Virtual Lab Nodal Center (VLNC), which was established by IIT Bombay in the government. Degree College Kathua, held a workshop on “virtual labs”. A large number of students and professors participated in the event. Prof. Rakesh Singh, Head of Chemistry Department, GDC Kathua and Dr. Mudasir Roshan, VLNC Nodal Coordinator, GDC Ganderbal were the resource persons for the event.
Teacher. Sumanesh Jasrotia, Principal, Govt. Degree College Kathua welcomes resource persons, students and dignitaries. In his welcome address, he commended all college stakeholders for establishing the Nodal Center for virtual labs (VLNC) at GDC Kathua in association with IIT Bombay. He said that this type of initiative is very much needed in this time of Industrial Revolution 4.0 which requires learning towards the Internet of Things, digitalization, machine learning, etc. and for that we have to be creative and critical. He appreciated the efforts made by the GDC Kathua Virtual Lab team and said that it will help students as well as professors to better understand this hot topic.
Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Nodal Coordinator, VLNC, in his introductory speech gave a detail of the various features, objectives and benefits of the Virtual Lab which is a mission project developed under the aegis of the National Mission on Education by ICT, MHRD. He said that with the rapid growth of information and communication technology (ICT), virtual labs have become an integral part of science and engineering curricula. All science teachers and students are encouraged to use virtual labs in addition to physical labs. He said physical distances and lack of resources often make it difficult to carry out experiments, especially when they involve sophisticated instruments.
The first technical session, which includes demonstrations and hands-on sessions of simulation-based experiments in chemical sciences, was led by a resource person, Professor Rakesh Singh, Head of Department of Chemistry, GDC Kathua. He elaborated the virtual lab experiments based on Molecular Absorption Spectroscopy and Acid-Base Titration developed by IIT Hyderabad and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham very efficiently and answered the questions raised by the students. He explained to students how simulations can be used to perform experiments that otherwise involve the use of expensive instruments.
The 2nd technical session which was conducted virtually by Dr. Mudasir Roshan, VLNC Nodal Coordinator, GDC Ganderbal involves the demonstration of bioscience practices such as simulation based experiments on pH, agarose gel electrophoresis and optical microscope developed by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University.
The proceedings of the event were led by Professor Neha Mahajan, Head of the Department of Biotechnology. And an impressive vote of thanks was presented by Professor Anupama Arora, Associate Professor of Chemistry, GDC Kathua.
The whole event was organized under the overall supervision of Prof. Sumanesh, Director, GDC Kathua and by the combined efforts of Prof. Rakesh Singh, Head of Department of Chemistry, Dr. Anupama Arora, Dr. Pankaj Gupta (Organizing Secretary ), Dr. Ambica, Dr. Upasna Andotra, Dr. Roshan Lal, Prof. Neha Mahajan, Prof. Rahul, Prof. Anoop (co-organizer), Prof. Shiv Kumar, Prof. Surbhi & Prof. Bharat.
Others present on the occasion were Prof. Raj Kiran, Prof. Jasvinder Singh, Prof. Seema Malpotra, Prof. Vishav Deepika, Dr. Archana Bhatt, Dr. Jogbinder Singh and Dr. Neetu Sharma.