The Indian biotechnology education sector registered a negative growth of 11.3 percent and this market is estimated at Rs 1,020 crore in 2011-12 as against Rs 1,150 crore in 2010-11. The drop is mainly attributed to the reduction in the number of students opting for biotechnology courses. Several colleges and institutes were forced to close their biotechnology programs due to lack of student interest. The education market mainly comprises of fees collected from the students.
The biotechnology industry witnessed a CAGR of 29.5 percent during 2002-07, that led to a big rush of institutes--public as well as private--offering courses on biotechnology. The demand for human resources from the industry, however, did not pick up as much as it was being projected and this resulted in a reduction in the number of candidates wanting to undertake biotech courses.
This is the 8th BioSpectrum Top 20 Biotech (BT) Schools Survey 2012, in which a total of 48 institutes (15 public and 33 private), offering BTech, MSc, MTech, and PhD courses in biotechnology from 15 states participated in the survey. Some of the prominent public universities and institutes such as Anna University (Chennai), Himachal Pradesh University (Shimla), Jamia Millia Islamia University (Delhi), Madurai Kamaraj University (Madurai), MS Baroda University (Vadodara), University of Jammu (Jammu), University of Kashmir (Srinagar), and University of Pune (Pune) could not participate in this survey due on going admission processes and other pre-occupied activities with the department heads.
According to the 2012 Survey, 4525 students enrolled their names in these 48 institutes for the biotechnology courses ranging from undergraduate to doctoral studies during the academic year 2011-12. There were a total of 12,100 students pursing biotech programs in 2011-12 and 85 percent of these students were in private BT schools. The total full-time faculty strength in these 48 institutes stood at 1130 and an overwhelming 73 percent of these staff are PhD holders. The 33 private sector BT schools in the survey had a total staff strength of 615 members, while the 15 public BT schools had around 515 teaching staff.