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M.Sc. Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding area which involves the application of molecular biology, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry to generate products for human use.

Duration of Studies
The Biotechnology degree is a two year program containing a core curriculum introducing the basic principles of molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, microbiology, societal and ethical issues in biotechnology and intellectual property.

Eligibility
Graduation with 55% marks in life sciences.

About the Programme
Biotechnology is considered to be a frontier area offering a new technological base for the provision of solutions to some of mankind’s problems. Biotechnology has produced new products and processes in a number of economic sectors including agriculture, food processing, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, pesticides, detergents, feed stocks, recycling, and waste treatment. Biotechnology has advanced rapidly in industrial countries.
Through the use of advanced tools such as Genetic Engineering, biotechnology is expected to have a dramatic effect on the world economy. All the Biotechnology projects are multidisciplinary in nature and require access both to manpower expertise and resources in different scientific disciplines. In the field of healthcare Biotechnologists are in the development of Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics and Vaccines. They are involved in chemical processes, textile development, cosmetics, genetic engineering and industrial waste treatment.
Innovations emerging in the food and pharmaceutical sectors offer only a hint of the enormous potential of biotechnology to provide diverse new products, including disease-resistant plants, “natural” pesticides, environmental remediation technologies, biodegradable plastics, novel therapeutic agents and chemicals and enzymes that will reduce the colt and improve the efficiency of industrial processes.

Programme Focus
Research and Development (R&D) fields in biotechnology, in the following activities:
• Embryo transfer in animals
• Early diagnosis using monoclonal antibodies
• Applied microbiology
• Biogas
• Single cell protein
• Enzymes and antibiotics
• Plant growth inhibitors
• Natural products
• Cloning
• Protein solvent concentration
• Bioreaction
• Gene isolation
• Biological nitrogen fixation.

Career Opportunities
Students of biotechnology find employment in research labs, biotechnology companies and government agencies which control the applications in agriculture, research and industry.
Students can work as Research Assistants / Scientists at various government institutes and organizations doing research and development in:
Agriculture, Horticulture and dairy firms.
Drug Companies
Cosmetics and Garment Industries
Food Processing Industries