New Delhi: Do you know how molecules complete their journey to become medicines? This and many other questions were answered by scientists and research scholars of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, at the JIGYASA program under the aegis of Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) of the Institute.
A batch of 50 students along with four faculty members from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, Shahjahanpur (UP) visited the CSIR Central Drug Research Centre, Lucknow, and interacted with scientists from diverse fields, where they learnt more about science and technology.
The students visited labs where scientists explained the actual workings of various molecular aspects of drug discovery and development, and researchers demonstrated tools and techniques of molecular biology in the lab.
Students also visited the Laboratory Animal facility, where scientists explained the role of animal models in drug discovery and showed them various animal models and demonstrated their handling.
Vinay Tripathi, Chief Scientist, welcomed the students and teachers and briefed them about the programme, and described an overview of CSIR and CDRI and its contributions in different branches of Science & Technology. Tripathi spoke about science & technology in the Indian context.
After that, Dr. Sanjeev Yadav detailed how the teamwork of scientists and researchers in varying discipline like chemistry, biology, and pharmaceutical sciences come together to convert a new chemical entity into a potential candidate drug, and then finally a drug.
Students gained working knowledge of various machines like real time PCR, and microscopes, and cryopreservation technics. There was also an interactive session where students asked questions on molecular techniques, animal models, and other aspects of drug discovery and development.
JIGYASA is one of the major initiatives taken up by CSIR at national level during its Platinum Jubilee celebrations. CSIR is widening and deepening its Scientific Social Responsibility further with the programme.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this programme. The focus of this scheme is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student’s classroom learning with well-planned research laboratory-based learning.
Jyoti Singh is a contributor at India Science Wire.