BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology

BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology

Biocon Academy partners with Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani - a leading Institute of Higher Education and a deemed University under section 3 of the UGC act, to deliver a first of its kind Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology.

Program Highlights

The Program is aimed at improving the employability prospects of fresh science and pharmacy graduates specialized in microbiology as well as enhancing the skills of experienced scientific talent. It provides deep understanding of various aspects of Microbiology through an Intensive curriculum comprising 8 modules, delivered by the renowned faculty from BITS. The live experiments at the state-of-the-art Quality Control Labs of Biocon further accentuates the learning of the students.

Career Opportunities

Essentially, the trained microbiologists plays a very important role in different industries and thus, offers immense career opportunities in research and development and in the manufacturing processes of Biomolecules, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and other industrial segments of relevance.

Customised Curriculum

With a customised curriculum, modules encompass vast topics like Environmental Monitoring, Process Monitoring from GMP perspective, Food and Diagnostic microbiology etc. This course is aimed at providing high end, specific training to the microbiologists, biotechnologists and pharmacists, to make them readily employable and reduce the time taken by the industry to train them on these applications.

Key Differentiators

  • Face-to-Face interaction with renowned subject matter experts from BITS, Biotech industry and academia
  • Mentorship by industry experts and experienced faculty from Biocon Academy
  • 3 hours of classroom sessions, Case study discussions, quiz, presentations
  • Functional visit to Biocon’s Quality Control Department
  • Post Classroom session and GMP training
  • Hands on training at state-of-the-art facility
  • Job-ready skills with 100% guaranteed interview opportunities

Key Modules

Orientation to Applied Industrial Microbiology

This module is aimed at establishing the basic understanding of all the participants about various concepts such as understanding the Contamination and contamination control , Role of a microbiologist, Instrumentation and microbiological methods and Sampling- Methods & Practices.

Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Quality Systems

This module covers Quality Systems (ICH Q10), Quality Risk Management System (ICH Q9), Good Documentation Practices, Overview on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Concepts of Qualification, Validation & Calibration, Method Development & Validation.

Pharmaceutical Microbiology: EMP & Bioburden

This module provides insights of Process Templates, Personal & Surface Monitoring <USP 1116>, Generation of Process and Facility Air, Microbiology Examination of Air <USP 1116> Pharmaceutical water and its generation <USP 1231>, Water Testing for Bioburden & Specific Microorganisms <USP 61, 62>

Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Testing for Sterility and Endotoxin

This module covers Sterilization Methods for Pharmaceutical products <USP 1211>, Autoclave Validation and Filter Validation <PDA Tech Report 48, 26>, Sterility Testing <USP 71>, Sterility Testing Failure and Investigation, Endotoxin – origin and impact, Endotoxin Testing <USP 85>

Practical Trainings

Hands on experiments around:

  • Day 1: Media Preparation, Sterilization, Plating (pour)
  • Day 2: Enumeration Methods – Serial Dilution, Plating (pour), Membrane Filtration, Plating
  • Day 3: Air Surface Monitoring – Passive and Active Methods
  • Day 4: Culture Purification (streak), Preservation (slant) and Sterility Testing (open funnel method)
  • Day 5: Microbial Identification – Staining Methods
Determining Microbiological Quality of Food and Beverage <FSSAI and BIS>

This module include Overview of food spoilage contamination and food borne diseases, principles of Food Preservation, Microbiological Analysis of food, Principles and Applications of HACCP in Food Industry, FSSAI & BIS standards and regulations, Microbiological Analysis of Carbonated ad Alcoholic Beverages.

Diagnostic Microbiology

This module handles with Introduction to in-vitro Diagnostics (IVD), Safety and Specimen Management, Conventional and Rapid methods for Microbial Detection, Immunological and Molecular Biological Methods for detection and identification, Microbial identification and Anti-biotic Sensitivity Testing, Laboratory methods in basic Virology

Eligibility Criteria

Education Qualification

  • B.Tech., Biotechnology with Microbiology as one semester paper (Fresher or Experienced)

  • M.Sc. Biotech with Microbiology as one semester paper (Fresher or Experienced)

  • M.Sc. Microbiology (Fresher or Experienced)

  • M.Sc. Biochemistry (with one paper of Microbiology)

  • M.Sc. Molecular Biology (with one paper of Microbiology)

  • M.Sc. Biosciences (with one paper of Microbiology)

  • M.Sc. Life Sciences (with one paper of Microbiology)

Minimum CGPA/Percentage Required

  • CGPA: 6.85 and above on a scale of 10
  • Percentage: 65% and above

Adherence to the eligibility criteria is mandatory. Kindly note the same and apply only if you fit the desired eligibility criteria as mentioned above.

Program Fee & Scholarship

The BITS Biocon Certificate Program in Applied Industrial Microbiology is being made available to students at a 40% cost of the program.

The Biocon Merit Scholarship of 60% of the program cost offered to all selected students will enable them to pursue this one-of-its-kind program at an affordable cost.

Student Share: INR 48,000 + 18% GST

Student Facilities

At Biocon Academy, the students have to go through a rigorous curriculum so that by the time their course comes to an end, they are industry-ready and sought after by multiple companies. We encourage them to remain focussed and excel in everything they do. For the benefit of the students, we assist them with a couple of facilities to ensure they just focus on the curriculum.

Industry Placements

At Biocon Academy, we provide 100% interview opportunities to all our students. Ever since inception, Biocon Academy has witnessed 100% placement record in all the courses and batches with students being selected for leading pharma and biopharma companies and startups.


We understand that commuting to different locations for industry training can get challenging especially when students have to arrange for it themselves. Therefore, students are provided with group transport facilities from Biocon Academy to different training locations and then back to the Academy.


Throughout the course, Biocon Academy students are provided with nutritious and sumptuous lunch at the Biocon Academy premises. They also have access to beverage vending machines for tea, coffee, and milk throughout the day.


Students come to pursue studies at Biocon Academy from different parts of the country and upon their request, we provide options of nearby paying guests and hostel accommodations based on the previous student choices. Kindly note that students and their parents/guardians alone are responsible for any decision taken regarding their stay.

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