550 students of G. D. Goenka Public School, Lucknow, create a history for conducting a ‘DNA isolation’ experiment simultaneously. From the age group 13-17 years, these students have registered the school’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records breaking the previous record set by 302 children of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Washington, USA, for a duration of 90 minutes.
The World Record was conducted during the four-day International Science Festival held from 5th to 8th October in the G.D. Goenka Public School, Lucknow.
The Chairman of the school, Sarvesh Goel, shares his elation on the presence of eminent personalities during the historic moment, “I’m honoured and at the same time glad to have such a wonderful opportunity to meet the who’s who from the field of Science and Technology. It’s been a rare occasion when such renowned and eminent personalities come under one roof for one common objective.”
Some of the distinguished experts present in the exhibition were:
Dr. N.K. Gupta, Prof. Agra University, Dr. S.N. Jena, Senior Scientist, CSIR-NBRI, Dr. Shariz Iqbal, Administrator AU Research Jaipur, Ms. Rachna Singh, Asst. Prof. Biotechnology – Amity University, Mr. Sanjay Bansal, Joint Secretary, Vigyan Bharti Rajasthan, Mr Vijay Kumar Verma, Scientist Biotech Park, Mr. Arvind Rana De, Scientist (E), Vigyan Prasar, Dr. Vaisaikh, Coordinator Guinness World Records, Dr. Meghandra Sharma, Senior Scientist, National Coordinator SEMC, Dr. Sudhakar Mishra, Prof. Botony, Former Director Science & Technology, Univ. of Rajasthan, Prof. Pramod Tandon, CEO, Biotech Park and Dr. Onkar Tiwari , Scientist (E), DBT
USA students conducted the DNA isolation on a papaya fruit while GD Goenka school students conducted it on a banana, for more than 90 minutes, to break the record. There was a ‘Mock Training Session’ organized in the school on 4th October to address the requirement of prior orientation and practice.
“Under the guidance of Dr. Jena and Dr. Rachna Singh and supervision of volunteers from NBRI and Amity University, the students attended this training session. The students were instructed to follow simple protocol and steps of DNA Isolation from a ripened banana. Students showed a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity performing this activity and gained hands-on practical knowledge. This activity aims at giving a meaningful learning experience to our students and would improve their subject-related knowledge,” shares the school staff.