The Department of Biotechnology and Biotechnology Association of Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science (PCACS), New Panvel, organized a one day seminar on “Industry Academia Interface: Horizon for Future” on 15th September, 2012, Saturday. 110 students from different colleges including PCACS participated in the seminar. The distinguished guests formally inaugurated the event by lightening the lamp. Dr. Daphne Pillai, Principal, PCACS welcomed the gathering. In her speech she emphasized on the importance of industry academic collaboration. Dr. A. K. Kohli, Chief Executive Officer, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology B.A.R.C. delivered the keynote address. In his converse he explained the significance of radiation and radioisotopes and its application in different fields like medicine and agriculture. At the end of his talk he gave the guidelines to the students with respect to different exams conducted by B.A.R.C. for research program. The technical session started at 11.30 a.m. by Dr. B. V. Vakil, Research In charge, G. N. Khalsa College, Consultant – Biotech and fermentation industries. He spoke about “Opportunities for Biotechnologists and Expectations of Biotechnology Industry”. He also stressed on the role of Teachers as well as the responsibilities of students to prepare themselves to face the challenges in the future.
The afternoon session started with the talk of Mr. Babu Rao Bussari, Assistant Manager, Serum Institute of India Ltd., Pune on the topic “Introduction of Biotech Industry and Overview of Vaccine Manufacturing Techniques”. The topic covered by him was types of vaccines, fermentation process and recovery process. Mr. Rajendra Chandane, Assistant Global Project Manager, Glenmark, Mumbai and Mr. Rohit Mane, Quality Assurance Executive, Reliance Life Sciences, Mumbai accentuated the contribution of Educational institutions in grooming the students with quality education and preparing them industry ready. At the end of the session participation certificate was given to all the participants by Dr. K. M. Srinandhini Devi, Convener of the Seminar. The seminar was appreciated by all the participants and the infotaining event came to an end by 5.30 p.m.