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Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

The tremendous advancements in biology over the past half century- from Watson and Crick’s elucidation of the structure of DNA to today’s astonishing, rapid progress in the field of synthetic biology- the design, engineering, construction and production of synthetic cell factories, has positioned us for a new round of innovation and industrialization of biology. Current developments in biological sciences have created a niche for “Bioeconomy” through research and innovation in biological sciences complemented by physical, chemical, engineering and information technologies to create economic activity and public benefit.

The Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics has been ranked 1st among all private universities and institutions in India for the last four years. In 2013, the Association of Biotech Lead Enterprises (ABLE) has honoured us as one of the best private biotech and bioinforamtics education institutions in the country for doing outstanding research and education due to its strong R&D program, up-to-date educational curricula, modern laboratory infrastructure, highly qualified faculty, IPR & patents, and placements of graduates.

The Department presently offers various programmes as follows:

  1. B.Tech. Biotechnology- A four-year degree program (Intake strength: 60 students per year)
  2. B.Tech. Bioinformatics- A four-year degree program (Intake strength: 30 students per year)
  3. M.Tech. Biotechnology- A two-year degree program (Intake strength: 18 students per year)
  4. Ph.D. Biotechnology/ Bioinformatics

 Vision

To produce Biotechnology and Bioinformatics professionals with leadership quality in technology, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship

 Mission

DM1: To provide state of the art outcome-based teaching/learning practices
DM2: To develop a research-based education model in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics
DM3: To harness human capital for sustainable competitive edge and social relevance

Curriculum designed with a broad knowledge base

The Department imparts education to equip students with modern skills compatible to the needs of industry, academia, government and non-government organizations. Keeping in view the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, the curricula have been designed with broad knowledge base, encompassing courses from fundamental sciences (biology, mathematics, physics), computer science & engineering, electronics and communication engineering, humanities and social sciences, in addition to core courses in biotechnology and bioinformatics. Project-based learning is an integral part of all curricular programmes.

Research

The Department is actively involved in research by having the distinction of running externally funded R & D projects worth Rs. 25 crores from various Govt. of India agencies such as the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science & Technology, DRDO, Ministry of Environment and Forest, ICMR, and industries. The Department has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for research in biosynthetic pathway discovery and genetic improvement of indigenous medicinal herbs by the DBT, Govt. of India. Following are our major research thrusts:

 Medical Biotechnology
-Infectious diseases- diagnostics and anti-microbial resistance;
-Human genomics, genetic predisposition, stem cells, diabetic-induced neuropathy, peptidomimetics and phytopharmaceuticals as drugs

Food Technology
-Selection and formulation of probiotics;
-Nutraceuticals and functional foods in nutrition and health;
-Food processing and analytical technologies

Industrial Biotechnology
-Biofuels (algal & cellulosic feedstocks);
-Bioremediation of e-Waste, solid municipal waste, etc.;
-Industrial enzymes: bioprospecting, genome mining and protein engineering;
-Optimization, up-scaling and life-cycle analysis of bioprocesses

Plant Biotechnology
-High value phytochemicals- pathway discovery and metabolic engineering;
-Genetic improvement of indigenous medicinal herbs
-Plant cell cultures for rapid multiplication and production of phytochemicals

Bioinformatics
-Computational genomics, big biological data mining and clinical informatics;
-designing and implementation of prediction algorithms, BI pipelines, tools, and databases, etc.

 More than 95% Placement
The placement of graduates has been more than 95% during the last years with most of the students offered jobs in more than one industry. The benchmarks of our high quality education are reflected through placement of our graduates in industries of repute such as Celera Genomics, USA, HCL Life Sciences, Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Panacea Biotech, Ranbaxy, Novozymes, Evolva Biotech, Ltd., etc. and in top ranking institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, USA, John Hopkins University, USA, University of Bonn, Germany, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, University of Hong Kong, Max Planck Research School, Germany .  Our B.Tech. graduates are pursuing MS/Ph.D degrees in top class Universities across USA and Europe with scholarships.