To meet the challenges of 21 century, the stream of Biotechnology provides career opportunities for students. Those specializing in various sub-disciplines of this field can easily find jobs in different fields as it is born out of fusion between science and technology. Biotechnology comprises of Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering and Bio-Informatics and is aimed at employing micro organisms, Plants and Animal cells to manufacture useful products for human welfare.
The term “biotechnology” is used in the application of molecular biology techniques to identify genes responsible for particular traits; to clone, study, characterize, and manipulate them; and finally, to insert them into different organisms.
Ans. M.Sc. degree focuses on R&D aspects of biotechnology providing in-depth conceptual knowledge and hands on skill attainment requisite for a successful career. Target is to make the students expertise in multiple practical biomes of biotechnology. Attaining M.Sc. in biotechnology equips a student with credentials to step in elite research and industrial sector. If you are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives through research, then this field will fit you perfectly.
Ans. Opportunities in biotechnology include fields such as Biochemistry, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Microbial Genetics along with industry orienting sectors like Bioprocess Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology to name a few. If you want to pursue a career in areas such as Immunology, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Stem Cells, Genetic Engineering, Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Biology etc. choose M.Sc. in Biotechnology. As per interest a student can pursue further studies in form of Ph.D. with government handsome stipend in institute of national and international repute. Many M.Sc. students tend to pursue their Ph.D. degrees in Biotechnology or related fields as a Ph.D. degree opens up more avenues both in India and worldwide. A Ph.D. degree will give you the ability to start your own research lab, become a professor or head of the department in universities or be the lead for a team of research scientists.
Ans. The Indian government has set up numerous research institutions of national repute conducting research in Cancer Biology, Stem Cells, Genetic Engineering, Biomedical Sciences etc. Following is an example of the leading industries/institutes in the field of biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals: Biocon, IFGL Bioceramics Limited, Orbees medical, Invitrogen, Glaxosmithkline, Reliance life sciences, CTS life sciences, Dr.Reddy’s labs, Cipla, Jubilant life sciences, Wockhardt, Torrent pharma, Cadila healthcare and Ranbaxy.
Universities and research institutions: IISc, TIFR, IITs, IISERs, NISER, NITs, NIPERs and IISERs.
Research institution: Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, RRCAT (Indore), multiple CSIR research labs including Center for Cell and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), CSIR – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) , National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), National Chemical Laboratories (NCL), National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology ( RGCB), Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTech) ,National Institute of Immunology (NII) etc.
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