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Prodigies to meet masters

IT IS a scientific symposium with a difference. Internationally renowned scientists from across the country and abroad would be interacting with budding scientists from Lucknow university and schools during the four-day symposium on cell biology beginning January 18, at the Industrial Toxicology Research Center, here.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 00:32 IST

IT IS a scientific symposium with a difference. Internationally renowned scientists from across the country and abroad would be interacting with budding scientists from Lucknow university and schools during the four-day symposium on cell biology beginning January 18, at the Industrial Toxicology Research Center, here.

Addressing mediapersons symposium joint secretary Rishi Shankar said the interaction of the sort is being organised for the first time, with the intention of giving exposure to budding scientists from universities and schools.

He said five students from each school, of the eight short-listed, would be invited to meet a group of renowned scientists including the recipients of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award. “The list also includes the government schools,” said symposium organising secretary D Kar Chaudhari.

About the symposium, Dr D K Saxena said the theme of the conference and symposium is environment-genome interaction through cellular, genetic, molecular, and genomic approaches. The aim of the symposium, he said, was to review the state-of-the-art science in the application of genomic technologies in cell biology, molecular epidemology, toxicology and the importance of these new developments in understanding the effect of chemicals on the environment and human health.

The ‘All India Cell Biology Conference’ is being held in Lucknow after 11 years.

President of the National Academy of Sciences India and former Director of Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) Dr V P Kamboj would inaugurate the symposium on January 17 at the scientific convention center, while the remaining part would be held at the ITRC auditorium.

“On the inaugural day, presidential lecture will be given by Rajiva Raman from the Banaras Hindu University,” said Dr Saxena. Over 250 delegates from over 40 institutions would be participating in the symposium. The participants include a Padma Shree awardee, 14 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awardees, and 25 fellows of National Academies.

About the security arrangement in lieu of the recent terror attack during an national-level conference at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore killing one scientist on the spot and injuring many, the organisers said as usual the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) have been informed, apart from the ITRC security.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 00:32 IST