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Student Experience in BioTech

To follow biotechnology as a preferred profession, one must have keen interest in various branches of science not just for study sake or for obtaining good grades. Rather, important traits for getting into this domain are a high degree of intelligence and a general aptitude for science and scientific applications. 
Since biotechnology is redefining the boundaries of science, to become a part of such an innovative field one must possess an inherent attitude of originality and imagination.
Although, the name may suggest that this branch of science is steeped in biology but this is not the case. Apart from biology, this branch of science also assimilates diverse subjects like physics, chemistry and mathematics. Furthermore, engineering applications are also an integral constituent of biotechnology.
The concepts derived from this dissimilar mix of sciences are applied to biological matter, generally living cells, for developing new and improved biological and industrial products. The experience at biotech lab of ripping a DNA into small pieces was one that would be hard to forget!
Many myths surround biotech which has generated a counterfeit fear in the minds of youngsters against the stream. One of the most infamous theories bobbing the surface is about the career opportunities of biotechnology and about its scope in India. However, months of web research and spending a year on studying the subject revealed that Biotechnology is booming field for future with good job future perspectives. Career opportunities for students in biotechnology abound. Those specializing in different sub-disciplines of this field can easily find jobs in both private and government sector undertakings.  Though, the no. of companies employing biotech students is less when compared with the no. of companies hiring IT professionals or finance professionals, but that should not be a reason to be wary of. Since, on acquiring a post-graduate degree in biotechnology, one can easily find a suitable position in a number of industries.A multitude of companies looking for specialists in gene therapy, DNA technologies, drugs and pharmaceuticals have bloomed up in recent past. For instance US based recruiters Amgen, Genentech, Genzyme have been the top employers of biotech students this season. 
The applications of this branch of science are vast and simply mind-boggling. On one hand, it caters to the industrial sector such as food and beverages industry, textiles industry, biological products, medicines and pharmaceuticals while on the other hand this branch of science caters to the requirements of agriculture, animal husbandry, nutrition and environmental conservation. The list is a long and an envious one.
Further, less class strength (25 students) assures individual attention and regularity of professors is a benefactor.
Not even once have I regretted my decision of taking up the course since this is where my heart led me. One can surely say, this is not a profession for people who want to make fast buck but for people who are looking for a long and a well charted career. All the best!
 

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