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A task force meeting with several high technology industries resulted in the initiation of a novel B.Tech Degree Programme in Industial Biotechnology at the Centre for Biotechnology in the year 1992. The programme is supported by the corpus fund created by the Centre through industries interested in developing Biotechnology in the country. Students are selected through an All-India Entrance Examination. The B.Tech Programme is a eight semester inter-disciplinary course devoted to basic and applied aspects of Biotechnology.

Method of Selection of Students

An All India Entrance Examination will be conducted by the examination cell established by Department of Biotechnology, at Jawaharlal Nehru University during the month of April/May. at main centres like Bangalore, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Madurai and New Delhi.An advertisement regarding the Entrance Examination will be published in all leading newspapers during Febraury.Students who have taken the final examination at the plus 2 level with Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Mathematics are eligible to take this examination. The selection of candidates will be merit based on aggregate marks of the qualifying examination(67%)(Physics,Chemistry, Biology /Maths) and the entrance examination (33%). For the admission, the candidate has to apply separately after the entrance exam. Limited seats are available for the candidates nominated by Industries. However the Industry should be the member of the Consortum 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 takenduring first seven semesters. In the eighth semester the students carry out a research project under the guidance of a recognised 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 graduation


In this programme, while constancy is 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 specialise in the area of choice as follows; genetic engineering, process development, computer application in bioprocess, design and development of materials and machines in the ioprocess.


English I and II, Physics - I & II, Chemistry I , Engineering Mechanics, Cell Biology, Mathematics - I and II, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Introduction to Engineering, Probability and Statistics, Bio-organic Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Principles of Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Principles, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Basic Electronics and Instrumentation, Material Sceince and Technology.

Lab Courses

Computer Practice I, Physics Chemistry, Cell Biology, Engineering Graphics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation, Molecular Biology, Bio-Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Method of Analysis.

III and IV Year
Core: Bioprocess Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Immunology, Separation Process, Kinetics and Reaction Engineering, Management and Process Economics. Bio Informatics, Bio Ethics, Protein Engineering.

Lab Courses

Bioprocess,Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Seminar,Industrial Attachment and Project.


III and IV year: These are designed to offer specialization in a given area of biotechnology, based on the aptitude of the students with counselling from the faculty advisors:

Biology: Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Immunotechnology, 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.


Technical writing and Communcation, Biological Spectroscopy, Chromatographic Separations, Biophysics, Molecular Modelling and Drug Design.