Wednesday, March 9, 2011


LUDHIANA, MARCH 9:(Anmol Singh)

The advance training on 'Nanotechnology: opportunities and applications in veterinary sciences,' began here at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). To be continued till March 12, the experts from Electron Microscopy and Nanoscience (EMN) Laboratory of PAU, CMC Hospital, Medicity Hospital and National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, would equip the trainees with the in-depth knowledge of nanotechnology. The training involves the participation of 10 veterinarians from various parts of the country.

Inaugurating the programme, the chief guest Dr. S.S. Gosal, Director Research, PAU, remarked that the most striking feature of nanotechnology is that it has broken traditional barriers of scientific disciplines. It provides tools and technology platforms for the investigation and transformation of biological systems, and biology offers inspiration models and bio-assembled components to nanotechnology. Pointing out that nanotechnology in veterinary sciences is going to revolutionize the diagnostics and research, Dr Gosal added that with the help of smart drug delivery systems, it allows judicious use of drugs through molecular coded address labels. Carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, dendrimers are the materials of future with the potential to monitor effects of the delivery of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, nutrients, food supplements, bioactive compounds, chemicals and vaccines. Nanotechnology-based devices or materials like biosensors, nano-shells and quantum dots are used for the early disease detection in animals. Voicing concern over the health and environmental issues related to nanotechnology research, he said that any technology derived from human efforts, is affected by social, cultural, and political climates. Society drives and regulates technology, attempting to minimize the downsides and maximize the benefits. Appropriate oversight of new technologies is important for ensuring the health and environmental safety of products and instilling public confidence, added he.

The guest of honour, Dr. S.S. Randhawa, Dean PGS-cum-Director Research of GADVASU, said, "This is first nanotechnology training for veterinarians in the country." In his remarks, he set the goal of veterinarians in the areas of pathogen and contaminant detection, identity preservation and tracking, smart drug delivery systems, disease diagnosis and treatment, animal breeding, multicolour optical coding for biological assays, and tumour destruction via heating to explore possible application of nanotechnology.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. D.S. Cheema, Dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, stated that within a span of 4 years, the university has carved a special niche for itself by setting up the the foremost state-of-the-art facility to boost nanoscience and nanotechnology research in agriculture in India. Providing high resolution imaging facilities, Dr Cheema said it caters to the advance research goals of universities, institutions, and industries across the nation and abroad and holds an enviable record of supporting more than 275 masters' and doctoral thesis research, out of which 75 were from institutes other than PAU.
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