Lucknow Chapter of the Academy


Lucknow Chapter of the Academy has organized following activities during November 2010 to October 2011 -


Science Awareness Programme at CDRI : A Science Awareness Programme (SAP) sponsored by the NASI Lucknow Chapter was organised by the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow from September 2009- September 2010. During this programme, 46 students from different schools/colleges and 12 resource persons from CDRI participated. The students were exposed to different areas of science and technology to inculcate scientific temper in them. The valedictory ceremony was held on September 12, 2010 in which Dr. T.K. Chakraborty (Director CDRI and Chairperson of SAP) and Dr. Vinod Bhakuni (Head MSB Division, CDRI & coordinator of SAP) addressed the students and distributed certificates.




Dr. T. K. Chakraborty, Director CDRI and Chairman, NASI Lucknow Chapter, addressing the students at CDRI during the Science Awareness Programme.




Dr. T. K. Chakraborty, Director CDRI and Chairman, NASI Lucknow Chapter and Dr. Vinod Bhakuni, Convenor, Science Awareness programme with the students at CDRI.


CDRI Scientist Bags NASI Young Scientist Lecture Award : Dr. Ashish Arora, Scientist, CDRI, Lucknow was conferred with the Prof. B. K. Bachhawat Memorial Lecture Young Scientist Award 2010, instituted by The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Allahabad. He delivered the award lecture at CDRI under the auspices of NASI Lucknow Chapter on September 29, 2010. The award was conferred to Dr. Arora in recognition of his pioneering work in the area of structure determination of drug target proteins in solution state by using NMR spectroscopy. The proteins studied by Dr. Arora are from pathogens causing tuberculosis and Kala Azar. Further research in this area could lead to development of drugs to counter these pathogens. On this occasion, a lecture entitled “Understanding the Soft-Skills of Drug Target Proteins using NMR Spectroscopy” was delivered by Dr. Arora. The lecture was attended by the fellows of NASI, eminent scientists and students from the Lucknow city. A citation and a gold medal were given to Dr. Arora by Dr. Tushar Kanti Chakraborty, Director, CDRI, and Chairman, NASI Lucknow Chapter, and Prof. Krishna Mishra, General Secretary, NASI, respectively. Dr. K. C. Gupta, Director, IITR, and Advisor, NASI Lucknow Chapter handed the award cheque for Rs. 10,000 to Dr. Arora. 




(Left) Dr. Ashish Arora, Scientist, CDRI delivering the lecture for the Prof. B.K. Bachhawat Memorial Young Scientist Lecture Award 2010 and (Right) A View of the Audience during the lecture



Dr. Ashish Arora receiving the award from Dr. T.K. Chakraborty, Director CDRI and Chairman, NASI Lucknow Chapter. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. Vinod Bhakuni, Prof. Krishna Mishra, General Secretary, NASI, Prof. Alok Dhawan, Secretary, NASI Lucknow Chapter, Dr. C.M. Gupta, Ex-Director, CDRI and Dr. K.C. Gupta, Director, IITR and Advisor, NASI Lucknow Chapter


Science Expo – 2011 - Regional Science City, Lucknow organized SCIENCE EXPO-2011 from 19th - 23rd January 2011. On 19th January 2011, Shri Abdul Mannan, Hon’ble Minister, Science & Technology, Govt. of UP inaugurated the SCIENCE EXPO-2011 in the presence of various scientist, dignitaries and students from several school & colleges.


At the start of the programme while welcoming the guests, Dr. N. C. Mehrotra, Director of BSIP, Lucknow said that this SCIENCE EXPO-2011  is the third in the series and in SCIENCE EXPO-2011 including DRDO, New Delhi, 21 Scientific Institutions and Universities are participating jointly. This is the first time the universities have been included in the Expo event. In his Keynote address, Dr. V.P. Kamboj, FNA & Ex-Director, CDRI appreciated Regional Science City for organizing such kind of rare programmes in which leading science institutions are participating jointly.


On the concluding day of the programme, Prof. Kripa Shanker, VC, Gautam Buddha Technical University, Lucknow was the Chief Guest of closing ceremony. It was presided over by Dr. S.A.H. Abidi, Former V.C. and Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Education. Dr. S.A.H. Abidi, while giving the presidential address said science and technology help country to develop. In addition to National Scientific Institution, university contributed a lot to develop and the catalytic effort of Regional Science City is to ignite the brain of young mind.


In the SCIENCE EXPO-2011, 21 institutions of Lucknow and nearby areas including DRDO lab & NASI, Integral University, Lucknow University displayed their work in the exhibition which was a good opportunity for the people to know about them. During the programme a series of popular science lecture, science quiz and science demonstration lecture were organized for school students and general masses.  On concluding day of the programme a family quiz was also organized for family members in which about 20 families took part. About 1500 school students, teachers, scientists & media person visited the SCIENCE EXPO-2011  during the period.


National Science Day Celebrations (26th to 28th FEBRUARY 2011)


The National Science Day Celebrations were inaugurated on 26th February, 2011 by Prof. R.P. Rastogi, Former Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University in the presence of several eminent scientists, dignitaries from participating institutions, Lucknow University and more than 500 students, teachers from schools/colleges and. 


Dr. P.K. Seth while delivering the presidential address, asked the students to think out of the box; develop scientific temper and work against all odds for the cause of science. Citing several examples like C.V. Raman, who joined civil service for some time but continued his scientific passion to give the remarkable Raman Effect. Dr. D.S. Bhakuni, former Scientist-in-Director’s grade, CDRI told the students that they should be curious enough and then only they can achieve success. All successful people have one thing in common that they all were curious. During the interactive session all the eminent guest interacted with students and gave answers of several questions such as, What is water chemistry? Why we need oxygen only? Is hydrogen can be used as fuels in vehicles?


On this occasion a poster making and an experiment science quiz was held for students in which more than 500 students from different schools took part actively. A debate contest was also conducted for the graduate students.


On 2nd day a family quiz was organized for general visitors and as well as families members on “Kitchen Chemistry” in which about 50 visitors participated enthusiastically. The attraction of the day was an exciting programme organized for physically challenged students where a Sit & Draw contest was conducted in which about 50 physically challenged students participated.


On 28th February, 2011 a huge “Science March” was organized in which more than 1800 children & students from schools, colleges, slum area and voluntary organizations participated at regional science city. Several fellows of NASI Lucknow chapter also participated in the science march in which more than 1000 students participated. This march was undertaken for public awareness of science and technology and was flagged off by Prof. B.N. Dhawan, Former Director, CDRI and a senior fellow of the academy.



Science Awareness March held on the National Science Day at Lucknow



Microscope being handed to the school teacher by Prof. B.N. Dhawan on the occasion of the National Science Day at the Regional Science City, Lucknow


Prizes were also distributed to all the prize winners of the contest by the dignitaries. In addition to this an open house science contest and an “Interaction with Chemical Scientist” was also organized on the concluding day for the benefit of school students. Dr S. Ray, Director, Amity Research Cell, Amity University was the Chief Guest of the closing ceremony and he gave away the prizes to winners.


10 schools were specially donated light operated microscopes by NASI Lucknow Chapter. They included MLM Senior Secondary School, Aminabad Inter College, Ramadin Singh Inter College, New Way Aliganj, Maharishi Vidya Mandir I.I.M road, Ummeed Foundation, Town Hall Public School, Pratham Education Centre, Awadh Collegiate and U.P. Sainik School.


Lectures organized



Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, delivering a popular science lecture on First Indian Lunar Mission: Chandrayan-I


Popular Science Lecture on “First Indian Lunar Mission: Chandrayan-I (April 9th  2010) - NASI Lucknow Chapter organized a  unique “Popular Science Lecture” on the topic "First Indian Lunar Mission: Chandrayan-I" on 9th April 2010 which was delivered by Dr. Anil Bhardwaj, Head, Planetary Science Branch, Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum at the Regional Science City, Lucknow.  Dr. Bhardwaj compared the basic characteristic of earth and moon like their rotational and revolutionary speed, density, atmosphere etc. Dr. Bhardwaj also presented the latest photographs and videos taken during Chandrayan mission. At the end of the programme the speaker Dr. Bhardwaj interacted with participating students, scientists & others. Prof. Alok Dhawan, Scientist, IITR & Secretary, NASI, Lucknow Chapter, gave vote-of-thanks to all the participants. On this occasion eminent scientists from different scientific departments, press & media peoples, teachers and more than 250 students were present


Popular Science Lecture on "Drug Discovery" (4th December 2010) - NASI Lucknow Chapter organized a Popular Science Lecture on "Drug Discovery" by Dr. Vinod Bhakuni, FNA, FASc, FNASc, Head, Molecular & Structural Biology Division, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow at the regional science city on December 4, 2011. Dr. Bhakuni informed that Drug discovery is multidisciplinary field and thus to understand how the drugs can be discovered, knowledge of many subjects such as Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, Bioinformatics is needed. The main aim of the lecture was to know how we can find out new drugs, process of discovery and their benefits for the society. On the occasion, Dr. Alok Dhawan, Scientist, IITR & Secretary, NASI- Lucknow Chapter was also present. At the end of the programme the Speaker Dr. Bhakuni interacted with participating students, scientists & others. Eminent scientists from different scientific departments and about 150 students, teachers from about 6 schools were also present on this occasion.  Dr. D.S. Bhakuni, Former Scientist-in-Director’s Grade, CDRI, Lucknow gave a memento to Dr. Vinod Bhakuni.



Dr. Vinod Bhakuni, delivering a popular science lecture on Drug Discovery



Dr. Vinod Bhakuni interacting with students after the lecture.

L-R: Mr. Samrendra Kumar, Dr. D.S. Bhakuni, Dr. Vinod Bhakuni, Prof. Alok Dhawan


Interstellar Molecules a Guide for New Chemistry - Prof. Dr. Herbert W. Roesky, (Ex.) Director Institute für Anorganische Chemie, Der Universitat Göttingen, Germany delivered a lecture on “Interstellar Molecules a Guide for new Chemistry” at the Department of Chemistry, University of Lucknow on October 29, 2010. Prof. P.C. Srivastava, Head, Department of Chemistry introduced the speaker as an eminent scientist who has inspired many Indian post-docs and scientists during their visit to Germany. Prof. Roeskey gave a vivid description of his research in this important area and also advised the young researcher to think out of the box.



Prof. Dr. Herbert W. Roesky, Germany delivering a lecture on Interstellar Molecules a Guide for new Chemistry at the University of Lucknow


Epigenetics-Beyond the Genome in Alcoholism - Prof. S.C. Pandey, Director, Neuroscience Alcoholism Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago & Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, USA delivered a lecture on “Epigenetics-Beyond the Genome in Alcoholism” at CSIR-CDRI on January 19, 2011. He gave an interesting account of the epigenetic mechanisms in alcoholism and presented a lot of data from his research group.


Particle Engineering for Respiratory Drug Delivery - Prof. Peter York, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UK, delivered a lecture on "Particle Engineering for Respiratory Drug Delivery" on 31st January 2011 at the CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow under the auspices of the NASI Lucknow Chapter. He spoke on the evolution of drug delivery to the lungs and airways. He said physical dimensions of inhaled particles are of less importance for deposition in the lung as compared to the aerodynamic behaviour of fluidized particles. He described several techniques, including those developed in his own lab, to engineer particle characteristics suitable for respiratory drug delivery. The audience was especially stimulated by his strategies on making inhalable drug delivery particles through the use of eco-friendly supercritical fluid-based methods.



Prof. Peter York, UK giving a lecture on Particle Engineering for Respiratory Drug Delivery at CSIR-CDRI


Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Nanomedicine - Prof Wolfgang Fritzsche, Institute for Photonic Technology (IPHT) Jena, Germany delivered a lecture entitled “Plasmonic nanoparticles for nanomedicine” at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow on April 8, 2011.  He said that on interaction of noble metal nanoparticles with light,  a resonant oscillation of the conduction electrons in these particles leads to the effect of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), which can be used for sensorics as well as manipulation at the nanoscale. The sensoric ability is based on the dependence of the LSPR on the immediate environment of the particle. In case of changes, e.g. due to pH-changes or molecular binding, a change in the resonance (peak shift) can be detected using spectroscopic readout. This can be demonstrated on a single particle level for DNA detection. On the other hand, light can induce a temperature increase up to destruction of the particle. This effect can be utilized for the release of DNA or RNA inside cells, or the selective destruction of cells or cell organelles upon specific binding, as demonstrated for metaphase chromosomes after in-situ-hybridization of labeled DNA probes. He concluded that plasmonic nanoparticles represent a material with promising properties for a wide range of applications including highly localized diagnostics as well as controlled nanoscale therapy that are foundations of nanomedicine. Dr. K.C. Gupta, Director, CSIR-IITR and Advisor, NASI, Lucknow Chapter honoured the speaker and Dr. Rishi Shanker, Area Coordinator, Environmental Toxicology Group, CSIR-IITR proposed the vote of thanks.



Prof.  Wolfgang Fritzsche, Germany giving a lecture on Plasmonic nanoparticles for nanomedicine at CSIR-IITR, Lucknow


Symposium on Magnetic Resonance - Prof. Richard Ernst, Noble Laureate, a distinguished scientist in the field of NMR spectroscopy delivered a talk in the ‘Symposium on Magnetic Resonance’ which was jointly organized by CSIR, India, and NASI, Lucknow Chapter at CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow on March 7, 2011. Dr. T. K. Chakraborty, Director, CDRI and President, NASI Lucknow Chapter welcomed the scientist and research fellows from different laboratories to this symposium. The speaker was introduced by Dr. Ashish Arora, Scientist CDRI.



Dr. T. K. Chakraborty, Director CSIR-CDRI and President, NASI-Lucknow Chapter addressing the guests at the Symposium on Magnetic Resonance at CSIR-CDRI



Prof. Richard Ernst, Nobel Laureate delivering his talk at the Symposium on Magnetic Resonance at CSIR-CDRI


Prof. Richard Ernst delivered a talk on “The fascination and benefits of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine”. He elaborately explained basic principles of nuclear magnetic resonance which was beneficial for all audience in general and for the NMR spectroscopist in particular. During his talk, he also shared his moments when he was awarded the noble prize for chemistry in 1991. Prof. Richard discussed about tree of education where all the branches of science with mathematics at its root and medicines as its fruit was elaborately discussed. In this tree of education, he discussed the importance of NMR at each steps of scientific development. His talk also covered the development of NMR from 1D to 3D with basics of pulse sequence, Fourier Transform NMR in a simple manner. The role of NMR in structural biology was specifically discussed by him with reference to solving the structure of proteins by NMR spectroscopy. The role of MRI as non-invasive diagnosis techniques was discussed with effect of alcohol on brain. He presented the fact that the alcohol has more harmful effect on the brain of women than man. His intoxicating talk ended after two and half hour at main auditorium CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow, which was packed to full capacity with scientists and researchers of every field.



Dr. T.K. Chakraborty honouring Prof. Richard Ernst during the Symposium on Magnetic Resonance at CSIR-CDRI



Prof. Richard Ernst, Nobel Laureate with Fellows of NASI at CSIR-CDRI


At the occasion, Prof. Krishna Mishra, General Secretary, NASI, Prof. C.L. Khetrapal, Director, CBMR, Lucknow, Dr. K.C. Gupta, Director, IITR, Lucknow, Prof. Krishan Lal, President, INSA, Prof. M.K. Mishra, Vice Chancellor, University of Lucknow, Prof. B.N. Dhawan, Former Director, CDRI, Lucknow and many other distinguished scientists were also present.


A vote of thanks at the end of the lecture was delivered by Dr. Alok Dhawan, Scientist CSIR-IITR and Secretary, NASI Lucknow Chapter. After the lecture, Prof. Ernst had a long discussion with the PhD students.