Two Students from Manipal to Attend Nobel Laureate Meet
Manipal: Anusha Taarinie Jha, an intern and Akshay Thimmappaiah Jagadeesh, an eighth-semester student, both of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal are currently packing their bags to attend the prestigious 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting between 24 and 29 June.
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meet is an annual gathering in Germany which serves as a platform for selected researchers and scientists to foster scientific exchange and collaborate with Nobel laureates. This platform bridges different cultures and generations. This year, it is themed on the topics physiology and medicine which is the niche focus of Anusha and Akshay.
Anusha’s interest in research was kindled when she attended various workshops and conferences held in her college. This led to her first research project with Dr Krishnananda Prabhu for which she bagged the third place at ‘Convectus’, a conference, in 2015. Her next project was a case report in dermatology. In addition, she received the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Grant in community medicine awareness about health care practices. This was followed by a series of research projects in ENT and neurosurgery which she presented at conferences— she received the second place for the latter’s research.
Akshay discussed the various projects and research publications he has to his credit. His first project was with Dr Kumar Bhat, and he remarks that the whole research process fascinated him. His first independent research came into being when he applied for the ICMR Grant, and his application was selected. This research was later published in a prestigious journal.
Dr Prabha Darke, an alumnus of Kasturba Medical College was the first to receive the Nobel Laureate fellowship from Manipal in the year 2015. He organised the Annual Lindau Alumni Meet, a multidisciplinary conference called the Indo German Convention of Lindau Alumni which served as motivation for Akshay and Anusha to apply for the Nobel Laureate Meet. The conference created the right kind of atmosphere and the alumni attending the meeting encouraged the students to apply.
The field of research is a complex one, and Anusha and Akshay face multiple limitations. The most common one is the lack of time as their course is time-consuming. Anusha shares a personal anecdote on how she used to have a window of 30-minutes to collect data for her research from specific departments. The second limitation they face is the lack of sufficient knowledge— as undergraduates they still have plenty to learn and understand.
After applying for the Nobel Laureate Meeting came the waiting process which was the most excruciating time for both. It took about six months for the results to come out. There was a great deal of uncertainty, as many people across the country had applied. Anusha and Akshay are two out of the 30 selected students from India for the Nobel Laureate Meet which has 80 participating nations.
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Edited by: Bhavna Subramanian