Head of the Department
Prof. D. R. Modi
The Department of Biotechnology started in September, 2005 under the School for Biosciences and Biotechnology. The present intake capacity is 30 students. Apart from M. Sc in Biotechnology, the department also offers Ph. D in Biotechnology with diverse field of specialization including Enzyme Technology and Protein Chemistry, Microbial Technology, Plant Molecular Biology, Immunotechnology and Neurobiology. Department has started M. Sc Brain & Cognition Science with intake capacity of 20 Students from the year 2012 and Department has also started M. Sc Forensic Science and Criminology with intake capacity of 20 students from the year 2013.At present M. Sc Forensic Science and Criminology shifted from School of Life Sciences (SLSC) to School of Paramedical Sciences (SPS) B. Academic Profile of Department: Biotechnology, being a multidisciplinary subject, requires knowledge from various areas of biological as well as technological sciences. It encompasses understanding of fundamental concepts and their applications in the area of Molecular biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics and Bio-processing. Keeping in view the developing of modern applied aspect of the subject, Biotechnology has now become a multi-billion dollar industry.
The teaching programme caters the requirement of Biotechnology Industry and Institutes in India and aboard. Presently, Choice Based Credit System has been introduced and many courses which may supplement and compliment core Biotechnology subject from various discipline i.e Law, Department of Zoology, Department of Horticulture, Management, Statistics etc. have been introduced. The course curriculum of M. Sc. Biotechnology has been prepared taking the guidelines from UGC and DBT, Govt. of India modified time to time in respective BoS (Board of Studies) meetings held on 20-04-2018, 22-05-2015, 21-03-2014, 11-11-2009 and October 2005. A course curriculum of M.Sc. Brain and Cognition Sciences has also been prepared in accordance to UGC guidelines by meetings held on May 22, 2015; 24 February, 2012 respectively. Very recently modifications was done to the syllabus to incorporate some newer a relevant topics.
Modifications in syllabus in consultation with the industry professionals, practitioners, students and their parents basically who are the stake holders is a continuous process. In addition to the normal teaching classes and the practical training, the curriculum has integral components of Seminars and Research based project works targeted to shape the student’s career in accordance with the requirement of the present national and international needs. The department is in the process of developing facilities conducive for training in the field of Biotechnology at par with that of international level.
Faculty of the department is running various externally funded research projects from agencies like UGC, DST and DBT. Many distinguished scientists and eminent scholars from premier research institutes such as CSIR, ICAR, Indian and foreign Universities are invited to deliver lectures in their area of research interest from time to time. The students are exposed to both academics as well as extracurricular activities during their tenure.