Central Instrumentation Laboratory: An Advanced Central Research Facility

Introduction:
In 2010, Central University of Punjab took an initiative towards development of a better, reliable and standard research platform, and established a common portal for basic and advanced science based research which was named as Central Instrumentation Laboratory. This laboratory was dedicated to cater the best of instrumental aspects of multidisciplinary research. It also aimed to provide the best and trained instrument professionals to the scientific community of the world.
In its early days the laboratory would focus on the optimum usage of the equipments and instruments for the basic and technological research of the university.

Mission Statement:
CIL aims to the “optimum utilization of the instrumentation facility with quality assurance of analytical and research outcome.”

Role of CIL in the University :

Central Instrumentation Laboratory (CIL) has been incepted in the University in 2010. An amount of Rs. 7 crores has been spent to house 8 state-of-the art instruments of common use type. It has been playing a pivotal role in supporting the research activities of the six Schools in Science and Technology and Twelve Centres distributed among these schools.

Objectives:

  1. To provide basic research support to the centres of science and social science for their instrumentation requirements.
  2. To strengthen the facility with state-of-art advanced research instruments making it a model hub for scientific research in this region.
  3. Maintenance and upgrading of instruments in the facility as well as that at various centres in the university.
  4. Promoting University and Industrial collaboration through essential services for sponsored research and consultancy.

Facilities in the Laboratory:

  1. The central instrumentation laboratory presently hosts the following analytical instruments
    1. DNA Sequencer
    2. Flow Cytometer
    3. Inductively coupled Plasma Mass spectrometer
    4. Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometer
    5. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
    6. Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography
    7. UV-Visible Spectrometer
    8. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
    9. Gas Chromatography for Producer/ Biogas analysis
  2. Apart from analytical instruments, laboratory also hosts an imaging section for basic and applied research in biological and material. The imaging instruments include
    1. Fluorescence Microscope
    2. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope(FESEM)
    3. Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM)

Research support:

The university has a high proportion of research students in the sciences and an active faculty of 25 in the science disciplines. The CIL is playing a vital role in meeting their equipment needs and this aspect is particularly appreciated by the newly joined faculties, who necessarily have to spend a few years initially in developing their research laboratories. CIL has been providing a major support to all the science schools with an average number of around 10 common-use type of state-of-the-art instruments covering microscopy, spectroscopy, and chromatography.

Within this small span of four years of its inception, the CIL has achieved an average of 7022 samples run every year with a highest amount of 10,880 samples taken up and completed in year 2014. With the increase in demand due to the growing faculty strengths of science schools the year 2014 has accounted for 10,880 samples studied

Support Facility:

1. Uninterrupted Power Supply: Capacity upto 60 KVA for backup of Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Gas and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Mass spectrometry, Fluorescence, FE-SEM and Confocal Microscopy.

2. Online Backup Genset

3. Dedicated Earthings <1 Volt

4. Modular Laboratory Furniture

5. Gas Equipment Assembly.

Hands-on Training Programs and Sessions Conducted:

1.Training for Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope on 28-29th May, 2014 for nominated faculties Dr. Monisha Dhiman, Dr. Vikas Jaitak.

2. Training Program on Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy on 26th June, 2014. Introduction to the FCS system by Dr. Volker Buschmann, Sr. Application Scientist, Picoquant GMBH.

3. Talk on Sample Preparation and Experiments on Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, 26th June, 2014 by Dr. K. N. Ganesh, Olympus India Pvt. Ltd.

4. Training on Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) Held on August, 2014 for nominated faculties from each centre in science by Alok Tripathi, Assistant Manager, Services Carl-Ziess India Pvt. Ltd. Several of the internal users have acknowledged the services rendered by the CIL in their theses/dissertations/research publications.

Residence Engineer:

Mr. Ashish Pandey Resident Engineer CLSM, Olympus

Mr. Sumit Srivastava Resident Engineer, FESEM, Carl-Ziess

Instruments in Central Instrumentation Laboratory:

Organizational Chart: