Pharmaceutical Technology Engineering deals with the field of medicines, their preparation, dosages and effects etc. the course also focuses on the construction and requirements of the industrial units which develop and produce medicines. It utilizes the concepts of both biology and biochemistry to develop and manufacture pharmaceutical drugs and to work with the chemists and pharmacists to research on it to formulate the product to use as a cure to an illness. As the course is directly related to the well being of human beings, this field has great importance in society and been gaining popularity in recent years.
This field of engineering is the subsidiary of the broader field of chemical engineering focuses mainly on chemical applications in the areas of medicine and pharmaceuticals. Apart from preparing such items, the study on the construction of industrial plants for the production of medicines also comes under this course. Students are introduced to various chemical systems and applications to aid the development of various techniques and technologies for enhancing the field.
Some of the top colleges in India offering Pharmaceutical Engineering courses are Anna University, Anna University BIT, Mangalayantan University etc. Candidates who are having a strong inclination towards the sciences and an interest in medical researches are advised to take this course.
How to Join
One who wants to join Pharmaceutical Engineering should pass the qualifying examination with an aggregate score of 60-75% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. After completing the same, the student has to appear for the Joint Entrance Exam Main (JEE - Main) to get admission into one of the top college or universities in India.
Most of the engineering colleges in India offer admission to students based on the JEE Main examination. It is a national level entrance examination done by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in India.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the national level apex authority responsible for the regulation and control of all engineering colleges and courses available in India. AICTE is the statutory authority responsible for proper planning and coordination on the development of the technical education system in India.
Career Prospects of Pharmaceutical Engineers
More and more companies are integrating Research and Development divisions with their pharma businesses are increasing the job opportunities in this field much fold. Pharmaceutical engineers can find jobs in manufacturing units as drug inspectors, analysts, pharmacology experts, production and quality managers in various research institutes and government departments and with the said pharmaceutical companies as well. One can also find career opportunities in food and drinks manufacturing and even in cosmetic manufacturing units for quality control and R & D.
Governmental organisations like the Central Drug and Research Institute, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology IICT, Hyderabad, Central Drug Standards Control Organization CDSCO are also hiring a fair number of Pharmaceutical Engineers each year.