Request for Feedback on Draft Curriculum of MSc Biotechnology updated under the Course Curriculum Revision Exercise of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India is undertaking a major exercise towards the revision Course Curriculum of Post-graduate teaching Programmes in Biotechnology. This comprehensive project is being carried out with assistance of Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi, a company promoted by DBT for facilitating commercialization of Biotechnology. We aim to develop a contemporary curriculum comprising of core foundation subjects, ability and skill enhancement courses, electives and dissertation with an emphasis of promoting skill development and entrepreneurship amongst students thus, shifting the focus from traditional theoretical knowledge to skills- and competency-based education and training. The revised curricula shall be structured to facilitate horizontal and vertical integration between multi-disciplines and bridge the gap between both theory & practice.
BCIL has constituted a Core Committee of eminent academicians, scientists and industry representatives for the revision of the curriculum of MSc Biotechnology. The objective of this holistic exercise has been to identify the areas in which the curriculum need updation through seeking views from all concerned stakeholders and developing need-based curricula in consultation with expert groups.
The key takeaway points from the revision exercise of curriculum of MSc General Biotechnology are mentioned below.
- Change in nomenclature of the title of the curriculum from 'M.Sc. General Biotechnology' to 'M.Sc. Biotechnology'.
- Updation in content of existing foundation subjects, technology-based subjects, electives and laboratory practicals to include recent developments in biotechnology and exclude overlapping or elementary course content.
- Inclusion of course objectives, student learning outcomes, number of lectures per unit, recommended mode of assessment and references for each subject.
- Considering that applications of biotechnology transcend all disciplines, subjects such as Mathematics & Statistics and Chemistry & Physics have been introduced to strengthen the basics for biologists.
- In order to inculcate logical reasoning and analytical skills, subjects as Critical Analysis of Classical Papers, Research Methodology & Communication Skills and Writing & Presenting Project Proposal have been introduced in the curriculum.
- Subject such as Emerging Technologies and Molecular Diagnostics has been introduced which is broad-based in nature encompassing several new technologies currently employed by researchers.
- Considering the importance of elective subjects such as Plant & Animal Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, they have been made compulsory subjects.
We shall be grateful for receipt of valuable feedback on the revised version of 'M.Sc. Biotechnology' curriculum prior to its finalization. A copy of the revised curriculum and feedback form are given below.
We request you to send the duly filled feedback form to Ms. Shreya Malik, Deputy Manager, BCIL at firstname.lastname@example.org at the earliest, preferably by 21st October, 2016.