CHANDIGARH,13.07.20-A 3-day online National Workshop on 'Science in Action Series I' began today under the aegis of Department of Food Science of Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, in collaboration with Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University. The workshop is being held in association with the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, IISER, Pune, NCCS and Persistent Systems. The workshop is being organised with the vision to enhance the competence of participants in terms of reading and interpreting scientific literature and to introduce them to MANAV- The Human Atlas Initiative. Dr. Anupama Harshal, Consultant, Science Communication and Public Engagement (for MANAV Project), IISER, Pune was the resource person for this highly informative workshop that witnessed registration of 627 participants from across India and included faculty, research scholars and students. Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Archana Bhatnagar, Chairperson, Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University asserted that this collaborative endeavour envisions to contribute to the cause of developing scientific temperament among students. In her engrossing discourse, Dr. Anupama Harshal shed light on important aspects of scientific research including how to read scientific literature, research methodology and use of annotation for MANAV. She further educated the participants about project MANAV which is an initiative of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India wherein all the available scientific information related to human beings is being collected at one place. The participants showed great interest in the workshop and put forth their queries to the expert.

Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava lauded this unique initiative to contribute towards scientific awareness. She said that this is an exemplary endeavour to reawaken ancient Indian wisdom as mentioned in our comprehensive ancient text on Indian medicine Charaka Samhita and literature like Atharva Veda. She also expressed hope that the MANAV project will help in streamlining scientific data pertaining to humans.