Through the Crafting your Career” workshops and webinar series, we have tried to increase awareness of career options available to science students in India, as well as to provide requisite tools, knowledge, and information for navigating a career path in science. The CYC sessions touched upon aspects like building skills, networking, preparing CVs/​Resumes, researching career options, role models, professionalism, work ethics etc. and also included talks by science professionals. They are targeted at students (Masters and PhD) and postdocs who are at the cusp of moulding their careers in science. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback on this initiative. Till now, 7 offline workshops and 6 online webinars have been conducted.

Crafting Your Career (CYC) workshop for Department of Biotechnology-Senior Research Fellows (DBT SRF-3rd& 4th year)

The Crafting your Career” workshop is a training opportunity for Ph.D. students designed to provide the requisite knowledge, tools, and techniques to equip and empower science graduates to navigate and craft their career paths.

Workshop Date & Time:
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 12.30 PM — 5.45 PM Indian Standard Time (IST)


To train and equip (DBT SRFs‑3rd& 4th year) with the skills to navigate a career in science.


A few interactive elements will be part of the workshop such as group assignments, audience polls, quizzes, etc.

Peer Network:

This workshop is organised by IndiaBioscience in partnership with the DBT HRD Project & Management Unit (DBT HRD PMU), Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Government of India.

IndiaBioscience: Shantala Hari Dass, Suchibrata Borah, Zill-e-Anam
DBT HRD PMU, RCB: Feroz Khan Suri, Elsy Samuel, Dilip Joy T


  • 30 Nov 2021: 12:30 - 12:40 PM IST


  • 30 Nov 2021: 12:40 - 02:20 PM IST

    Part 1- Foundation Building

    Topics: Introduction of science careers, Choosing a career path, Building skills for a career path, Examples of science career + top skills required, In- session exercise

  • 30 Nov 2021: 02:20 - 02:25 PM IST


  • 30 Nov 2021: 02:25 - 04:05 PM IST

    Part 2- Skill Development Session

    Topics: Quick Q&A, Navigating the job application process, Understanding job postings, CV, Resumes, Cover letters, Information interview, The science and art of networking, Breakout room- small group practice exercises

  • 30 Nov 2021: 04:05 - 04:10 PM IST


  • 30 Nov 2021: 04:10 - 05:40 PM IST

    Part 3 - Guest Talk & Q&A

    Topics: Professionalism and work ethics, Role models and mentors, Guest talk by H S Subramanya, Q&A session (all mentors),

  • 30 Nov 2021: 05:40 - 05:45 PM IST

    Concluding remarks


The workshop will be hosted over Zoom. This workshop is only open to pre-selected participants who will be intimated of meeting links via email.

Important: Participants must register for this workshop by 29 Nov 2021.

Guest Speaker

H.S Subramanya

Director, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology

With a master’s in physics from the University of Mysore Prof. Subramanya received his PhD in structural biology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford, UK. After returning to India, he was a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. He then returned to Bangalore, and was associated with Aurigene Discovery Technologies Ltd. From 2002 – 2014, the latest position being that of Senior Vice President, Lead generation and Structural Biology. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology and the Director at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bengaluru.


    H S Subramanya


Trainers -
Shantala Hari Dass (Associate Director, IndiaBioscience)

Shantala completed her PhD in neuroscience from Dr Ajai Vyas’s lab at NTU, Singapore studying the fascinating induction of a fatal attraction in rats upon Toxoplasma infection. She moved to Dr Michael Meaney’s lab at McGill, Canada for her postdoctoral studies. Across the continents and research questions, her interest in communicating science and building and supporting a scientific community has stayed strong. In this phase of growth at IndiaBioscience, she is keen to expand their activities bringing greater national and international visibility to the Indian life science community.

2. Suchibrata Borah (Program Manager Digital Initiatives, IndiaBioscience)

Suchibrata has a PhD from Tezpur University, Assam in the field of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and their applications. She started her career in science communication as a Technical Officer (Sci. Comm.) at IISER Pune after a short post-doc at IIT Bombay. She has experience in hosting interviews, creating content for research videos, and organizing workshops. She joined IndiaBioscience to further enhance her skills and knowledge in the field. She wishes to connect the rural places of India to increase awareness and rational thinking with the help of science communication.

3. Zill-e-Anam (Program Coordinator Outreach, IndiaBioscience)

Zill-e-Anam did her PhD in Directed Evolution and Codon Shuffling from Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She worked on developing peptide-based therapies for the treatment of Malaria. Her strong interest in making science accessible and inclusive led her to venture into science communication and outreach, which she continues to work on. She also has experience in science policy. At IndiaBioscience, she contributes to the outreach activities, IndiaBioscience Outreach Grant, and International Grants Awareness Program. Through her work, she aims to raise awareness about outreach activities in India, international grants, and the success rate of applications from India. She is also an avid traveler and an advocate of mental health.


    Shantala Hari Dass

    Manager Communications and Outreach, The Hospital for Sick Children & CGEn, Canada


    Suchibrata Borah

    Program Coordinator at Mongabay



    Program Coordinator, Outreach, IndiaBioscience