CUSB’s Life Science faculty Dr. Gautam receives Core Research Grant
Dr. Gautam Kumar, Head (I/c), Department of Life Science of Central University of South Bihar has received a major research project (MRP) grant, namely the ‘Core Research Grant’ from the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. This is Dr. Gautam’s second MRP funded by SERB after the ‘Start-up Grant for Young Scientists’. Dr. Gautam illustrates the changing climate to be the most challenging factor for crop productivity and the global food security that has driven him to take this functional step for contributing to the agriculture sector of our country.
With high enthusiasm, Dr. Kumar says that he is encouraged by the government’s continued support for science. He also expresses his gratitude to the Honourable Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Harish Chandra Singh Rathore for his commitment to ensure a positive outcome for science and research. “To be honest, I’m feeling positive,” he said.
Providing details Dr. Gautam said that he summarizes his research as to explore the physiological and molecular background of environmental stress resistance in crop plants, which can be used in developing stress tolerant varieties of crops. He also emphasizes the importance of taking such more attempts for exploiting the stress affected environment of the country to meet the growing demand of increasing population. He believes the grant will surely facilitate in raising crops with enhanced stress tolerance.
Dr. Gautam also elucidates about the SERB’s attempts to integrate and align the Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) within the SERB grantees’ committed to research activities. He explains the role of SSR in connecting the leading institutions with schools and colleges for creating an environment to share ideas and resources. He appreciates the efforts of SERB for encouraging the institutions to take up the initiative for SSR with an aim of developing rich research culture of integrated scientific and social commitments in the country.