The Department of Microbiology organised a number of activities and visits for its Students in the second half of 2017-18. The following is a brief report:
• On October 7, 2017, 23 Students of TY participated in a Virtual Class session on the topic ‘Tuberculosis’. The session was conducted by Dr. Rajpal Kashyap, Head, CIIMS Research Lab, Nagpur. He spoke on the causes, prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis, and the various health and economic issues related to and arising from it.
• On December 4, 2017, as part of the Department’s ISR initiative, Students of FY were taken on a visit to Desire Society, Goregaon (W), an institutional care home for children suffering from HIV/AIDS. The group carried snacks purchased from the contributions of Staff and Students. Students played with the children and enjoyed the visit
• On December 23, 2017, Faculty Member Ms. Rohini Shetty accompanied a group of 17 Students of MSc II on a visit to Bombay Veterinary College, Elphinstone Road, Parel. They were met by Asst. Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh Pharande, who spoke about the kind of work and research projects carried out at the College, the techniques and procedures used in the study of animal tissue culture, demonstrated the preparation of fibroblast monolayer, and took them on a visit to the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology laboratories where they observed various instruments and procedures.
• On January 8, 2018, former Department Faculty Member Mr. Zuzer Dhoondia spoke to TY and MSc I Students about ‘Study and Research in US’. Mr. Dhoondia is a registered PhD student at the Department of Biological Science, Wayne State University, US. He spoke about the differences in the education systems of India and US and how students are required to have an aptitude for research to be able to pursue it successfully. He also spoke briefly about his own ongoing research on yeast cell genome. At the conclusion of his lecture, Mr. Dhoondia answered the queries of the Students.
• On January 9, 2018, the screening test of the 17th State-level Microbiological Contest and Microbiolympiad was organised in the College. A total of 43 Students of the Department participated in the test, which consists of MCQs of 50 questions for 100 marks.
• On February 17, 2018, as part of the Department ISR initiative, a workshop for parents of FY and SY Students on ‘Food Adulteration’ was conducted by Department Faculty Members Ms. Chitra Mestry, Dr. Nayna Chandak, and 18 SY Students. The workshop aimed to raise awareness about adulteration in common food, and to demonstrate techniques to detect adulteration at home without the use of sophisticated equipment. In addition, simple tips in hygiene were demonstrated and participants were also given information about consumer rights and FSSAI regulations.
• On February 20, 2018, a street play titled “Save Rivers” was performed by SY Students at Goregaon Station, near Persian Bakery. To spread maximum awareness about the condition of rivers and its effect on human life, the group chose to perform the play during peak hours in the morning. Using humour, the play gave the serious message of taking positive and timely steps to improve the condition of rivers.
• On February 22, 2018, 30 Students of the Department were accompanied by 2 Faculty Members on a visit to Punarvas School for Special Children, Goregaon (W). Students interacted with the children and learnt about their special problems from the teachers of the School. This was an effort of the Department to raise awareness about the problems of the mentally-challenged individuals of society.
• On February 24, 2018, 30 FY Students were accompanied by Faculty Members Ms. Shreya Sahu and Ms. Sudha Singh on a zoological excursion to Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP), which is also called Mahim Nature Park. Accompanied by naturalist Mr. Prashant Gokarankar, the group went on a 2-hour nature trail, where they learnt about the biodiversity of the Park.
• On March 1, 2018, a visit was arranged to Mahananda Dairy, Goregoan (E), which was attended by 32 SY Students. The group was met by Mr. Rajesh Nar, who gave them practical as well as theoretical knowledge about the various products and the way they are processed and manufactured.
• On March 7, 2018, Faculty Member Dr. Nayna Chandak accompanied 18 Students of MSc II on a visit to Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), Koparkhairane. CETP representative and environmentalist, Mr. Mark, met the group and explained the process of removing contaminants and impurities and getting safer wastewater that can be released into the Vashi creek. He also spoke of the other awareness-raising activities carried out by CETP in and around Navi Mumbai, in association with various academic institutions, such as organising tree plantation drives and promoting the concept of eco-Ganesha.
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