Aligarh: The Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University organized a national seminar on “Plant Sciences: New Technologies, Conservation and Environment”.
Inaugurating the seminar, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah appreciated the progress of the department and said that it was one of the best departments in the University.
Delivering the keynote address, Prof. S.C. Maheshwari of Jaipur National University talked about the revolution in chromosome biology. He said that the arrival of the recombinant DNA technique and of sequencing techniques, enabled the launch of the ambitious Human Genome Project, followed by similar projects for higher plants. He emphasized that a revolutionary new technique – Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C) technique, has come into existence allowing investigators to capture precisely the sequences where chromosomes curl and join bringing different sequences in contact with each other as development.
Earlier, welcoming the guest, Prof. M. Anis, Organizing Secretary and the Chairman of the department said that Plant tissue and cell culture is a rapid way of achieving plant breeding. He said that a number of plant species have been investigated around the globe.
Prof. Anis highlighted the overall achievements and progress made in the Department during the last five years. He said that the UGC has supported the department under Special Assistance Programme (DRS-I) for 5 years in 2009. The Department had also been selected for funding by DST under DST-FIST Programme for 5 years (2011-2016).
Prof. Irfan Ahmad, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences said that Plant tissue culture techniques are essential to academic inquiry and applied aspects of plant science. He said that tissue-cultured plants, that had been genetically engineered, provided insight into plant molecular biology and gene regulation.
Prof. Firoz Mohammad, Convener of the National Seminar also addressed the inaugural function.
Dr. Ankita Varshney, Young Scientist conducted the inaugural function and Dr. Anwar Shahzad proposed the vote of thanks.