The relevance of a face mask developed by the research team from the Faculty of Science, the University of Peradeniya, headed by Professor Gamini Rajapakse with materials improved using nanotechnological techniques was discussed by Dr. (Mrs.) K. Vivehananthan, Head, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka during the inaugural ceremony of the Two-Day International Conference on ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Biotechnology (ICCOB) 2021’ organized by the Department of Biotechnology of Amity University, Jharkhand on Thursday. Interestingly, it is considered to be 90% efficient in removing and repelling harmful organisms including viruses.
Dr. Vivehananthan, the Chief Guest cum Keynote Speaker explained the utility of this nanoproduct through a research paper presentation on A New Era in Modern Biotechnology: Challenges of Pathogen Discovery and Prevention Strategies. She expressed her pleasure in representing from a neighboring country of India
The purpose of the conference is to provide a global platform for discussion of recent advancements, present and future challenges in Biotechnology in addition to enlightening lectures, exceptional keynote speeches together with competing posters and oral sessions.
In his inaugural address, Mr. Prabhakar Tripathi, Registrar, Amity University, Jharkhand said that organizing such an International event gives a good opportunity for all interested in contributing in this field in such global platform as provided by this conference.
Professor (Dr.) Raman Kumar Jha, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Jharkhand, and Professor (Dr.) Ajit Kumar Pandey, Director, Amity University, Jharkhand conveyed their blessings on this occasion.
Dr. Arti Shanware, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India during her introductory remarks in the inaugural function highlighted the significance of the discipline of biotechnology in addressing the challenges of life and ecosystem supporting life.
“It is indispensable for all domain of scientific study to consider incorporating facts and applications of Biotechnology along with nanotechnology to address the research problems” as stated by Dr. Jayeeta Chattopadhyay, University Coordinator of Research and Development, Amity University, Jharkhand.
Keynote Speaker Professor Piotr A. Ziolkowski, Professor, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland emphasized on Crossover control in plants, towards new crop breeding strategies through his deliberation.