New Delhi, July 15, 2019: A month long summer training was conducted by Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation (PRTF), in collaboration with Sharda University, Greater Noida. Pathfinder Research and Training Foundation is a state-of-the-art platform for researchers to accomplish research activities related to drug discovery, NGS analysis, metagenomics, structural biology, large scale cell imaging, machine learning and engineering software development.
The training was aimed at imparting basic skills to college students on the workflow and standard pipeline of drug discovery using in silico tools. It was a rigorous training program comprising of lectures and practical sessions besides routine assessment and hypothesis building.
The lectures were given by in-house faculty and guest lecturers of eminent scientists such as Dr. GPS Raghava, Professor and Head, Computational Biology; IIITD. It was organized under supervision of Dr. Aditya Arya, and Dr. Vivek Dhar Dwivedi, working as scientist at PRTF. Students from Department of Biotechnology, Sharda University, GLA University, Amity University and J.P. Institute participated in this unique summer training programme. It was an interactive session which also inculcated team spirit and bioinformatics skills in the students.
Prof. (Dr.) Parma Nand, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), Sharda University said,“This unique summer programme imparts research skills in students and make them industry ready. We at Sharda University aim to bridge the gap between industry and academia through such training programs, lectures and practical sessions. In today’s competitive scenario, the focus of students should be on skill development and strength building rather than merely collecting diploma and degrees.”
At the end of this training, students have been trained enough to retrieve biological data from various repositories, perform molecular docking of proteins with small molecules and understand the basic pipeline of in silico drug discovery. Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET) Prof. (Dr.) Parma Nand, was invited guest in the valedictory function where he enlightened the students with his motivating words, and inspired them to focus on skill building. The address was followed by certificate distribution in the august presence of Pranav Kumar (Founder and Chairman, PRTF) and Dr. Saurabh Kumar Jha (Assistant Professor), Sharda University. In addition to this, four students were awards shields of appreciation from the host institute for participating in an inter-group competition on drug discovery.