The time has changed but what remains the same is “change”! Changes are inevitable. For those who witness change and want to be a part of something exciting; decision is always driven by their passion.

And this might even seem like trying in a field, devoted to keep bringing change amidst humans: Genetic Engineering.

If you have ever come across the thought of picking up genetic engineering as your career, what was your final say?

By the way, Genetic engineering is inevitable in enhancing the quality of human life. Works on issues like nutrition and food supply in agriculture, public health, and environment by exploring novel approaches and solutions.

Are you all settled for this big go? Or are you confused? If so, then that’s a good place to be!

What makes you confused? It is true; you need to have a desire and skill to feel the passion to be one of the Genetic Engineers.

If you are confused whether you have those desires within or not, here is a checklist below to find out:
Genetic Engineering

How to know if your Data Science stream is for you or not?

1. Critical thinking and decision making

This is one of the needed aspects for any job. Are you willing to make those difficult decisions, when situations seem to be chaotic?

Do you try to find all the facts and think out of the box, to reach a productive outcome? If you are ready to go against the flow then this caliber will surely help you here.
Critical thinking and decision making

2. Inclination towards life sciences

Life science is the base study material for this career stream. Do you like to know about the genes and how they function?

Do you like to witness a generation of new things from something already present? Newness and changes impact you enough to get excited and feel the punch in life?

If you like to create, are inclined towards life sciences and are moved by newness then you surely can try your hands in genetic engineering.
Inclination towards life sciences

3. Actively learning

Technology keeps changing and the need of the moment is to be able to collect the norm, as quickly as possible. This field needs someone, who listens patiently, understands quickly and makes sure something new and satisfactory is the outcome of the process.
Actively learning

4. Programming and troubleshooting

Having hands on coding is a sure bliss. And you will know its helpfulness when you will be working on genes using programs and languages.

Are you inclined towards working out a possible solution when machines/programs get haywire? If this is you, then you surely have a taste for being techy and things might go sweet if you try for genetic engineering!
Programming and troubleshooting

5. Handling large datasets and performing high level data analysis

Data is the biggest resource for any work. More data means more possibilities and scope to research and produce. Every inch of data is necessary in coming up with the best product having the best possible features.

But performing all the necessary operations on the data is not easy. The process requires high level patience, critical thinking, accuracy and the urge to keep going until we get it done!

Do you feel you have the caliber to keep going in this area?
Handling large datasets and performing high level data analysis

6. Technophile

Life engineering or working on genes is not only about theoretical or drawing filled biology. This covers a lot more. One can think more about various ways that technology brings quickness and efficiency in work.

7. Know when to fold it

If you know when to wrap your research and when to keep going, you know how to handle your research activities. And that is great stuff! This also involves a bit of critical thinking. And you might also need to keep a check that you are taking decisions without wasting any time.
Know when to fold it

8. Inquisitive about new drug discoveries

Your desire to see newness will help you come up with new ideas. This will keep you limitless and will give wings to your ideas. That would eventually lead to new emergence in life sciences.

Does this idea give you a thrill that you could bring novel life forms into existence? Are you willing to try even more with vaccines and willing to bring something new to the norm?
Inquisitive about new drug discoveries

9. Awareness about industry skills and new trends

Whatever career choice we go for, if we desire to run our race a little longer, we ought to be updated with the new norm and trends of the industry.

If you have an eye for newness along with the skills in hand, you would surely come up with stunning ideas in genetic engineering and this is what this career demands!
Awareness about industry skills and new trends

10. Qualitative and not just quantitative

How about working till longer hours and still not losing hope? When it is about not being productive as your work hours have just been about researching and not much about findings.

If you can persistently move ahead and keep trying for the new ways while keeping aside all the tried ways, you are willing to go for quality and not just quantity!

This is exactly what matters here.
Qualitative and not just quantitative

With these few ways above to know if you can make a career in Genetic Engineering, here is a little more insight about it:

What one does being a Genetic engineer?

  • Examining DNA structures of organisms with modern equipment and technologies.
  • Designing and Executing these for improved study.
  • Understanding complex genetic structure for innovation.
  • Modifying genes of plants, animals and other species including microorganisms for better function.
  • Helping in the preparation of antibiotics against disease-causing organisms
  • Handling hereditary diseases by studying the genetic structure of an organism.

How to qualify for the Genetic Engineering programme?

  • Score min. of 60% in 12th
  • Appear for entrance exams like JEE MAIN, JEE ADVANCE, SRMJEEE, VITEEE, BIT-SAT, JNU EEE, etc, followed by rounds of counseling and personal interview.

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Skills that make one, a cool Genetic engineer!

  1. Critical thinking skills to help new inventions.
  2. Problem-solving to help with the right decision during any experiment.
  3. Strong understanding of all scientific technologies to research for innovations.
  4. Reasoning skills to carry out a thesis.
  5. Communication skills to explain the thesis.
  6. Technology skills with CAD, Python, graphics, PERL and MSword.

Big shots who welcome Genetic engineers with open arms:

  1. Panacea Biotech
  2. Boston biological
  3. Wockhardt
  4. Cadila pharmaceuticals
  5. Bharat Biotech International
  6. Claris Lifesciences
  7. Intas Biopharmaceuticals
  8. Invitrogen
  9. LG Life Sciences India
  10. Emcure Pharmaceuticals
  11. Datar Cancer Genetics Limited

Institutes that can help with your Genetic Engineering dream:

  1. University of Delhi
  2. Maharshi Dayanand University – MDU
  3. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  4. SRM University
  5. Banaras Hindu University
  6. Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University
  7. Acharya Nagarjuna University
  8. Punjab Agricultural University
  9. Guru Nanak Dev University
  10. Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University
  11. Osmania University
  12. Manipal University
  13. University of Kolkata
  14. Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
  15. Indian Institute Technology, Kharagpur
  16. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  17. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  18. AWH Special College
Institutes that can help with your Genetic Engineering dream
Father of the green revolution: M.S. Swaminathan used the magic of genetics. He used High yielding varieties of seeds and scientific methods to increase crop production avoiding famine in India.

He wanted India to be safe and free from any severe famine attacks like one in 1943, the Bengal Famine in 1943.

A group of scientists from the US and Israel has proposed a CO2 removal strategy that employs the potent methods of synthetic and systems biology (SSB). The further development and deployment of SSB could help plants’ modification to remove CO2 from the atmosphere perpetually.

If this moves you to be one of the environment ninja, then you should not lose hope!

Do you also dream to bring a change by your works that helps, supports and sustains? With this course fee ranging around between INR 2 and 10 Lakhs, you almost feel like giving up on your dreams?
See the salary slab below:
  1. Entry Level: 5.56 lakhs PA
  2. Middle Level: 7.77 lakhs PA
  3. Experienced Level: 9.78 lakhs PA
Yes, it is a bit challenging if you just focus on fee structure, but you will get to earn 5.56 lakhs per annum, just as a fresher and logically you get back your investment in less than two years!

We will suggest not deciding on the basis of money. Let your passion not come under the burden. If you are getting anxious or nervous, we would like to help you.

We can stand together and help you through this.
Are you ready?

BT-Cotton, Does this arise as some sort of flashback to your 12th books!?

IISERs, CSIR, ICAR, and TIFR bring genetic engineering on a good scale in India!

Though abroad, especially US, UK, Canada and Germany opens up much better opportunities due to better government initiatives and funding.

China is amazing at Recombinant DNA and Genetic Engineering!
Did you know

Did you know?

  1. This field demands a PhD degree due to a high research field!
  2.  You can choose your path between being a professor or a research scientist.
  3. For a UG or PG graduate the option of a research assistant or as lab manager is also possible!
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