School of Life Science

Department of Biotechnology

The department of biotechnology was set up in 2002. The Biotechnology Department has been funded by the DBT (Dept. of Biotechnology, Government of India) Star College scheme since 2014 and was elevated to Star Status grants in 2018. The department is also funded by the Govt of Karnataka Vision Group for Science and Technology (VGST) through the Centre of Innovation in Science, Engineering and Education (CISEE) Grant’s project to augment science teaching at undergraduate level. The department has also received research grants sanctioned to its teachers from the University Grants Commission (UGC). The department also collaborates with the Seattle University, a Jesuit University in USA, to conduct a joint course on biodiversity and environmental health, involving students and faculty of St. Joseph’s and Seattle University. The Centre for Biotechnological Research offers use of laboratory facilities to outside researchers at a nominal bench fee. The laboratory is well equipped to conduct research in microbial screening and identification, plant phytochemistry, plant tissue culture, molecular marker technology, Drosophila based assays and Bioinformatics. Laboratories are equipped with PCR, Gel documentation units, ice flakers units, biofermentor, live screening camera, LAF hoods, deep freezers, UV spectrometer, water and air quality parameter testing apparatus among others. The department has a robust curriculum with well-designed practical sessions to compliment theoretical concepts. The students are encouraged to conduct independent experiments which instill research/ inquiry acumen early in the learning process. The department has also recorded videos to assist in student learning. Industrial visits and projects reinforce learning. The department offers certificate courses in Plant Phytochemical analysis and Research Based Learning. In addition to conventional lectures methods, the department embraces alternative teaching- learning pedagogy such as project-based learning, computer assisted learning, experiential learning, research based learning and other ICT enabled technologies to enhance learning outcomes. The department conducts several conferences and workshops. Students participate in in-house activities as well as symposiums outside. Entrepreneurship, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics are integrated in the curriculum in addition to the allied subjects of Biotechnology. Course material is made available to weaker students. The department is committed to enhancing teacher- student interaction as these reinforce and better learning outcomes.

Vision

The Department aims to introduce students to the joys of learning science. To inspire students to enquire, imagine and excel in the same so as to equip them to integrate this learning into living.


Mission

he Department seeks to provide students with a wholesome education in Biotechnology, rooted in intense experimentall and evidential learning. The Department aims to inculcate in its students a strong sense of scientific enquiry which is supported by innovative teaching techniques, research based learning, active learning components, relevant and well-designed practical sessions and creative assignments. The Department also emphasizes on nurturing collaborative efforts with academic and industrial organizations that are involved in Biotechnology teaching and research, giving our students an opportunity to broaden their horizons and identify meaningful career paths.


Learning outcomes and pedagogy
The department has a robust curriculum with well-designed practical sessions to compliment and reinforce theoretical concepts. Students are encouraged to ideate and conduct independent experiments which instill research/ inquiry acumen early in the learning process. Well-designed practical classes give students training in practical skill sets involving microbiological techniques, DNA and protein based molecular biology techniques, plant tissue culture, bioinformatics, basic genetic engineering techniques, biofermentor technology and various techniques in cell biology. Students learn biostatistics using the software R. Medical, industrial, animal and plant biotechnology syllabi deal with classical as well as current advances in these fields and site visits give students a greater understanding of biotechnology- based industries. Entrepreneurship is also covered in the syllabus and students experience it at the mushroom cultivation unit that the department runs. All students undertake a short-term project during their undergraduate program which helps them acquire hands-on research skills. Following graduation, 60-70% of our students take up postgraduate programmes in various disciplines. A small percentage of the students who do opt for placements after their undergraduate degree are supported by the department and the placement office of the college. The department has a very strong alumni network that constantly engages with the various activities of the department, including providing career advice and internship options to our students


Dr. Madappa M.B

HOD

Dr. Debarati Chattopadhyay

Assistant Professor