CSIR, Merck To Establish High-End Skill Development Centre In Chandigarh

CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), today announced a new partnership with Merck to establish a 'High End Skill Development Centre' in Chandigarh.

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CSIR, Merck To Establish High-End Skill Development Centre In Chandigarh

This will be a first of its kind, Academia-Industry-led, laboratory in Chandigarh


New Delhi: 

India's premier National Research Laboratory, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), today announced a new partnership with Merck, a leading German science and technology company, to establish a 'High End Skill Development Centre' in Chandigarh. Equipped with the next generation technologies, like gene editing and single-molecule biomarker detection, the centre will help accelerate healthcare research and train Indian students and researchers in latest life science technologies and make them industry ready, said a statement from Ministry of Science and Technology.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, Merck in collaboration with CSIR-IMTECH will use their expertise in Life Science to build a centre which will help researchers and students develop advanced competencies and analytical skills required for life science research.

This will be a first of its kind, Academia-Industry-led, 'High End Skill Development Centre' laboratory in Chandigarh that has been established to augment Government of India's initiative for skilling India in the area of Life Science, said the statement.

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This 'High End Skill Development Centre' will enrich skills by conducting workshops, trainings and seminar series on cutting edges life science processes, tools and techniques.

The centre will facilitate hands-on experience to learning and real time sample analysis. The proposed state of the art Centre will integrate Work-based and Research-based learning by providing next generation lab set-up for carrying out real time sample analysis and learning workshops for selected group of technologies in the domain of Life Sciences.

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The event was attended by Dr., Director General of CSIR & Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and representatives of Merck at the CSIR Headquarters, New Delhi.

The Centre will have skill development-oriented curriculum and real-time exposure to the cutting-edge technologies which will be further strengthened after assessing initial outcomes, said the statement.

This High-End Skill Development Centre will function on the principle of "no-profit, no-loss" basis and has been primarily created to augment Government of India's initiative for building skills in the area of Life Science, added the statement.

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