Bio-based economy to create eco-friendly, high-tech jobs, says Rajinder S Chauhan


Implementation of bio-based technologies will only benefit the countries that have appropriately trained human resource, writes Rajinder S Chauhan. Bioeconomy can be defined as the knowledge-based production and utilisation of biological resources, processes and principles to sustainably provide goods and services across all economic sectors. The growing challenges of environment pollution, affordable healthcare, the escalating cost of fossil-based energy, excessive use of petroleum-based consumer products such as plastic coupled with declining returns on traditional agri-based enterprises have posed serious socioeconomic challenges to a country like India. The problem will further aggravate if appropriate measures are not taken to strengthen industrialisation aligned to indigenous resource base such as ‘bio-resource’, which exists in abundance in India. Technological transformation of bio-resource into high-value bio-based products can create a bio-based economy ecosystem, which will not only be environment-friendly but will create jobs throughout the value chain. The biobased products cover a broad range of intermediate products, product components, and ready-made products such as bio-based plastics, bio-lubricants, bio-fibres for textiles, composite materials for construction and automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical building blocks, organic acids, amino acids, and industrial enzymes. The bio-based manufacturing can be applied in any sector that currently depends on the fossil industry, including chemicals, materials and energy. In the scenario of castor bean, 80% of the total global cultivated area is in India and around 85% of castor oil produced in India is exported to North America, Europe and China. However, most of the high-value castor oil-derived bio-products are manufactured abroad and then imported back to India at much higher prices. The bio-based economy will thereby accelerate the process of moving away from fossil-based raw materials, which have been detrimental to the environment.

In the years to come, the use of several biotechnologies is expected to impact markets and estimated to contribute to 35% of the output of platform chemicals and other industrial products that can be manufactured using biotechnology, 80% of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics production, and approximately 50% of agricultural output. However, maximum economic gains through adoption and implementation of modern bio-based technologies will only benefit the countries that have appropriately trained human resource.

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The Bennett University offers a biotech programme that has implemented research-enabled project-based learning ecosystem to equip students with skills and knowledge aligned to futuristic demands of academia and industry. Research on engineering production of medicinal phytochemicals has been supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The technical and entrepreneurial skills of biotech students are honed through in-house research-intensive culture.

*The author is dean (Research and Consultancy) and head of the Biotechnology department, Bennett University

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average salary package of Bennett university noida in cse?

prem meghani 3rd Dec, 2019
Dear student ,

The Fees of Bennett University is around 20 lakh for four years and average package for btech is around
5-6 lakhs .The placements are not at their best because after spending this much fees your expectations are very high but which can not be fulfilled in Bennet University in Cse branch .If your Jee score is low then you can check other various option with cheaper fees.

The top recruiter of Bennett University are yes bank ,Axis bank,Hindustan uniliver etc
All the best

which is better for btech galgotia university or sharda university or Bennett university

Burhan Khan 29th Nov, 2019

Hi Ankit!

According to me, Bennett university is best among the three.

But, Bennett university is comparatively expensive than rest.

You can get more details about comparison by using college compare tool by career 360.

Hope this helps!


which is better cse at nit meghalaya or ece at bennett university for beech?

Dipesh Mann 6th Sep, 2019


This mainly comes down to your interest.

Comparing the colleges, both colleges are decent in their own aspects.

NIT Meghalaya is relatively newer, however being an NIT, you will be receiving good academics and placements there.

Bennett Uni. is also not behind in terms of infrastructure, decent academics, etc.

So, basically it comes down to your interest, whether you want to pursue CSE or you have interest in ECE subjects.

You could google some reviews about both colleges to get a better idea about it.

Good luck.


How is gl bajaj in comparision with bennett university for btech?

Saksham Selwal Student Expert 10th Aug, 2019

Hello Ankit,

Both GL Bajaj Institute of Technology and Bennet University are good and well-reputed colleges for pursuing your career in B. tech. The faculty at both the college is pretty good and you won't complain about it. The main thing about comparing 2 colleges are placements and quite frankly, the placement score of Bennet University is a lot better as compared to GLBIT. Companies like Intel, Tata, Foodpanda, H&M, Hindustan Unilever Limited, etc. visit the campus regularly.

All The Best.


Which is better gl bajaj or bennett university ?

Shreyansh Agarwal 9th Aug, 2019

AS a university, obviously, GL  Bajaj  is a college, whereas Bennett is a complete university ,

but I think you are asking for BTech,

Bennett offers you 100% placement.

but it all depends on you, whether you live near Bennett university .or near gl BAJAJ 

I hope my answer helped

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