Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Course chat
Immense scope in plant BT

Dr Vijay K.Chowdhury, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, HAU, Hisar.
Dr Vijay K.Chowdhury, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, HAU, Hisar.

How do you visualise the scope of plant biotechnology?

This specialised branch of science has the potential to take on universal challenges like food security, developing heat-resistant crops to counter global warming, energy production, waste management and removing pesticides residues from soil. In view of its wide applications and increasing scope, plant biotechnology can be termed as the science of future which is here to stay.

What are the desirable qualities for a student wanting to join the field?

A scientific temperament and orientation for research are must for a student aspiring to become a plant biotechnologist. The discipline beckons those students who wish to make a career in science but do not want to go in for the traditional subjects.

Which institutions are engaged in promoting studies and research in plant BT?

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, The CSIR's Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, the Central Institute for Plant Biotechnology, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, besides the IITs, other engineering colleges and state agricultural universities run study and research programmes in the discipline.

What courses does your department offer in the field?

Our department runs MSc and PhD programmes in Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, MSc degree in Bioinformatics and a PG Diploma course in Biotechnology. Besides, biotechnology forms an integral part of the course curricula of various undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes of other departments in the colleges of Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Basic Sciences, Veterinary Sciences and Home Sciences at Haryana Agricultural University. SD