The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1991, under the Faculty of Sciences for postgraduate teaching and research in the emerging area of Biotechnology. The M.Sc. programme in Biotechnology offers comprehensive education in all aspects of modern applied biology. The programme has been designed in such a way that the students are well trained in state-of-the-art techniques in the world of fermentation, molecular biology, genetic engineering, bio-informatics, plant biotechnology, molecular neurobiology and immunology. The theoretical and practical knowledge acquired by the student during the first three semesters is perfected through an intensive dissertation work during the fourth semester. Topically relevant problems are identified for the purpose so as to impart training in identification and execution of research problems and interpretation of data.
Most of the M. Sc. students opt for research programmes in national/international laboratories after they complete their course. They also find employment in industries, educational institutions and other organizations involved in R & D and also in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology sectors.
The Department has many achievements to its credit. More than 75 Ph.Ds have been awarded to date and there are more than 200 publications to its credit. On an average about 60% of the M.Sc. students clear the UGC-CSIR-NET and 80% clear GATE, besides clearing the DBT (GOI)-fellowship examinations. The Department is also amongst the few at the National level to have been selected for the special assistance from DST (Govt. of India) under the FIST ( Fund for Improvement of S & T infrastructure) both in 2003(2003-08) and in 2009(2009-2014). In addition there are also several externally funded research projects and schemes sponsored by DBT, DST, UGC, CSIR, DOD, MoES, ICAR, ICMR, etc.
The departmental library has more than 1700 books on the subject and subscribes to several journals. The major analytical facilities in the Department include ultracentrifuge , Liquid scintillation counter, FPLC, UV-visible spectrophotometer, iso-electric focusing, 2D-gel electrophoresis, Confocal microscope, Real-time PCR, -these and other facilities provide opportunities for the students to carry out research activities in areas such as microbial technology, medical biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular neurobiology, cell biology, plant biotechnology and metagenomics.