The department of Biotechnology was established in 2003 with a view to develop a Centre of Excellence in Education and Research in Biotechnology. In so doing, the M.Tech programme in Biotechnology was initiated with the students who qualified in the Combined Entrance Examination in Biotechnology
(CEEB) conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. It is pertinent to mention that the M.Tech programme at U.Tech and Anna University, Chennai are only two supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. The course has got a national character. In addition, the department runs three other programmes namely M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, M.Sc. in Microbiology and M.Sc. in Genetics. The curriculum of the course (four semesters) comprises Chemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Protein Engineering, Downstream Processing, Bioethics and Intellectual Property Right (IPR) among others. Each semester has got 25 credits. The department has got updated infrastructure and a team of excellent faculty members. Their expertise encompasses various facets of frontier areas in science.
Unique Features :
- Earn while you Learn programme for students
- Credit Exchange programme with University of Pune
- Fellowship : Rs. 12,000/- per month granted by DBT (Govt. of India) for M.Tech in Biotechnology students.
- M.Tech. in Biotechnology
- MSc in Molecular Biology
- MSc. in Microbiology
- MSc. in Genetics
- M.Sc in Biotechnology
- B.Sc in Biotechnology
AdmissionAdmission to M.Sc.
Admission to M.Tech. in Biotechnology
Admission to M.Sc. Program in:
M.Sc. in Molecular Biology (ten seats), M.Sc. in Microbiology (fifteen seats) and M.Sc. in Genetics (ten seats) is offered
Eligibility criteria for the courses:
For M.Sc. Programs in Molecular Biology/ Microbiology/Genetics
B.Sc. with honours in Zoology/ Botany/ Physiology/ Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry/ Genetics/ Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Computer Science and not less than 55% marks in the honours subject.
Candidates appearing for their final year examination, or whose results are awaited, may also apply provided that, if selected, they will be admitted provisionally subject to submission of their final mark sheet by the cut-off date to be notified later by the university, failing which the provisional admission shall stand canceled.
A tuition fee of Rs. 3000 per month will be charged for selected candidates. Other institutional fees are also applicable.
Candidates have to apply through CET examination
Faculty and Staff
|Prof. Raja Banerjee|
|Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay|
|Dr. Rina Rani Ray , HoD|
|Dr. Ranjita Biswas|
|Dr. Tufan Naiya|
|Dr. Debdut Naskar|
|Dr. Smarajit Das|
|Dr. Arunava Mandal|
|Prof. Arup Mukherjee|
|Dr. Amit Kumar Chakraborti|
Bioinformatic tools and comparative microbial community analysis- funded By Department of Science & Technology, India, under DST-DAAD Personal Exchange Program Genetic Resource Management of East Calcutta Wetlands - funded by Department of Science & Technology, India under DST Fast Track Scheme for young Scientists.
Laboratory space, covering a total area of approximately 2000 sq. feet, has been divided into 5 laboratories.
A) Basic Molecular Biology (including recombinant DNA Technology)
C) Protein Engineering and Enzyme Technology
D) Microbial Technology
Wet Lab Equipments
Practical classes are being carried out as a part of the students� laboratory course-work in the aforesaid laboratories. Additionally, separate tissue culture room have been set up to carry out plant tissue culture. Separate space for faculties, lecture theatre, and seminar, have also been allotted in the department.
Bioinformatics Lab Facilities
EMBOSS (along with EMBA SSY package)
Visualization and Modeling Software
Energy Minimization Software
CHARMM (under processing)
Drug Designing Software
Bioinformatics LTSP server
Provides full GUI forwarding to all thin clients
|No. of terminals (thin clients)||20 (PXE enabled)|
|Server||2 x IBM x206|
|HDD||20 x 160 GB Serial ATA (RAID I configuration)|
|RAM||2 GB ECC DDR2|
|EtherNet card||2 x 10/100/1000 ethernet cards|
|Operating System||Fedora Core 4|
|Other Servers/PCs||2 x 226, 2 x 160 GB
Serial ATA HDD, 2 GB ECC
DDR2 RAM, 2 x
10/100/1000 Ethernet cards
IBM Power PC (P630)
West Bengal University of Technology - members of the BioGrid, setup by the IIT, New Delhi, for high performance cluster computing ScFBio
To setup two LTSP servers serving 10 terminals (thin clients) each, both the LTSP servers to be connected to two dedicated application servers loaded with different Bioinformatics softwares of regular use. This is in view to make the servers� response time the minimum.
2 (IBM x206, 160GB serial ATA HDD
|Application Server||2 ( x226, 2 x 160 GB
Serial ATA HDD, 2 GB ECC DDR2 RAM
2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet cards
Developing a cluster computing facility in the university campus, to meet the high end computational requirements for molecular dynamics and molecular modeling jobs.
Other Facilities Developed
- Cold room (4oC)
- Incubation room (37oC)
- Culture room (20oC)
- Chemistry Laboratory