Career in Biotechnology

Biotechnology : New Growth Opportunities
Good degree and some research experience is needs to be part of a biotech culture focused on developing drugs for some of the worlds most serious diseases.
Biotechnology means any technological application that uses biological system, living organisms, to make or modify products or processes for specific use. It combines disciplines like genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, embryology and cell biology, which are in turn linked to practical disciplines like chemical engineering, and information technology. It is applied to agriculture, food science, and medicine

Courses
There are various courses, including B.Sc,B.E, B.Tech, 5 year integrated B.Tech/ M.Tech)and post-graduate level (Msc/M.Tech). one can also pursue specialized courses at research level

Eligibility
To join a B.Tech course in biotechnology one must have a background in science, that is physics or agriculture, chemistry and biology at the intermediate level.
Some Universities offer the B.Sc Biotechnology which one can join after class 12 or equivalent examination, with physics chemistry, and mathematics.
Graduates in all science/engineering /medicine are eligible for the post-graduate (MSc.) course in biotechnology.

Admission
Selection to the graduate courses (BE/B.Tech) is based on merit i.e the marks secured  in the final exam of +2 and through entrance exams.
Entrance to the IITs is through JEE (Joint Entrance Examination). Apart from the IITS some other famous institutes also recognize JEE scores for selection. For other institutions , it is through their own entrance examinations
          Selection to the postgraduate courses (M.Sc/M.Tech)indifferent Universities  is through an All India Combined Entrance Examination conducted by JNU, New Delhi and to IITs through GATE in two-year/4 semester M.Tech courses and through JEE in 5 Year integrated M.Tech courses in Biochemical engineering and Biotechnology

List of Institutes
Premier Institutes
(Biotechnology Labs equipped with advanced facilities)
Chandigarh, Institute of Microbial Technology;
Hyderabad, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN);
New Delhi, National Facility for collection of Blue Green Algae (BGA) collection.
(Genetic Engineering labs with latest facilities)
Bangalore, The Indian Institute of science;
New Delhi , National Institute of Immunology (NII);
Pune, National Facility for Animal cell and Tissue Culture;
Tamil Nadu, Maduraj Kamaraj University, Maduri
Kerala
Kottayam, Faculty of Applied Science, Mahatma Gandhi University;
Kozhikode, Calicut University;
Thiruvananthpuram, University of Kerala

Other Places
Amritsar, Department of Biotechnology, Guru Nanak Dev University;
Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science
Calcutta, Bose Institute,P-1/12, CIT Scheme, VII kankurgachi;
Chennai, Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University;
Chennai, University of Madras, Centenary Buildings, Chepauk;
Coimbatore Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Tamilnadu Agricultural University
Goa, Goa University;
Hyderabad, Osmania University, Administrative Building;
Kharagpur, Indianr, Institute of Technology;
Madhya Pradesh, Department of Biotechnology, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore;
Maduri, School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University;
Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai;
New Delhi, University of Delhi; Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Pusa Campus; All India Institute of Medical Science, Ansari Marg;
Pond cherry, Centre for Biotechnology, Pond cherry University;
Pune, Department of Zoology, Poona University

Job Prospects
Many opportunities exist in the private and public sector in the agrichemical , fertilizer and pharmaceutical processing industries. Industries dealing with tracking new energy sources and finding new methods of waste management also require the assistance of biotechnologists. They can also find employment in the R&D laboratories of government as well as private companies.

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