Biotech grads can look to get job-ready
Bangalore: Biotech graduates in the city who are finding it tough to get jobs can now look at a course that will not just re-skill them, but also get them acquainted with prospective employers.
A 16-week programme in biosciences, delivered by professors from the US and biotech industry veterans, will try to polish the skills of graduates in accordance with the industry requirements. Post completion of the course, candidates will get job opportunities at biotech firms in India, and those at the global level.
Statistics show about 40,000 biotech students pass out annually, but only 2,000 manage to find jobs. The rest either move on to other sectors, or pursue other courses.
Set up in Electronics City, Biocon Academy, as the
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According to Srivatsa Krishna, secretary, department of IT &BT, Government of Karnataka, the job potential for biotech in Karnataka and India is humongous. "In the US, there are 1.61 million people in the biotech sector working across 70,000 companies. Likewise in India too there is good opportunity, which can be tapped by providing right skilling and training," says Krishna.
Leading biotech firms in India hire about 800-1,000 in any given year, with almost 80% of the new recruits comprising freshers.
At present the state government has set up 12 Biotech Finishing Schools (BTFS) at Gulbarga, Bangalore, Tumkur, Davangere, Mysore etc.
Part of the Millennium Biotech Policy to impart professional skills to biotech graduates, BTFS imparts training to 150 students per year.
Sarita Rajan, a masters in microbiology, who now works with an international school, feels finishing schools are crucial, "since mere degrees fetch no jobs."
Despite trying in Bangalore and Mumbai, Rajan failed to get a job in the biopharma sector, forcing her to take up employment as a biology teacher.
"I applied, also got interviewed. But nothing moved beyond that stage. Such courses designed by the industry will also help in fetching contacts for the candidates, which are crucial to get jobs in any sector," feels Rajan.
Alexandria Knowledge Park
A biotech park is being set up at Electronics City, called the Alexandria Knowledge Park. Spread across 53 acres, the park will provide infrastructure for the biotech sector and will support incubating new ideas.
What: A 16-week certificate programme in biosciences at the Biocon Academy at Electronic City. The modules will include molecular biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, fermentation principles, bioseparation engineering, etc.
Who can apply: Those with a BE/BTech in biotechnology, industrial biotechnology; or MSc in biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry or biology; with a percentage of 71 and above.
Costs: `6 lakh. But a scholarship of upto 75% will be provided to all selected students. Hence students have to pay only the remaining `1.5 lakh.
Application details: Application has started and will go on till Dec 6 2013. The first batch will start from Jan 10, 2014. For more details visit kgi.edu or bioconacademy.com
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