HOD’s Message

KIT at a glance in perspective of Biotechnology Engineering

Kolhapur Institute of Technology is one of the pioneering institutes in Maharashtra started by a team of industrialists on self-financed basis in 1983. Recognizing the need of contemporary metallurgy industry, KIT started the courses in Production Engineering, with other branches like Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering , Environmental Engineering. The dynamic management of KIT’s College of Engineering Kolhapur took an early note of the significant role that was to be played by Biotechnology Engineers in future industrial development of biotechnology related processes and products by establishing department of Biotechnology Engineering in 2002 with approval from DTE and AICTE, India. It has a unique place in the development of Biotechnology engineering discipline in Maharashtra.

Programmes offered by the Department

Year of Starting Programme Intake
2002 B.Tech. (Biotechnology Engineering) 60
2008 M.Tech. (Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology) 18

CONTACTS FOR ADMISSIONS AND COURSE DETAILS

Prof. Mangesh Patgaonkar  +91 9823334971

Dr. Rajesh Jorgewad +919923957189
Mrs. Saee Thakur +91 9850317278

Ms. AsavariJoshi  +91 9421197951

  • Eligibility Criterion for B.Tech. course : JEE (Mains)/ MHT-CET (Engg.) (with PCM group)
  • All Students with Biology or without Biology are eligible for UG course

Introduction about the department

The Department of Biotechnology Engineeringis well acknowledged department by all stakeholders such as industries, educational institutes at 10+2 level, parents across the societal sections of Maharashtra.  We offer Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology and Master of Technology in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology programmes. Our current intake capacity is 60 students for undergraduate and 18 for postgraduate students. We also hold a very unique position, as we are the only college under Shivaji University, offering a course in Biotechnology Engineering.At present the Department provides a model for an integrated approach towards education as well as research and development in biotechnology.

Students joining the department are from diverse backgrounds, creating a highly stimulating learning environment. We offer highly competitive syllabus, based on requirements of Biotechnology industries as well as national and international entrance examinations for Master and Ph. D courses. Every year we invite various guest speakers to enrich the learning experience. The guest lecture topics are carefully picked, to encourage learning beyond the syllabus, so that the students are exposed to new ideas and knowledge.

Our alumni occupy number of positions in various industries like Reliance Life Sciences Ltd. Mumbai, Biocon Ltd. Bangalore, Lupin Ltd. Pune and Tarapur, Serum Institute of India Ltd. Pune, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. Hyderabad, Ingenesys Ltd. Pune, Wockhardt Ltd. Aurangabad, MJ Biotech Pune. They are working in various sections like Research and Development, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Production, Regularities Affairs, Pollution Control and Occupational Safety division of these industries. We also have a good connect with alumni where they immensely help for their juniors in career growth.Graduating students normally find good fellowships in higher education and pursue their career in academia nationally as well as internationally. A good number of students move into different job opportunities in core biotechnology sectors. Overall the graduate and postgraduate students are well informed about their career options and thus find it easy to navigate their way forward, which connects with their interest and passion.

During the Biotechnology course, students are acquainted with various techniques in microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, fermentation technology, r-DNA technology, animal and plant biotechnology, bioinformatics, food technology, effluent treatment, good manufacturing practices. The curriculum also comprises industrial training, industrial visits, co-curricular, extra-curricular activities etc. In the final year students carry out projects either inhouse or at industries or institutes in the areas like Bioprocesses   (fermentation) Engg., Plant and Animal tissue culture, Genetic Engg., Nanotechnologyetc. Our Post Graduate students worked in various prestigious organizations like CSIR-  NationalInstitute of Oceanography (NIO), CSIR -National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) , and industries like Wockhardt Ltd.

What is Biotechnology Engineering?

The use of microorganisms for the production of the substances like ethanol, citric acid, Baker’s yeast, acetic acid, antibiotics etc. was already known but it was not given name biotechnology before 70’s decades (currently called as Classical Biotechnology). But in late 70’s due to breakthroughs in genetics and molecular biology, a new field of modern biotechnology started to evolve. To boost the research in this field, Govt. of India established National Biotechnology Board (NBTB) which was given a separate status of different Department under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India in 1986.

Thereafter, it started growing very fast in different areas with the different laboratories established throughout India, like National Centre for Cell Sciences, National Institute of Immunology, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institution, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology etc. and public sector undertakings as Indian Vaccines Corp. Ltd. Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Corporations Ltd.

From the year 1999-2000 onwards many colleges started the courses like BSc (Biotechnology) and MSc (Biotechnology). Considering the interdisciplinary nature of the Biotechnology (Biology + Technology) there was a need of adding an engineering approach where novel technology could be actually reach at every person on larger scale and not only at laboratory bench scale. This engineering scaling approach was incorporated with the designing of a new curriculum called Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology.

Biotechnology Engineering is an application of biological sciences and chemical engineering principles to improve the quality of human life. Biotechnology Engineering involves scientific manipulation of biological systems at genetic and molecular level to manufacture useful products and to provide services under controlled conditions. It is multidisciplinary subject which encompasses several disciplines such as cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, genetics and chemical engineering etc. Skilled biotechnology engineers are committed to exploit available biological resources for the betterment of society using biotechnological tools such as r-DNA technology, tissue culture, bioprocess and fermentation technology, bioinformatics etc. They are found to be most demanding human resource for the development of industrial sectors such as pharmaceutical, agricultural, food and beverages, Bioinstrumentation, environmental along with various academic and research institutes in India and abroad. Clinical research, consultancies and entrepreneurships are also the new fields of opportunities for biotechnology engineers.

Process Technology Approach is the amalgamation of Engineering sciences like Fluid Mechanics, Transport Phenomena, Thermodynamics, Process & Reaction Engineering and Microbial & Cell Culture Processes, Protein Engineering, Genetic engineering, Immunotechnology etc. It involves large scale production processes, providing solutions to problems related to design and operation for biological system.

Scope and Opportunities in Biotechnology Field

Today the whole world is too much shaken with the word ‘Biotechnology’ because there is a strong opinion that the ‘Biotechnology will give solutions to so many problems’. Biotechnology is a new and innovative industry with innumerable career options for anyone interested in life science. Biotechnology has changed the quality of life through improved medicine, diagnostics, agriculture and waste management, to name a few. Because the field of biotechnology is still relatively new, there is an abundance of unique opportunities to make new discoveries and introduce useful innovations to the world. It is bringing unprecedented change in technology and industry. There is lot of scope to the Biotechnology today and in near future as Biotechnologists can work in various industries and R&D institutes related to the following areas —-

  1. Healthcare  – Production of biopharmaceutical products, antibiotics etc.
  2. Food   – Production of nutraceuticals, natural flavors, improving the quality and quantity of food with cost reduction
  1. Animal  – Production of transgenic animals, improvement of livestock
  2. Plant and Agriculture – Pest resistant crops, improvement of shelf life and quality of plants
  3. Environment – Biodegradation, improved effluent treatments
  4. Nanotechnology  – Use of nano-carriers for treatment of diseases and drug delivery
  5. Industrial and Biofuels – Production of bioethanol like alternative fuels to petroleum
  6. Biomedical Engineering – Tissue regeneration and development, Biomedical instrumentation

Due to above mentioned areas; there are many career opportunities in this field. Development of new scientific institutions and centers for excellence will help young students and scientists pursue their careers in research and development. It will also help in entrepreneurial development in this sector.

Job Opportunities to name a few in various sectors are as:-

  • Production Trainee Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Process Research Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Scientific Officer
  • Bioinformatics Program   Developer
  • IPR Consultant
  • Academics
  • Business and Technology Consultant
  • Scientific Journalist

BIOTECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

To develop as a Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology Engineering and the preferred choice of Faculty, Student, Industry and Society at global level

⦁ To use sophisticated techniques of modern biotechnology to strengthen and develop human resources and institutional capacity.
⦁ To transfer know how and develop appropriate facility and training in biotechnology related subjects considering safety in biotechnology by assessing management risk.