About Department Bio-Technology

Head of the Department : Prof. Pramod Kumar Khare  
Contact details : 07582-297160
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Departmental IQAC Profile

 Criterion 1 :-   Curricular Aspects

Programms offered by the Department:

  • M. Sc.: 4 semesters* 80 Credits                                          37 Seats
  • P.hD.: 3-6 years 16 Credits + Thesis Research                       As per guidelines

*4th semester comprises of a Project Work

Admission Process:

The admission to M. Sc. programm happens through all India entrance examinations. The students have to register to appear for the entrance examination. The eligibility for M. Sc. is undergraduate degree in life sciences.

The admission to Ph. D. programm happens through all Indian entrance examination. The students have to register for the entrance examination. The eligibility for Ph. D. is post graduate degree in any allied or relevant subject respectively.  In case of Ph. D. admission written test is followed by intereview. The candidates that have cleared national level fellowship examinations such as UGC-NET (JRF), DBT-JRF, etc. can appear for the intereview without writing the entrance exams. However, they have to register for Ph. D. admission.

The university uploads the admission and entrance examination details every year on the university website.

Current Cirrriculum for M. Sc.:

1) Name of the Program: M. Sc. Biotechnology

2) Duration of the Program:

a) Minimum duration: 2 years

b) Maximum duration: 4 years

3) Structure of the Program:

a) Number of core courses: 16 (60 credits)

b) Minimum number of Elective courses to be opted by the student: 5 (18 credits)

            (Note: 4 elective course of 4 credits each and one elective of 2 credits)

c) Minimum number of Open elective courses to be opted by the student: 1 (2 credits)

Scheme of Examination:

a) Mid Semester Examination: 20 marks

b) Internal Assessment: 20 marks

            [15 marks: Assignment/presentation/group discussion; 05 marks: Attendance]

i) 75% and below : 00 marks

ii) >75% and upto 80% : 01 marks

iii) >80% and upto 85%       : 02 marks

iv) >85% and upto 90% : 03 marks

v) >90% and upto 95% : 04 marks

vi) >95% : 05 marks

c) End Semester Examination* : 60 marks

* To appear in the End Semester Examination the student must appear in I Mid Semester Examination and Internal Assessment.

End semester Examination for Practical course (60 Marks)

a) Assessment of performance in the experiment : 50 marks

b) Viva-voce of experiment             : 10 marks

 

  1. M.Sc. Program Structure and Scheme

 

Semester

 

 

Paper Code

 

Title of the Paper

 

        Credit

 L

T

P

C

I

BIT CC 121

Cell Biology

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 122

Biochemistry

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 123   

Microbiology

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 124

Lab Course 1

0

0

2

2

BITCC  125

Lab Course 2

0

0

2

2

BIT OE 126

Scientific Writing and Presentation

0

0

2

2

BIT SE 127

Bioentrepreneurship

0

0

4

4

II

BIT CC 221

Molecular Biology

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 222

Bioinstrumentation & Bioinformatics

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 223

Immunology

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 224

Lab Course 3

0

0

2

2

BIT CC 225

Lab Course 4

0

0

2

2

BIT SE 226

Critical analysis of classical research papers

0

0

4

4

BIT SE 227

Basic virology

4

0

0

4

III

BIT CC 321

Animal Biotechnology

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 322

Plant Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 323

Bioprocess Engineering and Technology 

4

0

0

4

BIT CC 324

Lab Course 5

0

0

2

2

BIT CC 325

Lab Course 6

0

0

2

2

BIT SE 326

Lab based Project Work

0

0

4

4

BIT SE 327

Biostatistics

3

0

1

4

 

IV

 

 

 

BIT CC 421

 

Semester Long Dissertation/Project Work/Practical Training/Field Work, and Technical Writing.

 

       12 Credits

 

 

 

 

BIT: Biotechnology              CC: Core Course                 OE: Open Elective

SE: Self Elective                  L: Lecture                              T: Tutorial

P: Practical                            C: Credits

 

Current Cirrriculum for Ph. D.:

Ph. D. Course Work: Minimum of 16 credits should be completed as follows in one semester

Paper

Code

Title

Credits

Paper I

Core course SBS CC 141

Research Methodology

 

4

Paper II

Core Course   BIT CC 502

Research and Publication Ethics (RPE)

 

2

Paper III

Elective Course One

                     (1) BIT SE 503

 

 

                     (2) BIT SE 504

 

Biotechnology Techniques and Applications

 

Cell and Molecular Biology

 

2

 

                           BIT CC 505

Review of Published Research

 

8

 

 

Total

16

 M. Sc. Figures

Year

No. of Seats

No. of Admission

Passed

Pass %

2014-15

20

20

14/14

100

2015-16

28

28

10/15

66.66

2016-17

28

25

18/22

81.81

2017-18

30

30

17/22

77.27

2018-19

30

21

20/27

74.07

2019-20

35

26

10/10

100

2020-21

37

16

18/

90

 

Ph. D. figures

Year

No. of seats

No. of Admission

PhD awarded

2014-15

01

01

-

2015-16

05

04

-

2016-17

04

01

-

2017-18

01

01

01

2018-19

01

02

01

2019-20

01

01

01

2020-21

00

00

-

Programm cirruculum and syllabus desing

Before 2016, the Department of Post Graduate Council (DPGC) which consist of membersfrom and outside the department designed the cirrculum and syllabus of M. Sc. and Ph. D. courses offered by the department. The syllabus gets updated regular by the DPGC upon the recommendation of the course coordinators. Since 2016, Board of Studies (BOS) has been constituted for every department which includes members of the department and external members from other departments and other universities/institutes. The BOS approves any revisions or additions or changes to the syllabus that are recommended by the course coordinators.

 Criterion 2 :-   Teaching-Learning and Evaluation

The faculty of the department strive to indulge in pedagogy methods by which higher objectives of teaching-learning such as analysis, creation, innovation, etc. are achieved. The faculty adopt a blend of both classical class room lectures and modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools in their teaching. The faculty uses PowerPoint presentations and online resources for explaining the concepts of the subjects. In addition, we utilize models to describe and explain difficult to understand concepts and ideas of biotechnology. We have been experimenting with flipped learning model to improve the teaching-learning process. We incorporate presentations and seminars by the students in the course cirruculum to build their confidence and communication skills. This also enables the student to self asses themselves.

Special interest is given to laboratory/practical course as Biotechnology is an applied science. We ensure that every student gets hands on experience with doing practicals. The six months dissertation which is a part of the cirruculum enable student to apply all techniques that they have learned during their laboratory courses.

The department follows the evaluation procedure prescribed by the University. The feedback from the students is also obtained from the outgoing students at the University level.

 Criterion 3 :-   Research , Innovations and Extension 

The Department has two broad thrust areas:

  • Plant Genetic engineering for value addition of crop plants: The Department is focused for research in the area of Plant Genetic Engineering, Stress physiology, Plant phenomics studies, and sustainable nano-formulations for the plant growth and protection. Research involves various aspects of molecular mechanism involved in the abiotic stress tolerance and tuberization mechanism in the Potato (Solanum tuberosum). The research is also focused on the development of sustainable nano formulations for the plant growth development and protection. The above thrust area of research is also financially supported by various funding agencies including UGC, DBT and DST, Govt of India.
  • Infectious disease biology: The importance of infectious disease, especially viral disease is very evident from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department is engaged in understanding various aspect of viral pathogenesis. The focus is on understanding the host-viral protein interactions and their significance in viral pathobiology and viral lifecycle. Currentlly, department is focused on HTLV-1 retrovirus and it preparing to undertake molecular virology research on viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, Nipah virus, Dengue virus, etc. In addition, the focus is also on development garlic based novel antibacterial and antibiofilm drugs to counter the alarming problem of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections.

National and International Collaborations:

  1. Mikhail Pooggin, Research Director INRA, France. Control of biotic stresses in crop plants.
  2. Vishal Trivedi, Department of Biotechnoloyg, IIT Guwahti, Assam. Investigating and probing RBC endothelia cells interaction through ex-vivo cerebral malaria model to develop adjuvant therapy for malaria pathology.
  3. Muthuthiruvengdam, Department of Bioresource and Biotechnology, Konkuk University, Seoul, Southr Korea. Molecular mechanism of potato tuberization.
  4. Tirmit Tripathi, Deparment of Biochemistry, NEHU, Shillong. Structural studies to understand the stability of human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) p30 protein and its recombinant expression. NEHU, Shillong.
  5. Rupesh Srivastava, Department of Biotechnoloyg, AIIMS New Delhi. Bone biology and influence of diet and probiotics on bone health.
  6. Rajesh Mondal, Department of Microbiology, BMHRC, Bhopal. Antibacterial and antibiofilm studies on Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC).

Research Projects:

Name of the Faculties

Sl. No.

Title of the project

Duration

Funding agency

Amount (Lakhs)

Dr. C. P. Upadhyaya

 

1

investigating and probing RBC endothelia cells interaction through ex-vivo cerebral malaria model to develop adjuvant therapy for malaria pathology

2013-2016

 

DBT, New Delhi

 

84.10

2

Metabolic engineering of potato for enhanced vitamin B6 accumulation by overexpression of pyridoxin gene

2017-2020

 

DST, SERB, New Delhi

 

38.40

Dr. R. Anupam

1

Role of HTLV- 1 p30 and REG-gamma interaction in DNA damage regulation

2014-2016

 

U.G.C, New Delhi

 

6.0

 

Dr Devanshi Chandel Upadhyaya

 

1

Genetic engineering of potato (solanum tunberisum)  for enhanced vitamin E content by overexpression of homogentesate phosphotransferase ( HPT) gene.

2015-2018

 

DST-WOS scheme

 

30 .0

 

Scientific events, workshops, seminars:

2015: Seminar on Evolving trends in Biotechnology

2015: Intercollegiate Competitive Events in Biotechnology

2015: Workshop on DNA Sequencer and RT-PCR

2016: Intercollegiate Competitive Events in Biotechnology

2016: Seminar on Scope of Biotechnology

2016: Seminar on Science and Technology for National Development

2017: Workshop organized on Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice

 Criterion 4 :-   Infrastructure and Learning Resources

The Department has one smart class room, one PhD research laboratory, plant tissue culture facility, animal cell culture facility, potato phenomics laboratory and one M. Sc. laboratory. In addition, the department houses two instruments: (i) DNA sequencer and (ii) Flow cytometer which are part of Sophiscitated instrument facility (SIC) of the University.

The smart class room is equipped with smart broad, LCD monitor and wifi internet connection. The class room is used to regular lecture, seminar and routine academic activities.

The Ph. D. research laboratory is having all the fundamental equipments and instruments required for basic biotechnology, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry experiments. The Ph. D. research laboratory is mainly to facilitate the research of Ph. D. scholars of the Department. The laboratory is has refrigerators, -20 °C freezers, -80 °C deep freezer, thermocycler, multimode plate reader, cooling centrifuge, autoclave, gel-doc, microscopes, plant growth chamber, laminar air flow, bacterial incubators, etc.

The department has a fully functional plant tissue culture facility. The facility is use for PhD research work such as generation of transgenic plants, potato tuberization assays, micro propogation, etc. This facility is also used to provide fundamental training in plant tissue culture to M. Sc. students.

The department has a functioning Animal Cell Culture facility. The facility is used for by PhD students for research work such as cytotoxicity assay, ectopic gene expression, protein expression and functional studies, drug discovery, etc. The M.Sc. student are provided basic understanding of animal cell culture techniques using this facility as a part of their cirruculum.

Potato phenomics facility has been developed in the Department to study physiological changes that occur in the plants (in particular potato) in response changes in its environment.

The Department is the home for two instruments of University’s SIC, (i) DNA sequencer and (ii) Flow cytometer. The make and model of DNA sequencer is Applied Biosystems Gene Analyzer 3500 and Flow cytometer is BD FACs Aria III.

The departmental library provides a ready and handy reference of important reference books, textbooks and manuals to faculty and students of the department. It has more than 150 books on biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetic engineering, environmental microbiology, immunology, medical microbiology. Library also serves to disseminate information regarding on-going research and latest publication of the department. The books are made available to the students and faculty members.

 Criterion 5 :-   Student Support and Progression

The performance of the students at national level examinations, their employability and progression to higher education is the indicator of the department’s quality. The student of Department of Biotechnology regularly clearly various national level examinations, secure govt. jobs and are doing PhD at various nationally reputed inistitutes and Universities such as NCCS, IIT Guwahati, BHU, ACTREC, etc. The details of the student progression for last five years is presented below.

Year

NET, GATE, SLET, DBT, ICMR, etc.

Union Public Service

State Public Service

Govt. Jobs

Higher Education

2015-16

8

-

2

-

6

2016-17

1

-

1

-

3

2017-18

3

-

-

-

4

2018-19

2

-

-

-

1

2019-20

1

-

-

-

-

2020-21

1

-

-

-

-

Total

16

-

3

-

14

 

The following is the list of student that are done exceptional well professionally

Dr. Priyanka Namdev: ORISE fellow at Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA

Dr. Neha Bunker: Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Govt. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi College, Mungaoli, Ashoknagar, Madhya Pradesh

Domdatt Singh: Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Govt. SSP College, Waraseoni, Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh

Megha Kumre: Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Govt. College, Chourai, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

Vaishali Bhumarkar: Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Govt. Science College, Pandurna, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

 Criterion 6 :-   Governance, Leadership and Management
 Criterion 7 :-    Institutional  Values and Best Practices

 

About the Department:

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 2001-02 with UGC approval. The Department acquired an independent status in 2009 upon the up gradation of the University to Central University. The Department took a new shape in the year 2013 when the appointed faculty established fully functional research laboratories and sophisticated instruments were installed. The Department is a full-fledged independent unit under the School of Biological Sciences. Currently, the department has two faculty members specialized in Genetic Engineering and Plant Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Molecular Virology, Bacteriology, Proteomics and Genomics. The Department is well equipped to impart Master and PhD advanced education and training. The Department faculty adopts advance pedagogy techniques such as flip learning and laboratory based teaching.

The Department has published significant number of publications in the leading national and international peer reviewed scientific journals. The Department regularly organizes several hands-on workshops, national and international conferences and special lectures. At the Department of Biotechnology research is being pursued in both basic and applied areas of Biotechnology. The Departmental is inclined towards inter disciplinary research; faculty members in the Department have forged active national & international collaborations.The Departmental faculty have secured funding various funding agencies of UGC, DST, DBT, etc.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Department quickly adapted to the online teaching mode using various ICT tools, online classroom platforms and other resources to continue the teaching and learning process. This ensured that students did not suffer any academic loss.

Vision:

The Department of Biotechnology foresee itself to emerge as a Department of national and international repute through its education and research. The Department aspires to make seminal contribution to health and food security of the society. We aim to become the center of innovative and cutting edge research. One of the important objective of the Department is to cultivate distinguished future academicians and scientists. It is our endeavor to become a model of public private partnership.

Mission:

The Department is developing robust research environment in the areas of plant genetic engineering and physiology; and infectious disease biology. We are striving to secure intramural and extramural funding to foster research in the Department. We pursue to enhance pedagogy to achieve higher objectives of teaching and learning. The focus is to cater to the need of efficient human resource of the country by producing skilled biotechnology professions.

Faculty

1) Dr. Chandrama Prakash Upadhyaya, M. Sc., Ph. D. (Delhi University)

2) Dr. Rajaneesh Anupam, MS, PhD (Ohio University, USA)

Total sanctioned post: 02 (Assistant Professor), Post filled: 02 (Assistant Professor), Vacant Post: Nil