Engineering in Biotech: Walking on the edge

Posted on: February 4, 2008

There are more than 700 seats of BE in Biotech stream in VTU. That much number of engineering graduates in Biotech in twi batches are already out. This year one more batch of the students will be added. Shocking news is that not even a 10% of them joined or got placed in biotech companies to apply what they have learnt in their graduation. Less than 10% could manage to go abroad for higher studies More than 30% are unemployed!! Rest are working as software engineers, some are pursuing MBA.
Syllabus, the standard of teaching, infrastructure and the effort to make these students as biotech professionals never met industry requirements. Today 3rd batch is in final semester of the course, many students don’t posses necessary equipments. Till today graduates of pure science (MSc graduates) teach future engineers. Though a lecturer has done MTech in biotech, he will be from some deemed university of Tamilnad. A bachelor degree holder from VTU seems far better than a master degree holder from these deemed universities. Now Tamilnad started nanotechnology!! The person who never saw a Nano particle or a Nano tube will lecture the students. These students, in future will come to colleges in Karnataka and teach the students nanotechnology! What can you expect from these lecturers?
One lecturer, who has done her MSc in Bioinformatics from some premier Tamil university couldn’t teach Shannon’s entropy which is the first chapter in VTU syllabus in her 3 years of working experience. Frankly telling, without Shannon’s formula learning bioinformatics goes waste. Funniest in all these, being aware of the fate of the biotech students, some colleges have increased the intake in biotech from 30 to 60.

Before joining BE in Biotech please think, rethink, and rethink until you decide to reject the branch!!

1 Response to "Engineering in Biotech: Walking on the edge"

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