Biotechnology is a field of study that combine topics related to Biology with Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. Biotechnology can be defined as utilization of the characteristics of life forms to manufacture required products. Since biotechnology is a research oriented field therefore research laboratories and institutes carry out most of the study.
Biotechnology offers B. Tech, M. Tech and PhD courses. B. Tech is a four year undergraduate course in engineering that provides scope of acquiring required knowledge and skills in various field of biotechnology. Candidates who have fulfilled all the criteria of this course become capable of working in the area of pharmaceutical, food, bio-processing, bio-informatics and other associated industries. A large number of fields can be explored under the area of Biotechnology. Here are some of them:
- Chemical Engineering
- Industrial Research and Development
- Medical and Health Care
- Food Processing
- Drug Designing and Manufacture
- Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
- Environment Conservation
There are many good job opportunities available after completing B.Tech Biotechnology. Ranked second following multimedia industry, Biotechnology is the sector with immense employment opportunities.
With completion of your B.Tech course, you become eligible for getting job in foremost Indian or multi-national companies. Some of the leading companies that recruit biotechnologists are Biocon India Limited, Hindustan Lever, Thapar Group, Indian Vaccines Corporation, IDPL, Sun Pharma, Hindustan Antibiotics, Cadila, Indo American Hybrid Seeds etc.
One is eligible for the position of Research Scientist, Biotech Engineer, Research Associate, Marketing personnel, Sales Representative, Business Development Officer, and Lab Technician.
With a post graduate degree in Biotechnology you can acquire comprehensive and thorough knowledge of the subject gain the confidence needed to accommodate to any job related to Biotechnology. After obtaining B.Tech in Biotechnology, you can opt for M.Tech (Biotechnology), MBA (Biotechnology) or M.Tech (Bio-Informatics). The field of Bioinformatics plays an important part in drug discovery where with the help of computers genetic and other biological information can be assembled, analysed, stored and integrated. MBA in Biotechnology furnish a comprehensive knowledge on application of management skills required in Biotech industries like pharmaceutical, chemical or allied industries.
Scope for Higher Studies following B.Tech in Biotechnology
In order to pursue Master of Technology or Master of Engineering courses after B. Tech in Biotechnology, qualifying the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is quite desirable for admission since almost every institute demand a GATE score.Following completion of this two year Master degree course, you can pursue Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) course in various discipline of biotechnology. Listed below are the various options of higher studies available following under graduation in Biotechnology:
- Master of Engineering (M.E) in Biotechnology
- Master of Engineering (M.E) in Bio-informatics
- Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
- Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Biotechnology and Bio-process Engineering
- Post Graduate Diploma in Ethics and Biotechnology
- Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Industrial Biotechnology
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biotechnology
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioinformatics
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioresources and Biotechnology
A certificate course following completion of B. Tech in Biotechnology is often desirable for getting a job in the biotechnology sector. Here are some of the available certification courses:
- Certificate in Biotechnology and Plant Tissue Culture
- Certificate in Advanced Biotechnology
Certificate course in advanced biotechnology is a one year programme and certificate course in biotechnology and plant tissue culture can be completed within only six months.