Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, has announced an M.Phil programme.

Factoring in the rapidly evolving scenario in industrial biotechnology in the areas of regulatory infrastructure, improving standards of bio-manufacturing, increasing capabilities in food technology and development, increasing research and development collaborations with Indian and international companies, the Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, has announced an M.Phil programme in the subject from 2012-13.

The innovative course, according to professor and department head T.Thirunalasundari, will fill the gap between expectations of biotechnology industry and skills created by higher education sector, combining research, entrepreneurial skills and industrial placement experience in biotechnology companies all over the world.

Application of biotechnology in the production of industrial materials is expected to transform industrial manufacturing sector similar to the impact created by pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors.

Sustainable development in the general industrial sector implies applying know how and technologies to reduce material and energy consumption, increase use of renewable and biodegradable materials, generate less pollution and waste, and produce more environmental friendly products.

Technical application of industrial biotechnology holds promise for arriving at new tools, techniques and know how for the sustainable development. Some of the new applications include gene therapy, drug designing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicines, cloning, pharma products and agriculture, Dr.Thirunalasundari explained. The curriculum has been designed by distinguished scientists and academicians, industrial experts and technologists.

The department, she said, has tie ups with research institutions and commercial industries. The programme will not only lead to assured placement in industries and create scope for pursuing higher education in India and abroad, but also enable candidates to transform into entrepreneurs if they desire.

Candidates of M.Sc. Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology and other related life science disciplines are considered eligible for the M.Phil programme of one-year duration.

Applications can be downloaded from the university website www.bdu.ac.in and submitted before September 14.

For more details, dial 0431 – 2407066 (559) or email headbt@bdu.ac.in.