Genetic Engineering: Theory and Application

By Prof. Vishal Trivedi   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 850
In the current MOOCs course I have put effort to briefly discuss about biotechnology, its scope and impact on human life with several customized products. The Development of technology and generation of product has multiple steps and understanding these steps are being covered in this course with a discussion of biotechnology application at the end. By the end of this course, student will be able to understand following aspects of biotechnology: 
1. Basic metabolic pathways and their regulation. 
2. Microbial growth kinetics with an emphasis on fermentation
3. Basic molecular biology tools used in biotechnology. 
4. Basic methodology for product recovery and analysis. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : UG/PG/PhD/Scientist in industry
PREREQUISITES  : General Biology 10+2
INDUSTRY SUPPORT    :Biocon https://www.biocon.com/Jubilant Life Sciences www.jubl.com/ ,Shantha Biotechnics Ltd,Panacea Biotec,Other companies related to biotechnology
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Bioprocesses
  • Biosciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Basics of Biological System. 
Week 2: Basics of Biological System
Week 3: Basics of Cloning (Part I)
Week 4: Basics of Cloning (Part II) 
Week 5: Recombinant DNA Technology (Part I) 
Week 6: Recombinant DNA Technology (Part II) 
Week 7: Product Recovery and Purification (Part I)
Week 8: Product Recovery and Purification (Part II)
Week 9: Characterization of Isolated Products (Part I)  
Week 10: Characterization of Isolated Products (Part II) 
Week 11: Biotechnology in Social Welfare
Week 12: Summary & Conclusions

Books and references

1.J. M. Berg, J. L. Tymoczko and L. Stryer, Biochemistry, W. H. Freeman and Company (New York), 2006.
2.D. L. Nelson and M. M. Cox, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 5th Ed Macmillan Worth, 2007.
3.B. Alberts, A. Johnson, J. Lewis, M. Raff, K. Roberts, P. Walters, Molecular Biology of Cell, 5th Ed, Garland Publishing, 2007.
4.L. M. Prescott, J. P. Harley and D. A. Klein, Microbiology, 6th Ed, McGraw Hill, 2005.
5.S. B. Primrose and R. M. Twyman , Principles of Gene Manipulation, Blackwell Science, 2006.
6.B. Lewin, Genes IX, International Edition, Pearson education, 2008

Instructor bio

Prof. Vishal Trivedi

IIT Guwahati
Prof. Trivedi did his Ph.D. from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow in the field of Structural Biology. From his postdoctoral research at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University and Molecular Oncology Research Institute, Tufts University, Boston, USA, he gained extensive research experience in the field of cell biology, intracellular signal transduction, and immunology. Currently, his laboratory at Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering has an active group working and exploring questions related to malaria parasite biochemistry, the role of novel proteins, development of anti-malarial agents, and lastly understanding factors playing a crucial role in immunomodulation and host pathology in different organs

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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