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Microbiology Education for Biotechnology Industry

Microbiology Education for Biotechnology Industry
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Author(s): K. K. Pal (Directorate of Groundnut Research, India), R. Dey (Directorate of Groundnut Research, India) and K.V. B. R. Tilak (Osmania University, India)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 19
Source title: Evolving Corporate Education Strategies for Developing Countries: The Role of Universities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): B. PanduRanga Narasimharao (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India), S. Rangappa Kanchugarakoppal (Karnataka State Open University, India) and Tukaram U. Fulzele (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2845-8.ch016


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Microbial technology finds innumerable applications in different sectors of biotechnology industry. The scope and potential of microbiology education in different sectors is vast and has direct relation to societal benefit. Microbiology is generally taught at the post-graduate levels for students having basic degree in science (life sciences with subjects like Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, etc.). Microbiology being a vast discipline with many areas like Medical-, Veterinary-, Dairy-, Agricultural-, Food-, Environmental-, Industrial-, Marine Microbiology, etc. requires specific training and development of skills for specialization in a particular area. The requirements of each sector are different and specialized training and exposure is needed to develop professionals. Microbiologists have great demand in the industries like pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology industries preparing enzymes, etc. The microbiologists get job in product development, processing, production, and quality control. Similarly there is demand for microbiologists in food and catering industries in the areas of quality control and in maintaining hygiene.

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