By Pratyush Kumar Das (Editorial Board Member, Biotech Express)
A 2day workshop – Cum – Training Programme titled “Guided Publishing & Ethics” was successfully conducted by Nron Bioventure (Bhubaneswar) in association with Biotech Express, JABET (Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Experimental Therapeutics) and Macon Enviro Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The workshop was conducted in two different batches (19 – 20 February 2020 and 28 – 29 February 2020) under the supervision of Mr. Pratyush Kumar Das (Head, Publication and Programme Coordinator) at Nron Bioventure premises at Bhubaneswar. The workshop was attended by 40 graduate and postgraduate students belonging from different institutes and streams of life sciences including biotechnology, microbiology, botany, and pharmaceutical sciences.
Gone are the days when very limited people used to plunge into extensive research which may be attributed to the lack of infrastructure and funding opportunities at the time. However, recent advancements in the field of science and support from the government agencies in the form of several research grants and funding have led to a sharp rise in the interest in research.
Nowadays students from life science backgrounds are getting more inclined towards higher education and for a career in research. But, to be frank enough the budding researchers are unable to express their views and prove their mettle in the respective fields leading to being unemployed. “In the current scenario of “Publish or Perish”, it becomes of utmost importance for the budding researchers to understand the basics of communicating their research ideas perfectly to stand out amongst the crowd”, the Director of Nron, Mr. Sunakar Nayak quoted.
Keeping the problem in mind, the workshop (a very first of its kind) was designed and aimed at providing detailed information to the students about Article and Thesis preparation, Publications, Plagiarism, and other relevant topics.The students were also provided with an insight on scientific presentations, abstract preparation, keyword selection, data synthesis, and the entire publication process too. The students were motivated to generate new ideas from existing studies by identifying the research gap in different fields of life sciences and to think about possible future directions.
The workshop culminated with an evaluation test, based upon which top-performing students were awarded certificates and memento. Among the first batch of students, Miss. SusmitaPati (M.Sc. Biotechnology) of Trident Academy of Creative Technology (TACT), Bhubaneswar bagged the first position followed by Miss. Sweta Priyadarshini (M.Sc. Biotechnology) of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar. The third position was jointly awarded to Miss. Alena Priyadarshini Mishra (M.Sc. Biotechnology) of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan and Miss. Priyanka Parida (M.Sc. Biotechnology) of TACT, Bhubaneswar.
In the second batch Mr. Gaurav D. Patel, a student of B.Tech. (Biotechnology) of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, was awarded the first prize. Miss. Chirasmita Mohanty and Mr. Subhanjan Satapathy (M.Sc. Biotechnology) of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan were adjudged as the joint winners for the second spot, while Miss. Nirali Patel (M.Sc. Biotechnology) of the same university received the third prize.