BIIS: Opportunity for Women biotechnology students to work on grassroots innovations and microbial diversity
Isolation, Characterization and Augmentation
SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) is organizing a four-week BIIS (Biotech Innovation Ignition School) for validating, value adding and product development around grassroots innovations. The BIIS will develop solutions for the microbial application.
The BIIS-3 will be held at Ahmedabad, April 30 to May 29, 2018. It is being launched on International Women’s Day to unleash the talent of women students. It is likely that BIRAC (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Department of Biotechnology, Govt.of India) might support this initiative. The selected students will be assigned individual projects in microbiology research areas drawing upon the Honey Bee Network Database and microbial diversity collection:-
SRISTI has a Microbial diversity bank containing 8000+ organisms (bacteria, fungi, and actinomycetes) isolated from the soil samples collected during Shodh Yatras in different parts of the country. An extensive study of screening, characterizing and augmenting these isolated microbes for novel human, animal, agricultural and industrial application would be conducted.
The abstracts along with the objective of the projects will be shared with the selected students one week before the start of the BIIS. The participants would be expected to develop a project proposal and a work plan.
- These students would receive an expert feedback on their proposals from the reviewers.
- These students will also receive hands-on training in various techniques of microbiology along with various lab equipment (AAS, HPTLC, HPLC, PCR, Gel Doc etc.) as per the need of the project in the first week of the event.
- The Faculty from the institutions of participants can also be associated with their projects as external supervisors.
- It is hoped that each participant becomes a volunteer of the Honey Bee Network which has helped in scouting and disseminating rural creativity and innovation over the last three decades.
- All the output will be credited to the knowledge providers and can be published thereafter with the prior written concurrence and in some cases, as applicable, with the involvement of the BIIS team and knowledge providers.
- Highest ethical code of Biotech research is expected to be followed.
- Team spirit and willingness to develop open source solutions will be highly encouraged.
- Peer learning will be strongly encouraged.
- The findings will be shared with knowledge providers and community conservators of soil ecosystem health and consequent microbial diversity in local language with the help of SRISTI and Honey Bee Network team.
Students are invited to participate in this SRISTI-BIRAC initiative by sending their resumes at BIIS@sristi.org. Students of microbiology/biotechnology, are especially invited to apply and preference will be given to women candidates. Those who are interested to work on SRISTI’s microbial resources should write one-page note on what kind of research they would like to do, why & how? All the students would get an invaluable opportunity to interact with both national and international experts as well as grassroots practitioners/innovators in their respective fields.
The last date for submission of application is April 10, 2018.