The Centre for Systems Biology and Molecular Medicine at Yenepoya University in Mangaluru has been awarded the Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP) by the Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS).

Addressing presspersons in Mangaluru on Wednesday, T.S. Keshava Prasad, Deputy Director of the Centre for Systems Biology and Molecular Medicine, said the centre has been awarded the BiSEP to conduct a one-year postgraduate diploma in multiomics technology. (Multiomics is an interdisciplinary subject that includes genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and proteogenomics.)

He said Yenepoya University is the only centre to offer BiSEP in multiomics technology. The centre has facilities and experts in this technology to undertake such a training programme.

Candidates for BiSEP - postgraduate diploma programme - will be selected based on their performance in the Karnataka Biotechnology Aptitude Test to be held in September. Students enrolled in the programme will be provided fellowship of Rs 10,000 a month during the course.

He said 50 per cent of the tuition fee for Karnataka students will be paid by the state government.

Students will undergo a six-month hands-on training programme in different omics platforms at the Centre for Systems Biology and Molecular Medicine. This will be followed by a six-month internship.

He said graduates and postgraduates in the field of life sciences would be equipped with necessary employable skills under BiSEP. This will help make them industry-ready in the field of genomic, proteomic and metabolomic technologies. This programme will enable supply of skilled manpower required by multinational biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, he added.