Department of Biotechnology

Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology was established in the year 2002 with an undergraduate Engineering program in Biotechnology. In the year 2010, Masters Course in Biotechnology was introduced to cater higher education requirements of students. Since its inception, the Department has continuously grown and taken initiatives to impart quality education and inculcate research aptitude in Biotechnology students. The department is actively engaged in research activities in various areas of Biotechnology and related fields. Major research focus areas are herbal cosmetics and medicine, cancer biology, r-DNA Technology and Drug Discovery. The department is also an authorized research centre for PhD program through AKTU, Lucknow.

Our expert faculties in various disciplines also provide research consultancy in Environmental Biotechnology with a view to develop practical solutions to environmental problems faced by industries and the municipalities. Besides this, other areas such as animal biotechnology, plant biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology etc are also covered for consultancy and technical support.

Dr. Ajay Kumar Sharma
Head of Department

The students from Biotechnology department are well-placed in different MNC’s and reputed government/non-government organizations. The major recruiter’s are-

Apart from these, our students are also involved in successful start-ups in Biotechnology product manufacturing/supply. To further promote entrepreneurship in the students we have a Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) supported incubation centre which provides facilities such as funds, space and technical support to deserving start-up projects from students as well as faculties. Many of our meritorious students have got high scores in GATE/GMAT/GRE exams and are pursuing higher studies in reputed universities/Institutes located in India and abroad.

With each passing year the Biotechnology Department is expanding its wings through outside collaborations (such as ICPO, NCOF, IIT-Roorkee, Delhi University and others), regular guest lectures, industrial visits and trainings.

Following are the main specialization areas of our department-


Broad Scope

Biochemical Engineering: It combines principles of biology, chemistry, and engineering to develop processes and technologies to produce biochemicals and biopharmaceuticals. Students specializing learn about bioreactor design, enzyme technology, downstream processing, and optimization of biochemical production processes.

Industries: Biocon, Reliance Industries Limited, ITC Limited, Novozymes South Asia Pvt Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Biotech International Limited, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Research labs: CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL).

Genetic Engineering: The specilization involves the manipulation and modification of genes to produce desired traits or outcomes. Students learn techniques like recombinant DNA technology, gene cloning, gene expression analysis, and genetic modification of organisms. This specialization is essential for applications in medicine, agriculture, and biopharmaceutical industries.

Industries: Cipla, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Lupin, Biocon, Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India, Panacea Biotec, Monsanto (now Bayer CropScience), Mahyco (Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company), Advanta Limited, Thyrocare, SRL Diagnostics, and Metropolis Healthcare.

Research labs: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD).

Plant Biotechnology: It involves the application of biotechnological techniques to improve plant traits, such as yield, disease resistance, and nutritional value. Students learn about plant tissue culture, genetic transformation, plant breeding, and genomics to develop novel plant varieties with desirable characteristics.

Industries: Monsanto (now Bayer CropScience), Syngenta, DuPont Pioneer, Advanta Limited, and Mahyco (Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company), Biocon, Reliance Life Sciences, Rasi Seeds, and Bharat Biotech International Limited.

Research labs: National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT).

Bioprocess Technology: This specialization focuses on the design, optimization, and scale-up of biotechnological processes for the production of valuable products. Students learn about fermentation, downstream processing, bioreactor design, process optimization, and the application of engineering principles in bioprocessing.

Industries: Biocon, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Panacea Biotec, Reliance Life Sciences, Serum Institute of India.

Research labs: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL).

Environmental Biotechnology: It focuses on using biological processes and organisms to address environmental challenges and develop sustainable solutions. Students study areas such as bioremediation (using microorganisms to clean up pollutants), wastewater treatment, bioenergy production, and environmental monitoring and assessment.

Industries: Thermax, Ion Exchange India, Excel Industries, Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited.

Research labs: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) - Indian Institute of Science (IISc), CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).

Food Biotechnology: The specialization focuses on the application of biotechnological principles and techniques in the production, processing, and safety of food. Students learn about food processing, preservation methods, functional foods, nutraceuticals, food safety, and quality assurance.

Industries: Nestlé India, ITC Limited, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Dabur, Himalaya Drug Company.

Research labs: Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT).

Animal Biotechnology: It focuses on applying biotechnological tools and techniques to improve animal health, reproduction, and productivity. Students study areas such as animal cell culture, transgenic animal production, assisted reproductive technologies, and genetic improvement of livestock.

Industries: Venky's India Limited, Virbac India, Alltech Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd., Indovax Pvt. Ltd.

Research labs: National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Central Avian Research Institute (CARI).

Microbial Technology: It involves the study and utilization of microorganisms for various applications. Students explore areas such as industrial microbiology, microbial fermentation, bioproducts development, and microbial biotechnology for the production of enzymes, antibiotics, and biofuels.

Industries: Novozymes India, Bharat Biotech International Limited, Sanzyme Biologics, Lupin Biotech.

Research labs: Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR), National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS).

Molecular Biology: It focuses on studying the structure, function, and interactions of biological macromolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins, within cells. Students gain knowledge and skills in areas such as gene expression, DNA sequencing, genetic engineering techniques, and molecular diagnostics.

Industries: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Agilent Technologies, Roche Diagnostics India, Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Research labs: National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

Immunology: It is the study of the immune system and its response to diseases and foreign substances. Students delve into understanding how the immune system functions, the mechanisms of immune responses, immunological disorders, and the development of vaccines and immunotherapies.

Industries: Serum Institute of India, Biocon, Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited, Zydus Cadila.

Research labs: National Institute of Immunology (NII), Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) - Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).


By offering these diverse specializations, the Department of Biotechnology equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their chosen fields and contribute to advancements in biotechnology research, industry, and innovation.


Admission 2024-25