• Biotech Training is mandatory to bridge the gap in the academic curriculum and in the industry.
• A student gains most while working as an intern, they acquire ample amount of new skills.
• This will help the students develop skills and competencies they require to become employable. So when they are fresh out of the college, while joining the company they just have to learn the process followed in the company.
• It provides an opportunity for students to apply theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom with practical application of knowledge required to perform a task
• It gives the students a feel of how their work environment will be when they join the company. Industrial training also gives the students exposure to students on the tools used in the industry.
• This will make students understand what their value addition is and what value students can give to the industry. The industrial training process will make the students’ job ready faster.
• Industrial training will also enhance the personal skills including presentation skills. Industrial training will fasten the process of transformation from a student to employee. If the student is really smart, the company may give an offer letter to the students. It also helps the students to connect between what they are doing in the college and what is there in the industry.
• Developments of in-hand biological science process skills enable students to better understand science and perform better during interviews. As practical skilled knowledge is the most important aspect of technology-driven science like Biotechnology or Bioinformatics.
• Internships provide students numerous perks: They gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, learn about a field, and assess their interest and abilities.
Training in molecular biology
Molecular Biology is the branch of Biology that deals with the study of the structure and function of living systems at the molecular level. The branch focuses mainly on DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis and their regulatory mechanism. Molecular biology research involves cloning, subcloning, synthetic RNA transcription, gene expression, cell growth and development, cell and organelle structure and assembly, and DNA dynamics and chromosome structure, and other types of laboratory work. Recording and analyzing various types of data are important parts of working as a molecular and cell biologist. Proper application of research to solve health problems and cure diseases will also be an option for molecular and cell biologists.
Since Molecular Biology is a rare field of Science; hence competition is expected to be less as compared to other fields of basic and applied sciences. However, the career is challenging and rewarding. Molecular and Cell Biologists find employment opportunities in research labs or in the R&D departments of various private drug companies. They can work on developing therapeutic drugs to working on stem cell research and in many other areas within the medical development field.
Training in Plant tissue culture
Plant tissue culture is a collection of techniques used to maintain or grow plant cells, tissues or organs under sterile conditions on a nutrient culture medium of the known composition. Plant tissue culture involves genetic, physiological and developmental approaches and requires the optimization of chemical, physical and environmental factors of growth.
Plant tissue culture is used widely in the plant sciences, medicines, health sector, forestry, and in horticulture. Applications include:
• The commercial production of plants used as potting, landscape, and florist subjects, which uses meristem and shoot culture to produce large numbers of identical individuals.
• To conserve rare or endangered plant species.
• Plant-made vaccines or antibodies (plantibodies) are especially striking, as plants are free of human diseases, thus reducing screening costs for viruses and bacterial toxins.
• A plant breeder may use tissue culture to screen cells rather than plants for advantageous characters, e.g. herbicide resistance/tolerance.
• Large-scale growth of plant cells in liquid culture in bioreactors for the production of valuable compounds, like plant-derived secondary metabolites and recombinant proteins used as biopharmaceuticals.
• To cross distantly related species by protoplast fusion and regeneration of the novel hybrid.
• To rapidly study the molecular basis for physiological, biochemical, and reproductive mechanisms in plants, for example in vitro selection for stress tolerant plants.
• To cross-pollinate distantly related species and then tissue culture the resulting embryo which would otherwise normally die (Embryo Rescue).
• For chromosome doubling and induction of polyploidy, for example, doubled haploids, tetraploids, and other forms of polyploids. This is usually achieved by application of antimitotic agents such as colchicine or oryzalin.
• As a tissue for transformation, followed by either short-term testing of genetic constructs or regeneration of transgenic plants.
• Certain techniques such as meristem tip culture can be used to produce clean plant material from viruses stock, such as potatoes and many species of soft fruit.
• Production of identical sterile hybrid species can be obtained.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Will provide the student with theoretical information and practicum experience in plant tissue culture.
2. Special emphasis will be placed on setting-up and operating a plant tissue culture laboratory.
3. Focuses on coursework that prepares the student for immediate employment in the plant tissue culture industry.
4. Psychomotor skills will be emphasized as it relates to in vitro plantlet manipulation.
5. Diagnostic skills will be introduced as tools for determining the source(s) of in vitro plantlet problems. Discussions pertaining to solving these problems will be an active part of this program.
6. Scientific verbal and writing skills appropriate for the field of plant tissue culture will be introduced and honed.
7. Concentration calculations appropriate for this field will be introduced as an integral part of this program.