"It was this one year which made a real scientist and a confident person out of a normal university student like me."
Manveen Sethi, UKIERI-GSK Work Placement Intern
GlaxoSmithKline – one of the corporate champions, have contributed to UKIERI by providing work placement opportunities to bright young chemistry postgraduates, from 50 leading institutions of India. The students were given exceptional opportunities to work on cutting-edge research projects at the GSK facilities in the UK, many of which contribute to innovative drug discovery programmes.
Student selection was done in two stages – an online process followed by face-to-face interviews conducted by GSK officials.
A total of 56 students were selected over fi ve years by GSK to work at its world-class laboratories for a period of one year under the guidance of expert scientists. The students were chosen from a diverse set of institutions, both regional and national, strictly on merit and through a competitive selection process.
Punam Kadam is very elated while sharing her experience, “I was working on a research project in drug discovery, it was always rewarding working with a team of exceptional scientists and it was thrilling to know that I was synthesising chemical compounds which can be a drug someday! Professionally, we got to work closely and interact with some of the best scientists in the world, who have inspired me by their wonderful response. Working was basically more fun, as there where many symposiums, seminars and training programmes arranged for us.”
In the views of Deepak Sharma, student working at Stevenage, “GlaxoSmithKline & UKIERI provided us an opportunity to explore different cultures, people and entirely different working atmospheres with the best-ever experience one can get as a researcher. This programme serves as a platform to broaden our knowledge by working with specialists in their respective fi elds which in turn will be the stepping stone for further research-related studies. It is sure that having hands-on experience with well equipped analytical techniques and systematic working methodology will keep our research potential a step ahead in all perspectives”.
The programme opened avenues for these bright students for further academic and professional development. Participating students have received PhD offers from many leading UK and Indian universities and have been placed in leading pharmaceutical companies in India.