DBT seeks proposals on short courses to develop biotech skills

The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology is seeking proposals from Universities and Institutions for starting certificate and diploma program in biotechnology for skill development

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New Delhi: Not each one of our country’s students can afford the high end biotechnology courses that require the aspiring candidates to clear the highly competitive entrance exams. Infact there are many who are interested in the biotechnology subject but are unable to crack the exams due to many factors. A huge gap has been felt in accommodating such students as well as those who are looking at the skilled jobs within the industry.

In this backdrop, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology has sought timely proposals from universities and institutions across India for starting Certificate and Diploma Program in biotechnology for skill development. These courses are expected to help the students to learn the specific skills and create employment opportunities for themselves in a short time. Besides that the ones with higher education could also sharpen their practical skills from the wide range of courses.

The various subjects for these courses include (A) Medical Biotechnology: (i) Genetic Counselling with special emphasis on Prenatal and Postnatal Diagnosis. (ii) Molecular Diagnosis with special emphasis on Infectious Diseases, Quality Control and Assurance. (iii) Quality Control and Testing of Recombinant Drugs/Products and Biosimilars. (iv) Bio-Preservation, Biobanking and Downstream Applications with special emphasis on Stem Cells/Cord Blood Cells Banking and Applications. (v) Clinical Embryology with special emphasis on Micromanipulation Techniques (IVF and ICSI).

(B) Agriculture Biotechnology: (i) Quality Assurance and Testing of Agricultural Products with special emphasis on Recombinant Seed Testing, Tissue Culture raised Plant Materials, Dairy, Poultry and Fish Products etc. (C) Computational Biology: (i) Analytical Methods and Quality Assurance in DNA/Protein Sequencing. (ii) Applications of Computational Biology: Big Data Analytics and Management with emphasis on Health Care, Drug Discovery and Clinical Trials etc.

Proposals should be submitted by interested agencies on or before 31st August, 2016 in prescribed format available on DBT website to Dr Manoj Singh Rohilla, Scientist-‘D’, HRD Division, Department of Biotechnology. The interested institutions can also visit website www.dbtindia.nic.in for complete information and guidelines for submission of proposal under link ‘Latest Announcements’.