4th Manipal University Research Colloquium engages young scientists to discuss innovative ideas

The Directorate of Research, Manipal University organized the 4th edition of Manipal Research Colloquium which brought young scientist from health sciences (HS), engineering and technical sciences (TS), basic sciences (BS) and management, humanities and social sciences (MS) to discuss new innovative ideas.
The 3-day event held between April 4 and 7, 2017 at the Interact lecture halls, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University (MU) had the participation of Dr. Sudhanshu Vrati, executive director, Regional Centre of Biotechnology, Dr. VM Katoch, former secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Prithviraj M, executive secretary, DST and Dr. George D’Souza, Dean, St John's National Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MU in his inaugural address highlighted the excellence achieved on the research front. The promising work of MU-SRF and setting up of a hundred centers for research activities across MU in next five years were spelt out. 
The day 1 had Dr Prithviraj, provide insights on the funding opportunities to look for from DST. This was followed by a lecture on the adventures and understanding on the interface of physics, biology and chemistry by Dr Deepak Mathur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Dr Raviraj NS, Stempeutics Manipal, spoke on Translation Research.
Dr Arun Shanbhag, MIT, Manipal spoke about the upcoming Idea Café at Marena and gave a brief insight on how to tackle the obstacles of coming up with a world changing idea. Dr Prasanta Kumar Mitra, SMIMS, Sikkim, highlighted on the Nutritional and Medicinal Value of Few Traditional foods of Sikkim. Dr Harishchandra Hebbar, MUTBI, spoke on Technology Entrepreneurship and its relevance in universities.
Day 2 had Dr. H Krishnamurthy, NCBS, Bengaluru, Dr. Kshithish Acharya, teacher & researcher at IBAB - ?Shodhaka Life Sciences, Bengaluru, Dr. Satish Adiga, Professor in Clinical Embryology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Dr. KVM Varamballi, School of Management, Manipal, Dr. Unnikrishnan VK, Associate Professor, Department of Atomic and Molecular Physics and Muniraju Pulipalyam, Senior Architect., Microsoft, Bengaluru address the students. 
A total of 116 faculty papers (29 from HS; 40 from BS; 30 from MS; and 17 from TS) were presented. The office of the Deputy Registrar, Academics, organized the PhD poster competition for the final year students which had 66 posters from HS and 40 from TS. Manipal University Student Research Forum (MUSRF) has 189 papers presented, of which 87 were from HS, 48 from BS, 35 from TS and 19 from MS. Dr. Poornima Baliga and Dr. G.K. Prabhu, both Pro Vice Chancellors of MU gave away the prizes


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