Jammu: A science webinar on “How to read scientific literature?” was today organized by the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST-Jammu in collaboration with MANAV project of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.
The Resource Person for the webinar was Dr. Anupma Harshal, Consultant, Science Communication and Public Engagement, MANAV Project, Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. This project is funded by Department of Biotechnology (Govt. of India) and co-funded by Persistent Systems as collaboration between IISER (Pune), NCCS and Persistent Systems. MANAV-Human Atlas Initiative aims to construct a comprehensive map of the entire human body, which explicitly document macro to micro-level information.
The webinar started with the welcome address by the Chairman of the session Dr. Mohinder Singh Bhadwal, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST-Jammu. He introduced the guest speaker and emphasized on the need of such scientific seminars for the Post Graduate students and young researchers. The programme was Co-Chaired by Dr. Utsav Sharma, Head Division of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
Dr. Anupama, while addressing the scientific fraternity, elaborated on the project MANAV. She described how useful information can be retrieved from the huge incongruent data already available in the public domain. She said that project MANAV aims to harness the scientific capabilities of the students so that they may gather pieces of information to build a data network which will yield new informational insights in the field of health and medicine. Simultaneously, students will learn how to comprehend scientific literature-‘a skill useful in all fields of science’, be it academics, industry or policy making.
The speaker further added that open access scientific articles related to human biology will be annotated by the students and will be submitted at MANAV portal which will be reviewed by the faculty members associated with the MANAV project. She further explained to the students, how to efficiently read scientific literature and annotate it. The webinar was attended by a good number of post graduate students and faculty members from SKUAST-Jammu as well as from different Veterinary Colleges of India. The talk was well received by the students who overwhelmingly participated in the discussion session of the webinar. The webinar was followed by an online questionnaire to the participants who received digital participation certificates on completion.
Dr. Anil Kumar Pandey, Assistant Professor cum Organizing Secretary of the Webinar presented vote of thanks and thanked Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-J, guest speaker, Chairman , Co-Chairman of the session and participants for successful organization of the webinar.