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Hyderabad: GITAM Pharmacy Students Visits CSIR-IICT

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for Educational Experience

GITAM School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that a group of M.Pharmacy and B.Pharmacy students recently visited CSIR-IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology) in Tarnaka, Uppal Road. This educational visit was initiated and coordinated by Dr. P.Hyma, Assistant Professor, GSP, and supported by Dr. P. Gopinath, Assistant Professor, GSP.

CSIR-IICT is renowned as the first institute in India and South Asia to possess the National Mol Bank, a facility capable of storing up to 16 million molecules in solid and liquid forms at a temperature of -20°C, using cryogenic conditions with no entry of oxygen. The institute has made significant contributions during the coronavirus pandemic, including the formulation of COVAXIN, as well as the development of drugs for conditions such as misoprostol, pregabalin, and AIDS treatment.

During their visit, the students had the opportunity to interact with esteemed scientists, Dr. Sistla Ramakrishna and Dr. Naveen. They also explored various laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a sea-horse machine, confocal microscope, flow cytometer, cell culture lab, wet lab, and analytical laboratories. These facilities are equipped with advanced equipment such as PCR, centrifuge, SDS apparatus, 2D gel electrophoresis, gel dock instrument, gel dryer, air dryer, HPTLC, and X-ray crystallography cabin.

An interaction with the scientiests

The visit to CSIR-IICT proved to be highly resourceful, informative, and motivating for the students’ career prospects. They gained firsthand knowledge and experience in cutting-edge research and technology, inspiring them to pursue excellence in their pharmaceutical studies.

GITAM extends its gratitude to CSIR-IICT for providing this invaluable opportunity to its pharmacy students. Such visits contribute significantly to the practical learning and professional development of budding pharmacists, preparing them for successful careers in the pharmaceutical industry.

Field visit to ICRISAT

Another batch of Pharmacy students had a unique opportunity (Learning beyond the classroom) to visit the prestigious UN organization, The International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics ( ICRISAT), Hyderabad.

The session started with an introduction about ICRISAT and its avant-garde research and development programs taken up to improve food production around the world. The officials took the students on a field trip to observe various strategies applied by ICRISAT to improve the yield of plants such as millet and rice. It was quite an exciting trip and the students gained first-hand knowledge of the functioning of the sustainable farming models.

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