. His session concluded the workshop.
The program was a success with over a hundred and fifty participants including Students as well as Professors. Through this workshop, the participants gained a greater awareness and understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur and gained access to the various platforms that would help them face the Entrepreneurial world.
- Report On Green Army Farewell Trek for the Batch 2015-2018
REPORT ON GREEN ARMY FAREWELL TREK FOR THE BATCH 2015-2018 OF THE DEPT OF LIFE SCIENCES
The last leg of the journey for the Green Army students of 2015 -18 on July 4, 2018, was full of excitement and adventure. The green and rocky terrain of the Channagiri next Nandi hills was picture perfect. Everyone was enthusiastic and excited so much so that the scorching hot sun did not deter their spirit. The last Green army trek for the batch started with singing merrily and talking gaily throughout the journey in the bus. It was fun for the juniors and a tinge of nostalgia for the outgoing batch, finding their way through the thorny bushes and rocky path up the hill. The grit and determination of students were rewarded at the top with a small water hole, half the size of a football field.
Sitting on the rocks, the seniors shared their past experiences and knowledge. The juniors also shared their views. The interaction was indeed memorable. Fully dried, we started downhill at the end of the day but lost our way and got separated from the rest finally united at the base of the hill. The journey back on the bus was even more loud and boisterous as no one seemed to be tired from the hectic trek. A memorable trek for both the juniors and the outgoing members of the Green Army, a time well spent together.
- Release of Annual Newsletter Biolink on March 7, 2018
The department of Life Sciences released the annual newsletter, BIOLINK on March 7, 2018. The Chief Guest of the event was Dr Gopalan Jagadeesh, Professor of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. The Faculty editors of BIOLINK 2018, Ms Vasantha V. L and Dr Harinatha Reddy and the student Editors NilketaNerurkar and Devangshu Nandi were also present for the release of the newsletter. The newsletter served as a platform for the students of Life Sciences to express their writing skills. It also portrayed interview of experts on career opportunities in the field of Life Sciences.
- Report on Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) organized by the Green Army, February 2018.
GBBC is a four-day annual event aimed primarily at contributing to global data on bird database, but it also makes people aware of the birds around them and helps them understand bird behavior by observing them. It is a great opportunity to learn and at the same time contribute important data. Basically, the number of individuals of different species of birds seen or heard are counted and recorded at uniform time intervals and these checklists are uploaded onto the global platform ebird. This comes up with a proper account of bird diversity across the world. The GBBC is the time of the year, every bird enthusiast waits for, due to it being peak migration time, and it is an immensely fun event!
GBBC 2018 happened from February to 16-19 in Christ University Campus under the guidance of Dr P U Antoney. The members of the Green Army were the primary data collectors. The survey was conducted from 6:45 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Birds were identified through binoculars, camera and calls, the number of individuals were added on to the data sheet and the campus was divided into five areas and each group surveyed the respective area in the campus.51 different species of birds were identified during this time from our campus. A great increase in the number of species was observed when compared to last year. Chestnut-tailed Starling, Black- naped monarch and Green warbler were the new species identified in our campus. Brahminy Starling, Greenish warbler, Red wattled Lapwing were also part of the highlights of GBBC 2018.
- Report on Life Science Alumni Meet 2018
The Alumni Meet of the department of Life Sciences of CHRIST (deemed to be University) was conducted at 3.00 PMon January 26, 2018 in the Council Room, Central Block of the Central Campus. The event kick started with Fr Jobi Xavier, HOD of Life Science Department cutting the cake. This year the event was special due to the presence of three distinguished alumni of the very first CBZ batch of the University- 1969 batch. Prof Eden Joseph was instrumental in connecting with the1969 batch alumni and inviting them for the event. There was another fact to cherish the event as the CBZ 1991-94 batch alumni had come prepared to felicitate their Professors. The distinguished Professors who were formally felicitated by the 1991 batch included Prof Eden Joseph, Prof ArulChellaswamy, Prof Priyadarshini P Maddi, Prof DephenPinherio, Dr Johny Joseph, Prof Manjunath B T and Prof Ganesh S. The 1991 CBZ batch shared many memories of their undergraduate days. The faculty, alumni and a few volunteers from the current batch students had a photosession. The day ended with a happy bunch of people – both the alumni and the faculty - going back home with a contended heart.
- Report On Environmental Awareness Campaign by Dept of Life Sciences on Feb 16, 2018
An awareness campaign was conducted by the students of second semester BCZ on 16 February 2018 under the guidance of Prof. Xavier Vincent, Professor, Dept of Life sciences. A plethora of topics ranging from Health and Hygiene to Cleanliness and Water Conservation were covered in the campaign. Slogans to protect the environment, Self-watering plants, Solar still model model etc were exhibited. The visitors of the stall were given a demonstration on the correct hand wash procedure to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases. Some potential solutions against phosphate accumulation, bio-fertilizers replacing synthetic chemical fertilizers, and RO Reject water harvesting methods were demonstrated. The motto was centred around creating an environment that doesn't need protection.
- Report On Exhibition on Animal Courtship Behaviour by Green Army (Dept of Life Sciences) On Feb 14, 2018
February 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s day every year. It is a day reserved especially for your loved ones and is celebrated all over the world. This year’s Valentine’s day though, witnessed a unique event in Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. A group of students from an organisation called Green Army put up a Zoology exhibition in the university campus. Do not be fooled by its name though. Surprisingly, the theme of the exhibition was Valentine’s day! Six different tables, dedicated to six different groups of animals explained about the courtship in animals. The exhibition went on from nine in the morning to five ‘o’ clock in the evening. From song birds and colourful dances, to spiders eating up their partners, the vivid pictures, videos and specimens on display kept the audience enthralled.
Who knew that there were so many different ways to woo your partner?! The Dance of The Whooping Cranes, The Cannibalistic Praying Mantis, The Dancing frogs and The Garter snake ‘Mating Balls’ were some of the many interesting behaviours to choose from. Along with these, there were additional attractions like snake scale counting and weighing an elephant’s tooth that caught the attention of the passers-by.
There were six more tables, with interesting information and facts about the fascinating world of animals. The aim of the program was not only to educate people about animal behaviour but also to spread the message of conservation among them. From tiny insects to huge mammals, the importance of each and every animal group in the ecosystem was explained by the students.
The exhibition was a successful attempt by the members of Green Army, to show the students the beauty and diversity in the animal kingdom and make them aware of how important it is to protect our flora and fauna. It left many people more aware about the world that they share with these wonderful beings, and the importance of conserving our forests, rivers, grasslands and oceans, and the wildlife that lives in it.
- Report of the Book Release Event - Butterflies of Christ University, 11 January 2018
‘Butterflies of Christ University’, the third book by the Green Army student forum was officially released on 11th of January 2018. The book release function took place in the Council Room, Christ University, Central Campus. The chief guest of the day was Dr. KrishnameghKunte, Reader, NCBS. The Registrar of Christ University Dr. Anil Pinto was also present for the function. It was a proud moment for the Department of Life Sciences as it successfully published a third pictorial guide of the species in the campus after ‘The Bird Book’ and ‘Guhanagiri’. The interactive session with Dr. KrishnameghKunte was highly appreciated by students as it gave them an opportunity to put forward their ideas and obtain deeper knowledge about research through his suggestions and highly qualified work experience. The event ended on a triumphant note under the guidance of Dr P U Antony.
- National Moth Week Celebration by Dept of Life Sciences, July 22-30, 2017
The students of Green Army led by Dr P U Antoney, Professor, Dept of Life Sciences has actively taken part in the celebrations of National Moth Week, 2017. During the last week of July 2017, interested students went around the campus in the late evenings searching for moths, clicking photos if possible and uploading them on biodiversity portals, from where they can be identified. This was another citizen science initiative, through which a large amount of data on diversity, range, habitat and other behavioral aspects of moths can be retrieved. This could prove to be important data for researchers and conservationists.
- Report on Trekking Activities of Green Army, Derartment of Life Science in 2017
The students of Green Army, under the leadership of Dr P.U.Antoney, Professor, Dept of Life sciences, had gone for three trekking trips in the year 2017. The trek to Devarabetta was organized on June 30, 2017, the one to Achalubetta on July1, 2017 and the trek to Kabbalammadurga on November 12, 2017. The last one was a bit difficult as the altitude was high and also the terrain was a bit slippery. The second one was rich in biodiversity. The students could appreciate the immense biodiversity and the beauty of nature by way of such treks.
- Report on Lake Restoration and Tree Plantation Activities of Green Army, Department of Life Sciences in 2017
The students of Green Army, under the leadership of Dr P.U.Antoney, Professor, Dept of Life sciences, had, as part of the Byrasandra Lake Restoration Project, conducted two major cleanup drives and one tree plantation drive in the lake premises during the course of the year 2017. This was done by a successful collaboration with BBMP and the ever-enthusiastic residents from the colonies around the lake. The species that were planted included trees like Honge (Pongamia pinnata), Nile Trumpet (Markhamia lutea), Singapore Cherry (Muntingia calabura) and other keystone species which add to the sustenance of the lake ecosystem. The cleanup drives were hugely successful, with a large number of people turning up in order to cleanse the lake bed and surroundings from the heaps of solid and household waste.
- Report on Biodiversity Marathon – Initiative by Green Army, Dept of Life Sciences and NCBS, November 1, 2017
The Biodiversity marathon initiative was taken up by Green Army, Dept of Life Sciences under the guidance of Dr P U Antoney in collaboration with Krushnamegh Kunte, a researcher at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore and his team. It dealt mainly with citizen science. Th audience was told how the data they provide in the form of photos (which represent sightings of that particular species) can be uploaded on various websites that deal with different taxa each, which greatly helps researchers and also aids in general data collection which can be used elsewhere.
- Report on Great Backyard Bird Count 2017
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is the Indian version of the global GBBC which is organized in about 100 colleges every year during four days in February every year. This year, GBBC was conducted on 17th to 20th February under the leadership of Dr Antony P U, Professor with Department of Life Sciences at CHRIST (Deemed to be University). These forms of innovative and practical oriented learning helps a lot in field study of birds. The count of different species of birds was recorded in the bird recording platform eBird. The students of the Department of Life Sciences, especially the members of the Green Army, actively participated in this venture and made it a huge success. Birds belonging to more than 48 different species were identified and reported in the website. The count was mainly cdone in different areas of the Central campus.
- Report on Green Wheeling 2017
The Green Army of the Department of Life Sciences at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bengalutru, organized Green Wheeling, a Cycle ride in the periphery of Bannerghatta National Park on 26th February 2017, Sunday. The event was organized with a view to sensitize the young generation on ecofriendly approach. The motto of the event was “Life is like cycling; In order to balance, you have to pedal through”. Dr Antony P U, Professor, Department of Life Sciences at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru was the chief organizer. The event kicked off at 05.45 AM from the Central campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The Dean of Science Dr Surendra Kulkarni flagged off the cycling event at 5.45 am on February 26, 2017. The route followed was CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Central Campus, Hosur Road – Bannerghata National Park – Kaggalipura – Jayadeva Circle- CHRIST (Deemed to be University). About 40 participants , including students and faculty actively and enthusiastically cycled through the roads for Benagluru for this cause.
- Report on Panel Discussion on Higher Studies in Biological Sciences
The Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) had organized a Panel Discussion on “Higher Studies in Biological Sciences” on February 23, 2017. Dr Dipshikha Chakravortty, Professor in the Dept of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science was the lead speaker. Dr Suma S, Dr Biljo V Joseph and Fr Jobi Xavier of the Dept of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), were the other members of the panel. The discussion was centered on the best courses and colleges available for higher studies in various branches of Biological Sciences and their relative merits and demerits.
- Report on Inauguration of Sciences Fest 2016
The Science Fest 2016 was inaugurated by Dr S Ramakrishnan, Deputy Director, Indian Institute of Science on August 22, 2016. The function which was held in the Main auditorium in CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Campus started with an invocation dance by the University Dance team. The welcome address was given by Dr Suma S, Coordinator of Science Forum. After the inspiring message by the Dean of Science, Dr Surendra Kulkarni, the Vice Chancellor Fr Dr Thomas C Mathew spoke about the importance of Science in day to day life and motivated the students to come up with exciting discoveries.
The Chief Guest of the day, Dr S Ramakrishnan gave an excellent speech and inspired the students to study science with passion. He spoke of the achievements our country has made in Science. He also advised the students to be passionate about Science. The Science magazine “Catalyst” and the Computer Science magazine “Infobyte” were released by the Chief Guest. The Vice Chancellor presented a memento to Dr Ramakrishnan. This was followed by a beautiful video presentation on Science Fest, depicting the features of each department fest. The vote of thanks was given by Prof Mukund N Naragund, member of Science Forum.
- Inauguration of Life Science
REPORT ON THE INAUGURATION OF LIFESCIENCE ASSOCIATION 2016-17.
“A man is what he thinks all day long. Just like a seed germinates to grow up into a beautiful plant, our thoughts are like seeds planted in our mind, seeds which give rise to words, words which leads to actions, repeated actions which turn into habits and habits which finally give rise to values. Our mind is not just capable of ruling our lives but also capable of ruining it”. These were the thoughts shared by Dr K Bhujang Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Nethralaya who was the Chief Guest of the Life Science Association inauguration on June 25, 2016 in the Auditorium, Block IV at 3 P.M.
The event started with a dance programme by CBZ students. The Chief Guest Dr Shetty, HOD of Life Sciences, Fr Jobi Xavier, Faculty Coordinator of the Association of the current year Dr Ganesh S and the former Coordinator Dr Suma S lighted the lamp and inaugurated the event. Dr Ganesh then introduced all the office bearers of the association. Dr Bhujang Shettty stressed on the holistic approach one should have towards oneself and the society. The mandate of the Life Science Association is to organize guest lectures by experts in the field and to inspire the young minds to work towards the success and enrichment of both themselves as well as the Association.
- Report on Science Exhibition 2016
The Science Forum under the Deanery of Science organized a Science exhibition on February 24, 2016. Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the different departments under the deanery of Science actively participated in the exhibition. Preliminary screenings were conducted in each department and the six final teams were allowed to participate in the finals by putting up their exhibits in the stalls. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Honorable Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Fr Dr Thomas C Mathew. The Dean of Science Dr Nanje Gowda N M, Associate Deans, Dr Louis George and Dr George Thomas, Personnel Officer Prof Chandrasekharan K A, Science Forum Coordinator Dr Suma S, and the HODs of various Science departments were present for the inauguration. There were a total of 15 stalls where the students of the seven departments- Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics – showcased their talents. Three teams from each stall were given cash prizes as motivation. The creative talents of students were revealed during the exhibition.
- REPORT ON QIP ON EMERGING AREAS IN LIFE SCIENCES
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. In the current educational scenario, teachers play the role of facilitators. This makes all the more important for the teachers to be updated about the recent developments in the field. Also they should know how best to frame the curriculum to meet the growing needs of the student community.
The Academic Staff college and the Department of Life Sciences of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) jointly organzied a Quality Improvement Programme to meet the above needs. The theme of the QIP was “Emerging Areas in Life Sciences”. Ten faculty of the newly formed department of Life Sciences merging together the erstwhile departments of Botany, Zoology and Biotechnology attended the 3 day programme (Sept 30-Oct 3, 2015), which was conducted in Room No 110 in Block IV, Central Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University).
The sessions were handled by experts in most domains encompassing this theme. The key resource persons included experts from the three major subjects of Botany, Zoology and Biotechnology. Discussions were mainly centered on incorporating the emerging thrust areas in the curriculum with a view to have a bunch of students adept in the modern techniques followed in the fields so as to create more employability and eligibility for higher studies in premier institutes.
Experts from premier R &D institutes and colleges like UAS, IBAB, Ugenomics, USA, I&B Seeds Pvt Ltd and BIOCON handled the sessions. Since the experts were from both academics and from industry, the suggestions which were obtained comprised of excelling both in the industrial sector and in the arena of higher studies in different domains of higher studies. Some of the sessions were carried out in BIOCON so as to have a firsthand information of the practices followed by pharmaceutical industry. A tour of the production and quality control divisions of BIOCON helped to better understand these practices.