Mr SS Easwaran academic director, Biocon Academy
Biotechnology is a diversified field encompassing medical, agricultural, environmental, and pharmaceutical segments. In India, a variety of biotechnology courses are offered by the engineering and life science colleges at graduate, post graduate, and doctorate levels. The curriculum of these courses provides an overall exposure to basic science and to a great extent to the principles and techniques involved in science. Though the courses provide application level knowledge, it is either classroom oriented or completely research oriented. The students who pass out from these institutes have to undergo an intense internship in the industry before they can become a part of the system in any organization.
During the internship they get an opportunity to work in a specific department and get to know about the process, documentation, etc. The students who do not get internships have to spend an year more to get hands on training in the techniques needed for them to make an entry into the industry. The talent in the students and the expectations of the industry could be bridged by providing them insights into the technological process and regulatory knowhow in order to make them industry ready and rapidly employable. The key focus of Biocon Academy is to bring this critical knowhow handy to the students and create an efficient human capital for the industry. Mr SS Easwaran, academic director, Biocon Academy, shares more details on the initiative.
Could you please share with us more details on the Academy and the courses that it plans to offers?
Biocon Academy is a recent initiative of Biocon to address the skill deficit and develop industry ready human capital. Biocon Academy offers its flagship course "Biocon KGI Certificate in Bio-Sciences" in collaboration with The Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), California, US. This 16-week, full-time course will leverage the industry leadership strengths of Biocon and the academic headship of KGI to benefit participants and make them readily employable.
In addition to technical sessions and classroom assignments from KGI, students will get hands-on experience in various facilities of Biocon. While focusing on the technical skill development, the course will also provide an opportunity for students to hone their professional skills through dedicated training. We strongly believe that this course will bring about a transformation in students making them industry ready by training them in technological, process, quality, and regulatory knowhow.
Who would be the right candidate for the programs?
Students aspiring to make a difference in the field of biopharmaceuticals through technical, innovation and professional skills will find these programs indispensable.
What are the eligibility criteria?
For the flagship certificate program it is either BE (biotechnology or industrial biotechnology) or M Sc (biotechnology or microbiology or biochemistry or biology) or B Pharm. Biocon Academy also expects to expand its portfolio of training modules in the areas like chemistry and research management.