Right at its inception, the School encouraged formation of a
students' society which was christened “The Biotech Society.” Since
then, the Society has come a long way and has organized programmes
that are big by any yardstick. It has so far organized three
National Symposia. This is an annual ev ent is known as “BIOTALK.”
The annual quiz, called “The HEADCRUNCHER” is the largest quiz in
Central India and each year more than a 100 teams participate and
more than a lakh rupees worth of prizes are given away to the
winners and to the people in the audience answering the questions.
The Society also holds an annual Science model competition called
“CONCOCTION”. Beginning this session, the Society also started a
newsletter called “SENTIENCE.”
The Society is entirely managed by the students and serves two
purposes. One, it keeps the academic environment exuberant and two,
it teaches students organizational skills. Each year, the students
elect a new body for the Society which then decides the programmes
and manages the programmes and the finances.
Given below is the list of programmes that the society has
successfully undertaken in the session 2005-2006.
Concoction : The Science
Concoction this year was as much a success as the last its debut
year. Although Concoction only allows dynamic models, owing to their
aesthetic beauty, a few static models were also permitted this year.
As is usual for the programmes conducted by us, this activity too
met with stunning response from students of various educational
institutions in and around Nagpur. Since the response was much more
than imagined, we had to cancel several entries for lack of space.
Biotalk-3 : The Annual
This years BIOTALK was on “Cancer” and took place on the 21st and
22nd of January 2005. Several eminent scholars from premier
institutes in India participated in the symposium.
Dr. Manju Ray, the Shantiswarup Bhatnagar awardee from Indian
Association for Cultivation of Sciences, spoke about her work with
methylglyoxal as a curative molecule for virtually all types of
cancers. Incidentally, Shantiswarup bhatnagar Award is the highest
science award in India.
Dr. M. B. Sahasrabudhe, former Director, Cancer Research Institute,
Mumbai, deliberated upon a novel compounds that improves the
immunological activity against cancer.
Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti, Director Grade scientist, NEERI, Nagpur,
talked about apoptosis in general and his work on apoptosis in
cancer in particular.
Dr. R. Annapoorni, MRDG, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,
talked about the latest frontiers in cancer – cancer stem cells. She
thrilled the audience with her work in the field and discussed here
future plans in the subject too. It may be mentioned that Dr.
Annapoorni is an alumnus of Hislop College.
Earlier, Dr. Avinash Upadhyay, Hislop School of Biotechnology,
talked about the basic aspects of cancer and touched upon the
various topics that the eminent speakers were to talk on later.
500 student participants drawing from virtually all institutes in
and around Nagpur attended the two day symposium. There interest
could be seen clearly from the plethora of questions addressed to
One of the highlights of symposium was a talk by our own student –
Rasika Rohatgi (B.Sc. Final, Biotechnology), delivered a talk on
wasp behaviour, a work that she had conducted at Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore, after having been selected as a JNCASR scholar.
Incidentally, very few students every year get selected as JNCASR
The proceedings of Biotalk 3 can be downloaded by anyone from this site.
Headcruncher: The Annual Quiz
The HEADCRUNCHER has evolved as the biggest quiz in
Central India. This year too it lived up to this status as more than
150 teams participated. The elimination rounds were spruced up this
year with many more questions so as to make a better judgment. Even
then a second elimination round was necessitated owing to the sheer
number of teams participating. Eight teams qualified for the
penultimate round. Eventually the team from IAS Coaching Centre
emerged winners defeating teams from VNIT and G. H. Raisoni College
of Engineering. This is the charm of this quiz last year a school
team had emerged winner defeating the elders and more accomplished
participants. More than a lakh rupees in cash and kind were given
away as prize to the winners, the semifinalists and the members of
Sentience : The Newsletter
The Biotech Society began publishing its newsletter “SENTIENCE” from
this academic year. The students took up the editorial work and came
out with a superbly worded and produced booklet detailing work being
carried out in the School and snippets informing about the recent
developments in lifesciences.
This was cultural programme that was initiated this year by the
Biotech Society. Being the first year and owing to the lack of
enough time for publicity, just 5 teams participated. We believe
that this lack of teams will be remedied in the coming year.