Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
Biotechnology is the fastest developing field and is among the most modern branches in the Engineering streams at MCET. This department is one of the first department to start functioning from the year 2002 when the college was inaugurated. Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering has the potential to transform the industry and to develop ‘green’ or environmentally friendly solutions to the contamination and degradation of nature by pollutants. Bioprocess plays a key role in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, biomaterials and agents for gene and cell therapies. In addition, biological approaches play a pivotal role in the processing of new classes of renewable commodity sources. The four year undergraduate B.Tech programme in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering being offered in the department has the main objectives to train students as leaders in Research and Development, in industry and produce good quality production engineers to cater to the Industries in the field of Biotechnology and other allied fields. The curriculum encompasses the latest development in meet the present and future needs of industries. The has an engineering orientation with adequate depth and breadth in science of biotechnology and equal coverage of chemical engineering topics relevant to biotechnology. The students who graduate will uniquely be capable of serving both biotechnology and chemical industries. The curriculum includes relevant courses and laboratories in biological sciences, chemical and biochemical engineering together with compulsory industrial training and project work. An array of elective subjects gives as opportunity for greater depth in biology and engineering applications Relative to many peer institutions the undergraduate programme offered by the department is uniquely interdisciplinary, highly practical oriented and with emphasis on hands on training. Students are also offered courses and training outside the curriculum to suIt the Industrial need.
B Tech course In Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering has immense potential for employment in emerging industries where new technologies are adopted.
The applications of this field of study are also spread over a very wide range. some of these areas are:
- Treatment and sale disposal of solid and liquid waste materials.
- Production ol biogas from waste materials.
- Modification of the genetic makeup of the organisms to suit industrial needs.
- Design of equipments and bioreactors.
- Production of renewable forms ol bro energy.
- Development of modern medical treatment and diagnostic techniques.
- Development of modern fermentation technologies.
- Mass propagation and tissue culture methods.
- Research in natural products.
- Development of drugs and food supplements.