International Institute of Biochemical and
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About The Institute

History
The idea of establishing the International Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Technology originated with Dr. R. Haque, Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at the Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Dr. Haque has been a teacher and scientist for more than 20 years. After seeing students of all ages struggling with science, he noted that the fault lay not with the students, but with the methods by which science is taught. The overly fragmented manner in which the subject is presented to students results in their learning by bits and pieces. The students' confusion lies in their never knowing or understanding whole concepts, and this confusion turns many away from science.

Another dilemma for science students exists in the quantity of overlap, i.e., too many of the same items of information, under different guises, are repeated in various courses. Such repetition overwhelms students and adds to their confusion.

With this frame of reference, Dr. Haque set out to prepare a list of skills and concepts essential to a working knowledge of science. Surprisingly, this list turned out to be not as lengthy or complex as one might expect; it contains only 150 items, and it criss-crosses subject barriers in such a way that it forms a unified curriculum, replacing the conventional subject oriented curriculum.

An additional characteristic of this list is that it not only introduces students to science in general, but it also prepares them for jobs and careers in the field of Biochemical and Biomedical Tech­nology. Thus, the program offers both an immediate and a long term benefit to the student; immediate benefit in the form of a possible job in the field of Biochemical and Biomedical Tech­nology, and long term in the form of a career in science.

Implementing this unified curriculum is the task of the Institute. Here, teaching follows an ex­temporaneous design, and, as much as possible, is free of voluminous textbooks and lectures. In­stead, students work in a laboratory setting, under the guidance of a supervisor, learning required skills and concepts by individually performing all experiments and procedures as detailed in specially designed workbooks. The workbooks cover the procedures, as well as the use, limitations and applications of each. Skills and concepts acquired in this method become tools for thinking and functioning, the two most often identified areas of deficiency in current students of science.

Function
The chief function of the Institute is to implement the teaching program as outlined previously. It offers both basic and advanced curricula to enable students to: 1) understand and enjoy science; 2) become versatile laboratory personnel capable of working in a variety of laboratories; and 3) pursue advanced careers in colleges and universities.

Objectives
  • To introduce students to science in general and through it to the field of Biochemical and Bio­medical Technology.
  • To prepare people for positions as versatile laboratory technicians.
  • To provide essential conceptual and laboratory background so students can perform better in science courses in colleges and universities.
  • To enhance public awareness of Science in general and Biochemical and Biomedical Technology in particular so they could make day to day decisions about their lives on a rational basis and not based on fear and hearsay.

Nature and Mode of Training
The Institute offers technical education in the form of short and long term training programs. Its basic curriculum consists of 150 concepts and skills drawn from subjects such as chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, biology, pathology, anatomy, histology, pharmacology, immunology and hematology. These are presented in an integrated manner so that a student can learn a vast amount of material in a relatively short period of time and relate it to both his work and everyday life.

The learning process at the Institute is further expedited because students learn in a laboratory setting. Instructors provide all necessary information in written manuals which explain various concepts and skills and their relevance to science in general and to Biochemical and Biomedical Technology in particular.

Laboratory sessions include a brief, concise explanation coupled with a demonstration, which is followed by a practice period. Students actually perform the previously demonstrated procedure and so understand and feel the underlying concept. Textbooks are utilized when the students have begun to think more clearly in terms of the subject matter. At that point, books become more meaningful and purposeful, as references to motivate and stimulate thought and to provide answers.

Physical Facilities
The Institute is housed in a three story facility totaling approximately 14,000 square feet.

Equipment
The Institute is equipped with such instruments as: light, phase contrast, dark field and fluorescent microscopes; autoclaves; incubators; centrifuges; colony counters; balances; pH and conductivity meters; flash evaporators; spectrophotometers; plus equipment for filtration; ultra-filtration; freeze drying; column, thin layer and gas chromatography; and electrophoresis. A unique feature of the Institute is that all equipment is freely accessible to students during their training.

Approval Status
The institute is granted an exempt status by the Illinois State Board of Education.