A short-term training program during or after a biotechnology degree helps in orienting students to adapt to the needs of the biotech industry. Several biotech company heads felt that hands-on training gives an edge to the prospective candidates during the selection process, though it is not an essential selection criteria. It also helps them to accelerate their career opportunities. We have also received many queries from students on this subject. Here are a few courses offered by the biotech industry/institutes.
Government sponsored programs
As part of its human resource training program the Department of Biotechnology facilitates postgraduate biotechnology training in industries. Students passing out of the postgraduate courses (MSc/MTech) in biotechnology are selected for practical hands-on training in various biotech-based industries in the country for a period of six months. This scheme is being implemented through the Biotech Industrial Training Program (BITP) of the Biotech Consortium India Ltd. (BCIL),
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Many of the CSIR institutes offer regular training programs for postgraduate students under MoU with universities and also provide ad-hoc summer training to biotech students. Some of the other training programs offered by the educational institutes/industry are given below.
Bangalore Genei, a Bangalore-based key manufacturer and supplier of reagents for genetic engineering and molecular biology research, offers hands-on training in molecular biology/immunotechniques. It has two basic training programs in Recombinant DNA Technology Protein Purification and Immunotechniques. The company also offers a combination program covering both the topics. All the programs include lectures, discussions and bench work for 8-9 hours a day conducted by its scientists.
Address: No. 6 6th Main, BDA Industrial Suburb, Near SRS Road, Peenya, Bangalore-560 058,
Tel.: (080) 28391453/28396894
Best Biotek offers varied biotech training programs
Best Biotek Research Labs has designed many biotechnology-training programs ranging from proficiency courses to advanced diploma courses in industrial microbiology, enzymology, protein chemistry, molecular biology, analytical techniques like HPLC and GLC. The duration of the courses vary from 15 days to 210 days.
Address: #221, 2nd Floor, 9th Main, 5th Block, Jayanagar,
Tel.: (080) 56903079/ 26632175
DOEACC bioinformatics courses
DOEACC Society, an autonomous body of Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, recently introduced Bioinformatics Courses at various levels—O, A and B Level. To be implemented at a national level, these bioinformatics courses are in line with the DOEACC computer courses. The O and A level training started in July 2003 in 12 locations of DOEACC across
Address: Electronics Niketan, 6 CGO Complex,
Tel.: (011) 24363330-2
IBAB certificate course in Bio-techniques
Address: G-05, Tech Park Mall,
Tel.: (080) 28410029, 28412769.
The Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, IIT Delhi has recently started conducting a short-term practical training course in biotechnology. This year the course starts from June 1 and is of five weeks duration. The course aims to provide exposure to some of the modern experimental tools and protocols of biochemical engineering and biotechnology to students of MSc (Biotechnology) and BTech (Chemical/ Biochemical Engineering).
Address: Indian Institute of Technology,
Tel.: (011) 26591737.
The Supercomputing Facility for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, IIT Delhi, in association with NIIT under the aegis of Foundation of Innovation and Technology Transfer (FIIT) at IIT,
Address: Supercomputing facility, IIT Delhi,
Tel.: (011) 26596786
IAHS plant tissue-culture training
The biotechnology division of Indo American Hybrid seeds (IAHS), a company engaged in the production and marketing of hybrid seeds in vegetables, flowers and agronomic crops, offers technical training in advanced methods of plant cell and tissue culture and r-DNA technology for BSc and MSc biotechnology students. The course duration is about a month for BSc and 2-4 months (including project work and dissertation) for MSc students. IAHS conducts the training in three batches around the year in the months of April, May and October. The IAHS biotech division is also a center for the Biotech Industrial Training Program (BITP) of the Biotech Consortium India Ltd (BCIL),
Address: 17th Cross, 2nd ‘A’ Main, KRRoad, Banashankari 2nd Stage,
Tel.: (080) 26760111
JIVAS’ diploma courses in biotechnology
Jain Institute of Vocational and Advanced Studies (JIVAS),
At the post graduate level it is offering advanced postgraduate diploma in biotechnology; and postgraduate diploma in medical microbiology and immunology. The institute also offers customized projects for BSc/MSc students
Address: No. 127/3,
Tel.: (080) 26604993/26525246
Magene offers modern biotechnology training module
Magene Life Sciences, a biotechnology research and bioservices oriented company located in the
Tel.: (8418) 222384/225449
Ocimum offers PGDiploma in Bioinformatics
Ocimum Biosolutions, a Hyderabad-based bioinformatics company, offers a Postgraduate Diploma Program in Bioinformatics in association with
Address: 6th Floor, Reliance Classic Road No. 1, Banjara Hills Hyderabad - 500 034
Tel.: (040) 55627200
Padmashree Institute provides diploma in Plant Tissue Culture
Padmashree Institute conducts a short-term diploma in Plant Tissue Culture and Secondary Metabolite production. This seven-day course is open for graduates in Life Sciences. The course covers the basic techniques in plant culture, organ and embryo cultures, callus and suspension cultures, etc.
STG certificate/diploma courses in Bioinformatics
The Software Technology Group International Ltd offers certificate courses in bioinformatics with domain specialization (pharma, agri or biotech) for graduate and postgraduate students. It also offers a six-months diploma course in bioinformatics.
Address: 32 & 31/1,
Tel.: (080) 26574553/26574554