The National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) has been established as an autonomous institution by the Government of India, under the aegis of the Department of Biotechnology.
This is the first institution in India explicitly devoted to research, training, translation & service and capacity-building in biomedical genomics. It is located in Kalyani, West Bengal.
The team also met the honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Lianzela and had a fruitful interaction with him. The Vice-chancellor stressed the need for collaborative academic and research projects as well as student exchange programmes between NIBMG and Mizoram University. Prof. Senthil Kumar, Dept. of Biotechnology, MZU highlighted the ongoing research projects between NIBMG and MZU on the mitochondrial and nuclear mutations related to Gastric Cancer in Mizo population. Prof. Sharmila Sengupta, Director, NIBMG also expressed her interest for more collaborative research and teaching between NIBMG and MZU. The team had a discussion with the Dean of School of Life Sciences. Prof. G.S. Solanki about the research activities in Life Sciences and planning for the future workshop. NIBMG and MZU are planning to hold the 3rd NER Basic Workshop entitled “Understanding Human Disease and Improving Human Health Using Genomics-driven Approaches” during the month of October 2017.
This is a part of an initiative undertaken by NIBMG and supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, on “Enhancing Capacity in Genomics-Driven Research on Human Health and Disease in the North-Eastern Region.” This initiative aims to empower early and mid-career scientists, Clinicians and Research Scholars working at various institutions in the North-Eastern Region (NER) with state-of-the-art genetic and genomic concepts, methods and tools required for undertaking globally competitive research on human health and disease of relevance to the NER. In the Workshop, classroom and hands-on training will be provided on molecular analysis of clinical samples, epigenetic and RNA analyses and functional genomics.
Selected participants from this workshop will be invited to participate in the Third Advanced Workshop to be held subsequently at NIBMG, Kalyani.
Till date, such workshops have been organized in Assam University, Silchar in 2015 and Tezpur University in 2016 each of which has been complemented by organizing Advanced Workshops in NIBMG. A few mid-term trainees from NER have been also provided extensive training for 3 months in NIBMG under the aegis of this program.
Apart from the workhsop planning and discussions on the ongoing and future collaborative projects, Prof. Sharmila Sengupta, Director, NIBMG, Kalyani is also delivering a talk on “HPV mediated epigenetic regulation in cervical cancer” and Dr. Arindam Maitra, Association Professor, NIBMG on “Next generation cancer genomics” in the Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram Univeristy and sponsored by DBT-State Biotech Hub, DBT, New Delhi.
Aizawl observe World Population Day 2017
World Population Day 2017 was observed with a theme “Beiseina Thar, Hmasawnna Thar” (New Hope, New Development) in front of Vanapa Hall organised by Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.
Health Minister Lal Thanzara graced the programme as the Chief Guest and a rally was also organised as part of the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Lal Thanzara stated that the main objective of World Population Day 2017 is to have new hope and new development for improvement of a mother and a child health.
He also stated that new development can be achieved with a proper family planning.
Highlighting report on 2016-2017 dead rate of a mother and child, he said that at least 20 women died giving birth while at least 300 infants died.
He also said that the cause of these casualties is pregnancy at early age, constantly pregnancy and also giving birth to many child eventually effect the mother’s health.
He further stated that the health of an infant and a mother is imperative for family development. Meanwhile he also urged the programme attendees to take initiatives and aware the general public of family planning.
World Population Day was observed every year on 11th July here in Mizoram, but this year there is a change in observing the day.
According to an official, world population day 2017 is to be observed for one month. An official said that the programme is divided into Mobilisation Fortnight (June 27-July 10) and Population Stabilisation Fortnight (July 11-24). During Population Stabilisation Fortnight, different kinds of contraceptive methods can be done in every government hospital for free, an official added.
Subject Committee-I visits New Delhi on border issues
Subject Committee-I in Mizoram Legislative Assembly had a meeting with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi on Monday.
The meeting deliberated on current border issues and any issues that can be of dilemma in the future. Meanwhile, the committee also submitted a memorandum on border issues. Kiren Rijiju received the Subject Committee-I with joy and also assured the committee that he would be taking initiatives on the memorandum submitted.
Meanwhile, the minister also gave instruction to border management high official even though they are reshuffling the post as of now.
Kiren Rijiju along with the committee-I members also deliberated on the inspection of the border line.
Subject Committee-I members who are on official visit to New Delhi comprises of Chairman PC Zoram Sangliana, MLA and other five members namely Nihar Kanti Chakma, Vanlalzawma, Pu T. Sangkunga, John Siamkunga and Lalruatkima. S. Laldingliana a subject committee-I member however couldn’t made the visit.