Students learn about a molecule’s journey to become the medicine!

Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, OCF, Shahjahanpur visited CSIR-CDRI to quench their quest of curiosity under “JIGYASA” - Student-Scientist connect program at CSIR-CDRI

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New Delhi: A batch of 50 students along with their four faculty members from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, OCF, Shahjahanpur (UP) visited CSIR–Central Drug Research Centre, Lucknow to interact with scientists and research scholars as a part of JIGYASA program.

The students were thrilled to visit the laboratory and interact with the working group in a program scheduled for six hours. It was conducted under the aegis of Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) of the Institute.

Mr Vinay Tripathi, Chief Scientist, welcome the students and teachers and brief about the programme, discussed an overview of CSIR and CDRI, its contributions in different branches of Science & Technology. He defined science, science & technology, development of science & technology in Indian perspectives. Dr. Sanjeev Yadav, Scientist, discussed in detail about the “Journey of Molecule to Medicine.” He explained how the teamwork of scientists and researchers from various disciplines like chemistry, biology and pharmaceutical sciences come together to convert a new chemical entity into potential candidate drug and then finally a drug. He asked numbers of question and students replied smartly.

Further, Mrs Savita Tripathi and Mr Susheel Lohani took them for lab visits. In the Molecular Structure Biology Division, Dr Saman Habib explained the actual working on the various molecular aspects of drug discovery and development. She demonstrated some tools and techniques of molecular biology in her lab to curious students. Later, students visited the Laboratory Animal facility and Dr Rajdeep Guaha and Mr Hansda, explained to them the role of Animal Models in drug discovery and also showed them various animal models and demonstrated their handling.

Students were very much impressed to observe the facilities. They gained a working knowledge of a different kind of machine-like Real-time PCR, various microscopes, cryopreservation technics. During the interactive session, number of students asked different questions on molecular techniques, animal models and other aspects of drug discovery and development.

Teachers and students requested for their next visit to the laboratory to gain deeper knowledge. Teachers expressed their view and were satisfied to know about the consistent effort and research emphasis in various sectors for the ultimate development of India. At last, teachers acknowledged and extend thanks to CSIR – CDRI authorities for providing an opportunity to visit CDRI and observe various facilities.