In the “Land of the Rising Sun’’

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by Srinivas Rao – Last month, I had the opportunity to visit one of the Northeast states of India. Northeast India comprises of eight states – the ‘Seven Sister’ states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East states are always a paradise on Earth, famous for their rich biodiversity, traditions, and unique culture.

It was my pleasure to be at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) as a Resource person to teach GCMS techniques and applications at the WORKSHOP FOR NORTHEAST RESEARCHERS ON “ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS” (GCMS & HPLC), conducted by the Department of  Zoology, RGU, Itanagar.

Workshops held in Northeast regions will always have strong relationships and affections to me, Since my career in NCBS, Bangalore, started with handling projects of the DBT’s Chemical Ecology Program “Chemical Ecology of the North East Region (NER) of India: A collaborative programme linking NER and Bangalore researchers’’. This workshop was conducted for 3 days and started with an inauguration followed by lectures from experts, hands on experimentation, and ended with a valedictory and certificates of participation.

Participants who attended the workshop were passionate to learn the analytical instruments and their applications as well as volatile sampling techniques. They expressed their interest to conduct a workshop at least for a week or more in view to receive in depth training on these techniques To conclude, I would like to thank Prof. Jharna Chakravorty, Head- Dept. of Zoology, RGU for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this workshop, meet wonderful friends and respectable colleagues over my stay.

For now, I’m back to NCBS with my memories from Arunachal Pradesh that will remain with me until my next visit again!

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