Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) inauguration at CUSB hands-on training programme on Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (14-17 Sep 2021)
It is a matter of great delight and pride that Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) has been established in the lush green campus of Central University of South Bihar in Gaya. The CIF houses several sophisticated instruments such as Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Gas Chromatograph -Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS), Ion Chromatograph, and many more. The centre has been inaugurated by Honourable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kameshwar Nath Singh on 14-September 2021. The inauguration was coupled with the beginning of four days “Hands-on” training programme in Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and its applications. Setting up the CIF is a milestone in the journey of the university and several academic and scientific luminaries graced this momentous occasion which included Prof. Kaushal Kishore Sharma from JNU and Prof. Suresh Chand Rai from Delhi School of Economics. Prof. Ranjit Kumar Verma, Professor of Chemistry in Magadh University and former Vice-Chancellor, Munger University was the guest of honour.
Prof. Ram Kumar, Department of Environmental Sciences, had taken the initiative of setting up the CIF few years back and completed the onerous task in an efficient and time-bound manner. Prof. Ram Kumar said that it is a realization of long-cherished dream for all of us. The non-availability of sophisticated instruments was a major concern and painted a gloomy picture of research & innovation culture in the region. The researchers and scientists of the region had to rush to big cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi in search of instruments to carry out scientific research of high quality. With the establishment of CIF, the research and scientific activities in the Bihar/Jharkhand region will get a major boost.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.N. Singh dedicated the CIF to the whole CUSB, community, Bihar and the whole nation. In line with this, the VC declared CIF open to all the external users from other universities/institutions, scientific labs, industries. Honourable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kameshwar Nath Singh lauded the efforts of all the faculty members and said that setting up of such a centre of instrumentation is an achievement and it will benefit not only university but all the researchers in the catchment area. He further encouraged the faculty members and all the staff to work harder to improve the ranking. He also stressed the need to think out-of-the box and not restrict ourselves to the campus only. The benefits of our research and academic activities should percolate down the grassroot level in the villages around the university campus.
In the inaugural function, Prof. Ranjeet Kr. Verma, former VC, Munger University highlighted the need for food chemists and motivated the faculty members to design a curriculum on food chemistry to better equip the students thereby enhancing the employability prospects and also to serve the society.
Immediately after the inauguration of CIF, the training programme on atomic absorption spectrophotometer was started which concluded on 17-Sep-2021 with Vishwakarma Puja.
The training programme began with the exciting keynote lecture delivered by Prof. Ranjit Kumar Verma, former VC Munger University, who talked about basic principles and applications of Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry and also the recent advances made in the field. It was followed up by laboratory session in which hands-on training on the instrument was imparted to all the participants. Several experts delivered lectures in the four days training programme which includes Dr. Rajesh Ranjan, Dr. Gautam Kumar and Dr. Amiya Priyam.
The laboratory sessions were conducted by Dr. Angad Kumar Singh and Mr. Raj Kumar which was further facilitated by Mr. Anupam, the engineer from Thermo-Scientific. The inaugural function of CIF as well as the training programme were coordinated by Dr. Amiya Priyam, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, CUSB, Gaya. Dr. Priyam said that the programme was designed for the beginners or first-time users. It is a cost-effective and efficient technique for the determination of elements present in trace amounts. Equipped with sound knowledge and hands-on training, the students would be rightly placed for getting inducted at various positions in academic institutions as well as industries (Oil, Cosmetics, Chemicals, Food & Agriculture, Water Testing, Pharmaceuticals etc). It will also lead to overall enhancement of quality of research in universities/academic/ research institutions of the region. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Amiya Priyam.