DNA Club

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, INDIA

as

REGIONAL RESOURCE AGENCY FOR ESTABLISHING DNA CLUBS

A Project Sanctioned

by

NATIONAL BIORESOURCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD

DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

The National Academy of Sciences, India

5, Lajpatrai Road, Allahabad – 211 002

Phone : 0532-2640224; Fax 0532-2641183

Email : aes.nasi@gmail.com

 

A Pious Task

In 2007 the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India launched a programme for making the students aware of the importance of our  natural resources, as to conserve the fast depleting resources has now become the need of hour ; and this is   not possible without the active involvement of the students and general mass. As the Academy is already involved in such activities, the D B T has given this pious task to the Academy along with other such prestigious Institutions of high scientific repute as

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, T E R I,Gujarat Council of Science City, A T R E E, Bharati Vidyapeeth and a few others.

The  main objective of this programme was to establish D B T’s Natural Resources Awareness Club ( D N A Club) in the schools and colleges to create awareness about the natural resources among the students in order to equip them with relevant skills for bioresource conservation. The details of the responsibilities of the school/college (D N A Club) is given below.

For every school the total number of days for DNA Club activities would be of maximum of 25 days in an academic year as per the following details

The activities for the students of class 6-8th would be –

(a)    Invited Lectures –  

  • For total 5 days in an Academic year (two lectures/demonstrations per day).

  • On the topics/areas like-different types of Ecosystems and Conservation Measures; Wild life and Endangered species; Medicinal Plants; Totem and Taboos with their ethical significance; Flora & Fauna and its importance etc.

(b) Discussion Forum –  

  • For total 3 days in an Academic year

  • For a group of 20-30 students

  • On the topics covered in lectures/ demonstrations held as above.

(c)  Exposure Visits –  

  • For total 5 days in an Academic year

  • For a group of 20-30 students.

  • Visit to National Parks/Zoo/reserved forest areas/botanical gardens/national heritage along with the subject experts.

  • Emphasis will also be on Nature-Man-Ethnic complex.

(d) Project Works –  

  • For total 5 days in an Academic Year.

  • To make them familiar with the laboratory tools, lab to land programmes and to develop know how of the basic principles of conservation of natural resources.

(e)  Contests -  

  • For total 3 days in an Academic year.

  • Painting and Quiz contests on environment/natural resources/conservation issues.

(f)  Workshops –  

  • Total Two workshops in a year.

  • Each workshop will be for 2 days only.

  • For developing skills of herbarium preparation, working and non-working models on issues related to biodiversity and conservation.

The activities for the students of class 9-11th would be –

(a)  Invited Lectures -  

  • For total 5 days in an Academic year (two lectures/demonstrations per day).

  • On the topics/areas like-application of remote sensing; r-DNA technology, IPR issues, Molecular markers etc.

(b)  Discussion Forum –  

  • For total 3 days in an Academic year

  • For a group of 20-30 students

  • On the topics covered in lectures/ demonstrations held as above.

(c)  Exposure Visits -  

  • For total 5 days in an Academic year

  • For a group of 20-30 students.

  • Visit to National Laboratories, Pharmaceutical Companies, Pollution Control Board and Laboratories etc. with the subject experts.

  • Emphasis will be on conservation and enhancement of bioresources.

(d)  Project Works -  

  • For total 5 days in an Academic Year.

  • To make them familiar with the laboratory oriented biodiversity and biotechnology projects such as DNA isolation, microprobe, microbial and tissue culture etc.

(e)  Contests –  

  • For total 3 days in an Academic year.

  • Essay writing, debate, oration and exhibition contests on environment/natural resources/ conservation issues.

(f)  Workshops –  

  •  Total Two workshops in a year.

  •    Each workshop will be for 2 days only.

  •   For developing skills of conservation strategies and planning at the local/regional level etc.

The National Academy of Sciences, India as  RRA arranges a meeting at the interval of six months in regular manner with all the DNA Clubs to make an assessment of the activities going on; and will submit a report to DBT, New Delhi updating the ongoing activities and the progress report.

VACATION TRAINING PROGRAMME (VTP)

The Academy will organise a Vacation Training Programme for the selected teachers and students from the DNA Clubs to give them training to sustain the D N A Club activities in future.

The course curriculum and activities  for Vacation Training Programme has been given below -

A. Introduction to biodiversity and bioresources

  • Introduction to biodiversity and bioresources-their importance.

  • Genetic diversity, species diversity, and ecosystems diversity.

  • Distribution of terrestrial and aquatic bioresources, microbial bioresources.

  • Value of bioresources – direct and indirect values, ethical values.

  • Natural and wild resources-medicinal plants, economically/industrially useful palnts and animals, parasites & predators.

  • Ecologically relevant resources-keystone species, pollinators, natural predators.

  • Bioresources maintained by and in man made ecosystems.  Genetic resources, agrobiodiveristy.

  • Ethinic knowledge bases, folklore knowledge bases.

  • Threats to bioresources.

  • Conservation and sustainable use of bio-resources.

  • Intellectual property rights and bioresources.

  • Biotechnology and bioresources-scope, limits & precautions.

  • Emerging avenues and careers in the fields of biodiversity, bioresources and biotechnology.

B. Exploring the Environment and understanding local bioresources

Practical hands on activities would be carried on as visits to forms and meetings with former community, documenting and studying local biodiversity, field visits to nature parks/wild life areas, visits to national laboratories and institutions.

A detailed discussion on the first hand experience would be held after every visit/meetings as above.

C. Interactive Sessions

This will include group discussions and presentations by the participants on the topics of curriculum, painting/poster sessions on biodiversity and conservation issues, web page designing on bioresources, street plays on environmental causes, A.V. Film presentations and celebration of important events/days.

D. Individual Projects by the students/teachers

Specific projects would be assigned to each student and teacher on community participation for biodiversity conservation, herbarium preparation, tissue culture, DNA isolation etc.

Each student/teacher will work on such project under the guidance of an expert for field studies, library research and data collection, analysis and impact assessment related to the project.

E.  Wrap-up Session

  • Experience sharing

  • Power Point presentation by the students and teachers.

  • Get together with eminent scientists.

  • Award of prizes and certificates.  

A Report on the Progress of the Project

2007 - 09

Progress Report

 

Number of DNA Clubs under the RRA, with list of school (State Wise)

 

Total no. of DNA Clubs formed by the RRA (NASI) is twenty five; the details are given below:-

In U.P.

 

           Institution                                                     Approx. No. of students  

           

1.         Tagore Public School (C B S E Affiliated) -                           550

            179, Attarsuiya

            Allahabad                  

2.         D.A.V. Intermediate College,                                              600

            Mehdawal,

            Sant Kabir Nagar                                                                 

3.         T.D. Intermediate College,                                                  575

            Jaunpur

4.         Prabhat Academy (an Intermediate College)                         515

            Astabhuja Nagar,

            Pratapgarh                                                                             

5.         M.D. Jain Intermediate College                                            550

            Agra

6.         S.D.D.B. Rama Intermediate College                                    670

            Hari Parwat

            Pilibhit

7.         C.P Vidya Niketan Intermediate College,                               450

            Kapil Road

            Kaimganj-207502

            Farrukhabad                                                                         

8.         N.A.S. Intermediate College                                                550

Meerut

9.         Parker Inter College                                                           400

            Moradabad

10.       Mahgaon Inter College                                                        550

            Mahgaon

            Kaushambi

In M.P.

 

11.       Bonanza Higher Secondary School,                                      350

            Opposite Hotel Park

            Rewa Road

           Satna - 485001

12.       Govt. Excellence Higher Secondary School                            315

            Maihar

13.       Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya,                                              525

            Biker- Datia – 475661

14.       Govt. Excellence Higher Secondary School                            400

            Sidhi

15.       E.C.I. School                                                                      340

            Arjun Nagar

            Rewa

16.       Govt. R.P. School                                                                300

            Indrapuri Colony

            Panna

17.       Central Academy Higher Secondary School                           340

            (Behind S.P. Bungalow)

            Rajendra Nagar Police line

Shahdol

18.       Meenakshi Educational Institute                                           300

            Bengali Kali Tigade,

            Gopalganj,

            Saugor (Sagar)

19.       Shealeng Home English Higher Secondary School                 250

            Mahoba Road,

            Chhattarpur

20.       Mother Teresa Higher Secondary English School,                 115

            Sevagram

           Khajuraho                                                                                  

 

In Bihar

 

21.       Chapra Central School,                                                      770

            Sandha Road,

Near Bazar Samiti

Chapra

22.       St. Pauls School                                                                 --

Hazipur

23.       Ishan Inter Public School                                                    --

            Malahi Pakri, Kankarbagh

            Patna-20

24.       D.A.V. Public School                                                          300

            Power grid Campus

            Bihar Sharif

            Ranchi- Patna Road

            Nalanda, Bihar-803101

25.       D.A.V. Intermediate College                                               550

            Siwan

                                                                                    ---------------------

                                                                                             10, 265

                                                                                    ---------------------

 

Number of students of each DNA Club, school wise and total.

 

The total number of students involved in DNA Club activities is approximately 10,000 (for school wise list please see the details given in point 2 as above).

 

Initially the activities started in each school with a few students, as 40-50 in every school; but due to its pious cause and enthusiasm shown by the coordinators and students, the number of students involved in DNA Clubs significantly increased and finally every school has a good number of students involved in DNA Club activities.

 

Name and designation of the RRA Officers-in-Charge of DNA Club activities.

 

§         VTP Course Director - Prof. Krishna Misra, General Secretary - HQ, NASI

§         Dr Niraj Kumar, Assistant Executive Secretary & Principal Investigator, DNA Club Project,  NASI

§         Dr. Mohd. Masood, Co- P.I., DNA Club Project, NASI

§         Local Advisory Committee: -

Prof. J. S. Singh

Prof. S. L. Srivastava (in place of Prof P K Khare, who died in 2009)

Prof. U. C. Srivastava

Prof. D. K. Chauhan

 

(The Council of the Academy has nominated the General Secretary (HQ) as the Project Coordinator; and also constituted an Apex Advisory Committee to look after overall development of the project work.)

 

Number of field visits organized for the students, places and duration of visits.

 

Total number of Field Visits organized by the DNA Clubs was 82. The Club-wise details are given below: -

 

DNA Clubs at Uttar Pradesh

 

Pratapgarh:

1         Visited Polluted areas of Pratapgarh District – Two Days

2         Visited Pond areas of Pratapgarh District – One Day

Sant Kabir Nagar:

3         Sant Kabir Nagar Botanical Garden – One Day

4         Botanical Garden, Gorakhpur - One Day

5         Bakhira pakshi vihar & lake – One Day

Agra:

6         Shahjahan Botanical Garden, Agra – One Day

7         Zoology and Botany Museum of St. John’s College – Two Days

8         Biotech Pharmaceutical Lab, Agra – One Day

9         Microbiology Lab, D.E.I. Agra– One Day

10     Bird Sanctuary, Keetham, Agra – One Day

Moradabad:

11     Zoological and botanical Garden – One Day

12     Deer Park, Moradabad – One Day

13     Jim Corbet National Park - Two Days

Meerut:

14     Food and Quality Control Department – One Day

15     Parag Milk Dairy – One Day

Pilibhit:

16, 17 Lalit Hari Ayurvedic College to study Medicinal Plants

     and preparation of Herbarium – Four Days - (Visited twice)

18     Local Biodiversity Centre: Two Days

Farrukhabad:

19     Subodh Nursery Barjhala - – One Day

20     Cooperative Sugar Mill, Kaimganj – One Day

21     Kampil, Farrukhabad - One Day

Jaunpur:

22     Farm area - One Day

23     Gomti River Bank, Jaunpur – One Day

24     Lucknow – One Day

25     Sarnath – One Day

Allahabad:

26     Sangam to study the aquatic flora and fauna - One Day

27     Company garden - One Day

Kaushambi:

28     Heritage site - One Day

29     Sangam to study the aquatic flora and fauna - One Day

 

DNA Clubs at Madhya Pradesh

 

Rewa:

30     Kuthulia farm – One Day

31     Khakhri (Govindgarh) Rewa – One Day

32     Chachai Fall, Sirmour - One Day

33     Agriculture College, Rewa - One Day

34     Deoland, Rewa- One Day

Khajuraho:

35     Panna National Park- One Day

36     Medicinal Garden- One Day

37     Museum, Ghubela, Chhatarpur - One Day

38     Pahil Vatika, Khajuraho- One Day

39     Khajuraho Van – One Day

40     Khajuraho Temples – One Day

Panna:

41, 42 Panna National Park- Four Days -   (Visited twice)

Satna:

43, 44 Visit to Different Cement Factories/Gardens in City- Four Days

      - (Visited twice)

Shahdol:

45     Botanical Garden – One Day

46, 47 Reserve Forest, Bandhavgarh – Two Days- - (Visited twice)

48, 49 Rose Garden – Two Days - (Visited twice)

50     Amarkantak Medicinal Plant Garden – One Day

51     Local Reserve – One Day

52     Zoological Park – One Day

53     Local Forest – One Day

54     Biological Medicinal Plants, Amarkantak – One Day

55     Local Historical Place – One Day

56     Nearest Village – One Day

57     Highway road-side Habitats – One Day

58     Murna River – One Day

Datia:

59     Biotech Lab, Guna- One Day

60     Local Parks- One Day

61     H.S.S. Beekar – One Day

62     Gandhi Park – One Day

63     Computer Lab of nearby institutes – One Day

64     NSS Camp – One Day

65     Local Places – One Day

Mahair:

66     Fish Farm- One Day

67     Banda Talab- One Day

68     Olea Temple - One Day

Chhattarpur:

69     Panna National Park- Two Days

Sagar:

70     Local Parks and Sc Faculty Museum - Two Days

71     Rajghat water valley, Sagar - One Day

72     Rahatgarh waterfall - One Day

73     Dr. H.S. Gour University - One Day

 

DNA Clubs at Bihar

 

Siwan:

74     Local River Area to identify Flora and Fauna – Two Days

75     Medicinal Garden- One Day

76     Local Places - One Day

Chapra:

77     Local field visit for the collection of Herbarium Plants. – Five Days

78     Local surrounding areas of city to study Hydrophytic & Xerophytic Plant Adaptation –Six Days

79, 80 Local crop-fields –Eleven Days - (Visited twice)

Nalanda:

81     Rajgir forest - One Day

82     Nalanda Buddha Garden - One Day

 

Projects undertaken by the students.

 

In total, 80 projects were undertaken by the students. The Club-wise details are given below: -

 

A.     Projects under taken by students at RRA:

 

1.       Herbarium preparation of selected flowering plants

2.       Mathematical modeling for environmental pollution problems

3.       Study of Simian biodiversity of Vindhya region

4.       Herbarium preparation of selected medicinal plants 

5.  Animation slides preparation (related to biodiversity, wild life and environmental pollution)

6.       Study of Animal Behavior in Panna tiger reserve forest

7.       Study of Pollution and its impact in Cement factory (Satna)

8.       Study of Biodiversity in Maihar (Satna)

9.       Preparation of white LEDs lamp

10.   Preparation of multi vibrator

11.   Study of power supply in energy-savvy adopter

12.   Preparation of water level indicator

13.   Making of an aquarium

14.   Behavioural distinction between monkeys and Langoors

15.   Extraction of DNA from the cotyledons of gram

16.   Experiments related to mechanics

17.   Experiments related to sound

18.   Experiments related to light

19.   Study of electromagnetism

20.   Experiments based on gravitation

 

B.    Projects under taken by DNA Clubs:

 

Mahgaon Inter College, Kaushambi:

    1. Herbarium preparation of selected medicinal plants

    2. Wild life and endangered species

    3. r-DNA Technology

            D.A.V. Intermediate College, Sant Kabir Nagar:

24.   Study of Bioresources

25.   Characteristics of Birds

M.D. Jain Intermediate College, Agra:

26.   Tissue culture of some selected plants

27.   Biodiversity around Taj Mahal, Agra, U.P.

Parker Inter College, Moradabad:

    1. Preparation of Herbarium of selected plants

    2. Herbarium Collection of medicinal plants

Prabhat Academy, Pratapgarh:

    1. Awareness regarding Cancer Patients

    2. Health and Hygienic conditions of the city

    3. Health and Hygienic conditions of water bodies

S.D.D.B. Rama Intermediate College, Pilibhit:

    1. Herbarium preparation of flowering plants

    2. Conservation of Bioresources

    3. Air water and wind pollution

T.D. Inter College, Jaunpur:

    1. Collection of medicinal plants and their uses

    2. Food and spices testing

    3. Water sample testing

            D.A.V. Intermediate College, Siwan:

    1. Present status and future planning of water bodies in Siwan

    2. Herbal plants and heath care products

    3. Land & water pollution

    4. Food adulteration

43.   Herbarium preparation of Bamboo plants

44.   Preparation of herbarium of medicinal plant

Chapra Central School, Chapra:

    1. Forestation as natural resource management

    2. Animal biodiversity and conservation

    3. Collection of 5 types of cereals

    4. Soil pollution: An environmental degradation

Govt. Excellence Higher Secondary School, Sidhi:

    1. Study of wild life

    2. Herbarium preparation of medicinal plants

    3. Plant biodiversity around Sidhi

    4. Water pollution and conservation

    5. Study of fish ecosystem

    6. Study of Tiger Reserve Forests

    7. Forest Conservation

Govt. Excellence Higher Secondary School, Maihar:

    1. Medicinal plants and their uses

    2. Biofertilizer and their impact on agriculture

    3. Water harvesting and treatment of water

    4. Medicinal plants collection & their utility

    5. Air and Water Pollution & their Control

Central Academy Higher Secondary School, Shahdol:

    1. Water erosion and pollution

    2. Study of Tiger species in India

    3. Tissue culture in plants

    4. Project about isolation of organism

    5. Plantation in City

    6. Solar Energy: An alternative source of energy

    7. Dams and Hydroelectricity

    8. Importance of Forestation

    9. Impact of soil erosion on soil fertility

    10. Exhibition on water cycle

    11. Toxic gases and global warming

E.C.I. School, Rewa:

    1. Microbial and tissue culture

    2. Conservation of trees: A natural resource management

    3. Industrial pollution and dumping sites

    4. Medicinal plants and diseases

    5. Agricultural chemicals & its alternatives

    6. Global warming & green house effect

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Datia:

    1. Project on algae (blue green algae)

    2. Air pollution and ozone depletion

    3. Water testing and purification

 

Number of lectures and meet-the Scientist programmes organized.

 

Total 288 lectures were delivered during two years programmes; the details are given below: -

 

Lectures organized by RRA:

 

Date                            Resource Person              Topic

 

1)             7.9.07           Prof. J.S. Singh                    Biodiversity Resources

2)            7.9.07            Prof. G.K. Srivastava          Recent Advancement in            

                                                                          Taxonomy

3)              8.9.07          Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava         Evolutionary systemics

4)              8.9.07          Prof. U.C. Srivastava            Five kingdom system

5)              9.9.07          Prof. Krishna Misra              Biotechnology

6)              9.9.07          Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava        Ecology for Aquarium

                                                                          keeping

7)              9.9.07          Prof. P.K. Seth                    Awareness in the field of  

                                                                          Biotechnology 

8)             5.11.07         Dr. Anil Kumar                     Introducing Green Chemistry

9)             6.11.07         Prof. S.L. Srivastava             Climate change

10)          15.2.08         Prof. S.P.S. Khanuja             Advancements in Genetics

                                                                           and Molecular biology

11)           15.2.08        Prof. Veena Tandon              On worms

12)           16.2.08        Prof. Paramjeet Khurana       On Biotechnology

13)           16.2.08        Prof. R.S. Nadgauda             On Bamboo

14)           3.6.08          Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava          Environment: Our responsibility

15)           3.6.08          Prof. S.L. Srivastava              Universe breeds life

16)           3.6.08          Prof. Krishna Misra                Biodiversity

17)           4.6.08          Prof. J.S. Singh                      Biodiversity

18)           4.6.08          Prof. D.K. Chauhan               Diversity pattern of plants

19)           5.6.08          Prof. P.K. Seth                      Challenges & Opportunities        

                                                                            In Toxicology

20)           5.6.08          Dr. Ashwani Kumar                Biodiversity and its other aspects

21)       5.6.08          Prof. B.N. Dhawan                Symbiotic relationship Between

                                                                            Biodiversity and Drug Discovery

22)           6.6.08          Prof. M.M. Verma                 Soil and its varieties

23)           6.6.08          Prof. S.P. Misra                     Radiation and its effect

24)           6.6.08          Mrs. Uttara Ratna                   Natural Resources

25)           12.6.08        Dr. S.M. Nair                         Environmental education

26)           12.6.08        Prof. P.K. Mathur                   We; water, air and waste

27)           13.6.08        Dr. C.S. Nautiyal                     Biotechnology in India    

28)          15.6.08         Dr. Bechan Sharma                  HIV and AIDS

29)           16.6.08        Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava            Impact of change on

                                                                              Biodiversity

30)           16.6.08        Prof. U.C. Srivastava               Antioxidants

31)          18.6.08         Dr. Niraj Kumar                      Concept Building in Zoology

32)          28.9.08         Prof Krishna Misra                   Teaching Methodology

33)           28.9.08        Prof U C Srivastava                 Preservation techniques for   

                                                                              Museum Specimens 

34)           29.9.08        Prof G K Srivastava                  Flowering Plants

35)           29.9.08        Prof D K Chauhan                    Medicinal and Herbal Plants

36)           29.9.08        Prof C B L Srivastava               Aquatic ecology

37)           29.9.08        Prof Krishna Misra                    DNA Isolation

38)           29.9.08        Dr Md Masood                        Water Purification   Techniques

39)           29.9.08        Dr Abhai Pandey                       DNA Extraction

40)          19.12.08       Prof U C Srivastava                   Endocrine & Diseases

41)           19.12.08      Prof. U C Srivastava                  Hormone regulation 

42)           20.12.08      Dr Abhay Pandey                      Vaccines  

43)           20.12.08  Dr Manvendra Tripathi                   Communicable Diseases

44)          02.02.09       Prof R S Ambasht                          Ecology & Economics of

                                                                                    Wetland

45)          14.02.09       Prof Krishna Misra                         Biotechnology &    

                                                                                    Bioinformatics

46)           15.02.09      Prof R K Srivastava                        Computer Aided Design    

47)          16.02.09       Dr Niraj Kumar                              Medicinal Herbs

48)           21.02.09      Sri Sanjay Kumar                           Pollution  

49)          15.06.09       Prof S L Srivastava                         Energy crisis

50)          18.06.09       Prof C B L Srivastava                     Aquarium keeping

51)          18.06.09       Prof Anita Gopesh                          Variety of fishes & 

                                                                                    maintenance of Aquarium 

52)          19.06.09       Prof U C Srivastava                        Oncology, Gene therapy &

                                                                                    Antioxidants

53)          21.06.09       Prof D K Chauhan                          Man and Environment

54)          21.06.09       Dr Ashwini K. Sharma                    Recent Development in

                                                                                    Environmental Sciences

55)          26.06.09       Prof Krishna Misra                         Recent Development in

                                                                                    Biochemistry &

                                                                                    Biotechnology

56)          26.06.09       Dr Abhay Pandey                           History of DNA     

                                                                                    Fingerprinting

57)          27.06.09       Dr K P Mishra                               Fascination of Nuclear

                                                                                    Radiation & Human life

58)          27.06.09       Dr Sharada Sundaram                    Recent Development in

                                                                                    Chemical Sciences

59)          28.06.09       Prof U N Dwivedi                          On Biotechnology

60)          28.06.09       Dr Niraj Kumar                              Chemical nature of food &

                                                                                    types of nutrition

61)          28.06.09       Prof G K Srivastava                       Genome

62)          29.06.09       Dr Manvendra Tripathi                  Recent researches in the field

                                                                                   of communicable diseases

63)          30.06.09       Prof C B L Srivastava                     Human Evolution

64)          30.06.09       Dr K P Singh                                  On Biodiversity

65)          30.06.09       Prof H C Verma                             India: Contributions &

                                                                                    Challenges 

Lectures organized by DNA Clubs:

 

C.P Vidya Niketan Intermediate College, Farrukhabad:

66)          25.9.07         Dr. N. D. Singh                              Ecosystem and                

                                                                                    conservation

67)          6.10.07         Mr. P. Rath                                    Applications of Remote

                                                                                    sensing

68)          15.10.07       Dr. N. D. Singh                              Wild life and endangered

                                                                                    species

69)          8.12.07         Dr. Manoj Kumar Tiwari                Identification and uses of    

                                                                                    medicinal plants     

70)          6.4.08           Dr. N. D. Singh                              Flora and Fauna

71)          25.09.08       Documentary Film                          Wild life and different

                                                                                    species

72)          23.10.08       Documentary Film                          Planet Earth

Tagore Public School, Allahabad:    

73)          25.10.07        Dr. V.C. Srivastava                          Role of Apiculture in

                                                                                   Biodiversity

74)          28.3.08         Prof. J.S. Singh                                Biodiversity

D.A.V. Intermediate College, Sant Kabir Nagar:

75)          29.9.07         Sri A.P. Srivastava                         Ecosystem and its conservation

76)          29.9.07         Sri J.P. Singh                                  Ecosystem

77)          18.9.07         Sri J.C. Misra                                 Biodiversity and Environment

78)          18.9.07         Sri N. Singh                                    Biodiversity – I

79)          7.10.07         Sri N. Singh                                    Biodiversity – II

80)          7.10.07         Sri V.P. Dubey                               Biodiversity

81)          11.11.07       Sri R. Chaturvedi                            Natural Resources 

82)          11.11.07       Smt. Neelam Singh                         Natural Resources

83)          16.12.07       Sri J.P. Singh                                  Flora and Fauna and wild life

84)          16.12.07       Sri R. Chaturvedi                            Flora and Fauna

85)          06.1.08         Sri N. Singh                                    Biodiversity

86)          13.1.08         Sri N. Singh                                    Ecosystem

87)          22.1.08         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               On Birds

88)          10.2.08         Sri V.P. Dubey                               Biodiversity and Ecosystem 

89)          10.2.08         Sri N. Singh                                    Water pollution

A.M.D. Jain Intermediate College, Agra:

90)          16.10.07       Dr. K.P. Agarwal                           Wild life endangered species

91)          25.9.07         Dr. Pradeep Garg                           Medicinal Plants

92)          25.9.07         Sri M.C. Jain                                  Environment

93)          16.10.07       Sri Nitin Jain                                   Solid waste management

94)          31.10.07       Dr. Beena Jain                                Medicinal Plants

95)          31.10.07       Sri K.P. Agarwal                            Wild Animal          

96)          14.11.07       Dr. Ashok Kumar                           Application of Remote sensing

97)          22.12.07       Priyanka Singh                                r- DNA technology

98)          22.12.07       Shweta Singh                                  Molecular Marker

99)          20.07.08       Shri K.P. Agrawal                          Endangered Wild Animal   

100)       20.07.08       Shri Nitin Jain                                 Independence of Human on

                                                                                    Environment

101)       25.08.08       Dr. Pradeep Garg                           Medicinal Plant      

102)       25.08.08       Dr. Sweta Singh                             Molecular Marker 

103)       20.09.08       Dr. A. K. Kulshresth                      Application of Remote Sensing

104)       20.09.08       Dr. Beena Jain                                Medicinal Plants

105)       27.10.08       Priyanka Singh                                DNA Technology

106)       27.10.08       Shri K. P. Agrawal                         Endangered Wild Animal

107)       25.11.08       Dr. Narendra Singh                        DNA Technology

108)       25.11.08       Dr. Sweta Singh                             Molecular Marker

Mahgaon Inter College, Kaushambi:

109)       16.12.07       Smt. Uzma Tahsin                           Biodiversity

110)       April, 08        Dr. Md. Masood                            Food Adulteration

111)       April, 08        Dr. Sharada Sundaram                   Air Pollution

T.D. Intermediate College, Jaunpur:

112)       24.1.08         Dr. Md. Masood                            Water Pollution

113)       25.1.08         Dr. Deepak Chandra                      Biotechnology

Parker Inter College, Moradabad:

114)       30.9.07         Sri Manoj Prabhakar                      Ecosystem

115)       30.9.07         Sri Rajeev Sharma                        Endangered species

116)       18.10.07       Sri Jojaf                                        DNA

117)       18.10.07       Sri Sant Ram Singh Yadav              Biodiversity

118)       20.11.07       Dr. Mukul Kishore                         Remote sensing

119)       20.11.07       S.K. Nathone                                Wild life and Ecosystem

120)       20.12.07       Dr. Anamika Tripathi                     r- DNA technology

121)       20.12.07       Manoj Prabhakar                           Medicinal Plants

122)       15.4.08         Dr. Abhay Pandey                          Biotechnology

123)       15.4.08         Dr. K.P. Singh                                Animal Diversity

124)       09.08.08       Dr. Jauli Garg                                 Relation between different

                                                                                  species

125)       09.08.08       Dr. Anamika Tripathi                      Endangered Species

126)       20.9.08         Mr. Manoj Prabhakar                     Biodiversity

127)       18.10.08       Dr. R. C. Gupta                              Structure of DNA

128)       18.10.08       Dr. Mukul Kishore                         Remote Sensing

129)       08.11.08       Dr. G. K. Sharma                          r-DNA Technology

130)       08.11.08       Shri Rajiv Kumar Sharma               Man and Environment

131)       20.10.08       Mr. Manoj Prabhakar                     Medicinal Plants and

                                                                                Aromatic Plants

132)       10.01.09       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Biotic and Abiotic Components

N.A.S. Intermediate College, Meerut:

133)       27.10.07       Sri Roshan Lal                                Ecosystem and Biodiversity

134)       4.11.0 7        Sri A.K. Shukla                              Applications of Remote sensing

135)       4.11.07         Sri A.K. Shukla                              Medicinal Plants

136)       4.11.07         Sri Charan Singh                           Environment

137)       1.12.07         Dr. Rekha Sarshwat                       IPR

138)       1.12.07         Dr. A.K. Shukla                             Flora and Fauna and its

                                                                                importance

139)       06.12.07       Dr. Seema Jain                              DNA technology

140)       10.4.08         Dr. Niraj Kumar                             Evolutionary Diversity

141)       11.07.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Plantation

142)       26.08.08       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Science Exhibition

143)       10.02.09       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Science Festival     

Prabhat Academy, Pratapgarh:

144)       14.8.07         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Nanotechnology

145)       22.8.07         Dr. Md. Masood                            Adulteration in food items

146)       29.9.07         Prof. S.L. Srivastava                       Smart materials based

                                                                                    on nanotechnology

147)       5.10.07         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Medicinal Plants

                                                                                    and its importance  

148)       26.10.07       Name of the Speaker

                              ot mentioned                                 Global Warming and

                                                                                    Green House Effect

149)       20.11.07       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Water pollution

150)       29.12.07       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Space Programme

                                                                                    in India                  

151)       5.9.07           Dr. Kiran Misra                              Practical aspects

                                                                                    of Global warming

152)       21.9.07         Dr. A. Srivastava                            Water pollution

153)       24.9.07         Dr. A. Misra                                   Irritability in plants

154)       25.9.07         Dr. Kiran Misra                              Water pollution and

                                                                                    its effect

155)       26.11.07       Dr. Arvind Misra                            Economic importance

                                                                                    of Algae and Fungi

156)       Dec, 07         Mr. Sanjay Srivastava                     Adulteration in food

                                                                                    products

157)       06.07.08       Dr. Kiran Mishra                            Water Harvesting   

158)       10.07.08       Dr. A. Srivastava                            Importance of organic

                                                                                    chemistry      

159)       26.07.08       Dr. Arvind Mishra                          Importance of Algae and Fungi

                                                                                    and its distribution

160)       10.08.08       Dr. J. Mishra                                  Water Pollution and its effects

161)       14.09.08       Dr. Arvind Mishra                          Importance of Grass and

                                                                                    Bamboo

162)       15.09.08       Dr. Kiran Mishra                            Importance of algae and

                                                                                    Bryophytes

163)       22.09.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Medicinal Plants and its

                                                                                    Importance

164)       25.09.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Biodiversity

165)       28.09.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Space Exploration

166)       30.10.08       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Environment

167)       12.11.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Global Warming and

                                                                                    Green House effect

168)       22.11.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Awareness programme on 

                                                                                    water pollution

169)       02.01.09       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Plantation

170)       05.01.09       Ms. Laxmi Singh,Mrs.Anamika

                              & Ramendra Saxena                       Irritability of plants and

                                                                                    their use

171)       06.01.09       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Science Exhibition  

172)       28.01.09       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Seminar on the topic sensitivity

                                                                                    of living beings

173)       10.02.09       Mr. K. D. Gupta                            Global Warming

174)       10.04.09       Mr. Ramendra Saxena                    Nanotechnology

S.D.D.B. Rama Intermediate College, Pilibhit:

175)       29.8.07         Dr. Praveen Kr. Gupta                   Medicinal Plants

176)       29.8.07         Sri Surya Prakash                           Medicinal Plants    

177)       29.8.07         Sri C.P. Gangwar                           r- DNA Technology

178)       19.9.07         Sri G.P. Sharma                             Wild life endangered species

179)       19.9.08         Sri R.K. Sharma                             Wild life endangered species

180)       7.10.07         Sri Prabhat Gupta                           Healing of Ozone layer

181)       7.10.07         Sri Prabhat Gupta                           Ecosystem

182)       7.10.07         Sri L.K. Sharma                             Remote sensing

183)       14.11.07       Sri Vivek Sharma                           Totem and Taboos

184)       14.11.07       Sri K.S. Shukla                              Tissue culture

185)       6.12.07         Sri Kamal                                       Flora and Fauna

186)       6.12.07         Sri Taskir Ujama                           Conservation of Natural

                                                                                    Resources

187)       05.09.08       Mrs. Urmila Devi                            Medicinal Plants

188)       08.09.08       Mr. Gopal Prasad Sharma              r-DNA Technology

189)       10.09.08       Mr. Chandrapal Gangwar               Molecular Marker

190)       16.09.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Application of Remote

                                                                                    Sensing

191)       16.09.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Flora & Fauna

192)       04.10.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Totem & Taboos

193)       04.10.08       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Wild life Conservation

194)       04.10.08       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Medicinal Plants

195)       04.10.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Animal Conservation

196)       22.12.08       Bhawani Shankar Sharma               Molecular Marker

197)       03.01.09       Group Discussion                           Natural Resource               

                                                                                 Conservation

198)       04.01.09       Group Discussion                           Ecosystem

199)       04.01.09       Group Discussion                           Medicinal Plants

200)       05.01.09       Group Discussion                           Tissue Culture

D.A.V. Intermediate College, Siwan:

201)       not mentioned  Sri Anil Kumar Singh                  Biodiversity

202)       not mentioned  Sri Raj Kumar Srivastava            Food adulteration

203)       25.4.08         Dr. Niraj Kumar                             Biodiversity

204)       18.08.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Herbarium preparation

205)       01.09.08       Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Herbarium preparation

206)       19.09.08       Mr. Anil Kumar Singh                     Increasing Imbalance in Nature

                                                                                 and thus resulting in Problems

                                                                                       like Global Warming

207)       22.09.08       Prof. Bindeshwari Prasad &           

                              Prof. Ravindra Nath Pathak            Conservation of Natural

                                                                                Resources 

208)       09.01.09       Mr. Anil Kumar Singh                     Medicinal Plants

209)       10.01.09      Prof. Gyan Prakash Thakur             Ecosystem and Ecological

                                                                                Balance

210)       10.06.09       Mr. Param Hans Mishra,               

                              Anil Kumar Singh                                                           

                              Arvind Kumar Singh

                              Raj Kumar Srivastava                  Awareness about Science   and

                                                                               Environment

211)       12.07.09       Prof. Manoranjan Prasad              Biodiversity

Chapra Central School, Chapra:

212)       18.9.07         Prof. S.L. Srivastava                     Global warming

213)       18.9.07         Prof. U.C. Srivastava                    Antioxidant

214)       19.9.07         Dr. Sharada Sundaram                 Biodiversity

215)       22.10.07       Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  r – DNA

216)       5.10.07         Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  DNA isolation

217)       10.12.07       Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  DNA replication

218)       17.12.07       Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  Biodiversity and its

                                                                                conservation

219)       24.12.07       Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  PCR

220)       14.1.08         Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  Gel electrophoresis

221)       18.2.08         Sri Deepak Kr. Sharma                  Structure of

                                                                                 Human ear

222)       26.4.08         Dr. Niraj Kumar                             Impact of Global

                                                                                 warming

223)       04.08.08       Mr. Deepak Sharma                       DNA Isolation

224)       20.10.08       Mr. Deepak Sharma                       Polymerase chain reaction

225)       24.11.08       Mr. Deepak Sharma                       Process of gene expression

226)       30.03.09       Mr. Deepak Sharma                       GM food: are they safe

227)       11.05.09       Mr. Deepak Sharma                       AIDS and CD4 receptor

Govt. Excellence Higher Secondary School, Sidhi:

228)       30.10.07       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Biodiversity

229)       Jan 08           Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Medicinal Plants

Mother Teresa Higher Secondary English School, Khajuraho:

230)       18.4.08        Prof. Anita Gopesh                          Pollution

231)       18.4.08        Dr. Niraj Kumar                              Animal Diversity

Govt. R.P. School, Panna:

232)       20.12.07       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              r DNA

233)       30.12.07       Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              r DNA

234)       17.1.08         Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              IPR

235)       20-22.1.08    Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Remote sensing

236)       27.1.08         Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Molecular Marker

237)       3.2.08           Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Molecular Marker

238)       10.2.08         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               r DNA

239)       17.4.08         Dr. K.P. Singh                                Types of Animal Diversity

Govt. Excellence Higher Secondary School, Maihar:

240)       Sep., 07         Dr. P.L. Verma                             Biodiversity and Remote

                                                                                 Sensing

241)       Sep., 07         Sri O.P. Sharma                           Medicinal plants

242)       Sep., 07         Sri M.P. Sharma                           Natural Resources and our duty

243)       Sep., 07         Sri A.K. Garg                                Ecosystem

244)       Dec, 07         Dr. G.K. Jha                                  Biodiversity and  its

                                                                                Conservation

245)       Jan, 08          Sri A.K. Garg                                Bioresources and biotechnology

246)       Feb, 08         Dr. D.K. Jha                                  Natural resources And its

                                                                                conservation

247)       17.4.08         Dr, Shivesh Pratap Singh                Simian Diversity

248)       July, 08         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Animal behavior

                                                                                 and their utility

249)       Oct., 08        Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Biodiversity

250)       Dec., 08        Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Pollution in our local areas

251)       Jan., 09         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                               Natural Resource & Man

252)       Apr., 09        Name of the Speaker

                               not mentioned                              Medicinal plants

Central Academy Higher Secondary School, Shahdol:

253)       Oct., 08        Dr V. Singh                                    Medicinal Plant & its uses

254)       Dec., 08        Mr. H. R. Singh                              Water Harvesting

255)       Feb., 08        Dr. R.S. Singh                                Importance of Ozone

256)       July, 08         Alka Lal                                         Biological Lecture  

257)       Aug., 08        D. P. Mishra                                   Deforestation

258)       Oct., 08        Dr. V. Singh                                   Medicinal Plant and its uses

259)       Dec., 08        Mr. H.R. Singh                               Water Harvesting

260)       Feb., 09        Dr. R.S. Singh                                Importance of Ozone layers

261)       Apr, 09         not mentioned                               Importance of Atmosphere

262)       June, 09        not mentioned                               Project tiger

Bonanza Higher Secondary School, Satna:

263)       1.12.07         Dr. Shivesh Pratap Singh              Biodiversity

264)       29.12.07       Dr. C.K. Dakre                              Biotechnology

265)       25.1.08         Name of the Speaker

                              not mentioned                              Water conservation

266)       15.3.08         Dr. A.K. Tripathi                            Space Science

267)       16.4.08         Dr. Niraj Kumar                             Biodiversity

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Datia:

268)       10.10.07       Mr. A.K. Srivastava                       Ecology and Environment

269)       10.10.07       Mr. T.D. Tripathi                           Pollution

270)       31.1.08         Dr. U.C. Pachauri                          Biodiversity

271)       12.4.08         Prof. C.K. Dwivedi                        Updates on Biodiversity

E.C.I. School, Rewa:

272)       26.9.07         Dr. Vidyut Sharma                        Biotechnology

273)       26.9.07         Mr. S.P. Dwivedi                           Ecosystem

274)       8.10.07         Mrs. Shaheen Khan                       Totem and Taboos

275)       8.10.07         Sri Abhay Tirkey                           DNA Technology

276)       25.10.07       Prof. R.S. Sharma                         Molecular Marker

277)       25.10.07       Miss K. Quazi                                Flora and Fauna

278)       22.11.07       Prof. Alam                                    Biodiversity

279)       22.11.07       Mr. G. Misra                                  Wild life endangered species

280)       3.12.07         Dr. Akhilesh Tiwari                         Remote sensing

281)       3.12.07         Dr. Priyanka Tirky                          Medicinal Plants

282)       18.4.08         Dr. Niraj Kumar                             Role of DNA Club

283)       18.4.08         Dr. K.P. Singh                                Animal Diversity

284)       18.4.08         Prof. Anita Gopesh                      Biodiversity

285)       08.08.08       Dr. Vidyut Sharma                       Medicinal Plant

286)       15.10.08       Mr. S.P. Dwivedi                          Totem & Taboos

287)       26.11.08       Miss K. Quazi                               Basic Principle of Conservation

                                                                                  of Natural Resources

288)       20.01.09       Mr. S.S. Baghel                            Flora & Fauna

Number of Laboratory experiments conducted by students.

The students conducted several experiments, which may be grouped as: -

1.            Identification of museum specimens – Animals and Plants

2.            Water pollution testing

3.            Irritability in plants

4.            Food adulteration testing

5.            Air pollution testing – Quantitative and Qualitative

6.            Tissue culture techniques – Animal and Plant

7.            DNA isolation and application of PCR

8.            DNA Probe

9.            Photosynthesis

10.        Microscopic examination of cell organelles

11.        Chromosomal slide preparation

12.        Microbial Culture (blue green algae)

13.        Physiological experiments related to cell sap movement and osmosis in plants.

14.        Blood group testing

15.        Specimen preservation by transfusion technique

16.        Experiments on basic principles in Physics

17.        Mat- lab and Fuzzy for its application in solving problems related to environment.

18.        Identification of Microbials

19.        How does plants use water

20.        To examine the system of Photosynthesis

21.        To examine the cell division of different types of method in plants

22.        To examine the need of oxygen and sunlight for plants

23.        Aquatic Plants

24.        Biochemicals and Food particle testing

25.        Working with nature

26.        Cleanliness methods & community

27.        Identification of different types of  water borne contaminants (WCBs)

28.        ABO blood grouping test

29.        Identification of Barr body

30.        Section cutting (stem and root internal structure)

 

Scientific Institutions visited by the students and the objectives of the visits.

 

During the one year period the RRA organized the following visits: -

 

 Biotech Park, Lucknow: Objective was to create awareness among students about different techniques of diversity conservation and also to excite them to pursue carrier in Biotechnology. They were excited to see the human genome bank and other biotechnological tools in Biotech Park.

CIMAP, Lucknow: To acquaint the students with conservation techniques of medicinal and aromatic plants. They learnt basic techniques of tissue culture and hybrid formation etc.

NBRI, Lucknow: To visit Botanical Garden of NBRI to learn about its activities and see the vast diversity of plant species.

Regional Science Center, Lucknow: To learn about the evolutionary speciation and marine ecosystem in artificially designed natural history park and biome gallery.

Zoo, Lucknow: To learn about animal diversity and food chain.

CDRI, Lucknow: To know about the CSIR laboratories and their importance.

Birbal Shahani, Institute of Paleobotany, Lucknow: To learn about the palaeontological evidences of diversity of plants and animals.

Botanical Survey of India, Allahabad: To learn about the medicinally important plants and economic plants of central and northern India; and also making herbarium of these plants.

Zoological Museum, University of Allahabad: To gather information about different animal species and observe their characteristics.

Botanical Garden, University of Allahabad: To know about the plant diversity of Allahabad region and systematic study of hydrophytic plants.

IIIT, Allahabad: To perform experiments on DNA isolation and PCR. They observed Mitochondrial DNA and DNA of few plants themselves in the laboratories of IIIT.

M.G. Gramodaya, Chtirakoot Vishwavidyalaya, Chtirakoot: To get first hand information related to application of rural technologies for conservation of wild life.

Arogya Dham, Chitrakoot:  To study collection of some rare medicinal plants, their processing for obtaining biologically active compounds and their pharmacological preparations. They also learnt the techniques of developing food- products from herbal material.

I V R I, Bareilly: To study the preservation techniques for animal- gametocytes; and also to learn several other biotech procedures.

Nainital & Bhim Tal: They studied aquatic ecosystem by observing flora & fauna associated with the lakes; and also enjoyed the beauty of these places situated in the nature’s womb.

 

Number of visits by RRA representatives to the DNA Club schools.

 

The RRA Representatives visited all the DNA Clubs (once or twice) in last six months except Hazipur and Patna. However, the Project Coordinator, Advisory Committee Members and other experts interacted many times with the teachers and coordinators of the DNA Clubs during their participation in the Orientation Programmes, Winter School and V T P.

 

Constraints experienced by the RRA in serving DNA Clubs.

 

The laboratory and library facilities at most of the participating schools were far from adequate. Students are not exposed to basic instruments, like Compound Microscope, Water Testing kits, etc. Most of these DNA Clubs are also not having proper audio-visual facilities. All these are essential for carrying out the activities of the DNA Clubs.

 

Highlights of the activities including outstanding programmes.

 

  • The Programme was appreciated and liked by all the DNA Clubs, spread in 25 districts involving about 10,000 students in less than about two years duration.

  • The four Orientation Programmes organized by the RRA at Allahabad, (the details are given as Annexure 1 a, b, c & d) made a significant impact on the teachers and students in terms of their increased level of awareness and enthusiasm.

·        The DNA Clubs at Chapra, Pilibhit, Datia, Farrukhabad, Kaushambi, Satna and Siwan organized other activities also, as seminars on Biodiversity, patenting, r-DNA technology and related issues.

·        Similarly, DNA Clubs at Pilibhit and Kaushambi have started documenting different information on biodiversity in the form of regular magazine/ booklet.

·        The lectures held at RRA were saved in CDs and these, as well as animation CDs, were distributed among all the DNA Clubs.

·        The RRA has developed its own water testing kit and food adulteration testing kit, which were also distributed among all the DNA Clubs

·        Documentation of information related to environment and biodiversity (Biodiversity Register) has been initiated; also the concept of Nature-Man-Spirit-Complex for effective implementation of conservation plans has been introduced.

·        Students learnt extraction of DNA practically from the cotyledons of Cicer arietinum (gram) without using sophisticated instruments.

 

Vocation Training Programmes Organized

 

A Report on Vacation Training Programme (2008)

 

The National Academy of Sciences India organized the Vacation Training Programme (under the DNA Club of the Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) on a theme –“Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management”; starting from June 3, 2008 (including the celebration of ‘World Environment Day’ on June 5 2008) and ending in the Valedictory Function on June 23. 2008. Prof. Krishna Misra was the Course Director for VTP. Distinguished scientists and experts - Prof. J.S. Singh, BHU, Varanasi, Prof. B N Dhawan, CDRI, Lucknow, Prof. P.K. Seth, Biotech Park, Lucknow, Prof. S.L. Srivastava, University of Allahabad (UOA) ,Prof. Krishna Misra, IIIT, Allahabad, Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava, (UOA), Prof. U.C. Srivastava, (UOA), Prof. C.S. Nautiyal, NBRI, Lucknow, Prof. Abhay Mansingh, Delhi University, Prof. G.K. Srivastava, (UOA), Prof. D.K. Chauhan, (UOA),Prof S.P. Misra, Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, FRI, Kanpur, Prof. P.K. Mathur, Lucknow University, Prof Jairaj Behari, ITRC, Lucknow, Prof C K Dwivedi (UOA), Prof R K Srivastava and Dr Pankaj Srivastava, M N N I T, Allahabad and many others, addressed the participants as given in the enclosed programme. 140 students and teachers from about 40 institutions of Allahabad and 18 DNA Clubs, participated actively in the programme and interacted with the experts, exhibiting keen interest, inquisitiveness and desire to understand the subject. Some of the students were well informed. The expert scientists also enjoyed interacting with them and were impressed by their active participation. The interactive sessions lasted much beyond the stipulated hours. On a special occasion Dr. S.M. Nair, Chief Coordinator, DNA Club and Senior Advisor, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), New Delhi participated in the programme on June 11 & 12, 2008 and interacted with the participants.

 

The whole programme was divided into the following:

 

A. Introduction to Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management:

About 30 lectures were held to introduce the concept of Natural Resources, Biodiversity-assessment and conservation, Current Environmental Issues, Environmental Crisis, Wild Life, Food Chain, Distribution of Biodiversity Resources, Global Climate Change, Intellectual Property Rights, Pollutions, Green Chemistry and Ecosystem etc. A topic-wise details of the lectures is given in the programme.

 

B. Hands-on Activities

Practical hands on activities were organized on the following –

1. Identification of museum specimens – Animals and Plants

2. Experiments on basic principles in Physics 

3. Water pollution testing

4. Food adulteration testing

5. Air pollution testing – Quantitative and Qualitative

6. Tissue culture – Animal and Plant

7.  DNA isolation and PCR

8.  DNA Probe

9.  Microscopic examination of cell organelles

10. Microbial Tissue Culture (blue green algae)

11. Mat- lab and Fuzzy for its application in solving problems related to environment.

12. Computer Animation

 

C. Exploring the Environment

 

Fields and Laboratories Visits were also organized –

 

1.      Botanical Survey of India, Allahabad: To learn about the medicinally important plants and economic plants of central and northern India; and also making herbarium of these plants.

2.      Zoological Museum, University of Allahabad: To gather information about different animal species and observe their characteristics.

3.       Botanical Garden, University of Allahabad: To know about the plant diversity of Allahabad region and systematic study of hydrophytic plants.

4.      IIIT, Allahabad: To perform experiments on DNA isolation and PCR. They observed Mitochondrial DNA and DNA of few plants themselves in the laboratories of IIIT.

5.      M.G. Gramodaya, Chtirakoot Vishwavidyalaya, Chtirakoot: To get first hand information related to application of rural technologies for conservation of wild life.

6.      Arogya Dham, Chitrakoot:  To study collection of some rare medicinal plants, their processing for obtaining biologically active compounds and their pharmacological preparations. They also learnt the techniques of developing food- products from herbal material.

 

D. Individual Projects by the students:

 

The participating students prepared projects related to environment and biodiversity as:–

1.   Herbarium preparation of different flowering plants

2.      Mathematical modeling for different environmental pollution problems

3.      Study of Simian biodiversity of Vindhya region

4.      Herbarium preparation of some of the medicinal plants 

5.      Computer Animation (related to biodiversity, wild life and environment)

6.       Study of flying bats in Gupt - Godavari caves

 

E.  Wrap-up Session:

It was divided in to following six sessions

·        Experience sharing

·        Power Point presentation and address by the teachers and students

·        Career counseling

·        Get together with eminent scientists

·     Assessment, and finally

·     Certificate and Prize Distribution

 

 The date- wise details of the whole programme is given below –

 

Theme: Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management

 

Tuesday, June 03, 2008:    (Inaugural Session)

 

Inauguration

Ø      Welcome: by Prof. S.L. Srivastava, Coordinator, Science Communication Programme

Ø      About the VTP: by Prof. Krishna Misra, Course Director, VTP (DNA Club)

Ø      About the Summer School: by Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava, Convener, Summer School

Ø      Address by the Chief Guest: by Prof. J.S. Singh, Chairperson, Local Advisory Committee (DNA Club)

Ø      Vote of Thanks: by Prof. U.C. Srivastava, Treasurer, NASI

Popular/ Introductory Lectures:

Ø      Address by Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava on Environment: Our responsibility

Ø      Address by Prof. S.L. Srivastava on Universe breeds life

Ø      Address by Prof. Krishna Misra on Biotechnology

Wednesday, June 04, 2008: (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management- Environmental Components)

Ø      Address by Prof. J.S. Singh on Biodiversity

Ø      Visit to Botany Department under Prof. G.K. Srivastava, Prof. D.K. Chauhan and Prof. S.P. Tiwari to learn Diversity Pattern of Plants.

Thursday, June 05, 2008: (One day Symposium on Environment and Pollution)

Ø      Registration

Ø      Film Show

Inauguration

Ø      Welcome by Prof. S.L. Srivastava

Ø      About the Symposium by Prof. Krishna Misra

Ø      About present status of Environment by Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava

Ø      About the Award Lecture and Awardee: Prof. S P Misra

Ø      Inaugural Address & Award Lecture in the field of Toxicology on “Challenges and Opportunities in Toxicology” - Prof. P.K. Seth, C.E.O., Biotech Park & Formerly Director ITRC, Lucknow

Ø      Presentation of the Award by Prof B.N. Dhawan

Ø      Vote of Thanks by Prof G K Srivastava

Technical Sessions:

Ø      Key Note Address by Dr. Ashwani Kumar, IFS and Formerly Director, FRI, Kanpur on Biodiversity and its other aspects

Ø      Address by Prof. B.N. Dhawan, Formerly Director, CDRI, Lucknow on Symbiotic relationship between Biodiversity and Drug Discovery            

Ø      Address by:  Prof. K.P. Misra, Director, United College of Engineering, Allahabad on Nuclear Radiation

Friday, June 06, 2008: (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management - Environmental Components)

Ø      Address by Prof. S.L. Srivastava on Global Warming

Ø      Address by Prof M M. Verma on Soil and its varieties

Ø      Address by Prof. S.P. Misra, Director, Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad on Radiation and its effects

Ø      Address by Ms. Uttara Ratna, Allahabad on Natural Resources

Saturday, June 07, 2008:  (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management - Physical Components)

Ø      Workshop on basic principles of Electronics: Prof. Abhai Mansingh and Colonel Ashok Mansingh

Sunday, June 08, 2008: (Workshop to be continued)

Ø      Prof. Abhay Mansingh, Colonel Ashok Mansingh on Electronics and Dr. Brajesh Pandey on Experiments in Physics

Monday, June 09, 2008: (Workshop to be continued)

Ø      Prof. Abhay Mansingh, Colonel Ashok Mansingh on Electronics and Dr. Brajesh Pandey on Experiments in Physics

Tuesday, June 10, 2008: (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management - Chemical Components)

Ø      Projects on Water Pollution and Food Adulteration under Dr. Md. Masood MNASc, NASI

Wednesday, June 11, 2008: (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management - Chemical Components)

Ø      Projects on air under Dr. Sharada Sundaram, MNASc, NASI

Ø      Student’s interaction with Dr. S.M. Nair, Senior Advisor, CEE, New Delhi

Thursday, June 12, 2008: (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management – Vital Issues)

Ø      Address by Dr. S.M. Nair on Environmental Education

Ø      Documentary Film

Ø      Address by Dr. P.K. Mathur, Lucknow University, Lucknow on We, Water, Air and Waste

Ø      Address by Prof. B.K. Misra, Kamla Nehru, Allahabad on Cancer and diagnostics

Friday, June 13, 2008:  (Natural Resources: Dynamics and Management – Vital Issues)

(combined Session for Maths & Biological Sciences Students)

Ø      Address by Prof C M Bhandari on Quantum Computing

Ø      Address by Dr. C.S. Nautiyal on Biotechnology in India

Ø      Visit to Botany Department under Prof. G.L. Tiwari & Dr. Richa Tandon  (for Bio students only)

Ø      Mathematical Session under Dr. Pankaj Srivastava and Prof Pathan (for Maths Students only)

Saturday, 14 to Monday, 16 June 2008: (Project Works/ Experimental Designs)

 (Separate Sections for Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences)

Ø      Mathematical Sciences conducted by Dr. Pankaj Srivastava and Dr D. Pandey on 14th & 16th June, 08

Ø      Biological Sciences conducted by:

      Prof. Krishna Misra & Dr. Abhay Pandey ( on DNA Isolation Techniques ) :14 June, 2008.

      Visit to IIIT for DNA isolation & PCR ; and Lecture by Dr. Bechan Sharma on HIV & AIDs: 15th June, 2008

      Address by Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava on Impact of change on biodiversity & Prof. U.C. Srivastava

      on Antioxidants: 16th  June,2008 ( before-noon) , and

      Visit to Zoology Museum under Prof. U.C. Srivastava and Dr. K.P.Singh:16th June, 2008(afternoon)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008: (Project Work on Computer Aided Solutions)

Ø      Learning of Computer skill  conducted by Prof. R.K. Srivastava ,MNNIT, Allahabad

Wednesday, June 18 to Friday, June 20, 2008: (Field Visits & Project Works)

Ø      Field visits to Vindhyan Region and Project Work on Animal and Plant Diversity under Prof U C Srivastava, Dr Niraj Kumar, Dr Shivesh Pratap Singh, Dr K P Singh, Dr Ramesh Chandra and Dr Md. Masood

Ø      Project Work on Computer Animation under Ms Anupama Tiwari and Ms Jamila; on Electronics under Prof C K Dwivedi; and on Experiments in Physics and Mathematics under Dr O P Gupta at U S M S , Allahabad

Saturday, June 21 to Monday, June 23, 2008: (Interaction , Wrap- up and Valedictory Session)

Ø      Interaction with Scientists of B.S.I., MNNIT, and other institutions.

Ø      Counseling & Wrap- up

Ø      Concluding Lectures

Ø      Valedictory Session with the Chief Guest- Dr. Jairaj Behari, I I T R, Lucknow

Prize and Certificate Distribution

 

 

 

A Report on Vacation Training Programme (2009)

 

The Academy, after receiving the extension for the DNA Club project from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India on 26th May, 2009, held a meeting of the officers (at the HQ of the Academy at Allahabad) and advisors of the DNA Club project on June 6, 2009. In this meeting it was decided to organize the Vacation Training Programme (under DNA Project) and Summer School (under Science Communication Programme of NASI) jointly in the month of June, 2009. The VTP was thus started from June 10, 2009 at all the nodal centers (DNA Clubs) by organizing different contests to select the group of students who could participate in  the joint program of VTP and Summer School at NASI from June 15 to 30, 2009.

 

The inauguration of the joint program was held on June 15, 2009 in the auditorium of NASI at Allahabad, in which 165 students and teachers from 35 schools of U.P., M.P. and Bihar participated along with fellows and members of the Academy.

 

The theme of this year’s programme was decided to be the ‘Recent Developments in Science & Technology’. Prof. S.L. Srivastava, Coordinator, Science Communication Programme of NASI, welcomed the participants and the distinguished guests present on this occasion. Prof. Krishna Misra (General Secretary –HQ, NASI) gave a brief description about the objectives of ‘Vacation Training Programme’ and DNA Club. She informed that out of 13 regional resource agencies established by the Department of Biotechnology to spread the awareness for the conservation of natural resources, the National Academy of Sciences, India has been chosen to spread the awareness programme in three states – U.P., M.P. and Bihar; and NASI is very hopeful to make the programme a success.

 

Prof. U. C. Srivastava, Convener of the Summer School conducted the inaugural session and described in detail the 16 days activity map for the school. Prof. G.K. Srivastava, Council Member of the Academy, proposed a vote-of-thanks.

 

After the inaugural tea, Prof. S. L. Srivastava, delivered the key-note address on ‘Energy Crisis’ and emphasized that the increase in population, environmental pollution and over exploitation of natural resources are responsible for the global warming. He told that the ‘modern technology’ will have to address to the energy-crisis by reducing the demand of energy and increasing the alternative eco-friendly energy sources.

 

The first session (June 15- 17, 09) was focused on ‘Recent Developments in Electronics & Communication’. Prof. Abhai Mansingh, Formerly Professor of Physics and Director, South Campus, Delhi University and Colonel Er. Ashok Mansingh demonstrated that the white LEDs are very energy efficient and if used on no profit no loss basis may even be cheaper than the kerosene lamps. Prof. Mansingh appealed that ‘we should opt for various alternatives for solving the energy-crisis’, otherwise, as we shall destroy our environment generating more and more of conventional energy in order to meet the requirement of modern civilization. It is, therefore, the duty of our budding scientists to make continuous efforts for conserving the nature.

 

The students learnt several project works on electronics and made white LEDs lamps, multi-vibrator, water level indicator and power supply adopters. Prof. C. K. Dwivedi, Department of Electronics and Communication, University of Allahabad (U o A), explained the functioning of embedded white LEDs systems. He further dealt in detail about the micro control tracking system of the solar panels to increase its efficiency by almost 1.5 times and added that using proper reflectors, we may harness the solar energy and feed it to the grid system for the use of  the general mass, hopefully then the cost of solar electricity will be affordable.

 

On 18th June 2009, Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava, Formerly Head of the Department of Zoology, U o A and Prof. Anita Gopesh of the same department delivered talks in the session on ‘Recent Developments in Ecological Sciences’. Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava’s talk on Aquarium keeping was not only interesting but also dealt in detail from making of an aquarium to its maintenance. To prepare an aquarium we need to know about the types and varieties of fishes and their habitat preference, quality of water and other requirements. Gold fish, Risbora, Mollies, Platies, Barbs, Chordial teta, Neon teta, Lochies, Varieties Cambodia, Guppies, Chichlit, Pirhana, Oscar and Cat fishes are often kept in an aquarium to make it an attractive and colorful. Further, Prof. Anita Gopesh and Mr. Nihal Sahab, with the help of beautiful slides demonstrated the skill of making an aquarium, its size, environment, types of friendly fishes, water quality, fish feed and other details.  The students learnt making an aquarium; and a nice aquarium was developed on the spot.

 

On 19th June 2009, in the Biological Sciences session, Prof. U.C. Srivastava of Allahabad University delivered an informative lecture on ‘Recent Developments in Animal Sciences’ covering the broad areas, as oncology, gene therapy, communicable diseases and antioxidants. Dr. Vimalesh Chandra Srivastava, Formerly Head of the Department of Zoology, CMP Degree College Allahabad gave a descriptive lecture on Advances in Genetics. He traced the evolution of Genetics, further explaining its role in the development of eugenics and euthenics.

 

In the Mathematical Sciences, Prof. A.K. Srivastava of Department of Mathematics, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Dr. Ramesh Chandra of Faizabad delivered lectures on mathematical functions and recent trends in teaching mathematics in interesting way. The participants learnt to solve the problems of mathematics in very simple way.

 

On 20th June 2009, participants of biological sciences stream learnt staining, mounting and microscopic examination techniques in the laboratory of Zoology Department, University of Allahabad under overall supervision of Prof. U. C. Srivastava. They observed neurons and its variation, mitochondria, Golgi bodies and barr bodies. On the other hand the mathematical stream students were exposed to number theory by Prof. Ramjilal, U O A, Allahabad, matrices and their properties by Prof. A.K. Lal, IIT Kanpur and Dr. Ramesh Chandra. Dr. P.K. Singh, Mathematics Department, U o A, helped the students in solving the problems on matrices; and coordinated all the sessions on mathematics.

 

On 21st June 2009, Prof. Satyadeo of Harishchandra Research Institute, Allahabad extended the teaching on matrices in a very simple and innovative way. Prof. D. K. Chauhan of Botany Department, University of Allahabad delivered a lecture on ‘Man and Environment’ and cautioned against the overexploitation of natural resources; and he told that the man is responsible for increasing the environmental stresses. He further described in detail the technique of growing Bonsai; and its biological importance as well as maintenance. 

 

Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma (IFS), Chief Conservator of Forest, U.P. Lucknow, delivered a lecture on the ‘Recent Developments in Environmental Sciences’ informing about the carbon load and strategies to minimize the green house effects to save the planet earth.

 

On 22nd June 2009, the team comprising 125 students and teachers went on an educational tour for studying the simian diversity at Chitrakoot and Maihar; and overall diversity at Panna National Park under the guidance of Dr. Niraj Kumar, Principal Investigator of DNA Club Project, Dr. Shivesh Pratap Singh, Head of the Department of Zoology, Govt. P.G. College, Satna and Dr. Mohd. Masood, Member, NASI. They came back in the night of June 25, 2009 after completing their project work on environmental studies.

 

On 26th June 2009, addressing the first session of the programme, Prof. Krishna Misra (General Secretary -HQ, NASI) gave detailed information on ‘Recent Development in Biochemistry & Biotechnology’. Prof. Misra pointed out that about 50 crores of Asian population could never satisfy their hunger and if the condition remains the same then half of the Asian population will severely suffer from malnutrition in the near future. Only, biotechnology can help us for solving this problem and the food crop productivity can be enhanced through the application of biotechnology.

 

In the second session, Dr. Abhay Pandey, Department of Biochemistry, U o A, explained the ‘Structure of DNA and also traced the ‘History of DNA Fingerprinting’.

 

Later on, Prof. Krishna Misra and Dr. Abhay Pandey demonstrated the extraction of DNA practically from the cotyledons of gram and taught the participants to extract DNA without using sophisticated instruments

 

On 27th June 2009, Dr. K. P. Mishra, Formerly Head, Radiation Biology and Health Sciences Division, BARC, Mumbai, delivered a lecture on ‘Fascinations of Nuclear Radiation and Human life’, highlighting radioactivity, types of radiation, X-rays, shielding materials, nuclear technology and nuclear safety.

 

Dr. Sharada Sundaram delivered an illustrative talk on ‘Recent Developments in Chemical Sciences’ during the same session; she also explained the production process of bio-diesel from the food-oils (mainly from castor and Mahua).

 

In the afternoon, Dr. K.C. Gupta, Director, IITR, Lucknow gave an informative lecture on ‘Uses and applications of multi-dimensional modern techniques of nanotechnology’. Dr. Gupta explained that new instruments of nano dimensions are being prepared with the help of atomic studies, which will revolutionize various fields of medicine, defense research, optical and bio-energy.

 

In the second session, Dr. Pankaj Srivastava of MNNIT explained through mathematical modeling, the principles of mathematics to devise the diagnostics as well as curative mechanisms for certain diseases.

 

On 28th June 2009, Dr. Brajesh Pandey, Institute of Petroleum Technology, Raibareli, presented practical demonstrations based on various principles of physics to make the students learn and understand physical phenomenon and their explanations. In post lunch session, Prof. U. N. Dwivedi, Head, Department of Biotechnology, Pro-Vice-chancellor of Lucknow University, while delivering his lecture on biotechnology said that Indian economy is agriculture based; and biotechnology must be applied to increase the food production to cater the need of growing population.

 

After Prof. Dwivedi’s lecture, Dr. Mohd Masood conducted the testing of food-adulteration in oil, ghee, milk, spices, sweets, khoya and tea leaves by the help of his food- adulteration testing kit; which was an eye-opener for all the participants, as the results warned them to use the food items cautiously which are available in the market. Further, Dr. Niraj Kumar delivered a lecture on ‘Chemical nature of food and types of nutrition’, emphasizing the role of nutrition in maintenance of a good health.

 

In the evening, Prof. G.K. Srivastava delivered a lecture on ‘Genome’ revealing the facts that Chimpanzee is the closest animal to man; and about 30 thousands genes are found in human body which determine the typical characteristics as colour, face outlook, physiological and anatomical design and nature.

 

On 29th June 2009, Dr. Brajesh Pandey again demonstrated several experiments related to mechanics, sound, light, gravitation and electromagnetism. The students were grouped into sub-groups, each of 5 participants, to learn the experiments on their own. Sri Laxmi Kant Sharma of Pilibhit demonstrated 20 practicals based on the fundamental principles of chemical sciences; and interacted freely with the students.

 

In the evening, Dr. Manvendra Tripathi gave a detailed account of the recent researches in the field of communicable diseases. He emphasized on the need of vaccination at appropriate time to save against various diseases like chickengunia, Japanese encephalitis, polio, hepatitis etc. 

 

In the evening, Magic show entertainments were organized by using chemical reactions by Sri Sanjay Srivastava of Tagore Public School (TPS), Allahabad followed by vocal recitals of the music teachers of TPS, Allahabad.

 

On 30th June 2009, the valedictory session of the VTP and summer school was marked with the concluding lectures by Prof. S.L. Srivastava (on Smart materials), Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava (on Human evolution) and Dr. K.P. Singh, Botanical Survey of India, Allahabad (on Biodiversity).

 

As the Chief Guest in the valedictory function, Prof. H.C. Verma, IIT Kanpur, while addressing the gathering on ‘India: contributions and challenges’, said that India is not only a country of different religions and culture but also a pioneer in science and technology. Citing several examples of our glorious past, he further pointed out the drawbacks and lacunae in school education system and stressed to make our approach pragmatic, more disciplined and systematic to produce graduates of schools.

 

In her presidential remarks, Prof. Krishna Misra thanked all the participants and appealed to them to come forward for ensuring clean and green environment. In the end certificates of participation, educational kits and food adulteration kits were distributed among the participant students and teachers.

 

Prof. U.C. Srivastava proposed a vote-of-thanks to all the resource persons, participants, staff of the Academy and media personnel for their throughout support and cooperation which made the programme a success.  

Annexure 1 a

 

A workshop on Biological Sciences & Orientation Programme for the D N A Club

 

The workshop on Biological Sciences & Orientation Programme for the D N A Club was inaugurated on Sept 07, 2007 in the auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences India. The Academy organized the programme as a part of its Science Communication Activities as well as Orientation for the Members of the D N A Club . Prof J S Singh Emeritus Professor of the Department of Botany, B H U, Varanasi while delivering his  Key- note Address on  Biodiversity in the Inaugural Session  emphasized the importance of  biodiversity for checking mass extinction of the species . Prof S L Srivastava, Coordinator of the Science Communication Programme, welcomed the teacher-participants of the intermediate colleges from about 45 schools of the three states - U.P., M. P. and Bihar, the Fellows & Members of the Academy, Teachers of Allahabad University and other Institutions of Allahabad. Dr Niraj Kumar, Principal Investigator for the Project and Assistant Executive Secretary of the Academy conducted the Inaugural Session of the workshop. Prof U C Srivastava, Convener, gave a brief account of the activities to be held in three days . Prof C B L Srivastava, formerly Professor and Head of the Dept. of Zoology, Allahabad University, proposed the vote-of-thanks. Also present on this occasion were Dr M. S. Sinha, Executive Secretary of the Academy, Prof Dipika Kaul, Prof Pratima Gaur, Prof Anita Gopesh, Prof D K Chauhan, Prof S P Tiwari, Dr O N Srivastava, Dr K P Singh, Dr V C Srivastava, Dr Balbir Singh and others. In the First Technical Session , Prof G K Srivastava, formerly Professor and Head of the Dept. of Botany, Allahabad University,  gave a talk on Recent Advances in Taxonomy. Technical Session II was held in the Dept. of Botany, A.U. under the supervision of Prof. D K Chauhan and Prof S P Tiwari.

 

On the next day the workshop started with the lecture of Prof C B L Srivastava on Evolutionary Systematics; after which an interesting lecture on Five Kingdom System was delivered by Prof. U.C. Srivastava .The participants also visited the Animal Museum in the Department of Zoology, Allahabad University under the guidance of Prof. Anita Gopesh and Prof. Krishna Kumar, followed by Experimental Work and Demonstration under overall supervision of Prof U C Srivastava.

 

The morning session on the third day was devoted to Biotechnology and an illustrative lecture was delivered by Prof Krishna Misra, a senior Fellow of the Academy; followed by demonstrations on microbiology under the supervision of Prof. G.L. Tiwari, Dr. Rama Kant Ojha and Dr. Richa Tandon. A  lecture on   Lessons on Ecology for Aquarium keeping was also delivered   by Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava. The Valedictory Session was Chaired by Prof P K Seth, General Secretary of the Academy and Chief Executive Officer, Biotech Park, Lucknow. Prof Seth, in his address appealed to the participants to spread the message of conserving nature, among the students and general mass .In the end, Dr. M.S. Sinha proposed the vote- of- thanks; and the certificates of participation were given to the teachers.

Annexure1 b

A Workshop on Some Aspects of Chemical Pollution & Orientation Programme for the DNA Club

 

The Academy organized a Workshop cum Orientation Programme on Some Aspect of Chemical Pollution on November 5-6, 2007, under the convenership of Dr. (Mrs.) Sharada Sundaram and Dr. Mohammad Masood (both are Member of the Academy). Total 80 teachers from about 35 institutions of U.P., M.P. and Bihar participated in the Workshop. During the inaugural function held on 5th November, 2007 in the Auditorium of the Academy, Prof. S.L. Srivastava, Coordinator, welcomed the participant- teachers, Fellows and Members of the Academy present on the occasion and other distinguished guests. The key- note address on “Chemical Pollution and Green Chemistry” was delivered by Dr. Anil Kumar, a distinguished Scientist from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune and also the Vice- President of the Academy.

 

Dr. Anil Kumar discussed various causes of air, water and soil pollutants. These are all due to Chemical Pollutions, created by industrial discharges, operational discharges from oil rigs, mining discharges and agricultural run- off, persistent pollutants such as pesticides, insecticides etc. He discussed the details about the status and hazards of chemical pollution. In a measure to combat this pollution, Dr. Kumar stressed to understand the term “Green”, in order to adopt the ecofriendly biosphere, without producing toxic chemical. Dr. Mohammad Masood introduced the theme of the Workshop and Dr. Sharada Sundaram proposed a vote of thanks. The inaugural function was conducted by Dr. Niraj Kumar.

 

After the inaugural function Dr. Mohammad Masood demonstrated the techniques of water testing using the water analysis kit developed by himself for testing of 12 parameters such as pH, temperature, total dissolved solids, alkalinity, acidity, hardness, presence of NH3, iron, chloride, manganese sulphate, dissolved oxygen and arsenic in the water. After the demonstration, the kits along with the protocols for water testing were distributed among the participants, so that they could perform the testing of water- quality, at their respective places.

 

After the lunch, a session on food adulteration testing was held and the participants tested about 15 food items for different types of adulteration such as metanil yellow in sweets prepared by the different shops, Argemone mexicana in mustard oil, urea in milk and milk products, animal fat in vegetable oil/ ghee etc. They found the samples of sweets (mithai) from three different shop of Allahabad, adulterated; also the mustard oil of 4 brands were also found adulterated with Argemone, which is fatal for kidney and liver of the users of such brand.

 

On 6th November, 2007 the outstation participants went to Sangam and collected the water samples from around six locations of Sangam area. All these samples were tested by different groups for the level of pollution. The water samples were collected from Sangam were found to be polluted mainly by

 

Dr. Sharada Sundaram demonstrated several experiments on air pollution (particulate matters in air), chemo luminescence and chromatography. The Vaseline slides, hanged at 10 places in Allahabad namely, 2 locations at Mumfordganj, 2 at Katra, 1 at Kutchehari, 2 at Chowk, 1 at MNNIT Chauraha, 1 at Civil Lines Chauraha and 1 at Allahpur Chauraha. The slides were collected after 48 hours and after counting the particulate matters it was found that Chowk air has the maximum particulates. Dr. Abhay Pandey delivered a talk on Environmental Pollution and Dr. Satyendra Singh on Chemical Reactions in the afternoon of 5th and 6th November, 2007, respectively.

 

In the Valedictory Function, Prof. S.L. Srivastava delivered a talk on “Green House Effect and Climate Change”, in which he discussed the solar radiation, absorption and emission of radiation in atmosphere, water and soil and how CO2 and H2O are mainly responsible for the green house effect, thereby leading to global warming and disastrous climate change. Certificate of participation were distributed to the participants and Dr. M.S. Sinha proposed a vote- of- thanks.

Annexure1 c

A Workshop on Teaching with Experiments & Orientation Programme for the DNA Club

A Workshop cum Orientation Programme on Teaching with Experiments was organized by the Academy on September 28 - 29, 2008.  Total 125 teachers including DNA Clubs Members from U.P., M.P. and Bihar participated in this Workshop. During the inaugural function held on 28th September, 2008 in the Auditorium of the Academy, Prof. U.C. Srivastava, Member, LAC –DNA Club and Convener of the workshop, welcomed the participant- teachers, Fellows and Members of the Academy present on the occasion and other distinguished guests. He, also gave a detailed account of the Workshop and the type of experiments designed for the teachers. Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava, formerly Head, Department of Zoology, A.U. gave an Introductory Remark. Prof. Krishna Misra, Coordinator, Indo- Russian Centre of Biotechnology, IIIT, Allahabad and Course Director, VTP, DNA Club was the Chief Guest. Prof Misra talked about the ethical values in teaching and also appealed the teachers to make teaching more interesting and full of scientific temperament. Prof. G.K. Srivastava proposed the vote of thanks. The inaugural function was conducted by Dr. Niraj Kumar, Principal Investigator, DNA Club and Assistant Executive Secretary, NASI, Allahabad.

 

After the Inaugural Session the teachers went to the Department of Zoology where they visited Zoology - Museum and then Prof. U.C. Srivastava practically demonstrated Perfusion Method based on Transcardial Perfusion. The teachers, also prepared Mitochondria and Barr Body slides. In the interactive session, Prof. Srivastava also discussed about the brain functioning and several other things related to recent advancements in biology. On the evening of 28th September; Prof Krishna Misra, Prof G K Srivastava, Prof. U.C. Srivastava, Prof D K Chauhan, Dr. Mamata and Dr. Niraj Kumar discussed about the preparation of Biological Kit and other related things with the teachers. Several other matters concerned with the functioning of DNA Clubs were also discussed.

 

On the next day, teachers visited the Botanical Garden of the University of Allahabad where Prof G K Srivastava, Prof D K Chauhan and Dr S P Tiwari, Department of Botany, A.U. conducted the programme. The teachers were trained to prepare herbarium and techniques of conservation of medicinal and herbal plants. The teachers, then came back to the Academy; Prof. C.B.L. Srivastava gave an illustrative talk on Biodiversity and its conservation in the Academy. Dr. Md. Masood demonstrated the techniques of water and food adulteration testing. Prof. Krishna Misra and Dr. Abhay Pandey, Department of Biochemistry, A.U. practically demonstrated DNA isolation and extraction. Dr. Alarik Arenander, Director, Iowa’s Brain Research Institute & President, The Leader’s Brain, as a Chief Guest in the Valedictory Session, gave an informative talk on Brain Function and Human Potential. Prof. G.K. Srivastava proposed the vote- of- thanks.

Annexure 1 d

A Workshop on Hands on Experiments

 

The Academy successfully organized a three days Teachers Workshop from November 11-13, 2008. The programme was started on National Education Day (i.e. November 11, 2008) and concluded on the eve of Children’s Day (i.e. November 14, 2008). Total 110 teachers (including the DNA Club Members) from U.P, M.P. and Bihar, participated in the workshop.

 

On 11th November, the workshop was inaugurated by Prof. S.L. Srivastava who delivered an inspiring talk on “Science Education: Its challenges”. Prof. C.K. Dwivedi, J.K. Institute of Applied Physics, University of Allahabad (Convener of the workshop) demonstrated several experiment on electronic-circuits, such as Burglar’s alarm with a NPN Transistor and SCR, Automatic night light using Transistor, LDR and White LED, Rain indicator using NPN Transistor, Light blinking using IC 555 board, Auto stop water pump switch using IC 555 board, Cooler pump timer using IC 555 board, Flashing alarm for low water level in under Ground water tank and Cloth drying rope with automatic movement for rain protection.

 

On 12th November, Dr. Ravindra Dhar, Physics Department, Ewing Christian College, Allahabad demonstrated experiments on basic principals of Physics. After lunch Dr. Mohammad Masood demonstrated the experiments on water testing and food adulteration testing. Dr. Md. Masood tested 12 parameters such as pH, temperature, total dissolved solids, alkalinity, acidity, hardness, presence of NH3, iron, chloride, manganese sulphate, dissolved oxygen and arsenic in 3 different samples of water. Different food products were tested, such as urea in milk and milk products, animal fat in vegetable oil/ ghee etc.

 

On 13th November, interesting experiments on mechanics were demonstrated by the last year’s teacher awardee of the Academy, Sri Brijesh Dixit, Sri Narayan Inter College, Auriya. After lunch Dr Brajesh Pandey, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, demonstrated about 17 experiments on motion of charge particles under electrical and magnified field, interaction of magnet with conductor; polarization of light; different types of sound in the enclosed pipe, wave motion and boiling of water caused by heat loss during cooling. In the Valedictory function, the Vice – President of the Academy, Dr. Anil Kumar, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, was the Chief Guest. Dr. Anil Kumar discussed the important role of teachers giving the example of his own journey of being a scientist. On the eve of Children’s Day, Prof. S.L. Srivastava told “Children surely can build a new prosperous India free from corruption and nepotism by imbibing the principles of science, so let us study science seriously.”

 

Dr. Niraj Kumar, Assistant Executive Secretary, proposed a vote - of – thanks.

Recent (2009-2010) Activities under the RRA/DNA Clubs

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