Tag

Quality Education

Browsing

The advent of biotechnology is prominent. Gone are the winds of insipid excitement and permanent are the forces of renovation that contain historic achievements. The use of microbes that have inhabited the earth for millions of years, for bioremedial techniques illustrates the fact that natural history paves a way for present development. Bioremediation of toxic metals from groundwater is an advantage that biotechnology has provided for human health. Arsenic is a toxic metal that can be removed from water by arsenic oxidizing bacteria. The bacteria are used for oxidation of Arsenite As(III) to As(V), that can be easily separated from the water. Many heterotrophic bacteria oxidize As(III)  to detoxify their immediate environment. On the contrary, some bacteria behave as agents that use As(III) as electron donors. Various molecular markers have been identified to recognize bacteria with potential arsenic oxidizing activity such as 16s rRNA, aioA, arsB and others. By oxidizing the more toxic Arsenic As (III) to less toxic As(V) and concomitantly gaining energy, such bacteria have an appreciable ecological advantage over their counterparts. The As oxidase gene has been characterized by bacteria. A study has confirmed that the As oxidase gene is a very ancient gene. In certain ways, Arra and As oxidase have been found to be similar.

Classical technologies are efficient in removal of  As(V) but not As(III). There are also cost intensive. Here Biotechnology counters the problem. Biocolumn reactors with immobilised bacterial cells have been used. A novel cost effective biocomposite- granules of cement coated with cysts of certain cyanobacteria has been studied The composite has been proven to remove 96% arsenic. Many such biocolumns or devices have been made that harness the ability of bacteria to remove As(III) and As(V). The efficiency of these has been very high. Thus techniques of biotechnology have been effectively used to clean drinking water from arsenic. Similar approaches have been taken for remediation of other toxic metals like cadmium, excessive Iron and others. Biotechnology is critically involved in the maintenance of human health.

Biotechnology has created an unprecedented threat in the progression of agricultural, environmental, food and dairy technology. However, the role played by biotechnology in the medical field and healthcare has been immense, unbeatable and unparalleled.

This subject – Biotechnology is a synonym for the prosperity of human health and medical care. Thus, it is a boon for the medical industry.

Medical Biotechnology (MBT) deals with healthcare and pharmacy sectors, infusing these fields with tremendous humanitarian implications. This is because a small discovery made by any medical biotechnologist can save millions of lives on Earth.

As the global economy is scaling new heights, the requirement of qualified and skilled biotechnology researchers is increasing with time.

India is counted among the top 12 biotechnology destinations in the world and the third largest in the Asia Pacific region.

Biotechnology, a vast field, is culturing ton healthcare and treatment through techniques that result in rapid and accurate diagnosis of diseases with the utilization of techniques like Polymerase Chain Reaction, ELISA, Indirect Immunofluorescence and Recombinant DNA Technology; the investigation of human diseases has reached a gargantuan level.

Apart from these techniques, gene cloning in Biotechnology has made possible, the mutated or disrupted gene in the damaged cell. This procedure is referred to as Gene Therapy.

Those students, who have the technical expertise and thorough acclimatization towards handling equipment, can opt for a great career in Medical Biotechnology.

To become competent and successful professionals in this field, students can choose to study B.Sc in Biotechnology. For this course, 12th examination with biology/ maths/ agriculture is essential.

On completion of this highly potent academic course, students can further study M.Sc in Medical Biotechnology or pursue Ph.D to become illustrious medical scientists in future.

Qualified graduates can complete M.Sc in Medical Biotechnology and work in research institutes all over the world as Research Associate or Research Scientists.

They can also become medical professionals in clinical settings, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.

According to National Human Genome Research Institute’s report, by the year 2025, the trend of personalized medical treatment will start, in which an individual would obtain medical treatment based on his or her genetic makeup.

Definitely, one can say that the future is bright because of the Biotechnology and there is going to be a huge requirement of qualified medical biotechnologists to secure the healthy future of mankind and nature.


Listen to the expert Dr. Sonika Saxena, Vice Principal, Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology, Jaipur below!

Knowledge and memories are all that we take to our graves. Hence, it is imperative to assure the quality of both during our lifetime. Education plays a very important role in shaping the former, and the time spent in pursuing it in the latter.

Although basic education is a fundamental right of every living person, few get the opportunity and even fewer are blessed enough to pursue higher education. By the time a student has decided what course to pursue at the masters level, one has a vague idea of what opportunities lay ahead. However, more often than not, the contacts and public relation skills developed at this stage impact the nature of the future work taken up by the student. These life-skills sometimes have a greater impact on the personality of the student which along with knowledge helps to steer their careers in the right direction.

In short, the quality of education at the Master’s level should ensure that each graduating student is indeed a master of his field. They should be provided with the skills to encash their two years of study.  In addition, the student should also be made aware of the benefits of multi-tasking and encouraged to work as they study. Part-time teaching or part time working in labs is one way of inculcating a sense of responsibility as well as satisfaction in them. Also, a practical exposure to current high-end techniques and their applications in industries or RnD will better equip them for the life after Masters.

Apart from these, each and every student should be made aware that unlike the commerce lines, science has several restrictions in terms of pay as well as options within India. Hence, instead of feeling discouraged they should receive professional guidance to help build up their professional resume and develop communication skills that will help them with prospective employers- in research, academia or industry.

Last but not the least; practical bioinformatics is an indispensible skill-set that each and every student should take with them. Today, an amalgamation of both wet and dry-lab skills and data are necessary for meaningful research which ultimately affects all the avenues that one may choose to pursue. Of note, a willingness to try out different things, a risk-taking capacity as well as the mind-set to positively accept failure and lead a balanced life is necessary, especially for those who wish to pursue research in the long-term. The ability to work amicably in a team and honing their ability to read and analyse data and scientific literature are also better learnt at this stage of their education.

With the best faculty mentoring every batch of U.G or P.G. students with its Guru-Shishya Parampara, Dr. B.Lal Institute of Biotechnology has been successfully churning out batch after batch of distinguished biotechnocrats.