Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) conducted a two-day national seminar on ‘Advances in microbial technology' under the aegis of its Department of Microbiology last week.

In his address, M. Satyanarayana Swamy, an associate dean at University of West Georgia, explained that microbes play an important role in maintaining human health and environment.

He laid emphasis on extensive research in the various facets of human welfare and asked the microbiologists to consider it as their prime responsibility.

“Health and agriculture are two important areas where they can do research for the betterment of the society,” he pointed out.

SVIMS director B.Vengamma spoke on the growing importance being attached of late for collaborative research among life sciences. Indicating the sub-specialisations that have branched out in the field of life sciences, she explained that the recent developments in molecular biology and genetic engineering could provide novel solutions to longstanding problems. SPMVV Dean (social sciences), D. Bharathi dwelt on the exploration of new microbes and novel genes which she said were needed to solve some of the major challenges of the 21st century, with particular reference to sustainable agriculture, environment and human health. “Microorganisms have been exploited for their specific biochemical and physiological properties from the earliest times for baking, brewing and food preservation and more recently, for producing antibiotics, solvents, amino acids, human hormones and supplements.” Organising secretary K.Vijayalakshmi spoke.

Fifty delegates from across the country attended the seminar.

SVU

R. Radhakrishna, Chairman, National Statistical Commission, New Delhi and former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, addressed a gathering of students, research scholars and professors at SVU campus recently.

His interaction paved the way for finding the lacunae in the statistical systems that failed to create interest among students towards official statistics.

While the decline in research and the drop in attraction for admission into the Indian Statistical Institutes are some key areas identified, the students are also not evincing interest in taking the Indian Statistical Service (ISS) exam.

Prof. Radhakrishna, who was formerly the Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, elaborated on the functioning of the official statistical system in India and its role in policy-making for the nation.

”National Statistical Commission has initiated statistical auditing, which is compulsory for industries and institutions”, he added.

SVU Statistics head K.V.S. Sarma chaired the meet, while Indian Society for Probability and Statistics (ISPS) President P. Rajasekhara Reddy also spoke.

RSVP

Jubilation was thick in the air on Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha campus with its Vice-Chancellor Hare Krishna Satapathy receiving the Central Sahitya Akademi award recently.

Prof. Satapathy received the award from the Academy's President Sunil Gangopadhyaya at a function held at New Delhi last Wednesday. The award carries Rs.1 lakh in cash and a citation. Senior academics and officials of the varsity congratulated the Vice-Chancellor on the occasion.

A.D. RANGARAJAN,

in Tirupati