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18 November, 2013

Biocon is going to train Biotech professionals

Bangalore: In a first for Asia’s bioscience industry, India’s leading biotech company, Biocon has started an academy to train biotech professional for the Indian and global industry in association with California’s Keck Graduate School (KGI). Announcing the launch of Biocon Academy in Bangalore on November 11, Monday, Biocon’s chairman and MD, Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said the institution was part of the company’s efforts to reduce talent gap faced by India’s bioscience industry and help sustain the growth momentum. The first batch of the 16-week programme will start on January 10, 2014 and the company has invested nearly $300,000 to run the programme which will have international faculty from KGI and in-house trainers imparting intense courses to bring out industry-ready professionals.Dr Mazumdar-Shaw said Biocon will provide scholarship to cover three-fourths of the course fee of $ 10,000 (Rs 600,000) and even for the balance amount the students will be assisted with bank loans if required.
The first batch will have about 25 students selected nationally and the Academy plans to run 3 to 4 batches in a year. Launching the programme, Karnataka state government’s chief biotech policy maker, Mr Srivatsa Krishna congratulated Biocon for the innovative programme and urged the state-run Biotech Finishing School project also to work closely with the Academy. He was hopeful that biotech industry will emulate the Academy and spawn many more such initiatives in the state.
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