SMVDU Katra, 25thAug,18. Emeritus Prof. M. V. Deshpande of AcSIR-CSIR who is also an adjunct faculty of School of Biotechnology at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University addressed and interacted with faculty, students & scholars during three-day guest lecture series on ‘Opportunities in Biotechnology: Research and Development to Entrepreneurship’ during 23-25 August 2018. The lecture generated a very healthy interaction between the expert professor and participants present, as reported by Prof. V. Verma and Dr. Sharda, the coordinators of the event. The purpose of organising this lecture series was to spread an awareness amongst the B. Tech., M. Sc. students and research scholars of Biotechnology about the the scope of Biotechnology in developing commercial ventures such as start-ups, innovation centers, entrepreneurships, etc. Notably, School of Biotechnology at SMVDU is a leading research oriented department where faculty members regularly publish quality research in top-notch journals, including NATURE. Dr. Sanjeev Jain, VC, SMVDU congratulated the school with a message that such events should be organised often.