“Is there any scope in Biotech ?” asked Jay to his teacher. The teacher smiled and replied “Be different Jay, don’t follow the herd, do what you want to do, there’s scope in every field.”
Jay happily asked his father to pursue Biotechnology, his father who have never heard of the branch or about what a Biotechnologist do, asked his son to select some other branch. But Jay remembered his teacher’s words “Don’t follow the herd, do what you want to do” and announced in his home with a proud voice that he is going to pursue Biotech. Family members accepted it and Jay took admission in a private college with good lab facilities. He loved biotechnology, studied hard, read a lot of research papers, worked hard in the lab and thought of different ideas, got a publication.
But now he is in his last year and family is pressuring him to go for the job. To be independent first and then go for M-Tech. Jay also thought that he must be independent now and should be able to pay for his college. So Jay started to look for Biotech Companies.
He joined various groups which were named as “Biotech Jobs” on Facebook, he registered on different Biotech sites for job offers, he wrote emails to a lot of companies, but he never got a reply or a job who would prefer a B-Tech graduate. So he decided to call the companies and the first question from them was “Do you know anybody here in the company ?”
He reached out to his college placement cell, but, Damn! They said, ” there are not many students who want to do the job in the field so we are not able to call a company for a single person, you should go for outside placement”.
Sad and frustrated Jay who all his life advised his juniors to go for Biotech realized the hard truth of Biotech industries,He realized that in the span of 4 years of his graduation no Biotech companies have organised a workshop,no Biotech company have ever invited students for industrial trip, no Biotech companies are active on social media, no Biotech companies are directly reaching out to students, no Biotech companies caring about the students who just passed out from graduation.
Every year in India there is around 40k-50k students passing out from different colleges.,and there are not more than 500-600 Biotech companies which employ just around 50k people all over India (click here for full stats). Not all go for jobs, but those who do doesn’t have options or source or information.
We all talk about Biotechnology sector growth and revenues generated by Biotech companies or the Biotechnology boom. But on ground levels, NO WORK is being done by anyone. Almost all Biotech companies are just working for the sole purpose of money making. Unlike IT companies spending on students organizing events, industrial trips, direct contact, training facilities where Biotech companies are just slacking off.
Biotech companies blame colleges for not producing quality students. But what they are not realizing is that they themselves need to take part in it. I can give you an example to prove my point, check the list of top-10 biotech companies in India. (click here)
You will be astonished to know that 9 of the top ten companies have no presence on social media site “Facebook” where most of the Indian student’s are present. There is no direct link between the employer and students.
Biotechnology companies need to step up, come out of the old ages, be creative and should help young students like Jay, train them, and not let their dream shatter away.
From Economics point of view, increasing the online presence and getting in touch with students will be eventually useful for the company. It will give hope to the students and companies can also get quality students, which in turn will help in company’s development. A business plan can be made for the same, if anyone’s interested, post a comment or message me and yeah do comment your views.