Periodically, the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBAB) holds its convocation, where students who have completed their course in bioinformatics or biotechniques receive their certificate. At these events meritorious students are felicitated, and a distinguished academic delivers the convocation address. The gathering is also addressed by the Chairman of the Governing Body, and the Director makes a report on the year gone past.
- The seventh convocation, for the ninth, tenth and eleventh batches of PGDB and the seventh and eighth batches of LCBT, was held on 20 April 2013. The convocation address was delivered by Prof. H Y Mohan Ram, an eminent botanist of the University of Delhi. it was attended by Dr. J. Ramachandran, Chairman, Gangagen Biotechnologies Pvt Ltd., Dr. T S Balganesh, Head, Open Source Drug Discovery Unit, CSIR, Shri I S N Prasad, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and ST, Government of Karnataka, and many other dignitaries from academia and industry, aside from several alumni.
- The sixth convocation for three batches each of the bioinformatics’ stream (batches 6, 7 and 8 ) and the biotechniques’ stream (batches 4, 5 and 6) was held on 10 July 2010 at the IBAB auditorium. Prof. D. Balasubramanian, Distinguished Chemical Biologist and immediate past President of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore delivered the convocation address. This year’s convocation was the first since the move to the new campus, and was held in the institute’s auditorium.
- The fifth convocation of IBAB was held on 18 August 2007. Prof. M G K Menon, FRS, was the Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation Address. Prof. Vijay Chandru (Chairman & CEO, Strand Life Sciences) was the Guest of Honour. 54 students received their diplomas. The convocation was held in the auditorium of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.
- The fourth convocation of IBAB was held on 22 September 2006. Dr. T Ramasami, Secretary, DST, Government of India was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address. Prof. M Vijayan, Distinguished Biotechnologist and Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science was the Guest of Honour. 48 students received their diplomas. The convocation was held in the auditorium of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.
- IBAB’s third convocation ceremony was held on 19 August 2005 at the Satish Dhawan Auditorium, IISc, Bangalore. 39 students received their diplomas at a well attended ceremony with luminaries from academia, industry and government present in large numbers. IBAB was honoured to have Dr. M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India as chief guest, Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda, Secretary IT & BT, Government of Karnataka as guest of honour and Prof. S. R. Kulkarni, FRS, California Institute of Technology USA, as a special invitee. Two graduating students gave brief talks on their experiences in IBAB, peppered with fond and amusing anecdotes. The students of IBAB who are starting a company were felicitated by Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda.
- The second convocation ceremony of the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology was held on 12 July 2004, at the J. N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The 33 students of the second batch received their Postgraduate Diplomas in Bioinformatics at an elegant ceremony, which coincided with BangaloreBio 2004. Dr. Gurdev S. Khush, FRS, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Davis, USA was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address as well as handing over the diplomas.
- The first convocation ceremony of IBAB was held on 15 April 2003, at the J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science. The 29 students of the first batch received their diplomas at a glittering ceremony, which also coincided with the annual BangaloreBio held in the city. Prof. C N R Rao, Honorary President, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research & Linus Pauling Research Professor was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address. The Director of IBAB, Prof. Manju Bansal gave the annual report of IBAB and its activities during the year 2002-03. The Chairman of the IBAB Governing Body, Prof. H Sharat Chandra also addressed the gathering. The guest of honour was Shri. D. B. Inamdar, Hon’ble Minister of Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka.
Each year IBAB celebrates its Foundation Day with a lecture by an eminent scientist from the field of biotechnology or related areas. It is an awe inspiring event to listen to great minds that have shaped these areas of learning, and their perspectives are an invaluable inspiration for our students.
2013: The IBAB Foundation Day was organized on 11 March 2013. Prof. H S Savithri, Chairperson, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore gave an inspiring lecture on ‘Functions of viral encoded intrinsically disordered domains/proteins’.
2012: Prof. K P Gopinathan from the Indian Institute of Science delivered the Foundation Day lecture on 24 March. His talk – ‘Bio-designing of a silk production unit’ – was largely based on the pioneering work of his laboratory on the biology of the silkworm.
2011: On 2 February Prof J. Ramachandran, CEO of Gangagen Biotechnologies Pvt. Ltd. gave an inspiring lecture on the highly innovative work at their company.
2010: On 20 March Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, gave an illuminating lecture entitled ‘Development of Behaviour’.
2009: We were fortunate to have Dr. S. Anand Kumar, Director, AstraZeneca Research Foundation India with us on the Foundation Day, organized on 11 April. He delivered a very pertinent lecture on ‘Pursuit of Science with a purpose: Application of Biological Research Findings to invent useful products’.
2008: IBAB’s foundation day was organised on 22 April. Prof. Denis Labarre, Centre d’Etudes Pharmaceutiques, University of Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France, delivered a lecture on ‘Drug Targeting: From the concept of a magic bullet to a smart nanoparticle’.
2007: On 22 March, Prof. Sharat Chandra, Chairman of IBAB addressed the new batch of students. Prof. Tej Pal Singh, Distinguished biotechnologist, Department of Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi was the chief guest for the Foundation day celebrations. He delivered a lecture on ‘Protein structure and structure-based drug design using fragment approach model’.
2006: Prof. P. Balaram, Director, Indian Institute of Science, graced the occasion of IBAB’s Foundation Day and spoke on: ‘Studying model peptides to understand protein function’ on 21 January.
2005: We were fortunate to have Prof. Dennis Bray, Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, UK, who delivered a lecture on 21 January. As is well known, Prof. Bray is an author of the original ‘Molecular Biology of the Cell’ by Alberts et al. Dr. Bray spoke on ‘Intracellular Signalling in a Molecular Jungle’.
2004: Prof. Gurdev S. Khush delivered the second Foundation Day lecture. Prof. Khush’s name is inextricably linked with increasing the supply of rice world-wide, crucial to the world’s food security. Amongst many honours, Prof. Khush received the World Food Prize in 1996.
2003: Prof. G. Padmanaban, eminent biologist and former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, delivered the first Foundation Day lecture to the students of the first batch of Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics.
- Biotechnology is a dynamic field, with information growing in volume and complexity each year. This field is truly part of the ‘knowledge economy’ where a significant amount of training is required to enable individuals to convert this flood of information to knowledge. Our deep commitment to our students leads us to bring in the best researchers in the country to talk to them and highlight recent advances in their fields of study. In the past, many IBAB students – including engineering students – have been inspired by such talks to pursue a PhD, thereby producing the required inter-disciplinary manpower that the nation requires.
Speaker: Prof M.R.N. Murthy, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science
- Crystals and Symmetry
- X-rays and Diffraction
Speaker: Prof V. Nagaraja, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, Indian Institute of Science
- Regulation of gene expression-from transcription initiation to termination
- Restriction endonucleases, DNA topoisomerases, transcription activation and termination – our connection to Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
Speaker: Prof M. K. Mathew, National Centre for Biological Science
- Opening a Voltage-Gated Ion Channel: A Subtle Two Step
- Staying Alive in a Salty World: A Rice Story
Speaker: Prof K. Muniappa, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science
- Genomics of Microbial Pathogens and Discovery of New Antimicrobial Agents
- Telomere and Telomerase: Their Implications in Human Health and Disease
Speaker: Dr. H. Subramanya, Vice President, Aurigene Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
- Drug Discovery Process
- In-Silico Tools in Drug Discovery
Speaker: Dr. R. Thenmalarchelvi, Kansas University, USA
- Mechanism of transport of virulence factors in gram negative bacteria-computational, biochemical and NMR investigations
Speaker: Prof. M. Ramakumar, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science
- Structural Features of a Thermophilic Protein Stable under Alkaline Conditions: A comparative study
- Machine learning approaches for the classification of conotoxins into their superfamilies
Speaker: Prof. Anjali Karande, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science
- Rearrangement of the Immunoglobulin Genes
- The Theory of Antibody Diversity
Speaker: Prof. Sathees C Raghavan, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science
- Mechanism of the Chromosomal Translocations in Cancer & DNA Double-Strand Break Repair
- Non-Homologous DNA End-Joining in Normal and Cancer Tissues
Dr. Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan (Director of structural studies, Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UKand 2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) was the first speaker in the lecture series endowed by Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Lecture Series.
The lecture was held on 22 December 2011 in the institute’s auditorium. Although Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw was out of the country at the time, she was represented by her brother Dr. Dev Mazumdar. Other attendees included Chairman of the Governing Body, Prof. H Sharat Chandra and Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Mr. M N Vidyashankar. Needless to say, the auditorium was full for the occasion.
Dr. Ramakrishnan spoke on his work on ribosome structure and function.
The Second Lecture in this series will be given by Dr. Dinshaw J. Patel (Abby Rockefeller Mauze Chair in Experimental Therapeutics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York & Member, National Academy of Sciences, USA) on January 6, 2014