The Department of Biotechnology was established in June, 1999 and is promoted under ATMIYA University since June 2018. The department is notable in the Saurashtra-Kutch region of Gujarat, imparting quality education and promoting goal-orientated interdisciplinary perspective by conjugating modern biology with its graduation and post-graduation programs. We are exclusively privileged Department in the state of Gujarat to be awarded UGC assistance for M.Sc. Biotechnology under Innovative Programme- Teaching & Research in Interdisciplinary & Emerging Area since June 2004. The department facilitates the undergraduate students to enroll in various Career Oriented Courses (COCs) such as Plant Tissue Culture, Bioinformatics and Competitive Exam Preparation. The department has also received STAR College Scheme from DBT Ministry of Science And Technology, New Delhi in 2009 and has been upgraded to STAR STATUS in 2014. The students also get an opportunity to do various co-curricular courses: Value added course, COC Courses and Generic Elective Courses Discipline Specific Courses alongside Research Project/ Internship & Summer Training. The overall course outlook has been illustrated in the figure below:
The Department of Biotechnology offers graduate and postgraduate degrees, which imparts fundamental as well as real world problem solving approach to its students for the development and betterment of the society.
Best Practices at Department
Over last decade the Department of Biotechnology has engaged students in various beneficial and innovative activities such as Lab to Land, Periodical Newsletters, Creative Assignments, STAR Projects, and Internship Programmes at campus, Earn While You Learn scheme, Research Proposal Writing and SOP preparation for various laboratory instruments.
The department facilitates students with an enormous infrastructure to enable nearly five hundred students each year to learn and explore various aspects of biotechnology with the aid of several sophisticated instruments and techniques.
We are pioneer in exposing students to Plant Tissue Culture, Bioinformatics and Animal Tissue Culture techniques in the Saurahtra region of Gujarat. We motivate the students to aim for sustainable development by encouraging recycling of waste into useful products such as Recycled Paper and Flowers’ preparation from agriculture waste.
The mission of the Department is :
To provide quality education by merging the best of theoretical and applied knowledge which gratify scholarly, professional and scientific expression.
To promote teaching and research in identified areas of biotechnology which prepare individuals to participate responsibly in modern area of life science and in this and other ways contributes to the growth of the social, cultural, and economic life of the region, state and nation
“We at Department of Biotechnology, aspire to be an academic leader recognized for providing value based quality teaching and strategic research exposure to acquire understanding, knowledge and skills to our students for establishing a successful career and becoming a responsible citizen.”
PROGRAMME OUTCOMES (POs) UG
After completion of the programme the graduate will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge of concepts, principles and applications of Biotechnology in various fields (PEO 01)
- Acquire critical thinking skills to understand and solve contemporary problems with biotechnology (PEO 02)
- Able to apply Fundamental knowledge of biotechnology and allied sciences in pursuing higher studies or research at any globally recognized organization (PEO 01)
- Gain ability to design, conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data for investigating problems in Biotechnology and allied fields (PEO 02)
- Understand standard operating procedures and acquire in-depth technical competence to handle the basic laboratory instruments (PEO 02)
- Communicate effectively using different modes ( written, verbal and digital) not only with scientific community but also with the society at large (PEO 03)
- Understand requirement and principles of interdisciplinary domains for sustainable development (PEO 01)
- Understand the implications of biotechnological solutions in societal and environmental context (PEO 4)
- Able to function effectively as individual and as a member in multidisciplinary settings (PEO 04)
- Able to recognize the need to undertake life-long learning and acquire the capacity to do so (PEO 05)
- Apply the ethical principals in development of products and in research through biotechnology (PEO 04)
- Gain the ability to lead a group and develop capabilities to assimilate and apply the acquired knowledge when and where required. (PEO 04)
PROGRAMME OUTCOMES (POs) PG
After completion of the programme the Post graduate will:
- Acquire in-depth theoretical and technical competence in Biotechnology discipline (PEO 01)
- Fit to perform as a successful professional in various career options (PEO 01)
- Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute safely a series of experiments in a scientific way, required for further research at a higher level (PEO 01)
- Able to identify problems related to agriculture, health and industries and to analyze and derive valid conclusions with fundamental knowledge in biotechnology (PEO 02)
- Able to design solution to problems by applying suitable components and processes within the safety constraints for environmental & societal needs (PEO 02)
- Acquire critical thinking skills to solve problems that can be modelled Biotechnologically (PEO 02)
- Ability to function as responsible citizen with ethical values, accountable to the society (PEO 04)
- Demonstrate the detailed knowledge of the major areas of life sciences including a wide range of factual information and experimentally observed phenomena. (PEO 01)
- Demonstrate professional Skill to handle sophisticated equipments used in biotechnology and to analyze the data (PEO 03)
- Ability to present biotechnological research results to a technically literate audience by means of an oral presentation, scientific poster or a written report. (PEO 03)
- Exhibit leadership qualities with ability to function effectively as an individual and in a team. (PEO 03)
- Able to integrate and appraise information/knowledge from a variety of sources throughout the life (PEO 05)
Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary field which helps society to deal with challenges that come from global climate change, food crisis and food security, pests and diseases control, prevention and cure of diseases and much more. Graduate degree in Biotechnology is providing ample opportunities for those who want to explore the new and modern frontiers of science. The applications of Biotechnology are enormous as it caters to various industrial sectors like food, textiles, pharmaceutical, agriculture, animal husbandry and many more.
Having a strong foothold globally, biotechnology as a career option is immense as we live in exciting era where there are amazing discoveries, new applications and innovative products on the market every day. After completing their graduation, Biotechnology graduates can qualify various national level entrance examinations conducted by Universities and institutes like JNU/NITs/IITs/TIFR etc. to pursue a postgraduate degree in Biotechnology from any institute of national and international repute in India as well as abroad.
Biotechnologists play a vital role in the continuous search to find new, sustainable solutions to the global challenges. They can work in various work environments like industrial sector, environmental sector, medical sector, food manufacturing, health-care and pharmaceuticals and academics. Professionals in this field can develop their expertise in one or more subfields like genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics.
Entry-level biotechnologist or candidates with a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology can work as Research/Lab technicians. They help out teachers and scientific professionals to conduct and monitor experiments and may also record data and prepare reports.
Postgraduates in Biotechnology can qualify the examinations like NET(National Eligibility Tests)/SET(State Eligibility Tests)/GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)conducted by various agencies like CSIR, UGC, ICMR, ICAR, IITetc to pursue a successful research and teaching career at any University, College, School or institute.
As far as industries are concerned, major recruiters for Biotechnology graduates include industries engaged in processing and developing agricultural and biological products, bio-processing industries, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceuticals and chemical industries. There are ample opportunities in industries producing healthcare products, textile industry, cosmetics and organizations engaged in different types of industrial research and development.
Scope of M.Sc. (Chemistry) Program
After doing M.Sc. (Chemistry), one can opt for either further studies or take up various jobs and also take up internships as research assistants (JRF/SRF) to prepare for industrial demands.
Some of the most relevant further education programs after M.Sc. (Chemistry) includes:
- M. Phil.
Other than listed opportunities, one can always opt for civil service and other government sector employment exams after successful completion of B.Sc. (Chemistry) program.
In recent times, due to favourable governmental initiatives, opting for a start-up can be an excellent choice for graduates of B.Sc. (Chemistry) program.
42 PG Students Pass NPTEL/Online MOOC Courses
Prakash, V.N., Jadeja, V.J. 2018 Identification and characterization of miRNA transcriptome in Jatropha curcas by high-throughput sequencing. Plant Gene, 15: 44-50.
Singh A. K., Joshi P. 2018. Operation Green: Building a Better World for the Indian Farmers. (Accepted in Kurukshetra: A journal of rural Development published by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India; ISSN No. 0023-5660.
Singh, A., Singh, A.K. 2018. Isolation, characterization and exploring biotechnological potential of halophilic archaea from salterns of western India. 3 Biotech 8(1):45. doi: 10.1007/s13205-017-1072-3. ISSN: 2190-5738 (electronic version)
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Ranjan, R., Jadeja, V. 2017. Isolation, characterization and chromatography based purification of antibacterial compound isolated from rare endophytic actinomycetes Micrococcus yunnanensis. Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis. 7: 343-347. ISSN No. 2095-1779.
Kumar, R.R., & Jadeja, V.J. (2017). Optimization for Enhanced Production of Antibacterial Metabolites by Marine Actinomycetes Kocuria sp. strain rsk4. Current Trends in Biotechnology and Pharmacy. 11 (3) 300-308. Print ISSN: 0973-8916. Online ISSN: 2230-7303.
Chauhan, U., Singh. A.K., Godani, D., Handa, S., Gupta, P.S., Patel, S., Joshi, P. 2016. Some natural extracts from plants as low-cost alternatives for synthetic PGRs in rose micropropagation. Journal of Applied Horticulture (Accepted) ISSN: 0972-1045.
Ghadia, B., Singh, A.K., Khatnani, T., Hirpara, M., Patel, S. Joshi P. 2016. An improved method of DNA purification from secondary metabolites rich medicinal plants using certain chaotropic agents. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 38: 207. ISSN: 0137-5881 (Print) 1861-1664 (Online) doi:10.1007/s11738-016-2223-6.
Singh, A.K., Tala, T., Tanna, M., Nirmal, D., Joshi P. 2016. Effect of exogenous supply of salicylic acid on in vitro growth and development of rose micropropagules. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research. 7(6): 12034-12039. ISSN No. 0976-3031
Singh, A.K., Tala, T., Tanna, M., Patel, H., Sudra, P., Mungra, D., Nirmal, D., Khatnani, T, Joshi P. 2016. Exogenous supply of salicylic acid results into better growth of banana propagules under in vitro conditions. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research. 7(3): 9488-9493. ISSN No. 0976-3031
Singh, A.K., Singh, A., Joshi, P., 2016. Combined application of chitinolytic bacterium Paenibacillus sp. D1 with low doses of chemical pesticides for better control of Helicoverpa armigera. International Journal of Pest Management. 62 (3): 222-227. IF: 0.96. ISSN No. 0967-0874 (Print), 1366-5863 (Online)
Ravi, R. K., Jadeja, V. J. (2016). Endophytic Actinomycetes: A Novel Antibiotic Source. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. 5(8): 164-175.
Patadia, A., Dave, B.P. 2016. Isolation, Screening and Quantification of Poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) from extreme halophilic Archaea. International Journal of Scientific Research, 5(2): 92-96.
Patel, A.H., Mehta, G. J., Shah, S., Bhandari, P. 2015. Overexpression of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone in Mesorhizobium loti for Mineral Phosphate Solubilization. Ecology Environment & Conservation, 21, S233-S236 (2015)
Sherathiya, H. M., Jadeja, V. J., Malviya, B. J., Mehta, G. J. 2015. Isolation and Characterization of Anti Pathogenic Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria from Cotton Rhizosphere. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, 9(2) : 1641-1649.
Sherathiya, H. M., Jadeja, V. J., Mehta, G. J., Malviya, B. J. 2015. Isolation of Antipathogenic Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria and their Characterization for Plant Growth Promoting Activities. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, 9(3): 2347-2359.
Kumar, R.R., Vasantba, J., Bhoomi, M., Bonisha, T., Bhumika, C. 2015. Antibacterial Potentials of Actinomycetes Isolated from Gujarat. International Journal of Pharma Science Review and Research, 30: 78-83.
Kumar, R.R., Patel, P. 2015. Isolation and Characterization of hydrolytic enzyme producing halophilic bacteria Salinicoccusroseus from Okha. International Journal of Microbiology Research, 7(2): 616-622.
Bhatt, S., Dholakia, P.R., Sorathia, D.K., Solanki, K.J., Dabhi, N.K., Dedakiya, S.K. 2015. Isolation & Biochemical Characterization of Halotolerant Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria. The International Journal Of Science &Technoledge, 3: 166-176.
Patadiya, A., Mehta, H., Lungariya, A. 2015. Isolation and Screening of moderate halophiles for Industrially Important Hydrolytic Enzymes. The International Journal of Science and Technoledge 3, 317 – 325.
Patadia, A., Dave, B.P. 2015. Analysis of physico-chemical parameters of salt pans at Newport and Nari situated around Bhavnagar Coast. Journal of Ecobiotechnology 7, 1 – 9
Mehta, G.K. Nidhi, B., Tasnim, T., Vidhi, P., Vasantba, J. 2014. Isolation and screening of biosurfactant producing bacteria from environmental soil samples of Rajkot region. Trends in Biosciences, 8: 567-574.
Kumar, R.R., Kansagara, P. 2014. Physico chemical and microbial analysis of drinking water in Rajkot district, Gujarat (India). International Journal of Environmental Sciences, 30: 78-83.
Faldu, N., Patel, S., Vishwakarma, N.P., Singh, A.K. 2014. Genetic Diversity of Marine and Fresh Water Cyanobacteria from the Gujarat State of India. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology 5: 1061-1066.
Dave, B.P., Soni, A. 2013. Diversity of halophilic Archaea at salt pans around Bhavnagar Coast, Gujarat. Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, India Section B: Biological Sciences. 83, 225 – 232.
Vishwakarma, N.P., Jadeja, V.J. 2013. Identification of miRNA encoded by Jatrophacurcas from EST and GSS. Plant Signaling and Behavior 8; e23152
Basu, B., Mehta, G.K. 2013. Carbon Nanotubes: A Promising tool in drug delivery. International Journal of Pharma and Bio sciences, 5: 533-555.
Patel, S., Patel, N.K. Candidate gene mapping: approach, methods and significance. American Journal of Research Communication, 1, 199-204.
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|1.||Summer School on “Techniques in Molecular Biology”|
|2.||Summer School on Biochemical Calculations Measuring Biodiversity Microbial Food testing Antimicrobial Effectiveness on various Antiseptics|
|3.||Seminar on Attitude of Students Towards Life|
|4||National Level Symposium “ATMIYA Scitech Utsav 2014” National Level Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Biological Sciences”|
|5||GSBTM Crash Workshop on Preparation of M.Sc Biotechnology & Applied Subject|
|6||Workshop on Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology|