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Our world is built on biology and once we begin to understand it, it then becomes a technology”. - Ryan Bethencourt

Description: Come and explore the world where biology fusions with technology for innovations in medicine, agriculture, pharmacy and clinical diagnostics to offer better bioengineering solutions.

Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology was founded in 2002 with a mission to bridge the gap between life sciences and engineering technology. The department has developed programs that are centered around preparing students to seamlessly integrate into the ever-evolving world of technology and emerge as well-prepared professionals ready to meet the needs of various industries like pharmaceuticals, food production, agriculture, and energy upon completing their academic journey. Our department was accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in 2007 and was the first one to have achieved this in South India. The department is sponsored by the DST-FIST (Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure) scheme.

The department is enriched with 100% doctorate faculty from premier institutes like IISc, IITs, NITs, etc. The faculty members hold expertise in diverse fields namely plant, dairy, fermentation, cancer biology, neurobiology, biomaterials, and in-silico drug studies. Faculty have received research grants from DBT, DST, UGC, MSME, and ICMR for a worth of 34 crores including from international agency in various sectors.

The department labs are top-notch and includes 12 academic labs and 5 research labs worth Rs. 50 crores. These labs are also supported by Women Tech Park, TBI (Technology Business Incubator) centre with sophisticated instrumentation like SEM, XRD, FTIR, RTPCR, lyophilizer, QPCR, HPLC, LCMS, Spectrophotometers, CO2 incubator, Cell analyser, ELISA reader, Phase contrast microscope, Inverted microscope, advanced bioreactors, and high-performance computing clusters for bioinformatics and data analysis. The research that has been carried out in the labs has led to numerous publications and encouraged entrepreneurship through business incubations.

The department offers a high degree of academic flexibility, allowing students to tailor their educational experience to meet their individual needs and goals. The academic programs involve credit-based OBE and are offered in cohort specializations. Acceleration and Deceleration of degree, Credit Transfer, Degree with Specialization, Elective course, B.Tech. Degree with a Minor and B.Tech. Degree with Honors. The program is designed to align closely with industry demands through a collaborative partnership with BIOCON Academy. Additionally, students have the opportunity for international exposure through exchanges and internships at institutions like AIT in Thailand and Harvard Medical School in the USA. Furthermore, our students benefit from live online instruction delivered by faculty hailing from prestigious institutions like Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, USA, as well as experts from various industries worldwide. Core companies along with software industry hire our graduates representing the competence gained via the education.

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