Adding laurels to the Crown

This year the department of biotechnology and medical engineering witnessed numerous developments. A new curriculum committee has been framed which comprises people from industries, research organisations and departmental academic committee. It basically includes director of IFGL, Deepak Mishra from Tata medical centre Kolkata, an expert from Aditya Birla Group of Industries and former director of IGH. The committee gave feedback after reviewing the syllabus. Recently the department has gone through accreditation by NBA. The experts for Biotechnology came from IIT Roorkee and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi whereas experts from IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and JNU came for the Biomedical department. After going through the feedbacks from these experts the department revised the syllabus emphasising on industry related courses.

On the academic front, the department of Biotechnology has witnessed some major changes. The first being introduction of Bioprocess calculation replacing anatomy and physiology. This course is the prerequisite of many other courses of Biotechnology like Bio separation and Biochemical Engineering. Cell and molecular biology theory courses will now be offered by Life Science as a core subject. Environmental Biotechnology has been introduced which is required for pollution control, biodiversity etc. Biochemical Engineering, Bio instrumentation and process control will now be core subjects instead of being offered as professional electives. Some new labs including Bioinformatics lab, Bio heat and mass transfer lab, Bio reactor design lab and software labs have been set up. 

On the other hand, biomedical department has introduced basic medical science and basic clinical science as core subjects instead of anatomy and physiology and biochemistry in third semester respectively. Biomedical instrumentation will now be offered as a core subject. Basic medical science lab, basic clinical science lab, biomedical instrumentation lab, medical equipment design lab, health informatics lab and software labs have been set up. For BT/BM students to develop small products, new Product Development laboratory has been set up. With the Industrial point of view, unit operations have also been strengthened consisting of mass transfer and heat transfer operations which will now be offered by Chemical Engineering Department.

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