The Department of Biotechnology was established in the year 2002. The Department offers an undergraduate and postgraduate programme that is affiliated to the Anna University, Chennai and is accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), New Delhi and National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The institution is recognized by Department of scientific and industrial research (DSIR). The dignified department poses on its four pillars of potency – the Management, teachers, students their values and discipline that pave the way for a tough foundation, inculcating visionary ideas with friendship and concord in hard work. Fourteen batches of students have commendably succeeded from this reputed biotechnology department with flying colors and many were gold medal consignee of the Anna University. Our department serves as a benchmark to all the other departments in our institution.
Excellent education imparted by the skilled faculty members enable the students to outshine both in the academic as well as extra-curricular front. Right now, there are 18 teaching faculties and 2 non-teaching faculties in the department with expertise in various areas of biotechnology such as Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Environmental toxicology and occupational health hazards, Environmental Biotechnology, ethnobotany, Molecular biology, Immunotechnology, Biochemistry, Nanosciemce and Chemical engineering etc. Apart from surpassing in academic sphere, the faculty members are honing their research activities. The department is fully equipped with state of- art laboratories in Biochemistry, Bioorganic chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess and Downstream Processing areas. Over the yester years, faculty members have received grants from various national organizations accounting to more than Rs.1.0 crores under the DST Project, MODROB Scheme from AICTE and also under various cadres like DBT, DST, DIT, AICTE, ICMR, TNSCST etc. Faculties of the department are presenting research articles in various national and international conferences apart from publishing their original research articles in national and international journals of high impact factor.
Knowledge of the budding bio-techies is not constraint within the walls of the class, but it travels much beyond. The talented faculty members lend a hand to the students to discover and nurture their technical skills. Students are encouraged to participate in technical symposium, workshop, national and international conferences in which the techies make an eternal impression in all the events they take part by winning prizes and bring laurels to both the institution and the department. The competent bio-techies are motivated to inscribe research proposals in the under graduate level. A praiseworthy point to be cited in this context is that some of our students have obtained TNSCST student project grant.
The department strives to adopt effective learning process so as to meet the recent trends of science and technology and to carve the students as a skill-oriented biotechnologist in par with the national as well as international front. We feel proud to share that most of our students are well placed in reputed biotechnology firms with good packages, which by themselves speak of the march of the department towards quality education, research and sustainability in imparting knowledge in the fore front of biotechnology.
Our department has incepted M.Tech Biotechnology (PG Course) in the academic year 2012 onwards which includes various benefits such as easy sanction of grants, funds for research oriented projects; which in turn reinforces the creased numbers of in-house projects and publications.