The Department of Biotechnology, St Xavier’s College Mapusa hosted a National Seminar on “Recent Developments in Biotechnology” on March 9. The vice principal Maria Fonseca welcomed the delegates at the Inaugural programme which commenced with an invocation and lighting of the lamp. Referring to the field as a rapidly growing interdisciplinary science, the coordinator Ursula Barreto, stated that Biotechnology holds a promise as a solution for some of the major challenges faced by the world today. Chief scientist CSIR – NIO, N Ramaiah in his address recalled the traditional age old biotechnology in comparison with the recent advances in the field. Professor, Goa University, Sanjeev Ghadi delivered the keynote address and enlightened participants on opportunities in biotechnology. His presentation on “Biotechnologies: Opportunities for Job Seekers to being Job Creators” inspired many. Jocelyn Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks which was followed by singing of the college anthem.
In the technical sessions that followed, Ramaiah highlighted the potential of marine microbes as biofuel factories, in his talk titled, “Role of Biotechnology in Energy Generation and Earth Protection”. Principal scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research V Arunachalam spoke on “Genetic and Genomic Resources for Horticultural Plants”. “The Biology of Earthworms in Vermiculture and Application in Vermicomposting” was the topic discussed by director, Centre for Scientific Research and Advanced Learning, Mount Carmel College Bangalore, Radha Kale,. The sessions on “Nanobiotechnology and Microfluidics in Health Care” presented by Mridul Sarkar of Purdue University, USA. In the last session of the Seminar, Shilpa Bhonsle introduced 21 research scholars, who delivered oral presentations on various developments in biotechnology. The full length papers will be published in the Proceedings. vice principal Blanche Mascarenhas addressed the gathering at the valedictory programme and the vote of thanks was proposed by Valerie Gonsalves.