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THRILLED: The alumni of Bishop Heber College (from left) S. Anitha and S. Anitha Raj in Tiruchi. Photo: R. Ashok
THRILLED: The alumni of Bishop Heber College (from left) S. Anitha and S. Anitha Raj in Tiruchi. Photo: R. Ashok

S. Aishwarya

Annual meet of Nobel laureates incredible, say participants

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: For S. Anitha and S. Anitha Raj, products of Bishop Heber College, the meeting they had with the 25 greatest minds of the world was more than an educational experience.

The mind-blowing sessions apart, the duo, part of 522 students from various parts of the globe at the annual gathering of Nobel laureates at Lindau, Germany, stirred up the participant's passion for research and development.

Among the 54 participants from India, they were part of the five-member team from Tamil Nadu. Ms. Anitha, an employee of the research and development cell of Orchid Pharmaceutical, says the experience was "incredible."

With over 10 sessions by 25 laureates, the meeting was more of a fundamental introduction to in-depth research. "The first few lectures were all too technical and scientific to comprehend. But the interactive sessions that followed every seminar made things simple," recalls Ms. Anitha Raj.

A lecturer in Chemistry at Saranathan College of Engineering, Ms. Anitha Raj was one among the six students from India to pen the feedback on the Lindau's official website.

Her research proposal on `Synthesis of anti-cancerous drug' dealt broadly on the possible structural modifications of `sysplatin,' to improve the efficiency of the drug. Though unexpected, the international exposure was an exciting experience for her.

Agrees Ms. Anitha, whose paper projected the molecular modelling of protein-protein interaction for determining the presence of cancerous cells. The students were taken to the top-tier universities, including University of Freiburg and premium chemical industries. The participants are now gearing up to pursue their doctoral studies in a German University with a grand fellowship.

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