University offering the Biotechnology courses


1. Banaras Hindu University, School of Biotechnology


The School of Biotechnology was established in 1986 with the financial support from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. At present Institute of Medical Sciences and Institute of Technology, BHU and other Universities & research institutions are actively participating in the school's multidisciplinary teaching programme.
M.Sc (Biotechnology) programme at BHU runs on a semester system consisting of four semesters. The School offers courses in Cell Biology & Virology, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Animal Cell Culture, Plant Tissue Culture, Computer Applications, statistics, Bioinformatics & Bio statistics Engineering, Immunology, Enzymology and Enzyme Technology, Bioprocess Engineering and Technology and Environmental Biotechnology. A research project forms an integral part of the M.Sc. (IVth Semester) curriculum.
The School is currently pursuing research programmes in the following areas:

  • Plant Tissue Culture and Plant Biotechnology
  • Cellular and Molecular Immunology and Tumor Immunology
  • Molecular Microbiology with emphasis on N2 fixation
  • Genetics of plant-bacterium association
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Enzymology and Enzyme Technology


2. University of Pune, Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology, University of Pune (University with potential for excellence) established in 1994 offers a two year M.Sc. Biotechnology Course fully supported by the Department of Biotechnology(DBT), Government of India. It also offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology and related areas. This department since its inception emphasizes on appointing and inculcating meritorious faculty in various specialised branches in Biotechnology. This Department is also involved in developing various national programmes in Biotechnology. 
These major areas are:

  • Cell Molecular Biology,
  • Proteomics and Bioremediation,
  • Plant Biotechnology.



3. University of Hyderabad, Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics


The Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics was founded in 2008 with a vision to be recognized as an academic department of international reputation and to offer cutting edge, interdisciplinary and most-sought after courses in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.


4. Jamia Millia Islamia University, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi
Department of Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia was established in the year 2008 in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Department offers graduate and masters on semester system pattern and Ph.D. degrees in biotechnology as per recent UGC norms. Prior to it, from the year 2001-2007, courses at the level of Graduate (B.Sc. Biotechnology ) and Masters (M.Sc. Biotechnology) were running in the Department of Biosciences of the same university. The Department of Biotechnology is approaching biotech industries not only to collaborate for product oriented research but also for the placement of the students. Innovative and effective teaching methods are also being adopted.


5. Punjab university, Department of Biotechnology

The Department came into existence as Centre in 1989. In 1994 after obtaining financial aid from UGC and DBT, Govt. of India, it was upgraded upto the level of full-fledged Department. Since 1996 the faculty has been awarded several research projects by DBT, DST, UGC, CSIR & ICMR and has produced several Ph.Ds. The Department has many MoU/Research Interactions with Imtech (Chd.), CSIO (Chd.), PGI (Chd.), ICGEB (Delhi), IHBT (Palampur), RRL (Jammu), NDRI (Karnal), NBGAR (Karnal) and pharmaceutical industry. The Department first in North India to start B.Sc. (Hons. School) course in Biotechnology


6. Jamia Hamdard University, Department of biotechnology, New Delhi

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1997. It offers two formal programmes of study; two year post-graduate course leading to M.Sc. in Biotechnology and doctoral research leading to Ph.D degree.
The major R & D activities include cloning and characterization of novel genes linked with tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and quality traits of medicinal and crop plants; authentication and standardization of crude components of herbal formulations; nano vehicle assisted gene delivery and expression in medicinal and crop plants. The thrust areas of centre also include improving the quality of medicinal crops through genetic engineering of metabolic pathways; in vivo and in vitro conservation of medicinal plants; proteomics of host-pathogen interactions; development of easy, rapid, sensitive, cost effective method for aflatoxigenic mould detection in the groundnut kernels and soil; and identification and quantification of aflatoxins in the food and feed.
Thematic area

  • Phytochemistry and Biochemistry of plant secondary metabolites.
  • Impact of environmental stress on secondary plant metabolites.
  • Metabolic engineering of secondary plant metabolites.
  • In vitro culture and micropropogation of medicinal plants for increasing the production of secondary metabolites.
  • Molecular and Proteomic approach in secondary plant metabolite research.
  • Molecular markers for conservation of medicinal plants


7. JNU, School of Biotechnology New Delhi    

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi was one of the first six Universities in India to initiate a Postgraduate teaching and research programme in the field of Biotechnology in 1985. Since 1985, it was running as the Special Centre for Biotechnology (CBT) under the joint sponsorship of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. To begin with, it was started to initiate Biotechnology education programme with an impetus to generate a workforce that could turn into a substantially trained pool to meet the country's demands. Considering the growth of Biotechnology at an international level, its applications in general spheres of life and the significant contributions made by the faculty of the Centre for Biotechnology, the Executive Council of JNU resolved to elevate the status of the Special Centre for Biotechnology to that of a School of Biotechnology (SBT) in 2006. Over the years, Biotechnology programme at JNU has established itself as a leading academic programme both from the teaching and research point of view. The faculty of the School is internationally recognized for their contribution to basic and applied aspects of Biotechnology research.


8. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Department of Biotechnology

Since the year 1990 the M.Sc. Biotechnology programme is supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology. The DBT also supports the Distributed Information Sub-Centre (DISC) attached to the Unit.

The University admits students to the M.Sc. Biotechnology course through an All India Entrance Test. The students are offered courses in various disciplines of modern biology, biotechnology, lab courses, project work and seminar lectures.

The existing infrastructure of the Unit offers facilities for research in the areas of Molecular Biology, Cellular Immunology/Immunochemistry, Membrane Biology/ Biotechnology, Enzyme Engineering, Structure and Function of Macromolecules and Drug Targeting.



9. Birsa Agricultural University, College of Biotechnology.

College of Biotechnology was established in the year 1999. Over the years, the College has established excellent facilities for research. Tissue Cultured Plantlets Production is a major activity of the College besides Post Graduate Programme in Biotechnology. The College has seven sections: Tissue Culture, Molecular Biology, Bio-chemistry, Microbiology, Embryo Transfer Technology, Fermentation Technology & Bioinformatics.


10. Anna University, Centre for Biotechnology

The Centre for Biotechnology was established in 1987 in Anna University with a financial support from Department of Biotechnology, Delhi, University Grants Commission, Delhi and Anna University with an objective:

  • To provide educational and training facilities in different areas of Biotechnology
  • To carry out fundamental research in the frontier areas of Biotechnology and
  • To promote research and consultancy activities in the development of various areas of Biotechnology.


11. University of Allahabad, Centre for biotechnology

The Centre of Biotechnology was established in 2000 under Institute of  Inter Disciplinary Studies (IIDS) of Allahabad University, supported by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. At present centre offer’s Masters programme (4 semester) in Biotechnology.
For Masters programme students are admitted through all India Combined Entrance Examination conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University every year. For D. Phil. programme University hold combined research entrance test (CRET) exam twice in a year and also provide a scholarship to the successful candidates.
Centre has well equipped laboratory dedicated for Master students and also has specific research laboratories for Cynobacterial research, Mashroom biotechnology, Protein folding and translational research (Stem cells biology, bacterial metagenomics and Nanotechnology).



12. Bharathidasan University, Department of Industrial Biotechnology, Tiruchirappalli

Department of Biotechnology was established in 1993. Since then, the Department is actively involved in teaching, research, and consultancy. It embraces topics from basic biology to structural biology, from genomics to genetic conservation, from pathogenicity to toxicology, from gene regulation to human growth factors & cell signaling and from environmental biology to animal & plant physiology and stem cell to regenerative medicine. 
Considering the wide openings and vast scope of Biotechnology in the international scientific community, recently in the academic year 2012 - 2013 the Dept. of Biotechnology was elevated to the level School of Biotechnology accommodating two Departments of which, Dept. of Industrial Biotechnology is one. The vision of the Department is to expand knowledge in Basic & Applied Science and Engineering & Technology. The Mission is to pursue career pathway in relevant Technology fields applicable to the Industries. Research in this department includes human, animal, plant, microbial, cell and molecular biology. Bioactive potentials, Immunomodulators, Molecular Biology, Immunodiagnostics, and Microbial Biotechnology are the areas in which research is going on in the Department. 


13. Maharaja Sayaji Rao University,  Department of microbiology and Biotechnology

The Microbiology Department was started in 1964, and since 1985-86, it also offers the M.Sc. Biotechnology Course in addition to the master's course in Microbiology. Biotechnology training programme was started with support from NBTB (DBT) and UGC and continues to be very popular, attracting programme among students from all over the country. The backbone of the department is the intellectual rigor provided by a dedicated faculty and students coming from all across the country.
The Department has a strong base in Microbial technology and the main focus of the program is on Genetics, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology, Immunology and other contemporary areas allied to Microbiology and Biotechnology.  Basic training is given in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and some aspects of Biophysics, Biostatistics, Environmental Biology.
The broad areas of research in which the department is engaged
Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
Bioprocess Engineering
Immunology, Biophysics


14. Department of Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

The Centre for Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (CPMB&B) is rechristened from the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology (CPMB) as per the Proc. No.R2/BM.158/VIII-2/2011/2011 dated 1.08.2011. This earmarks the widening of research priorities in the field of plant molecular biology and plant biotechnology at TNAU. Besides, emphasizing new goals and novel insights in the above fields including bioinformatics, CPMB&B is set to prioritize the existing research objectives and to translate the benefits of research for crop improvement.
Since the inception of CPMB there have been several research initiatives in major crops with multitude objectives but leading to one broader goal - Crop improvement. Set to achieve the goals, we believed in bringing together scientists from different disciplines such as plant breeding and genetics, crop physiology, plant pathology, agricultural entomology, microbiology, bioinformatics and chemistry.


15. Department of Biotechnology, University of Kashmir

DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India) funded establishment has since grown in stature to be recognized as one amongst top ten Biotechnology schools of the country for the quality of the faculty and the Infrastructure.
Department offers a comprehensive M.Sc Biotechnology Programme for 15 students every year, who come through an open competition among the students graduating in diverse areas of biology. The Programme is based on an elaborate curriculum aimed to develop and elaborate on concepts from basics in biotechnology to advanced fields like Signaling Biology, transcription Biology, Neurobiology, and Genetics etc.


16. Maduari Kamraj University, School of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) was established in November 2002 to contribute the fascinating and emerging area of biological sciences. It has both undergraduate (B.Tech.) and postgraduate (M.Tech. and Ph.D.) academic programmes. The Department is unique in North-Eastern India, imparting quality education and providing an excellent research environment through its ongoing programmes. It imparts training for students to make them competent, motivated engineers and scientists. The department has 30 faculty members from diverse streams and specializations. The major thrust of the department includes biochemical engineering, tissue engineering, plant biotechnology, nanobiotechnology, computational biology, cancer biology, infectious diseases and proteomics. The department has initiated efforts to establish advanced research laboratories in all the thrust areas. Apart from fundamental research, the department aims to meet the targeted demands to cater the requirements of biotechnology based industries.



17. Cochin University of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 1991 under Cochin University of Science & Technology, The mandate of the Department is to train human resources in Biotechnology and to cater to the needs of the nation in harnessing the vast biodiversity and to promote bioindustries, not only in the state of Kerala but also in the country.  The research activities of the Department are on areas in Microbiology, Molecular Neurobiology and Cell Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering and Plant Biotechnology.


18. Himachal Pradesh University, Department of Biotechnology

Department of Biotechnology at Himachal Pradesh University, Summer Hill, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) was established in the year 1995 with major funding from state Government and Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. The major objective(s) of the department are:

  1. Development of trained manpower in Biotechnology.
  2. Research & Development activities related to development of Himachal Pradesh.
  3. And to promote interaction between Biotechnology based industries and university.


19. Gulbarga University, Department of Biotechnology, Karnataka

The Dept of Biotechnology of Gulbarga University is the First Dept. has received funding from DBT Government of India, for strengthening M.Sc., Teaching Programme, and Students will be selected on the basis of JNU entrance examinations.


20. University of Mysore, Department of Applied Botany and Biotechnology

Department of Applied Botany and Biotechnology, University of Mysore is approved by UGC. The Department proved its potential as a premier training and research centre by attracting grants from various national funding agencies like UGC, ICAR, DBT, and DST, and international agencies like DANIDA, EEC etc. 


21. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research and education in Biotechnology at TNAU had its genesis through the university plan scheme "Creation of a new department of biotechnological research. Further in 1988 the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi sanctioned the "Postgraduate education and training programme leading to MSc in Agricultural Biotechnology" which gave a national colour to the biotechnology education at TNAU.


22. West Bengal University of Technology, Department of Biotechnology 

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 2003 with a view to develop a centre of excellence for education and research in biotechnology. In so doing, a four-semester AICTE-approved and DBT supported M.Tech. programme in Biotechnology was started with students qualifying in the All India level Combined Biotechnology Entrance Examination (CBEE) conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. It is pertinent to mention that WBUT and Annamalai University are the only two centers in the country in M.Tech Biotechnology supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. 
The main focus of the School of Biotechnology & Biological Sciences is education and training of students in various facets of frontier Science. The post B.Sc. integrated Ph.D courses in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Bioinformatics are the other important courses under this School.


23. Thapar University, Department of Biotechnology, Punjab


Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences at Thapar University, was founded as departmental academic unit in the year 2002, with the mission of defining and establishing a new discipline fusing biotechnology with environmental engineering. The goal of this discipline is to advance fundamental understanding of how biological systems operate and to develop effective biology-based technologies for applications across a wide spectrum of societal needs through research and education. The innovative educational programmes reflect this emphasis on integrating life sciences with a quantitative, systems-oriented engineering analysis and synthesis approach, offering opportunities at the undergraduate level (B Tech) and at the graduate level (M Sc & M Tech) for the doctoral programme (Ph D). Further, the department recently initiated UGC approved advanced post-graduate diploma in Plant Transgenic Technologies (PGD) for post-graduates in life sciences as well as engineering graduates in biotechnology or applied biology. 


24. Bangalore University, Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology

The M.Sc Course in Microbiology was introduced in Bangalore University in 1992, while the Department of Studies in Microbiology with an independent status was established in 1997. Since then, the Department has steadily grown. The department has initiated M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. Thereafter in 1998, the department received grants from the UGC to start M.Sc course in Biotechnology. Being the frontier field in science, the department spared no efforts to offer education and training in the field of Biotechnology in the best possible way. Currently the department is offering the M.Sc and Ph.D courses in both Microbiology and Biotechnology and is also coordinating the M.Sc course in Microbiology and Biotechnology being offered in about 64 affiliated colleges of Bangalore University.  

25. Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Department of Biotechnology


A Post-graduate Degree Programme in Agricultural Biotechnology, funded by the Department of biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, started functioning since February 1989.

Area of specialization
Broad : Agricultural Biotechnology
Specific : Plant Tissue Culture, Microbial Biotechnology, Plant Molecular Biology 
Thrust area                         
Information Dissemination in Biotechnology


26. Gujarat Agricultural University, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Gujarat


The department of Agricultural Biotechnology (- A Center of Excellence in Biotechnology) was established in the year 2002 during ninth five year plan under the erstwhile Gujarat Agricultural University (GAU) at Anand.  .

  • Center of Excellence on Agricultural Biotechnology and
  • Establishment of new department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

The plant biotechnology, research is focused on:

  • Genetic improvement through biotechnological interventions in: Cumin, isabgul, bajra, rice, cotton, durum wheat, pigeon pea & chick pea for :
    • Crop specific Biotic stresses
    • Abiotic stresses and
    • Quality traits
  • The plant tissue culture component of research, is focused on :
    • Development of micropropagation protocols in crops of regional importance
    • Exploitation of various in vitro techniques for genetic improvement of crops viz., cumin, rice, etc and
    • Development of regeneration protocols in different crops to support the transgenic development programs.


27. Kalasalingam University, Department of Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu

Department of Biotechnology, Kalasalingam University is the Department under Kalasalingam University. The Department offers Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Food Technology, Master of Technology in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Doctor of Philosophy course.