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Knowledge and memories are all that we take to our graves. Hence, it is imperative to assure the quality of both during our lifetime. Education plays a very important role in shaping the former, and the time spent in pursuing it in the latter.

Although basic education is a fundamental right of every living person, few get the opportunity and even fewer are blessed enough to pursue higher education. By the time a student has decided what course to pursue at the masters level, one has a vague idea of what opportunities lay ahead. However, more often than not, the contacts and public relation skills developed at this stage impact the nature of the future work taken up by the student. These life-skills sometimes have a greater impact on the personality of the student which along with knowledge helps to steer their careers in the right direction.

In short, the quality of education at the Master’s level should ensure that each graduating student is indeed a master of his field. They should be provided with the skills to encash their two years of study.  In addition, the student should also be made aware of the benefits of multi-tasking and encouraged to work as they study. Part-time teaching or part time working in labs is one way of inculcating a sense of responsibility as well as satisfaction in them. Also, a practical exposure to current high-end techniques and their applications in industries or RnD will better equip them for the life after Masters.

Apart from these, each and every student should be made aware that unlike the commerce lines, science has several restrictions in terms of pay as well as options within India. Hence, instead of feeling discouraged they should receive professional guidance to help build up their professional resume and develop communication skills that will help them with prospective employers- in research, academia or industry.

Last but not the least; practical bioinformatics is an indispensible skill-set that each and every student should take with them. Today, an amalgamation of both wet and dry-lab skills and data are necessary for meaningful research which ultimately affects all the avenues that one may choose to pursue. Of note, a willingness to try out different things, a risk-taking capacity as well as the mind-set to positively accept failure and lead a balanced life is necessary, especially for those who wish to pursue research in the long-term. The ability to work amicably in a team and honing their ability to read and analyse data and scientific literature are also better learnt at this stage of their education.

With the best faculty mentoring every batch of U.G or P.G. students with its Guru-Shishya Parampara, Dr. B.Lal Institute of Biotechnology has been successfully churning out batch after batch of distinguished biotechnocrats.

The days of manual practice and limited application are over. Diseases are no more affecting crops and productivity of agriculture has reached a high. Toxic metal sequestration has been made possible using microbes. Bio-diesel has been produced in large quantities. Vaccines are available for deadly diseases and proteins vital for a healthy human have been synthesized on large scale. New drugs have been formulated against pathogenic microflora and diagnosis of infections and diseases is quick and accurate. All the aforementioned developments are a part of revolution that has been triggered by Biotechnology. With branches that include medical microbiology, food microbiology, nanotechnology, immunotechnology, plant biotechnology and molecular diagnostics, the spectrum of Biotechnology is colossal. Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology is amalgamated in this pyramid of constructive impact.

The journey of Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology over the past decade has been enriched by success and unparalleled recognition. Lot of motivation has been provided by the temple of knowledge called Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology to students for knowing the subject and to faculty for inspiring students. The faculty of this institute is dedicated to providing sacrosanct knowledge to scholars of the future. Research and curriculum based education are simultaneously provided which is a unique point of the organisation. The beautiful environment and rainbow of biotechnology in which this place is cocooned are worth saluting for many years to come.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates, Greek Philosopher

Biotechnology in today’s technology driven world is not only about Biology shaking hands with technology. Its way more than just relating medical terms with applied sciences. Biotechnology is also about bringing unprecedented changes in technological and industrial life of 21st century.

There is no such thing as an “ideal” entrepreneur – a successful entrepreneur can be analytical or insightful, risk-averse or thrill seeking, or expressive and taciturn. As these two thoughts come together in my mind, I see no reason why entrepreneurship in Biotechnology can’t be termed as new era in development of Biotechnology sector.

Commercial biotechnology is highly dependent upon the science base, more so, perhaps, than any other business sector. So, making life less hard for the bio-entrepreneur is extremely important to ensure good ideas get from “the bench to the bedside.”

IT-BT boom in the past 10 years resulted in creation of hypes with hope of a number of new ideas in Biotech industries. Opportunities exist in research & development, production & manufacturing, quality control & analysis, technology transfer. Thus, its time that budding biotechnocrats step out of the well-equipped technical laboratories and put their skills and knowledge to build something out of the box which can revolute the biotech industry. This brings me to highlight one famous phrase which always foster a spark in me –

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”-Mark Twain, Writer

Talking about entrepreneurship in Biotechnology and not mentioning Kiran Majumdar-Shaw is as incomplete as rainfall without a rainbow.

She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore (Bengaluru). When she founded Biocon in 1978, it was a small industrial-enzymes company. She spent a brief period as a Trainee Manager at Biocon Biochemicals Limited, of Cork, Ireland, to learn more about the business. Later on, she spearheaded Biocon’s evolution from an industrial enzymes manufacturing company to a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company with a well-balanced business portfolio of products and a research focus on diabetes, oncology and auto-immune diseases.

It’s just one example illuminating the fact that how biotechnocrats are the best minds to put forward a thought lead it through an idea and then execute it to business-wise perfection. In fact, the list goes on and on!

By:

Juhi Saxena

Faculty

Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology