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INSTITUTIONAL BIOTECH LABORATORY

GOVT. ZIRTIRI RESIDENTIAL SCIENCE COLLEGE. AIZAWL. MIZORAM

 

Since 2012, Biotech Hub has been established with funding from the Dept. Biotechnology (New Delhi). The Hub has been established to serve as a platform for teaching and undertaking research. Hands-on training and teaching are given to students as well as faculty members on the latest techniques in biotechnology. A number of outreach programs have been conducted for Higher Secondary School students. The Hub is functioning smoothly and is being used for research works by teachers and also for conducting practical classes. Several facilities are procured through this project for conducting basic routine experiments.

This centre is sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi vide sanction letter No. BT/22/NE/2011 dated 30.11.2011. The followings part-time personnel were engaged in the Hub.

  • Coordinator: Laltanpui, Head, Dept. of Biochemistry
  • Assistant Coordinator: Dr. R. Lalengmawia, Head Dept. of Botany
  • One JRF: Goldy K. Vanlalhmangaihi
  • One SRF: Dr. PC. Lalrinfela

 

The followings are the equipments sanctioned in the Hub


Particulars Quantity
UV Spectrophotometer 1

Thermal Cycler (PCR Machine)

1
UV Transilluminator with Camera 1

Electrophoresis apparatus with power pack

1

Centrifuge MiniSpin

1
Microwave Oven 1
Digital Balance 1
pH Meter 3

Magnetic stirrer with hot plate

1

Autoclave

1
Hot Water Bath 1
Micropipette 0.1 μl -10 μl, 1
1000 μl 1
0.2μ – 2 ul, 1
2 μ- 20 ul 1

Weighing Balance

1
10 KVA Online UPS 1 set
Deep Freezer (-20 ºC) 1
Microscopes 3
Hot Air Oven 1
Cooling Centrifuge 1

Vortex shaker

1
Soxhlete unit 1 set
Biosafety cabinet/Laminar airflow 1

 

Research Scholars and students who utilised instruments of the Laboratory

4.1. K. Zosangpuii Research scholar, Zoology department. Mizoram Univeristy

4.2. S.Thangrimawii, Research scholar, Zoology Department, Mizoram University.

4.3. Lalzahawmi Chenkual, Environmental Science Dept.

4.4. Ramluahpuii, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.5. H. Lalrinhlui, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.6. Lalremsiama, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.7. Jonathan Lalrinchhana, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.8. Samuel Lalrammawia, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.9. B. Lalnghahpuii, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.10. Annie Vanlalruati, students 6th Sem Zoology (for summer training)

4.11. Life science students for carrying practicals every semester

 

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Fig: Students who utilised laboratory for summer training during 9th -30th June, 2015.

 

 

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Main activities Biotech Hub:

1. Basic research in Biotechnology

  1. Analysis of banana varieties using RAPD markers
  2. Characterization of resistance gene analogues in banana cultivars
  3. Morphological and molecular characterization of chili landraces of Mizoram

 

2 Organize Training programmes to College Teachers & students

  1. The Biotech Hub of our college also organised a special workshop for college teachers on ‘Techniques in Bio-technology and Bio-informatics’ during 21-23 august 2013 in collaboration with Biotech Hub of Pachhunga University college and State Biotech hub, Mizoram university. Altogether, 28 participants from science colleges across the state participated in this workshop.

 

3. Outreach programmes to Higher Secondary School/College students

  1. Biotechnology – Introduction & Application at Govt. Republic Higher Sec School, Aizawl organized by IBT Hub, GZRSC on 11th Sept, 2013
  2. “Biotechnology – Introduction & Application” at Govt. JL Higher Sec. School, Aizawl organized by IBT Hub, GZRSC on 20th Oct, 2013
  3. Biotechnology – Introduction & Application Staine’s Memorial Sec. School, Aizawl organized by IBT Hub, GZRSC on 22nd Nov, 2013
  4. An introduction to Biotechnology, applications and social implications at Govt. Zemabawk Higher Secondary School,Aizawl organized by IBT Hub, GZRSC on 5th Dec, 2014
  5. One day seminar with Hands-on Training on ‘Advance in Biotechnology’ at Govt. Kolasib College on 27th Feb, 2015
  6. Seminar on “Recent trends and prospects in Biotechnology” at Govt. Zirtiri Residential Science College, Aizawlon 28th Feb. 2015
  7. One day seminar cum Hands-on Training on ‘Advances in Biotechnology’ at Lunglei Govt. College, Lunglei on 13th Mar, 2015

Fig: Hands on training conducted in Lunglei Govt. College

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Fig: Delivering a lecture on an introduction to Biotechnology, applications and social implications at Govt. Zemabawk Higher Secondary School,Aizawl

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List of Papers produced from Institutional Biotech Hub

  1. Biotechnology: an introduction, its application and social implication. K. Vanlalhmangaihi and Laltanpuia (2015). Sci. Vis. 15:S23-S29. ISSN: 0975-6175 [New Indexing: 48:05:11]
  2. Analysis of genetic variation among banana genome groups of Mizoram Using randomly amplified fragment length polymorphism (RAPD) marker. PC.Lalrinfela, Laltanpuia, R. Lalengmawia and Robert Thangjam (2015). Sci. Vis. 15:S6-S12. ISSN. 0975-6175 [New Indexing: 48:05:11]
  3. Isolation and characterization of resistance gene analogues (RGAs) from banana cultivars of Mizoram, India. Pachuau Lalrinfela, Laltanpuia, R. Lalengmawia and Robert Thangjam (2015). In: Current Trends of Biodiversity Research in Mizoram (H Lalramnghinglova, Vanramliana, H Lalthanzara eds.). 242-255pp. ISBN: 978-81-287-0012-5.

Institutional Biotech Hub has been providing a platform for conducting experiments by students since established in the college. The parental department, Biochemistry is taking role in maintaining the equipments and other relevant responsibilities. Though the project funding had already ended in 2016, the laboratory is still one of the fundamental platforms for life science students in carrying out practicals every semester. It offers convenience to the students as well as teachers for conducting prescribed syllabus practicals and related research experiments.

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