National symposium on Bioinformatics

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Aligarh:  The Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University organized a two-day National Symposium on “Trends in Biomolecular Interaction and Bioinformatics”. A workshop on “Current Advances in Bioinformatics” will also be organized on this occasion. The symposium and the workshop was sponsored by UGC, Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Prof. YD Sharma, Chairman of Biotechnology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, delivered a lecture on the “Cold War between Man and Malaria”. He highlighted the problems and issues pertaining to the control of Malaria in the country. He said that he was on a vaccine for Malaria, which might be used to control the major menace. Prof. Sharma said that it was difficult to control Malaria because the parasite developed a chemical resistance very fast. He said that there was no effective vaccine available for controlling the epidemic. He urged the medical scientists to invent drugs and vaccines for different epidemics including Malaria  according to the indigenous needs and native environmental conditions. He also said that the government should adopt a drug policy according to its local conditions and therapeutic needs.

Earlier, inaugurating the programme, Professor Shamim Jairajpuri, Formar Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, highlighted the journey from Chemistry to Biotechnology. He mentioned the pioneering personalities who worked hard for the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit. He appreciated the Unit for its exemplary progress.

Dr. Asad U Khan, Coordinator and Convener of the Symposium, welcomed the guests and highlighted the achievements of Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit. Dr. Khan said that the Unit has received a grant of about 5 crores during last five years on the basis of its performance and commendable work. Dr. Rizwan Khan proposed the vote of thanks. Dr. Hina Yunus conducted the inaugural session.

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