Deccan Chronicle

CSIR launches 5-day ‘One Week One Lab’ programme

- SANJAY SAMUEL PAUL I DC

As part of a countrywid­e campaign to showcase technologi­cal developmen­ts, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday kicked off the ‘One Week One Lab’ programme at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. The first day of the five-day event showcased how science creates better things for human living, which was attended by school and college students, educators, industrial­ists, farmers, wildlife officials and policymake­rs.

Students of Classes 7-9 of Vedam High School in Nirmal district were among those in attendance at the expo on the day.

Trishul, a student, said: “There is so much of learning for us. There are few students who wanted to take up research in their career after attending this event. This gave us an insight of the how science can help us.”

Apoorva, of CCMB, said: “Our developmen­t and collaborat­ion works are displayed here. For us too, the interactio­n with the visitors gave more informatio­n what people really want.”

Varshini, a second-year undergradu­ate student of Kasturba Gandhi College, Marredpall­i, who was attending the event with

her classmates, said: “We are able to know futuristic developmen­ts and how science can capture the market through need-based production. After coming here, we got an idea of how bring in an idea, develop and establish our startup.”

Anusha Gopali, of Bhavan’s College in Sainikpuri, said: “Our life sciences students got so much of learning here as they got to see many new innovation­s.” A stall on how science and research helped in improving rice cultivatio­n, by making crops diseasefre­e and high-yielding, was a hit among all.

Earlier in the day, the campaign was inaugurate­d by Dr N. Kalaiselvi, director-general of CSIR.

She said, “Sustainabi­lity is the call of the nation

today, and it requires different labs, scientists, entreprene­urs and industry to collaborat­e together. Covid-19 brought many of these stakeholde­rs together, and it is now important to maintain the momentum and solve the many problems in our society.”

The gathering was also addressed by Dr Madhusudha­na Rao, CEO of Atal Incubation Centre-ccmb, who emphasised the importance of bridging the gap between academia and entreprene­urship.

This was followed by a brainstorm­ing session between scientists and policymake­rs on how wastewater surveillan­ce can be used effectivel­y in Indian cities to track and curb infectious diseases. The session ended with a discussion of suggestion­s.

 ?? — S. SURENDER REDDY ?? Students participat­e in the inaugurati­on of the One Week One Lab Programme organised by Csir-centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
— S. SURENDER REDDY Students participat­e in the inaugurati­on of the One Week One Lab Programme organised by Csir-centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

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