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Biotechnology Engineering

Utter the word engineering and the first words you would hear would be IT or maybe computers (apart from the names of the companies where your parents would want you to be). If not the above, then mechanical, electronics or civil will surely be thrown at you. If not, then you live in an alternate universe.

According to some (ignoramuses), these are the only streams that exist in engineering. So to shed some light on the matter, we give you a low down on the various field of engineering you can opt for, with their scope in the current times.

Bio-Technology is a research oriented science, a combination of Biology and Technology. It covers a wide variety of subjects like genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, virology, chemistry and engineering and is also concerned with many other subjects like health and medicine, agriculture and animal husbandry, cropping system and crop management, ecology, cell biology, soil science and soil conservation, bio-statistics, plant physiology, seed technology etc. Bio-Technology is the use of living things, especially cells and bacteria in industrial process.

There is a great scope in this field as the demand for biotechnologist is growing in India as well as abroad. IIT Roorkee, IIT Chennai, NIT Raipur, Satyabhama University – Chennai are a few institutes offering this course.

There is a huge scope for research in this field with most of the universities ready to admit candidate for the post graduate as well as doctoral programmes. Scholarships too are available and if you can get into the right organization, there is a huge scope for you to forward your career through research. Most organizations and even governments provide grants for research, especially since research is in high gear in the agriculture field.

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– Saurabh Datar