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A Letter to MHRD to help in improving status of Biotechnology at Faridabad, Haryana

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A letter to MHRD, Government of India to improve the status of Biotechnology in the schools and colleges of Faridabad, Haryana

Honourable Minister Javadekar ji,

Congratulations on completing one year of successful governance as Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

We now eagerly await the measures that your government will take to drive socio-economic prosperity for the country. As the government prepares for such measures, it is important to note that for any growth model to be successful we need an educated and skilled population. That's why PM Narendra Modi placed skills at the head of his "skill, scale and speed" formula to transform India.

I would like to take this opportunity to share my perspective on one of the most futuristic yet neglected field of education, “Biotechnology” that has been illustrated under 4 given points:

1. No exposure to Biotechnology till school :- Our schools in Faridabad still do not have Biotechnology as one of the elective subject at senior secondary level (11th and 12th class level) because of which most of the students from Biology background who could not get admissions for MBBS, BDS or BAMS opt for this course i.e., BSc Biotechnology and once they enter first year of graduation they realize that it is very difficult and different subject (since it is a combination of many disciplines of life science). So, the lack of primary knowledge of this subject (that should be provided at school level) leads to the misconceptions about the huge scope of Biotechnology (which is actually not the case, particularly in and around Faridabad).

2. Three Institutions for Graduation in Biotechnology :- Only 3 colleges in big city like Faridabad: one private and two government aided Institutions provides B. Tech and BSc degree in Biotechnology, respectively. All of them require more funds to provide well equipped labs and instruments for carrying out the experiments of Biotechnology.

3. One Institution for Post Graduation in Biotechnology :- only one Institution (that too Private) provides Post Graduate Degree in Biotechnology. Due to lack of post graduate course, graduates from Biotechnology struggle for admissions in other cities of Delhi-NCR. Due to which, most of them, especially girls either drop out or they opt for some other course that is available locally.

4. Salaries for Ad hoc Staff :- Not enough salary scale of Teaching Faculty of Biotechnology (Ad hoc Staff only), that too for 10 months (August to May) and uncertainty of job continuity at the same institution for next session demotivates an Ad hoc Academician which therefore, could not result into any research project or proposal.

I believe that every student deserves excellent education. I also believe that given the vastness and diversity of this field, “Biotechnology” we can only succeed with thorough experimentation and analysis, rather than a mere admission at some institutions. Our city needs bold reforms and focused implementation with clear targets for the establishment of Biotechnology at school, college, university, research facilities and even at industrial level to achieve this goal.

Yours’ Sincerely

Dr. Sonal Gupta

PhD Biotechnology

Date: 7th June 2017

Place: Faridabad, Haryana


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