With the advent of a new era of technology and developments being made in the field of science and scientific advancements, it is impossible not to accept the potential that biotechnology holds for future generations. Though biotechnology is not a very popular subject choice given the advent of multiple engineering and medical courses, it is being recognized every year by hordes of interested students and often gaining sufficient expertise of converting it into a viable career option. Biotechnology is a unique subject that borders on the fringe between Technology and Science and includes various facets of knowledge from all spheres starting from biology to Chemical Engineering.
University School of Biotechnology is a pioneer when it comes to providing quality education in the field of biotechnology and is a constituent institute of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The school provides a variety of courses ranging from a full-time Bachelor of Technology, Master of Technology as well as a good collection of Ph.D. programs. The University School of Biotechnology was set up in 1999 by the Government of Delhi as one of the many University School of Studies under the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The school has recently been shifted to the Dwarka campus of the university. The University School of Biotechnology is one of the best in its field, clocking in at a rank of 3 all over India just after the National Dairy Research Institute, IIT Delhi.
One of the first courses at USBT included a five and a half year integrated program comprising of both B.Tech and M.Tech with 11 semesters and a subsequent Ph.D. program as well. However, from 2004-2005 onwards the five years integrated course has been dissolved into two separate components each being the B.Tech and M.Tech courses respectively. The dual degree is still being offered at the undergraduate level and a separate master’s degree has been introduced into the curriculum. The admission procedure takes into consideration the marks scored in the all India entrance exam of GGSIPU. Eligible candidates should have physics, chemistry, biology, or biotechnology as their core subjects during high school years. With more and more demand being laid on biotechnology professionals, the number of seats increased to 45 from 30 in the academic season of 2006-07 and witnessed an even further increase in the academic year 2009-10. The course duration for each of its programs is mentioned as follows: the integrated B.Tech/M. Tech course requires a duration of 5 and a half years while the B.Tech program follows the generic 4-year schedule and a Ph.D. lasts for a minimum of about 2 years.
University School of Biotechnology thus acts as a perfect platform for young aspirants to gain high-quality education and expertise so as to choose beneficial career options and take center stage when it comes to this often less explored field of study. If India has to keep up with the massive demands for new age medical procedures and industrial developments, enough emphasis needs to be laid on biotechnology and proper infrastructure for the students must be ensured.