Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Director of Biocon Limited and esteemed member of the International Advisory Committee, took center stage at Chanakya University, chairing a panel that recognized her invaluable contributions to the field of Biotechnology. The interaction program offered students a rare opportunity to glean insights from Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw’s wealth of experience and expertise in the industry.
The session commenced with Prof. Saiswaroopa Iyer delivering a concise introduction of Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw, followed by the Vice Chancellor extending commendations for her significant achievements in Biotechnology and her distinguished role within the university’s advisory committee. Mr. MP Kumar, Pro-Chancellor and member of the Board of Governors, lauded Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw’s remarkable contributions to the field, setting an inspiring tone for the session.
In her address, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw lauded the aesthetic charm and inspirational ambiance of Chanakya University. Recounting her journey, she highlighted biology as her ultimate pursuit, delving into her fascination with enzymes and their profound study. Reflecting on the 80s and 90s, she advocated for enzyme technology, emphasizing its critical role in fostering sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw shared her experiences in seeking investments for this pioneering yet high-risk venture, elucidating the evolution of life-saving biologic drugs, with a focus on organic and biopharmaceutical facets through fermentation.
Encouraging the audience to lead purpose-driven lives, she explored the inherent fulfillment derived from contributing to patient well-being and serving society. Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw concluded by emphasizing the contemporary relevance of integrated knowledge, stressing the necessity to dissolve disciplinary boundaries for a comprehensive understanding.
The session culminated in an interactive segment, enabling students to pose queries to Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw. This engaging discourse provided invaluable insights into the realms of Biotechnology, Economics, and the Legal aspects of Business. The interaction not only deepened understanding but also empowered students with practical knowledge, transcending traditional academic boundaries.
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’s presence at Chanakya University proved to be an enlightening experience, imparting wisdom and practical insights that resonate far beyond the confines of conventional learning, fostering a profound appreciation for the vast domain of Biotechnology and its multifaceted applications in the real world.