India has a rich heritage of educational traditions and innovation which need to be incorporated in the education system. The ideas of Gandhiji, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore must be given serious thought combined with a modern approach while framing our educational policies and curriculum. Education must link itself to the physical environment, socio-cultural realities, community expectations and the needs of the students.
The time has come for our country to play a global role in education wherein we have to concentrate on exporting our system of education. India can play a major role in the field of Bio-technology especially in developing our age-old Indian system of medicine.
SASTRA’s innovative plans are beginning to yield desirable results. Our futuristic ideas in creating a strong department for Chemical Engineering with exclusive facilities and world class infrastructure in the IT Department with super computing facilities have become handy for the launching of the School of Bio-technology, for Bio-technology is a fusion of all the above. Dr (Mrs.) Manju Sharma, Secretary, Department of Bio-technology, while dedicating SASTRA’s Bio-technology block to the nation, rightly observed that SASTRA has the potential to become a major stake holder in the Bio-technology field.
As usual, SASTRA witnessed many memorable events in this quarter like opening of new blocks, endowment lectures and students’ achievements in inter-collegiate cultural activities.
Wishing all the readers a HAPPY DIWALI!
Prof. R. SETHURAMAN
BIO-TECHNOLOGY BLOCK DEDICATED TO THE NATION
Dr. (Mrs.) Manju Sharma, Secretary, Department of Bio-technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, dedicated ‘Jiva Chaitanya,’ the Bio-technology block of SASTRA to the nation on 12th September,
Manju Sharma unveiling the Plaque
This massive and elegant structure constructed at a cost of Rs. 6 crores houses various laboratories including 12 state-of-the art research laboratories for R&D work in Tissue Engineering, Nanoscale drug delivery, Polymer Technology etc.,
While inaugurating the building, Dr. Manju Sharma said,
“Bio-technology assumed importance because of three reasons: The spectacular advances made in terms of tools and technology in the field, the self-suffciency it can create in nutritional food production, and the
re-emer-gence of infectious diseases which could be met by Bio-technologists who produced vaccines and drugs”.
Dr. Manju Sharma lauded SASTRA for having taken tremendous efforts to develop this Bio-technology block.
Govindwar, Director, DBT also graced the occasion. Prof. R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, SASTRA welcomed the gathering.