An academic visit to School of Agriculture Biotechnology, PAU was organized by the Department of Biotechnology for B.Sc. Biotechnology (Hons.) students. 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. Dr. Preeti Sharma interacted with the students and told them about the scope of biotechnology. She also made the students tour around the glass houses and showed them various plants growing under controlled and aseptic conditions. It was a great learning experience for the students. Dr. Gurupkar Singh Sidhu briefed about how growth media was being prepared at large scale in a systematic way and applications of commercially important plants in plant tissue culture. Research scholars also demonstrated working of PCR apparatus, Gel electrophoresis, Control unit for seasonal plants, genome of tomato using CRISPR Cas-9 technology and Gene gun apparatus.
A visit to the school of Animal Biotechnology, GADVASU was also paid. Dr. Simrinder Singh Sodhi briefed the students about applications of biotechnology in animal research. He also made the students tour various labs of animal biotechnology including Cell culture (Dr. Niraj Kumar), Molecular diagnostics and vaccinology (Dr. Yashpal Singh Malik), Proteomics and Metabolomics laboratory (Dr. B. V. Sunil Kumar), Animal genomics and functional genomics laboratory (Dr. C.S. Mukhopadhyay) and Immunology and molecular biology lab (Dr. R.S. Sethi). In these labs students got information about various instruments such as Bio safety cabinet and working of simple, inverted and fluorescent microscope, incubators, and also about ongoing research topics i.e. development of DNA vaccines of mice and pigs, canine distemper virus research, bioinformatics tools and databases, improvements programs for better meat production in pigs as well as development and standardization of polymerase chain reaction of Marek's disease diagnosis in animals. 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 familiar with the working of other highly sophisticated instruments.