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    Biotechnology: A Popular Career Choice

    Biotechnology has been one of the most popular graduate programs in recent times. Biotechnology refers to controlled change or manipulation of biological systems so that they can be used for the betterment of human society. The Indian biotechnology industry has been growing at a fast pace. It stood at the US $63 billion in 2019 and is likely to touch the US $150 billion mark by 2025.

    Innovations in the field of drug research, artificial intelligence, and big data are likely to follow in the field of Biotechnology which makes it a career worth pursuing.

    Why choose Biotechnology as a career option?

    Biotechnology deals with the use of living cells in environmental, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Moreover, it is an interdisciplinary field that provides today’s generation with an opportunity to explore new vistas in the field of science and technology. While on one hand, biotechnology deals with the food and beverage industry, textile, pharmaceutical, etc., on the other hand, it also caters to the developing needs of agriculture, horticulture, and environmental conservation.

    Moreover, this emerging field also offers numerous career opportunities, from research and development, sales and marketing, to quality control and assurance. Students who successfully complete a degree in biotechnology can seek promising career positions in fields like the food & beverage industry, textile industry and pharmaceutical industry, etc.  The option of pursuing a career in research and teaching is also wide open for biotechnology students.

    Where to pursue a career in Biotechnology?

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    Shoolini University, a top 200 Global University which also happens to be the first Biotechnology University in India, can be an ideal choice to pursue a career in Biotechnology. The School of Biotechnology at Shoolini offers a host of courses in this field.

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    This university is UGC-approved and NAAC accredited. The National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) has also ranked Shoolini University among the top 100 in the country. The university is first in India for citations and has also received many other recognitions and accreditations over the years.

    Career courses in Biotechnology

    BSc (Hons) Biotechnology

    An early start in the field of biotechnology can be made by enrolling in BSc (Hons) Biotechnology at the School of Biotechnology, Shoolini. In this course, students learn the core concepts of subjects like computer science, biology, cell biology and chemistry.

    The industry-oriented curriculum along with the presence of state of art infrastructure also makes pursuing a BSc (Hons) Biotechnology from Shoolini University a rewarding option. Students who have successfully completed this course have received rewarding Biotechnology placement through the dedicated Placement Cell at the University.

    They have been placed in positions like forensic experts, clinical research managers, and scientific assistants. Many of the students also opt to pursue higher education in this field at Shoolini University.

    BTech Biotechnology (SRP)

    This is a research-oriented degree program at Shoolini University and has full integration with the engineering curriculum. This is a summit research program and provides hands-on exposure to the latest research in the field of biotechnology, personal mentorship along with interaction with industry experts.

    Students who enrol in this program get an opportunity to pursue master’s program at some of the leading universities of the world, including Stanford University USA, University of Bonn, Germany, University of Windsor, Canada, Gachon University, South Korea, University of Tokyo, Japan and Wageningen University, Netherlands.

    Selected students in this degree who are among the best in the university conduct research on aspects like recombinant DNA technology, Genomics and Proteomics, Bioprocess Engineering, Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Yeast Biology, Gene regulation, etc.

    Students who have passed CUCET/NEET/JEE or Shoolini University multiple choice examination are eligible for admission to the Bachelor’s degree programs.

    MSc Biotechnology (Research)

    The principles of design and engineering along with subjects like Biology and Chemistry are covered in this degree program. This postgraduate degree has an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on subjects like Genetics, Microbiology, Cellular Biology and Biotechnology. Concepts like Process Designing and Genetic Engineering are also covered under the ambit of MSc Biotechnology (Research). 

    MTech Biotechnology

    The application of engineering principles in the field of medicine, technology and engineering is the core of MTech Biotechnology at Shoolini University. This program is also inclined towards emerging industry trends and students are encouraged to file patents.

    The university has international collaborations with foreign universities like Lanzhou University China, Gachon University, Korea University of Maryland USA and many others through which students of MTech Biotechnology get an opportunity for student exchange.

    The key areas of research in this field are Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Enzyme Technology, Immunology, Parasitology and Cancer Biology.

    Students who wish to enrol in Masters level Biotechnology programs at Shoolini University should be BSc/BTech in related subjects with 60% marks. They should be NEET/JEE/SAT qualified or will have to qualify for Shoolini University’s MCQ-based examination along with interaction with faculty.   

    PhD Biotechnology

    This is a research-based doctoral course at the School of Biotechnology Shoolini where key research trends in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Analytical Techniques, Bioinformatics etc., are covered. 

    Students are encouraged to conduct research under experienced faculty members. Moreover, PhD Biotechnology students are also trained in biological techniques such as cross-breeding, and embryology and study their uses in real-life scenarios.

    Researchers for this course should be postgraduates with a minimum of 55% marks in related disciplines. Along with clearing the MCQ-based examination, they will have to submit concept notes, interact with faculty, and give an assessment of their research aptitude.

    Students who successfully complete PhD Biotechnology can seek a promising career in the field of research and teaching. In addition, they can seek competitive positions like:

    • Healthcare Scientist
    • Clinical Biotechnologist
    • Clinical Research Associate
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Research Scientist
    • Toxicologist
    • Microbiologist
    • Biomanufacturing Specialist

    Qualified and experienced faculty

    A professional course at any university is able to offer the true potential to its students only when it has qualified and experienced faculty. The Biotechnology Faculty at Shoolini University is way ahead in this aspect as the faculty members are from leading institutions like Oxford, IITs, IIMs, IISC Bangalore and NIT.

    The Biotechnology faculty has research experience in areas like harnessing of extremophilic biodiversity of the Himalayas, developing of photochemical-based formulations for multi-drug resistance management, plant-microbe interaction, food processing, food fermentation etc. The faculty members have also filed many patents and have numerous research papers in journals of repute.

    Biotechnology placement

    Shoolini University has a dedicated Placement Cell and every year leading companies visit the campus for student placement. Over the years, Biotechnology placement has been done in leading companies like Abbott, Alchemist, Biogentek, Nestle, Patanjali, Panacea Biotech, Serum Institute of India, etc.

    Career opportunities in Biotechnology

    The fields in which those with a professional qualification in Biotechnology can work are very vast. They can work in industries like:

    • Healthcare
    • Medicine
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Agriculture
    • Animal Husbandry
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Soil Biology
    • Textile Industry

     They can work in positions like:

    • Medical Scientist
    • Biological technicians
    • Medical lab technologists
    • Biomedical Engineers
    • Microbiologists
    • Epidemiologists

    In addition, students with degrees in Biotechnology can also seek prominent career positions in prestigious government undertakings. Some of these include

    • National Biotechnology Board
    • Department of Science and Technology
    • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
    • Indian Council for Medical Research
    • Department of Atomic Energy
    • Indian Council for Agricultural Research
    • Defence Research Development Organization
    • Indian Institute of Science

    Conclusion

    Biotechnology is the science of the future and has numerous implications in the health and medicine sector. The technological advancement in the field of biotechnology has made it a career worth pursuing. Global problems like climate change, food security and management of infectious diseases also find answers in different ambits of biotechnology. 

    Post-COVID-19, the biotechnology industry has seen a big boom. The innovation in vaccination has opened new discussion topics and research in biotechnology across the globe is only adding value to this innovation.

    This makes it a golden period to pursue a degree in biotechnology and embark on a successful career in this field. It also provides them with an opportunity to make a positive and holistic contribution to human welfare.

    FAQs

    1. Why pursue Biotechnology programs at Shoolini University?

    Shoolini University is ranked among the top 200 globally (THE Impact Rankings 2022) and is also credited to be the first Biotechnology University in India. It is among the top 100 universities (NIRF 2022) and has experienced faculty who are leaders in their field.
    The School of Biotechnology at Shoolini University offers industry-ready programs and the curriculum has been designed to keep the needs of the industry in demand.

    2. Is Maths required to pursue Biotechnology?

    Math is not a compulsory subject if you wish to pursue a degree in Biotechnology. You should have passed 10+2 with the requisite percentage of examination (55% in most cases) and you could be from PCB or PCM subject combination.

    3. How is the Faculty of Biotechnology at Shoolini University?

    The faculty members are from leading institutions like IISC Bangalore, IITs and IIMs. They bring to the classroom decades of experience and guide students in research activities and filing patents. Every faculty member has filed patents, written research papers and completed a part of their education at prestigious foreign universities.

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