An academic visit to school of Animal Biotechnology, GADVASU was organized by the Department of Biotechnology for B.Sc. biotechnology students. Dr. Deepak Deka of Molecular Diagnostics and Vaccinology elaborated on the technique of PCR and shared very important and valid practical points. Mr. Barinder Singh, an alumnus of our department pursuing his Ph.D. there demonstrated the PCR technique at length to the students and arranged for hands-on training for the students which made them understand the concept exhaustively. Mr. Sarabjot Singh also an alumnus of our department showed A2, B2 Laminar Air Flow, Bio safety cabinet and working of simple, inverted and flouorscent microscope. Dr. Deka demonstrated the technique of Western Blotting and PAGE in a comprehensive manner. He also focused on minute detailing of setting up an experiment and shared the aims of the DBT funded projects running presently in his lab. The various projects aim at molecular characterization and developing vaccines for the various disease-causing viruses. He was courteous enough to take students' queries. He made the students tour his lab and get familiar with the working of other highly sophisticated instruments.
A visit to the Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, PAU was also paid. Dr. Bharathi Mahindru, Assistant Entomologist showed around Iher cell culture and Molecular Biology Lab where the study of the functions of various genes in insects is being carried out through molecular biology techniques. She demonstrated the working of Nano Drop Spectrophotometer, Gel Documentation System, Tissue Homogenizer, Microinjection Assembly and Cryostorage set up (-800 C). She elaborated on the cloning procedure, blue-white screening method and post- cloning confirmation steps.
An another visit to the department of Agriculture Biotechnology was also carried out. Dr. Pawan Kumar Malhotra, Assistant Biotechnologist showed around the various Plant Tissue Culture Labs consisting of working room, Media preparation room, inoculation and incubation room. He also made the students tour around the glass houses and showed various plants growing under controlled conditions. It was a great learning experience for the students.