B.Tech. Biotechnology at JUIT Program Description

The tremendous progress in biology over the past half century—from Watson and Crick’s elucidation of the structure of DNA to today’s astonishing, rapid progress in the field of synthetic biology—has positioned us for the new round of innovation and industrialization of biology. We are entering a Third Revolution in the life sciences. The first had been the DNA, genetics, and molecular biology revolution that provided the basis for today’s modern biotechnology industries and approaches. The second was the genomics revolution made possible by the Human Genome Project. The Third Revolution is based on convergence and will transform next-generation manufacturing and production by merging biology, engineering and technology in completely new ways.

Human health, energy, the environment, and agriculture are important domains for the application of biotechnology. Off late, a global thought process coupled with needs of individual nations vis-à-vis current developments in biological sciences have created a niche for “Bioeconomy” which is defined as the use of research and innovation in the biological sciences to create economic activity and public benefit. The technological developments in biological sciences, complemented by physical, chemical and engineering are creating in new bio-based chemicals, improved public health through improved drugs and diagnostics, high yielding and nutritious food crops, and biofuels that reduce our dependency on oil. The workforce required for biotechnology to reach its potential will thus need a multidisciplinary education, with expertise in the biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, and computing.

Biotechnology Program at JUIT

The Biotechnology program was set up at Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat in 2005 with the aim of developing a research-based education environment to create well-trained Biotechnology professionals with the leadership qualities in technology, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The program has been ranked 1st among all private universities and institutions in India for the last four years. In 2013, the Association of Biotech Lead Enterprises (ABLE) has honoured JUIT as one of the best private biotech education institutions in the country for doing outstanding research and education due to its strong R&D program, up-to-date educational curricula, modern laboratory infrastructure, highly qualified faculty and placements after the B.Tech program in top-ranking industries and educational institutions.

Salient features of the B.Tech. Biotechnology program
  • The program is designed to provide hands on training through appropriate laboratory courses to make better understanding of the theory courses.
  • The course curriculum encompasses courses from core Biotechnology, Maths, Physics, Electronics & Communication, Computer Science and Humanities & Social Sciences.
  • Elective modules are offered in the final year to strengthen and specialize student’s knowledge (theoretical and practical) in their area of interest
  • The students are encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular and co-curricular activities for developing leadership, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The students are encouraged to participate in various bio-entrepreneurial activities through entrepreneurship cell and Bio-club ‘Synapse’ for developing their business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Summer internships with industry projects is a mandatory component
Placement of B. Tech. Biotechnology students at the end of the course

The Training and Placement Cell organizes campus placement of the graduating students of all our campuses centrally, namely JIIT Noida, JUIT Solan, JUEU Guna and Jaypee Business School. The cell provides complete support to the visiting companies at every stage of placement process which includes Pre-Placement Talks, Written Tests, Interviews, Group Discussion etc. The placement of graduates has been more than 95% during the last four years with most of the students offered jobs in more than one industry, either MNCs or startup companies, in Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, and other cities. Some of the companies are Nestle India Ltd., Novozymes, RNA Life Sciences, BioXcel, Cognizant, Infosys, Roots Analysis, and others.

Many graduates are pursuing MS/Ph.D degrees in the top class Universities in the USA and Europe with scholarships. Students can go for pursuing their final year credits to a foreign University under student exchange programme. For more details you can check the following link:
http://www.juit.ac.in/placements-bt-bi

National/International collaborations

The department has set up collaborations with International Universities and Institutes (Lousiana Tech University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Joint Bioenergy Institute, University of California, Berkeley, University of Florida, Emory University) and many Indian Universities and Institutes (AIIMS, IHBT-Palampur, Panjab University, PGIMER-Chandigarh, IARI-Delhi, HPU-Shimla). Continuous collaborations with Biotech industries such as Novozymes-Bangalore, Evolva Biotech Ltd., Jubilant Life Sciences, Panacea Biotech, Dabur Research Foundation, Venus Remedies-Baddi has been an essential feature of our education model.

Course Curriculum

The program provides both basic and advanced hands-on training on topics such as Cell Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Genetics, Basic Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Biostatistics, Basic Mathematics, Data Structures, Metabolic Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Downstream processing, Animal and plant cell culture Technologies, Food and agricultural Biotechnology, Diagnostics and Vaccine manufacture technology.

biotech-pi-chart
Percent distribution of various components of the B.Tech. Biotechnology curriculum

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)
  • PEO-1: Knowledge in biotechnology, with particular emphasis on ability to integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries
  • PEO-2: Enable to identify, analyze and solve problems with novelty and updated knowledge
  •  PEO-3: Integration of knowledge for product/process development to meet societal demands
  • PEO-4: Skills & knowledge to undertake research with an understanding of contemporary research and innovations within biotechnology
  • PEO-5: Spirit of teamwork, constructive thinking & wisdom to recognize the value of continuing education in their upliftment
  • PEO-6: Capability to work successfully in the working environments of industry, academia, and government organizations
Programme Outcomes (POs)
  • 1. Engineering knowledge: Apply knowledge of Maths, Physics, engineering fundamentals and engineering specialization (Biotech) to solve complex problems in biotechnology?
  • 2. Problem Analysis: Using knowledge of above in analyzing a problem to reach at conclusions
  • 3. Design/ development of solutions: Design a biological system/process/product that meets specific needs of society and environment
  • 4. Conduct investigations of complex problems: Research-based knowledge and methods to design experiments, data interpretation, synthesis of information
  • 5. Modern tool usage: Create, select and apply modern engineering and IT tools, including modeling complex engineering activities
  • 6. The engineer & society: Apply reasoning informed by knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues relevant to professional engineering practice
  • 7. Environment & sustainability: Understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate need for sustainable development
  • 8. Ethics: Commit to professional ethics
  • 9. Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams of even multidisciplinary settings
  • 10. Communication: Communicate effectively with the engineering community and society at large such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports, design documents, effective presentation and clear instruction
  • 11. Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management in managing projects
  • 12. Life-long learning: Recognize the need and ability to independent life-long learning in the context of technological changes
Programme Specific Outcomes (PSOs)
  • PSO-1:  Thorough knowledge of fundamentals, practical skills and their potential application with ethical responsibilities across Biotechnology disciplines
  • PSO-2:  Ability to generate hypotheses, and prove it by drawing clear conclusions through designing, conducting and data interpretation of experiments.