Department of Biotechnology

The department of biotechnology was set up in 2002. The mission of the department is to introduce students to the joys of learning science by inspiring and instilling an attitude to explore, imagine, innovate, and excel in the seeking of knowledge.

The department has completed ten years of undergraduate Biotechnology education and has now been funded by DBT for STAR COLLEGE STATUS along with the departments of Botany and Chemistry. This scheme aims to strengthen undergraduate science education which is the foundation for career advancement and further learning. The department has initiated an industry mentor program with Curricooler, an innovative supplementary education platform for students. The mentor program with Curricooler enables students to connect with industry professionals while they undergo the course at St. Josephs College. A series of talks and industry interactions are organized by Curricooler in collaboration with the Department for the benefit of the students so that they can make informed career choices when they finish their course.

The center for biotechnological research offers the lab to researchers for research work at a nominal bench fee. The department also conducts a credit course in plant biotechnology. The department has three permanent staff; all faculty members have independent a UGC funded Minor research projects.

The Department laboratories are equipped with PCR , gel documentation units, ice flaker unit, Biofermentor, live screening camera, deep freezers, DNA sequencing units, Laminar air flow hoods, UV spectrophotometers, and Soxhlet apparatus. Mushroom cultivation unit, plant tissue culture unit and microbiology unit for high end research work have also been established. Compulsory industrial tours are implemented in the curriculum. The department has recorded few practical procedures demonstrated by our teachers as videos documentation to assist students. Lecture method and other interactive methods like project-based learning, computer-assisted learning, experiential learning, seminars and others are used by the teachers for various subjects. Students are also encouraged to take part in symposiums and workshops. The final year students undergo an Entrepreneurship course. Bioinformatics and allied training are part of the curriculum. Biostatistics is a compulsory paper.

Every attempt is made to enhance teacher-student interaction as students feel more comfortable to approach teachers with problems of any kind, academic or nonacademic. Freedom during practical classes is offered so that students are encouraged to carry out experiments independently. Course material is made available which will be useful especially for weaker students.

Head of the Department - Mr. Madappa M B

UG Syllabus