The Botany Department, Panjab University organised a 3-day Teacher Training Workshop on Microbes for School teachers. Co-sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh and the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, the workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Sawarnjit Singh, Senior scientist and deputy director, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh.
In his inaugural address, Dr Singh highlighted the role of microbes in daily life and their importance for human beings. Dr. Neelam Gulati Sharma, Additional Director Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh dwelled on the popularisation of science and the role teachers have to play regarding this. Prof. Prince Sharma from the Department of Microbiology, PU, welcomed the participants. Prof. A. S. Ahluwalia, Chaiperson, Department of Botany and Dean Faculty of Science spoke about the Botany department and the role it has played in the popularisation of science and the research accomplishments of the department particularly in the field of mycology and phycology. Prof. I. B. Prashar extended the vote of thanks.
The technical sessions saw experts dwell on diverse topics such as the recent developments in the field of fungal systematic and recent techniques of bacteriology. The participants were also introduced to Electron Microscopy and techniques in Phycology.
The valedictory session was chaired by Prof. Parmjit Singh, Dean Academic Staff College. He congratulated the participants for active interaction and participation. The participants in their feedback appreciated the knowledge disseminated by the resource persons and wished for holding of more such programmes in future.