May 2023, Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari addresses the valedictory session of ‘100 Days Skill Festival’ organised by University of Delhi

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari addresses the valedictory session of ‘100 Days Skill Festival’ organised by University of Delhi
More than 400 participants from 90 different institutions were trained during the event
As we celebrate the University of Delhi’s centenary, we must continue to embrace upskilling and reskilling as crucial components of a holistic skill environment: Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari

Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today addressed the valedictory ceremony of 100 Days Skill Festival at University of Delhi as the Chief Guest for the occasion. Celebrating its centenary year to mark 100 glorious years of education and empowerment, two institutions of Delhi University, Centre for Innovation in Infectious Diseases, Research, Education and Training (CIIDRET) and Delhi School of Skill Enhancement & Entrepreneurship Development (DSSEED) came together to celebrate the valedictory ceremony of ‘100 Days Skill Festival’. More than 400 participants from 90 different institutions and courses across the nation have been trained and upskilled.
Aligned with Skill India Mission’s objective of empowering the youth of the country with adequate skill sets to increase their employability in relevant sectors and improve productivity, the festival commenced on 17 December 2022 at University of Delhi South Campus. It has not only created an ecosystem that encourages learning, but also provided a platform for collaboration, and networking by bringing together students, instructors, academicians, industry, and facilitators.

The 100 Day Skill Festival has established the effectiveness of “Beyond Classroom Learning”, which has been CIIDRET’s motto since its establishment. The event witnessed 13 training workshops in these 100 days on subjects like Basic Techniques in Microbiology, Techniques In Genomics, Python for Biology & Its Practical Approach, NGS And Genomic Data Science And Analysis and protection of new knowledge as Intellectual Property through Patents. Customised courses on different topics and learning levels were created for skill development of students, research scholars, teachers, and scientists. Additionally, theoretical workshops/Faculty Development Programmes (online) on advanced technologies employed in biotech research, process and product development were organised.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, MSDE, said that skilling, reskilling, and upskilling initiatives are critical for the development of India’s youth and the overall growth of the country. He congratulated Delhi University, CIIDRET and DSSEED for taking a step towards building an ecosystem that promotes learning, collaboration, and networking. The exposure to tools and techniques gained through these courses will not only increase employability but also inspire innovation and entrepreneurship, he said. He also said that as we celebrate the University of Delhi’s centenary, we must continue to embrace upskilling and reskilling as crucial components of a holistic skill environment, preparing our youth for the extensive socio-economic change that lies ahead.
Prof. Amita Gupta, Director, CIIDRET, said that empowering youth through Hands-on workshops in Beyond Classroom mode will add value to their education for better employability and also drive them towards Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Skilling is not only as a path for employability; Skilling is the gateway to technology creation and self-reliance. Skilling hubs fostering innovation with upskilling must be established and promoted, he added.

Prof. V.K. Chaudhary, Director (Hon.), DSSEED said that 100 days Skill Festival is an example that needs to be expanded to other subject areas so that skilling becomes an inherent and inseparable part of education curriculum at all levels.
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21 March 2022. A successful training program conducted by CIIDRET and DSSEED. Students delighted.

CIIDRET, in collaboration with DSSEED, DU held a 10-day training program for undergraduate students from 11 March to 21 March 2022, that ended with a felicitation and farewell for trainees. The aim of the training was to give students a “hands-on” experience of various techniques of Recombinant DNA technology. The training program was carried out by the “DBT-Supported Genomics Facility”. The title of the training was “Techniques for manipulation of nucleic acids for application in Genomics”. Students from various colleges participated with a refundable fee of Rs. 2000/- and completed the training. As per the feedback forms submitted by students at the end of the training, the students learned many techniques with hands-on experience. They were taught principles of various experiments, motivated, counselled and inspired by Prof. V. K. Chaudhary and Prof. A. Gupta. The training was conducted by staff at CIIDRET.

The Valedictory Function was graced by Prof Balram Pani, Dean of Colleges, University of Delhi, Prof. Mridula Gupta, Joint Dean Students Welfare, Prof. V. K. Chaudhary, Prof A. Gupta, Dr. C M Negi and others.

The students and staff were given souvenirs. The trainees, trainers and faculties were delighted at the end of this successful training session.

28 February 2022, Prof. Amita Gupta delivered an inspiring lecture (online mode) to the fraternity of Miranda House, DU on the Topic: “NEVA – A Technology for rapid diagnostics”.

Prof. Amita Gupta delivered a lecture on “NEVA – A Technology for rapid diagnostics” and interacted with curious students and faculties at “Science Carnival-InTeGrate: InTerdisciplinary Guide” online symposium organized by SYNAPSE, Department of Zoology, Miranda House, University of Delhi.

Prof. Gupta talked about the NEVA-HIV kit. The kit uses engineered anti-RBC antibodies fused with HIV epitopes that allowed point of care testing of HIV-AIDS. Students from Miranda House college interacted with Prof. Gupta and were left inspired by the innovation, research and hard work that went into the development and making of this commercialized kit.

18 December 2021, Prof. Vijay K Chaudhary’s lecture inspired scientists, students and faculties for innovation in Antibody Technology of various universities and colleges in SBCI 2021: 91th Annual Meeting.

Prof. Vijay K Chaudhary delivered a lecture in the Society of Biological Chemists, India 2021 online symposium on the topic “Phage-Displayed Human Antibody Library – A resource for discovery of next-generation antibody therapeutics”. The Symposium was hosted by Amity University, Gurgaon.

Recombinant therapeutic antibodies have become a major class of biologics worldwide with their current global market at more than USD 100 billion. There is a growing need for improved (Biobetters) and new antibodies against existing and novel targets. Recently, Human Antibody cocktails have been successfully employed for the treatment of COVID-19. The advent of recombinant DNA technology and understanding of antibody diversity, PCR-based ability to clone antibody-encoding genes and technologies to produce antibodies in cell culture using hyper expression vectors and cell lines, has enabled researchers to produce human antibodies for therapeutic purposes.

Latest publication by Researchers at CIIDRET, UDSC and THSTI.

The extraordinary expansion of Toxin Antitoxin (TA) modules in the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis has received significant attention over the last few decades. The cumulative evidence suggests that TA systems are activated in response to stress conditions and are essential for M. tuberculosis pathogenesis. In M. tuberculosis, Rv1955-Rv1956-Rv1957 constitutes the only tripartite TAC (Toxin Antitoxin Chaperone) module. In this locus, Rv1955 (HigB1) encodes for the toxin and Rv1956 (HigA1) encodes for antitoxin. Rv1957 encodes for a SecB-like chaperone that regulates HigBA1 toxin antitoxin system by preventing HigA1 degradation. Here, we have investigated the physiological role of HigB1 toxin in stress adaptation and pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. qPCR studies revealed that higBA1 is upregulated in nutrient limiting conditions and upon exposure to levofloxacin. We also show that the promoter activity of higBA1 locus in M. tuberculosis is (p)ppGpp dependent. We observed that HigB1 locus is non-essential for M. tuberculosis growth under different stress conditions in vitro. However, guinea pigs infected with higB1 deletion strain exhibited significantly reduced bacterial loads and pathological damage in comparison to the animals infected with the parental strain. Transcriptome analysis suggested that deletion of higB1 reduced the expression of genes involved in virulence, detoxification and adaptation. The present study describes the role of higB1 toxin in M. tuberculosis physiology and highlights the importance of higBA1 locus during infection in host tissues.