Biotechnology is one of the most promising disciplines of engineering and technology that has been assessed as an area of prime importance and relevance by the government. The institute offers M.Tech. as well as Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology. The Head of Biotechnology Department is Dr. B. N. Mishra.
The M.Tech. in Biotechnology is full time two year course.
The institute also offers Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology.
The students avail laboratory facilities of various renowned CSIR, ICAR and Universities research institutions in lucknow.
Lectures of guest faculty and expert scientists are arranged regularly.
The students also assist the faculty members in high quality research and development activities.
The M.Tech Biotechnology programme is sanctioned and sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. This is the only M.Tech. Biotechnology programme in entire U.P. state. The students with diverse subject background such as modern biology, engineering and technology are admitted to the course after a rigorous selection procedure at all India level. M.Tech. as well as Ph.D. Biotechnology programme of the institute is designed with a technological bias to produce dynamic biotechnologists who can meet the ever growing demands of the biotechnological industries.
Activities of the Institution in the Area of Biotechnology :
Institute offers M. Tech. as well as Ph.D. Programmes in Biotechnology. Besides, Institute is also actively engaged in high quality research and development activities in the area of Biotechnology, Bioinformatics & Nanobiotechnology. The MHRD, Govt. of India under TEQIP scheme has recently given Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology. The Biotechnology research activities at Institute include site targeted drug designing, vaccine designing, gene therapy, secondary metabolites production using hairy root lines of medicinal plants & Bioreactor modeling simulation, control and optimization. Bioinformatics facility helps Biotechnology Department to horn the skills of researcher in developing novel procedures and protocols in the area of computational molecular biology and databases/ softwares development. Beside, Institute also provide general purpose information retrieval services to scientific community in the area of genomics, proteomics & Biotechnology. Such efforts are useful in developing strong networking with the institutions and industries. Institute is also rendering services to community & economy in the area of Biofertilizer, Sericulture and Aquaculture.
Infrastructural Facilities available for Biotechnology :
1. Equipments :
UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, Centrifuge, Microscope, Laminar Flow Chamber, Autoclave, Incubator, Oven, Fume Chamber, Electronic Balance, Shakers, Deep Freezer, Muffle furnace, BOD Incubator, Colorimeter, Rotary Water Bath, Water Purification System. Besides, a number of sophisticated equipments worth Rs.75 Lacs are being procured under TEQIP/ AICTE project, Govt. of India.
2. Databases/ Tools :
The following databases/ software tools have been developed by the Department of Biotechnology:
TepiPred: A novel software tool to predict conserved and promiscuous HLA-DR binding sites
PMVD: A database on plant mosaic viruses
CCPD: A database on promoters of cereal crops
PlantProteaseDB: A database on plant derived proteases
VTFBSS: A novel software to predict vertebrate encoding transcription factors
PromScanE: A software to extract promoters from eukaryotic systems
3. Educational Software's :
MATLAB, Statistical Softwares, Biochemistry Lectures Modules, Biotechnology Lectures Modules, Bioinformatics packages (Protein explorer, Bioedit, Treeview, all 3D viewers, Drug Designing softwares e.g. Gaussian, Hex, Autodoc & Argus Lab etc.).