Here for science! South Campus Cements Place as a research center Delhi news

New Delhi: The South Campus of the University of Delhi has been growing since its inception in 1973 and now has 25 colleges and more than 30 departments. But the important thing is that it is developing as a research center with some centers that have done innovative work in the detection of diseases and plant genomics. The South Campus also has a state-of-the-art Central Tool Facility serving academics across the country and the Institute of Informatics and Communications, which created the Samarth Platform, which is now used for Central University entrance testing.
The Center for Innovation in Education and Training for Infectious Diseases Research (CIIDRET) not only trains students and scientists, but also conducts translational research or work aimed at transforming basic research results into applications that are directly beneficial to people. It was established in 2015 under the leadership of Dinesh Singh as Deputy Chancellor of the DU, but the DNA sequencing facility has served the scientific community for 25 years. She developed tests to detect HIV antibodies and a rapid test to detect tuberculosis. The center is currently working on therapeutic antibodies to Covid-19, a test to detect chikungunya and next-generation treatment for snake bites. Research on HIV and tuberculosis is commercialized.
Amita Gupta, Director of CIIDRET, said: “We are working to find solutions to the problems facing our country. For example, we are currently working on the development of therapeutic antibodies for Covid and I can say that we will soon come up with interesting results. Our next project is to treat a snake bite. We are currently addicted to horse antiserum to treat snake bites, but we are developing antibodies from animal sources that protect animals. According to Gupta, this is possible because the center has a “library of human antibodies” with 10 billion antibodies.
Vijay Chaudhari, a retired founding director, said: “The center not only conducts research, but also trains students and conducts academic courses. It is this center that is behind the formation of the Delhi School of Skills and Entrepreneurship as an institution of excellence. ”
Another center, the Interdisciplinary Center for Plant Genomics (ICPG), has so far received six patents for its various processes. It started in 2007 when Deepak Pental was DU VC. Sanjay Kapoor, a professor at ICPG, said: “We are working on a project on the rice genome. We found chalk in the rice, which breaks the rice grains. This year we received a patent for developing a method to prevent 99.9% of chalk in rice. This translational study will be useful for agricultural universities and commercial companies.
The South Campus Central Tool Facility is home to some of the most expensive scientific equipment used by researchers. “We have a website where any academic who wants to use the equipment can reserve a slot and send their samples for a nominal fee,” Kapoor said.
The current director of the South Campus, Sri Prakash Singh, was himself a master at the South Campus in 1987, when there was only a faculty of arts. “Many new developments have emerged since the 1990s,” Singh said. “It started with the Faculty of Arts, then with the Faculty of Commerce and finally with the Faculty of Natural Sciences. But now science is its strong point. While conventional science departments are on the North Campus, applied science disciplines are here.
The South Campus has two on-campus incubators called Electropreneuer Park and BioNEST, the latter designed to support incubation for juvenile technologies developed by academics. The campus provides support in terms of laboratory space, tools, other infrastructure and, importantly, mentoring.

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