M.Tech. in Biochemical Engineering is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course divided into 4 semesters. Biochemical Engineering is the application of Chemical Engineering-based methods and approaches to industrial processes based on biological elements such as living cells or their components. Microbes and enzymes, for example, are used to produce useful chemical compounds such as antibiotics, and other medically useful chemicals, detergents, amino acids, etc.
These chemicals we need in everyday life need to be developed and manufactured by industries in safe, economic, and environmentally friendly ways. Biochemical Engineering involves the application of technological advancements to biological materials. Such engineers combine knowledge of Biology and engineering to create products from raw materials and develop manufacturing processes for the same.
Biochemical Engineers work to find solutions to problems which occur when materials and processes interact with the environment. They encompass a wide range of activities, including development of cleaner fuels from natural resources, production of food and drinks, and development and implementation of processes to produce drugs and medicines.
These engineers translate exciting discoveries in life sciences into practical materials and processes contributing to human health and well-being. They contribute to biomedical breakthroughs such as tissue engineering for replacement of body parts, and preparation of vaccines for treatment of diseases such as HIV, swine flu and cervical cancer.
Progressively, the contribution of Biochemical Engineers to the global community shall prove vital not only in the area of new medicines, but also in creation of novel materials from renewable sources such as biofuels, and in devising improved approaches to tackling environmental pollution and producing nutritious foods.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 10,000 and 3 lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 8 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Given below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||B.E/B.Tech or equivalent qualification|
|Admission Process||Counselling after qualification of entrance examination(GATE)|
|Course Fee||INR 10,000 to 3 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 8 lacs|
Biochemical engineering is a branch of Chemical Engineering or Biological Engineering. The course essentially covers an advanced study of concepts and processes involved in the design and construction of unit processes involving biological organisms or molecules.
The curriculum primarily focuses on the interaction between the disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Bio Chemistry and Microbiology. Applications of the specialty are found in pharmaceutical, food and water treatment industries. Th e program’s objective is to train eligible students in biochemical engineering, biotechnology, microbial and enzyme systems, and in developing advanced understanding of the biological or biochemical phenomena underlying such systems.
The curriculum also covers engineering analyses and optimal designs of various biological systems and processes. Students are also taught concepts of kinetics of growth, death, and metabolism, fermentation, agitation, mass transfer, and enzyme technology.
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||AVERAGE FEES|
|Amity Institute of Biotechnology||Noida||INR 76,000|
|Amity University||Jaipur||INR 1,40,000|
|Amity University||Noida||INR 2,66,000|
|BMS College of Engineering||Bangalore||INR 1,90,000|
|Lovely Professional University||Chandigarh||INR 2,38,000|
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 2,38,000|
|Jadavpur University||Kolkata||INR 10,000|
|Kongu Engineering College||Erode||INR 1,10,000|
|Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University||Hyderabad||INR 50,000|
|Master of Technology in Karnataka||Master of Technology in Andhra Pradesh||Master of Technology in Madhya Pradesh||Master of Technology in Punjab|
The admission process for the course is varied, as various institutes have their very own criteria and processes of admission. Admission to the course is often based on the candidate’s performance at the level of graduation, and often, on performance in GATE, a national level online entrance test, followed by rounds of interview and counselling.
The online test consists of multiple-choice questions assessing students based on proficiency in English, Analytical Reasoning, and Quantitative ability.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Bioprocess plant design|
This field of engineering is a concoction of traditional engineering and biological sciences. Applying and integrating modern technology into biological processes and systems, Biochemical Engineers produce a wide range of end products such as packaged food, car products, and home appliances.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Biochemical Officer||Biochemical Officers are responsible for carrying out a range of laboratory and scientific tests on tissue samples and fluids to help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. They also evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.||INR 7,20,000|
|Packaging Officer||Packaging Officers are responsible for planning and directing activities concerned with design and development of protective packaging containers. They analyse engineering drawings and specifications of products to determine physical characteristic of items, special handling and safety requirements, and types of materials required for containers.||INR 4,20,000|
|Applied Mechanics Engineer||Applied Mechanical Engineers are responsible for producing specifications for, designing, planning, developing, designing, manufacturing, and installing new or modified mechanical components or systems. Such engineers need to be technically bent, able to demonstrate numerical and scientific ability, and display problem-solving skills.||INR 6,14,000|
|Engineering Technician||Engineering Technicians work in science-related fields and may work in laboratories, on construction sites, in offices, or at industrial and manufacturing plants. They may also assist engineers with research and development, quality control, or design. They also work alongside scientists or as quality assurance inspectors.||INR 2,62,000|
|Research Assistant||Research Assistants are mostly found in the social science or laboratory settings. Research Assistants are often undergraduates looking to get credit for assisting a professor in their research, and perform experiments under their supervision. Some Research Assistants might work for novel writers, newsletter writers, newspaper reporters, and other writing professionals that might need someone to track down information.||INR 2,40,000|