India is gearing up to become an international player in the life sciences, powered by its recent economic growth and a desire to add biotechnology to its portfolio. India’s economy is expected to grow to become the third largest in the world.
To sustain it, India’s must rely upon its own capacity for innovation, which will require considerable investment in education and research.
Life sciences represent a potential sector of economic growth and an important component in India’s national health agenda. Appreciating the important role that biology will play in this century, the Indian government is expanding as well as starting several new biological research institutes, which will open up many new positions for life science researchers. Thus, India is becoming an increasingly viable location to conduct biological research and a fertile ground for new biotechnology companies. However, success need not rise in proportion to money invested, unless India attracts and supports its best young people to study biological sciences and do research.
Just like its cities, economy, and social structure, times are changing rapidly for the biological sciences in India. Several new research Institutes also are being planned. Biology also has come to the Indian Institutes of Technology. The Indian government also has launched five Indian Institutes for Science Education and Research (called IISERs), which are new campuses devoted to undergraduate/ master’s science education and research.
Big pharmaceutical companies already have a presence in India. Home-spun Indian drug discovery, genetic/bioinformatics, and bio-engineering companies have emerged in the last few years and entrepreneurship in biotechnology is likely to grow.
However, a substantial increase in output cannot be realized by just giving more support to its existing life science faculty. Rather, the future of Indian biology must be built by a new generation: young faculty who will be recruited back to India from their studies abroad and, further down the road, by college and university students who will become inspired to become scientists.
We at the Dolphin Institute are making our contribution in developing our students future by introducing them to innovative learning and helping them to develop the necessary skills to meet these opportunities and be part of the nation building.
Dr. Arun Kumar