February 16, 2008
Two decades of PG teaching in biotechnology in India
Chronicle Editor @ Feb 16, 2008
This is a scholarly article written by senior scientific officers, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi. The article analyzes the growth of biotechnology education with graphs and charts.
The faculty has received a large amount of extramural grants on competitive funding basis. During the last five years, the faculty associated with the teaching program from 34 universities have published 1,719 papers in high impact journals. The impact factor of scientific journals 2001 can be accessed from www.genebee.msu.su/journals/1/01/01.html. Details of impact factor are available for 1,151 publications. In addition to faculty from universities who have received sustained financial support for 10-20 years like the IITs (Delhi, Kanpur and Mumbai), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Madurai Kamraj University, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, and Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, some of the new entrants like Jiwaji University, Gwalior, National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Manesar, Tezpur University and University of Kashmir have also published papers in high impact journals. The faculty have contributed edited books, chapters in books, patents and technologies.
As many as 570 students have been awarded PhD degrees in biotechnology related areas under the supervision of faculty members from 50 universities and 567 students are enrolled for PhD at present.
Preference by students
JNU, BHU and MKU are the first three choices of students for MSc general biotech course at the time of admission. Similarly, TNAU and GBPUAT are preferred choices of candidates for MSc Ag Biotech.