INDUSTRIAL AGRO-BIOTECHNOLOGY: KNOWLEDGE UPGRADING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Abstract

Author(s): Hadi FARID

Biotechnology development relates to the quality and skills of human resources. During the Ninth Malaysian Plan 2006-2010, higher education institutions have produced more than 4000 graduates and in service training programs for human resource development and are providing more scholarships to serving officers to pursue post graduate degree in biotechnology. However, gaps still continue to exist between demand for and supply of biotechnology skills and there is an alarming shortage of biotechnology trained manpower. To overcome this vacuum, instant steps must be taken. The biotechnology industry is in a dynamic state of development and companies need to upgrade skill-level standards, in order not to jeopardize their abilities to meet the regulations of the industry. So the need to understand and investigate HRD resources and capacities is a necessity. A regionally focused training strategy to pool resources of firms in biotech clusters and to make the best available training affordable for companies of all sizes is needed to improve the situation. Stronger strategic and operational relationships between the biotechnology industry, research organizations and academic can help fill this gap. Human Recourse Development has the capacity to facilitate industry involvement in skills training and knowledge upgrading for employees to fulfill the human resource needs. This paper intends to provide the HRD and biotechnology companies with information on the present scenario of the Human Resource Development in the Malaysian Biotechnology Industry. This Paper’s findings and comments can be used to help the biotechnology companies to improve their employees’ skill training and knowledge upgrading

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