Department of Microbiology



Activities 2017-18:

National Science Day

The faculty of Physical and Life Sciences, Bhavan’s Vivekananda College of Science, Humanities and Commerce, celebrated National Science Day on 27th February, 2018.  The theme of this intercollegiate event was “Scientific issues for the development of the Nation”. The Science Day began with an inaugural session presided over by Prof. Y Ashok, Principal, BVC, Vice Chairman, Air Comdr. (Retd) J. L. N. Sastry, VSM,  faculty members and students of Physical and Life Sciences. Prof. Y Ashok appreciated the efforts of the various Departments of Sciences for their team work. Vice Chairman, Air Comdr. (Retd) J. L. N. Sastry, VSM, gave his blessings and discussed the importance of science in our daily life.The keynote speaker and the Chief Guest for the inaugural, Smt. G. Krishnaveni, Member Secretary (FAC), TSCOST, gave an insight into the objective of TSCOST which was propagating science in educational institutions at Mandal, District, State and National level. She emphasized the importance of living with science rather than celebrating science. The Guest of Honour Brig. P. Ganesham, VSM (Retd.), Founder President, Palle Srujana, while addressing the audience urged the need of using Gandhian Technology based on MLM- more from less for many, with a focus on grassroot innovations. The highlight of the event was a documentary on “Role of Science & Technology in developing 70 years of Independent India”.  Events conducted during the Science fair were live experiments, poster presentations, display of models and an essay competition in English. There was an enthusiastic  response from students of colleges like St. Pious X Degree & P.G College for Women, Nacharam; University College for Women, Koti, St. Francis College for Women, Begumpet; Kasturba Gandhi  Degree & P.G College for Women, Marredpally; Ideal Degree College for Women, Dilsukhnagar to name a few.  A total of 390 students registered for various events in the Science fair, of which 68 were from other colleges and 322 were in-house participants.  The number of students who participated in Essay writing was 53 and some of the current issues dealt with were Plastic roads, electricity theft, biodegradable packaging, printing organs for transplantation, air pollution, food fortification to combat malnutrition, detecting drunk people, microplastics, and solid waste management.  192 posters were presented by the students of which 107 were from life sciences, 64 from physical sciences and 21 were from computer sciences. A total of 136 models were displayed for the event including 90 live demonstrations. The National Science Day celebration was a grand success.

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The department organized the annual lecture series “Gyan Tarangini Vyakhyan mala 2018” on 23rd February, 2018.Dr. Ch. Sasikala , Professor, Center for Environment, Institute of Science & Technology, JNTU, Hyderabad was the chief guest for event. There was a lecture by Dr. Kavitha Reddy, Director, Sreya Nutrition, Director - Nutrition Communications, NutriTech Consulting Service Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad. There were Paper and Poster Presentations for students. Judges for these events were Dr. Manjula B.,Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad., Dr. Sandeepta  B,Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Osmania University, Hyderabad., Dr. B. Vijaya Lakshmi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry, Institute of Genetics and Hospital for Genetic Diseases, Osmania University, Hyderabad., Dr. Sunitha, HOD, Clinical Geneticist and Fetal Medicine spl. Institute of Genetics and Hospital for Genetic Diseases,   Osmania University, Hyderabad.



Outreach Program

Bhavan’s Vivekanada college ,Department of Microbiology On Saturday organized an event “Meet the Scientists” for science teachers and students at +2, UG and PG levels on , 27th January 2018. This event was a part of the outreach program organized by the International Congress on Cell Biology 2018,Hyderabad. This was the first-ever joint meeting of FCB (International Federation for Cell Biology), APOCB (Asian Pacific Organization for Cell Biology), and the Indian Society of Cell Biology (ISCB).  The ICCB was organized by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, (CCMB). Principal Prof.Y .Ashok, appreciated  the initiative for conducting an outreach program at Bhavan’s Vivekanada college and applauded the scientists for sharing their knowledge . There was an overwhelming response of 100 participants that included  teachers and students of various institutions in twin cities. Teachers and students had a chance to interact with two eminent scientists, Prof. Margarete Heck and Dr. Mukund Thattai, who shared their personal journeys in Biology and spread the excitement of science. The teachers and students actively interacted with speakers addressing issues related to biology and its prospects.


Three Day  - RBPT WorkshopJanuary 17-19 , 2018

  A 3-day Regional RBPT (Research-Based Pedagogical Tools) workshop for UG and PG Science College Teachers of Telangana and surrounding areas was inaugurated on  17th January , 2018 at Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, Sainikpuri. The workshop was co-hosted by COESME (Center of Excellence for Science and Mathematics Education) of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune and Bhavan’s Vivekananda  College. The workshop is funded by MHRD and DST (Department of Science and Technology), Government of India. The Newton Bhabha Fund of British Council is a knowledge partner of the workshop. Around 70 teachers of Chemistry, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physics registered for the workshop. The chief guest, Air Commander (Retd). J L N Sastry, Vice-Chairman, BVB, and the Principal, Prof. Y. Ashok inaugurated the workshop. In their message to the participants, they advised  the participants to use their skills to train and inspire the students to become   resourceful scientists capable of solving practical problems. Ms. Prachi Pasalkar, representative of IISER, explained that this was the 12th Regional Workshop of this series. The workshop has five  subject facilitators who have been trained by experts from the Sheffield Hallam University ,UK. They will conduct hands-on activities to impart skills of developing Research-Based lesson plans for teaching the students. This novel method of teaching will benefit our students by inculcating logical thinking and problem-solving.



Guest Lecture

 A guest lecture was organized by the department on 22 -12-2017 . The guest speaker Shri. Anil Kumar Kapu, Director, Antel Enterprises (Pvt. Ltd.),Antel Molecular Diagnostics spoke on “My Journey in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.” He briefed his experiences in the field of bioinformatics and his journey in establishing the enterprise. As part of his talk he motivated students to take up careers related to bioinformatics and also gave details about the oppurtunities in this field.


IPR and Patenting Workshop

Department of Microbiology had organized a two day workshop on IPR and Patenting for Microbiology final year students on 9th& 10th November, 2017 in collaboration with Clinnovo Research labs.
On 9thNovember, Dr.Surendranath Reddy CEO, Clinnovo research labs and Dr.A.R. Poongothai, Resourceperson, Mrs.Veena and Mrs.Sandeepthi attended the inaugural session. Thiswas followed by introduction session to IPR and Patenting. Afternoon session was on Process of patenting. This was followed by lecture on role of clinical data management &pharmacovigilance  byMrs .Veena  from Clinnovo Research labs.
On 10th November, Morning session started on  procedures involved in filing patent at National and International level.  Session also had lecture on Patent laws, Acts and search tools WIPO &EPO. Dr.A.R. Poongothaibreified on opportunities  for a Patent Officer.  Session concluded with lecture on statistical analysis tool – SAS.
Before concluding the workshop, an evaluator test was conducted and a surprise prize was announced to the best performer.Distribution of participation certificates was done by College Principal and CEO from Clinnovo during valedictory session.



Diabetes Awareness Program

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day on 14thNovember 2017, NIMS, Punjagutta organized a Diabetes Awareness  Walk which has been coordinated by Department of Microbiology, BVC .It was based on the international theme for this year “Women and Diabetes: our right to a healthy future. Students of  B.Sc Microbiology actively participated in this awareness walk by incorporating these messages into placards which they carried with them on the walk.
The route of walk was from Punjagutta , NIMS to Banjara Hills, NIMS..


Regional Science congress 2017


IKP (Innovative Knowledge Park) Visit

Department of Microbiology organized an industrial visit to IKP (Innovative Knowledge Park) at Genome Valley. B.Sc and M.Sc Microbiology students were accompanied with the staff members for the visit on 16th September 2017 and 22nd August 2017 respectively. As part of the visit students were given awareness on the support initiated at the IKP for Industrial start ups. They were briefed on the facility for Incubator systems and the guidance for funding for new ventures. Working and applications of the instruments like ICPMS (Ion Coupled plasma Mass Spectrometry), Gas Chromatography, and High Proficiency Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) were also demonstrated.


Agricultural Research Institute Visit

Students of Bsc 2nd year visited Agricultural Research Institute (ARI),Prof.Jayashankar Telangana State Agri. University,Rajendranagar on 9th September 2017 as a part of their skill enhancement course in Food Adulteration. Forty five enthusiastic students participated in this visit organised by department of microbiology, Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, Sainikpuri. During this visit, Dr.S.J.RAHMAN, Principal Scientist & Univ. Head of Entomology interacted with students and explained them about various aspects and advantages of biological control. He also encouraged students to take up research programmes in the field of Agricultural microbiology.


Educational Trip to CFTRI & Pastuer Institute ,Coonor

Department of Microbiology had organized  a three day educational  tour i.e from   5th to 7th September ,2017  for Final year students  to visit National Institutes like CFTRI at Mysore and Pasteur Institute Of India at Coonor. Two faculty members accompanied 29 M.Sc students in this tour.   On 5th September, students visited Center for Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI), a premier National Institute  in food technology where  they were briefed on CFTRI mission and programmes they undertake.  Research scholars at Plant cell Biotechnology (PCBT) department had explained the culturing and commercial production of Spirulina (SCP) product and research strategies to improvise and enhance its usage in market. Students visited tissue culture labs where they were briefed with coffee plant tissue culture and research work in enhancing the quality of coffee. This lab also explained their research programmes on Food falvours and natural colours. In Microbiology and Fermentation labs , Dr. Sarma had summarized the department activities and their research interest. They are mainly focusing on fermentations – preparations of Wines from local fruits, Development of IDLY and DOSA Batter (already Commercialized), Banana Juice ,Fruit clarification,  Biogas production from Kitchen waste ,Squalene  production  and another molecule for controlling hangover after consuming alcohol. 6Th September  students  travelled  from Mysore to Coonor via Ooty  with night halt at Ooty . On 7th of September morning , students visited Pasteur Institute of INDIA at Coonor where they visited Museum depicting the historical events of how the institute was established and its progress.  Later they had seen animal models used for vaccine preparation. This was followed by presentation by Senior Scientist on institute activities and vaccine preparations specially focused on Rabies vaccine preparation. He briefed out the facilities of the institute and also the training programmes conducted by them.



Guest Lecture

Department of Microbiology organized a guest lecture for B.Sc and M.Sc Microbiology students on 21.8.17. The guest speaker was Dr.B.Sandeepta, Assistant Professor, from Department of Microbiology, Osmania University. She spoke about the current research undertaken by her on “Analyzing inflammatory response in Bacterial sepsis to predict mortality”. The lecture given by her gave an insight to understand the procedures followed in research and also motivated to have a successful career in science.


Outreach Program

An outreach program “Cancer Awareness” was organized by department of Microbiology on 26th July 2017. It was conducted to create awareness on different types of cancer for school students of Zilla parishad boys High School, Malkajgiri. Students of  MSc.Microbiology gave PowerPoint presentations on different aspects of prevention of cancer and identification of symptoms for early detection. There was an enthusiastic response from school students as they felt that the information was very useful in understanding the concept of cancer .



Activities 2016-17


Department of microbiology organized a visit to for M.Sc students CCMB on 14.3.2017.


Workshop "Solar dehydration of fruits and vegetables for value-addition & Preservation" 2016-17

A workshop was organized by Department of Microbiology in collaboration with Society for Energy, Environment & Development ( SEED) from  15-18th February 2017.The workshop gave students hands on experience in the areas of Solar dehydration of fruits and vegetables for value-addition & Preservation.

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Guest Lecture 2016-17

A guest lecture was organized by the Department of Microbiology on 14-2-2017.The speaker Dr.Laxman Varanasi, Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine; Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic gave lecture on “Circulating glycoprotein indicators of cancers of the gastro intestinal tract”.



Department Organizes National Seminar/Symposium/Workshops, Intercollegiate events like - "Annual A.L.S. / Gyan Tarangini Vyakhyanmala, Bhavanotsav-Grenergy Intercollegiate fest, Poster/Paper Presentation by Students", Guest Lectures by eminent scientists, Visits to Industries and Research Centers, Outreach programs, Community awareness programme -Waste Management,Summer Projects, Model CSIR Exam, Certificate course on Bio-informatics and Science Club activities.


The annual lecture series GYANTARANGINI VYAKHYANAMALA-2017 was inaugurated by Prof. Ravindranath, Dean, Academic Affairs, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. This was followed by his key note address on “Biosensors –As cutting edge Diagnostic tools”. A total of 35 students and faculty from 6 different colleges like Aurora Degree and PG college, Mumtaz college, St. Francis college for women, University college of Science, Saifabad, Govt.Degree college, Hussainialam, Osmania University campus have participated in this event. Prof. Suman Kapur, Senior Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Hyderabad Campus delivered a lecture on “Biomarkers”. This was followed by another lecture by Prof. Lakshmi Vemu, Head, Dept of Microbiology, NIMS, Hyderabad. She spoke on “Real time loop mediated amplification assay –A potential point of care test in the diagnosis of infectious diseases. The lecture session was followed by scientific writing. Afternoon session was started with paper presentation, followed by poster presentations by PG students from Biochemistry and Microbiology departments of this college and other colleges. Dr. Sudip Ghosh, NIN, Hyderabad and Dr. Vasavi Mohan, Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Vasavi Medical and Research Centre, Hyderabad were the judges for these competitions.  GTVM was concluded with a valedictory function. Dr. Sudip Ghosh and Dr. Vasavi Mohan gave away the prizes to the winners of the various events including poster and paper presentations, scientific writing and quiz.



Guest Lecture 2016-17

Department of Microbiology organized a Guest lecture on 11.1.2017 for the students of B.Sc Microbiology and M.Sc (Microbiology & Biochemistry).
The invited guest speaker was Raghunand.R.Tirumalai, Senior Scientist, CCMB Hyderabad. The topic was- “Dissecting the physiology and pathogenic mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis”. He gave a preview of the pathogenesis, Virulence and the factors that are responsible for the development of multi drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The lecture included the details of the current research undertaken by him, in identifying the various proteins that can be used as new drug targets. During his interaction with students, he shared his experiences as a scientist and guided the students to take up career in the field of research.


Guest Lecture 2016-17

A guest lecture was organized by Department of Microbiology on 5-11-2016  by Dr. U. Ramesh, Scientist from IICT , Tarnaka, Hyderabad. He enlighted the students of M.Sc and B.Sc ( Final) microbiology students on the various aspects in the topic “In Search of novel Cancer relavent targets by “omics” and Modulation of Drug targets by small molecules: Chemical biology approach”



Workshop "Bacterial genetics" 2016

Department of Microbiology organized a workshop on Bacterial genetics in collaboration with CCMB. It was conducted from 19th October to 3rd November, 2016. It was a  three week   workshop organized by inviting Dr.Manjula reddy ,scientist and research scholars from CCMB. Hands on experience was given in bacterial techniques like  transposon mutagenesis, Conjugation and Transduction using bacterial strains from CCMB.

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PUNE Educational trip

The Post graduate students of Microbiology  and  Biochemistry  along  with  four  staff  members  made   three day  educational tour to PUNE  in last  week of August i.e 30th August  to 1st September. 23  Students of Microbiology , 15 students of  Biochemistry  and four  Faculty  i.e Dr K.Anuradha , Dr.Sai Padama ,Dr P.Naga Padma and Dr.J.Sarada  -  a total of 42 members started their tour on 29th August by  Bombay express  train to PUNE.
On 30th Morning students were taken on to  popular local site seeing places - Lonavala ,Bushi dam and Tiger point .On 31st visited  Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd one of the renowned production centre for 25 types of vaccines. Students visited bacterial  vaccine filling station  which had sophisticated automatic machines for handling vaccine formulation. Polysaccharide conjugate Vaccine (PCV) unit produces conjugant vaccine preparation where fermentation process was explained in detail.  Later students were taken to biochemical analytical  laboratories where QC and QA  instrumentation were  shown.Dr.Asha Mallya –Head, Department of R& D explained briefly on the opportunities to students working in their institutes  and also encouraged students to   do   project work.This was followed by 30 minutes   presentation by Vishram Vaidya,who had briefed about SERUM institute as 50 year old organization supplying vaccines to over150 countries . It comes under SERUM BIO Pharma park SEZ and has WHO funding to achieve their target. On same day students were taken to popular Gaesh temple and Balaji temple. .
On 1st September , Students were taken to NCIL PUNE - CSIR organization which has strong research wing in Biochemistry and Microbiology.Research scholars at Biochemical division briefed their topics in research by power point presentation  which was followed by v isit to Plant tissue  culture unit.Later students were taken to Culture Collection centre –A Microbiological wing which had facility  for  culture identification and Molecular characterization facilities. Students  were explained with the  techniques followed in their routine work.  On the same day  students  were taken to mahabaleshwar temple and other picnic spots were students collected  soil samples  for  microbial biodiversity studies.




Department of Microbiology organized an Outreach Programme for school students of 8th and 9th classes about “Health and Hygiene” on 06.08.2016 at Nimmagadda Anandamma Memorial Girls School. As part of the programme, the students were made aware about the different infections caused by Bacteria, Viruses, Protozoan and Fungi. They were explained about the various reasons that lead to development of infectious diseases. A PowerPoint presentation on importance of hygiene in leading a healthy lifestyle and detailed information on the different methods of maintaining cleanliness was given. Students were introduced to the concept of Normal Human Microbial flora and their role in causing opportunistic infections. Demonstration of bacterial slides under the microscope and different bacterial culture plates enhanced the students enthusiasm as they were introduced to them for the first time.



Activities 2015-16

Two Day National Seminar on “Recent Advances in Food Biotechnology”

A two-day national seminar on “Recent advances in Food biotechnology” was organized by Departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Bhavan’s Vivekananda College of Science, Humanities and Commerce, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad on 17th and 18th February, 2016. The programme started with lighting of the lamp by the Chief guest and other dignitaries followed by Bhavan’s Prayer. The welcome address was given by convenor Dr. K. Anuradha, head, dept. of microbiology and presented the overview of the programme. She listed out the various events and lectures that would be organized on these two days. Prof. Y. Ashok and Hon. Director, BVC, Col. M. Vijay Rao invited the delegates and gave their brief message to the students. Justice Dr. Y. Bhaskar Rao, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sainikpuri kendra  emphasized on the importance of providing food safety for the common man through research. Chief Guest of the programme, Dr. Ravindrababu, Director, Indian Institute of Rice research (IIRR),  Guests of honour Dr. Bhima, Head, Dept of Microbiology, invited speaker Dr. S. G. Prapulla CFTRI, Mysuru also spoke on this occasion about the importance of this seminar. A total of 124 delegates from different colleges and various institutes like Institute of Genetics and Hospital for genetic diseases, CFTRI- regional center, Hyderabad, lyola academy, Osmania university, Palamuru university, Gitam university, Mahatma Gandhi university, Sandor life sciences, SRK degree college, IICT, S.N.Vanitha college, St. Francis college are few amongst the colleges participated in this seminar. After inauguration the technical session was started with the keynote address by the chief guest Dr.Ravindrababu, Director IIRR on “Importance of Agriculture to achieve Nutritional food security of the country”. He spoke on the importance of research towards production of better varieties of food grains and the contributions of IIRR in developing new rice varieties. This was followed by a lecture on “Prebiotics and Probiotics: current research and future trends” by Dr. S. G. Prapulla CFTRI, Mysuru.
The afternoon session was started with scientific writing, followed by a lecture on “Development of Genetically Modified Food Crops and Their Safety-Case Study” by Dr. Dinesh Kumar NIN, Hyderabad. The poster session was held for graduate and Post-graduate students and research scholars from various institutions. The poster session was categorized into two groups, one based on literature survey on the topic “food adulteration” and the other based on original research work on “food biotechnology”. About 70 posters were displayed by the students and research scholars. It was an overwhelming response. The second day of the programme on 18th February was started with preliminary quiz competition followed by a lecture on “Food Enzymes of Microbial Sources and Their Industrial Applications” by Dr S.Vekateshwar, Director CFTRI resource Centre Hyderabad. Subsequent to this lecture an oral paper presentations were held for students, research scholars and faculty. There were 14 participants from various colleges and research institutes. The afternoon session began with lecture on “Biotechnological Approaches for The Modification Of Lipids For Medical, Nutraceuticals And Food Applications” by Dr. RBN Prasad.   A presentation was given  by Dr. VidyaJonnalagadda on “Make in India : S&T Driven Innovations”. This was followed by the final round of Quiz. The valedictory function was held in the evening to distribute the certificates and mementoes for the winners of various events. Dr. Acharya Nagarjuna, Chairman, Board of studies, Dept. of Microbiology was the chief guest of the programme. He congratulated the prize winners and departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry for successfully organizing the two.

Two Day Workshop on Microbiological Analysis Of Food Samples

A two day workshop on “Microbiological Analysis of Food Samples” was organized by Department of Microbiology on 21st and 22nd March 2016 for M.Sc (Previous) Microbiology students. Mr. Navneeth Saxena from Chromogenic Life Sciences India Pvt. Ltd was the resource person for the workshop. Detection of food toxins and pathogens was explained using the Chromogenic agars in comparison to the other traditional methods. Mycotoxin analysis from food samples was practically done using ELISA technique.


A two day workshop on Basics in Bioinformatics

A two day workshop on Basics in Bioinformatics had been organized by Department of Microbiology in collaboration with PGRRCDE ,Osmania university on 26th & 27th February,2016. Final year Microbiology students attended  as they have basics of bioinformatics  in their curriculum. This workshop aimed to provide basic knowledge and hands on training in Databases, data mining, sequence  alignment   and comparison.  First day i.e on 26th the programme started with Dr.Sravan ,faculty of PGRRCDE, Osmania university about the schedule of the workshop and details of computer based exercises to be taken by students individually. He explained about types of types of data, data banks and methods of retrieving the information from these data banks namely DNA and protein data banks.
Second day 27th feb., started with online quiz on databanks and their usage .Later it was followed with importance of sequence comparision and their alignment. Methods of comparision and their significance was explained with practical examples .During this programme PGRRCDE faculty  Dr.Sarada ,Narasimha chary, students extended their help in explaining the concept individually while working the systems for P.G students. The workshop ended with valedictory function where 26 P.G microbiology students were given with participation certificates by the course co-ordinator Dr.Mahamood ,Department of Bioinformatics ,O.U. Dr.K.Anuradha ,HOD of Microbiology, presented Momento to the coordinator and gave vote of Thanks on this occasion.

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Industrial Visit

Department Of Microbiology organized an industrial visit to NATCO Parentrals Ltd., Nagarjun Sagar for B.Sc Microbiology students on 5th December 2016 and M.Sc Microbiology previous and Final year students on 26th March 2016.
The students visited different labs and instrumentation rooms. Various levels of bio safety and stages involved in the pharmaceutical manufacturing were introduced. This visit covered different aspects of Parenterals like batch mixing area, Store area, packing section, Quality control lab, Microbiology lab, Instrumentation room, Chemical laboratory, Retention sample room and Water filtration unit etc.
Students were also demonstrated with various instruments and techniques like Lyophilisation, HPLC, Polarimeter, Muffle furnace, Fume hoods, Sonicators, Vacuum oven, auto-titrators, Endotoxin test, Membrane filters, Laminar air flow with isolators, Water filtration unit and Distilled water plant (use of sand filters, carbon filters, anion and cation tanks for water purification).
The industrial trip had given an enriching experience about the working ethics of a Pharma industry and the role of a microbiologist in a Pharma industry.


Workshop 2016-17   workshop 2015-16 a   workshop 2015-16 b   workshop 2015-16 c   workshop 2014-15

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