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 Department offers MSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Microbiology. 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 molecular biology, genetic engineering, bio-informatics, plant biotechnology, molecular neurobiology, microbiology 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 93 PhDs have been awarded to date and there are more than 200 publications to its credit. 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.
Center for NeuroScience:
The Centre for Neuroscience (CNS) was established in the department in 2000 by late Professor C.S. Paulose and has been actively involved in search of new dimensions of Neuroscience since its inception. The centre promotes a healthy brain through research, debate and discourses over various neurodegenerative conditions and does encourage the participation of non-academic communities in order to accomplish the vision of the centre.