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Department of Biotechnology

The unique features of Department of Biotechnology are entirely based on multidisciplinary academics and research activities. As far academic scenario, department co-ordinates two advanced emerging scientific areas of biological sciences i.e. Biotechnology and Microbiology. At present department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes on Biotechnology and Microbiology courses. Course curriculum has been taught by highly qualified and experience teaching members in the department including full time and part time faculty members. Department has also started J.C. Bose Science club for scientific and community services through deliberation of scientific seminars, school visit in remote villages, national seminar organization each year. Besides Department has also taken initiative for organizing educational and industrial tour for M.Sc. and B.Sc. level students time to time each year to courage them to engage with Industrial and academic sectors after completion of courses. Department always try to push and organize special coaching classes (depending upon the free time schedule) to encourage their students for preparation of commutative examinations (GATE, JNU, JAM, Internship and NPTL online courses etc) time to time.

Vision:- The vision of the Department is to create a niche in different areas of Biotechnology, and produce competent world class Biotechnologist who can tackle problems in both academic and industrial sectors.

Mission:- The mission of the department is to prepare students in multidisciplinary fields with emphasis on training and research in Biotechnology. To offer quality education so that students can interlink between basic and applied science along with focus on industry-based problems. To provide hands on training courses in the rapidly advancing field of biotechnology along with emphasis on Entrepreneurship skill development programs.

Program Educational Objective

  • PEO1: To understand and apply basic concepts in Biotechnology through interdisciplinary subjects which will create foreground for higher studies in future.
  • PEO2: To imbibe and implement state-of-the-art technology and inoculate research aptitude in students.
  • PEO3: To ensure participation in individual and team oriented projects and workshops so as to produce professionals with leadership qualities and problem handling attitude for becoming entrepreneurs of the future.
  • PEO4: To enforce knowledge through updated curriculum in accordance to national/international competitive examinations.
  • PEO5: To introduce in students, professional ethics, problem solving attitude and innovative thinking for the welfare of society and human beings.

Program Outcome:

  • PO1: This will create a bridge between different areas and related subjects of Biotechnology like Engineering, Computer, Mathematics and Science.
  • PO2. Students will grow an ability to review literature, design and conduct experiments, and interpret data.
  • PO3. Students can apply modern and conventional techniques or software to solve protein structure and perform modelling designs along with an understanding of the limitations.
  • PO4. Individual and teamwork can make students function effectively in multidisciplinary scenario and address complex problems.
  • PO5. Use of research-based knowledge will help to design new experiments, analysis and interpret data.
  • PO6. Contextual knowledge can help to address issues related to legal and societal issues.
  • PO7. Environmental problems and sustainable solutions can be unearthed from their updated curriculum design.
  • PO8. Students can understand the professional and ethical responsibility from their course design and experimental research journal and implement the same.
  • PO9. Prepare them to give effective presentation, broaden communication with inter and intra write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  • P10. Students can learn Project handling and finance dealing in multidisciplinary environments.

B.Sc Biotechnology (Honors)

Duration: 3 Years

Eligibility: Passed 10+2 Examination with a minimum of 45%* marks in science stream as per the following requirements:

Biology is compulsory in addition to any two subjects from Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Computer Science / Statistics

M.Sc in Biotechnology

Duration: 2 Years

Eligibility: Candidates from Universities of West Bengal with B.Sc. (H) in relevant discipline are eligible. Candidates from other states should have a minimum of 50%* marks in relevant discipline along with 45%* marks in aggregate.

B.Sc. in Microbiology

Duration: 3 Years

Eligibility: Biology is compulsory in addition to any two subjects from Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Computer Science / Statistics.

M.Sc. in Microbiology

Duration: 2 Years

Eligibility: Candidates from Universities of West Bengal with B.Sc. (H) in relevant discipline are eligible. Candidates from other states should have a minimum of 50%* marks in relevant discipline along with 45%* marks in aggregate.

Ph.D. in Biotechnology

Duration: 3-4 years

Eligibility: M.Sc. in any branch of Life Science or allied fields

PhD in Microbiology

Duration: 3-4 years

Eligibility: M.Sc. in Microbiology.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Departmental laboratories are equipped with the necessary instruments as well as several high end instruments and facilities required for carrying out day to day practical classes and research work.

Gel Doc XR+ (Biorad) with Image Lab software (Biorad Universal Hood-II, April 4th, 2017)

A gel doc, also known as a gel documentation system, gel image system or gel imager, refers to equipment widely used in molecular biology laboratories for the imaging and documentation of nucleic acid and protein suspended within polyacrylamide or agarose gels. These gels are typically stained with ethidium bromide or other fluorophores such as SYBR Green. Generally, a gel doc includes an ultraviolet (UV) light transilluminator, a hood or a darkroom to shield external light sources and protect the user from UV exposure, and a CCD or CMOS camera for image capturing.

i-Mark Plate reader (Biorad) (Biorad i-Mark, Jan 31st 2017)

The iMark™ Microplate Absorbance Reader, with a wavelength range of 400–750 nm, is an economical, high-performance solution for a wide range of applications, including immunoassays with colorimetric substrates, such as ELISA, and protein assays such as Bradford and Lowry. The instrument can be used as a stand-alone reader or be controlled by a PC

Remi-CM-12 plus Centrifuge (CM-12+, Remi, April 1st 2016)

A centrifuge is a piece of equipment that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis (spins it in a circle), applying a force perpendicular to the axis of spin (outward) that can be very strong. The centrifuge works using the sedimentation principle, where the centrifugal acceleration causes denser substances and particles to move outward in the radial direction. At the same time, objects that are less dense are displaced and move to the center. In a laboratory centrifuge that uses sample tubes, the radial acceleration causes denser particles to settle to the bottom of the tube, while low-density substances rise to the top. In this machine 4 deg C temperature is maintained and it occupies 50 ml falcon tubes with 8000 rpm.

Remi Quick freezer -20 deg (RQR-170, Nov 1st 2015)

A centrifuge is a piece of equipment that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis (spins it in a circle), applying a force perpendicular to the axis of spin (outward) that can be very strong. The centrifuge works using the sedimentation principle, where the centrifugal acceleration causes denser substances and particles to move outward in the radial direction. At the same time, objects that are less dense are displaced and move to the center. In a laboratory centrifuge that uses sample tubes, the radial acceleration causes denser particles to settle to the bottom of the tube, while low-density substances rise to the top. It occupies 1.5 and 2 ml eppendorf tubes and -20 deg C has been maintained uniformly during spin. Maximum rotation per minute is 13,000 rpm.

Freeze dryer Creatrust (CTFD-10P, 2016 April 1st)

Freeze dryer, also known as lyophilisation or cryodessication machine, is a low temperature dehydration process which involves freezing the product, lowering pressure, then removing the ice by sublimation. This is in contrast to dehydration by most conventional methods that evaporate water using heat. Freeze drying results in a high quality product because of the low temperature used in processing. The original shape of the product is maintained and quality of the rehydrated product is excellent.

Centrifuge Remi-R-4C (R-4C, March 2015)

A centrifuge is a piece of equipment that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis (spins it in a circle), applying a force perpendicular to the axis of spin (outward) that can be very strong. The centrifuge works using the sedimentation principle, where the centrifugal acceleration causes denser substances and particles to move outward in the radial direction. At the same time, objects that are less dense are displaced and move to the centre. In a laboratory centrifuge that uses sample tubes, the radial acceleration causes denser particles to settle to the bottom of the tube, while low-density substances rise to the top. It occupies 15 ml and 50 ml falcon tubes and 1.5 ml eppendorf with special adopters.

Water Bath RivoTek Test Master, 2016

Water bath essentially, a water bath canner is a very, very large pot, with dimensions to hold at least 7 quart jars and allow them to be submerged by 1 to 2 inches of water. The canners usually include a rack with handles to make it easier (and safer) to put the jars in and take them out of the boiling water. It is useful in biochemistry and molecular biology works specially for protein denaturation, biochemical quantitative analysis, enzyme kinetics studies etc.

Sonicator Probe and Horn based RivoTek, 2016

Sonication is the act of applying sound energy to agitate particles in a sample, for various purposes such as the extraction of multiple compounds from plants, microalgae and seaweeds.

UV-Vis automated Spectrophotometer Shimadzu UV-1800, June 2017

Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy or ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis or UV/Vis) refers to absorption spectroscopy in the ultraviolet-visible spectral region. This means it uses light in the visible and adjacent (near-UV and near-infrared (NIR)) ranges. It is useful in molecular biology, microbiology for quantitation of DNA, RNA and Protein samples in laboratories and also useful for biochemical analyticals.

Automated PCR Machine 3 sets Himedia, Eco 96, Sept 2017

The thermal cycler (also known as a thermocycler, PCR machine or DNA amplifier) is a laboratory apparatus most commonly used to amplify segments of DNA via the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

SDS-PAGE Electrophoresis Apparatus 2 Sets Biorad, Mar 2017

A very common method for separating proteins by electrophoresis uses a discontinuous polyacrylamide gel as a support medium and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to denature the proteins. The method is called sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). This apparatus is used to serve the above purpose with prestained protein ladder along with staining solutions.

Gel Electrophoresis Apparatus Biorad, Jan 2017

Typically, a DNA molecule is digested with restriction enzymes, and the agarose gel electrophoresis is used as a diagnostic tool to visualize the fragments. An electric current is used to move the DNA molecules across an agarose gel, which is a polysaccharide matrix that functions as a sort of sieve. It helps to visualize DNA, RNA samples from different biological samples under CYBER green or EtBr staining.

RockyMax, Rocking shaker Tarsons, Cat 4080, 2017 Sept

A shaker is a piece of laboratory equipment used to mix, blend, or agitate substances in a tube or flask by shaking them. It is mainly used in the fields of chemistry and biology. A shaker contains an oscillating board that is used to place the flasks, beakers, or test tubes. Although the magnetic stirrer has lately come to replace the shaker, it is still the preferred choice of equipment when dealing with large volume substances or when simultaneous agitation is required.

UV Laminar Hood automated Hepa SNS, 2017 Jan

A laminar flow cabinet or laminar flow closet or tissue culture hood is a carefully enclosed bench designed to prevent contamination of semiconductor wafers, biological samples, or any particle sensitive materials. Air is drawn through a HEPA filter and blown in a very smooth, laminar flow towards the user. It is useful in routine microbiological works under aseptic or sterile conditions.

MiliQ water purifier Thermo Sci. Smart2-Pure 6-UV/UF, 24th Octo 2016

Milli-Q water purifiers use resin filters and deionization to purify the water. The system monitors the ion concentration by measuring the electrical resistivity of the water. Higher resistivity means fewer charge-carrying ions. Most Milli-Q systems dispense the water through a 0.22 μm membrane filter.

Heating Block RivoTek 2016

A block heater warms an engine to increase the chances that the engine will start as well as warm up the vehicle faster than it normally would in extremely cold weather. The most common type is an electric heating element in the cylinder block, connected through a power cord often routed through the vehicle's grille.

Electronic Balance Wensar, DAB-220, 2017 Jan

They allow the user to quickly and accurately measure the mass of a substance to a level of accuracy impossible for traditional balances to achieve. This is especially important in experiments that require precise amounts of each substance to achieve the desired results

4 deg C centrifuge Remi CM-8PLUS, Nov 2015

A centrifuge is a piece of equipment that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis (spins it in a circle), applying a force perpendicular to the axis of spin (outward) that can be very strong. The centrifuge works using the sedimentation principle, where the centrifugal acceleration causes denser substances and particles to move outward in the radial direction. At the same time, objects that are less dense are displaced and move to the centre. In a laboratory centrifuge that uses sample tubes, the radial acceleration causes denser particles to settle to the bottom of the tube, while low-density substances rise to the top. It occupies 15 ml and 50 ml falcon tubes with special adopters at 4 deg C temperature.

Autoclave 2 Machines available for usage Test Master, Dec 2015

Autoclaves provide a physical method for disinfection and sterilization. They work with a combination of steam, pressure and time. Autoclaves operate at high temperature (121 deg C) and pressure (15 psi) in order to kill microorganisms and spores. They are used to decontaminate certain biological waste and sterilize media, instruments and lab ware. Regulated medical waste that might contain bacteria, viruses and other biological material are recommended to be inactivated by autoclaving before disposal.

37 deg Big 2 set available for usage Test Master, Mar 2017

In order to provide optimal conditions for cell growth, some type of agitation or shaking is necessary to incorporate oxygen and evenly distribute nutrients throughout the culture media. That's often done by placing a separate shaker inside an incubator, but incubator shakers combine those functions for a more convenient and efficient setup. The incubator shaker can be used for growth of just about any kind of cell including bacterial cultures, tissue cultures, and yeast. Incubator Shaker set-ups range from compact, bench top systems to large-capacity, floor-stackable units the size of a large freezer. Features to look for when purchasing include programmability, illuminated controls, adjustable speed (RPM), temperature uniformity and stainless steel interiors.

Laminar Hood in Isolated room with UV-vis Test Master, Mar 2016

A laminar flow cabinet or laminar flow closet or tissue culture hood is a carefully enclosed bench designed to prevent contamination of semiconductor wafers, biological samples, or any particle sensitive materials. Air is drawn through a HEPA filter and blown in a very smooth, laminar flow towards the user. It is useful in routine microbiological works under aseptic or sterile conditions.

pH-Meter Labtronics 2016, Jan

A pH meter is a scientific instrument that measures the hydrogen-ion activity in water-based solutions, indicating its acidity or alkalinity expressed as pH. It is used to check the pH of different buffers, culture medium etc during bacteriological and biochemical avenues.

Bright Field Binocular Microscope 3 sets available for usage Bristol India, 2015 Dec.

Bright field microscopy is the most elementary form of microscope illumination techniques and is generally used with compound microscopes. The name "brightfield" is derived from the fact that the specimen is dark and contrasted by the surrounding bright viewing field. It has been used to see the microscopic microbes’ likely fungi, algae, bacteria with or with staining approaches.

Electronic Balance Citizon, 2015 Dec

They allow the user to quickly and accurately measure the mass of a substance to a level of accuracy impossible for traditional balances to achieve. This is especially important in experiments that require precise amounts of each substance to achieve the desired results. It used for proper quantity measurements for buffer, medium and different chemical solution preparation in microbiology, biotechnology, molecular biology research areas time to time.

20 deg Freezer 2017 Mar, 2018 June

This instrument is basically used to store microbes (as glycerol stocks), DNA, RNA protein samples including different molecular biological kits and chemicals i.e. restriction enzymes, buffer, etc.

Phase contrast Microscope Invi 2018 June

Phase-contrast microscopy is an optical microscopy technique that converts phase shifts in light passing through a transparent specimen to brightness changes in the image. The Phase Contrast Microscope. The phase contrast microscope is widely used for examining such specimens as biological tissues. It is a type of light microscopy that enhances contrasts of transparent and colorless objects by influencing the optical path of light.

Career opportunities for students in biotechnology are abound. Those specializing in different sub-disciplines of this field can easily find jobs in both private and government sector undertakings. If you have acquired a post-graduate degree in biotechnology then you can easily find a suitable position in a number of industries.

Major recruiters include industries engaged in processing and developing agricultural and biological products, bio-processing industries, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. There are ample opportunities in industries producing healthcare products, textile industry, cosmetics and organizations engaged in different types of industrial research and development. These days a growing number of qualified biotechnology professionals are engaged by different industries for environment protection activities and for the safe disposal of hazardous materials.

Students can also appear for NET/GATE/SET and become eligible for teaching post or opt for a research career at various renowned national laboratories like IISERs, IISc, IITs, CSIRs, IACS, BARC, DRDO, NTPC etc. Interested students may go to foreign universities for their research career or various jobs related to Biotechnology.

Our Recruiters

  • Palson Derma
  • Eskag Pharma
  • GCC Biotech
  • DCG Data Core
  • Macleods Pharmaceuticals
  • Ramky Enviro Engineers
  • CIPLA
  • ALEMBIC
  • NESTLE
  • WIPRO
  • Vaastu Vihar Biotech
  • Epsilon Learning
  • Jubilant Foodworks
  • Nerdy Turtlez
  • PHARMAKRAFT

Faculties of the Department of Biotechnology are working on different research areas focusing on Enzymology, Algal biotechnology and genetic engineering and Cancer biology. The department has infrastructure to conduct research on microbiology, genetic engineering, enzymology, cancer cell signaling, immunology etc.

The faculty members, doctoral students, and students of the Department have published several articles in leading international and national journals of the respective research areas. The department has a favourable environment for academic pursuits, research, development and consultancy activities. The following are the pointers to the research related information of the Department of Biotechnology.

Research Projects

Project Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator
Production of Enzyme-Nanoparticle Based biocathode for Biofuel Cell DST-SERB Dr. Mainak Mukhopadhyay
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