28th February, 2015, Mau Nath Bhanjan
A three member delegation led by Dr. Jahangir Alam, Chief Scientific Officer, National Institute of Biotechnology, Dhaka, Bangladesh visited National Agriculturally Important Microbial Culture Collection (NAIMCC) and other laboratories of ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Micro-organisms, Mau to understand structure and function of NAIMCC, in order to set up a similar “Microbial Gene Bank” in Bangladesh. The included Md. Abdul Momin, Ministry of Science & Technology, Bangladesh and Ms. Rakiba Puna, Architect, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh.
At the outset, Dr. Arun K. Sharma, Director, ICAR-NBAIM welcomed the members of the Bangladesh delegation and briefed about research achievements and activities of ICAR-NBAIM including microbial holdings in National Agriculturally Important Microbial Culture Collection (NAIMCC).
Dr. Alam said that the purpose of visit to NBAIM is to get information and gain knowledge to establish Gene Bank in Bangladesh. To accomplish objectives of Bangladesh delegation, Dr. Sushil K. Sharma, Principal Scientist & In-charge NAIMCC briefly presented status of the microbial gene pool, conservation strategies and service activities of NAIMCC, including infrastructure required for developing a gene bank in Bangladesh.
Delegation went around other laboratories including genomic and bioinformatics laboratories to see the ABI sequencer, pyrosequencer, supercomputer and other facilities.
(Source: ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau Nath Bhanjan)