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What is biotechnology?
What kind of jobs are available in the Biotechnology sector?
What is the Eligibility for Biotechnology Courses?
What is the Scope of Biotechnology in India?

What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology employs molecular biology and genetics to create improved agricultural products, food, animal feed, industrial materials, and medicines. Biotechnology crops are improving harvests while conserving water, soil, and the quality of our environment. Now and even more so in the near future, biotechnology will provide consumers with foods improved in taste and nutritional quality. Industrial applications, using renewable resources such as corn, can be found in plastics and fibers; these bio-based materials reduce our environmental footprint. Millions of people worldwide have been healed or helped by drugs and vaccines developed using biotechnology.

What kind of jobs are available in the Biotechnology sector?

Most people probably think of the lab technician or research scientist when they think of biotechnology. There are many exciting opportunities for scientists and non-scientists in the biotechnology sector. Complementing the creative endeavors of researchers and engineers are the efforts to commercialize biotechnology products with the input of business management and marketing personnel. On the production side of things, quality assurance technicians, sales reps, and equipment maintenance people are required. The expertise of intellectual property and patent lawyers are also a necessary component in the process. New career opportunities in the area of bioinformatics and biostatistics are on the increase.

What is the Eligibility for Biotechnology Courses?

The minimum eligibility criteria for pursuing a Bachelor's Degree course in Biotechnology (B.Tech. or B.Sc.) is the successful completion of 10 + 2 in Science. Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree-in Biotechnology is the minimum eligibility criteria required to do a Master's Degree in Biotechnology.

In order to do a Ph.D. in Biotechnology, one needs to have completed one's Master's Degree in Biotechnology. It is ideal to clear the CSIR - UGC JRF examination in order to pursue a doctoral research in Biotechnology.

One can start studying Biotechnology, even as early as in school. Biotechnology, as a subject, is offered in Class XI in over 500 schools in the country.

What is the Scope of Biotechnology in India?

Although people often look for study abroad programmes for studying biotechnology, the scope of biotechnology in India is also enormous. It is a field that involves engineers, biologists, and many other such professionals. According to a survey conducted by Ernst and Young, Asia is set to become a hotbed for biotechnology related research and development and India is supposed to emerge as a destination which will see a notable expansion in the biotechnology sector.

The areas where biotechnology has grown in India include Bioinformatics, Agricultural biotechnology, Bio fertilizers, National Bioresource Development, Plant Biology, Marine Biotechnology and the like.