ICAR- NBFGR (National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow)

04th November 2022

Objective of the Visit: The purpose of this visit was to educate the students towards various ongoing research activities in the premier research labs, and to motivate the young minds for pursuing their career in science and explore the knowledge of seed production.

Participating students: A batch of more than 70 students of B. Sc. (ZBC, ZCB- I, III& V Semesters) & M. Sc. (Zoology- I and III Semesters) participated in this program.

The visit was flagged off by Dean-Academics (Dr. Sapan Asthana) who motivated the group towards the role and objectives of this research-oriented visit. At NBFGR, the group was warmly welcomed by Mr. Amit Singh Bisht (Assistant Chief Technical Officer, ICAR- NBFGR, Lucknow). A brief presentation highlighting the activities, achievements of ICAR-NBFGR, and the opportunities for young researchers was delivered by Dr. L.K. Tyagi (Principal Scientist, ICAR- NBFGR, Lucknow). Hon’ble Director (Dr. Uttam Kumar Sarkar) interacted with our students and spoke about the ecosystem assessment, species vulnerability and fish conservation & management techniques.

In addition to the above, the students visited the different Divisions and interacted with their respective HoDs and other scientists. They visited Fish Health Management and Exotics Division (Dr. Gaurav Rathore, HoD; Dr. Neeraj Sood, Principal Scientist), Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Division (Dr. Ravindra Kumar, HoD; Dr. Mahender Singh, Principal Scientist), Fish Conservation Division (Dr. Vindhya Mohindra, HoD; Dr. Rajeev K Singh, Principal Scientist; Dr. Raghvendra Singh, Scientist), Farm and Hatchery Division (Dr. Ajay K Singh, Assistant Chief Technical Officer), and Ganga Aquarium (Dr. Monika Singh, Scientist). The resource persons shared their process and technology related to fish handling and their cryopreservation, conservation, DNA barcoding, protein separation and characterization, reproductive endocrinology and fish breeding techniques. It was very much informative and awareness generating for the students. It was very beneficial for the students to understand the ongoing research related to areas  like fish conservation, hatchery, cryopreservation,betterment of dependent livelihood and progress of Indian agricultural economy etc.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all principal scientists, scientists and technical staff of NBFGR who spared their valuable time to share their knowledge and interact with our students. We express our heartfelt gratitude to our Hon’ble Vice Chancellor (Prof. Bhanu Pratap Singh), Dr. Sapan Asthana (Dean-Academics), Dr. Ramakant (Dean, School of Science) who extended all their guidance and cooperation for making this trip possible.

The event was successfully organized by the faculty members of School of Science-Dr. Sneha Verma (Assistant Professor), Dr. Kanchan Awasthi (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Ashish Awasthi (Assistant Professor).