Pharmaceutical Sciences & 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 Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology

Ankita Pai

  • Degree Obtained:       BTech (Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology)
  • Year of Graduation:   2010
  • Currently pursuing:   MTech (Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology) at ICT
  • Email: kallisto.cygnus@gmail.com

When I first stepped into ICT, I thought I’d be lucky just to be able to find my way around the place. Four years down the line, and I still can’t say that I know every nook and corner. That is exactly what ICT is: long, neverending corridors of possibilities, with a new opportunity at every bend.* Here, they teach you probably everything there is to learn. Physics, Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, the Industrial Revolution, Economics, lots and lots of Math, and of course, good ‘ole Chemistry – Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Analytical, Nuclear…so on and so forth. Chemical Engineering being indispensible, has been included in the B.Tech curriculum, but its application in each field, say Pharma, for instance, is not particularly touched upon. To finish studying everything before the exam is a feat of supernatural proportions in ICT, takes a lot of (ahem) dedication and sincerity. There will be times when you feel like pulling your hair out and wondering why you chose to be here. But in the end you’ll find that there’s no other place you would have rather been.

LIKES

  1. The :O look of awe I get when I tell people where i’m studying.
  2. The Campus, huge, lush, chirpy and calm at the same time.
  3. The diverse crowd, from all over the country, it teaches you how to gel with different people.
  4. Most professors, very knowledgable, if not enlightened 😛 and more importantly, very approachable. They teach from experience, not from books.
  5. Loads of extra-curricular activities, you couldn’t stay away from them even if you wanted to.
  6. Exams done in a week, and not 2 months as is the case with Mumbai University.

DISLIKES

  1. Delayed exam results, marksheets, transcripts, everything related to administration needs a little tweaking and the staff needs to stop shuttling chores from one person to another.
  2. They’re replacing the floor tiles in the Pharma Department, but the burners in the main lab have been the same since the inception of the institute.
  3. The labs need to be better equipped, more spacious and less cluttered.
  4. There is no dedicated placement cell !! Unacceptable for an institute of such stature.

CHANGES

  1. There are two college websites, neither is good. It’s not that difficult to combine all that that space into a single great website.
  2. Two college canteens. Munna should stay as it is. Godrej desperately needs an overhaul in terms of the food it has to offer.
  3. More Industrial Visits.

ADVICE TO INCOMING STUDENTS

Nothing. I repeat, nothing is handed out to anyone on a platter at ICT.  But there is also nothing that will stop you from getting what you want either. All in all, it will be an experience you will cherish, that you will look back upon…and smile.

Kaustubh Sunil Rane

  • Degree Obtained:  BTech (Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology)
  • Year Graduated:   2009
  • Current position:   Doctorate student, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Email:                      kaustubh.rane21@gmail.com

Four years at ICT will always remain some of the best years of my life. Before entering this institute, I was like many Indian engineering aspirants, who dream of becoming an engineer, getting a a decent job and ‘settling in life’. The main thing ICT taught me was how to dream. It greatly changed my attitude towards life. During our childhood years, many of us enjoyed animated series called Dexter’s lab. I always wanted to be like Dexter, andhave my own lab. But somewhere along the line (courtesy of our high school system and the little exposure to research)  that dream seemed to be unrealistic. ICT changed that and I am proud to be on the path of becoming among a select few who are fortunate to peep into the future.

The main difference of ICT from most other engineering institutes in India, is the guidance of extra-ordinary teachers. These people are some of the finest in their field. Since they are researchers, they know the current happenings in their respective subjects and the kind of knowledge that needs to be imparted to students. Unlike in other colleges, here you always want to be like your professor. There are many things that can be learnt from them, right from the way they carry themselves, the way they speak to the way they approach a particular problem. I feel this is helpful even if one doesn’t want to make a career in research.

The second thing that I liked about this institute is the presence of good students. The atmosphere is very good for academic development (atleast that was the case for me.) I would be lying if I say that my goals were not affected by my peers in this institute. The students here are more confident of their goals in life and I feel  are more ambitious than most of the institutes in India. The third thing that one can benefit from ICT is the chance to meet and hear from some of the greatest minds in chemical technology and Corporate world of our times. I was fortunate to attend the lectures of stalwarts like Prof. Stephanopoulos, Mr. NRN Murthy, Prof. CNR Rao, Dr. Mhashelkar, Mr. Mukesh Ambani and many others. Believe me, the professors in this institute are really influential and take great efforts to give good exposure to students.

Bachelor of Technology (Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology) :  This course is one of its kind in the country. Studying in BTech Pharma is like getting  the best of many worlds (Chemical engineering, Pharmaceutics and Chemistry). I don’t think any other new graduates in the pharmaceutical industry will have such knowledge of mathematics, engineering and API production as we do. The course was designed to produce complete pharmaceutical technologists for the Indian pharmaceutical industry. Ask us about formulations (tablets, novel drug delivery systems etc.) or chemical process technology or reaction and separation operations or the chemistry behind a particular synthesis or even the project economics or process safety, we have studied all of that. The success of the course can be judged from the industry leaders that it has produced: Dr Anji Reddy (Dr. Reddy’s labs), Dr John Kapoor and many others The course also widens your horizon if you want to continue higher studies. For example from my batch students are currently pursuing higher studies in Medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, business administration and chemical engineering.

The professors in these department are well known in both the academic and industrial world. They are great teachers and are very approachable. The pharmaceutical subjects  are taught by professors from this department,  chemical engineering subjects by professors of Chemical engineering, Chemistry by profs from Chemistry dept. and so on. As I said before best of all the worlds.

The exposure to new and interdisciplinary research that this dept. gave to me has greatly affected my research goals. Currently I am researching in Thermodynamics, which may seem to be very different from pharmaceutical sciences, but is it? I am doing Monte Carlo simulations (Computational studies) to get interfacial properties of ionic systems. Now let us consider the process of coating of tablets , here the wetting (interfacial behavior) of the coating material is very important and currently industry relies on the ‘art’ of few operators for the success of this operation. This situation can be changed by including thermodynamics in the formulation studies in India, and that is exactly what I want to do.

Things I would like to change:

  1. The website. It should give more details of the courses, detailed research interests of faculty and the detailed information of few graduating students from each   department.
  2. The administrative section should be more efficient and friendly.
  3. Strict monitoring of student activities, mainly in hostels.
  4. More interdisciplinary research projects (like collaboration between pharma and polymers or polymers and foods etc.)

Advice to incoming students:

  1. Be ready to change for good. I am sure you will love your life in ICT. Be ready to take challenges, because you won’t be among thousands of ‘IT professionals’ who are hired in ‘bulk’ by IT companies. You are going to be someone more important for the Indian science and economy.
  2. Have good friends with good attitude towards life.

Purvil Khakaria

  • Degree Obtained:      B.Tech Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology
  • Year of graduation:   2009
  • Currently pursuing:  MSc Chemical Engineering at TU Delft (Netherlands)
  • Email:                          purvilkh@gmail.com

First of all I think its a very good idea to have an awareness campaign for new students because: I studied at Don Bosco High school which is just next to ICT. It was only until I entered the 12th standard (the hunt for colleges began!) that I came to know that the campus next to Don Bosco belongs to one of the premier Chemical Technology institute of the nation.

1. The institute, studies, extra-curriculars, career options

ICT is truly one of the finest Chemical Technology institute in the nation especially when it comes to research.  Several alumni of this institute have excelled in the industry,research technical and non-technical fields alike. Sprawling across 16 acres right in the heart of the city, this institute is known for its well kept gardens and british style facade.
The heart of any academic institute is the library. The Prof. M.M Sharma library has amazing collection of books and scientific journals which is not only restricted to the filed of chemical technology. The teachers here range from average to excellent. Its a pleasure to be taught by some of the best teachers who are really a model of humility and a source of inspiration. Studying at this institute primarily requires self motivation and patience. The amount of workload largely depends on the course selected. For the stream of B.Tech the first year comprises of general engineering and chemistry courses while from the second year the branch specific courses are introduced ( I am not sure if its still the same). At ICT several extra-curricular activities from cultural activities to sports are available. The best part is since the number of students are not that high everybody gets a chance to try their hand at several activities. ICT guarantees their student good education, engineering/technology knowledge and most important the ability to think rationally and independently. Thus an ICT student has the ability to excel in several fields.

2. Specific to Pharma Department
The Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology department (Pharma dept as it is popularly called) is relatively quite big in terms on number of students, faculty members and research labs as it is shared by both the B.Tech and the B.Pharm faculties. The subjects for the course of B.Tech Pharma is a mixture of core chemical engineering, pharmacy and biotechnology courses.The course of B.Tech Pharma offers a variety of subjects which gives you an idea of which subject(s) you would like to specialize in or just acts as a strong platform for a successful career in industries like Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Health care or even Oil & Gas.  It has some really good teachers who have the ability to make even boring subjects seem interesting (ofcourse exceptions are there). The good thing about this department is that most of the faculty members are very co-operative and have good interaction with all the students.

3. Dislikes
A lot has been said and written about the greatness of this institute. But ofcourse like any other organization/institute it has its own shortcomings. The student experience is mainly governed by 1) teachers 2)extra-curricular and 3) administration. As I said the teachers are from average to excellent. Some of the teachers think student as their enemies. The nature of subjects range from downright rote based to absolutely interesting. The method of studying unlike say Mumbai University is not based on following any textbook but the teachers words are golden. I say it as a dislike because this can mean a big gap in what is being taught and what is expected in the exam. As I said before that extra curricular activities are available, which means it is completely a students will to organize, prioritize and find resources to follow the activity. I believe a definitive system is needed to maintain the efforts of students in the past have put, not by word of mouth but by a properly defined administrative effort. I think that the biggest drawback of this institute is the management/administrative system which is pulling it down from competing with institutes from all over the world in terms of student experience.

In terms of jobs, the placements (on-campus) are not upto its name and expectations. Specifically the placements for the B.Tech branches are unorganized and scarce. The aim of the B.Tech course:” to teach the engineering aspects of Pharmaceutical Industry” is not achieved completely and needs improvement in this aspect.

Conclusion

All the dislikes that I have mentioned before are in the process of being overhauled in to a completely new system. This institute is in the process of some real transformation. I along with the other alumni are quite aware of its shortcomings. Inspite of this I would strongly recommend this institute for students as their preferred choice for spending the most valuable time of your life which you will treasure forever.

Harpreet Kaur

  • Degrees Obtained:         BPharm 2001-2005, MTech (BPT) 2006-2008
  • Current Position:            PhD student Bio-Chemical Engineering – UWO, Canada.
  • Email:                               hkaur22@uwo.ca

Institute:

  1. Well respected and recognized in the pharma and biotech industry.
  2. In Indian industry, graduates are considered in Tier 2 of pay scale (IIT’s being no.1.)
  3. Prof Padma Devarajan, Prof Vandana Patravale, Prof P. R Vavia, Prof Sadhana Sathaye, Prof PD Amin are stalwarts of the Pharmaceutical Industry in India. Prof’s Patravale, Devarajan and Vavia are globally recognised and have international collaborative projects for graduate students.
  4. It is an institute that nurtures dreams and gives you opportunities to try everything you would like to. All it asks of you is to have your eyes open to grab them when they present to yourself.
  5. Encourages inter-department interaction and projects- be it academic or social.

Studies:

  1. For pharmacy students, it is the best institute for pharmaceutics and novel drug delivery studies. For bioprocess technology- this is the institute you have to come to learn all you can about downstream processes. I haven’t seen the new Centre for Energy Biosciences but am confident it’s doing excellent under the mentorship of Dr. Arvind Lali.
  2. Library and librarian help you get all the information you want, if you’re perseverant and know what you’re looking for. I distinctly remember when the book I wanted wasn’t in the library I could easily request the librarian to procure it for the library.
  3. Every institute has its mixture of professors – some liked by students, some not so much. In Pharma, we too, had a good mix- some who found it convenient to spoon feed us some who encouraged discussion in class and required us to do our homework, some who motivated us to work harder. It was an excellent learning experience overall,

Extra Curricular:

  1. I know for a fact that extra-curricular activities are encouraged. We have had professors making exceptions for students if they wanted to practice for a particular competition, or wanted to take time off to go play a tournament.
  2. Be it ChemChe or The Spirit or Sportsaga or just Manzar (formerly named: Funtech) students from all departments get together and make the university experience worth all the effort. It helps that professors take part in the competitions too, helps break the ice.

Career Options:

  1. I personally know of people who have gone on to excel in every field of life – technical and non-technical and they will attribute their success to the learning experience at UD.
  2. Professors’ organized student seminars and introduced us to the different career options we could explore.
  3. Professors always encouraged us to explore newer avenues, not once have I heard a mentor or professor say “but why are you doing your master’s or PhD if all you want to do is sing and dance?”

Like:

  1. Campus
  2. Respect all Professors, have a special admiration for Pharm professors
  3. Hostelities and Munna Canteen
  4. Alumni network that’s slowly building up and growing
  5. The “door’s always open” policy of professors I interacted with
  6. The ease with which we could approach the Director with our suggestions and troubles at the time.
  7. The effort being put into installing wi-fi internet

Dislike:

  1. When applying for colleges in North America, I realized that although the Anna Malai unveristy is listed as option, UDCT is not. UD is at par with IIT in many aspects, yet it’s not that well known in CANADA or EUROPE. Some professors in Canada and Europe know UD, not all, but everyone knows IIT. It could be because our website is not upto the mark, our domain is still udct.org, even though we are now ICT. We need to keep up with the technological advancements, especially when we have computer labs and technicians to do so.
  2. The communication gap between the faculty, students and administrative staff on campus when it came down to processing applications and transcripts.
  3. The lack of knowledge or understanding of the administrative staff on campus about the rules.
  4. Having to pay Rs 1000/- per copy of official transcript.
  5. Not having online application system or grading system
  6. The fact that Pharma department was neglected for the longest time in all decision making

Things you would like to change (Suggestions)

  1. The website – needs a facelift!!!
  2. Providing access to alumni via email – having @ict.edu.in email id or something on the lines of the same.
  3. We have the TA, the editorial board for The Spirit, various other societies and student bodies within the university yet; there is no common portal or forum for discussion, for growth or even publicity for that matter.
  4. Encourage knowledge exchange, equipment sharing between the various labs. Managing finance or university budget via this means wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
  5. Employing sports coach on a quarter year basis for students interested in sports would help students vent the stress of studies and be an enjoyable form of leadership and team skill development.

Advice to incoming students:

  1. Do not be afraid to ask or explore new avenues, you never know what you may like or dislike
  2. Professors at UD are encouraging and helpful, go prepared with what you understand and what you don’t. And ask questions, the maximum they will say, I’m busy now, lets discuss later. Go again later; don’t assume they said that because they don’t want to meet you.
  3. Don’t forget to have fun while you’re at UD! Study, but party harder!

How I came to be where I am?

I think a major chunk of my success can be easily attributed to all that I learnt at UD and then at Biocon! The personal growth and academic growth went hand in hand and it was a very linear curve.

Being an under-graduate at UD is very different than being a grad student.

As an under-grad the community of students is stronger, there is a healthy competition between students of all faculties, everyone works together and helps each other grow. As a grad, somehow everything changed, students were more careful of whom they discussed what with, whom they shared their project ideas with and whom they associated with. But I guess that’s bound to happen when the competition to be at the top is so cut throat, and so I wouldn’t associate the change in attitude of students to the atmosphere at UD. It’s a universal phenomenon. Even here, at UWO, there is fierce competition between labs and students, sometimes to an extent that it gets beyond my realm of understanding.

As an undergrad I got every opportunity to develop my leadership skills, team member skills, soft skills and research skills. Not once was I told, am not prepared to jump into research. The professors always encouraged me and if I made a mistake they were there to correct me, and guide me onto the right path without mocking my mistake as a silly mistake. I was always pushed to think out of the box, try and apply principles I had perhaps learnt when discussing the project of my friend in the department of chemical engineering. I learnt everything there is to learn about lab ethics, research documentation and wet lab as an under-grad student.

During my master’s, if it hadn’t for been my guide Dr .Sadhana Sathaye I honestly wouldn’t be here today. She was patient, understanding, supportive and compassionate about my desire to do an industrial project. She gave me the freedom to choose my project, work on it and always be there to guide me when I faced an obstacle. There was time during the project when everything was just going wrong and I had a reach a point where I just didn’t care anymore and was ready to walk away. Her support to face the industrial politics, advice on how to deal with it, helped me successfully complete the Master’s project with an A grade. The experience as a Master’s student with Dr. Sadhana Sathaye was perhaps the most enriching experience I’ve ever had. I learnt to multi-task, to have fun, and always smile even in the most arduous times from Sathaye Ma’am, to work as a team and write papers and a lot more just being a member of the Sathaye group.

UD was and will always remain special to me for all it helped me achieve, for the friends I made and the changes it brought about in me.

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10 Responses to Pharmaceutical Sciences & Technology

  1. Abhishek Panchal says:

    Hi
    I am a first year student of B.Tech (pharma tech) at ICT.So hello my seniors! First of all a very big thank you for posting a Blog especially on our Pharma department.I really love it!
    College has started from about two months and My friends and I have heard rumors of B.Tech graduates remaining jobless and have become skeptic about our choice.Since you have gone through the ordeal quite recently I would humbly request you to throw light on our prospects and clear the confusion.
    You can reply via the blog I would be happy to correspond through your emails.

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      Hi Abhishek,

      Jay made a good point and I think it’s head-straight advice. I graduated with a BTech in 2008 and yes, the job scene wasn’t great. I am hoping that it is much better than that time. Out of the 14 people who finished that year only 2 went in the industry, the rest in higher education. Having said that the ratio of people now who have jobs is much higher. These people graduated with an MS from really good universities and have secured good jobs in the US even in this recession.

      Don’t be daunted by research or a masters’ degree, with time you will realise that a higher degree is essential even if you want to progress within in the industry. Try and talk to people from the industry, they will tell you that if they join immediately after a bachelors there are more places but proceeding to higher ranks takes much more time. If you have a higher degree, its much faster.

      If you are worried that you don’t want to spend more money on another degree after having spent so much money on ICT education, then it’s a justifiable worry but having graduated from ICT you will realise there are many opportunities to do even a masters on a scholarship (PhD is always funded). So my advice to you would ring bell with the many people who have written on this blog…. make full use of all the opportunities you get at ICT to build a good base in your studies and add lots of extra things in your schedule and make an impressive looking resume. It will all work out much better than you imagined.

    • Mandar Mali says:

      Hey Abhishek,

      Excellent points by jay and akshat, specially about the khicdi program
      designed. I personally feel, that our program is a complete mess. as
      jay said by the end of the course you will have so much of knowledge,
      that you can work for most of the companies in every department. I had
      a personal experience when one of the guy at Pfizer told me ,you guys
      are much lower than the Bpharms beacuse you are neither a perfect engg
      nor a pharmacist. no one really markets it well. no company ( in India
      or US) knows what excatly we do. But not to worry, UD gives us such a base that you will definitely figure out what works for u well. There are quite a bit good jobs after B.tech, can pursue MBA or MS/ Phd as jay and aki mentioned. So as aki said, i m one of the guy from his batch who did masters in biotech in IIT Chicago and landed with a job. There are plenty of opportunities around, What u need to do is find out what works for you the best!

  2. Jay Patel says:

    hey abhishek, I graduated with a BTech (pharma) this year and am currently doing my MS chemistry at UGA, Georgia, USA. Coming to your question; unfortunately whatever you have heard after joining ICT about people not getting jobs etc is quite true, and all of that is quite opposite to what you heard before you actually joined ICT ;)…..well, that being said, I still am greatly in debt to ICT, and to the BTech program.

    you might say this is a contradiction, and how am I saying that a program with very little job prospects is a good one….but hear me out completely….

    you must have gathered by now that BTech (pharma) program is a greatest khichdi program designed….with core courses of chem engg, pharmacy/pharmaceutics, and chemistry…..also a little bit of economics and allied subjects…..so essentially we can work in any of the subjects I mentioned above…and in theory, job market for us should expand to include all of the above three fields…..but in reality, its quite opposite……now, when u study a program so unique, then ur institute need to market it well to companies, (it doesn’t happen!) hence what happens is companies go for the safest and tried and tested approach, and hence they fill up positions with people having traditional degrees like Chem Engg, or BPharm or MSc chemistry…..whereas a Btech (pharma) can do all of those jobs…..

    so what should your strategy look like ?

    well the sad answer is that don’t try or struggle to find a job after BTech, but rather, just select one of the above mentioned fields or even biotechnology (another khichdi branch!!) , and apply for masters/doctoral programs in them…….you will be just fine once you specialized in one of the fields….and getting a job then will be quite easy.

    what else you should do?

    start hounding professors for allowing you to work in their labs as an undergrad researcher during summer….also apply for the NIUS program of HBCSE (deadlines are in feb/march) ask samant sir abt it…..go on trying for workin in labs in vacations……also apply to summer undergrad research fellowship program at Caltech, USA …start reading papers from journals on second floor of our library…even if you dont have a lab where you can work, still begin your reading in the area you like….this readin helps you a lot when u are interviewing with professors…..the better publications and experience u get in ur research, the less the academic marks begin to matter…..I am saying this from my personal experience…..ICT is one of the best jumping boards for undergrads to get research experience…..use it, and maybe someday u too will be as indebted to ICT as I am…..

  3. Monica Kumta says:

    Hi I have just taken admission to ICT in the BTech Pharma course; there is a possibility of my getting a seat in the B. Chem. Eng. course in the second CAP round. However at this stage I am not sure which is the better course for me. I have a major interest in Maths, and would like to go on further into cosmetic science. So with your experience do you guys think I should continue with B Tech Pharma or shift to B Chem Eng if I get a seat?
    Monica.

    • akshatrathi294 says:

      I think that you should look at the course and decide for yourself. Either way you could do cosmetic science for higher studies. 🙂

  4. afreen says:

    hi i have completed my B.E in biotech n planning to join ICT for M.Tech in pharmaceutical..since i have heard about the placement cell of this college is not very efficient..is it for B.tech students only or its d same for M.tech courses as well..

  5. manya says:

    Hi Every one,

    I really need to get your advise. I did my 12 with Biotech with 100 score. I wanted to go to B.tech in Biotech. But after discussion with few experienced seniors, I was told that I should not do Biotech but try B.tech Chemical. Now I have two option for UG course:

    B. tech Pharm. or Food at ICT Mumbai (as I would not get B.Tech Chem. in ICT MUmbai since I have lower rank in AIEEE)

    or

    B.Tech. Chemical Engg. at Chandigarh (UICET)

    I am based in Delhi & parent seem inclined to put me in UICET- Chandigarh as they feel that doing Chem. Engg is better as it would give me options of doing specialization of my choice at PG level. If I take Pharma or Food then I would be limit my scope in PG & carrier.

    I feel that getting in to good college like ICT in Food or Pharma is better then taking b.Tech Chem. in Chandigarh.

    Can you all please give your views & suggestion as I & my parents are very confused now. We got to take the call in next 3 days.

    Manya

  6. Anurima says:

    Hello, thanks for the reviews! I have secured admission in b.tech pharma in ICT via the 1st CAP round and i have 3 days to confirm my admission. But i am confused whether I should take it up or not. Because my other options were mech engg/comp engg. Also I might not get admission for these courses in as good an institute as UDCT.I am also apprehensive of going for this course as everyone around me is going for comps/extc/mech. So should I go for udct or wait for the 2nd cap round.Any advice? Thanks.

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