Being a multi-disciplinary university, Bennett University has undertaken various initiatives for the betterment of the society and also strives to update its students with new and updated course curriculum. Read on to know more about the latest happenings at the University.
Bennett University Releases updated Scholarship Criteria
Date: December 12, 2019
Bennett University, Greater Noida has declared a 100% scholarship for students taking admission in MBA for 2020-22 batch. The admission is granted on the basis of scores obtained in CAT/ XAT/ GMAT/ GRE/ NMAT/ MAT/ CMAT. The final selection will also include a personal interview with faculty panel from the School of Management at Bennett University.
The scholarships will range from 10% to 100% of tuition fees as per the score of the candidate. Also, to promote diversity, Bennett University is offering a top-up scholarship of 5% on Tuition Fee for students with working experience of more than 2 years. The unique feature of the merit-based scholarship is the continuance criteria where the scholarship provided in 1st year will continue in the 2nd year as well provided the student fulfills the laid down academic and non-academic criteria.
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Talking about the same, Sachin Jain, president of BU said, “More than 80% of MBA 2019-21 batch has availed varied levels of merit-based scholarships, which is a testimonial of Bennett University’s resolve to invest in meritorious students and provide financial aid to acquire an internationally recognized degree from one of the top MBA school.”
Backed by the globally acclaimed faculty from IIM’s, FMS, XLRI, University of London and Times of India Group, the MBA program at BU offers specializations in Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, and Media Management. The program has been able to maintain a 100% placement record for its earlier batches and witnessed a promising start of placement season for its 2018-2020 batch. The recruiters who have already visited the campus for the placement of the MBA students include KPMG, Deloitte, LG, Bata, Colgate Palmolive, Yes Bank, TCS, UB Group, Zycus, ITC, HDFC Bank and Huawei.
How Genome editing help in coping with food demand?
Date: July 3, 2019
The new technique, used to rewrite the genetic code, is a better alternative to enhance the quality and quantity of the crops, writes Deepa Khare.
World population is increasing exponentially and is expected to grow further. As a result, there has been a proportionate increase in food demand. To fulfill the burgeoning demand for food and nutrition, the yield and nutritional value of food crops need to be enhanced, that too, with limited agricultural land. During the past few decades, crop food productivity has been increased through genetic modifications (GM) utilizing GMO technology. However, due to the huge controversy over the acceptance of GM crops, there is an urgent need to use alternative biotechnological techniques. The better alternative of GM crops can be genome editing.
It is intriguing to understand the difference between GM crops and the genome editing of crops. The GM crops or commonly known as transgenic crops are generated from copying the required gene from an organism (either plants, animals or microbes) and pasting it in the crop that needs to be modified. Whereas, the genome editing is the editing of the existing genome as per the requirement. In simple words, genome which is DNA is the book and genome editing is the like editing the book by the editor to make it better for readers. Traditionally, genome editing was achieved using breeding, however, breeding takes years to get the expected change in the crop.
GM Organisms (GMOs) are widely used for medical applications. However, GM crops are yet to gain wide acceptance in the world. It is assumed that the DNA from the GM crops can be horizontally transferred to the non-GM crops. Some GM crops are produced using genes which produce toxic compounds against pest attack such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops.
On the other hand, genome editing seems to be a better alternative to GM techcrops. The new unique used for genome editing known as CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Inter Spaced Palindromic Repeats) coupled with Cas9 (a nuclease) is quite encouraging. It has been very successful for editing the genome of all organisms including the agricultural crops. Genome editing can be used to rewrite the genetic code according to the requirement without using transgene (a gene from a different organism).
No doubt there is an urge to improve the quality of the existing crops to enhance the yield and to resist several stresses including those caused by global warming. The improved crops are the only solution to fulfill the demand of the world to cope with hunger. Genome editing using the new technique is, therefore, a better alternative to enhance the quality and quantity of the crops. The Biotech program at Bennett University has implemented focussed R&D, designed exclusive lab facility for Genome Engineering and curricular activities such as core/elective courses and projects to utilize genome editing.
By Deepa Khare
Dept.of Biotechnology, Bennett University