Pune: The Department of Education, CTA with the kind support and opportunity provided by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune (IISER) and National Center for Biological Science, Bangalore (NCBS) have been organising a month-long internship program for college going science students.
This year’s internship program is being held from 15 June to 15 July. A total of 9 students, 5 at IISER and 4 at NCBS are inducted under this program.
The main aims of the program are to encourage Tibetan students to pursue higher education in the field of science and research, and to familiarise with advanced scientific research.
Under the internship program, students are exposed to different scientific equipment, research procedurals, lab environment, thesis development and more. They are assigned a professors/mentor, who guides and creates a learning environment for them.
“My project basically covers the glacier studies of Himalaya, especially the region of Dhauladar (where Dharamsala is situated) under Dr Argha Banerjee (Glaciologist). Sir has been working on Himalayan glaciers and with his young mind and dynamic character, he always encourages us to work with the “spirit of curiosity”, says Tenzin Lhawang, who is currently interning at Pune’s IISER.
“Today is the 15th day in this huge and reputed institution of IISER. My internship is on Physics subject under Dr. C V Dharmadhikari. Sir has assigned Sir Gobinath and Madam Suvarna for me. We are planning to do the project on an IC (integrated circuit). We have to make the whole lecher line apparatus by ourselves. My part is to make an oscillator which is a big thing for me,” Tenzin Metok, IISER.
“My professor is Dr. Nixon Abraham whose research is on “Neural circuits and behaviour; Olfaction. There are two separate works, first one is Cell culture and other is mice experiments which include its olfactory behaviour, stereotaxic surgery and optogenetic,” said Tenzin Nordon, IISER.
Tenzin Dolkar Dunchu who is interning at the Chemistry department of IISER said, “My research topic is natural product synthesis and synthetic methodology, catalysis and asymmetric synthesis. Along with the Ph.D. students, I’m working on various organic reactions to synthesize natural products or molecules of biological and pharmaceutical importance.”
“Since I don’t have that much experience of working in labs, Sutirtha (Guide) first let me understand the basic concepts related to his field of research and then introduced me some basic technique that is often used in research. All the different techniques that I learned theoretically till now, Sutirtha introduced it all practically to me in the lab and showed how it is to be done in the right way,” Jinpa Palmo, IISER.
Students interning at National Center for Biological Science, Bangalore (NCBS) also shared their experiences.
“Just to update about my experience in NCBS, it has been very good exposure and learning period for me. I have observed different methods and approaches used in the research field and also lab members have been so nice to answer any questions I asked. From my knowledge, all the interns have the same environment and good experiences so far,” Karma Rinchen Phuntsok, NCBS.
“It was nice to be in NCBS where there are lots of research students and scholars. They are quite helpful when we ask our doubts. The lab representatives provide us with a guide who helps us in practical skills,” Tenzin Dasel, NCBS.
“Research ambiance in Neuroscience lab is really amazing and utterly satisfying. Apart from the well-maintained sports complex, pocket-friendly canteen and hostel facilities, what I admire most in the NCBS are their animal housing facilities and biohazard management. Our Laboratory has four animal houses of international standard named SPF1 (Specific pathogen free 1), SPF2, SPF3, SPF4. Each of them is different from each other in terms of pathogen allowed,” Ngawang Jigme, NCBS.
“My lab is under the Institute for Stem cell science and regenerative medicine. I’m working inside the Colin Jamora lab with my facilitator Anupam Dutta, a Post-doctoral fellow. Within this short period of time, I understood different kinds of workings and principles of research instruments and got hands-on experience with some of the fundamental techniques in biological research,” Tenzin, NCBS.
The internship program has been running successfully for the last 6 years with the kind consideration from IISER and NCBS. The program is being funded by USAID.
-Filed by the Department of Education