BITS Pilani

The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary motive of BITS is to “train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques, and information.” The Institute is a dream come true of its founder late Mr. G.D.Birla - an eminent industrialist, a participant in the Indian freedom struggle, and a close associate of the Father of Indian Nation, late Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi). What started in the early 1900s as a small school blossomed into a set of colleges for higher education, ranging from the Humanities to Engineering until 1964, when all these colleges amalgamated to culminate into a unique Indian University of International standing. This university was christened as the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, known to many as BITS, Pilani.

Over the years, BITS has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India admitted based on merit. Its graduates may be found throughout the world in all areas of engineering, science, and commerce. BITS symbolizes the maturing of Indian technical ability and “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit, especially as derived from the private sector.

BITS mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.

About: DBT Builder Program

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) provides support to establish interdisciplinary School of Life Sciences for advanced research and education in universities known as “DBT-Boost to University Interdisciplinary Life Science Departments for Education and Research (BUILDER)” The overall aim of this program is to foster interaction of existing departments of universities and invigorating interdisciplinary modern bioscience research.

BITS-Pilani, has been selected as one of the few Universities under the DBT-BUILDER to establish an Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education in Epigenetics and Genome editing. A number of faculty members working in the Department of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences are collaborating to carry out the objectives under the sanctioned project.

The major focus of the Program is:

Understanding the epigenetics landscape of chronic diseases in in vitro and in vivo models of human diseases, evaluating the efficacy of epigenetics modulators for their possible use in abrogating/reversing disease pathologies, design of genome editing tools and their assessment of specificity and targeted mutagenesis in suitable cell culture models, design, In vitro and in vivo assessment of novel formulations for delivering epigenetics modulators and genome editing tools in suitable disease models, organizing workshops, symposium and training programs for researchers to provide training for proposed facility.

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