A task force meeting with several high technology industries resulted in the initiation of a novel undergraduate B.Tech. programme in Industrial Biotechnology at Centre for Biotechnology in the year 1992. The programme is supported by a large consortium of industries that have agreed to set up a corpus fund to take care of the running cost of the programme. The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has come forward to support this programme.
Method of Selection of Students
The Examination cell of Anna University will conduct an Entrance Test (TNPCEE) in the month of April/May. Students who have taken the final examination at the plus 2 level with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are eligible to take this examination. The selection of candidates will be merit based on the aggregate marks of the qualifying examination (67%) (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) and the entrance examination (33%).
Limited seats are available for the candidates nominated by Industries. However, the industry should be the member of the Consortium of Biotechnology Industries of Anna University. The details of the sponsorship will be made available on written request to the Director with a self-addressed envelope by the interested sponsoring agency and not the individual applicant.
The duration of B.Tech. programme is 8 semesters, (four years) with core and elective courses taken during the first seven semesters. In the eighth semester the students carry out a research project under the guidance of a recognized faculty. A total of 20 core courses (108 credits), 11 electives (33 credits), 19 lab courses (44 credits) and an additional 8 credits for project work and industrial attachment training are required for completion of graduation.
In this programme, while constancy in essential areas of biology and engineering curriculum is maintained, considerable flexibility is built in through the electives offered in the study. The students are encouraged to select areas that fit his/her aptitude and interest, so that they are allowed to specialize in the area of choice as follows; genetic engineering, process development, computer application in bioprocess, design and development of materials and machines in the bioprocess.
Details of the courses offered in I and II Year
English I and II, Physics I and II, Chemistry I, Engineering Mechanics, Cell Biology, Mathematics I and II, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Introduction to Engineering.
Lab Courses: Computer Practice I and II, Physics, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Engineering Graphics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Electronics & Instrumentation, Molecular Biology, Bioorganic Chemistry and Instrumental Methods of Analysis.
Details of the courses offered in III and IV Year
Core: Bioprocess Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Immunology, Separation Process, Kinetics and Reaction Engineering, Management and Process Economics, Bioinformatics, Bioethics, Protein Engineering.
Lab Courses: Bioprocess, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Seminar, Industrial Attachment and Project.
Electives: III and IV Year These are designed to offer specialization in a given area of biotechnology, based on the aptitude of the students with counseling from the faculty advisors
Biology: Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Immuno Technology, Cancer Biology, Molecular Pathogenesis.
Chemical Engineering and Allied Subjects: Bioprocess Economics and Plant Design, Metabolic Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Drugs and Pharmaceutical Technology, Food Processing Technology.
Miscellaneous: Technical Writing and Communication, Biological Spectroscopy, Chromatographic Separations, Biophysics, Molecular Modelling, and Drug Design.