Components & Activities


  1. Training of laboratory staff
  2. Industrial Training
  3. Entrepreneurship Development Programmes
  4. Capacity Building


1. Training of laboratory staff of African tissue culture companies and scientists on effective management of operations, virus indexing and genetic fidelity testing

The training would be divided into two components namely
  • (i) Training at commercial tissue culture companies in India in effective management of operations and
  • (ii) Virus indexing and genetic fidelity testing.

These personnel would be imparted training on operational management, production practices, quality control, record keeping and development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for a period of one week in a reputed tissue culture production unit in India affiliated with BCIL. After completion of this training these personnel would be trained in procedures for virus indexing and genetic fidelity testing of tissue culture plants for another week. The duration of the above training would be two weeks.

2. Training of candidates in the area of commercial plant tissue culture to produce trained employable manpower to address the needs of African Micro-propagation Industry

Success of Plant Tissue Culture Industry is based on availability of skilled manpower. This activity aims to provide Industry specific Plant Tissue Culture training to fresh graduates/post graduates in Life Sciences for skill development and to gain ‘hands-on’ training experience hence enhancing their employability and generate trained manpower in the country. After training of 50 candidates in 2017-18, 60 more candidates would be trained in 2018-19.

3. Identification of potential entrepreneurs and organizing training

A comprehensive Entrepreneurship Development Programme is proposed to be organized for the suitable candidates of African countries. The proposed programme will aim at creating awareness of this technology as well as extending handholding support to prospective entrepreneurs in the region for setting up of their own ventures. Specialized training would be provided on both managerial and technical aspects of establishing and operating a plant tissue culture unit. The programme will provide services to the budding entrepreneurs in the field of enterprise planning and management, technology sources, training and development, feasibility studies and detailed project report and also turnkey project implementation. 15 candidates have been trained for duration of four weeks.

4. Creating awareness among farmers on the benefits of tissue culture plants versus conventional plants and training on package of practices for cultivation of tissue culture plants

Progressive farmers/extension officers of Agriculture Department would be enrolled for participation in the 1 week workshop on tissue culture plants in India every year. BCIL has already organized one training programme for a batch of 19 candidates in February 2018. 25 more African candidates would be trained in 2018-19