“You also need to have a desire to help people, high ethical standards, and the ability to work in multi- cultural, multi-ethnic and multidisciplinary teams,” adds Dr. Sheldon M. Schuster, President-Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, California, USA.
The basic eligibility for a career in life sciences is a science background at the 10+2 level. There are many institutions in India which offer bachelor’s degree courses in biotechnology, microbiology, zoology, botany and biochemistry. Many colleges also offer bachelor’s degree programmes in life sciences. Following a bachelor’s degree, one can opt for a master’s in the fields mentioned above or in a variety of other specialisations such as immunology, pharmacology, genetics, toxicology, etc. Some of the top colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programmes are:
- Biotechnology – IIT Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur; AIIMS, New Delhi; Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.
- Life sciences – University of Delhi; JNU, Delhi
- Biology – IISc, Bangalore; AIIMS, Delhi
- Biochemistry – University of Delhi; Osmania University, Hyderabad
- Microbiology – University of Delhi; University of Pune
- The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. Watson
- A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky
- The Cartoon Guide to Genetics by Larry Gonick and Mark Wheelis Competitions:
- National Science Olympiad www.sofworld.org/nso
- Indian National Biology Olympiad