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The Biotechnology programme at NIIT University (NU) is driven by the development of the theoretical knowledge base as well as the business needs of the Biotechnology sector. It comprises a flexible model where the course content continuously evolves with the rapid changes occurring in the Biotechnology industry. The courses provide competence in Biotechnology through training in the areas of Microbiology, Biological Chemistry, Analytical Techniques, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioprocess Technology, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. The major thrust of the programme is towards integration of theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience.
The time is perfect to pursue a BTech degree in Biotechnology. According to a recent report, the Indian Biotechnology industry amounted to US$ 63 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 150 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.4%. By 2025, the contribution of the Indian Biotechnology industry in the global biotechnology market is expected to grow to 19% from 3% in 2017.

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BTech Biotechnology students get to explore a wide range of opportunities available in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, healthcare, food processing, nutrition, animal science, and environmental conservation. India provides a large opportunity in terms of established biotechnological firms as well as some interesting, research-driven start-ups. With the vast government aid, the scope of field-specific start-ups has grown tremendously in the last decade. Multiple grant bodies make it further easy to avail the opportunity to push India in the world map of emerging and future-driven start-up land. That apart, the Biotech industry also offers attractive salary packages and rapid career growth.

The course curriculum of the BTech Biotechnology programme at NU lays the foundation not only to enter the Biotech industry but the IT industry too. With various ignition grants from government and private funding agencies, students can become entrepreneurs and build their own start-ups. They can also enter the IPR industry as a patent analyst. Short-term research positions are open throughout the year at various institutions that provide real-time research experience making it easier for the students to decide the way ahead in their research careers. Being a research-driven field, students can pursue Masters and Doctoral programmes that enable them to work as scientists in research laboratories and industry. Besides, they can choose to pursue careers in academics after completing their PhD.

NU Biotechnology Vision

  • To prepare students for the technical and analytical skills enabling them to have potential employment in industry, education, research, and management.
  • To equip the students with an adequate background of Biotechnology, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Management to enable them to play an effective role of an engineer for the benefits of society.

Programme outcomes

NU’s undergraduate programmes in Engineering and Management are designed to provide thorough grounding in the respective disciplines, offer a bouquet of courses that prepares them for either a professional career or advanced degrees.
NU expects that graduates of the undergraduate Engineering programmes will demonstrate the following programme outcomes as defined by NBA (National Board of Accreditation).

PO1

Engineering knowledge

Apply the knowledge of Mathematics, Science, fundamentals of Engineering and an engineering specialisation to the solution of complex engineering problems.

PO2

Problem analysis

Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyse complex engineering problems to reach substantiated conclusions using first principles of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Engineering Sciences.

PO3

Design/Develop solutions

Design solutions for complex engineering problems and system components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, and cognisant of cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.

PO4

Conduct investigations of complex problems

Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesise information to provide valid conclusions.

PO5

Modern tool usage

Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modelling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.

PO6

The engineer and society

Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues, and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.

PO7

Environment and sustainability

Understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.

PO8

Ethics

Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.

PO9

Individual and teamwork

Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.

PO10

Communication

Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large. This includes being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.

PO11

Project management and finance

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and/or leader in a team, to manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.

PO12

Life-long learning

Recognise the need for, and have the preparation and ability to, engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.

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Key differentiators

NU has its foundations in its four core principles. These principles also shape the BTech Biotechnology Programme, giving it a distinctive edge. Here’s how:
NU provides hands-on experience to students in conventional as well as the latest tools, techniques and software. The content of the programme is upgraded regularly to make it relevant to the current trends in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics industry and research. Industry-relevant content produces industry-ready BTech graduates. Students at NU (NUtons) find it easier to acquire jobs in the industry, get placed in research or pursue higher studies at esteemed institutions.
The Biotechnology and Bioinformatics areas at NU is equipped with state-of-the-art, high-tech labs. NUtons get an immersive experience on High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Real-time PCR, and many more such advanced technologies. We are committed to focus on every single student enrolled in our programme and ensure that they acquire all the required technical knowhow before they get hired. All the lectures make use of a combination of presentations, boards, OCWs, NPTEL and demos.
At NU, the focus is on training the mind to take a fresh look at and solve any problem. Immersion in a research culture equips students with a mindset for solving problems throughout their life. Keeping this in mind, the university has designed each programme to engage students in research. Our students have published papers with faculty members in peer-reviewed journals and presented their research work both at national and international levels.
Students at NU are given occupational, spatial and temporal freedom. It reflects the idea of seamlessness – of maximizing student choices and ensuring that they receive all-round holistic education with no artificial constraints. Accordingly, students of BTech Biotechnology can choose R&D projects from any area, be it computer science, electronics & communication, and so on.

Placements

BTech Biotechnology students at NU stand out in the crowd. Their higher-order thinking abilities, problem-solving skills combined with their entrepreneurial spirit give them a sharp competitive edge. This is reflected in our high placement rate record.

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Placements

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BTech Biotechnology students placed* in 2021

Industry projects

Industry projects at NU are an exciting and learning experience for students. It gives them the opportunity to explore new problems and find solutions. NU has developed many strong industry relationships giving NUtons the limitless opportunity to look for new problems and solve them while they are still studying at the university. Such real-life problem solving skills surely holds them in good stead when they step out to the real world.
Industry Practice projects by BTech Biotech students

Institution: Daksh Hospital

Theme: Threat Intelligence

Project: Looking at the different types of waste generated in the hospital and finding solutions to take care of the waste, increase safety levels of an individual dealing with the waste and finding ways to minimize any impact of the waste on the hospital.

Institution: IIT Ropar

Theme: Continuous glucose monitoring machine

Project: Patent search followed by the creation of design prototype and finalizing the design.

Institution: Britannia Industries Limited

Theme: Quality analysis of raw material and packaging material

Project: Analyzing raw material for the packaging of cakes. Working on the company’s r testing parameters, physical, analytical and microbial analysis techniques.

Institution: Dabur

Theme: Covid research

Project: Multidimensional approaches to combat COVID-19.

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Student projects

Here is a glimpse of the kind of cutting-edge projects BTech Biotech students have been working on:
Project Faculty Mentor
Machine learning based classification of breast cancer data. Utkarsh Raj
Identification of key genes involved in periodontal macrophages and fibroblast using microarray-based data and network analysis. Utkarsh Raj
In-silico characterisation and exploitation of CRISPR system in Lactic acid bacteria. Narayan Kumar
In-silico detection and identification of cancer-specific peptide-HLA complexes for targeted therapy. Narayan Kumar
Construction of broad host range prokaryotic expression vector by promiscuous plasmid of Lactic acid bacteria. Narayan Kumar
In-silico drug design against COVID. Narayan Kumar
Characterisation of pyranose oxidoreductase from bacterial origin. Soumyadeep Chakraborty
Biochemical and functional characterisation of pyranose oxidoreductase from Actinomycetes. Soumyadeep Chakraborty
Purification and structural characterisation of pyranose oxidoreductase from Actinomycetes. Soumyadeep Chakraborty
Enzyme-based biosensor for glucose detection. Soumyadeep Chakraborty
Identification of carbohydrate binding modules (CBM) to study surface glycoprotein interaction. Soumyadeep Chakraborty
Identification of novel dysregulated genes in ovarian cancer using NGS data analysis. Utkarsh Raj
Computational approach to identify potential biomarkersbiomarker for the early detection of oral cancer. Utkarsh Raj
Virtual screening, molecular docking & simulation studies towards the discovery of HPV16/18-E7 natural inhibitors for cancer. Utkarsh Raj
Computational approach to identify potential biomarkersbiomarker for the early detection of oral cancer. Utkarsh Raj
Virtual screening, molecular docking & simulation studies towards the discovery of HPV16/18-E7 natural inhibitors for cancer. Utkarsh Raj
Meta-analysis of gene expression datasets of coronaviruscorona virus for identifying drug targets. Utkarsh Raj
Differential gene expression analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma utilizing RNA-sequencing data. Utkarsh Raj
Role of probiotics in regulation of host immunity. Gaurav Gupta
Characterisation of novel bacteria isolated from cow dung and its effect on host immunity. Gaurav Gupta
Characterisation of novel bacteria isolated from cow dung and its effect on cancer cells. Gaurav Gupta
Developing antimicrobial nanocomposites as an efficient drug delivery system. Sudeep Goswami
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticle/iron nanoparticles under various parameters and probing its antimicrobial potency. Sudeep Goswami

Student achievements

Super-achiever Sumili sets a benchmark for Biotech Students
Student Achievements
Identifying genes associated with ovarian cancer. Global recognition of the project. A pre-placement offer. A plush job as a market research analyst. And now, a Master’s degree at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. NU BTech Biotech alumna, Sumili Dey’s story is what dreams are made of. Want to tread the path that Sumili walked?

NU Biotech students shine in international shores

Students of BTech Biotechnology from NU continue to get placed and shine in highly acclaimed global universities. Here’s a glimpse of some of our brightest students

Student Name: Prachi Singh (Batch 2012-2016)

Institute: M.Sc. – Biotechnologies for Food Science, University of Padova, Italy (2019-2021)

Student Name: Deepansh Mody (Batch 2013-2017)

Institute: MS – Microbiology, Purdue University (2018-2019)

Student Name: Varun Venkatakrishnan (Batch 2015-2019)

Institute: MS – Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (2020-2021)

Student Name: Yagika Kaushik (Batch 2015-2019)

Institute: MS – Neuroscience, The University of Lethbridge, Canada (2021-2023)

Student Name: Lasya Priya Kanchi (Batch 2017-2021)

Institute:  MS – Biological and Biomolecular Science, University College Dublin (2021-2022)

Student Name: Sumili Dey (Batch 2016-2020)

Institute: MS – Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bio-Business, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2021-2022)

Student testimonials

Here’s what NUtons have to say about their experience.

Meet our faculty

All Biotechnology faculty members hold PhD degrees from reputed institutes/universities like IIIT-Allahabad, IIT Delhi, NIT Raipur, BITS Pilani, etc., with many of them having postdoctoral experience. The faculty comes with rich prior work experience in teaching, research, industry, and the government. Their research has been published in several peer-reviewed international journals with an average impact factor of three.
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Dr Utkarsh Raj

Assistant Professor and Area Director

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Dr Narayan Kumar

Assistant Professor

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Dr Ashwini Kumar

Assistant Professor

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Dr Lopa Pattanaik

Assistant Professor

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Programme outline

The courses would provide you competence in Biotechnology by providing training in the specific areas of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Analytical Techniques, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.
Course category Credits
Mathematics & Basic Sciences 20
Engineering Sciences & Technical Arts 22
HSS + Communication Skills 18
Professional Core 55
Professional Electives 20
Open Electives 12
Capstone Projects 8
R&D Project 4
Industry Practice 20
Total credits 179*

*(i) Students with PCM would be considered as Admission with Advanced Standing and will not be required to do the three remedial Maths courses, namely Remedial Math-I, Remedial Math-II and Remedial Math-III. They will have to do a deficiency course in Cell Biology.

(ii) Students with PCMB would be considered as Admission with Advanced Standing and will not be required to do the three remedial Maths courses named above as also the Cell Biology course.

Professional Core courses

  • Remedial Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Computational Biology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Biochemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Plant & Animal Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Biosafety, Bioethics & IPR
  • Capstone Project – I
  • R&D Project
  • Capstone Project – II
  • Industry Practice

Professional electives

Environmental Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Industrial Waste Management
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Waste Water Management
Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Plant Pathology
Computational Biology / Bioinformatics
  • Biological Sequence Analysis
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Algorithm for Bioinformatics
  • Data Mining for Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Modeling and Drug Designing
Industrial Biotechnology
  • Microbial Metabolic Engineering
  • Protein Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Biosensors
  • Enzyme Technology
Medical Biotechnology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Virology
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Gene expression & regulation
Food Biotechnology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Process Technology
  • Food Preservation Technology
  • Food Process Engineering
  • Food Analysis & Quality Control
  • Food Packaging Technology

Open electives

  • Perl and Bioperl
  • Python and Biopython
  • Nanotechnology

Undergraduate research

NU BTech architecture is flexible enough to allow students interested in higher studies and careers in industrial R&D opportunities to participate in research at the undergraduate level itself. The research initiated in the fourth semester is fully integrated in the Capstone and R&D project course in the fifth and sixth semester, respectively. Also, Industry Practice in the eighth semester can be done in an R&D organisation for those with a research bent of mind or in industry for those who want to go for employment directly after BTech. Several of our undergraduate students have co-authored and presented research papers at national & international conferences as well as published their research in good indexed (Web of Science/Scopus) journals under the guidance of the faculty mentors.

Specialisation

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology

Programme architecture

Course code Course L T P C
MAT 011 Remedial Math-I/Remedial Biology 2 2 0 4
BIO 001 3 0 3 4
EL 111 Fundamentals of Electronics 3 1 0 4
TA 111 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 2 0 4 4
CHM 111 Science-I (Chemistry & Biology) 3 0 3 4
TA 202 Engineering Graphics/Workshop Practice 2 0 2 3
TA 212 1 0 4 3
 TA 102 Communication Skills/HSSM-I 2 0 2 3
3 0 0 3
NU 111 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total Semester L-T-P-C 19 3 20 23
Course code Course L T P C
MAT 012 Remedial Math-II 2 2 0 4
MAT 022 Remedial Math III 2 2 0 4
CS 102 Data Structures 3 0 3 4
BIO 112 Microbiology 3 0 3 4
TA 212 Workshop Practice/Engg Graphics 1 0 4 3
TA  202 2 0 2 3
HSSM-I/Communication Skills 2 0 2 3
NU 112 Community Connect 0 0 2 1
Total Semester L-T-P-C 15 4 16 26
Course codeCourse LTPC
CHM 201Thermodynamics3003
BIO 201Biological Chemistry3034
BT 212Analytical Techniques3024
BIO 202Molecular Biology3034
PHY 101Science II (Physics)3034
 HSSM-II3003
NU 211Community Connect0021
 Total Semester L-T-P-C1801323
Course codeCourseLTPC
BT 302Computational Biology3034
BT 311Genetic Engineering3034
BT 352Biochemical and Bioprocess Engineering3034
BT 401Environmental Biotechnology3034
CS 231Database Management Systems3024
 HSSM-III3003
NU 212Community Connect0021
 Total Semester L-T-P-C1801624
Course codeCourseLTPC
 BT 411Food Biotechnology3034
 BT 331Plant & Animal Biotechnology3034
BT 321Capstone Project -I1064
 Professional Elective – I3034
BT 312Industrial Biotechnology3034
 HSSM-IV3003
NU 311Community Connect0021
 Total Semester L-T-P-C1602024
Course codeCourseLTPC
BT 461Immunology3034
 Open Elective – I3024
 Professional Elective – II3024
 Professional Elective – III3024
NU 302R & D Project1064
 HSSM-V3003
NU 312Community Connect0021
 Total Semester L-T-P-C1601724
Course codeCourseLTPC
 Professional Elective – IV3034
 Professional Elective – V3034
BIO 212Biosafety, & Ethics & IPR3003
 Open Elective – II3034
 Open Elective – III3034
 BT 4121Capstone Project – II1064
NU 411Community Connect0021
 Total Semester L-T-P-C1602024
Course codeCourseLTPC
NU 402Industry Practice/Project004020
*Community Connect is an Audit course.

Programme specific outcomes

PSO1
Delivering a comprehensive knowledge of fundamentals, practical approaches and their potential application with ethical responsibilities across the area of biotechnology
PSO2
Development of technical skills through experiments and application-oriented methodology to address real-life questions in biotechnology
PSO3
Expansion of analytical skills during problem-solving that are relevant to biotechnology and allied courses to understand emerging and advanced concepts in modern biology
PSO4
Inculcate the evolution of professional and ethical attitude, effective communication skills, leadership and synergism, multidisciplinary approach and ability to relate engineering to broader issues and life-long learning for a successful professional career
PSO5
Holistic augmentation of an individual who can transform successfully to become an intellectual scientific investigator, a sapient industrial employee or an insightful entrepreneur

Events & Conferences

BTech Biotech is always buzzing with exciting and engaging events. Here’s a peak into some of our most memorable ones.
The BiOmics 2019 Symposium was a full-day programme of Keynote lectures, Oral & Poster presentations and interactive dialogue at the symposium among undergraduates, postgrads, research scholars and faculty members. The event brought together about 90 participants from 17 different universities/colleges/companies like IIT Roorkee, BITS Pilani, IIT Ropar, MDU-Rohtak, Amity University Haryana, Amity University Rajasthan, GLA University Mathura, Raffles University Neemrana, Shri SN Halena PG College, Bharatpur, RGPV Bhopal, GenTox Research & Development to present and share their research regarding the recent advances in different areas of biotechnology.

BiO-Streaks, 2019 (BT Tech Fest Events)

Biotechnology Annual Quiz Competition, 2020

BiO-Streaks
The theme of the quiz was the environment and environmental phenomenon. The quiz was organized to challenge our reflexes, test our teamwork and cognition.

Agar Art Contest

Agar-Art-Contest
This Agar Art Contest named BiO-Streaks, a competition hosted by the Biotechnology & Bioinformatics area of NIIT University, is the source of some true microbe masterpieces. For the contest, biologists, and artists “paint” strands of bacteria on agar, a gelatinous substance used to prepare microbial cultures. Students from different departments of the institute and other universities actively participated in this event. After creating a marvelous art piece Keerthana Reddy acquired the title of winner and Vista Vincent and Soumya Gupta jointly became the 1st Runner up with equal points in their bags.

Quiz Competition

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FAQs

BTech Biotechnology is an undergraduate engineering programme which includes both the biological sciences as well as the engineering aspect of Biotechnology. The BTech Biotechnology programme applies various concepts of biology and engineering for modifying biological and non-biological systems focused towards benefit of the humankind
There are many career opportunities that you can choose after BTech Biotechnology, some of which are listed below:
  • Work with a scientist as JRF/Research/Project Fellows
  • Apply for a job in the private sector – Food & Beverages industries, Clinical Research, Data Science, Drug Pharmaceutical companies, Bioprocessing-based Industries, Waste Management/Environment Control, etc.
  • Become an entrepreneur
  • Sales and Marketing in a Biopharma company
  • Opportunities in the Government & Public Healthcare sector
  • Job in Intellectual Property Research and Patenting
  • Scientific writing and medical editing
  • Pursue post-graduation/higher studies in Biotechnology
  • BSc Biotechnology is of 3 years while BTech Biotechnology extends over a span of 4 years.
  • The educational program of BSc Biotechnology lays more emphasis on the theoretical aspects of the various subjects while BTech Biotechnology focuses attention on the application of theoretical knowledge.
  • In BSc Biotechnology, undergraduates have a relaxed timetable with moderate laboratory work in the second year. In contrast, BTech Biotechnology’s second year begins with a great number of major subjects and rigorous laboratory work. Apart from this, in BTech Biotechnology, the curriculum is advanced level with technology-oriented life science subjects such as Microbial Technology, Fermentation, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Recombinant DNA Technology, etc.
  • For BTech Biotechnology students, the scope is not limited. Rather, it is so broad that students can easily venture into any stream with ease. A candidate who acquires the combination of right skills has a huge scope to evolve in the field of biotechnology.
Biotechnology engineering is an amalgamation of applied biology and engineering principles that involves the use of living things in engineering, technology, medicine, and other useful applications. In simpler terms, Biotechnology makes use of technology when studying and using biological systems. On the other hand, bioengineering relates to designing and transforming the technology in biotechnology.
Biotechnology Engineering deals with life science and develops useful products for the agricultural, food and medical industries. Biomedical Engineering deals with human health or clinical industry. Biomedical engineering draws on engineering principles allied to biology and medicine, with a distinctly multidisciplinary approach.
Yes, indeed. It is currently a major career option to choose, as it equips aspirants with transferable skills and additional pay advantages. And of course, the BTech Biotechnology students have a vast scope as they can work in sectors of pharmaceuticals, agriculture, healthcare, food processing, nutrition, animal science, and environmental conservation. Apart from offering multiple opportunities, salary packages of biotechnology professionals are also attractive.
Hungarian engineer, Karl Ereky, first coined the term ‘Biotechnology’ in 1919.
No, Maths is not compulsory for pursuing BTech Biotechnology programme at NIIT University (NU). But you must have passed (10+2) in science stream with PCM/PCB/PCMB as main subjects from a recognised board. However, we provide our students with basic understanding of mathematics by exposing them to courses in remedial mathematics so that they can learn important concepts which may be required in solving biological problems later.
*Placements since inception for students who were eligible and opted for placements from NU

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