B.Tech. in Plastics and Polymer Engineering

B.Tech. in Plastics and Polymer Engineering is a specialised branch of Engineering and Technology involving the processing, design, and development of plastic materials. Plastics and Polymer Engineers employ the use of scientific and engineering principles to develop polymer products for a host of applications, including but not limited to consumer goods, electronics, pharmaceutical, construction, medical, agriculture, automotive, aerospace, marine, textiles, defence, energy, etc.

The course is designed under a technical partnership with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA, a world’s renowned university having the world’s best Plastics Engineering programme. It equips students with a deep understanding of polymer science and engineering fundamentals, preparing them for careers in industries focused on plastics and polymer materials. With a special focus on hands-on laboratory experiences, students gain skills relevant to the industry requirements, especially in manufacturing, testing, materials, and product design. 

The programme offers courses that are core to the domain, professional electives with tracks specialised towards skill development for employment/entrepreneurship/research/higher degree, and open electives that help students gain a perspective of additional courses. The course, spanning across a total of four years, i.e., eight semesters, provides students with a host of opportunities to learn and explore cutting-edge technologies and applications through the curriculum. Our global industry collaborations and multiple internships are inclined to play a crucial role in bridging classroom learning with real-world challenges, ensuring that our graduates are well-prepared for roles in manufacturing, research & innovation, and development within the global plastics industry.

Honour/Minor Degree

Honour Degree Courses

  • Waste Technology
  • 3D Printing
  • Bioplastics and Sustainability
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Venture Development

Minor Degree Courses

  • Green Technology and Sustainable Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Business Development, Marketing and Finance
  • Robotics

Programme USP's

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India’s first University dedicated to Plastics and Sustainability

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Collaboration with the world’s renowned University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

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Industry developed curriculum adopted from flagship graduate course in Plastics Engineering from UMass Lowell, USA.

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Interactive learning experience with state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms

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State-of-the-art laboratory facilities offer hands-on training in the emerging trends in plastics and polymer engineering/technology

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Ample space and modern facilities for research and innovation

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Provision for international exchange programmes for students and faculties

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Strong backing from the plastics industry associations to nurture entrepreneurship and start-up skills

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Hands-on training and processing knowledge of polymers by pre-eminent scholars and industry experts

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Strategically located in Vapi, among the belt of polymer processors and within close vicinity of major processing hubs located in Gujarat and Maharashtra

About the Industry

Since the mid-18th century, when Alexander Parkes invented celluloid, plastics have continuously propelled forward. The increased use of plastics around World War II marked a turning point, with synthetic plastics taking centre stage in industry and daily life. The versatility and adaptability of plastics led to a 300% rise in production in the U.S. around that time, underscoring their transformative impact. Since then, the polymer industry has experienced robust growth comprising dominant material markets in thermoplastics, thermosetting plastics, rubbers/elastomers, fibres, resins (paints, adhesives, sealants, lacquers and varnishes, etc) and composites. The Indian plastics market, in terms of number of industrial units, is poised to grow rapidly to over 10 lakh crore industries from 2022-23 over the next 5-year cycle. During this period, the export volume is projected to reach ₹1 lakh crores, playing a significant role in our country achieving the $5 trillion economy.

The growth is driven by advancements in processing, materials, design, and testing methodologies that enhance product performance, sustainability, and efficiency. In terms of processing, innovations in injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding, etc., have revolutionised production capabilities, allowing for complex shapes, precise dimensions, and efficient mass production of plastic components. The demand for lightweight yet durable and environmentally friendly materials across various industries is driving demand for professionals who can contribute meaningfully to a sustainable future.

Career Options

An individual can work in the plastics and polymer industry in a variety of job domains post the completion of a graduate programme:

  • Polymer Engineer/Technologist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Plastic Product Design Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Product Testing and Validation Engineer
  • Entrepreneur/Start-up Found

Additionally, students have the option to continue their education by pursuing research-based courses such as M.Tech. / MBA / Ph.D. / Postdoc following graduation.

Curriculum

  • Engineering Mathematics-I
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Engineering Workshop Practices-I
  • Professional Communication (English-I)
  • Design Thinking and Innovation-I
  • Lab: Engineering Chemistry
  • Lab: Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Yoga and Meditation

  • Engineering Mathematics-II
  • Engineering Physics
  • Introduction to Plastics Engineering
  • Introduction to Polymer Science and Technology
  • Engineering Workshop Practices-I
  • Professional Communication
  • Design Thinking and Innovation-II
  • Lab: Engineering Physics
  • Lab III: Engineering Workshop Practices-I
  • Lab: Computer Programming

  • Engineering Mathematics III
  • Polymeric Materials-I
  • Introduction to Organic and Polymer Chemistry
  • Principles of Processing Equipment and Automation
  • Polymer Additives and Compounding
  • Environmental Studies
  • Lab: Introduction to Organic and Polymer Chemistry
  • Lab: Plastics Process Engineering-I
  • Soft Skills Development
  • Mini Project-I and Industrial Visit

  • Engineering Mathematics-IV
  • Polymeric Materials-II
  • Polymer Testing and Characterisation
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Plastics Recycling and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Lab: Plastics Process Engineering -II
  • Lab: Polymer Testing and Characterisation
  • Technical and Scientific Writing
  • Mini Project-II and Industrial Visit
  • In-plant training

  • Plastics Process Engineering -I
  • Polymer Science- I
  • Fluid Flow
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Methods Exp. Analysis
  • Lab: Plastics Process Engineering- III
  • Lab: Polymer Science-I
  • Lab: Design Lab-I
  • Minor Project-I

  • Plastics Process Engineering -II
  • Polymer Science-II
  • Plastics Mold & Die Engineering
  • Professional Elective Course-I (Biopolymers & Biocomposites / Packaging Technology / Surface Coating Technology / Plastic Industry 4.0)
  • Open Elective-I (Introduction to Nanotechnology)
  • Lab: Plastics Process Engineering-IV
  • Lab: Polymer Science II
  • Lab: Design Lab-II
  • Major Project-I
  • Environmental Health and Social Responsibility

  • Mechanical Behavior of Polymers
  • Polymer Structure/Properties
  • Process Control
  • Product and Process Design
  • Professional Elective Course-II (Polymer Blends and Composites / Elastomer Technology / Medical Plastics / Energy from Plastics Waste)
  • Open Elective-II (Flexible Electronics)
  • Lab: CAE for Plastics (Design Lab-III)
  • Lab: 3D Printing Lab
  • Major Project-II

  • In-plant Training

Eligibility Criteria

  • The student should have cleared 10+2 with the Science stream with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Computer Science as the main subjects.
  • The student should have appeared in the JEE (Main) exam and state-level exams such as GUJCET, MHCET, etc.

Fees

  • Fees will be notified to aspirants once it is decided by the Fee Regulatory Committee.

Scholarships are available
for meritorious students.