Testimonial – Abhinav Sardana
Internship – Abhinav Sardana
Biological Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
” I just finished my first year at IIT Madras and I had an amazing opportunity to intern in Malaysia due to the Biomatch programme at Acubiz. I was both excited and little afraid at the same time. Having just finished my first year I had very little experience in my department and had little idea what biological engineering was about. But my fears proved unfounded as my inexperience proved to be no disadvantage and I learnt a lot in the one month I was there. The first day started with my briefing and a tour of the lab. In the first three days I spoke to no one and learnt very little. But on the third day one of my mentors called me and told me that I wouldn’t learn much if I didn’t talk to all the scientists in the lab. That was when I realised I had to talk to the scientists to learn anything. As the days passed I gained useful experience in various standard procedures done in biological labs. All the scientists were extremely helpful and willing to share their knowledge. I also began developing a better idea of my project with the help of my mentors.
The internship gave me a taste of taste of life after college and made me realize a few things. One of the biggest takeaways from the internship was that I need to ask questions to gain knowledge. I gained much more from the internship than I expected and the fact that I got it as a freshman is what makes it unbelievable. I loved every moment of it. I also learned much more than I had learnt in any class. I am extremely grateful to Both the Malaysian NGO and Acubiz for having had such an amazing experience and I look forward to doing another one in the next summer.”
September 3, 2015