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25 institutions vie for 8 BT finishing schools

Nagesh Prabhu


Permission already granted to two schools

Selection committee likely to finalise approvals on Monday


Bangalore: The Government will select eight educational institutions on Monday for establishing the biotechnology (BT) Finishing Schools in the State to prepare fresh BT graduates to obtain employable skills.

In the Millennium Biotech Policy-II, the State Government has announced that, to begin with, 10 BT Finishing Schools will be established in the State with appropriate course content and duration to equip graduates and postgraduates with necessary employable skills to make them industry-ready.

Of 10 schools, permission has been granted to Manipal Life Sciences Centre, Manipal, and Dayananda Sagar, Bangalore, to open schools, officials in the Information Technology and Biotechnology Department told The Hindu on Friday. The department has received 25 applications seeking permission to open schools. Various engineering, science and biotechnology institutions from different parts of the State have submitted detailed applications to the department.

The Selection Committee, headed by G. Padmanabhan, former director of the IISc, Bangalore, would select the institutions on Monday to open schools, officials said.

The State Government would provide maximum monetary support of Rs. 1 crore or 25 per cent of the cost for each school.

The schools should be set up in subjects such as fermentation and bio-processing, cellular and molecular, diagnostics, protein expression and scale up, biosensors and medical devices, nutraceuticals and food processing, plant genetic transformation, genome, seed and marker analysis, bioinformatics and rational drug design, pre-clinical, clinical research, biostatistics and data management and plant tissue culture and micro propagation.

Duration of the course would be 12 months. Institutions wishing to participate in BT Finishing School Programme should select up to three of the subject areas and elicit support of relevant industry partners.

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