January 4th, 2018, USTM, Ri Bhoi : Amidst a paced audience, 7 days workshop conducted by the School of Biological Sciences , USTM had opened today. The workshop had been organized with a view to promote all pervasive microbial culture, the culture to explore the world of microbes for the benefit of mankind. As explained by the HoD, Department of Microbiology “ the purpose is to address and cover the knowledge -gaps regarding basic and molecular techniques in Microbiology and Immunology for students, research scholars, industry and laboratory personnel’. The workshop got kickstarted with the welcome address by Dr. R K Sharma, Pro-VC, USTM followed by Dr. Suresh Ch Das, Dean, School of Biological Sciences, USTM, Dr. Ranjan Dutta Kalita, HoD, Dept. of Biotechnology. All three, while narrating how microbes play an important role both in the physical world as well as body-system, emphasized the need to upgrade policies by the Government for conducting extensive research on newer techniques of exploring the diversity of microbic world. Dr. Kalita specifically informed that the School of Biological Sciences, USTM is providing support to the surrounding colleges in Guwahati for conducting workshops on Microbiology & Immunology as very less colleges have the resource and infrastructural facilities to generate knowledge on advanced techniques.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the workshop, Dr. Dhruba K Jha, HoD, Department of Botany, GU, the chief guest and key note speaker of the workshop, had extended congratulation to USTM and the Department for taking this initiative. He then went on explaining how microbes can be used for sustainable development of the society and urged that the Central Government and the State Government must take cognizance of the fact that the research on basic science to promote proper utilization of microbial resources is of utmost importance: “ microbes present everywhere, from living organisms on planets to human body to environment and hence if their activity can be properly explored and utilized for developmental purpose starting from agriculture to industrial products, medicine to food technology, recycling of organic waste products etc. many problems can be sorted out”. Prof. Jha added.
A total number of hundred students from various universities across North Eastern states and outside NE Region including Amity Noida, Chatinath Deemed University, Chennai, Cotton State University had participated in the workshop. The inaugural session, followed by an interactive session with the students, ended with a firm resolve by all the dignitaries and scholars, students present that science would be taken from laboratory to the real ground so that all genuine problems concerning all hazards can be minimized and used for the social and economic growth of the country. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Deboja Sarma, Asst. Prof, Dept of Applied Biology. Worthwhile to mention, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya has left no stone unturned to promote the culture of research and innovation not just within the students’ community, rather its faculties and other administrative staff.