Responding to the growing potential for employment and research in the field of Biotechnology, a two year M.Sc. course in Biotechnology was started from the academic year 1997-98. Later, five year M.Sc. Integrated Biotechnology program has been started from the academic year 2008-09. Ph.D. and M.Phil. Programs are also being offered from the academic year 2007-08. Realizing the potential of available opportunities at graduation level, B.Sc. program with the combination of Biotechnology, Chemistry, Microbiology has been started from the academic year 2018-19.
The Department has excellent infrastructure facilities like audio visual class rooms and well equipped spacious laboratories with state of the art equipment for conducting teaching-learning process and research in the frontier areas of Biotechnology such as Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. A separate Research lab was established for the benefit of research scholars and faculty.
Our innovative teaching methodology and extensive laboratory training emphasizes on hands on training in basic and advanced techniques which enable the students to qualify national level competitive exams like UGC-CSIR National Eligibility Test (NET), DBT, ICMR, GATE, IARI as well as get recruited by reputed Biotech, Pharma, Healthcare, Chemical, Aqua and Agriculture, food industries and software companies. Our students are also pursuing research in reputed research / academic institutions in India and abroad.
The Department has identified Plant Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Seribiotechnology, Molecular Oncology, Bioinformatics and Infectious Immunology as specialized areas of research. The faculty has published about 205 research papers in reputed journals like Nature Scientific Reports, Hematology Oncology Stem Cell Therapy, Nature Communications, PLOS Pathogens, BBA Proteins and Proteomics, Anti cancer agents in Medicinal Chemistry, Plant Cell Reports and Plant Cell. The Department’s average impact factor is 2.5, citations are 50, H-index is 5.0 and i10 index is 2.0. The Department has completed 10 research projects worth 2.0 crores and currently 4 research projects worth of about 1.0 crore funded by DBT, DST and UGC are in progress. The Department is also supported by DST-FIST. So far 27 Ph.D. degrees were awarded from this department and at present 28 research scholars are pursuing their Ph.D. programs.
The Department regularly organizes national and international seminars / workshops and guest lectures for the students to interact with renowned scientists / academicians. The Department is forefront in igniting young minds towards Sciences through collaboration with the initiatives of Government of India by conducting Science Academies’ lecture workshops and DST-INSPIRE program for graduate and intermediate students.