National Seminar on New
Trends in Biotechnology held at USTM
Arsenic contaminated irrigated water
affects rice produced: Dr Dasgupta
Mile, Ri Bhoi, 28 April, 2018: A day long National
Seminar was held here today where scientists from
different parts of the country took part and deliberated
on new trends in biotechnology with focus on the
north-eastern region of India. The Seminar was jointly
organized by the School of Biological Sciences of the
University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya and Zaheer
Science Foundation, New Delhi.
Delivering his lecture on genomic varieties of rice,
Prof Dr Tapash Dasgupta, School of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University,
Kolkata said that there is high probability of water in
the north-eastern states being contaminated with the
poison called arsenic. He said that though arsenic
contaminated drinking water is believed to be the common
reason for health hazard, even some varieties of rice
can be contaminated with arsenic as they are irrigated
with arsenic contaminated water.
Titled “New Trends in Biotechnology”, the Seminar was
also addressed by Dr R Puvanakrishnan, Former Director
Grade Scientist and Head, Department of Biotechnology,
CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai and Dr
Hemant J Purohit, CSIR National Environmental
Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur.
A panel discussion on “Fostering Biotechnology Education
and Research in the North Eastern States of India” was
also held in the Seminar. The participants of the panel
discussion include: Dr R Puvanakrishnan, CLRI, Chennai,
Dr Hemant J Purohit, Dr Tapash Dasgupta, Dr SC Das,
Dean, School of Biological Scioences, USTM, Dr PK Baruah
and Dr TC Sarma from Department of Botany, USTM.
Earlier, the welcome address was made by Dr RK Sharma.
The Seminar concluded with the vote of thanks delivered
by Dr A H Barbhuiya, Academic Registrar, USTM.