Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactants Technology

Departments at ICT:

  1. Chemical Engineering
  2. Dyestuff & Intermediates Technology
  3. Fibers & Textile Processing Technology
  4. Food Engineering & Technology
  5. Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactant Technology
  6. Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology
  7. Polymer & Surface Engineering & Technology

Contributions for Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactant Technology

Kanaka Bhagwat

  • Degree Obtained: B.Tech. (Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactants)
  • Year of Graduation: 2007
  • Currently: Freelancer – Business Research
  • Email: shibzzz@gmail.com

Joining ICT

I had dreamt of joining ICT right from my primary school days – the reasons were different then and they kept on changing as I sailed through secondary school, SSC and then HSC. As a kid, the ICT campus and gardens lured me, later my grandfather’s (a Chemistry Professor) strong advice to his students to join the esteemed UDCT (then) boosted my attraction towards the Institute and finally my HSC Math Professor’s crude words to describe the value that ICT adds to your whole personality – “even if you get a peon’s job there, grab it” – fuelled my desire to get into ICT. More than anything else, I valued the ICT tag that I could flaunt. Only later did I realise that the Institute has given me much more than that – a number of complementary facets that I keep realising at different points in my life.

The Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactants Department

Honestly, I was aiming for the Foods division but I couldn’t make it through the CAP Round and I messed up by withdrawing the AIEEE form. I was allotted the Oils division through CAP Round 1 and I preferred continuing the same after some good discussions with seniors, alumni and the faculty.

Curriculum

Though the syllabus has changed quite a bit now, I guess the basic structure remains the same. The first year covers common subjects of engineering/technology/applied sciences for all B.Tech. branches. Second year introduces you to the basics of oils and with each semester thereon, the share of special subjects in the curriculum increases. The third year delves deeper into the chemistry and technology of oils and fats and introduces you to the world of surfactants. The final year encompasses the technology of oils, oleochemicals, petrochemicals and related products such as essential oils, cosmetics, waxes, lubricants and surface coatings. Along with these special subjects, you are exposed to common subjects in Math and Chemical Engineering in every semester. The weightage given to economics, compliance in the chemical industry and management-related subjects through the eight semesters ensures that you are enlightened not only about the technology but also about the non-technical aspects of the chemical industry.

You have a 6-week internship in the industry after the third year and it’s here that you actually gain first-hand knowledge about the industry. I worked at Godrej Industries Limited, Vikhroli and covered the product and process flows involved in the production of a few oleochemicals and soap. Most students get into good companies such as Godrej, VVF and Galaxy Surfactants. You also work on a seminar and a project in the final year. The presence of research students in your branch definitely helps a lot in conducting literature research as well as lab experiments required for the seminar and the project. The final presentations that you need to give on your seminar and project ensure that you really work well on your topic and understand it well.

The faculty also organises a number of independent lectures by experts from the industry and a few industrial visits. This helps students to keep themselves updated about the industry.

Future prospects

The primary concern of prospective students is that the specialisation that you acquire with your degree may limit your future prospects to a narrow spectrum. From my personal experience, I know that what happens at the end of four years is quite the opposite. I know people who have excelled in both chemical engineering/chemistry-related fields as well as fields as diverse as finance, analytics, software and fine arts! The common factor that still binds them together is that they all attribute their success to the whole experience at UD.

Right after my graduation, I worked in a domain I had no exposure to – Business Research. And yet I could pick it up smoothly thanks to the analytical and reasoning skills and the report-writing skills that I acquired at UD! I used the mass balance and energy balance concepts as analogies while understanding complex balance sheets and financial statements. That I was picked up for this job from campus placements is testimony to the fact that we have jobs in diverse fields as well – it’s not just the chemical industry that comes for recruitment drives.

You just need to be sure about what you are looking for – Masters in India or abroad, MBA or job – and you have a variety of options that you can pursue. The faculty is helpful in helping you sort out any doubts that you may have.

The Overall UD Experience

I must say that the extra-curricular activities that I was part of at UD made as much difference to my personality as the academics did. Be it ChemChe, Manzar (formerly FunTech) or Sportsaga, the faculty as well as students would get together and make every event a grand success. Being part of the Technological Association and Student’s Council gave me the opportunity to be involved in the micro-management of all these events. Though I participated in all these activities only for the pleasure that I derived out of it, I later realised the value that these activities imparted to my resume!

Likes

  • First and foremost, the campus – lush green and huge
  • The “Wow!” that I get from most people when I say I studied at UDCT
  • The faculty for being approachable and friendly at all times
  • The perfect balance between academic and extra-curricular activities
  • Examinations: Thanks to the periodic tests for being the eye-openers that they were! Also, the exams would get over within a week which restricted the number of sleepless nights to only 4 or 5!!
  • The kind of crowd you interact with – you have the right mix of nerds (who attend all lectures and spend equal time in the library), average students (who attend most lectures and take down notes), and the laid-back ones (who spend 80% of each semester at the Rec centre/hostel and the remaining 20% at Xerox centres!)
  • The seniors – though they give you some chills in the first few days, they turn into your godfathers/godmathers with time
  • The library – it’s really an overwhelming experience when you dig information from huge volumes of chemical abstracts/journals/books while working on your seminars and projects
  • The canteens – Munna being my favourite
  • The network that UD gave me – I am grateful to UD for the network that I could develop, more so when I see my colleagues struggling to achieve that kind of a web while pursuing higher studies or while building their own businesses

Dislikes

  • The website – it’s outdated and hardly a source of information for prospective students
  • The brand – it’s sad that we are said to be at par with IITs but still many people – well-educated ones – don’t know about ICT. Universities and test centres abroad have less-renowned institutes listed but ICT does not feature there. (Must mention – it’s humiliating when cabbies at the nearby stations don’t know UDCT but immediately know where to go when you say “Khalsa ke paas”!!)
  • The bureaucratic administrative staff that never processes the simplest of things without long queues or 4-5 reminders or pleading or all of these
  • The amount of time, effort and money you spend to procure transcripts – they are required by almost every student at some point in life and therefore it would be a wise idea to provide every student with one/two sets of transcripts along with the final year marksheets
  • The absence of a well-organised placement cell that can help students get better offers

From what I hear from juniors and see when I visit the Institute, I see a lot of changes already taking place. I am sure that within a couple of years, most of these issues will be taken care of and our juniors will then find new issues to crib about!

Advice to Prospective Students

In a nutshell, UD is a store-house of knowledge and wisdom – you won’t be spoon-fed here but you come in with your own spoon and scoop out all that you want, and there’s no end to the treasure! When I look back at my life at UD and the three years following my graduation, I realise that I owe a lot to the Institute that shaped my personality, gave me wonderful friends and gave me a tag that I flaunt at the slightest opportunity.

35 Responses to Oils, Oleochemicals & Surfactants Technology

  1. Rohit Vaidya says:

    Kanaka, I couldn’t agree more with your views on the applicability of material balance to non chemical engg concepts and your “get your spoon and scoop out all you want” advice to juniors. Also like the way you gave classified ICT students.
    Rohit

  2. Kanaka Bhagwat says:

    Thank you Rohit:)

  3. shishir vadodaria says:

    hi kanaka.i m a first year student at ict currently doing b tech in oils,oleochemicals and surfactants technology.i read your review about ict and completely agree with you.i just want to know what about the scope in this sector of the industry?will i be restricted to oils related stuff after my graduation?and more so since ict brand name is not known to one and all will it affect your admissions in universities after graduation?
    it would be nice of you if you would reply to my questions.it would clear my doubts.and who better to ask than a senior from the sane dept.thank you.

    • Kanaka Bhagwat says:

      Hi Shishir,
      Firstly congratulations on making it to ICT and all the best for the next 4 years! I totally understand your concerns about the scope you have after graduation.
      1) Field-related: You are definitely not restricted to Oils-related stuff only after graduation. You will keep coming across seniors/alumni who work in the same sector – Marico, Galaxy, Godrej Ind. Ltd. etc. You will meet people who have diversified and work in the financial services industry, food industry (in fact, you can pursue a Masters in Food Tech after your graduation in Oils), paints and surfactants industry.
      Just consider my own batch: One of my batch-mates completed his MBA and works for an I-Bank, I got into Financial Research through campus placements, one of us has started his own BPO, another helps his dad run a manufacturing unit, a few are into marketing and others are pursuing/have completed higher studies either at ICT or abroad.
      2) Further education: For top universities in India, you need not bother about the recognition that ICT has. They all know what ICT is and where it stands. For universities abroad, let me assure you that the professors as well as the alumni have a great network which you can always use. Most of the students get into good universities abroad without hassles. Just because it does not feature in the university lists does not mean that it is not recognised at all. So, don’t worry about that.
      You have ample opportunities out there; you just need to figure out what you want to do and pursue it. The scope is as wide as it would be for any other engineer! Hope this helps.

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      Hi Shishir,

      I think Kanaka made all the points in her reply. I’d just like to add something to it about your worry of being stuck in Oils as a subject after graduation. I think it might seem like a genuine worry to you at this stage but be rest assured there is no such restriction provided by a BTech at ICT (irrespective of which dept you are in).

      I’ll give you an analogy, here at Oxford scores of undergraduates study History, Linguistics, Classics, Philosophy and the likes… there aren’t enough jobs for all those graduates within their field of study. Most of these guys go on to something that is completely unrelated to their subject of study. They end up in places like investment banking, management consultancy, patent law (these three are amongst the highest paid jobs in the world) and other places like social entrepreneurship, not-for-profit organisations, communications (or PR dept)…just to name a few (actually I now at least one person who studied such subjects and is now within each of these branches).

      What this tells me (and is a well-known fact) is that in an undergraduate degree, apart from your field of study, you gain a whole bunch of soft skills and develop a better way of thinking. As engineers your problem solving skills are highly valued in any kind of industry. Having said all that, you should drop all these worries about jobs or field of study and concentrate on making most out of your BTech. I repeat Kanaka’s words, there are plenty of opportunities and be motivated to grab them and make most of each.

      Chance favours the trained and connected mind

  4. saurabh says:

    hey kanika i am first yr btech student frm oils oleochemicals surfactants frm ict wht r future scope i dont hv much idea abt it it would b grt if u response 2my doubt

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      Hi Saurabh,

      I think Kanaka answers your doubts in this comment. Why don’t you have a read of that and ask something more specific?

      Thanks!

      • Kanaka says:

        Saurabh, I have covered this in the comment that Akshat mentioned. If you still have anything specific to ask, I’ll be happy to help you out 🙂

  5. Shishir says:

    Thanx a lot guys 4 helping me out.i was just a bit worried as i did not know what the course would offer since it is very unique.if i have any further doubts on this topic i will write it here.thanx guys once again.

  6. saurabh says:

    HEY GUYS U HV ANY IDEA ABOUT POINTER SYSTEM IN ICT

  7. prathamesh says:

    hi kanika,

    i am prathamesh..i just gave my cet exam..i would like to know about the b-tech courses such as oils,food,fibres and textile..etc…i mean i want to know that if i dont get chemical branch in ict,is is worth to get these b-tech degreee and pursue carrier further or to take up chemical branch in some other colleges…i also want to know the further placements and exposures about these b-tech courses in ict..please help me out..i have my CAP rounds starting within days where i have to choose

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      Hi Prathamesh,

      I recommend that you read through other pages on this blog for other ‘tech’ departments in ICT. You will find that most if not all highly value having studied there. But you should make up your own mind about it after reading their accounts.

  8. prathamesh jagtap says:

    thanks a lot for your reply..i wanted to know your opnion about takin up b-tech courses in ict or B.E chem in other colleges..which will b more fruitful for me in near future as in placements and further studies

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      I believe a BTech in ICT is much more valuable. Of course, I may be biased but the scores of people who have written on this blog stand testimony to that.

  9. Zaid says:

    hi frdz..i got in oils at ICT n also in Sardar Patel colge of Engineering (SPCE) electrical engg
    Now i like both fields …so can sum 1 tell me which is BETTER….n in which will b more opportunities to explore ..n a good pay package…

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      Congratulations on getting the admit.

      I think you should decide which subjects you like. Both fields have the potential to get you good salaries. The one you choose on your own will allow you to make the most of what the degree has to offer and hence reap the most benefits.

  10. hello
    i got admitted 2 ict this year through aieee round…& i chose oils over coatings,textiles,foods,dyes.
    now i do feel i made a good choice..
    could u please mention a few of the ggod companies that recruit us after b.tech & then the scope after masters 2 work outside india??
    thanx a lot

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      Hi Sanjeev,

      I am happy to hear that you are liking it. I would say that as for the prospects of companies or things to do after, I would say don’t worry now. Four years in ICT will teach you a lot of things (if you like to learn) and I am sure you will come across plenty of opportunities to do good things after you finish the course. Right now, focus on your work and make the most of it.

      Best wishes.

  11. thanx a lot.. i do believe that this is the time 2 learn not worry..!!! also i wanted 2 know more about ict’s extra-curricular activities and how 2 strike a right balance btween study & participation.
    thanx again.

  12. sourav says:

    hey can u tell me what is asked in campus interview and how much marks are required for good package for oils,oleochemical n surfactant in ict . does extra curricular certificTE HELP in geeting technical or non-technical job from ict

    • Akshat Rathi says:

      Hi Sourav,

      I would recommend you get in touch with Shibani about this. I never appeared for a campus interview. From what I know extra-curricular things matter but not so much if you just have the certificate, mostly for the skills you gain from doing those activities (team work, planning, execution, etc.).

  13. Mihir says:

    hi, i just got my cet result and bchem looks tough to get. i was just considering this and polymer branch as opposed to mechanical engg in other colleges. i need an unbiased opinion as to whether mech. from sardar patel or kj somaya would be better than this?? what is the scope in this branch?? do engineers from this branch have a scope in the petroleum refinery industry like hpcl or ongc???

    • Akshat Rathi says:

      Hi Mihir,

      I am from ICT so I cannot give you an unbiased view. Also frankly, I have no idea about what it is to be a student at SP or KJ. But I can tell you that every branch at ICT has scope. The institute provides you with a platform to find and grab opportunities. Finally, yes there are students who go into petroleum industry from Oils but more do so from Chem Engg.

  14. Nikhil Bondar says:

    I have GOT admission in oils ,oleochemicals and surfactants technology.i have absolutely no doubt about the brand ICT, however i am little worried about the scopes of the field (oils..). and to add ,i also heard from a senior student that the course only covers oils from edible (i.e. food related) sector. but i am intrested in petro chemicals.please guide me in this matter and do mention the job oppurtunities in the same specific field after b.tech. plz reply.

    • Akshat Rathi says:

      Hi Nikhil,

      I’ll point you to this article that I wrote a while back. If you work hard, get the grades, get the right experience…there’s no stopping you from getting a good job after the degree. But doing all that is not easy.

      Yes, the senior is right this is not petrochemical engineering. The admission brochure mentions the subjects that are taught in the course. But that is not to say that your scope is restricted. I know of students who have gone into petrochemical industry after the course, or to chemical engineering masters (then to petrochemical engineering after that).

      In your time at ICT, you will learn a lot. Keep yourself open to these teachings, at the end, you might not want to go into the petrochemical industry. For now, congratulations on getting admitted and have a wonderful four years.

  15. Nikhil Bondar says:

    Thank you for your guidance ,and i must appreciate your article.i will definitely rethink over my aim, and will try to learn a lot from ICT.
    thanks.

  16. akash says:

    hi,
    I want to know the subjects in which i can get a masters degree apart from foods and chemical,after b.tech oils and which colleges will be better.

  17. Aniket says:

    I am a 2011 pass out of ICT with B.tech in Oils technology and i have worked for an year in Asian paints. For anyone who has any doubts about the prospects of a good career after passing out form ICT and Oils technology in particular, i would say that ICT offers you vast opportunities in any kind of chemical industry you want to work in and most importantly, the kind of respect that you get just because of Brand ICT is unbelievable. Every student of our batch in oils technology got placed in the core field with good packages.
    Oils technology is not petrochemicals but then that shouldn’t be a reason not to pursue this field. The curriculum is really interesting and you would come to know a lot about an industry which you were completely unaware of before. I would urge all aspirants to just visit the department once, talk to the professors, seniors and then decide.
    P.S. One of my batch-mates in oils technology went to US to pursue MS in Petrochemicals. So, at the end of 4 years, if you still want to get into petrochem, there’s no one stopping you.

  18. Madan Mohan says:

    hello i got most of the information regarding ict! 🙂 just wanted to know the average pay package students get after completion btech in oils from companies who come for campus?

  19. Nimisha says:

    What about M.tech in oils ,oleochemicals and surfactants technology after B.Tech in Chemical engineering?

  20. yashshvi says:

    It was my dream to b a part of ICT ,bt my bad luck,couldn’t make up der!
    Due to less scores

  21. apoorva says:

    Hi I am a student at ict in oils, oleochemicals & surfactants technology. I just passed my 1st year. I wanted to know that which courses i should do side by side that will be useful for me? will learning i foreign language help?plzzz reply

  22. vivek says:

    I saw this blog a year after passing out from ICT (yes, it’s unfortunately no more the ‘brand name UDCT’!). I would say the only thing that describes ICT is that it becomes a part of your personality. The rich heritage and traditions and culture that ICT has built over a period of many decades will surely attract more and more talented crowd to this elite institute. We would have to work hard to spread the brand name of ICT to every corner of the world!

  23. Peter says:

    Dear kanaka and all
    my nephew got an opportunity to the take Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants Technology in ICT what is the recommendation and what is possibility of the future opportunity I appreciate all the members can help to guide this kid.
    Looking forward for your kind help.

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