Ms. Brindha Lakshmi A, third year B.Tech. Biotechnology student of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathymangalam has received the Internship to an international training in research for three months in the group of Professor Eva Benkova with a stipend of 880 Euros per month and travel allowance for the trip to Austria. During this period, her focus would be on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying hormonal interactions in plants using Arabidopsis as model system.
Syngenta (headquartered at Basel , Switzerland) is a multinational agrobiotech company, committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. Syngenta employs more than 21,000 people in over 90 countries. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the international high-value commercial seeds market. The Seeds Business division, Syngenta Seeds AB, is located in Sweden.
The Department of Biotechnology, BIT, has been sending students every year, during their summer vacation between the 3 rd and 4 th year, for undergoing a Summer Internship at Syngenta Seeds AB, Sweden. The selection of students is based on their academic performance in Class 10, +2 exams, first six semesters B.Tech. results, as well as by a written test and an interview at the time of shortlisting the candidates. This intensive training at Syngenta exposes the students to research aspects in a multinational agribiotech company. The trainee acquires research skills in various areas of seed pathology, germplasm inhancement, marker-assisted breeding, genetic engineering, genomics, biochemistry, and cell biology. The students of the Department compete enthusiastically to avail of this opportunity to undergo a summer internship at this presitigious research company. All expenses, including travel and boarding, are borne by Syngenta, and each student also receives a stipend.
Year wise details of the students who underwent training at Syngenta Seeds AB, Sweden : T. Ovia Margaret of S6 B. Tech underwent research training at University of Michigan, USA funded by Indian Science Academic Fellowship for a period of two months from 26.05.13 to 27.07.13.