Praveen Vemula, entrepreneur and scientist at The Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), lists the key elements of a successful academic startup.
In a week-long program initiated and funded by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and held at NIAS, Bangalore, the interactive sessions were run by a grassroots organization called COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists). Anjali Vaidya gives us a sneak peek into some of the interactions at the conference and shares some excerpts from her conversations with Geraldine Richmond, the chair and founder of COACh.
My husband Amitabha Bandyopadhyay and I decided towards the beginning of 2005 that we would be looking for jobs in India. Two factors mainly contributed to this decision:1)The opening up of job opportunities in India and2)The possibility to being close to our families.I was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Connie Cepko's laboratory and Amitabha was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Cliff Tabin's laboratory. Both the labs were in the Genetics … More
Applying for a new job is always challenging, irrespective of the time and place. In my opinion and I am sure that many will agree with me that it is a monumental task if you are applying from abroad for a job in India. The complexity of the application procedure is multiplied if you are looking within academia for research positions.
It is important to appreciate that India today has tremendous possibilities not just for science per se, but for the extended range of activities that are now needed to sustain cutting-edge scientific research. I started my career as an active scientist and then turned towards scientific administration, merging my scientific training with professional management skills to do so.