Ashoka University launches Trivedi School of BioSciences

Ashoka University launches Trivedi School of BioSciences

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New Delhi, Updated on Feb 3, 2020 18:28 IST

Ashoka University has launched the Trivedi School of BioSciences on January 25. The school aims to focus on research in emerging areas in Biology. Read the article to know more.

Ashoka University has formally launched the Trivedi School of BioSciences on January 25, 2020. The School has been aided by the contribution of Founder and Trustee Ashok Trivedi.

The applications to Ashoka University’s undergraduate programme are currently underway. The last date to apply for the same is April 8, 2020, for Round 3.
Students can apply prior to the commencement of their board exams with predicted grades, SAT/ACT scores and Ashoka Aptitude Test to receive a confirmed decision before the board results.

The Trivedi School of Biological Sciences will focus on research in emerging areas in Biology such as Synthetic Biology, Biodiversity, Data Science (including applications of artificial intelligence), Ecology (including chemical ecology) and Evolution as well as innovations in undergraduate and postgraduate study of Biology. The School will emphasize on both the discovery of science and its applications towards addressing the problems of the society. 

Speaking at the launch, Ashok Trivedi said, “If the 20th century was the era of computing, the 21st century will be the era of biological sciences." "When the advances in biological sciences, bioengineering, and advanced computing come together, they form a capability called synthetic biology which is one of the focus areas for Ashoka," he added.

Nobel laureates Sir Venki Ramakrishnan (President, Royal Society) and Jack W. Szostak (Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School), Satyajit Mayor (Director, National Centre for Biological Sciences), Ron Vale (Vice President, HHMI), James Collins (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Helen Skaer who are among the members of the School's Advisory Board have backed the school.

The new faculty will be led by Malabika Sarkar, Vice-Chancellor, and L.S. Shashidhara, Dean, Research. While the infrastructure will be ready by December 2021, the school already has six qualified faculty and a dozen PhD scholars working on various projects. The school aims to have over 30 biosciences faculty and 100 PhD students by 2025.

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