SMVDU organises educational-cum-industrial trip

JAMMU: A weeklong educational-cum-industrial trip was organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra.

31 students of M.Sc. (Biotechnology) participated in the trip, along with their mentors, namely, Dr. Sharada Potukuchi, Academic Coordinator, SoBT; Dr. Indu Bhushan, and Arvind Yadav, Asst. Prof (Biotechnology), SMVDU.

The students got an opportunity to witness world class research in the international conference on ‘Bio-Innovation for Environmental and Health Sustainable Developments' (BEHSD-2018), hosted by one of the leading research institutes, namely CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The conference aimed at addressing the current challenges in creating a sustainable and affordable ecosystem in the framework of cutting edge R&D interventions and was attended by the researchers from many countries, including US, UK, Italy, Japan, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Israel, China, etc.

The team also visited Patanjali Research Center and Herbal Park, the Mega Food Park and their Ayurvedic Aushadishala established under the Scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India, at Haridwar-one of the largest food and herbal parks in the world equipped with world‐class manufacturing machinery and R&D facility spread across an area of around 260 acres.

The students also had the opportunity to view the Herbal Park that currently has about 600 medicinal plants conserved and propagated in various stages of development, including some very rarest of the rare herbs and trees.

The tour was very informative and enlightening as an academic bonanza for the students organized by the motivational efforts of Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU and Prof. V. Verma Head, School of Biotechnology.

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