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Awareness Program

The BSc, BMS, MSc Programs under The School of Liberal Studies and Education, Navrachana University, in collaboration with Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science, The M.S. University of Baroda have organized a one day Awareness Program for School, Undergraduate students on 30th October, 2018.

About 'Awareness Program' - The 21st century has witnessed the most remarkable and exciting developments in biological sciences. We are witnessing an extraordinary time in Biology ie Botany and Zoology. Plant systematics, the focus of this Awareness Program, is a broad, multidisciplinary subject with inputs from diverse areas of science and technology. Botanical research has varied applications in providing staple foods; materials such as timber, oil, rubber, fibre and drugs; in modern horticulture, agriculture, forestry, plant propagation, breeding and genetic modification; in the synthesis of chemicals and raw materials for construction and energy production; in environmental management and the maintenance of biodiversity.

Objective of 'Awareness Program' - Among the most significant botanical questions of the 21st century are the roles of plants as primary producers in the global cycling of life's basic ingredients: energy, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and water, and ways that our plant stewardship can help address the global environmental issues of resource management, conservation, human food security, carbon sequestration, climate change, and sustainability. Researchers/Experts from various reputed National/International Scientific Institutions and Universities will engage students with frontier and core areas of Botany and sensitize them to the exciting developments that are awaited in the new millennium.

Schedule of events-

Session 1
11-1 pm
Presentation of Innovative ideas by Students - School, UG
Session 2
2-5 pm
Panel Discussion
Session 3
5-6 pm
Declaration of Student 'INNOVATOR' Awards

Proposed Panel of Experts :

* Prof. Pieter Baas, Emeritus professor of Plant Systematics at Leiden University. He is a Dutch botanist, with specialization in wood anatomy. He is the founder of the National Herbarium of the Netherlands in 1999, and subsequently became director of the Institute and served until 2005.

* Prof. Shrirang R. Yadav, FIAAT, FNASc, FNA, UGC BSR Fellow, is an outstanding plant taxonomist of international repute. Former Head of Department of Botany, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, he is presently selected as the honorary fellow at the National Science Academy.

* Prof. Prabha Y. Bhagongaokar, FIAAT, FSEB, is retired professor in Botany and Ex-Director GVISH, Amravati. She was the first Indian woman honored by Janki Ammal Medal Award (2012).

She served as the IAAT President 2014 (Trichy) and Executive council member IAAT (Calicut). She was founder President WECS (Amravati), and worked as honorary taxonomist appointed by Government of Maharashtra for Melghat Tiger Reserve.

* Prof. Malapati K. Janarthanam, Department of Botany, Goa University, Goa, is a renowned Professor in the Department of Botany, Goa University.

* Dr. Manudev K Madhavan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Kozhikode, Kerala. He was awarded Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) fellowship in 2009.

* Mr. Pradip Krishen, is an Indian filmmaker and environmentalist. He has directed three films, before becoming a documentary filmmaker. Mr. Krishen, has made popular science documentaries and award winning movies eg Massey Sahib (won FIPRESCI prize at the Venice Film Festival 1987); In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English); Electric Moon, (Best Feature Film in English at the 40th National Film Awards)

Student 'INNOVATOR' Awards -
An important section of the 'Awareness Program' is the Student Innovator Awards. This competition is oriented towards motivating students as scientific thinkers/young innovators to come up with biotechnology-based solutions for problems faced by the society. It attempts to seek objective-oriented solutions - Technologies or a 'Minimal Viable Prototype' for the problems of significance but more importantly, inculcate a mind-set of problem solving and undertaking goal-oriented impactful research as also sensitize the young generation towards the importance of contributing to alleviation of misery in the community around, while promoting 'Out-of-box' thinking. These ideas could be solution based or novel approaches that could be used to address common concerns of mankind as listed in the themes below. Students shall compete on the basis of novelty, applicability and procedure adopted for the idea being presented. (Mode of presentation - Concept note, Ppt presentation)

Eligibility - Students of Std. 11, 12, & UG students are eligible to apply.
Registration fee Rs.150/- per participant
Participation criteria
* School - Minimum entries - 1; maximum - 3/school
* Univ/College - Minimum entries - 1; maximum - 3/Dept.


Participants need to register via google form, click here for registration .

Proposed Themes (Any one of the following themes can be selected).
1. Swastha Bharat: Ideas that would help India promote better health and hygiene. Solutions to problems faced by the country like vitamin deficiencies, medical diagnosis kits, better hygiene.
2. Swachh Bharat: Ideas and solutions for industrial effluents, municipal waste, ship breaking yards, clean portable water etc
3. Digital India: Ideas and IT based solutions for problems in agriculture, environment, healthcare and conservation
4. Preserving natural resources: Ideas and solutions to conserve and protect natural resources

Guidelines for concept note:
* The idea description should be limited to one page only,
* The content should include description of basic idea or solution, method or procedure and significance of its application in the current scenario,
* Novelty of the idea should be emphasized and supported with appropriate referencing,
* Area of problem solving selected from the 4 broad categories should be clearly mentioned in the concept note,
* Title of the project idea to be mentioned with name and affiliation of the participant; Name of the guiding teacher should be mentioned,
* Concept notes should be submitted via email to mandiras@nuv.ac.in latest by 22th October 2018.

For any further doubts you may write to darsheeb@nuv.ac.in / elizabethr@nuv.ac.in or call at 0265 6172124/125/119. Participants can present their ideas in a group (two members per group).
Guidelines for the presentation shall be sent on receipt of the concept note by the mentioned deadline.
Students, other than the contestants, are welcome to attend the Program.

With warm regards
Dr. Mandira Sikdar,
Coordinator - PhD, BSc Programs
School of Liberal Studies and Education
* BSc - Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics
* BMS - 5 year Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences
* MSc - Life Sciences/Environment Sciences
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