BIOTECHNOLOGY

 

Biotechnology and its importance in India

 

 

Biotechnology mainly utilizes living cells/organisms to create beneficial material like agricultural, pharmaceutical, environmental, diagnostic, and other products. In recent time it can be seen as one of the emerging technologies which have immense potential for a developing country like India.

 

Scope for Biotechnology students

 

 

(a) International and National level

 

 

Among all countries, The United Kingdom offers very good opportunities in the field of Biotechnology mainly in the areas of oncology, immunology, genetics, regenerative medicine, molecular biology, forensic science, cell biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and many more subjects like nano-biotechnology are upcoming branches of biotechnology. Other countries like United States, Singapore, and Germany are also well known for government support for its ongoing biotech development and research processes.

 

India has become a hub for research and thus is home to some excellent MSc programs such as JNU, DU, IISc, TIFR, IITs etc. With an MSc degree, most students tend to work in research labs and industries as research assistants. Since the past few years, the Indian government took several steps/initiatives to set up numerous research institutions and laboratories of national repute conducting high end research in Stem Cells, Cancer Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetic Engineering, Plant tissue culture etc.

 

 

(b) State level (scope in Gujarat)

 

 

Gujarat has set up a special agency, the Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) to push the state into the frontiers of biotechnology in a systematic way. It is a state nodal agency of DST (Govt. of India) which intends to promote biotechnology sector by encouraging entrepreneurship, building appropriate image, strengthening student’s knowledge by giving them training and forecasting business partnerships and funding projects of state’s colleges/Universities.

 

Biotechnology at President Science College

 

 

We offer B.Sc. Biotechnology along with combination of Microbiology and Chemistry. President Science College has well equipped laboratories which have all subject related instruments like, Laminar Air Flow, Autoclave, Hot air oven, Incubator, Waterbath, Centrifuge, Microfuge, Analytical Balance, Gel Electrophoresis unit, Transilluminator, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, pH Meter, Rotary Shakers, BOD incubator etc. Excellent teaching (in well-equipped classrooms) and course oriented training is provided by the college, which is accompanied by short industrial/institutional visits related to the subject during the course.