Keeping in mind the need of providing necessary training to science teachers, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, organized training programs on Lab Instrumentation and Swachh Bharat for School teachers from North East region of India. Coordinators of Biotech Labs in 44 Senior Secondary Schools, who are also school teachers, took part in this training in New Delhi recently.
The first day of the training program started with Cultural Presentation by the students of Kula Chi Hansraj Model School, New Delhi. Lectures and presentations were delivered on Laboratory Instruments, starting from presentation in basic Biotechnology by Dr Pawan Sharma, Senior Consultant, NER-BPMC, followed by an elaborated lecture on the basic principles of instruments of Biotechnology laboratory by Dr Pavan Jutur, Scientist in ICGEB and finally a presentation on Emerging techniques in Biotechnology by Dr Ranjan Nanda, another scientist from ICGEB. Dr B. C. Sabata Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Environment, GNCTD in his talk on “Swachh Bharat”, emphasized on the responsibility of the teachers to enlighten the students on waste management and waste disposal methods. Dr Desh Bandhu, president of Indian Environmental Society (IES) gave a presentation on the GLOBE program and on Atmosphere and soil protocol. He demonstrated to the teachers the working principles of various instruments, which will help them and their students in knowing about the environment and various changes occurring in the environment.
On the second day of the program, the teachers were taken for an exposure trip to two schools and one Institute within Delhi. The first school visited was Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, New Delhi and the second one was Greenfield School, Safdurjung enclave, New Delhi. The teachers of these schools demonstrated on the basic concepts and application of Biotechnology, as well as on careers and job options for students in the field of Biotechnology. The school teachers from North East were given hands on training on few Laboratory tests as well as demonstration on the operation and functionality of several equipments from their Biotechnology Laboratory. A presentation on “Swachhata abhiyan” was also delivered, where the importance of cleanliness was highlighted and the measures undertaken by the school in Delhi towards it were discussed.
The teachers were also taken to National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi and were given some practical demonstrations, with introduction to few modern Instruments of a Biotechnology Laboratory. They distributed the teachers with the protocol for some basic laboratory tests so that they can follow the procedure in their respective laboratories. Some renowned books name was also suggested to those teachers who were keen to gain more insight into laboratory tools and techniques in Biotechnology.
In the late afternoon, the BLiSS teachers also had the privilege for an interactive session with Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, where he appreciated the ongoing BLiSS program, which is becoming very successful in terms of benefiting the students and teachers, and as a whole to the entire North Eastern Region. This was followed by Certificate distribution to all participants.
It is relevant to highlight the efforts by the teachers supported by DBT to inculcate interest in science among NER students on the occasion of teacher’s day. Teachers’ Day celebrated in India on 5th of September every year as a tribute to the contribution made by the teachers towards the community. Teachers’ Day is marked in honour of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was born on September 5, 1888. Dr Radhakrishnan was India’s first vice president and second president and was a great scholar, philosopher and Bharat Ratna recipient. Since 1962 the year he became president India has commemorated Dr Radhakrishnan’s birth anniversary by paying tribute to its teachers and gurus on this day. Often, special programmes are held in schools and colleges honouring educators for their thankless work they do daily.
Teachers have the very important responsibility of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children. Knowledge of the subject matter is not sufficient to be a good teacher. He / She must have some pre-service training, so that he/she is conversant with things and outcomes of teaching. While in service, he/she should attend short-term refresher courses, workshops, seminars and educational conferences so that he/she goes on adding to this professional efficiency. Teacher’s enthusiasm, professional insight and sense of dedication are his/her valuable assets.
NER-BPMC (North Eastern Region- Biotechnology Programme Management Cell)
(A programme cell of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)