Biotechnology harnesses cellular and bio-molecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. The growing list of biotechnology products includes medicines, medical devices and diagnostics, more-resilient crops, biofuels, biomaterials, and pollution control. At present, there are more than 250 biotechnology health care products and vaccines available to patients, many for previously untreatable diseases. Millions of farmers around the world use agricultural Biotechnology to increase yields, prevent damage from insects and pests and reduce farming impact on the environment. Hundreds of bio refineries are being built across world to test and refine technologies to produce biofuels and chemicals from renewable biomass, which can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Government of India, cognizant of the fact that Biotechnology is an ever growing technological field benefitting the whole society, established Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in the year 1986 with a mandate to promote large scale use of Biotechnology. Recent times have seen a surge in research related to innovation, invention and product orientation. In fact, top experts have made it clear that innovation in biosciences can make it a bigger industry than Information Technology.
The Indian Biotech industry holds about 2 per cent share of the global Biotech industry. The Biotechnology industry in India, comprising about 800 companies, is expected to be valued at US$ 11.6 billion in 2017. The government has to invest US$ 5 billion to develop human capital, infrastructure and research initiatives if it is to realize the dream of growing the sector into a US$ 100 billion industry by 2025, as per Union Minister for Science and Technology. In the Union Budget 2017-18, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) received Rs 2,222.11 crore (US$ 333.31 million), an increase of 22 per cent, to continue implementing the department’s national biotech strategy and target increasing the turnover from the sector to $100 billion by 2025 from $7 billion in 2016.
Biopharma is the largest sector contributing about 62 per cent of the total revenue followed by bio-services (18 per cent), bio-agri (15 per cent), bio-industry (4 per cent), and bio-informatics contributing (1 per cent).The high demand for different Biotech products has also opened up scope for the foreign companies to set up base in India. India has emerged as a leading destination for clinical trials, contract research and manufacturing activities owing to the growth in the bio-services sector.
In this context, University Programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Biotechnology across the Country have become relevant.
M. Sc. (Biotechnology) at REVA UNIVERSITY has been designed to meet the human resources needs of existing and futuristic biotech industries, biotech research organizations and academic institutions. The programme is designed to produce graduates with higher order critical, analytical, problem solving and research skills; ability to think rigorously and independently to meet higher level expectations of biotech industries, research organization and academic institutions. The programme also provide sufficient skills and training on entrepreneurship development in Biotechnology. The programme deals with courses on Cell Biology, Micro Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biochemistry; medical, animal, forensic and environmental Biotechnology, biochemical techniques and processes, entrepreneurship and many other related courses.
1. Science knowledge: Demonstrate of the knowledge in various domains of life sciences including healthcare considering public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental concerns.
2. Problem analysis: Identify, formulate and analyze problems related to the various domains of Biotechnology such as Environmental Biotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering and Nano Biotechnology.
3. Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
4. Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern technology for product/process development which in turn benefit the society.
5. Environment and sustainability: Understand and implement environmental friendly approaches in Biotechnology to support sustainable development.
6. Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms in Life Sciences.
7. Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
8. Communication: Communicate effectively with the science community and with society at large. Be able to comprehend and write effective reports documentation. Make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
9. Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Biotechnology and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team. Manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.
10. Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.
Program Specific Outcomes (PSO)
After successful completion of the programme, the graduates shall be able to
1. Describe, Design, Analyse and Test biotechnology products
2. Apply appropriate processes and control parameters in the production of biotechnology products
3. Use higher order critical, analytical skills to solve a new problem
A wide range of career options exist for graduates of this program, they include:
Course Duration: 4 Semester (2 years)
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M.Sc in Biotechnology
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