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I have completed BSc in Chemistry. Now I want to do MSc or MBA. What is the better option? Should I do MSc in chemistry (physical, organic, inorganic, analytical) or in biotechnology? Pune University provides MBA in biotechnology. Which is better – doing MSc in biotechnology or MBA in biotechnology or MBA in other subjects? — Aditi Sahani

Dear Aditi,

You may plan to pursue MSc in any field of specialisation that interests you or in which you do well. However, long-term careers related to the sciences would mean a career related to research or academia. Hence, it would mean a doctorate/ PhD. Even MSc biotechnology would need to be planned on the same lines. This is not to say that you would not be able to get jobs directly after MSc, but possibilities of growth would be reduced without PhD along the way. MBA after BSc or MSc would lead to careers in management in various industries.

MBA biotechnology would lead to careers in not just biotech companies but those industries that are served by biotechnology.MBA would give you more generalised and varied openings while MBA biotechnology is focussed on a particular sector of specialised scientific research and applications. Ultimately, if security and variety of placements happen to be your priorities, focus on MBA at institutions which attract established recruiters.

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Counsel queries

I am in FYJC science. I want information about biomedical engineering. What should be the study route after class 12? What are the job prospects and which institutes offer biomedical engineering? — Parag Waknis

Dear Parag,

Biomedical engineering involves the application of engineering techniques and principles to medicine and biology. Biomedical engineers design life support apparatus, devices used in various medical procedures such as laser systems used in corrective eye surgery. They develop imaging systems such as ultrasound, or devices for controlling body functions.

Biomedical engineers are employed by hospitals or companies manufacturing, maintaining or marketing medical equipment. In Mumbai, you can pursue BE/ BTech in biomedical engineering from the following colleges:

  • Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal’s DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering,Vile Parle;
  • Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra;
  • MGM’s College of Engineering and Technology, Kamothe,Navi Mumbai; and
  • Watumull Institute of Electronics Engineering and Computer Technology,Worli.

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You would be applying for the biomedical engineering programmes in the same way as you would for the other branches of engineering, through the entrance test.


I am going to appear for my HSC in science next year. I do not want to take up medicine, but am interested in the paramedical field. What is occupational therapy? What are the job prospects? Which institutes in Mumbai offer the course? — Khyati Sanghvi

Dear Khyati,

Occupational therapy is a health profession that focuses on helping individuals with mental or physical illness/ disabilities to achieve the highest level of functioning and wellness possible in their daily lives. In other words occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals with disabilities, achieve independence in all facets of their lives. This includes performance of all daily normal activities in work, play, leisure etc.

Entry to the this course is after 10+2 with science stream. Some institutions may opt for an entrance examination and may select candidates on the basis of performance in the entrance test.

Occupational therapists undergo several years of schooling in medical subjects, psychology, and occupational therapy. Besides ongoing practices in clinical/ paraclinical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology/ biochemistry, medicine and surgery, in addition to occupational therapy interventions, therapists are needed to undergo at least six months of compulsory internship in various clinical setting, eg orthopedics, rheumatology, hand surgery, neurology, paediatrics, burns, plastic surgery, psychiatry, etc.

Occupational therapists are in high demand in the medical and fitness arenas. They may also practice privately and have their own clinics or work in conjunction with other medical specialties in polyclinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools, psychiatric institutions, mental health centres, sports teams, residential care facilities etc.

In Mumbai, some of the prominent institutes are (indicative listing):

  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Mahalaxmi
  • Lokmanya Tilak Medical College, School of Physiotherapy, Sion
  • Occupational Therapy training School, Sir DB Orthopaedic Centre
  • Topiwala National Medical College AL Niar Road, Mumbai
  • GS Seth Medical College, Parel

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