An Impending Bloom :Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering

An Impending Bloom :Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering

Ajita Shri | Jun 10, 2019

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The potential for synthetic biology and biotechnology is vast; we all have an opportunity to create the future together.

As if taking a cue from the above famous lines by world-renowned scientist Ryan Bethencourt, the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela established the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical engineering in the year 2007.

The department was established with the future goal of producing quality engineers by offering multidisciplinary teaching and researches, developing world-class resources and in making outstanding contributions in the realm of Biomedical and Biotechnology. A goal it has been achieving at a rapid rate.  

The institute offers a total of 60 seats, 30 for each stream for the undergraduates under the B-tech Programme. A cadre of 19 faculty members had been appointed for carrying forth the department. Apart from B-Tech programmes, the department also offers M-Tech (two years) and PhD Programmes to the graduates.

Opening and Closing Ranks

The opening and closing ranks for the 7th round of counselling for the year 2018 are as follows-

 

HS

OPEN

Gender-Neutral

27813

45081

HS

SC

Gender-Neutral

5742

5742

HS

ST

Gender-Neutral

2269

2269

HS

OBC-NCL

Gender-Neutral

12135

18511

OS

OPEN

Female-Only

21546

25359

OS

OBC-NCL

Female-Only

9641

9641

OS

OBC-NCL

Gender-Neutral

7921

9652

OS

OPEN

Gender-Neutral

19903

28242

OS

ST

Gender-Neutral

2607

2607

OS

SC

Gender-Neutral

4708

4710


 

The department is divided into two streams- Biotechnology and Biomedical. The department mainly focuses on promoting advancement in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical.

What are biotechnology and biomedical engineering?

Biotechnology is an integrated approach of combining life sciences (ex-biochemistry and cell biology) with process engineering, design and scale-up principles. It excels in the use of biological systems or living organisms to do practical things and manufacture valuable products. On the other hand, Biomedical engineering combines the principles of engineering with medicine as well as life sciences. The branch requires expertise in surgical, health maintenance and care systems performance, curative procedures and prosthesis.

Major Achievements and Notable Research Work Undertaken

The department has numerous research projects and achievements in its bag. Some of them are-

Research Projects

  • First Clotting Clinical Grade Haemostatic Agent for emergency care under the guidance of Prof. Devendra Verma.

  • Evaluating anti-amyloid genic propensity of surface functionalized Carbon Dots with the professor in charge Prof. Nandini Sarkar.

  • Molecular mechanism of Pluripotency in Testicular stem cells-An Insilico Approach under Prof. Mukesh Kumar Gupta.

  • Design, Development &Demonstration of Biochar Production strategies for Sustainable Agricultural Livelihoods. The project is lead by Prof. Balasubramanian.

  • Fermentation-assisted technology for the enrichment and the recovery of novel bioactive compounds from food industry waste in contaminated coastal regions of Odisha under the guidance of Prof. Nivedita Patra.

  • Design and fabrication on 3D Scaffolds &Tissue Engineering Testicular Construct for in-Vitro Spermatogenesis, lead by Prof. Mukesh Kumar Gupta.

Start-up projects:

  • Highly biocompatible and injectable hydrogel for post-surgical adhesion.

  • Quantum Dots.

  • Clavicator Academy

  • E-healthcare and Biomedical applications-based products.

  • Fused recombinant hematopoietic factor and secretome.

  • Miraqules Medsolutions Pvt Ltd.

Prospects

The job opportunities in the department have been increasing exponentially over the past few years. Depending on their area of interest, the students have the freedom of opting for either core companies or non-core ones. However, the number of core companies offering jobs are limited. In the region of non-core, the companies visiting are mainly analytics, coaching institutes and IT companies. Some of the companies that visited this year include reputed names such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Axxela Advisory Services LLP, Future first, Affine, Akash Institute, TCS, Accenture, Sigmoid Analytics etc. Among the core companies was the well-known name of Stellarix.

Apart from the placements, students also plump for options of higher studies such as M.S. and PhD in universities within the country as well as abroad. In the year 2018-19, Soumya Pratap Tripathy, a scholar of Biotechnology department bagged an admission letter from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The department holds numerous names as such for their remarkable performance.

A Biotech Future

The HOD Prof. A. Thirugnanam, under whose supervision and tutelage the department has been giving an exemplary performance, says:

The department has immense potential thus we would like to expand it. The college will be installing new laboratories and centre of exchange. The presence of experienced faculty members and undertaking revolutionary research programs would help us to take the department to new heights.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, with a goal of developing a biology-based approach towards catering to the needs of mankind, seeks advancement in Bioscience and Biotechnology. The department has been successful in constructing a coterie of students who value collegiality and are working together in bringing some notable changes in the society. NITR welcomes every new scholar as we continue our journey towards a Biotech Future.

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