Thursday, 12 November 2020

Recruitment by Top Pharma Companies

 India is the largest provider of generic drugs globally. Indian pharmaceutical sector industry supplies over 50 per cent of global demand for various vaccines, 40 per cent of generic demand in the United States and 25 per cent of all medicine in the United Kingdom. Indian pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow to US$ 100 billion, and the medical device market is expected to grow to US$ 25 billion by 2025. Pharmaceuticals exports from India stood at US$ 19.14 billion in the Fiscal Year 2019 and US$ 13.69 billion in Fiscal Year 2020. Pharmaceutical exports include bulk drugs, intermediates, drug formulations, biologicals, Ayush & herbal products and surgical. The Department of Chemistry, Christ (Deemed to be University) students have an excellent placement record over the years, and 2019-20 is no different. 

With a placement percentage of over ninety, Christ (Deemed to be University) offers one of the best placement opportunities for MSc Chemistry students. Some of the giants from the pharmaceutical sector like Dr Reddy’s Laboratory and Cipla are amongst our regular recruiters. In addition to these, we also had organizations like Syngene International, Jubliant Biosciences, GVK Biosciences for campus placements in the current academic year. The various positions recruited for include Junior Scientist, R&D Trainee to name a few.

The students are groomed for a corporate career through a mixture of intern-ships and various campus activities. While the mandatory 3-month internship in the pharmaceutical industry and research institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, provide the students with the much-needed exposure to the working of the industry. The internships also provide hands-on training on the use of sophisticated instruments, opportunity to work in a group, execute projects, handle differ-ent roles and follow written protocols in carrying out projects.

The following guest lectures and talks were conducted by the Department of Chemistry – “Controlled Crystal Growth and Functional Coatings through Microfluidic Reactors” by Dr Abhiteja Konda, Nano Science and Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory,  Illinois, USA. A lecture on Industrial Processes, “ Stages of Drug Discovery - Bench Side to Bed Side”, by Dr Govinda Raju, Deputy General Manager, Anthem Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, was conducted.

Career Guidance sessions through Skype were also conducted as following – Insight on Career Perspectives by Dr. Suman Chakrabarty, Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Career Guidance and Opportunities Abroad by Dr Abhiteja Konda, Nano Science and Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory,  Illinois, USA. The speaker gave guidance on Re-search and Post-doctoral Research abroad, highlighted on the different branches that a Chemistry postgraduate student can pursue, and also the eligibility criteria for different Universities around the world and how an effective application can be written were discussed. A workshop on “Advanced Materials, Biosustainability and Energy” was conducted by the Department of Chemistry in association with The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). The convenor was Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

The Journal Club, Department of Chemistry, Christ (Deemed to be University), helps ‘students study research articles’ under the guidance of a faculty and present it at a common forum. It helps inculcate a passion for research and also helps the students to read and interpret research articles. Campus activities like guest lectures, career guidance sessions, fests, cultural events and workshops help the students in honing skills in leadership, teamwork, decision making, communicating etc which mould them into better working professionals.


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

REPORT ON GUEST LECTURE ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN AQUACULTURE & FISHERIES HELD ON 21 OCTOBER 2020

 Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized a virtual guest lecture on “Career opportunities in Aquaculture & Fisheries” on 21st of October 2020 (Wednesday). Students from the various Institution participated in this event. Dr. Karthick Ramachandran, Founder & CEO, Vetbiotics Animal Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Mumbai has delivered his talk on “Career opportunities in Aquaculture & Fisheries”. The welcome address was given by Dr. A. Paari (Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences) followed by introducing of the speaker by Dr.Ganesh (Professor, , Department of Life Sciences). Dr. Karthick explained about the increasing careers opportunities for science students and jobs available with a various companies and employers, including state and federal government agencies, academic institutions, and fish farms. He enlightened the audience with the available career opportunities in aquaculture that merely require a high school diploma and some hands on-the-job training. Moreover, in his talk, he described how an increasing number of employers in this industry prefer job candidates with undergraduate education, and certain aquaculture careers, including high-level management and government positions, require graduate-level education. Dr.P.Manikantan (Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences)  moderated this event. The session concluded with the vote thanks delivered by Mr. John Britto (MSc Zoology).


Tuesday, 27 October 2020

REPORT ON ACADEMIC LECTURE ON IMMUNITY IN THE HUMAN NEONATE HELD ON 20 OCTOBER, 2020

 A formal informative academic lecture on "Immunity in the Human Neonate" was organized by the Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, in association with King's College London (KCL) for the students of UG and PG courses of Life-Sciences on 20th

of October, 2020. The event was jointly convened by Dr. Biljo V Joseph and Ms. Dolan Mitra, Country Adviser-India, KCL, and was hosted online on Microsoft Teams. The virtual programme began with an introductory welcome address by Ms. Dolan Mitra, followed by the Keynote Speaker's academic lecture delivery. The orator of the academic lecture was Dr. Deena Gibbons, Lecturer in Immunology & MSc Immunology Programme lead, School of Immunology and Microbial Sciences, KCL. The lecture covered various aspects of infection and infection-related complications as significant causes of death and morbidity following preterm birth in human neonates. The speaker addressed what is known about the immune system of babies born prematurely over their first few weeks of life and adult humans. It was demonstrated that preterm babies, including those born extremely prematurely, can rapidly acquire some adult immune functionality levels. The session concluded with a question-answer session and a vote of thanks delivered by Ms. Dolan Mitra. The event provided in-depth knowledge to the students of the Department of Life Sciences about the identiļ¬able differences in immune profiles of neonates and adult humans, which may allow us to predict the mechanism of immunity of neonates with impaired immune function. Furthermore, various applications of this study, such as the effect of the SARS-CoV-2 maternal infection on the neonatal immune system's status, were discussed.













Friday, 16 October 2020

Placements in IT sector

 

The Department of Computer Science at Christ (Deemed to be University) and the Placement Office has facilitated some of the best placement opportunities for students in the Information Technology (IT) sector. This year has been no different as we had some of the top Information Technology firms visiting the campus to recruit some of the exceptional talents from the existing pool of students. Fortune 500 firms like Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Amazon and top Information Technology firms like Wipro, Accenture, Dell, Cognizant, Infosys, DE Shaw are a part of the distinguished list. The top packages offered were in the range of Rs 5.00 lakhs to Rs 9.50 lakhs, Cost To Company (CTC).

 The Department of Computer Science, by incorporating a mix of industry internships and a course curriculum with latest technical skills like Java, C, C++, Python, R and subjects like Data Structures and Design, Analysis of Algorithms ensure that the students are a notch above the others when it comes to employability skills. The mandatory five-month internship for the final year postgraduate students, also help the students with industry working experience. Most of these internships are converted to full-time job opportunities on completion of the academic calendar.

 The Department has come up with various innovative initiatives to bridge the academia-industry gap and enhance the employability skills of the students. Labyrinth, a club for the UG students, organises coding competitions and encourages students to participate in hackathons.

Corporate Connect is another event where business leaders and professionals from the industry address the students regarding latest tools and technology in the IT sector. The following guest lectures were conducted by the Department of Computer Science, Christ (Deemed to be University), by Industry Experts. “Step into Artifical Intelligence (AI) Era” by Mr Vaira Selvam, Capgemini; “Cloud on Scale” by Mr Tripun Goel, Samsung Research Institute and “Machine Learning using TensorFlow” by Dr Siddarth Nair, Founder, XFINITO Biodesigns

 Apart from technical skills, soft-skills training programme for the final year UG and PG students were conducted by the Placement Office, which also covers key areas like resume writing, personal interview skills, mock group discussions and digital literacy. Few digital skills that students are required to learn are Word, PowerPoint, Excel, how to save data on cloud platforms, how to use google forms and respond to emails etc. The Soft-Skills training programme helped to instil confidence in the students to face different rounds of the campus recruitment process.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR ON FLOWER POLLINATOR INTERACTIONS ORGANIZED BY GREEN ARMY, DEPARTMENT OF LIFESCIENCES ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2020

 The Department of Life Sciences, along with the Green Army organized an international webinar on flower pollinator interactions. The event was held on 26th September 2020 at 6 PM through Google Meet platform and streamed on YouTube. The speaker was Dr. Annemarie Heiduk a postdoctoral scientist from the School of Life sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She is an expert on the chemistry and fly-pollination mechanism in the genus Ceropegia (Asclepiadoideae, Apocynaceae). She spoke about the specialization of floral scents that attract fly pollinators using unique chemical mimicry strategies. In one of the species of Ceropegia, Ceropegia sandersonii, which grows in Kwazulu-Natal area in South Africa, the pollinators are kleptoparasites, i.e., they steal the food from other arthropods like spiders. Therefore, Ceropegia sandersonii has evolved chemical compounds that mimic the compound emitted by the dead insects to attract its pollinators. This method of pollination is termed as kleptomyophily. This talk was fascinating and introduced the students to the world of pollination ecology. This virtual event was attended by about 150 participants and there was an intense discussion with the speaker.









REPORT ON INVITED TALK ON RECENT TRENDS IN WILDLIFE CRIME HELD ON 7 OCTOBER, 2020 ORGANIZED BY DEPT OF LIFE SCIENCES

 The Department of Life Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) organized an invited talk on “Recent trends in Wildlife crime” on 7 October, 2020. Students from various departments of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) participated in this event. Pragatheesh.A, Wildlife Inspector, Enforcement Officer, CITES, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India, New Delhi was the resource person. The welcome address was given by Dr.P. Manikantan, Assistant Professor, Dept of Life Sciences. Dr.Ganesh introduced the speaker. The resource person explained the role of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and shed insights on the increasing incidences of poaching in India in recent years. He also  told facts about pangolin  trade. Pangolin is in high demand in China for its aphrodisiac and medicinal value. It is a threatened species, with over 100,000 pangolins captured illegally every year. He also described the worrying trend on the internet fuelling the illegal trade of wildlife. He also pointed out that the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has identified 106 websites  which are being used for illegal wildlife trade in India through various web portals like Amazon, Quikr, Snapdeal, Ebay, and even YouTube. The vote of thanks was given by MSc Zoology student, John Britto.






REPORT ON INVITED TALK ON VACCINE PRODUCTION – GENERAL PROCESS FLOW HELD ON 29 AUGUST 2020


A general informative talk on “Vaccine Production – General Process Flow” was organized by the Department of Life Sciences on 29th August 2020. The event was was hosted on Microsoft Teams for I MSc Life sciences and Final year BSc Students. The webinar began with a welcome address by Rohan R Krishnan (1MSc. Botany). The guest speaker was Dr. Nellaiah, Head of Department – Training, and R&D of Biozeen, Bangalore. Dr. Nellaiah has attained his Ph.D. in Microbiology, and he has an experience of 26 years in the field of Quality Control of Blood Plasma, enzymes, and sterile dosages. He has previously worked with Reliance Life Sciences, and Wockhart. The talk provided insights into the biopharmaceutical industry on various levels of vaccine production, purification, and quality control. In-depth knowledge was conveyed especially on the industrial aspects of purification and quality control. Talk also briefed the opportunities available for students in the field of vaccine production. Synthesis and downstream recovery process was explained in detail.  The talk concluded with an interactive Q&A session and a vote of thanks delivered by Bhadrapriya Sivakumar (1MSc. Biotechnology).