A two-day National Symposium on ‘Recent Trends in Biopolymers’ was organized jointly by ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi and Society for Advancement of Natural Resins and Gums Natural Resins and Gums, at IINRG, Ranchi on 17-18 February 2017.
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in his inaugural speech exhorted the scientists to make all efforts in doubling the income of farmers. He also released the Souvenir of the symposium during the inaugural session.
Mr. Prabhakar Behra, GM NABARD and Mr. Sanjay Sen, Chairman, Institute of Engineers (India), Jharkhand State Centre were the Guests of Honour.
Er. Sanjay Sen in his address briefed about the activity of Institute of Engineers. He further emphasized on role of agricultural engineers in production, processing and value addition of biopolymers.
Mr. Prabhakar Behra also addressed the inaugural session and briefed about the activity of NABARD and dwelt on possible collaboration with research organizations in development of biopolymer sector in India.
Dr. K. K. Sharma Director, ICAR-IINRG while welcoming the distinguished guests and participants briefed about the objective of the symposium and the achievements of the Institute.
The National Symposium was attended by 77 participants from different parts of the country.
Major recommendations that emerged during the deliberations are:
- Shellac based hydrogel can also be utilized in biomedical field of research and found to be suitable for targeted drug delivery for colon specific applications.
- Polysaccharides may serve as Gels and Associating Polymers in biomedical applications due to their excellent properties such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, non-toxic nature, renewability and availability in abundance.
- Water soluble Polymer (WSPs) shows tremendous applications especially in the areas like toothpaste, soap and detergent, food, leather etc. due to their properties to act as thickening agent, stabilizing agent, moisture retention agent and flocculating agent.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi)