Over 1,250 students gain insight in HIV work on open-day

PUNE: City-based National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) held an ‘open-day’ to mark World AIDS Day (December 1). In order to facilitate visits from school and college students, the day was observed on December 2.

Over 1,250 students from more than 18 colleges and schools from Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Mumbai visited the NARI campus in Bhosari on the open day.

The activities included display of educational posters and video, visits with experts to the dedicated HIV museum, question-answer sessions with a panel of experts and laboratory visits.

“The ‘Open-day’ helped in sensitizing a large number of students and general public on HIV transmission, prevention, treatment, immunology, virology and recent advances,” said senior scientist Samiran Panda,director, NARI.

Tour of laboratories at NARI included visits to the special state of the art HIV diagnostic, immunology, molecular biology, virology, microbiology and HIV-drug resistance laboratories where students saw different technologies and got information on how they are used in HIV.

“The findings of research conducted by NARI were also disseminated through the use of simple posters and panel discussions and one-to one discussion with institutional volunteers,” Panda said.

Sara Khan, assistant professor of biochemistry at Mithabai College Mumbai, said, “This was a great experience for all our students and they learnt many things during this visit. The panel discussion was very informative.”

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