Biotechnology tops the list of preferred science courses for many students in India, thanks to the lucrative career scope it offers. For those who have had biology as part of their intermediate curriculum, they stand a better chance of pursuing a career in this field.
What is included in the course?
To pursue post graduation in the field of biotechnology a student must hold a graduation degree in a relevant field from a recognized Indian University. The accepted degrees include BDS, B. Pharma, Clinical Microbiology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, B. Tech in Biotechnology, or a B. Sc. in Biology. A number of institutes offer undergraduate and post graduate courses in biotechnology. These courses run for two years and are divided into four semesters.
A biotechnology course is typically a combination of biology and technology, and the main subjects covered in the curriculum are Bioinformatics, Molecular Biophysics, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Microbiology, Genetics, Metabolism, and Biostatics, among a host of others. The course also includes relevant laboratory programs.
Opportunities in the Private Sector
Graduates in biotechnology are eligible to apply for jobs in a number of pharmaceutical companies such as Hindustan Antibiotics, Cipla, Hindustan Lever, or Dabur. They are offered roles of production-in-charge, quality control officer, or marketing manager. There are other companies also, not necessarily related to the pharmaceutical business, where these graduates can look for job openings. Godrej has a biotechnology division that can offer suitable openings.
Opportunities in the Government Sector
Though there are openings in the Government Sector for biotechnology graduates, a post-graduation would suit them better and leave them with a stronger chance of finding a suitable job. Several of the Government Research Institutes have openings in the field of Research – National Institute of Oceanography, National Brain Research Centre, and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology are just some of the top names. Clearing the UGC organized NET exam would give them even better opportunities. NET life science coaching in Chandigarh can help them reach their goal in life.
Various Government Institutes such as the National Institute of Technology in Calicut recruits candidates for the post of lecturer. In order to qualify, you should either have a post-graduation degree or possess an excellent background of Molecular Biology and Genetics. The JAM exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology will help you gain admission into a reputed institute for completing your post-graduation, preparations for which you can take at IIT JAM biotech coaching in Chandigarh.
A number of exams are conducted by UGC for recruitment of candidates into a number of government posts. SSC Exams, Combined Defense Services exams, and Civil Services exams such as IPS, IFS, and IAS are other options. You can train for these alongside your NET preparations at a CSIR UGC Life Science coaching in Chandigarh.
Though the remunerations at the early stage of your career will be low, you can witness increments in your earnings if you make the right career choices. Biotechnology is a highly promising field at present and offers long term job opportunities if you are a dedicated candidate.