NEW INDIAN EXPRESS
Saturday, Mar 26, 2005
By SANGEETHA CHENGAPPA

Sami Labs plans to recruit 300 people

Bangalore , March 26: Sami Labs Ltd. a Rs 259- crore transnational health science company is setting up two phytochemical extraction units in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, at a total cost of Rs 48 crore. And they are recruiting about 300 people for the two plants. The company's workforce currently numbers 7OO-plus in India and 75 in the marketing offices in USA , Japan and Australia .

"We require around 100 people for our phytochemic­al extraction unit in Genome Valley , Hyderabad which will be ready in four months. Around 200 people will be required for our extraction unit at Daba­spet (between Peenya &

Tumkur) in Karnataka," ave­rred Muhammed Majeed, founder and MD. Sami Labs Ltd. The company is looking out for chemical and mechanical engineers, che­mists, scientists and B.Sc graduates at various levels-­entry level, with 3-5 years of experience and above 15 years of experience. Of the total staff requirement of 300, around 45 support staff will be hired.

Sami has two biotechno­logy units, one is a plant bio­technology unit and the other is a fermentation bio­technology unit. "We in In­dia are 20 years behind as far as biotechnology goes. We need to attract more sci­entists, courses and degrees in biotechnology need total refurbishing and premier in­stitutes in biotechnology need to be set up," said Maj­eed. Even after recruiting students who have complet­ed their degrees in Bio­technology, a minimum 6 months training is necessary in order for them to become productive, added Majeed. .

The company acknowle­dges its social obligations and has assisted Indian farmers in the adoption and cultivation of useful herbs, from around the world and process­ing and extracting these for export to developed countr­ies. "We have empowered 2,500 farmers from 18 dis­tricts of Tamilnadu who are now able to support themse­lves. We provide them with training and expertise in growing these herbs," said Majeed.

The company has started empowering farmers in Kolehalli in Karnataka and plans to expand this base to cover many more districts. "Soon we will have a ne­twork of farmers in Mahara­stra and Hyderabad too." he added.

To apply for a position in Sami Labs contact Ram K. Navaratna, HR - General Manager at 28397973-75, 78 or e-mail your resume to ram@samilabs.com