Department of Biotechnology
DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
Biotechnology is one of the most sought out disciplines of modern science. The salient feature of the discipline, the Integrated application of knowledge and techniques for the improvement of human life enhanced its demand among industrial research. The agricultural sector, the most common and the base of Indian economy, is under the great impact of modern biotechnological innovations. These positive trends make the subject one of the best ones with greater prospects. Besides these, vast scope and placement opportunity are thrown open for biotechnology scholars in the developing countries also.
A post Graduate in biotechnology can proceed his academic carrier as a researcher and scientist in various National and International universities and research institutions. Also he can work as Research associate, Research fellow, Technologist, Scientific assistant, scientific officer, Specialist subject expert, Intellectual property manager, Patent officer, Quality control analyst etc. in Government and non-governmental organizations.
The under Graduation course provides a sound academic base in life science and grants eligibility for higher studies in various branches of life science such as Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Environmental science, Genetics, Immunology, Genetic engineering, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics etc. There are academic and employment possibilities in other fields such as Management, Software development and applications, Drug development and so on.
Different types of career opportunities are available for a biotechnologist in various fields of life science such as Medical, Agriculture. Veterinary, Pharmacology, Bioprocess, Environmental science, Plant science, Animal science, Food science, Dairy industry etc. There are also umpteen opportunities of self employment for a postgraduate with entrepreneurial interests, in the above mentioned branches of science.
The following is a list of career opportunities for an under graduate in biotechnology. They are green house associate, plant breeder, clinical research assistant, manufacturing technician, quality control analyst, validation technician, market research analyst, , patent agent etc. With a basic knowledge in biotechnology a graduate can successfully venture into various fields of self employment such as Mushroom cultivation, Wine production, Bio-fertilizers and Bio-pesticide, Vermi-composting, Tissue culture, Plant breeding etc.
The department of biotechnology was started in 2002 and offers Under Graduate and Post Graduate programmes in Biotechnology.
MSc BIOTECHNOLOGY (4 semesters, Number of seats: 20)
M.Sc. Biotechnology Program was started in 2010. Affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, it is a self-financing course conducted as per the directives of the government and University. A candidate seeking admission to M.Sc. Biotechnology must have at least 50% marks in biological Sciences viz, Zoology, Botany, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Biological Techniques & Specimen Preparation and Microbiology or Chemistry at the graduate level. Graduates in MLT course with not less than 50% marks are also eligible. MBBS, B.Tech Degree holders can also apply.
BSc BIOTECHNOLOGY (6 semesters, Number of seats: 38)
Candidates with a pass in Higher Secondary / VHSC or any examination recognized by M.G. University as equivalent there to, with any biological sciences as one of the optional subjects, are eligible. (Plus 2 Science or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
Admissions to all under graduate and postgraduate courses are made as per the educational qualification, age limit and other conditions such as community reservation prescribed by the government and the university.
Well furnished class rooms with LCD facilities. The department has a well equipped wet laboratory that caters the academic needs of the graduate and post graduate students. The laboratory is also equipped with facilities for conducting various small research projects. The department has a well-furnished library with academic and reference books of various branches of life science. The department has tie up with internationally renowned Governmental and Non-governmental organizations.
- Electrophoresis apparatus (Horizontal and Vertical)
- PC -based Double beam Spectrophotometer (UV- visible)
- PC – based Gel Documentation System
- UV- Transilluminator
- Laminar air flow chamber (Horizontal and Vertical)
- Apparatus for Southern, Northern and Western Blots
- Deep Freezer
- Refrigerated centrifuges
- Tissue homogenizer etc.
Co-curricular activities under the Department:
Maintaining a herbal garden with more than 250 species of medicinal plants and a green house. Training programmes in Mushroom cultivation, Vermi-composting, Wine production, Tissue culture etc are conducted regularly. The department also conducts pollution monitoring studies on various water sources of this locality.
Achievements of the department.
Within a few years of history, there are remarkable achievements in curricular and co-curricular activities. Our students won many prizes in various competitions like Quiz; Paper and Poster Presentation and debates organized by University, colleges and other organizations. Many students qualified the JRF and NET examination conducted by CSIR-UGC and some of our alumni are working as research scholars in reputed research institutions.
Following are the university ranks secured by the department.
- Sreelakshmi R.2nd rank MSc Bioinformatics (2004-2006)
- Sherin George 3rd rank –MSc Bioinformatics (2004-2006).
- Jija James 1st rank MSc Bioinformatics (2005-2007)
- Anumol Antony 2nd rank –MSc Bioinformatics (2005-2007)
- Priya Das 1st rank- MSc Bioinformatics (2006-2008)
- MerlyAlphonsa Mathew 3rd rank –BSc Biotechnology (2002- 2006)
- Dhanya George 1st rank- BSc Biotechnology (2007-2010)
- Anjusha.K.R 1st BSc Biotechnology (2014-2017)
- Nila Joy. 2nd rank- BSc Biotechnology (2014-2017)
- Vismaya Manikuttan 1st rank – BSc Biotechnology (2016-19)
I Rank - BSc. Biotechnology
[2015 - 2018]
NILA JOY II RANK BSc.BT. 2014-17
II Rank - BSc.Biotechnology
[2014 - 2017]
I Rank - BSc.Biotechnology
[2014 - 2017]
I Rank - B Sc Biotechnology
[2007 - 2010]
I Rank - M Sc Biotechnology
[2006 - 2008]
Jija S. James
I Rank - M Sc Biotechnology
[2005 - 2007]
Sherin C. George
III Rank - M Sc Biotechnology
[2004 - 2006]
II Rank - M Sc Biotechnology
[2004 - 2006]
Merly Alphonsa Mathew
III Rank - B Sc Biotechnology
[2002 - 2005]
Dr. Sajeshkumar N.K.
Dr. Prem Jose