Postgraduate M.Sc./ M. Tech teaching programme
The post graduate courses were initiated in 1985 in six universities in close collaboration with University Grants Commission, ICAR and Department of Ocean Development.
Keeping in mind the demand for trained manpower in specific areas and regional aspirations, these programmes have been expanded in over 70 universities in general, medical , agricultural , marine , veterinary , industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology. The Department is also considering to initiate new programmes in food & nutrition, clinical pharmacology and product development, bio-instruments and biomedical standards, bioenterprise management and financing, regulatory affairs etc.
Details of ongoing teaching programmes:
35 M.Sc courses in general biotechnology
13 M.Sc courses in agriculture biotechnology
6 M.Tech courses in biochemical engineering, bio process technology and biotechnology
3 M.Sc (3/2 years) courses in neurosciences
2 M.Sc courses in marine biotechnology
2 M.V.Sc courses in animal biotechnology
2 Masters in molecular and human genetics
1 M.Sc course in medical biotechnology
1 M.Sc course in environmental biotechnology
1 M.Sc course in industrial biotechnology
1 M.Tech in pharmaceutical biotechnology
1 M.Tech. Marine Biotechnology
1 M.Sc. Plant Biotechnology
PG diplomas (Post M.Sc. /M.D./MS/ M.Tech)
2 IPR Diploma
1 Medical biotechnology
1 Genetic Engineering and Bioprocess Development
1 Animal Biotechnology
To ensure uniform standard of teaching , these teaching programmes are periodically reviewed by in-house advisory committees comprising of outside experts from teaching institutions and industries , annual meetings of course coordinators of all participating universities as well as joint DBT UGC HRD task force.
Support to teaching programmes has helped in creation of extremely talented 350 faculty members. The details of permanent core faculty and their area of specialization can be accessed at www.dbtindia.nic.in.
During the last 5 years , the faculty associated with the teaching programme from 34 universities have published 1719 papers in high impact journals.
570 students have been awarded Ph.D. degrees in biotechnology related areas and 567 students are enrolled for Ph.D. at present with the faculty associated with Department supported teaching programmes in 50 universities.
Selection of students
To provide AllIndia representation, maintain uniformity and ensure selection of quality students, admission for M.Sc. general and marine biotechnology in 29 universities, M.Sc. Ag. in 8 universities, M.V.Sc. biotechnology in 3 universities and M.Tech in 2 universities are done through Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by JNU at 53 centres all over the country and 2 overseas centres. Admission to other universities or IITs is made through joint entrance test conducted by IIT or tests conducted by respective universities.
The courses are very popular and admission procedure is highly stringent as 22,365 students competed for 560 seats of M.Sc. and M.Tech. through JNU CET in 2006-07.
The students from all parts of the country appear in CET and selected candidates reflect true All India representation .
Model course curricula have been developed by Department of Biotechnology through a consultative process to maintain uniformity and ensure minimum standard of education. The curriculum revision exercise is undertaken periodically to incorporate the latest developments and to rationalize the disparities in theoretical and practical training.
Addition of courses in new areas like nano-biotechnology, stem cell , IPR, genomics and proteomics and optional course on communication skills is being contemplated in the ongoing curriculum revision exercise.
Placement of students passing out is an important indicator of success of teaching programme. Large number of students coming out of these programmes qualify in CSIR-UGC National Entrance Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), DBT Biotechnology eligibility test (BET) for JRF.
Analysis of first placement of about 1000 students passed out during 1985 -1995 showed only 12% students opted for industry while similar analysis of 2000 students passed out during 2000-05 indicates a healthy trend of 17% students opting for industry. As expected, M.Sc. students opt for Ph.D. and M.Tech students take up jobs in industries .
Biotech industrial training programme
To reduce the mismatch between requirement of industry and students produced by university , the Department of Biotechnology is facilitating industrial training for six months to postgraduate students in leading biotech industries. The Department is providing stipend to all the selected students and to attract more industries to offer this training, training fee of Rs. 50,000/- per student has been introduced from 2007-08. The number of applicants as well as candidates selected for training and the companies offering training under this programme has increased exponentially during the last 2 years. Approximately, 30% of students thus trained find permanent placement in the industry . The programme is being implemented through Biotech Consortium India Limited .
Dr. Purnima Sharma)
Executive Director & CEO
Biotech Consortium India Limited
Anuvrat Bhawan, 5th Floor
210, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg
New Delhi - 110002
Tel.: ++91-11-23219062 (D), 23219064-67
Short term training courses for mid career scientists, faculty involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
The department has an ongoing scheme for providing financial support for conducting short term training courses for 12-16 participants for the duration of 2 4 weeks for upgrading skills of mid career scientists and faculty involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
DBT Junior Research Fellowship (DBT- JRF) programme
DBT JRF programme has been started from the year 2004. 250 JRFs are selected through Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) conducted by University of Pune, Pune and fellowships are provided for an initial period of 3 years which could be extended upto five years. Contingency grant of Rs.30,000/- per fellow per annum is also provided. Top ranking 100 students in merit are given option to join any institute of their choice in the country for pursuing Ph.D. Option is given to next 100 candidates in merit list to join DBT supported PG teaching universities ( a maximum of two students per institute) .
Prof. Jayanta Kumar Pal,
Department of Biotechnology,
University of Pune, Ganeshkhind
Ph. 020-25694952 (lab)
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DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship (DBT- PDF) programme
The department initiated a programme for providing 100 PDF per year in 2001. Fellowship of Rs. 11,000 per month in the first year and Rs. 11,500 per month from 2nd year and contingency grant of Rs. 50,000 per PDF per annum is provided . This fellowship can be extended upto 5 years on merit / progress on NIH pattern. Selection of PDFs is done by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Prof. K. Muniyappa
Deptt. Of Biochemistry
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore 560 012
Ph. 080-23600278 (Lab.) , 080-22942472 (O)