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Addressing the Industry- Academia gap
  • Published on 2018-06-14

India has been witnessing a good growth in economic and industrial development, which leads to increasing needs on education and calls for a highly diversified human resource. India is many paradigm shifts in the social, business and industrial environment. The onus of making available the skilled human resource lies on system of higher education.

The evolving science in the biotech sector is leading to a demand for high-skilled jobs in India. However, a wide gap currently exists between the quality of human capital available and the needs of the industry. To address this talent deficit by developing Industry ready human capital for the Biopharma sector and enable global competitiveness of the sector, several Corporates launched Internship Programs:

Corporate supporting industry with Academic Institutions:

  Biocon Academy: Biocon Academy offers high quality innovative programmes focused on the Business of Biosciences with the aim to empower experienced professionals from the field of Life sciences and to develop fresh biotech graduates into Biosciences professionals. The programs offered are as detailed below:

i. Certificate Program in Biosciences

ii. Certificate Program in Bioscience Management

iii. BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology

iv. Certificate Program in Clinical Development

v. Faculty Development Program

  Indrashil Institute of Science & Technology (IIST) - Life Sciences Finishing School (LSFS): Indrashil Institute of Science & Technology (IIST), an education initiative of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., is running a ‘Life Sciences Finishing School’ at its Kadi campus in Gujarat. The finishing school provides short term courses to make graduates industry ready and assist in availing employment opportunity in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The ourses are as detailed below:

i. Certificate Courses in Industrial Microbiology

ii. Quality Assurance & Quality Control

  Academy for Clinical Excellence (ACE) : The Academy for Clinical Excellence (ACE) is a pioneering clinical research training institute located in Bombay. ACE has a Curriculum Panel (CP) and an Executive Crriculum Committee (ECC) comprised of dedicated experts drawn from various pharmaceutical cpmpanies, Contract Research Organisations (CROs), and academia to develop training courses and to conduct courses. For each batch, there is a capacity of 30 students. The academy ensures job opportunities in a number of fields.  

  Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences (DRILS): Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences (DRILS) is a not-for-profit institute that aims to conduct innovative research in unifying areas of chemistry, biology and chemical biology. The institute offers PhD as well as Post-doctoral programmes. Scientific research forms the foundation of DRILLS achievements. The institute has established a highly accomplished team to give new dimensions to its scientific ambitions.

  Reliance Institute of Life Sciences (RILS) : Reliance Institute of Life Sciences is a not-for-profit organization, focusing on competency development in biotechnology. The programmes are as detailed below:

i. Young Engineers’ Programme

ii. Young Manufacturing Professionals’ Programme

iii. Young Clinical Research Professionals’ Programme

iv. Young Quality Management Professionals’

v. Young Scientists’ Programme

vi. Young Medico-Marketing Professionals’ Programme

vii. Young Laboratory Technicians’ Programme

  Biotech Industrial Training Programme (BITP) :The Government of India under Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has been running Biotech Industrial Training Programme for biotech students for past 20 years or so. Thousands of students apply for this programme every year and around 150 biotech companies participate in the training. The training is for a period of six months during which every trainee is paid a stipend. The company is also paid a bench fee to cover expenses towards training. The programme is mutually beneficial to the students and companies as it provides industrial exposure to the students and an opportunity for industry to select prospective manpower. This programme is advantageous for the companies as it gives an opportunity to assess the performance of the trainees and subject to availability, suitable trainees could be considered for placement.

For more details click: www.dbtindia.nic.in