Bathinda: Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) under the patronage of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organized a special lecture on “From Academic Excellence to Enterprise”. CUPB Department of Biochemistry conducted this programme in association with Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC). as a part of the Talk Series: “The possibilities for a Science Enthusiast”. The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Narendra Padhan, an accomplished researcher in the field of Cancer and Vascular biology and an upcoming Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Director of a Startup Molecular Kitchen based in Uppsala, Sweden. Around 100 science enthusiasts attended the webinar.
During his lecture, Dr. Narendra Padhan, the Guest Speaker, shared his experiences as a biology researcher and touched on his key observations from and outside the laboratory, local vendors that made him take up the field of entrepreneurship. He expressed his concerns regarding the right training of students in their formative years, the robustness of biological experiments along with the need for fast track research work that gave him the idea to come up with his Startup platform that provides virtual experimental training to life scientists. He elaborated in a student-friendly manner how the continuous process of learning, unlearning and re-learning along with acquisition of new skills is a must to achieve something novel and useful. The event came up as a student-centric discussion with interesting Q & A session moderated by student volunteers from the Department of Biochemistry.
In the opening remarks, Prof. Ramakrishna Wusirika, Dean Incharge Academics highlighted the need for such ventures in order to fulfil the need of job creators rather than job seekers through innovative ideas in the biological sciences. Dr. Manju Jain, Event Coordinator, concluded the session with the take-home message for the students to be rigorous and detailed in their scientific pursuit to make it innovative and enjoyable towards building newer career possibilities. Dr. Ravindresh Chhabra gave the formal vote of thanks.