Bio-Technology


        The School of Biotechnology is an active Department involved in teaching and research in frontier areas of modern biology. The objectives of the school are to conduct high quality basic research and training in frontier areas of Modern Biology, and promote facilities for new and modern techniques in the inter-disciplinary areas of Biology. Realizing Biotechnology as one of the greatest intellectual enterprises of human kind, the B.Sc and M.Sc Biotechnology Degree Courses were started in the year 1995 and 1999 respectively to provide the impetus that fulfills this potential of understanding life process and utilizing them to the advantage of humanity. Even as class room teaching, the well equipped laboratories have their share in the mode of instruction, personal interaction between students and teachers and among students themselves, that form an extremely important and lively medium of generation and transmission of knowledge. Attaining new heights in Biotechnology research, shaping Biotechnology into a premier precision tool need lot of infrastructure that GRD School of Biotechnology provides the students. Basic research is essential on all aspects of Modern Biology including development of the tools to identify, isolate, and manipulate the individual genes that govern the specific characters in plants, animals, and microorganisms. Considering the need for creating a separate framework to strength Biology and Biotechnology, research in the Department was started in the year 2001 and students are enrolled for M.Phil and Ph.D.

INFRA STRUCTURE

        The School of Biotechnology is well equipped to perform research in different areas of Biology. The available facilities include sophisticated laboratory equipments such as Plant Tissue Culture, Animal Tissue Culture, and Molecular Biology, Microbial Biotechnology, Immunology, Downstream Processing, DNA Finger Printing, Recombinant DNA Technology etc. The School has sophisticated facilities including the DNA Sequencer, UV Spectrophotometer, Refrigerated Microcentrifuge, High Speed Centrifuge, Ultrasonicator, PCR Machine (Eppendrof and MJ Research), ELISA Reader, Electroblotter, Milli-Q-Filtration System, Phase Contrast Microscope, Inverted Microscope with microphotographic facility, CO2 Incubator, Gel Documentation Unit, -80°C and -20°C deep freezer, Bioreactor, Walk-in Cold Room, Biophotometer, Freeze Dryer, Bioanalyzer, etc.,

PROGRAMMES

        The teaching approach of the undergraduate and post graduate programmes offered by our School of Biotechnology combines the conservative with the innovative, inorder to articulate a multi disciplinary perspective on biotechnology, which is holistic and pragmatic. Such a versatile and innovative approach is sure to provide students with the necessary resources to face the challenging working environment after graduation. Our programmes are structured in such a way as to allow students to acquire useful perspectives on emerging technology while maintaining core focus.

B.Sc Biotechnology

        Biotechnology is the research-oriented science including a fusion of biology and technology. This programme encompasses a large variety of subjects including Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Animal Biotechnology and Plant Biotechnology. It is associated with other subjects such as Maths, Biostatistics, Cell Biology, Nanobiotechnology, IPR etc. Biotechnology features the use of living cells and bacteria in the industrial process. Biotechnology can be applied in developing various vaccines, medicines and diagnostics, improving energy production and conservation and increasing productivity.

Objectives of the B.Sc Biotechnology program

1. To impart basic knowledge and skills of various aspects of biotechnology
2. To train the students for industrial need and to pursue further education
3. To inculcate entrepreneurship among the students so as to start their own ventures in the field of Biotechnology

Eligibility

        HSC, HSE (CBSE) or equivalent approved by the Bharathiar University having passed with one of the subjects as Biology/Botany/Zoology.

M.Sc Biotechnology

        The Master's Degree in Biotechnology is the ideal programme for students who want to build a solid foundation of operational knowledge, techniques and methods in the area of biotechnology. It is aimed at holders of Bachelor's Degrees or equivalent Undergraduate Degrees and professionals in the areas of biotechnology, biomedicine, industry, pharmaceuticals, fisheries, food and the environment, as well as anyone with an interest in basic aspects of Biotechnology, such as its processes and products. It provides students with the training to access third-cycle studies in the area of Biotechnology or other doctoral programmes in related areas, or to obtain employment in the field of Biotechnology. This Master's Degree is closely related to other National and International Master's Degrees that are focused on applying the principles of Biotechnology in the following areas like food technology, bioprocess technology, agrobiotechnology, Microbial Biotechnology and animal cells, food biotechnology, Biotechnology of natural and pharmaceutical products, and Marine biotechnology.

Objectives of the M.Sc Biotechnology Program

1. To impart advanced knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Biotechnology.
2. To generate skilled manpower in different areas of biotechnology to serve the Biotechnology related industries and provide trained manpower.
3. To prepare the students for pursuing research in industry and institutions.
4. Students can design, write and present a specific topic and apply logical and critical thinking to Biotechnology or related projects. Demonstrate an ability to take the initiative in new challenges, and in coordination and leadership tasks.
5. Promotion of bioentrepreneurs in this part of the state.

Eligibility

        B.Sc with Biology / Biochemistry / Chemistry with Biology ancillary Biotechnology / Biotechnology / B.F.S / Polymer Chemistry / Microbiology / Zoology / Botany / Plant Science / Plant Biotechnology / Animal Science / Animal Biotechnology / B.Pharm. / Industrial Chemistry / Applied Microbiology / Medical Microbiology / Human Genetics / Medical Genetics / Molecular biology / Genetic Technology / Environmental Biotechnology / Genetic Engineering / Bioinformatics / Plant Biology and Biotechnology / Animal cell and Biotechnology / Biological techniques and Specimen Preparation / Agriculture / B.E., / B.Tech.

Career Prospects

        The Biotechnology industry is constantly growing in the past 10 years. Indian biotech industry comprises of clinical research, new drug discovery, bioinformatics, R&D, biopharmaceuticals etc. As there is increasing popularity and explosive growth, there are plenty of opportunities available in Biotechnology field. One can be a Research Scientist, Teacher, Marketing Manager, Scientific writer, Bioinformists, Quality Control Officer or Production in-charge in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, Analyst (Venture-Capitalist) Environmental / Safety Specialist. The main job sectors are : Biotechnology companies, Health service organizations, Pharmaceutical companies, Universities and research institutes, Horticultural industries, Conservation organizations, Food and drink manufacturers, Water industry, Agricultural industry.

Research in biotechnology (M.Phil & Ph.D)

        Over the years, Biotechnology programme at GRD has established itself as a leading academic programme both from the teaching and research point of view. Research program provides a scientific foundation for understanding the health consequences of the environment. Our present programs cover many aspects of Biotechnology research, including molecular biology, Microbial biotechnology, and Medical Biotechnology usually at the genetic or molecular level. For the guidelines regarding M.Phil and Ph.D admissions contact Bharathiar University website.