CSIR-IHBT igniting young minds on Enzyme Bioprocessing through skill development
Palampur, March 13, 2023 – The CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, has started a 5-day workshop on Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program (E-SDP) on “Enzyme Bioprocessing” today. The program is funded by Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Government of India. The program will continue from March 13-17, 2023, and will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the latest advances in enzyme bioprocessing. The key objective of the workshop is to create awareness and enhance the skills of young entrepreneurs and students about the opportunities and potential of enzyme bioprocessing in various fields. The program will also provide hands-on training in various aspects of enzyme bioprocessing, such as enzyme production, purification, and characterization. The workshop is designed to cater to the needs of students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals interested in enzyme bioprocessing.
Dr. Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Director, CSIR-IHBT inaugurated the workshop and addressed the participants. He highlighted the work done at CSIR-IHBT on enzymes, especially Super Oxide Dismutase isolated from Himalayan plant Potentilla atrosanguinea. He stressed upon the need of such program to develop entrepreneurship among youth and make India self-reliant in enzyme production. Dr Trivedi also encouraged the participants to make full use of the Enzyme Bioprocessing Facility established at CSIR-IHBT and ensure them about the institutional support in their future endeavours.
Prof. Rup Lal, Senior Scientist Indian National Science Academy, Delhi University delivered keynote address on “Bioprocess development of rifamycin B analogues”. He highlighted the importance of microbes in our daily life. Dr Lal said that such workshops provide excellent opportunity to cater to the needs of students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals interested in enzyme bioprocessing. Also, Dr Sanjay Kumar, former Director, CSIR –IHBT in his talk, discussed about the scope, opportunities and challenges in Enzyme Bioprocessing from unique niches.
Earlier, Dr Dharm Singh, Principal Scientist and Coordinator of this program briefed the participant about aim and objective of the workshop. He said that the Enzyme Bioprocessing Facility established at CSIR-IHBT enabling start-ups and incubators for mass production, purification and up-scaling of novel proteins and enzymes at industrial scale.
As a whole, twenty (20) participants from different institutions (IITs, Central Universities, private and state Universities/Institutes, ICGEB, CSIR, and DBT institutes) across India are participating in this workshop.