Press Release: 16.02.2015


Sixth Workshop on “Bioinformatics for gene discovery”


The DBT-AAU centre, AAU, Jorhat hold its VIth scientific workshop entitled "Bioinformatics for gene discovery" during Feb 16-20, 2015. Dr Adam Price, Professor, University of Aberdeen, Dr Alex Douglas, Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics, University of Aberdeen and Dr Anthony John Travis, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK were invited as resource persons. Thirty six applicants from all over India participated in the workshop.


Press Release: 18.09.2014


Fifth Workshop on “Biotechnology Research in North East India: Present and Future”


The fifth workshop entitled “Biotechnology Research in North East India: Present and Future” got underway on Thursday 18th September’ 2014 at DBT-AAU Centre, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. The workshop is being seen as a benchmark being the first of its kind in the entire north-east region. Scientists and researchers from all leading organizations of this region participated and discussed about the present status of biotechnological research in NE region and designed how to go for the future research programmes as per the need of this region. Experts nominated by the DBT, Govt of India attended this workshop as observers.

The plenary session of the workshop was held on 20th Sept’ 2014.


Press Release: 25.11.2013


Fourth Workshop on “Writing and Publishing in Scientific Journals”


The fourth workshop entitled “Writing and Publishing in Scientific Journals” got underway on Monday 25, November’ 2013 at DBT-AAU Centre, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. The workshop is being seen as a benchmark being the first of its kind in the entire north-east region.

The DBT-AAU Centre has invited Prof. David Lindsay, Professor of Emeritus of University of Western Australia, as a resource person. Prof. Lindsay is the author of important books such as “Scientific writing: thinking in words”, “A guide to scientific writing” etc. Prof. Lindsay offers several courses in writing scientific papers and teaches scientific writing to scientists all over the world.

The workshop was officially inaugurated by Dr. G N Hazarika, the Director of Research, Assam Agricultural University and Chief Guest of todays’ programme, who in his speech underscored the significance of the workshop saying that ‘Poor writing is one of the principal reasons why many scientific papers are rejected by reviewers and hence the importance of good writing can never be over-emphasised’.

Dr. D. K. Borah, Dean, FA and guest of honour also expressed that this workshop would be able to imbibe into the scientist’s necessary communication skills that would help not only the north eastern region but also the country at large to contribute more in the agricultural arena.

In his welcome address, Prof. B. K. Sarmah, Director of the Centre, stated that the main aim of the workshop was to train the future trainer in scientific writing techniques and skills at Assam Agricultural University and other organizations of North East India. He emphasised on the fact that poor writing skills has become a barrier thus limiting the entry of several good quality research results in renowned international journals. These good quality research results end up getting published in mediocre or even sub standard journals. Thus good research becomes meaningless unless the findings are communicated in clear and interesting fashion. He also pointed that importance of correct writing is beyond just the need to communicate—it is a valuable tool to shape the thinking and doing science.

There was a huge rush from young scientists from academic and research organizations across the nation for attending the Workshop however as per suggestion of the resource person only forty participants were selected for participation in the first day while only selected eight out of them would be able to attend the entire workshop. This will help give final shape to publish some valuable research results achieved by scientists of North East India in the form of quality research papers.




Press Release: AAU Newsletter March‘ 2013


Biotechnology to Nanotechnology for the improvement in Agriculture under the DBT-AAU Centre


The third workshop of DBT-AAU Centre was held in the Dept. of Agricultural Biotechnology, AAU, during February 6th - 9th’ 2013. The workshop entitled “Biotechnology to Nanotechnology for the improvement in Agriculture” was organised with an aim to bring some of the renowned nanotechnologist and biotechnologist of international and national stature, closer to the students, researchers and scientific community of the nation as well as the North eastern region, in particular, so they can be actively engaged more in Biotechnology initiatives and coming up with new solutions that, we, as a country, have never thought before. The workshop, was inaugurated by The Registrar, Assam Agricultural University, Mrs. Krishna Gohain, who accentuated on the twin concepts of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology that holds a primary importance in the improvement of Agriculture not only to the country, but also to the world at large’. Prof. B. K. Sarmah, Director of the Centre, strongly urged the need of the theme for the workshop stating that in order to provide food and nutritional security to the fast growing population of our country both nanotechnologist and biotechnologist have to join hands and supplement the conventional technologies to find solutions to the problems encountered by the agricultural and horticultural crops.

The first talk of the workshop “What do engineers know about about Nanobiotechnology? Should Agricultural Scientists even talk to engineers?” was delivered by Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah, North Dakota State University, USA where he emphasised on how engineering and agricultural sciences can complement each other in nanotechnology research. Distinguished Professor of civil engineering, NDSU; Kalpana Katti introduced nanomaterials and their characterization tech-niques. In her presentation, Dr. Katti discussed the history and future challenges for nanotechnology research.

Dr. N Lawo travelled from Syngenta, Switzerland presented her work on “Bt-transgenic crops: Interaction of sub-lethally effected caterpillars with biological control organisms” which was an important topic in the field for development of crop resistant towards insects. Dr. P Vikram travelled from IRRI; Philippines gave lecture on “Genomic assisted MAB for Abiotic stresses and MAB for drought tolerance in rice”.

Other international experts for the workshop included the Dr. Eakalak Khan, NDSU, USA; Dr. Dinesh Katti, NDSU, USA; Dr. Harjyoti Kalita, NDSU, USA; Dr. Donna Jacob, Dr. Jose Gonzalez, SDSU, USA who delivered lectures in the workshop through Video conferencing. More than 60 participants from academic and research organizations across the nation attended the Workshop.




Press Release on: 07.02.2013


Third Workshop on “Biotechnology to Nanotechnology for the improvement in Agriculture”


The third workshop entitled “Biotechnology to Nanotechnology for the improvement in Agriculture” got underway on Wednesday 6, February’ 2013 at DBT-AAU Centre, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and continue until Feb 9th.

The workshop, was officially inaugurated by The Registrar, Assam Agricultural University, Mrs. Krishna Gohain, who in a speech underscored the significance of the workshop saying that ‘the twin concepts of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology hold primary importance in the improvement of Agriculture not only to the country, but also to the world at large’.

In his welcome address, Prof. B. K. Sarmah, Director of the Centre, observed that the main aim of the workshop was to bring international and national experts working in fields of Nanotechnology and Agricultural Biotechnology, closer to the students, researchers and scientific community of the nation as well as the North eastern region, in particular, so they can be actively engaged more in Biotechnology initiatives and coming up with new solutions that, we, as a country, have never thought before. He expressed that in order to provide food and nutritional security to the fast growing population of our country both nanotechnologist and biotechnologist have to join hands and supplement conventional technologies for the solutions to the problems encountered by the agricultural and horticultural crops.

Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah, the renowned Nanoenvirologist was thrilled to see the technological advancement and initiatives taken by DBT-AAU Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology in the NE region.

The Workshop has drawn over 100 applications out of which over 60 participants from academic and research organizations across the nation were selected for participation. The international experts present during the opening ceremony included the; renowned nanoenvirologist Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah, NDSU, USA; Dr. N Lawo, Syngenta, Switzerland; Dr. P Vikram, IRRI, Philippines; Dr. Talal Almeelbi, UAE; Apart from them Dr. Kalpana Katti, NDSU, USA; Dr. Eakalak Khan, NDSU, USA; Dr. Dinesh Katti, NDSU, USA; Dr. Harjyoti Kalita, NDSU, USA; Dr. Donna Jacob, Dr. Jose Gonzalez, SDSU, USA will deliver lectures in the workshop through Video conferencing.

The four-day Workshop proceedings will culminate with knowledge sharing collaboration and scientific exchange between students, researchers and the scientist of the nation in general and North east region in particular.




Press Release on: 27.09.2012


Second Workshop on “Current progress and future strategy of DBT-AAU centre for Agricultural Biotechnology”


The second International workshop on “Current progress and future strategy of DBT-AAU centre for Agricultural Biotechnology” was held in the department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Assam Agricultural University during Sept 26 &345; 28, 2012. Dr B K Sarmah, Director of the DBT-AAU centre informed that the aim of this workshop was to bring international and national experts working in various fields of Agricultural Biotechnology, closer to the students, researchers and scientists of the University working in the field of biotechnology for a threadbare discussion. During the two days programme detailed deliberations by programme leaders of the DBT-AAU centre as well as external experts will be made in the area of Gene technology, Molecular breeding, Bioprospecting, Biocontrol and Biofertilizers which are the key areas under the DBT-AAU centre for agricultural biotechnology. The external experts included, Dr T J V Higgins, CSIRO Australia; Dr Arvind Kumar, IRRI, Philippines; Dr P A Kumar, NRCPB, New Delhi; Dr S Das, IIL, Bhubaneswar; Dr R Kaushal, Y S University of Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh. A poster competition based on post graduate research involving students from various institutes of N E region and also students from IRRI, Cameroon and Nigeria is being organized by the centre during the workshop.

Following the workshop the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting will be held on 28th Sept, 2012 Conference Room of the Honorable Vice-Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat Dr. KM Bujarbaruah, under the Chairmanship of Dr. TJV Higgins, Honorary Fellow, CSIRO, Australia and Chairman of the SAC. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr K M Bujarmaruah, honourable Vice Chancellor and Dr S P Ghosh, Senior Consultant, NERBPMC, New Delhi. The adviser from the funding organization (The DBT, Govt. of India) Dr T Madhan Mohan will also attend the meeting.




Press Release on: 28.02.2012


First Workshop on “Current progress and future strategy of DBT-AAU centre for Agricultural Biotechnology”


A workshop on “Current progress and future strategy of DBT-AAU centre for Agricultural Biotechnology” was held in the department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Assam Agricultural University during Feb 27 - 28, 2012. The aim of this workshop was to bring international and national experts working in various fields of Agricultural Biotechnology, especially ones that were undertaken as R&D programmes of the centre, closer to the students, researchers and scientists of the department for a threadbare discussion. During the two days programme detailed deliberations by programme leaders of the centre as well as external experts were made in the area of Gene technology, Molecular breeding, Bioprospecting, Biocontrol and Biofertilizers which are the key areas under the DBT-AAU centre for agricultural biotechnology. The external experts included, Dr T J V Higgins and Dr Rohit Mago from CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia; Dr A Grover, Delhi University, Dr P Sar, IIT, Kharagpur, Dr H B Singh, BHU, Dr R Kaushal, Y S University of Horticulture, Himachal Pradesh.

Following the workshop the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting was held on 28th Feb, 2012 Conference Room of the Honorable Vice-Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat Dr. KM Bujarbaruah, under the Chairmanship of Dr. TJV Higgins, Honorary Fellow, CSIRO, Australia and Chairman of the SAC. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr K M Bujarmaruah, honourable Vice Chancellor and Dr S P Ghosh, Senior Consultant, NERBPMC, New Delhi. The honourable members from the funding organization (The DBT, Govt. of India) Dr T Madhan Mohan and Dr K Charak and all programme leaders also attended the meeting. Programme leaders presented the current progress of their research as per the specific milestones set for the year I and with the advice from Chair, co-chair and various members, future direction of the research was planned in the meeting. The chairman, co-chairman and members from DBT expressed their happiness with the progress being made by the centre in a one year period.