If you visit a hospital or even a dentist’s clinic we come across huge but sleek machines that are so quick to diagnose and help doctors in treating patients with a rate which is much faster than what it was few years back. Thanks to the new technology which has brought enormous changes in the field of medicine.
The dependency on medical instruments has given rise to the field of biomedical engineering. The field mainly deals with the development and improvement of instruments that are widely used in the field of medicine. Biomedical Engineering (BME) is the application of engineering tools for solving problems in biology and medicine. It is an engineering discipline that is practiced by professionals trained mainly as engineers, who specialize in medical and biological applications. As engineers, biomedical engineers are engaged in designing and problem solving new medical instruments and devices, applying engineering principles for understanding and restoring the human body.
Biomedical engineers design artificial organs like pacemakers, MRI machines, laser system for eyes and so forth.
Eligibility & Duration:
You can study Biomedical Engineering in two ways. One, you can complete a B E in Biomedical Engineering right after your HSC with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology. For admission to engineering colleges in Maharashtra, you have to apply to the Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra (www.dte.org.in). Entry is via the engineering CET. Weightage is also allotted to the HSC marks. One can also pursue post graduation in the same field.
The second alternative is to study MBBS after your HSC with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics and then do a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering or in Medical Technology. To study MBBS in medical colleges in Maharashtra, you will have to appear for MH-CET, which is a common entrance test for admission into medical and paramedical courses in Maharashtra.
Students could also opt for a dual degree course in engineering or could also opt for an integrated course which is of 5 years duration after 12th.
Applied Mathematics, Electronic Circuits Analysis and Design, Electronic Instruments, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Bio-Engineering Materials and Components, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomedical Modelling and Simulation, Industrial Inplant Training – Industry / Hospital are some of the subjects that are taught to the students during training.
Aptitudes and Personality Traits:
- Technical knowledge
- Medical knowledge
- Good communications skills
- Flair for research
- PatienceSelection Procedure/Exams: Each state has a qualifying exam for admission to their state run Engineering colleges. Maharashtra conducts the MH-CET. Similarly each state has its own examination. Students of other states can also appear for the examinations conducted by other states.
- AIET- Dr DY Patil Institute
- GATE (PG programmes).
- Research & Development
- Technical advisers in the manufacturing companies that design medical equipments.
- Consultants to hospitals.
- Government Regulatory AgenciesSpecialisations: After the degree course one can go in for a post graduation in the same.
- Tissue Engineering
- Clinical Engineering
- Orthopedic Bioengineering
- Navigation Systems.
Those who are freshers and have experience for less than 1 year are paid between Rs. 1,20,000 to 4,70,000 pa. 1 to 4 years experience can fetch you salary between 1,72,000 to 3,50,000 pa. People who have 5-9 years experience can expect somewhere between 1,92,000 to almost 4,00,000 pa. Those who have experience of 10 to19 yrs can easily draw a salary between 2,50,000- 7,00,0000 pa.
Jadavpur University,West bengal.