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Biomedical engineering

Q. I am a first-year student in biomedical engineering. Let me know about higher study options after graduation and its job opportunities. — Vinod Paul (by email)

A. Biomedical engineering is an emerging discipline offered by very few engineering colleges in the country. In Kerala, Model Engineering College, Ernakulam, under the Institute of Human Resources Development (40 seats) and the private, self-financing Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology, Kodakara, Thrissur (60 seats) are conducting a four-year B.Tech. course in it.

In the final year, you should appear for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Admission to postgraduate course with scholarship or assistantship in engineering, technology, architecture, pharmacy and sciences colleges or institutes in the country is open to those who qualify in GATE conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology.

M.Tech. courses in biomedical engineering is being offered by the Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005, Uttar Pradesh; the Indian Institute of technology (IIT), Bombay, Mumbai - 400 076; IIT, Madras, Chennai - 600 036; Institute of Technology, Manipal - 576 119; and Institute of Higher Education and Research, Bharath Engineering College, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai - 600 073.

The following institutes/universities offer related courses as higher study option to B.Tech. degree-holders in biomedical Engineering:

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (deemed university), Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka:

MS in medical software; Indian nationals with a pass in BE/B.Tech. in computer Science or biomedical or medical electronics or medical instrumentation or information science/electrical and electronics/electronics and communication/instrumentation with 50 per cent marks in aggregate may apply.

Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (deemed university), Porur, Chennai - 600 116: M.Sc. in Bio-informatics.

School of Information Technology, IIT, Kharagpur - 721 302: postgraduate diploma in information technology (eligibility: BE/B.Tech. in any branch with 60 per cent marks).

Institute of Informatics and Communication, University of Delhi, South Campus, New Delhi - 110 021: two-year M.Sc. in informatics; three-year Master's programme in information technology (MIT).

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Vihar Lake, PO NITIE, Mumbai - 400 087: two-year postgraduate diploma in industrial engineering (eligibility: first-class engineering/technology degree in any branch with 85 percentile in GATE); postgraduate diploma courses in industrial management and industrial safety and environmental management (eligibility for both the two-year programmes is a first-class engineering/technology degree in any branches with IIM-CAT qualification).

First-class biomedical engineering graduates are also eligible for the M.Tech. biotechnology programme offered by Anna University, Chennai, and the West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata. Admission is based on the combined biotechnology entrance examination conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Some courses in other disciplines that you may consider:

Indian Institute of Information Technology (deemed university), Allahabad - 210 011: M.Tech. in bio-informatics and other courses.

National Power Training Institute, Government of India; NPTI Complex, Sector 33, Faridabad - 121 003, Haryana: MBA programme in power management (eligibility: BE/B.Tech. or equivalent qualification with 60 per cent marks; selection is based on MAT score followed by group discussion and interview.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior - 474 003: MBA in IT-enabled services; infrastructure management, public services management and e-governance; MBA in non-formal sector management; students should have a valid J-MET score and a Bachelor's degree in any branch of engineering/technology or MCA with 60 per cent marks.

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi - 22: M.Tech. in computer and information science (eligibility: First-class BE/B.Tech. degree in any discipline with valid GATE score.

Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala, Park Centre, Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 581: postgraduate diploma in information technology (eligibility: a Bachelor's degree in any branch of engineering or technology).

National Brain Research Centre (deemed university) NH-8, Manesar - 122050, Gurgaon district, Haryana: M.Sc. in neuroscience (BE/B.Tech. degree-holders are also considered for admission).

Certification exam.

A graduate engineer with work experience for three years is eligible for appearing in the Certification Examination for Energy Managers and Energy Auditors. (log on to www.energymanagertraining.com, www.aipnpc.com for details)

Those who obtain an M.Tech. in biomedical engineering with at least 60 per cent marks can go in for research leading to a Ph.D from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

GOPAKUMAR
KARAKONAM

Author and career consultant based in Thiruvananthapuram

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