B.Sc. in Industrial Microbiology is a 2- year full-time course divided into 4 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology are intricately related disciplines. This multidisciplinary science often needs students to acquire additional expertise in subjects such Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bio-Engineering.
An Industrial Microbiologist is responsible for effecting discoveries and development of processes carried out for creation of new products such as vaccines, antibiotics, organic chemicals, and other products useful in the food and beverage industry, healthcare, agriculture, and waste water management.
Subjects of study mainly covered in the course’s curriculum include Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbial Genetics, Molecular Biology, Food & Agricultural Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Immunology, and Bioinformatics.
Such graduates are professionally entrusted with profiles such as Immunologists, Geneticists, Cell-Biologists, Biochemist, Biotechnologist, Virologist, etc.
They work in both government and private organizations involved in maintaining food quality, food safety, biological safety, pharmaceutical safety and other similar areas related to quality management.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 20,000 to 1,90,000, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 5 and 10 lakhs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Under Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Admission Process||Counselling after taking entrance examination|
|Course Fee||INR 20,000 to 1,90,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 5,00,000 to 10,00,000|
Industrial Microbiology is a branch of Applied Microbiology. Students enrolled to the course are taught on an advanced level, the role of microorganisms in a variety of industrial processes. Through these processes, a number of useful high value products are obtained, such as drugs, fuel, food items, chemicals, sweeteners, detergents, beverages and many such.
An Industrial Microbiologist utilizes microorganisms in manufacturing of food and such industrial products. The course imparts detailed lessons in the engineering and scientific principles that work behind the processing of materials by microorganisms. Students are familiarized with the role of Industrial Microbiology in safety and quality assurance for food, pharmaceutical and chemicals.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each are listed below.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY/ STATE||AVERAGE FEES|
|Patna University||Patna||INR 53,750|
|Sree Ayyappa College||Alappuzha||INR 20,000|
|Punjabi University||Patiala||INR 1,00,000|
|Amity University||Jaipur||INR 55,000|
|AJ College of Science and Technology||Kerala||INR 1,17,000|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, the course requires the candidate to have attained the 10+2 qualification from a recognized educational Board with a minimum aggregate score of 55%-60%, and Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics as main subjects.
|Bachelor of Science in Kerala||Bachelor of Science in Gujarat||Bachelor of Science in Andhra Pradesh||Bachelor of Science in Bihar|
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level, and in a relevant entrance test, which may be conducted on any of national, State and institute level, and may occasionally be followed by rounds of personal interview as the final stage in the process of assessment.
A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Fundamentals of industrial microbiology|
|Basic microbial techniques|
|Environmental microbiology- I|
|Environmental microbiology –II|
|Microbial bio fertilizer|
Industrial Microbiologists are appointed to a variety of entry-level jobs in research and developmental firms, food, beverage, chemical industries, etc. These candidates are also employed in firms operating in pharmaceutical, biochemical, and biotechnological sectors.
Essentially, a Microbiologist is responsible for scrutinizing the characteristics of microbes that can be used in various productive applications. The subsequently collected information related to microbes is used in the development of vaccines, antiserums, etc. Such graduates can professionally explore areas of Bacteriology, Mycology, Proto-Zoology, and Virology.
Microbiologists often conduct researches to better understand the life processes common to microbes, and be able to answer basic questions regarding those pertaining to the use of food and oxygen in cells.
Such professionals are also often employed in the field of medicine, investigating the relationship between microorganisms and certain diseases.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Bacteriologist||The duties of a Bacteriologist include prevention, diagnosis and prognosis of diseases, as well as health care. They may carry out various functions such as epidemiological surveillance, quality auditing, biotechnology development, basic research, management and teaching related to the subject, and scientific management.||INR 5,00,000|
|Mycologist||A Mycologist is a scientist who studies fungi that is known to be an independent organism similar to animals, algae, plants and bacteria. Mycologists study the functions and operations of poisonous, edible and parasitic fungi in order to discover organisms useful in medicine, industry and agriculture.||INR 7,00,000|
|Biochemist||Biochemists work with the chemical composition of living organisms and perform studies of the chemical processes involved in all basic life functions. Through research, experimentation and study, these professionals provide much deeper insight on topics such as genetics and heredity.||INR 6,00,000|
|Geneticist||Genetic Scientists in a clinical setting use their knowledge to guide and treat patients with hereditary diseases or disorders. Genetic Counsellors test patients for inherited conditions and advise them on possible treatments. Counsellors often specialize in one field, such as Paediatrics Or Oncology.||INR 10,00,000|
|Virologist||Virologists are Microbiologists who study microorganisms that quickly duplicate, resulting in the rapid spread of viruses. Their primary work is to figure out how diseases such as AIDS, SARS and Hepatitis spread, in order to prevent more rampant development and to assist in vaccine development.||INR 6,40,000|