The Post Graduate Department of Chemistry of St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangaluru organized an industrial visit to Bangalore on 4 May 2022 with the aim to provide an exposure to students about practical working environment in industries. The group comprised of 42 students of both first and second years along with 4 lecturers, Dr Geetha Mable Pinto, Dr Likhitha U, Sr Gloria D Souza A.C. and Mrs Shailakshi.

The first industry to be visited was Syngene. Mrs Prajwal Pinto, an alumni of St Agnes College, welcomed the students warmly. Syngene is an integrated research development and manufacturing organization providing scientific services from early discovery to commercial supply. They offer services in a wide range of industrial sectors, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, nutrition, animal health, consumer goods and speciality chemical companies. During the industrial visit the students had an opportunity to view different labs and instruments like LCMS, GC, HPLC and prep lab, UPLC, etc.

The second industry to be visited was Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre (BBC). BBC is a joint initiative of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Department of Electronics, IT, BT and S and T, Government of Karnataka. It is envisioned to be a state of the art incubation centre catering to the needs of start ups in areas of Life Science. Initially, a brief description about the industry was given which included their key functions (branding, infrastructure, networking, mentorship, funding), key areas and laboratories. There the students were allowed to visit the industry during which they came across laboratories like proteomics facility and small molecule analysis lab, centrifugate facility, microbiology lab, cold storage facility, molecular biology lab, flow cytometry facility, fermentation, histology lab, molecular biology lab, HPLC, UPLC, etc.

Both the industries helped the students to gain full awareness about industrial practices. On the return to Mangaluru, the group passed via Mysore and had an opportunity to view different places of historical importance and see its scenic beauty.