Department of Chemical Engineering


Chemical engineering is converting low value product into valuable product for human comfort. It is about the study and practice of transforming substances at large scales for the tangible improvement of the human condition. Such transformations are executed to produce other useful substances or energy, and lie at the heart of vast segments of the chemical, petroleum, pharmaceutical and electronic industries. It differs from chemistry mainly in the focus on large scales of useful commercial production.

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that applies the natural (or experimental) sciences (e.g. chemistry and physics) and life sciences (e.g. biology, microbiology and biochemistry) together with mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy. It essentially deals with the engineering of chemicals, energy and the processes that create and/or convert them. Modern chemical engineers are concerned with processes that convert raw materials or (cheap) chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. They are also concerned with pioneering valuable materials and related techniques – which are often essential to related fields such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and bioengineering. The important difference between chemical engineers and other types of engineers is that they apply the knowledge of chemistry in addition to other engineering disciplines. Hence, Chemical engineers are sometimes called 'universal engineers' because their scientific and technical knowledge is so broad.

Based upon above discussion the scope of Chemicals engineers are in the areas like Chemicals and Intermediates, Cosmetics, Food, Pharmaceutical, Petroleum, Petrochemical, Paints, Coatings, Adhesives, Minerals, Materials, Ceramic, Biochemicals, Fertilizers, Biosynthesis, Biofuels, Nanomaterials, Biomedical materials, Energy, Nuclear, Polymers, etc. for development of product, process, design of process and process equipments, their optimization and economical production; along with effluent reduction, treatment and recovery and recycle of important chemicals considering techno-economical and ecological constraints. These are the some of the areas of focus for chemicals engineers along with newer challenges of energy, environment and sustainable development.

Chemical engineering is a very large field and finds its application in many sectors like food industry, pharmaceutical industry, power and energy companies, water treatment companies, petrochemical and petroleum companies and fertilizer industries. Some of the top recruiters after B.Tech Chemical engineering are as follows:

Torricid India, Berger Paints, Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd., UOP Honeywell , Reliance Petroleum, Gujrat Fluorochemicals, Gharda Chemicals, Vinati Organics Ltd., ONGC Petro addition Ltd., GAIL, Godrej Industries , National Fertilizers Ltd., Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (India) Pvt Ltd., Alfa Laval India Pvt. Ltd. and Thermax Ltd.

Salary for Chemical Engineer varies according to a range of factors like location, job responsibility, size and the nature of the industry. Average salary B.Tech Chemical Engineering fresher can get is 3.0 Lakhs/annum.

  • The candidate should be Indian National. 
  • Passed 10+2 examinations with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical vocational subject. Obtained at least 50% (45% in case of candidate belongs to reserved category (SC/ST) above subjects taken together. 
  • Passed diploma in Engineering and Technology and obtained at least 50% marks (at least 45% marks,in case of backward class categories and persons with Disability candidates belonging to Maharashtra state only)  Fifteen percent (15%) supernumerary seats of over and above the sanctioned intake in each discipline are reserved for Foreign National / PIO / OCI. Candidates desirous of getting admission under these Category will have to apply to The Registrar, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Pune, India. 

Lateral Entry Direct Second Year Admission:

  • Passed Diploma examination from an AICTE approved Institution; with at least 45% marks (40% in case of candidates belonging to reserved category) in appropriate branch of Engineering / Technology.
  • Passed B.Sc. Degree from a recognized University as defined by UGC, with at least 45% marks (40% in case of candidates belonging to reserved category) and passed XII standard with mathematics as a subject.
  • Provided that in case of students belonging to B. Sc. Stream, shall clear the subjects of Engineering Graphics / Engineering Drawing and Engineering Mechanics of the first year Engineering program along with the second year subjects.
  • Provided further that, the students belonging to B. Sc. Stream shall be considered only after filling the supernumerary seats in this category with students belonging to the Diploma stream. 
  • Provided further that students, who have passed Diploma in Engineering and Technology from an AICTE approved Institution or B. Sc Degree from a recognized University as defined by UGC, shall also be eligible for admission to the first year Engineering Degree courses subject to vacancies in the first-year class in case the vacancies at lateral entry are exhausted. However, the admissions shall be based strictly on the eligibility criteria as mentioned in A, B, C, and D above. 

Chemical Engineer and Chemist can mainly be differentiated based on three heads viz. area of study, focus, and scale. Chemists essentially investigate the background of the science encompassing aspects of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and bio-chemistry. Chemists focus on developing novel materials and processes, analysing substances, measuring the physical properties of substances, and testing theories at a laboratory scale. Chemical engineers primarily apply basic sciences to synthesis/manufacture value added product using optimum resources in a sustainable way at a commercial level.

On successful completion of a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, the students can apply for higher education in India or abroad. The higher education courses that can be done after a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering are listed below:

  • M.Tech/M.E. in Chemical Engineering

After completing B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, candidates can pursue master's degree in chemical engineering. It is a 2-year degree programme. A good score in Graduate Aptitude Test in Chemical Engineering (GATE) is a pre-requisite for admissions into the top Indian Universities for M.Tech/M.E. Chemical Engineering programme. Some of the specialization courses in Chemical Engineering are Petrochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Engineering, Nanotechnology, polymer science and textile processing.

  • MS

Interested students can also apply for MS in Chemical Engineering from India or abroad. Various disciplines in chemical engineering are polymer and complex fluids, biochemical and bioprocess engineering, catalysis and reaction engineering, etc. Other allied fields of Chemical Engineering are biotechnology, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, nanotechnology etc.

  • M.Tech-Ph.D dual degree in Chemical Engineering

Interested candidates can involve into the research activities in a concerned field and can obtain a M.Tech/Ph.D degree. Many top research institutes and universities in India offer M.Tech-Ph.D dual degree in Chemical Engineering.

India is a country with good industrial value and especially a lot of Government and private chemical industries are operating in India with skilled Chemical Engineers. Since the application of Chemical Engineering is high, a wide range of job opportunities are available for Chemical Engineering graduates in government and private sectors.

  • Government sector

Chemical Engineering graduate has good career opportunities in government owned chemical industries. B.Tech Chemical Engineering graduates have opportunities in Pollution Control Board for solving environment related issues such as waste treatment, wastewater management, recycling, energy conservation, etc. Some of the government organizations which hire chemical engineering graduates are Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. (RCF), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laboratories etc.

  • Private sector

Numerous opportunities are available for chemical engineering graduates in various chemical industries such as petrochemical/petroleum/pharmaceutical companies, drug manufacturing industries, refineries, fertilizer manufacturing industries, Consultancy and design firms etc. Some of the private industries which hire chemical engineering graduates are Reliance Industries Limited, Gharda Chemicals Limited, Dr. Reddy's labs, Thermax Limited, Praj Industries Limited, Zuari fertilizers and cement, Tata Chemicals, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Asian paints, Pidilite Industries Limited, Atul Limited, Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Limited, Tata Chemicals Limited etc.

Few highlights of B. Tech. Chemical programme curriculum- 2021 

  • Addition of Computational Engineering 

Computational Engineering is added as a new paradigm to conventional Chemical Engineering with due consideration to recruitment scenario in IT based industries and also to understand basics of unit operations and unit processes to reduce prevailing empirical based approach in Chemical Engineering. Accordingly, four programming language courses, two computational mathematics courses, and two simulation courses have been newly added to the curriculum without compromising core of Chemical Engineering. 

  • Programme specific curriculum  

Most of the Indian universities follow common first year engineering curriculum. In proposed curriculum, however, we have incorporated four theory courses and two practical courses directly related Chemical Engineering programme in the first year itself. Further, contents of basic science courses and engineering courses are designed in Chemical Engineering context to make programme specific curriculum. 

  • Vocational courses 

Four vocational courses, technical skill development courses, are incorporated in programme curriculum from semester III to semester VI. These courses will be offered in conjugation with industry and/or reputed agency wherein students are expected to undergo training in a predetermined course as per the schedule to acquire essential technical skills. 

  • Involvement of industry personnel in teaching-learning process 

In the proposed curriculum, there will be atleast one theory course in a given semester from semester III to semester VIII that will be taught by industrial expert. Consequently, atleast six theory courses will be taught by industry experts in a curriculum. These courses will make students eventually familiar with industrial environment and language as well. This ensures direct involvement of industry in the delivery of curriculum. 

  • Projects and Research paper publication

Two projects are incorporated in curriculum in third and fourth year to enhance project based learning of students. Students are expected to complete Project I in third year and Project II in fourth year. It is expected that students shall complete project I in third year and outcome of project I shall be published in peer reviewed journal in either in semester VI or semester VII. 

  • Self-Learning 

In order to seed self-learning ability within students, one MOOC per year has been added as an integral component of curriculum from the second year of curriculum. 

  • Internship 

Internship of 60 days is added as an integral component of curriculum to bridge the gap between classroom theory and industrial practice. It is expected that students shall undergo Internship in reputed industrial organization after semester VI