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Special session on ‘Child Centric Microbiology’ held at JSS-AHER, Mysuru

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Mysuru: The Department of Microbiology & School of Life Sciences, JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysuru had organised “Child Centric Microbiology” Special Session, on September 22.

The session was conducted as a part of 62nd Annual International Conference of Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) Microbes and Society: Current Trends and Future Prospects (MSCTFP-2022).

The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr Sudeendra Bhat, Controller of Examinations, JSS AHER an Prof Rup Lal Professor University of Delhi, Chairperson of the session.

Dr Prashanth Vishwanath, Director (Research), Dr K A Raveesha, Head, School of Life Sciences, Prof S Satish, Chairperson, Microbiology, UoM & Organizing Chairman and Dr. Ashwini P, Associate Professor & Coordinator, Department of Microbiology, JSSAHER were present.

The session was organized to familiarize High School Students with the concept of Microbiology and the importance of Microbes in our day to day lives. Students of Mahajana’s Public School were invited to attend and participate in the session.

Dr Sudeendra Bhat, the Chief Guest of the event, stressed on the beneficial and harmful aspects of microbes and asked the students to gain more knowledge and explore the field of Microbiology.

Dr K A Raveesha welcomed the gathering and discussed the importance and future prospects of Microbiology in the society.

The session involved informative talks by eight Microbiologists followed by interaction with the faculty and research scholars of Department of Microbiology and Laboratory Visit.

Prof Rup Lal, an eminent Microbiologist and NASI Senior Scientist Platinum Jubilee Fellow at TERI delivered a talk on Microbiome and Human Health: Societal Perspective. His talk was highly informative and students gained knowledge on gut microbiome and its importance in maintaining good health, role of gut microbiota dysbiosis in obesity and other health disorders.

Dr Shailly Anand, Co-Chair from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, University of Delhi talked about Microbes as Tiny Things but Mighty Challenges and the ways to attain the 17 SDG goals using microbiology knowledge.

Dr Charu Dogra Rawat from Ramjas College, University of Delhi spoke on approaches towards holistic microbiology literacy and ways to reaching out to the society.

Dr Princy Hira from Maitreyi College, University of Delhi shared her experiences and efforts in reaching out to create a Microbial Literate Society.

Dr Gauri Garg Dhingra from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi with the backdrop of recent outbreaks discussed the importance of creating awareness about infectious viruses among the public.

Dr Jasvinder Kaur from Gargi College, University of Delhi talked about implementing topics on Microbes in textbooks and including demonstrations and experiments of observing microbes under microscope and cultivating them on culture plates/media to enrich curriculum with microbiology subject.

Prof Sukanya Lal from Ramjas College, University of Delhi and Dr. Shailly Anand shared their concept of “An Introduction to International Microbiology Literacy Initiative (IMiLI)” to create awareness about Microbiology in schools and general public.

Dr Belle Shenoy enthused the students by talking about marine microbes and their potential. Overall the aim of the session was to make the children aware of microbes by discussing child-centric topics such as microbes in food, animals, environment and as microbiome. The speakers also stressed on preparing microbiology training material and resources for children in regional languages.

The “Child Centric Microbiology” Special Session was a great success as the school children had a good interaction with the speakers and expressed the session as highly informative and educative and thanked the organizers for the opportunity.

Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Ashwini P, Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Department of Microbiology, JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysuru.

She expressed her gratitude to the leadership of JSS AHER Dr B Suresh Pro-Chancellor, Dr Surinder Singh Vice Chancellor and Dr B Manjunatha, Registrar, JSS AHER, Mysuru, University of Mysore and Association of Microbiologists of India for their support in organizing the session.

The session was convened by Dr Umamaheshwari S and Dr Sindhu R, Dept. of Microbiology, JSS AHER.

After the program the students visited Microbiology laboratory and learnt about different types of microbial cultures and also observed them through microscopes.

The faculty and researchers of Microbiology Department interacted with the students about importance and scope of microbiology in day to day life.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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