BLISS:  Training Programme for Teachers from North East

A Teachers Training Programme ‘BLISS’ (Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary Schools) was held at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 28 August,2018. Second batch of 30 teachers from the States of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram attended the same along with Officials from the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Indian Environmental Society and Department of Environment, Delhi.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, welcomed all the teacher delegates and assured all possible help for making the programme an enriching experience. The Vice Principal ,Ms Anita Singh, highlighted the role of Biotechnology in the fields of medicine, agriculture and industry. Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department, gave a Power Point Presentation on scope, application, and curriculum design of Biotechnology.

The programme commenced with a demonstration of DNA isolation, gram positive staining of Curd bacteria, Bioinformatics-Internet based experiments, Restriction Digestion followed by Gel electrophoresis, Cell Viability Test, Serum Glucose Estimation by GOD-POD Method, DNA Isolation from spinach & banana, Karyotyping and preparation of Mitosis slide which was done by the students of Class XII in the Senior Biology Lab, assisted by Ms. Kajal Sethi and Ms. Kusum Yadav. A Demonstration by Dr Tripti Bhatnagar of Codon Biotech was given.

The delegates were made familiar with various instruments used in Biotechnology experiments like Spectrophotometer, Autoclave, Shaker Water Bath, Laminar Air Flow, Trans Illuminator, BOD Incubator, Colorimeter, Electronic Balance, Magnetic Stirrer and Rocker Shaker. The programme was assisted by Ms Jyoti Sharma.

At the end, a presentation on Environment Initiatives of the school was showcased with special reference to Pollution Survey Report and Jal Jaanch DIY stick by Ms Niva Chhonkar.

The participating teachers appreciated the contribution of teachers and students and had a great learning experience.