Biotechnology company Biocon Ltd. has entered the arena of education by setting up a new centre of advanced learning for biosciences students.

The new arm, Biocon Academy, will start 16-week certificate courses in applied biosciences for engineering and science graduates from January 2014, Biocon’s chairman and managing director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw told presspersons here on Monday. A large number of biotechnology graduates did not have the skills necessary to be employed in the industry. The initiative was aimed at making them employable through advanced and industry-relevant training. “The initiative is aimed at developing a new cadre of life sciences professionals,” she said. According to Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw, the academy has tied up with California-based Keck Graduate Institute to offer the Biocon KGI certificate programme in nine modules.

  • ‘Barely 5 per cent of new graduates are readily employable’

  • 16-week certificate courses in association with Keck