University of Lucknow will make school students “One Day Scientists “
Under the student centric programs run by the Vice Chancellor of University of Lucknow, Hon’ble Alok Kumar Rai, the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (UPCST) are jointly organizing a program on Saturday, November 5, 2022, of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Government Schools. More than 200 students under ‘One Day Scientist’ program’ will be made scientist for one day. The objective of this program is to motivate the school students for interest and opportunities in the field of medicine and vaccines to prepare countries like India to fight the epidemic like Covid, along with an effort to develop the scientific talent hidden within the students.
This program will be conducted under the guidance and chairmanship of Prof. Alok Kumar Rai, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of Lucknow. Shri Alok Kumar (IAS), Director General, Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology; Shri Prakash Bindu (IAS), Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology and Shri Anil Yadav, Director, Uttar Pradesh Council of Science and Technology and other officials have also been invited.
Dr. Alok Dhawan, former Director CSIR-CDRI and Director of CBMR, will be the keynote speaker of the program. The founders of Biotech Park Dr. PK Seth and Dr. G. N. Singh, Special Guest, Drug Controller, Government of India and Hon’able Chief Minister’s advisor to the Government of Uttar Pradesh will grace the occasion.
In this program, all the students will gain knowledge about drug design and synthesis, herbal drug discovery and standardization, drug formulation, development and quality control and mechanism of action of drug using newly constructed laboratories in the pharmaceutical Institute. Aspirin and paracetamol drugs are commonly used as pain relievers and to reduce fever. Students will do the synthesis of these drugs in the laboratory as well as their purification and quality checks themselves through various experiments.
The deficiency of basic elements in human body causes various diseases. Students will do biochemical and qualitative tests of these elements in their own urine and blood tests in the laboratory. Through these tests, they will know about the deficiency or excess of the elements. Different types of medicines are available in the market, which are used depending on the type of disease. Various dosage forms of medicines such as tablets, syrups, suspensions and ointments will be manufactured by the students in the laboratory. By checking the quality of these dosage forms, they will test genuine and fake medicines. Due to the low side effects of herbal medicines, their use has also increased rapidly nowadays. Keeping this in mind, the students themselves will do extraction and isolation for the manufacturing of herbal medicines. While qualitative analysis of these herbal medicines, students will also purify them for use. According to the disease, all the medicines affect different parts of the body through different mechanisms, due to which the disease is treated. Through computer software simulating laboratory conditions, students will see their effect on different organs by giving the medicines themselves.