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Industrial Visit Report @ Kerala ,India 

After concrete efforts of our Head of the department (Biotechnology and genetic Engineering), the students of Bharathidasan University –Tiruchirappalli got this esteemed opportunity to have an Industrial visit to prestigious institutions like Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). I appreciate the efforts of the people in the department of Biotechnology and genetic engineering for executing this successful Industrial trip.

Introduction to institutions

1. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is a premier research institute in India, exclusive devoted to research in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. It is located at Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum), the capital city of the state of Kerala in India. This centre runs as a ‘grant in aid’ institute of the Department of Biotechnology of the Govt. of India. It is an R&D centre under Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment. The centre was inaugurated on November 18, 2002 by then President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The institute has highly focused research departments working on medical biotechnology (Molecular Medicine, Molecular Reproduction, Molecular  Microbiology,  Cancer Biology & Neurobiology) and plant genetic engineering. The Center has a regional facility for Genetic Fingerprinting, which provides DNA analysis services for forensic & criminal investigations, paternity disputes, identification of wildlife remains, authentication of plants and seeds besides a battery of molecular diagnostics for genetic and infectious diseases. RGCB is also a major provider of laboratory and infrastructure services to other academic and research institutions. RGCB has a strength of 25 scientists, 120 Ph.D. students and around 100 research project staff. The centre has good infrastructural facilities for carrying out cutting-edge research in the field of Biotechnology. Monetary support of Rs. 100 crores sanctioned by the Govt. of India in 2008, for a period of 3 years, apart from the yearly allocation of Rs. 25 crores, aims at making RGCB a world class research centre in the near future.

RGCB is set to expand further into a second campus at Aakulum shortly. It would focus on R & D and also provide a ubique “TEST & PROVE ” facility to encourage biotechnology.

2.  The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1947 became a member of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) family in 1967. The headquarters was shifted from Mandapam Camp to Cochin in 1971. Over the period, the Institute has grown significantly in its size, stature & research infrastructure. Now, it enjoys the status of a premier research organisation comparable to any similar institution in the developed countries. With the fast changing marine fisheries scenario and emergence of mariculture as a viable proposition for enhancing the production, the Institute over the years has tuned its mandate in consonance with the needs of the time.

Industrial visit to Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)

Students of IInd and III rd year M.Tech –Department of Biotechnology and Genetic engineering, Bharathidasan University – Tiruchirappalli, batch visited Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)  on 28th JANUARY 2013. RGCB  is located on the Trivandrum, the capital city of  Kerala. The said industrial visit was organized as per the curriculum of M.Tech programme and students were exposed to the entire system initially and gained knowledge about the research by attending short class. The detailed process of conversion of biomaterials to finished products and packing of genetic materials in organism were explained to the students at  Molecular Neurobiology, Neural Stem Cell Biology ,  Plant Based Bioactives and Disease Biology,  Molecular Reproduction and  Cancer Research Program. It was useful for understanding the history and growth each areas. Students received adequate knowledge on production of  hepato-protectivity (Liver protection)  medicine and isolation of different cell components. Students were assisted by representative of each department PhD scholars and Faculty from RGCB

ü In Molecular Neurobiology laboratory, they explained about;

  • Investigating the interactions of CaMKII with the subunits of NMDA receptor and also other substrates and the physiological relevance of these interactions.
  • Mass spectrometric study on the topography of CaMKII
  • Establishment of a high throughput assay system for the screening of protein kinase inhibitors.
  • Bioprospecting of neuroprotectants focusing on phytomodulators of CaMKII and deciphering their mode of action

ü In Neural Stem Cell Biology laboratory, they explained about  Transplantation of embryonic stem (ES) cells engineered to produce GABA into hippocampus of rats with temporal lobe epilepsy for possible control of seizures.

ü In Plant Based Bioactives and Disease Biology, they explained about Pharmacological evaluation of the traditional medicinal plants by modern molecular techniques. According to me, it is very interested topic. Especially my minor project is also doing the same works as well as plant metabolites in our university.

ü In  Cancer Research Program, they explained about Role of inflammation in carcinogenesis and tumor progression and Role of sphingolipids in innate immune response and pathogen induced inflammation. Their way of explanations are more interesting to me.rgcbb

Industrial visit to Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)

Students batch visited Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 29th JANUARY 2013. CMFRI  is located on the at Kochi, India. It is an Indian Council of Agricultural Research institute. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Agriculture in 1947 became a member of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) family in 1967. The headquarters was shifted from Mandapam Camp to Cochin in 1971. The said industrial visit was organized as per the curriculum of M.Tech program and students were exposed to the entire system initially and gained knowledge about the research by attending short class in CMFRI. It is a CSIR institute. The detailed process of conversion of Ammonia, How to use less amount of water with biological purifying ?, and What is the future applications of marine products ?, these all are explained. We also visited Aquarium and watch different types of fishes, Snails and different sea product models. They also explained packing of genetic materials in organism and future use of that.

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Recreation and Enjoyment

Evening time of each day, we visited more places at Kerala. It was very happiest moments in my life and also hope that same for my friends.

  1. Shankumugham Beach is a beach in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, south India. The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city and very near to Trivandrum International Airport.The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. Unfortunately, the beach is not well maintained with garbage littering the entire area. Shanghumugham beach is considered as the ‘Arattukadavu’ of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan – The presiding deity of the city. Thousands of Hindus perform ‘Bali Tharpanam’ during special occasions. Shanghu mugham is the prime location for Ganesh Nimarjan at the time of Vinayaka Chathurthi. When I visited, The view of the sun is really awesome here. We can see the nearby fishing villages where people are getting ready for their work, different types of boats, birds trying to get food from the shore and boats out in the sea. It’s a very busy place. We can also see the sculpture by Kanayi Kunju Raman, one of the famous artists of India.beachh
  2. Cherai Beach is located in Vypin island, Kochi, India. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport.
  3. The Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala. The palace is a quadrangular structure built in Nālukettu style, the traditional Kerala style of architecture, with a courtyard in the middle. In the courtyard there stands a small temple dedicated to ‘Pazhayannur Bhagavati’, the protective goddess of the Kochi royal family. There are two more temples on either side of the Palace, one dedicated to Lord Krishna and the other to Lord Siva. Certain elements of architecture, as for example the nature of its arches and the proportion of its chambers are indicative of European influence in basic Nāluketttu style.DSC02701
  4. Veegaland renamed as Wonderla. Wonderla (Veegaland) is the most popular amusement park in Kerala. The park is situated on the top of a hill at Pallikkara, 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) from the city of Kochi. We enjoyed full day in wonderla with different water and dry rides like
  • Wonder SplashDSC02934
  • Rapid River
  • Bullet Rides
  • Magic Carpet
  • Dragon Twister
  • Musical ride
  • Balarama Cave
  • Dancing Cars
  • Crazy Cars
  • Vintage Tornado
  • Wavy Vertical Falls
  • Turbo Sphere
  • Giant Wheel
  • Waterfall
  • Dashing Cars
  • Rain Dance

Outcomes from Visit

Students came to know how exactly a Laboratory works , strategies adopted by them, the social welfare responsibilities of biotechnology and their future research areas. Being a responsible Biotechnology graduate one should know a basic knowledge about the working of the Laboratory oriented institutions. Hence the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)  made us so helpful to know all the necessities of the research.

Students Opinion

Our department gave us the Golden Opportunity to visit the very high institutions like RGCB and CMFRI at Kerala. It was a great experience to know the organization internally in our group. They are successful enough to balance between research excellence and Individual Dignity. Their main focus on Biotechnology prosperity is what like me a lot, and as enhancing marine products  is the base of the Indian Economy.

 -Logeshwaran

Visit to the institution was an eye-opener. The journey was vary interesting and also enjoyed full day in Wonder land. Starting from the Bacteria, Fungus to the massive production of Marine products which forms the backbone of the Indian marine research and food sector. The gains or the take away from the visit were very useful for academic and personal.

 -Rajasekar. V

It was my first Industrial visit to research institutions at Kerala and enjoyed every bit of it. To be a part of such an esteemed organization and having alook through all their process was an intriguing experience after all.

-Vinodha PC

Thanks a lot…

On behalf of all the staffs and the students I take this opportunity to thank the entire team of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) for providing us with the practical information and well as wonderful hospitality. We take moment to offer our greetings to the entire RGCB and CMFRI teams.