VC invites 3 Nobel laureates to visit PU

CHANDIGARH: The vice-chancellor of , Professor Raj Kumar, along with his delegation, on Thursday attended 106th Indian Science Congress, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister at .

At the event, Kumar invited three Nobel laureates ? German-American biochemist Thomas Sudoph; Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist Avram Hershko; and physicist Frederick Duncan Michael Haldane ? to the university.

During his interaction with the secretary of department of biotechnology, Government of India and director general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the vice-chancellor sought possibility of collaboration in the field of affordable technology for rural and remote areas. The Prime Minister, in his address, spoke on the same lines.

Meanwhile, in an interactive meeting with director general and director of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Kumar expressed his interest in pursuing joint projects.

In December 2017, the DRDO had awarded a research project to Dr Aveneet Saini, assistant professor at the department of biophysics and granted Rs 60 lakh to carry out advanced research to design and validate novel peptides against pathogenic microbes. Professor Praveen Rishi of the department of microbiology and Dr Neha Singla of department of biophysics are co-investigators of the project.

The Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (Dihar), a Leh-based laboratory of the DRDO, had proposed to be recognised as the Panjab University research centre.

The lab had applied for this status to be able to carry out pharmaceutical and zoological research. The research being done at the Leh laboratory is focused on exploiting high-altitude plant wealth for making herbal products and enhancing the productivity in vegetable cultivation.

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