Biotechnology started with a big bang in India a few decades back. Touted as the next big thing, B.Tech Biotechnology courses attracted a lot of eager students interested in research oriented careers such as genetic engineering, stem cell biology, drug discovery etc. However, this field’s popularity started waning due to the lack of job opportunities and research prospects in India. Placements were negligible and most biotech students ended up in software and IT companies. However, for the past few years, research and development in biotechnology has been picking up momentum in India with more public grants and funding being allocated for setting up national institutes in India for the purpose of conducting high quality research and development, specifically in areas such as stem cells, neuroscience, genetics, molecular biology and bioinformatics. However, the opportunities abroad have always been tremendous for this field and many students who pursue higher studies in biotech and related fields find fulfilling careers in countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Singapore and Canada. If you are contemplating on majoring in this field for your undergraduate studies, then read on to discover the realm of biotechnology in-depth.
The following universities from India appeared in the QS world ranking for top 200 universities in Asia for biological sciences. (In no particular order)
Apart from the above mentioned universities, other prestigious universities in India such as the NITs, BITs Pilani, Delhi University, JNU, TIFR etc are renowned for biotechnology and biological sciences. If you are unable to get a seat in any one of the above mentioned universities or reputed state government funded colleges within your state, then try working with professors in these prestigious universities for your internships and final year projects. This will give you the much needed high quality research experience, which is imperative for admissions to top-tier universities across the world for master’s and PhD studies.