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Institute of Science feels proud of Mr. Hrimkar Buch and Mr. Boman Doctor, students of M.Sc. Biochemistry, who participated in PG level Paper presentations for Biochemistry and won first and second prize respectively. Hrimkar had made oral presentation on 2017-Nobel prize winning paper on 'Molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythmic cycle'. Boman had participated in PG level poster presentation and his topic was 'Nanoparticle mediated brain drug delivery'. The event at Gujarat University was organized by its Botany Department. About 1200 students participated in total which involved oral and poster presentation competitions for Life sciences, biotechnology, zoology, botant, physics, chemistry, geology, climate change, environmental science etc.

  • October 07, 2018

Institute of Science celebrate RENAISSANCE- 2018- the Annual Cultural Festival of Institute of Science, during 18-19th September, 2018 under the auspices of Board for Student’s Welfare, Nirma University at the ‘C’ auditorium. This year there was enthusiastic participation by students (Total-97 including 77 girls and 20) which was 15% more than last year. They showed whole-hearted participation in various events of fine arts, theater, literary, singing and dance events. Mime, Skit, Debate, Elocution, Collage, Spot Painting, T-Shirt Painting, Cartooning, Rangoli, Solo Dance, Group Dance, Solo song, , Group Song. Dignitaries who were experts in their own fields, judged the various events. Smt. Vibha Desai the renowned Gujarati singer was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function. Prof. Sarat Dalai, Director of Institute, Mr. Bhavesh Bavesh-Chief coordinator, Students Welfare Activities Board, Dr. Amee K Nair, Institute Coordinator, Students Activities and Dr. Dablu Lal Gupta, Co-Coordinators for Cultural Activities along with other faculty members, non-teaching staff, and students were present at the inaugural ceremony held on 18th September, 2018 at ‘C’ auditorium. The Fine Arts events were conducted within a week before the Annual Cultural Programme. The Valedictory & Prize distribution function was conducted on 19th September, 2018. Prof. Sarat Dalai, Smt Annapurna Shukla, Dr. Amee K Nair, Shri Bhavesh Parekh gave away the trophies and/ certificates to the winners. The Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Amee Nair and function ended with the National Anthem.

  • September 24, 2018

Prof. Padmanabhan Balaram, Padmshree & Padma Bhushan awardee, former Director of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore was invited to deliver a public lecture on the occasion of the 14th Foundation Day of Institute of Science, Nirma University on 6th September 2018.

His talk on “Chemical Communication in Biology: the emergence of chemical ecology” was a stimulating account of examples of various chemical entities in biological molecules playing role in communication in the entire ecosystem. His lecture focused on bridging the gap between chemistry and biological sciences and how as, young scientists, the students can contribute.

The programme was coordinated by Dr. Sonal Bakshi. On this occasion, Dr. Anup Singh, Director General of Nirma University and Prof. Sarat Dalai, Director of Institute of Science addressed the audience. Students and faculty members of other institutes of Nirma University, and scientists from ISRO, IIAR, ZYDUS research center, other academic institutes, and managing trustee of Nisarg Community Science Center, Gandhinagar, attended the event.

The Ph.D. students presented poster of their research work and interacted with the chief guest Prof. Balaram. The M.Sc. students of the institute had prepared scientific models for the Community Science Center of GUJCOST and for the science education in the rural areas through VolunTeacher activities. A demonstration of FOLDSCOPE was also held which is a 50 Cents origami based microscope developed by Manu Prakash Lab, Stanford University, USA.

The Director Prof. Sarat Dalai and faculty coordinator Dr. Sonal Bakshi with students visited the Nisarg Science Centre to gift the models of cell biology and virus replication. Trustee Shri Anil Patel and team thanked ISNU and plan to involve M.Sc. students in rural education activities was discussed.

Institute of Science is thankful to Prof. P. Balaram for being part of this celebration.

  • September 17, 2018


Institute of Science, Nirma University and Biocare Research India Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad jointly organized a workshop on “Wastewater from Characterization to Treatment” under the banner of Centre for Continuing Education, Nirma University during 12th to 14th March, 2018. The Resource Person for this workshop was invited from a UNESCO organization, Prof. Eric van Hullebusch, Chair Professor of Environmental Science and Technology, IHE – Delft, Netherlands. This Institute is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world. The technical sessions conducted by him for two days focused on wastewater and its characteristics, need and challenges for the treatment, microbial metabolic diversity and its role in treatment, aerobic and anaerobic modes of wastewater treatment and various test parameters to monitor the treatment. A talk was delivered by Shri Deepak Davda, CEO, Green Environment Services Co-op. Soc. Ltd., CETP, Vatva, Ahmedabad. Dr. Nasreen Munshi also conducted sessions on microbial aspects of wastewater treatment and on assessment of functional microbial diversity of wastewater microbial community. The workshop ended with a half day visit to CETP, Vatva.

The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Purvi Zaveri from Biocare Research (I) Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad and Dr. Nasreen Munshi from Institute of Science. The total number of participants were 32, of which 25 were from different Industries, Consulting Firms and CETPs, rest were students and faculty members from outside Nirma University. The workshop got very good response and appraisal by the participants. The event also got covered by various newspaper articles and notes. Biocare Research (I) Pvt. Ltd, Institute of Science and Centre for Continuing Education Nirma University are thankful to the industries which sponsored generously for making this event possible.

  • March 14, 2018


Nirma University had organized a personality contest as a part of NUZEAL-2018, a cultural festival of University on 1st and 2nd February, 2018. It consisted of two rounds involving ramp walk as per the themes of Ethnic and Western wear and a question answer round. Ms. Rajvi Chokshi, M.Sc. Biochemistry student from Institute of Science, Nirma university, won the title of Miss Nirma 2018 in personality contest, main event. It is a matter of pride for the Institute to have the title for the second consecutive year. News of this contest was also published in Gujarat Samachar and Sandesh News Papers.

  • March 05, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Kirti Verma!

Dr. Kirti Verma, Assistant Professor, Institute of Science, Nirma University, presented a paper on “Pufferfish skin collagens and their role in inflation” in 20th International Conference on Marine Biotechnology and Resources, held during January 29-30, 2018 at Sydney, Australia. She explained the remarkable anatomical features that are unique to pufferfish and explained the role of collagen fibers in the skin of pufferfish which provide enormous stretching under inflated conditions.

She was awarded with “Best Paper Presentation Award” by the program committee as per the conference awards scheme.

 

  • March 01, 2018

Professor Minaxi Desai from Institute of Cancer Sciences, Manchester, UK visited Institute of Science on 17th February, 2018 for discussion regarding research on human papillomavirus associated with cancer of oral cavity and cervix. She is a renowned cytopathologist with a valuable contribution in the field of awareness and prevention of cervical cancer, and detection of HPV virus. She has been conferred prestigious awards like ‘Commander of British Empire,’ National clinical Excellence Silver Award for the services to NHS; Erica Wachtel Award from the British Association for Cytopathology and was selected as a Torch bearer for the London 2012 Olympics due to her contributions in raising awareness of cervical screening in ethnic minority women in UK and in the developing world. She delivered very interesting talk on the topic of HPV and cancer which was followed by questions and discussion. Dr. Desai visited the laboratory facility and interacted with faculty members. Dr. Sonal Bakshi, Institute of Science, coordinated the event.

  • February 17, 2018

Institute of Science organized Public Lecture on 6th Feb. 2018 by Prof. Sen Pathak, Ph.D., F.N.A.Sc., distinguished Research Professor from Department of Genetics, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center USA.
Prof. Pathak delivered a talk on 'Genomic Modification in Cancer Development: Role of Giant Cells in Cancer Metastasis' which included an overview of cancer biology with recent research regarding cancer stem cells, the role of telomere attrition and experiments regarding novel mode of cell division. Prof. Sen Pathak was on two days' visit to Nirma University for public lecture and interaction with post-graduate and Ph.D. students, and faculty members to discuss regarding cancer biology academics and research at Institutes of Science and Pharmacy. A meeting with International Relation office of Nirma University was also arranged by Dr. Mehul Naik to explore the possibility of collaboration.

  • February 06, 2018

The eighth meeting of Alumni Association of Institute of Science (ISNUAA) was held on 30th December, 2017 at IPNU Seminar Hall between 11:15-4:00 pm. The meeting was attended by all teaching and non-teaching staff members of Institute of Science.
The program started with prayer and lighting of lamp. Dr. Sonal Bakshi, Vice President, ISNUAA, explained the significance of alumni reunion and growth of the institution. Prof. Sarat Dalai, Director, ISNU, also addressed the gathering emphasizing on role of alumni in development of their alma mater. He suggested on greater cooperation and interaction between alumni and the Institute.

Some of the former students were invited on the stage for addressing and inspiring current students. They expressed satisfaction on what they have gained from Institute and expressed their delight in seeing the progress of Institute. Cultural programmes were organized for the entertainment where current students actively participated. A delicious lunch was served for all the members during which they did not miss the opportunity to interact with each other.

The General Body Meeting was also conducted at the end where Dr. Amee Nair and Prof. Shalini Rajkumar presented the highlights and discussed with the members and drew a great response from alumni members. The programme ended on a graceful note with vote of thanks by Dr. Kirti Verma, Secretary, ISNUAA.

  • December 30, 2017

Dr. Vrushank Dave presented very interesting and complex findings regarding the gene PTEN, which demonstrated role of post-translational modifications playing role in gene expression which might have been missed if only genetic sequence was considered. The talk was followed by interaction with faculty and students. He also discussed about the possibilities of collaboration under the IMPACT initiative of Nirma University.

  • December 04, 2017

Institute of Science is happy to announce that its Director Prof. Sarat K. Dalai received "Dewang Mehta National Education Award" for "Best professor in Science" on 4th October, 2017 in presence of Prof. Indira Parikh, President 'Antardisha', Shri Anil Pratham, Addl. DGP and Ms. Ruzan Khambatta. This event was organized by Dr. R. L. Bhatia.

Many congratulations to you Sir for the achievement!

  • October 04, 2017

Institute of Science, Nirma University, had organized Orientation Programme for the new batch (2017-2019) enrolled under the M.Sc. Biotechnology, Microbiology and Biochemistry programmes from various states of India. Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University, presided over the Inaugural Function, and Chief Guest for the function was Dr. Swati Patankar, Professor at the School of Bioscience and Bioengineering, IIT Mumbai. Prof. Sarat K. Dalai, Director, Institute of Science welcomed all the students and their parents. Dr. Swati Patankar delivered a talk on “Study of protein trafficking in Apicomplexan in Plasmodium falciparum”. Dr. Anup Singh delivered Presidential speech welcoming the new students. Dr. Sonal R Bakshi, Coordinator for Orientation Programme, proposed vote of thanks. During 3rd to 7th July, various expert talks by eminent speakers from reputed organizations of Gujarat related to current research, personality development, novel modes of learning, career guidance, University rules and regulations, use of library resources, anti-ragging, student welfare board activities, placement, women development cell, etc. were arranged. During the week, students were also offered laboratory orientation rounds by faculty members. All these sessions were motivating and informative for the new comers.

  • August 03, 2017

Prof. (Dr.) Shalini Rajkumar was invited for a talk in International Conference on "Advances in Biotechnology” jointly organized by Society for Biotechnology Research, USA; American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE and King Saud University, Saudi Arabia which was held during July 10-12, 2017 at Dubai, UAE. The title of her talk was "The biochemical and molecular basis of succinate mediated (catabolite) repression of mineral phosphate solubilization in nitrogen fixing Klebsiella pneumoniae” which she presented in the session on “Agricultural Biotechnology.”

  • July 25, 2017

Mr. Hasit Trivedi, Junior Assistant, Institute of Science received the Best Staff Member Award from Nirma University for the year 2016 on 18th March, 2017. It is an honour received for his contribution to the Institute Administration. He looks after Student's Section and manages admissions of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, registrations, online feedback by students as well as overall administration of Institute. He is also assisting in development of MIS and helps in management of Website of Institute of Science. He has always been punctual and sincere in all the activities he is involved.

  • April 30, 2017

A workshop for faculty members, research scholars, industry personals and students on "Molecular Biology Techniques: Cloning to Expression" was conducted during 16 to 18 January, 2017 by Institute of Science, under the aegis of Center of Continuing Education, Nirma University. The workshop was sponsored by ICMR, New Delhi and supported by Orange Biotech, Chennai. Dr. Shalini Rajkumar was Coordinator and Dr. Rajeev Tyagi was Co-coordinator for this workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to train young researchers and faculty members in techniques of recombinant DNA technology and acquaint them for research in molecular biology. This was achieved through brief theoretical sessions followed by hands on training. The workshop got very good response and total 16 participants attended the workshop, which included five internal students, three external students, three external research scholars, two external faculties and three industry personnel. The sessions were conducted by our internal faculty Dr. Shalini Rajkumar supported by her research scholars.

  • January 16, 2017

Dr. P.C. Kesavan, Distinguished Fellow (Honorary); M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai delivered a very interesting talk entitled "Observations on (a) The Mechanisms of Chemical Radioprotection and (b) Assumption of Genetic Effects at Low Doses of Ionising Radiation" on 22nd December 2016 at Institute of Science, Nirma University.
Students of M.Sc. and Ph.D. along with concerned faculty members from Institute of Science and Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University attended the talk and interacted with him regarding scope of plant based radio protecting agents.

  • December 22, 2016

Dr. Suraksha Agarwal, Professor at Dept. of Medical Genetics, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, Lucknow, delivered a talk on “MHC IN TRANSPLANTATION” on 19th December, 2016 at Institute of Science, Nirma University. The lecture was very enlightening for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students as it covered all the basics related to the topic. It was an interactive session for students and they got a chance to clear their concepts related to antigen processing, transplantation and bottlenecks involved in the process.

  • December 19, 2016

Institute of Science with the stewardship of Prof. Sarat Dalai organized a National Conference on “Malaria Parasite Biology: Drug Designing & Vaccine Development” during September 9 & 10, 2016 under the aegis of Nirma University. It was indeed a meeting of its own kind in which eminent malaria scientists from all over India came forward to discuss one of the biggest challenges of humanity, human malaria parasites. The major objective was to develop novel approaches to introduce effective therapeutic interventions against human malaria parasite. Dr. Reinhard Glueck, CSO, Vaccine Technology Center, Zydus Cadila was the chief guest and Dr. Narottam Sahoo, Member Secretary, GUJCOST was the guest of honour for inauguration program. Dr. Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University presided over the inauguration program. Dr. Rajeev Tyagi and Dr. Pranati Sar were the coordinators of this conference. More than 250 participants attended the conference including M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, faculty members, scientists, industry personals, etc. There were lecture sessions on themes like parasite biology, informatics, drug designing/drug resistance and immunology & vaccine, delivered by eminent scientists from renowned institutions of India. The students participated very actively in the poster presentations where they got opportunities to discuss and interact with experts comprehensively. As outcome of this conference, the proposed strategies included Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT), Transmission blocking regimen and targeting DNA repair mechanism as a plausible solution to malaria infection.

  • September 09, 2016

The Third module of Faculty Development Programmes at Institute of Science was a Workshop on Functional Genomics and Proteomics which was held during 9th - 10th February 2016 and was coordinated by Dr. Heena Dave. The primary objective of the workshop was to provide a forum to educate faculty members with the latest developments in one of the fastest growing field of Genomics and Proteomics and their applications in the various diseases. It was intended to keep faculty members abreast with the recent developments in Genomics and proteomics and sharpen the edge in research as well as teaching-learning process. It was attended by faculty members of Institute of Science, Nirma University, Ganpat University and Ph.D. students.

A series of lectures were delivered by renowned scientists of India. Dr. Kartiki Desai, NIBMG, Kolkata delivered a talk on ‘Integration of genome wide platforms for personalized treatment of Breast Cancer’. Dr. Uttpal Tatu, IISc, Banglore, shared his experience on ‘Genomic and Proteomic approaches to study neglected diseases’. Dr. Sanjeeva Srivastava, IIT, Mumbai delivered a talk on ‘Basics of Proteomics: Protein microarrays for the autoantibody biomarker screening in brain tumour patients’. Ms. Savita Bhosekar, Thermofisher - Life Technologies, covered two applications on ‘Real Time PCR’ and ‘Next Generation Sequencing’. Ms. Niyati Dave, Bio-Rad, explained about ‘Simplified cell sorting with high performance and sensitivity’ and benefits of ‘Digital Genomics within Nano Drops (ddPCR)’. Mr. Osama Sait, Bio-Rad delivered lectures on ‘Changes for better quality in Western blotting world’ and ‘Stain-free gel technology and beyond’.

  • February 09, 2016