Bathinda: The Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine of the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) under the patronage of Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organised an invited lecture on “How to organise Biology Teaching”. The keynote speaker of this program was Prof. Kambadur Muralidhar, Former Jawaharlal Nehru Chair Professor, UoH, former Sir JC Bose National Fellow, South Asian University, New Delhi, and Former Professor and HoD, Dept. of Zoology, University of Delhi. Faculty & Students from different educational institutions online attended this program through Google Meet.
The programme commenced with the Welcome Address by Dr Jaswinder Singh Bhatti, HoD, Dept. of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine, where he put a light on the topic of the webinar. While introducing the keynote speaker Prof. R.K. Wusirika, Dean In-charge Academics, stated that Prof. Kambadur Muralidhar is a distinguished Biologist of the country who is the elected fellow of the prestigious Science Academies of our country i.e.NASI, Allahabad, INSA, New Delhi and IASc, Bangalore.
Keynote Speaker Prof. Kambadur Muralidhar mentioned that Biology is the study of living organisms and is one of the three pillars of Natural Science along with Physics and Chemistry. He shared that Biology started as a set of observation with the help of human eyes related to morphological features, organism life cycles etc. by curiosity-driven man. After the introduction of Microscopy observation technique, the field got divided into Botanists, Zoologists and Microbiologists. While talking about the story of the growth of Biological knowledge and the biology teaching departments in educational institutions, he stated that Biology as a discipline for teaching at UG and PG levels has not materialized in any university for various reasons, and suggested a close reading of New Education Policy to develop a better interactive classroom environment. He said, “In the days of Online education, technology and innovation used in the creation of content might take over teaching pedagogy. But teachers have to be trained to become future-ready.”
Prof. Anjana Munshi, Dean Research, expressed her gratitude towards the keynote speaker for enlightening the participants with his scholarly lecture. Towards the end, Dr. Narender, Program Coordinator, thanked the Registrar Shri Kanwal Pal Singh Mundra & Vice Chancellor Prof. Tiwari for providing necessary support to organise this program. He thanked faculty, students and other participants for actively participating in this program.