Other Activities

Alumni Expert Lecture on Cell lines in modern cancer research
As a part of the alumni expert lecture series, the Department of Life Sciences conducted a guest webinar session through Zoom platform on 3rd October, 2020. The resource person for the session was Dr. Alphy Rose James, Project Manager, Department of infectious disease Kasturba Medical College, Manipal on the topic- “Cell Lines In Modern Cancer Research”. The session was conducted for the benefit of final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of the department and was also attended by the Dean of Science, Head and all the faculty members of the Life Science Department.

The session was moderated by Dr. Sriram Thiruvengadam, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences who welcomed the resource person, the dignitaries and the audience. Cancer is one of the most intriguing and unanswered biochemical processes that has been affecting mankind from time immemorial. Researchers all over the world have been working on this area of cancer biology all over the world to understand the process and progression of this deadly disease. Cell lines are very commonly used to study the underlying biological pathways. After a formal introduction of the resource person, Dr. Alphy James spoke about the various cell lines that can be used and manipulated for studying the biological processes of cancer. The speaker also inspired and encouraged the audience to take up research as their career option. The session was loaded with numerous queries, doubts from the audience and Dr. Alphy James gladly answered and put all the uncertainties revolving in the student's mind to rest. The program ended on a positive note with a vote of thanks, leaving the audience with a true sense of inspiration and opening up new perspectives about cancer research.


Orientation Lecture on Ideology of Gandhian thoughts for 21st century youth
As a part of commemorating 151ST GANDHI JAYANTI, Department of Life Sciences conducted a guest webinar session through Zoom platform on 5th October, 2020. The resource person for the session was Dr. R. VENKATA RAVI, Centre for Lifelong Learning and Extension, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, and the talk was on the topic- “Ideology of Gandhian thoughts for 21ST century youth”. The session was conducted for the benefit of all the students of the department and was also attended by the Dean of Science, Head and all the faculty members of the Life Science Department.

The session was moderated by Dr. Esther Shoba R, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences who welcomed the resource person, the dignitaries and the audience. After a formal introduction of the resource person, Dr. R. Venkata Ravi spoke about 4 aspects of freedom - Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural. The speaker also inspired and encouraged the audience to take up the thinking of Gandhi’s ideas on leadership which is meant for youth. Dr. R. Venkata Ravi motivated all the students to have a vision. The program ended on a positive note with a vote of thanks, leaving the audience with a true inspiration and opening up new perspectives about Gandhian Philosophy.


Expert Lecture on Security Audit and Its Relation to Forensic Science
An informative career oriented expert lecture series was organized by unit of Forensic Science of Department of Life Sciences at Kristu Jayanti College through online platform on 19th of September 2020. Invitations were sent to second year students and first year students of unit of Forensic Science by the authorised individuals. The expert lecture was conducted by the resource person, Mr. Sai Krishna, Security Analyst, Intuit India Product Development Centre, Bangalore. The expert lecture was also graced by the presence of Dr. Elcey C. D, Head of the department and other faculty members. The speaker prepared an informative presentation on the topic security audits and its relation with respect to forensic science. In his speech, he urged the students to realize the importance of security and spoke about security suggestions. Almost 100 students participated and benefited. Mr. Krishna also spoke about security grading, which is introduced according to the degree of risk of intrusion and that the Grading system is classified into 4 levels. The students were able to understand different aspects of security with the respect to forensic field. Different questions were asked by the students as well. The expert lecture came to an end at 1:15 pm wherein the guest lecture answered all the queries of the students. He provided the audience with security audit reports and also the classification of security issues were identified and what those issues could result in.


Viral Vectors: Overcoming hurdles for commercialization of Gene Therapy
The Department of Life Sciences conducted an online International webinar on “Viral Vectors: Overcoming hurdles for commercialization of Gene Therapy” via Zoom Platform on 15th September, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for the faculty and students of Life Science Department. The Resource Person for the online session was Dr. Sam Laurel Stephen, Principal Scientist, National Biologics Centre, Darlington, United Kingdom.

The aim of this programme was to enlighten students on mechanistic interplay of viral vectors in overcoming hurdles for commercialization of gene therapy. The concept and the usage of viruses as vectors in therapeutics lead the students to open new doors of the mind towards therapeutics. This session made the beneficiaries to understand genetic engineering of virus preparation and application in gene therapy.

It was interesting to know about the history of gene therapy. Dr. Stephen shared his research work on lentiviral and retroviral uses for gene transfer. The resource person also inculcated/ emphasized about the concept of virus gene modification and its success in research. He shared some success stories of people who had undergone gene therapy for their diseases. Beneficiaries were enlightened with the updates of gene therapy clinical trials which have taken place and about gene therapy medicines which might be available soon.

Total of 499 students from I Sem BSc BBG, MBG, BBB, FS, III Sem BSc BBG, MBG, BBB, FS, V Sem BBG, MBG, III Sem M. Sc MB and BT participated in the International webinar session and had an opportunity to learn about the various benefits of virus vaccines and gene therapies. The lecture was very informative, knowledgeable, and was indeed very enriching.


First Anniversary Celebration on Fit India Movement Wellness Talk On Hack Your Happy Hormones From Food
Remarking the first anniversary of Fit India Movement that was launched by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 29 August 2019, the Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) organized an online webinar as a part of the webinar series organized by various departments of the college. The webinar was held online on 29 August 2020 via zoom platform. The resource person for the webinar session was Dr. Anto Cordelia Tanislaus, Assistant Professor Department of Chemical Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Perak, Malaysia. The welcome speech was given by Dr. Challaraj Emmanuel, Coordinator, Department of Life Sciences (PG), followed by the Presidential Address by Rev.Dr.Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous). Dr. Shweta Sharma introduced the speaker to the students, followed by which Dr. Anto Cordelia addressed the students.

The highlight of the session was Happy Hormones secreted by the human body, and how they not just work on our physical health but also mental fitness. The hormones she mentioned included Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphins. The session included discussions on the function of these hormones, ailments and problems caused due to their deficiency and different ways through which the production of these hormones can be stimulated. Dr. Anto Cordelia mainly focused on how following a healthy diet practice can improve the stimulation of these hormones when required, and she also spoke about how doing things that makes one happy, like giving a simple hug or listening to your favourite music work on these hormones. The students were briefed on the type of food that should be consumed for the proper stimulation of each of these hormones. Dopamine works on an individual’s ability to concentrate, to feel motivated and self-confident. It is known as the “Feel Good Hormone”. While Oxytocin also known as the Love Hormone works on the emotions like trust, self-esteem, affection and bonding, Serotonin stimulates mood, sense of social well-being, and works on having a good appetite, sleep, and memory. Endorphins are hormones that are mainly responsible for pain relief, stress relief, and for experiencing the feeling of euphoria and pleasure.

Though the session majorly focused on how proper diet practices work on the secretion of these hormones and activation of their pre-cursor molecules, the need of physical exercise and yoga was also given importance. After all, fitness is not about being better than someone else; it’s about being better than you used to be. As the session ended the Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms. Akshitha Suresh, III semester M.Sc. Biotechnology, Department of Life Sciences.

Webinar on “Waste Valorization: A new paradigm for sustainable environment” World Environment Day

The Department of Life Sciences in association with the Environment club of Kristu Jayanti College organized an online webinar on the topic Waste Valorization: A new paradigm for sustainable environment” in observance of the World Environment Day-2020. The webinar thet went live on zoom on 5th June 2020 from 2 PM -3 PM had Dr. Jastin Samuel R, Assistant professor at Lovely Professional University, Punjab as the resource person. In the course of the webinar Dr. Jastin elaborated on the various aspects of solid waste management and the methods to recycle and convert waste into useful materials. He also spoke about the importance of innovating novel ideas pertaining to waste management and putting them into action. The webinar also laid emphasis on the importance and possibilities of creating a plastic free environment, and minimizing the generation of plastic and other solid wastes.


Vignana Vicintana: Research Colloquium
The Department of Life Sciences have collaborative projects in association with industries / research labs. Both Undergraduate and Post graduate students of the department are involved in minor research projects in diverse areas of Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Genetics and are efficiently guided by the faculty. With this optimum learning environment, the students realize their true potential, to develop their intellectual, academic and entrepreneurial skills through rigorous and hands on training. This program was conducted exclusively for our PG students on 29th May 2020 between 10.30 am and 1 pm. Dr.Elcey C .D. Head, Department of Life Sciences, welcomed the gathering, followed by the Inaugural address by Dr. Calistus Jude, Dean , Faculty of Sciences. The program comprised of four sessions:

Session-1 The resource person was Dr. Neha Pandey, Asst. Professor, Department of Lifesciences. Topic: “Growth promotion and mitigation of arsenic toxicity by plant growth- promoting bacterial consortia on Oryza sativa L seedlings via expression of stress responsive anti- oxidant genes”. She discussed on the arsenic toxicity and remediation through microbial consortium and the effect on paddy seedlins. The whole session provided an insight about bioremediation and growth of toxin resistant plants in the presence of microbes.

Sesion-2 The resource person was Dr.Manikandan K., Asst. Professor, Department of Lifesciences. Topic : “Small Non coding RNAs: Insight into modulation of gene regulation”. The topic revolved on different types of RNA and is regulation mechanism. He highlighted the RNA regulation in disease control of Staphylococcus aureus. An extensive study on controlling the disease causing mechanism using small non coding mRNAs

Session-3 The resource person was Mr. Jestin V Thomas, Managing Director & CEO., Leads Clinical Research Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru. Topic: Clinical Research during Pandemic – Oppurtunities and Challenges. He briefed about the methods and applications of Clinical research during the current scenario. He also added on the various clinical trials that are carried out to identify the diseases.

Session-4 The resource person was Ms. Varsha Kaur, IV Semester M.Sc. (Microbiology), KJC Topic: Biodegradability of Plastic Using Microorganisms and their synergistic effect on Degradation. She briefed about her current research work carried out in degradation of plastics. She also added on the importance of microbial consortia to degrade plastic material within 90 days. She shared her research findings and explained the methodology involved in degradation of plastics.

The program was co-ordinated by Dr.Challaraj Emmanuel, Faculty member, Department of Life sciences. Overall the program helped in knowledge sharing of the researchers in the field of their expertise. It is a blend of research experience from an industrialist, academicians and the student. Finally Dr.Sriram T, Faculty member of the Department, proposed the vote of thanks congratulated the presenters for coming forward to impart their research findings and experiences, and wished everyone a significant and enriching learning.


Industiral Visit and Workshop Axxonet System Technologies, Pvt LTD
Date: 26/02/2020
Classes Attended & Number of beneficiaries: II Semester B.Sc. (Honours) Forensic Science. 44 students
Objective: In order to for the students to learn about the practical aspect of the field of forensic psychology and the procedures involved.

The students of second semester B.Sc. (Honours) Forensic Science were taken to Axxonet System Technologies, Bangalore on 26th February 2020. The students were accompanied by two faculty, Dr. Reena Josephine and Mr. Don Caeiro of the department of Life Sciences. The students reached the venue at 10:15 AM. The visit started with a briefing on the company and a lecture session on Polygraph. Further the demonstration polygraph was done on two students and the students learnt how to read the graphs generated by the machine in order to determine whether the individual is deceiving or not. The students were also trained on the methods of questioning that should be used for the procedure of polygraph and they were familiarized with the instrument and its components. Then the students were taken to the Brain Electrical Oscillating Signature Profiling Laboratory and were explained about the process of BEOS. Then a demonstration of the Electroencephalogram (EEG) was done for the students to show how the activity of the brain is measured and detected with respect to the various responses given in a forensic scenario. An explanation of the process of BEOS was given and the students were enlightened on the various cases that polygraph and BEOS were used in the country.


Industrial Visit to Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
Industrial visit is one of the tactical methods of teaching. The department of Life Sciences, KristuJayanti College organized an industrial visit to CSIR- CIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants), Yelahanka, Bengaluru for students of IV sem BSc Microbiology.The students were accompanied by Dr. Shweta Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences. The students along with the faculty started for CIMAP by 10:30 AM and reached CIMAP at 11.05AM. The facility in CIMAP lab and fields was shown around by Dr. V. Sundaresan followed by Mr. Nazeer -a research scholar from the same institute. The students were taken to the field where different types of aromatic and medicinal plants developed by the institute were cultivated. Almost 3 different varieties of mint and Tulsi were there. Ashwagandha,Aloe, rosemary,lemongrass, germanium were among the other plants cultivated. Field distillation units that have been commercialized has been installed and transferred to several farmers/ entrepreneurs. Students were given an opportunity to participate in the process of distillation. After the field visit we were taken to visit the laboratories where the research students conduct research on plant endophytes, plant tissue culture, molecular aspects,etc. The visit to CIMAP was an enthralling experience where students got an absolute learning experience amongst the nature to receive an insight about the aromatic and medicinal plants. Students were excited to be out on the field amongst many medicinal and aromatic plants. They were thrilled to have hands on experience in steam distillation in the institute. Overall the students considered the industrial visit to be a rewarding experience.


Industrial Visit | Anthem Biosciences

Bridging the gap between the academic curriculum and industrial practices enhances the employability of students. Visits to industries based on Biosciences have been a regular practice in the Department of Life Sciences over the years. The students of first-year M. Sc. Biotechnology and MSc Microbiology had an enriching experience through a one-day visit to Anthem Biosciences, a Bengaluru contract research organization on 7th January 2020. Dr. Elcey C. D, Head of the Department and Dr. Hanumanthappa Nayak , Assistant Professor accompanied the students.

Anthem Bioscience offers services in the pharmaceutical sector, production of bio-actives and global generic healthcare at a low-cost. Ms. Tanushree and Mr. Nitish, Senior Scientists at the company walked the students through the various upstream operations involved in the production of bio-actives. Design, operation, and application of different types of fermenters were explained based on processes that were being carried out at their facilities at the time of the visit. Students were also exposed to the instruments, processes and practices at the downstream processing facility of Anthem. The operations carried out at the Bioassay and Molecular Biology Labs, Goods Management and Processing (GMP), Quality Control (QC) and Research and Development (R & D) sections were also elaborated.

The visit offered the students a day out from their regular classroom and laboratory activities and enriched their learning experience through real-world exposure to operations happening in a Biotechnology company and interactions with scientists who design and run those operations

National Pollution Control Day
The Environment Club of Kristu Jayanti College, led by the Department of Life Sciences organized an intra-collegiate photography contest in observance of the National Pollution Control Day, 2019. Twenty eight young budding photographers of Kristu Jayanti captured the action to curb pollution in India as part of the competition. The photographs were screened and evaluated by a panel of veteran judges and the best were awarded with cash prizes. The prizes were distributed by Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Vice principal and Fr. Emmanuel P. J, Director, Kristu Jayanti College of Law at an august gathering on 2nd December 2019, the National Pollution control day, after a brilliantly orchestrated dance –drama performance by the members of the environment club pleading for a pollution free earth. Mr. Joel John of IV semester BBA and Mr. R. Emmanuel Selva Royan of II semester HEP bagged the first and second prizes respectively. Consolation prizes were awarded to Mr. Rajat Krishnan, M. Alex Savi, Mr. Alfred Francis, Mr. Pawan Reddy and Mr. Kevin Victor Philips.


Industrial Visit to Bangalore Biotech Labs (BIOZEEN)
Date: 31st July 2019
The Department of Life Sciences organised an industrial visit for the students of III year MSc Biotechnology and Microbiology to Bangalore Biotech Labs (Biozeen), Bengaluru. In an attempt to provide comprehensive learning experience to its students, the Department organises many such industrial visits in an academic year. Industrial visits give the student an idea about how things that they learned in the class room translate into products and services. The student also gets aware of the requirements and skill sets that have to be acquired to land an industrial job.

The students received a warm welcome at the Biozeen campus and were guided through the campus by a scientific staff at Biozeen. The students visited different labs starting with the animal cell culture facility and was briefed about the various techniques involved in animal cell culture. The difference between bioreactors and fermenters was explained by displaying a bioreactor and describing is parts. The concept of ‘cleaning in place’ was also explained. Cleaning and keeping everything sterile in an animal cell culture lab play a key role in the success of an experiment; hence it becomes mandatory to understand the right cleaning procedures before and after the experiment, which was explained in detail and without ambiguity. Another important factor for the growth of living cells is nutrition which is provided to the cell through media, and if proper care is not taken the media can contaminate and kill the growth of cells. Students were briefed about the preparation of cell culture media too. The filters used to make the media were shown. The students also saw chromatography columns, freezing unit, HPLC, sophisticated centrifuges etc. The visit gave the students an industrial scale view on animal cell culture laboratory set up and the application of some of the techniques they learned in the classrooms.


Visit to Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai – Department of Life Sciences
Students of the Department of Life Sciences visited Gandhi Memorial Museum at Madurai on 26th of January 2019. The museum symbolizes many important facets of Mahatma Gandhi’s life. It was here, where Mahatma Gandhi entered the magnificent Meenakshi Temple with Harijans, which was a historic step in his fight against untouchability. Gandhi Memorial Museum was originally a palace of Rani Mangammal of the Naick dynasty; this building has seen many rulers with changing decades. In a way it also represents the transition of history from one point of time to other. Gandhi Memorial Museum not only boasts of a rich collection but also presents an alluring architecture. In front of the main building of Gandhi Memorial Museum, you can see a hut, named Gandhi kutir. It is located slightly towards the south of the main building. It has been created as a replica of the original hut of Mahatma Gandhi in Sevagram. This museum consists of all the belongings he used, which gives us a glimpse of how he lived his life. Gandhi Memorial Museum of Madurai has three prominent sections namely India Fights for Freedom; Visual Biography of Mahatma Gandhi and Relics and Replicas along with a Philatelic Gallery on Mahatma Gandhi. The artifacts which were used by Mahatma Gandhi, including a blood stained cloth which was used by him on the day of his assassination. This piece of cloth, which is said to be a replica of the original cloth, has been preserved carefully in a glass box. Other relics at this section include a letter written by Mahatma Gandhi to Various famous personalities. Overall it spurred a feeling of nationalism in students.


Industrial Visit of Dept. of Life Sciences Students to Southern Regional Research Center, Mannavanur
A team comprising 83 students (Under graduate final year, 58 and Post graduate final year, 25) and three faculty members from the Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore-560077 had made an industrial visit to Southern Regional Research Centre (SRRC), Mannavanur under the leadership of Dr.Challaraj Emmanuel, E.S., Associate Professor, on 25th January 2019. The core subjects for the undergraduate students were Biotechnology/ Microbiology, Biochemistry & 9Genetics. On the other hand, the major discipline of the post graduate students was either Biotechnology or Microbiology. At the outset, Dr. A.S. Rajendiran, Principal Scientist and Officer In-charge of SRRC Mannavanur proposed the welcome address and briefed about its history, objectives, milestones, species of focus and all about the activities undertaken. Dr. G. Nagarajan, Senior Scientist (Animal Bio-technology), delivered a lecture to the students on “Utility of the Biotechnological tools in the Sheep Husbandry and Rabbitry” & further he spoke about the common infectious diseases of Sheep and Rabbits as well as different types of vaccines being commonly used in Veterinary sciences. .Dr.S.M.K.Thirumaran, Scientist (Animal Gentics & Breeding) explained about the various breeds of Sheep & Rabbits and their utility in different geographical areas of our nation. The lectures were subsequently followed by brief students’ – scientist’s interaction. All the students got enlightened their knowledge in the areas of biotechnological tools for improving livestock production, disease diagnosis, vaccines, managemental aspects of sheep husbandry & Rabbitry and expressed their gratitude to SRRC, CSWRI for giving them adequate information of their interest. Surprisingly, the faculty members of the said college are much eager to look forward for having MoU for the mutual exchange of resources, expertise and scientific knowledge. Finally, Dr. S.M.K.Thirumaran, Scientist, explained about the various employment opportunities available for the students and thanked the students, faculty & administration of the college from Silicon valley of India, for having chosen the centre for their Industrial Visit and welcomed them for future programs of the kind.


SS Vermicompost Company
The Students of final year UG and PG of Life Sciences Department visited SS Vermicompost Industry on 25th of January 2019. Vermicompost is the organic manure and it is the end product of the breakdown of organic matter by an earthworm. Mr. Suresh Palanisamy, the owner of the farm and industry, explained about the earthworm and its importance in making cultivable land more fertile. He said earthworm releases indole butyric acid which is used to induce plant growth hormones like Auxin, Gibberellin, Cytokinin etc.,. For this purpose raw materials such as cow dung, pressed mud, leaf and plant wastes and 2 types of earthworms were used. Eudelus eugenia -Top feeder - very long Eisinia foedito -Bottom feeder- dark red in color In bottom, gravels are spread and soil, cow dung, pressmud and leaf compost were mixed and spread uniformly. The coconut leaf and coir pith are not used, because it contains high amount of lignin. The lignin content reduces the heat which is mainly used in decomposition of the compost. So, to reduce the lignin content application of pleurotus microorganism is followed. Water is sprayed for once in 2 days. If water does not sprayed for a week the earth worm will die. The earthworm is allowed and spread for 30 days. With this visit, the students learned about the production of vermicompost, various techniques involved and the packaging of the vermicompost. Mr. Suresh also highlighted on the effect of chemical fertilizers and its impact on food crops. He also added on adding bioactive recyclable materials and the use of cow dung in the preparation of manure.


Industrial Visit to Kodaikanal Observatory of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics
The students of Department of Life Sciences both final year PG and UG visited the Kodaikanal Observatory of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics is located in the beautiful Palani range of hills in Southern India on 24th January 2019. It was established in 1899 as a Solar Physics Observatory and all the activities of the Madras Observatory were shifted to Kodaikanal. This location was chosen for the observatory as the region was right at the equator therefore allowed the Precise observations of the equatorial electro jet due to the unique geography of Kodaikanal. With lot of curiosity and amazement we visited the Solar observatory Museum. Students observed polarimeter setup kept in front of spectrograph slit that makes polarization measurements in sunspot regions of sun. This provided information about the magnetic field strength and direction of sunspot regions they also learned about the twin telescopes and various other instruments used for astrophysics The students were enlightened with what would happen to earth in another 4.5 billion Years. It was a surprise to know that Mars would the backup planet. Students had an opportunity to look into the museum and learned about the 6 and 8 inch telescopes that are used to observe sun.

Industrial Visit to Indian Institute of Astrophysics- Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
On September 25th, 2018, the students of III Semester B.Sc. Biotechnology (BBG), visited Holy Cross Mercy Home, Kothnur, Bengaluru as a part of their Social Outreach Programme. The students were greeted by Sister Lucy; the care taker of the organization and gave an insight about the organization and services offered to old age and students. The session began with the inmates introducing themselves to the students. The rest of the session was carried out by the students performing various activities like singing, dancing and games. The students interacted with them, to listen to what they had to say and they also felt happy and some were emotionally moved by the presence of the students. They were entertained well by the programs conducted by the students. At the end of the session the inmates whole heartedly thanked students for their presence and their support. The visit to the old-age home was a true fulfilling experience to the students and the interactions with the inmates indirectly advised them to take care of their parents and to help the poor and needy.

Social Outreach Programme
The III Semester B.Sc, Microbiology (MBG) students visited Guanella Preethi Nivas old age home, Geddalahalli, Bengaluru, on 24th September,2018, as a part of their Social outreach programme. The students were welcomed by Rev.Fr. Louduraj, caretaker of the organization, he appreciated the students interest to help the needy and visit to his home. He briefed about the home and the care takes by the organization to the needy. Students interacted with the inmates about their past life, their difficulties and how they brought to the home and how secure in home. Fr. Lourduraj was very happy about student’s interactions, their contributions to the needy and he thanked the college for having such welfare programs creating responsibility to the young students to know about the society and the need of extension services to the needy.The visit to the old-age home was a fulfilling experience to the students and the interactions with the inmates taught them to take care their parents and created awareness to help the needy in the society.


Social Outreach Programme
PG Students of Life Sciences Department visited Alamba Charitable Trust, Gubbi Cross, Bengaluru, on 22nd September 2018. The students were greeted by Mr.Nagesh, the Chairman of the care center, who gave insights about the center. He also shared and appreciated the extension services done by Kristu Jayanti College. He also thanked the extension service “lab to land’ done by the Department of Life Sciences. Currently 22 disabled inmates are being taken care by the trust. It was a remarkable experience where the students encountered real life achievers who shared their success stories and whose abilities far exceeded their disability. During the interactive session the inmates shared about their experiences in getting job opportunities. Their personal experiences with the disabled students making the student volunteers take home a new direction to motivate themselves in achieving better goals in their life. The visit made the students about disability management and about the achievements accomplished by those people despite their disability. It also gave them a deep sense of urge to help the people impaired.


Visit to IISC – Quiz competition on Climate Change & Environment
The UG students of Life Sciences Department attended the Climate Change and Environment Quiz held at IISC, Bangalore on 11th of September 2018, the quiz and guest lecture was organized by Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISC, Bangalore. They had the opportunity to visualize the posters and exhibits displayed by the research scholars of the department. The exhibits were in relation to air quality, pollutants and its control. The students had the privilege to listen to and interact with Dr. H Paramesh – Pediatric Pulmonologist, Environmentalist. He addressed the students on ‘Air Quality and Health’. Students were much benefitted by the lecture and quiz and got awareness regarding the environment and its protection.


Alumini Interaction
On 22nd September, 2018, the Department of Life Sciences, organized an alumini interaction programme. Mr. Abhijith Sharma, Head of Clinical operations and Scientific Strategies, Aurigene Discovery Technology, Bangalore, was the guest of honour. The convention flagged off with the invocation of Gods precedence over the gathering. The guest speaker, Mr. Abhijith Sharma, a proud alumnus of Kristu Jayanti College (2005- 2007 M.Sc., Biotechnology) addressed the Post Graduate and Under Graduate students of Life Sciences on Drug discovery and careers in bio-pharmaceutical industry. He also shared his views about various cancer therapy treatments available and different stages of drug discovery. He also widened the talk on the analytic aspect of pharmaceutical industry and the job options for students in that frontier. Overall it was quite an informative and beneficial session for the students. It also served as a prospect and outlook for their future in the field of Science. The objective of this interaction was to give awareness in the recent techniques in the field of drug discovery and wide opportunities in bio-pharmaceutical industry for Life Sciences students.


Visit to IISC – Quiz competition on Climate Change & Environment
The UG students of Life Sciences Department attended the Climate Change and Environment Quiz held at IISC, Bangalore on 11th of September 2018, the quiz and guest lecture was organized by Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISC, Bangalore. They had the opportunity to visualize the posters and exhibits displayed by the research scholars of the department. The exhibits were in relation to air quality, pollutants and its control. The students had the privilege to listen to and interact with Dr. H Paramesh – Pediatric Pulmonologist, Environmentalist. He addressed the students on ‘Air Quality and Health’. Students were much benefitted by the lecture and quiz and got awareness regarding the environment and its protection.

FDP ON DATA ANALYSIS IN NATURAL SCIENCES
Department of Life Science organized a FDP on data analysis in natural sciences and the list of Resource Persons with details is as follows:
1. Dr. K. P. Suresh, Ph.D. (Biostatistics), Sr.Scientist
National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (NIVEDI), Bangalore.
2. Dr. Sridharan D, Chairperson,
Institutional Ethics Committee, ChanRe Rheumatology & Immunology Center & Research
The FDP aimed at providing comprehensive introduction to the statistical methods used in natural sciences to analyze empirical and experimental data.
The FDP would also serve to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
To help the budding researchers get an insight into ethics, data gathering and analysis, and statistics.

Session I: “Essentials in Research Methodology”, Dr. K. P. Suresh
The resource person briefed about identifying research topics, variables, and methodological approaches followed by data collection, assessment strategies and interpretation methods. He also added emphasis on
• reviewing the literature and formulating a research question
• drafting a research protocol
• understanding the process of applying for ethical approval
• learning research methods applicable to clinical studies
• learning how to formulate a questionnaire
• learning how to prepare papers for publication
• learning the basics of statistical analysis of data

Session II: “Ethics in Research”, Dr. Sridharan D
Ethics in research are very important when an experiment is going to be conducted. Ethics should be applied on all stages of research, such as planning, conducting and evaluating a research project. The first thing to do before designing a study is to consider the potential cost and benefits of the research. Ethical Standards :
• avoid any risk of considerably harming people, the environment, or property unnecessarily. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is an example of a study which seriously violated these standards.
• Not use deception on people participating, as was the case with the ethics of the Stanley Milgram Experiment
• obtain informed consent from all involved in the study.
• preserve privacy and confidentiality whenever possible.
• take special precautions when involving populations or animals which may not be considered to understand fully the purpose of the study.
• Not offer big rewards or enforce binding contracts for the study. This is especially important when people are somehow reliant on the reward.
• Not plagiarize the work of others
• Not skew their conclusions based on funding.
• Not commit science fraud, falsify research or otherwise conduct scientific misconduct. A con-study, which devastated the public view of the subject for decades, was the study of selling more coke and popcorn by unconscious ads. The researcher said that he had found great effects from subliminal messages, whilst he had, in fact, never conducted the experiment.
• Not use the position as a peer reviewer to give sham peer reviews to punish or damage fellow scientists.

Session III: “Data Analysis”, Dr. K. P. Suresh
Data Analysis is the process of systematically applying statistical and/or logical techniques to evaluate data. While data analysis in qualitative research can include statistical procedures, many times analysis becomes an ongoing iterative process where data is continuously collected and analyzed almost simultaneously. Indeed, researchers generally analyze for patterns in observations through the entire data collection phase. The form of the analysis is determined by the specific qualitative approach taken (field study, ethnography content analysis, oral history, biography, unobtrusive research) and the form of the data (field notes, documents, audiotape, and videotape).
An essential component of ensuring data integrity is the accurate and appropriate analysis of research findings. Improper statistical analyses distort scientific findings and may negatively influence the public perception of research. Integrity issues are just as relevant to analysis of non-statistical data as well.
Considerations/issues in data analysis:
There are a number of issues that researchers should be cognizant of with respect to data analysis. These include:
• Having the necessary skills to analyze
• Concurrently selecting data collection methods and appropriate analysis
• Drawing unbiased inference
• Inappropriate subgroup analysis
• Following acceptable norms for disciplines
• Determining statistical significance
• Lack of clearly defined and objective outcome measurements
• Providing honest and accurate analysis
• Manner of presenting data
• Environmental/contextual issues
• Data recording method
• Partitioning ‘text’ when analyzing qualitative data
• Training of staff conducting analyses
• Reliability and Validity
• Extent of analysis

NATIONAL SEMINAR ON BIOFILM TECHNOLOGY – PROBLEMS & PROSPECTS
With every event that it organizes, more so in the Life sciences Department, Kristu Jayanti College never fails to use an opportunity to empower and educate. Yet again, this National Seminar on Biofilm Technology- Problems & Prospects has proved what this institution is capable of offering. The event flagged off with a total of 7 Universities, 7 Colleges with 54 delegates both from in and out of Karnataka, with the inaugural ceremony, where the presidential address was delivered by Honorable Principal Rev. Fr. Josekutty P.D.

The Chief Guest address was delivered by Dr. Anand Khetkar- Associate director, Apotex pharmachem, India, who set the pace of the National Seminar by bringing out the significance and economic importance of drug resistant Mycobacterium. This was followed by the technical sessions, the first session then began with the resource person being Dr S. Murugan- School of Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Karunya University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, who spoke about “ Relationship between adhesion and biofilm genes in clinical isolates of methicillin resistant and vancomycin- intermediate Staphylococcus aureus”. Apart from the general description of biofilms, Dr. S. Murugan explained in detail, PIA biosynthesis, one of the causes of biofilm formation by S. aureus and it’s various virulence genes, also focusing on taking the transdisciplinary approach in eliminating pathogenic bioflims.

Following the first session was the session by Dr. Kushi Anand- Amit Singh Group, Centre for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR), Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore, Karnataka, who spoke about “Drug repurposing for tuberculosis by deconstructing drug resistance mechanisms”. He emphasized on the present scenario of prevalence of Tuberculosis in India and various aspects pertaining to the same.

The next session was taken over by Dr. B. Anandkumar - Scientific Officer, Surface modification and characterization section, corrosion science and technology division, metallurgy and materials group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, who spoke about “Non- conventional techniques to combat industrial biofilms/biofouling”. He also emphasized on metal- microbial interaction, metal corrosion, biofouling and its control measures.

The resource person for the fourth session was Dr. C. Nagaraj- Professor, PES Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PESIMSR), Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh. Whose talk was about “Myths and Realities of biofilms in Medical Sciences.” He took everyone through the history of biofilms thereby laying emphasis on the various roles played by biofilms from a medical perspective. Defining biofilm from a novel viewpoint as – Microbial cities of scientific significance, he accentuated the dual nature of biofilms- as a boon and as a bane.

The speaker for the next session was Dr. Kavitha G- Scientist, Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals, Bengaluru, who spoke about “Biofilms with special reference- Microbes of Veterinary Importance.” She threw light on the formation of biofilm, microbes involved in the biofilm formation and also focused on the impact of biofilm formation.

The paper session marked the end of the conference, a total of 6 posters were presented by students other college & universities.

Therefore in a nutshell the national seminar on Biofilm Technology was truly successful in giving both the faculty members and the students an in depth knowledge about the various aspects in Bio film Technology and also provided an insight into the research aspect as well.

Industrial Visit to Munnar
The Industrial Visit was organized by the Department of Life Sciences for the Post Graduate students to Munnar, Alappuzha and Kochi from 15th September 2017 to 18th September 2017. The students visited the Kerala Livestock Development Board, on the 15th of September. The Kerala livestock Development Board was formed in 1976 by integrating the Indo- Swiss Project Kerala. It is a registered company fully owned by the Government of Kerala. KLD Board is one among the many agencies entrusted with the task of implementing the Breeding Policy of the State. This was instrumental in the development of the new cattle breed 'Sunandini'. Frozen Semen from different breed / grades of highly selected bulls are produced by the Board and supplied to 2400 odd Artificial Insemination centres run by agencies as Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Milk Unions etc. A progeny testing scheme for the selection of the breeding bulls to maintain continued genetic improvement of milk cattle is also implemented by the Board with Central assistance. Every year 40 young breeding bulls are the test according to this programme.

Students had a chance to interact with Dr. Avinash, Incharge of the farm, he explained about the dairy farm, the milking process, and the measures taken to store the milk, bull semen collection and IVF process. The students got an opportunity to see the different breeds of cows in that farm.

On 16th September students visited the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company in Munnar, where Mr. Sunil Kumar, Plant Engineer, briefed the students about the importance of tea and raw materials and precursors of green tea. The Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company succeeded Tata Tea Limited on the 1st of April, 2005, when the latter exited most of its plantations in Munnar to focus on the growth of its branded tea business. Having created an exemplary plantation model, KDHP is the first ever employee owned plantation company in India and nearly all its employees are shareholders

The students visited the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar on 17 of September and got the opportunity to learn about the different types of wild life that are conserved in the park. The most sought after destination in Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park, the first of its kind in Kerala, where the endangered is protected. Spread over 97 sq. km., this park holds the largest viable population of Tahr, several other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies. The park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also of the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mist. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years.

NSS CAMP
The students of The Department of Life sciences; Renuka.R, Likitha.P.M and Sumathi along with Dr. Calistus Jude, Dean of sciences and Dr. Elcey C.D, HOD, Dept. of life sciences had attended the NSS camp held at Siddaganga high school, Purushenahalli on 25 November 2016 .The students of the school were educated about various infectious diseases spread by mosquitoes like dengue, malaria, chickengunya. The students were also educated about health and hygiene. They were shown slides of the cells and the students saw them with enthusiasm. Overall the camp had created awareness to the students about the diseases spread by mosquitoes.

Fresher’s Day Celebrated
Following the rich tradition of Kristu Jayanti College, the Fresher’s Day was organized by the fifth and the third semester students of Life sciences department on June 29, 2016 to welcome the first-year students. The evening marked the induction and integration of the new freshmen’s of B.Sc. Biotechnology and Microbiology into the Jayantian family. The event proved to be even more jubilant and exciting when the professors shared the stage with the students while dancing. The energy on the dance floor showed that the new batch with their level of enthusiasm will do great work in the future. All were seen enjoying and as always demanding for more. It was an ecstasy filled evening, at which the freshman students got the opportunity to interact with their seniors and also with the professors.

Report on Student Outreach Program
On the 5 December 2016 the class of B.Sc. Biotechnology and Microbiology visited the Thritwa Ashram as a part of student outreach program (SOP). 48 students were accompanied by three Teachers to the ashram. We boarded the bus at 1:40 pm and made our journey to the ashram which is located in Hegdenagar. There were around 30- 40 ladies, among them some were mentally challenged. The students entertained the people in the ashram by performing a dance and also sang some songs and interacted with them.

Educational visit for the students of OASIS International School
Life Science department had organized an educational visit for the students of OASIS International School of the class ten on 8 Sep 2014 as per their request. The students arrived at 11AM, 40 students accompanied by 2 teachers were escorted to the auditorium and Dr. Bheemsen Rao briefed them about the microbial world. After the introduction session they were grouped into 8 teams consisting of 5 students each & a student from our college was allotted to lead the group. As groups they proceeded to the lab for the explanation of the following which was displayed for them. Instruments like autoclave, incubator, colony counter, centrifuge, PCR machine, LAF, spectrophotometers were shown & the principle on which it works & the uses of those instruments in the lab were explained to them by the M.Sc students. End of the program the students gave the feedback saying that it was a very good exposure for them about the microorganisms & liked the way the program.

INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO FOUNDATION FOR REVITALISATION OF LOCAL HEALTH TRADITIONS
On the 18 September, 2014, the students of the Life Science department of Kristu Jayanti College went on an industrial visit to FRLHT (Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions). The student body consisted of III Semester B.Sc. Life Sciences and I Semester M.Sc. Microbiology and Biotechnology, accompanied by two faculty members. The students set off for the industry at 9.00am from the college campus and reached FRLHT at around 9:40 am and were promptly escorted to the main auditorium where they were briefed on the history, Vision and Mission of the Institute, aim and also on the vast database on national medicinal Plant board (NMPB) created by the industry in order to document the properties and uses of medicinal plants available across the country. The students were then escorted by the Mr. Shubuta towards the Herbarium to learn and understand the need to conserve the country’s medicinal plants and the projects the Industry undertakes in order to achieve this. Followed by which Dr. Bala subramium took over to show the Instrumentation facilities. The students then moved on to the Bio analytical labs where explanation on how Ayurveda medicine coupled with modern health practices is the future of healthcare and further demonstrated to students the various instruments and practices employed by the industry to distinguish between genuine and fake medicinal plants available in the market.

The students were then taken to medicinal plant nursery where the students had the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of medicinal plants. At noontime, the students were dispatched for a one hour lunch break. Post lunch the students were escorted back to the Institute’s campus and treated to a one on one interactive session with Mr. Nagaraj who took charge of the students and took the students around the field demonstrating about the various plants grown in the campus and their medicinal benefits.

Finally, towards the end of the day the students were encouraged to purchase the Institute’s health magazine Amruth and then proceeded to collect the plants they had purchased earlier in the day. Before leaving, the students gathered with the faculty for a brief group photo shoot session. Following which, the students departed for home fully enriched and ‘revitalised’ by their visit to FRLHT, anxious to put their newfound knowledge into practice for the betterment of the society, country and the world.

NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
National seminar on Science and Technology for Human Development was organized by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Bangalore chapter in association with the Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College. The national seminar brought together over 300 delegates, five resource persons and other participants from all over the country. The participants were a blend of Scientist, faculty members, research scholars and students of all branches in Life sciences representing 30 colleges all over India.

Industrial trip to Britannia Industries
The department of life sciences of Kristu Jayanti College had organized an industrial visit for the first year and the second year students of the Life Science Department. The industrial trip was to the Britannia Industries Private limited on 26 April 2013. Mr.Ravishanker, The Production Manager at Britannia, was the guide for the visit. The visit began with a brief introduction about Britannia. Britannia - The story of one of India's favorite brands reads almost like a fairy tale. Once upon a time, in 1892 to be precise, a biscuit company was started in a non-descript house in Calcutta (now Kolkata) with an initial investment of Rs. 295. The company we all know now as Britannia today. As the students approached the production unit, they got to see how the biscuits are made and packed. The production unit also checks for any sort of contamination with Seals, Worms, Glass pieces etc.

Social outreach program 2013
Service to mankind is the service to God, keeping this motto as the base Kristu Jayanti College organizes various Social outreach programs for the students, to humanize the need to concern for the lesser fortunate brethren of the society. The students of B. Sc.(BT/MB) of IV semester along with C.S.M.E IV semester students went for a social outreach program to the little sisters of poor located at Hennur cross on 19 March 2013, it was organized by our college. It was overwhelming to hear them sharing their experience about the home and their life. “We went around the home and were amazed to see the environment of the home. It was too pleasant and beautiful. We provided them with some sanitary requirements and fruits. We entertained them by performing a dance and a song. We could see the happiness on their face and they enjoyed with us. We spoke to all the inmates before we left and assured them that we will visit the home again. We left the home by 4.30pm and came back to our college. We also learnt that in future not to abandon our parents in their old age and take a due care of our parents as old age is the second childhood for them, we are immensely grateful to the management of the Kristu Jayanti College for giving us an opportunity for experiencing the real purpose of life,” opined a student representative.

National Level Essay Competition on Green India
A National level essay competition was conducted under the banner of Environmental Science Club of our college. It was organized with a view to create awareness about the importance of Life Sciences and its application. The essay contest was open to all students who are studying in 11th /12th /PUC classes anywhere in India or abroad. The contest was initiated in the month of November 2012. The last date for receiving the essays was on 20 of January 2013. The invitations along with the details of the competition were sent to 4890 schools throughout India. We received around 87 essays from 32 schools. The final results were consolidated by our patron Rev. Fr. Sebastian T.A. It was then published on 5 February 2013 on our college website.

The details of the results were e-mailed to each and every participant and to the Head of the institutions. The prize winners were invited for the prize distribution ceremony which was held on 12 April 2013 along with College Day celebration. The certificates and the prize money for the consolation prize winners were posted to their school address.


Vignanamanthan 2012
The academic year began on 22 August, 2012, as per the Jayantian Life Science Forum- “Vignanamanthan”, various activities were conducted. One of the activities was to present seminars in front of an audience in order to build confidence among students and also impart knowledge.

The seminars were conducted every Friday, from 1.45p.m. - 4.00p.m. Every presenter was allotted 20 minutes for his or her seminar (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for the Q & A).

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