The Millennium Biotech Policy - II (G.O. No. ITD 58 MDA 2008, Bangalore dated 18-07-2009) encouraged the establishment of Biotechnology Finishing Schools (BTFS) across the State with appropriate course content and duration to equip graduates and post-graduates, with necessary employable skills to make them job-ready. BTFS was established in 12 institutions in the State vide G.O No. ITD 01 MDA 2010 [P], Bangalore, dated 04-12-2010 for the period of five years [2011 – 2016] and same was successfully implemented.
The 12 BTFS host institutions in Karnataka have been offering courses since 2011. Every year Karnataka – Biotechnology Aptitude Test (K-BAT) was conducted and the students were selected at all India level. The number of applications received from students and number of students joining the course has been increasing from year to year.
During the 1st phase (2011-2016) of the Biotechnology Finishing School (BTFS) programme a total of 828 students had joined for the course and among them 734 students have successfully completed the course with overall job placement record of 70%. The companies associated with BTFS program for providing internship and placement have also shown a gradual increase in number from 66 in the first year to 300+ companies by the end of fifth year of the programme. Many companies have expressed their keenness to associate with BTFS programme considering the domain specific training provided to students.
The Department has decided to continue the program and has renamed Biotechnology Finishing School as Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP) and continue providing biotech industry-oriented skill upgrading training to graduates and post-graduate students for 5 (five) more years in selected 18 Institutions across the State with 50% of the seats reserved for students from Karnataka. The institutes under BiSEP will be offering one year Diploma program divided into two semesters of six months each. The first semester in a chosen host academic institution to get focused hands-on training in one of the sub-domains of Biotechnology. The second semester is a period of industry internship in a relevant Biotechnology company respectively for direct hands - on experience in an industry set-up. The successful candidates with enhanced knowledge and the required skills should be better prepared to be absorbed by their own internship host companies or similar companies elsewhere.
Applications are invited from interested students across India for admission into post-graduate diploma in specialized areas of biotechnology for each of the academic session. Admissions will be through an online entrance test followed by counseling and seat allotment. The department propose to monitor and review the progress of the implementation of the BiSEP in the State by constitution of BiSEP Advisory Committee chaired by Principal Secretary to Government, Department of IT, BT and S&T and Monitoring-cum-Steering Committee chaired by Director, Directorate of IT & BT and Managing Director, KBITS, Department of IT and BT, Government of Karnataka.
Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), a registered society under the Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology is facilitating and promoting the IT and BT sectors in the State by organizing as well as participating in Trade shows, Conferences, Symposia, Seminars held at National and International levels etc. This enables to project the State and its potential for investments, implementation of its policies and programs, assisting industries in getting quick clearances, administering incentives and concessions announced in state policies.
Government of Karnataka through KBITS is desirous of providing industry quality human resource through Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP). Government of Karnataka has granted approval for implementation of Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme vide GO No. ITD 02 MDA 2017, Bengaluru, Dated:28.07.2017 with a total budget of Rs.44.17 crores (including GoI contribution) for five years period with contribution of Government of Karnataka of Rs.31.21 crores. GOK is supporting all resident students of Karnataka joining the course with Rs.10,000/- as fellowship per month and also bear 50% of the maximum course fee fixed at Rs.50,000/- i.e., Rs.25,000/- per student for maximum ten number of resident students of Karnataka out of twenty students allotted to each of the 18 BiSEP Host Institutions.
DBT (Department of Biotechnology) is supporting non-resident Karnataka students with Rs.10,000/- as fellowship per student per month in an effort to empower human resource in Biotechnology sector through BiSEP.