15 Inspired Teachers as part of “In Residence” programme by Hon’ble President of India visit Amity University

Under the “In Residence” programme for Inspired Teachers announced by the President of India, the second batch of 15 Inspired Teachers from Central Universities across the country visited Amity University, Sector 125, Noida.


The programme was instituted at the annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities on February 5, 2015. Similar programmes exist for writers, artists, grass root innovators and NIT students.


The Inspired Teachers, during their stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan get an opportunity to interact with various Union Ministers and senior Government officials as well as visit educational institutions in Delhi-NCR.


Appreciating the Inspired teacher Program by Hon’ble President of India, Ms. Aditi Singh,Assistant Professor, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi said that the program abet to inspire and encourage the teachers, who play a substantial role in nation building. She further added that it is an over whelming experience for them to be at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as an inclusive part of their learning which instill pride holistically which contributes further to the development. Ms. Aditi expressed gratitude to Amity for presenting an insight about new initiatives adopted in the field of academics, R&D, International linkages etc. She averred that Amity is a renowned educational institution which has marked milestones with well structured system, academic excellence and Research and Innovation.


Welcoming the guests, Maj Gen K Jai Singh, Amity Group Vice Chancellor said that every individual has a great responsibility towards the Nation which is going through a transit phase in education system. He mentioned that there is a need to advance the system equivalent to the global competitive environment. He pointed certain issues which need immediate attention to such as, students’agitation and politicization in Educational Institutes; quality of education which is suffering due to over recreation, lack of autonomy and lack of bond between teachers and students and lastly, lack of good education. He opinedt hat the foundation learning for students is schools which should inculcate values such as culture, ethics, civic sense, etiquette etc. and groom them for higher education.


Presenting a brief on vision and new initiatives of Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Dr.(Prof.) Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh said that Amity is a leading education group of India with a vision to be acknowledge superpower by year 2020. She mentioned that Amity believes in grooming leaders who are not only thorough professionals but also good human beings with values. She further briefed about the initiatives undertaken by Amity is last three years, model framework for various programme courses and future objectives.  


During the occasion, Dr. W Selvamurthy, President, Amity Science Technology and Innovation Foundation gave an overview on research and innovation programmes at Amity while, Dr. Gurinder Singh, Group Addl Vice Chancellor presented a brief on international Linkages.


The teachers who visited the University include Ms. Aditi Singh, Assistant Professor, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi; Shri Shuvojit Sarkar, Assistant Professor, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; Dr. Pazhani G P, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Kolkata; Dr. Joydip Dhar           ABV- Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management(IIITM), Gwalior; Dr. B S Sanjeev Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad; Dr. Senthilkumaran K Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design andManufacturing (IITDM), Chennai; Dr. Mukesh Kumar Roy IIITDM, Jabalpur; Dr.Banhi Jha NIFT, Delhi; Dr. Satish Kumar Sinha Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli; Dr. Poonam Prakash School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi; Prof. Rachna Khare SPA, Bhopal; Mr. S. Venkata Krishna Kumar SPA, Vijayawada; Prof. Aditya Malik Nalanda University; Dr. Manju Misra NIPER, Ahmadabad and Dr. Ranadeep Gogoi NIPER, Guwahati.

Guest Lecture on Phase Specific Neuroprotective Efficacy of Curcumin in Drosophila Model of Parkinson’s Disease: Therapeutic Implications

 Amity Institute of Biotechnology Organized Guest Lecture onPhase Specific Neuroprotective Efficacy of Curcumin in Drosophila Model of Parkinson’s Disease: Therapeutic Implications by Dr. Sarat Chandra Yenisetti Associate Professor Ph.D. PDF(NIH,US and University Regensburg,Germany) on 16th December 2016.

In his Talk he emphasized on efficacy of Curcumin in drosphila Curcumin has been used for centuries in traditional medicines in India and other parts of Asia and has been associated with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiviral and antibacterial activities as indicated by over 8000 citations.  In addition, over one hundred clinical studies have been carried out with curcumin.  Genotropic drugs would be effective only during those life cycle stages during which their target molecules are available.  Hence there exists a possibility that targets of genotropic compounds such as curcumin may not be present in all life stages.  However no reports are available in Parkinson’s disease (PD) models illustrating efficacy of curcumin in later phases of adult life which is important as this is the period when late onset disorder such as idiopathic PD set in. 

To understand this paradigm tested the protective efficacy of curcumin in different growth stages (early, late health stage and transition phase) in adult Drosophila flies and results showed that it can rescue the motor defects during early stages of life but ineffective at later phases.  This observation was substantiated with the finding that curcumin treatment could replenish depleted brain dopamine levels in PD model only during early stages of life cycle, clearly suggesting limitation of curcumin as a therapeutic agent in late onset neurodegenerative disorders such as PD.

Overall it was an very informative session for all.

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