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National Symposium on
Modern Biological Sciences

A two day National Level Symposium on Modern Biological sciences ( SyMBioS '08 ) was organized by the Department of Biosciences & Research, Shri Nehru Maha Vidyalaya ( SNMV) College of Arts & Science, Malumachampatti, Coimbatore on 21st & 22nd January , 2008. Prof.C.Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore was the Chief Guest for the symposium. In his inauguraladdress he said that science and technology is responsible for the economic evolution happened in India, during the 1990's and early part of this Century. By the year 2020- 2030, the demand for food will be expected to about 250 mt. He emphasized that basic biological and agricultural sciences alone could provide good yielding varieties of crops to meet the expected food grains in the years to come.

He has also highlighted the importance of microorganisms in agriculture and their ability to solve many human diseases. Only limited numbers of microorganisms are utilized at present and many species are not yet to be exploited, which are known to survive under extreme hot and colder temperatures with wide range of pH. Research on these organisms will definitely give fruitful results in food production and environmental restoration and management. At present our mother India is facing several challenges like, poverty, diseases and genetic disorders etc., and hence research in the field of biotechnology will overcome these problems in the future. He also added that the GM-Crops, BTCotton, Golden rice and Edible vaccine are the novel products of biotechnology.

Many eminent scientists delivered lecture on the importance of basic biological research. Dr. K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao, Director, Centre for Biotechnology, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhara Pradesh had stressed the need of stem cell research and its potential clinical applications”. Dr. A. Panneerselvam, Professor and Head, Dept. of Microbiology, A.V.V.M. Sri Pushpam College, Pondi gave a lecture on “Biological potential of Marine Actinomycetes”. Followed him, Dr. R. Viswanathan, Senior Scientist, Sugarcane breeding institute, Coimbatore talked on 'Molecular basis of disease resistance; Plant defence Mechanism'.

Dr. Mokesh Doblle, Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, IIT, Chennai gave Lecture on marine microorganisms mediated biofouling and biodegradation of polyolefines. Followed his lecture Dr. N. Godhantaraman, Scientist, ENVIS Centre, University of Madras, Chennai has delivered lecture on microorganisms and its potential applications in environmental management. He had alsohighlighted the objectives and activities of the ENVIS Centre to the participants. Dr. S. Ramesh, Professor & Head, Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi spoke on 'The Evolution of Molecular Phylogeny'. Finally, Dr. D. Mangalaraj, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Nanoscience technology, Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore spoke on 'Different nano structured metal oxide semi conductors and its applications.

Shri Mangilal Jain, President, Shri.M M Bhuradia, Secretary and Shri Chandrakanth, Joint Secretary and Dr. T. Kulandaivelu, Principal of the College also stressed the importance of basic biological science and advised the young researchers and students to concentrate more on these modern applied biological research of social relevance.

Dr. R. Ragunathan, Dean and Organizing Secretary of the Symposium consolidated the outcome of the symposium. As many as 100 oral presentations were made on different areas related to environmental biotechnology, microbiology, nano-science and technology. Many students and young researchers from various colleges and Universities participated the symposium and there was healthy deliberation and interaction.

Dr. R. Ragunathan Dean, Faculty of Science SNMV College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore. E-mail: raguhar@yahoo.co.in

ENVIS CENTRE Newsletter Vol.6, No1 March 2008 Back 
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