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Training on "Anvaya"

Anvaya is a workflow environment for automated genome analysis that provides an interface for several bioinformatics tools and databases, loosely coupled together in a coordinated system, enabling the execution of a set of analyses tools in series or in parallel. The article describing various features and utility of Anvaya has been published in Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology -2012. (http://www.worldscinet.com/jbcb/00/0002/S0219720012500060.html)

In order to introduce Anvaya to active researchers in the area of Life Sciences, the Bioinformatics group of C-DAC along with SCIS JNU, Delhi organized a one-day workshop on 'Anvaya – Bio-logical Connection' on May 22, 2012. The workshop included talks on usage of Anvaya by the C-DAC researchers group followed by hands on session of Anvaya for 34 participants from JNU Science schools.

Indira Ghosh, Professor,
School of Computational and Integrative Sciences

Bioinformatics National Certificate Examination (BINC) 2012 Award Ceremony

On behalf of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, School of Computational and Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University conducted the Bioinformatics National Certificate examination at nine centres across India (New Delhi, Pune, Thiruvanthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad. Calcutta, Gauhati and Shillong). The main objective of the Bioinformatics National Certificate exam is to encourage science, engineering and technology graduates/ scholarship postgraduates to pursue Ph.D programmes in Bioinformatics with DBT research fellowships at par with UGC/CSIR/ICMR to pursue Ph.D. Another important objective is to certify Bioinformatics professionals, trained students passing out of various institutes/universities as well as self-trained candidates so that they can get employment in Biotech/Biopharma/ Pharma/IT companies. All the certified candidates will be provided JRF/SRF from DBT. During 2006-2011, DBT has certified 120 candidates, two completed their Ph.D and 26 of them are pursuing Ph.D in eminent academic institutions in India, many of them are working in Industry. In 2012 approximately 900 students had taken BINC exam and 38 were certified, most of them will be pursuing Ph.D. To present the Bioninformatics National Certificates and Cash awards (for the top ten ranking candidates) to the qualified students, our school organized BINC 2012 Award Ceremony on 29 May 2012. Dr. M.K. Bhan, DBT Secretary, presented the awards after addressing the gathering in the presence of Professor S.K.Sopory, Vice Chancellor, JNU, Prof A.S.Kolaskar, Chairman of the National BINC coordination Committee, Dr T. Madan Mohan Advisor, DBT and Prof Indira Ghosh, Coordinator, BINC.

Indira Ghosh, Professor,
School of Computational and Integrative Sciences

Annual Sports Prize Distribution 2011-12

The Sports Office celebrated its Annual Sports Prize Distribution Function at the SSS auditorium. The Chief Guest was the legendary Cricketer Sh. Kapil Dev, who stole the show that evening with his presence and powerful address. Even before he had arrived there was a deluge of students most eagerly and excitedly waiting for him.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sopory, along with the Rector, Prof. Sudha Pai, and the Dean of Students, Prof. A Nafey, welcomed him on the occasion and on behalf of the university presented to him a Nehru bust as a memento. After the Deputy Director, (PE), Mrs Damayanti Tambay described in brief the History of sports in JNU, Sh Kapil Dev regaled the audience with his cryptic description of sports, preparation for sports, his own passion for the game, how sports can mould the personality which left the students spellbound.

The achievers had all gathered to receive their prizes and be photographed with the great cricketer. Ashish Kumar of the School of Communication and Information Services achieved a rare 'Double' by getting the 'Best Lifter Award' both in Weight and Power Lifting. Similarly a rare 'Triple Crown' was won by Swati Kumari of School of Social Sciences in Badminton. 'Best Athlete' award went to Suman Beniwal CRS/SLL&CS in the women's category while in the men's category it was jointly won by Bipul Kumar of the same school and Alok Kumar Singh of School of Life Sciences.

Prizes and certificates were also given away by Sh Kapil Dev, Prof Sopory, Prof Sudha Pai and Prof. Nafey to the awardees in different events in Athletics, Badminton, Tennis, Weight & Power Lifting, Best Physique, Yoga, Taekwondo the above who participants Inter School winners in Cricket, Football, Badminton (also Inter-Hostel) and various programs conducted by the JNU Mountaineering club. For the first time competitions in various athletic events were also conducted for the differently abled students (boys and girls).

While waiting for the Chief Guest to arrive slide show of various adventures of the JNU Mountaineering Club, cricket and badminton matches, yoga and taekwondo and other programs kept the audience enthralled.
The program ended with a vote of thanks by the Assistant Director, (PE) Dr. Vikram Singh.

Damayanti V Tambay, Deputy Director
Physical Education, Sports Office, JNU

Unnoticed: The Children of JNU Construction Workers

Why? The beginning
There are some things that just can not be overlooked. It nags your conscience and pinches your whole notion of existence until you do something about it. Studying in this prestigious university, enjoying its beautiful environs and at the same time seeing a certain section of kids denied the basic right to education right within the university was one such thing that made a group of students pause and take notice…and that's how Unnoticed was born. While many of us were working towards the goal of providing basic education to the children of the migrant construction workers inside the JNU campus, we recently formalized ourselves as Unnoticed: Children of JNU Construction Workers to effectively organize our activities.

What do we do? Our Activities
Initially emphasizing on basic teaching and organizing classes with student volunteers and later for that end getting the children admitted into nearby municipal schools, we realized that education is much more than textbooks and rote learning. Like any other child, these kids too were filled with immense potential which needed careful channeling and nurturing. With this intent, we began to diversify our activities. If amongst us, someone was good at crafts or painting or music or dance, we started teaching the kids the same. Theatre workshops, movie screenings and taking the children on recreational trips around the city became a part of our schedule. And the kids grew and we along with them.

Another area of work has been our vaccination drive. Being migrant workers on the move with no access to basic health facilities, almost all the children were without immunization against life threatening diseases. And we found a partner in Dr. Priyadarshini with whose help we were able to do some significant work in this field. Recently we found another support in Dr. Rewa who volunteered her services for the dental check up of the children. This and much more…such has been our journey so far.

Where, Who and How? Keeping it going
Starting with holding classes in open and at times at the workers settlement, to now using the International Students Association's office as our activity room, our driving energy is students. Be it our volunteers who are both Indian and international students studying in the university or ex-students who kept collaborating with us even though they do not live on JNU Campus anymore.

Erratic funding has been our simple way to carry on our activities so far. We raise money through maintaining stalls at the university's International Food Festival, organizing Photo Exhibitions depicting the lives of these children and selling post cards (we organized a photo exhibition on the campus on 14-15 of April 2012 as a part of our project in which the kids were initiated into photography – the same exhibition has been held also in a yoga studio in South Delhi where children could also enjoy a one-day yoga workshop).

Recently, we have been particularly lucky, since the attention of more and more people has focused on our organization. Claudia Landes, a primary school teacher in Germany, mother of Paula Landes, ex-casual student in JNU, started an intense collaboration with us. She has been raising funds from Germany thanks to interesting workshops about India she held with her pupils. Thanks to her contribution, on the 28 of July 2012, we could accompany the children to Purana Qila, where they could enjoy the famous evening laser show about enchanting the greatness of Delhi's history.

Also the Delegation of the European Union to India has been interested in our work and donated five computers to Unnoticed.

Both diplomats and local agents at the EU Delegation in New Delhi are supporting us on a regular basis, thanks to the work of the Cultural Counsellor Irma Kaljulaid. Ms. Kaljulaid organizes monthly fund-raising to assure Unnoticed school bus gives our children daily free transportation from their JNU settlement to their school.

Unnoticed is also currently providing school uniforms, shoes, school-bags and stationery for the children.

Our next step will be hiring a part-time teacher who will every day give tuition to the children in their settlement. We are aware of the teaching-standards of the school they attend, which, for various reasons, is not sufficient to give them the education they deserve. We think a regular teacher can fill these gaps and improve their future prospects.

You can reach us at our Facebook page (Unnoticed: Children of JNU Construction Workers) and our blog at unnoticedjnu@wordpress.com Ph: 9999178089, 9999858754, 8826836527

UNNOTICED: The Children of JNU Construction Workers


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