Students show keen interest in cancer research during Open Day at NCCS

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 22 September 2018

Ashwini Kulkarni, faculty at Modern College, said, “We wanted to give more exposure to our students so that they can take up research projects and this was the best opportunity for us. We have 34 students who visited the institute along with three faculty members.” 

Pune: Shamali Kulkarni, second-year M.Sc Microbiology student of Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind has a keen interest in knowing about the cell culture. So when the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) had organised the open day, she was sure not to miss the chance of visiting the research institute. 
Similarly, 13 students from DLRC, Baner have interest in genetics and its research and hence, they visited NCCS on Friday. Rupali Lende from Modern College, Ganeshkhind, said, “We learn all this as theory subjects in the college. We have good laboratories, but such high-end instruments can be seen only at such national institutes. Hence, I was very excited to know and see what are cell lines and how they behave.”

Ashwini Kulkarni, faculty at Modern College, said, “We wanted to give more exposure to our students so that they can take up research projects and this was the best opportunity for us. We have 34 students who visited the institute along with three faculty members.” 

Venkatesh Naik, a technician at Proteomics Laboratories, said, “Since morning I had over 100 visitors and everyone was curious to know about the instruments here.”
“The students asked questions like how protein identification is done, how technology plays a part in it and many other questions,” he further added. 

Ashwini Atre of Confocal Laboratories said, “Students asked questions regarding the basic research that is done here with the help of various microscopes. We have microscopes that can identify the multiple tissues that can be identified with the help of various colours.” 

Anjali Petkar and Dharmendra Bulbule at cell repository were surprised to know that  research students and masters students were keen to know more about cancer research, cell line, the cell culture, the stock the institute has and many other such things.

Petkar said that there was a faculty member who had brought his eight-year-old son to show the laboratories. She said, “We had PhD and M.Sc students from Kolhapur DY Patil College who had come here on a study tour. They were curious to know about the cell culture and the repository /stock we have.”

Bulbule said that they have instruments like inverted microscopes, face content microscopes, Co2 Incubator, Laminar Flow, Liquid Nitrogen and many others.

“The event which was a prelude to the 4th India International Science Festival (IISF-2018) to be held during October 5-8 at Lucknow, being organised by the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), provided students and the general public with an opportunity to visit the various facilities at NCCS, including the cell repository, the confocal microscopy facility, the FACS facility and the proteomics facility, and learn about these cutting-edge technologies, and the National Centre for Microbial Resources (NCMR),” said scientist Jyoti Rao who’s also in-charge of science communication. 

“It also gave them a chance to learn about IISF-2018 and to interact with the researchers. The success of the open day was evident from the large numbers of people of different age groups and backgrounds, from in and around Pune, who visited NCCS throughout the day,” she added.

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