Unlocking future frontiers: Unparalleled advantages of pursuing a career in Allied Health Sciences

  • Dr. Dhruv Kumar
  • Published 08/03/2024
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Pursuing Excellence in Allied Health Sciences

In the realm where innovation intersects with healthcare, the School of Health Sciences and Technology at UPES, Dehradun, stands as a beacon of excellence.

Globally renowned faculty

One of the defining features of the School of Health Sciences and Technology, UPES, is its internationally renowned faculty and scientists who serve as mentors to both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students. This support system is crucial in nurturing the next generation of professionals, making them not only well-versed in their fields but also future-ready. The guidance provided by these experts ensures that students receive a holistic education, preparing them for the dynamic challenges of their chosen careers.

Global opportunities

The School of Health Sciences and Technology at UPES, Dehradun, opens doors to global opportunities for its students, allowing them to engage in research projects abroad. Collaborations with prestigious institutions such as the University of Bologna, Italy, and the University of Queensland provide students with international exposure, enriching their academic experiences and broadening their perspectives. This global outlook is a valuable asset in an increasingly interconnected world.

Design your degree

A distinctive feature of UPES is the freedom it offers to students to design their own degree. This unique opportunity allows individuals to explore and specialise in areas that align with their interests and career aspirations. The flexibility in designing one’s academic journey fosters a sense of autonomy and passion for the chosen field, setting UPES apart as an institution that prioritises individualised learning.

Faculty recognised among world’s top 2% researchers

The School of Health Sciences and Technology boasts several scientists who have been recognised among the top 2% most cited globally by Stanford University. This recognition underscores the institution’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of education and research. Students benefit immensely from being mentored by experts who are at the forefront of their respective fields.

Tailored programs for industry demands

The Allied Health Sciences cluster at the School of Health Sciences and Technology provides a comprehensive array of programs tailored to meet the demands of the industry. These include 4-Year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) programs in Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, and Food Technology. Additionally, there is a unique 3+1-Year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) program in Microbiology, Food Nutrition & Dietetics, offering students a well-rounded education. For those seeking advanced studies, the School offers Master of Science (M.Sc) programs in Microbiology and Nutrition & Dietetics. This diverse range of programs ensures that students can pursue their passion and gain expertise in their chosen field.

Hands-on learning experience

The success of the School lies in the expertise of its faculty, who provide interactive classroom learning, hands-on training/practicals, outreach activities, and industrial visits and training. The emphasis on holistic learning ensures that students not only acquire theoretical knowledge but also gain practical insights and skills necessary for real-world challenges. The interactive teaching and learning methodologies, coupled with industrial training, form the core of preparing students for the future.

Preparing for future challenges

The curriculum is meticulously designed to align with the latest advancements in technology and healthcare, empowering graduates to contribute meaningfully to society. UPES graduates are equipped to address contemporary challenges through their knowledge and the latest technologies acquired during their time at the institution.

Transformative research opportunities

The School of Health Sciences and Technology actively involves UG and PG students in cutting-edge research projects under the SHODH initiative. This research exposure provides students with hands-on experience in solving real-world problems and contributing to the advancement of their respective fields. The guidance of highly talented faculty and scientists ensures that students are engaged in meaningful and impactful research throughout their academic journey.

Promising career opportunities

Choosing a career in Allied Health Sciences at UPES, Dehradun, is not just an academic decision; it is a transformative experience that prepares individuals to become leaders and innovators for tomorrow. The internationally renowned faculty, global exposure, flexibility in designing one’s academic path, and emphasis on holistic learning make UPES a premier destination for those aspiring to make a mark in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Food Technology, Food Nutrition in Dietetics, and Biomedical Engineering. As the world continues to evolve, UPES remains at the forefront, shaping the future leaders of Allied Health Sciences.

The future of Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Food Technology, Microbiology, and Nutrition & Dietetics appears promising with an increasing demand for skilled professionals across various industries. As technology advances and the healthcare sector evolves, biotechnologists will play a pivotal role in developing innovative solutions in genetic engineering, pharmaceuticals, and bioinformatics. As the healthcare sector embraces advanced technologies, biomedical engineers are crucial for designing and maintaining medical equipment, developing prosthetics, and contributing to medical imaging. The demand for these professionals is expected to rise with the continuous integration of technology in healthcare. With a growing emphasis on health and sustainability, the demand for professionals in food technology is rising. Specialists in food science, quality assurance, and product development will be sought after as consumers prioritise healthier and more environmentally friendly food options. Microbiologists will continue to play a crucial role in various industries, particularly in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and environmental sciences. The emphasis on infectious diseases, biotechnology, and environmental sustainability will drive demand for microbiologists in research, diagnostics, and product development. The growing awareness of healthy living and preventive healthcare will drive demand for nutritionists and dietitians. Opportunities in hospitals, fitness centers, food industries, and research institutions will expand as individuals prioritise their health and well-being.

Projected industry growth

The global biotechnology market is anticipated to reach USD 772.8 billion by 2028, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.5%. The biomedical engineering market is projected to reach USD 802.4 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 7.9%. The food technology market is expected to reach USD 420.8 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 8.2%. The microbiology market is projected to reach USD 28.3 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 7.2%. The market for nutrition and dietetic services is expected to reach USD 232.4 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.1%.

Moreover, India’s biotechnology industry is forecasted to reach USD 150 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14.2%. The Indian medical devices market is projected to reach USD 17 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 12.2%. The Indian food processing industry is expected to reach USD 535 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8.4%. The market for diagnostic tests in India is anticipated to reach USD 22 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 10.5%. The demand for qualified nutritionists and dieticians in India is expected to grow significantly due to rising lifestyle diseases, increasing awareness about healthy living, and a growing emphasis on preventive healthcare.

The fields of biotechnology, biomedical engineering, food technology, microbiology, and nutrition & dietetics offer promising career opportunities globally and in India. With the increasing demand for skilled professionals in these fields, pursuing a career in allied health sciences at the School of Health Sciences and Technology, UPES, Dehradun, can be a wise decision for individuals seeking a rewarding and impactful career path.

The writer is Prof. Dhruv Kumar, Professor & Cluster Head, Allied Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences and Technology, UPES, Dehradun

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