DNA Clubs (Completed Programme)

About DNA Clubs: (Completed)

SACON had launched DNA Clubs (DBT’s Natural Resource Awareness Clubs) on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India in select schools of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These clubs operate as nuclei for activities and hands-on learning opportunities focused on bio-resources, relating these to the school curriculum where ever appropriate.
The DNA clubs were operated to attain the following objectives

  • To enhance understanding among students about the immense value of biological diversity of our country, the importance of locally available bioresources, their sustainable use and conservation.

  • To equip them with relevant skills for bioresources conservation.

  • To familiarize students with scientific and technological issues related to biotechnology.

  • To provide students with experimental learning opportunity.

  • To create opportunities for hands on experience in the field at the school level.

  • To organize field trips to National Institutes and National Biological parks of the country.

  • To facilitate interaction with leading experts in the field including the core and visiting faculty at the institution.

  • To stimulate student’s interest in pursuing careers in science and technology.

The activities conducted for the students of class 6

  1. Invited Lectures

    • On the topics/areas like-different types of Ecosystems and Conservation Measures; Wildlife and Endangered species; Medicinal Plants; Totem and Taboos with their ethical significance; Flora & Fauna and its importance etc.

    • On the topics/areas like-application of remote sensing; r-DNA technology, IPR issues, Molecular markers etc.

  2. Discussion Forum

    • For a group of 20-30 students

    • On the topics covered in lectures/ demonstrations held as above.

  3. Exposure Visits

    • For a group of 20-30 students

    • Visit to National Laboratories, Pharmaceutical Companies, Pollution Control Board and Laboratories etc. with the subject experts

    • Emphasis will be on conservation and enhancement of bioresources

  4. Project Works

  5. Contests: For total 3 days in an Academic year. Essay writing, debate, oration and exhibition contests on environment/natural resources/ conservation issues.

  6. Workshops: For developing skills of conservation strategies and planning at the local/regional level etc.