Department of Biotechnology


The Department of Biotechnology was established in August, 1994 with the introduction of vocational course of Biotechnology at undergraduate level. Presently the department is running Ph.D. (Biotechnology), M.Sc. (Biotechnology), B.Sc. (Honours) Biotechnology, and B.Sc. with Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. With its creative, interdisciplinary and research oriented approach in various programmes, this Department is providing the students broader and deeper perspectives in academics and research. In 2007, GGDSD College was selected as a “College with Potential for Excellence” and “Biosciences” as STAR Department by UGC, New Delhi. The Department of Science and Technology has recognized the strength of the College’s Science programmes by selecting it under “Star College in Life Science” Scheme of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi in 2009. The Department has been sanctioned with “DBT-BUILDER-GGDSD College Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advance Research and Education (Level I)”. The college has been sanctioned with DBT Skill Vigyan Program to provide Student training (Food microbiology) and Technician training program.
The Department has developed excellent training facility and provides short term training and research project programme for external students. A number of students from other institutes have successfully completed summer training/short term research project. The department has a faculty of highly qualified teachers, who are working in thrust areas of biotechnology. To update the knowledge of faculty and students, every year a number of workshops/ seminars/ popular lectures/ scientific quiz & co-curricular activities are organized by the department

Course offered
Courses Offered Duration Seats Academic Qualification Mode of admission
Ph.D. As per Panjab University Rule 05 As per Panjab University Guidelines UGC/CSIR NET,GATE or National Level Entrance Test for Ph.D.
M.Sc. (Biotechnology) 2 years (Semester System) 40 A Bachelor’s degree in Physical, Biological, Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Veterinary or Fishery Sciences or in Engineering/ Technology, Home Science, Medicine (MBBS) with at least 55% marks Entrance Test PU-C.E.T(P.G.)+Merit(50% weightage to entrance 50% weightage to qualifying exam)
B.Sc. (Honours) Biotechnology 3 years (Semester System)* 30 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology /mathematics Based on merit of PCB/PCM
B.Sc. with Biotechnology 3 years (Semester System)* 30 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology Based on merit of PCB/PCM
B.Sc. with Industrial Microbiology 3 years (Semester System)* 30 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology Based on merit
#B.VOC(FOOD PROCESSING) 3 years 50 Passed the +2 Examination(any stream) under 10+2+3 system of education of a recognized university/Board/Council or any other examination recognized by the Panjab University Based on merit

#This programme provides options of multiple exit points i.e. after Diploma and Advanced Diploma.


We have one of the largest group of biological scientists/teachers with a portfolio of research and teaching expertise that competes with the best institutions nationwide. The range of options and opportunities available at SDCC is difficult to beat. We cover areas from Human Health, Environment, Agricultural & Microbial Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Name & Email No. of Publications with ISSN number No. of Books with ISBN number Oral/
poster present-
Workshop attended Refresher/
Orientation courses /FDP attended
Area of Specialization
Dr. Navneet Batra
41 09 16 60 18



Metagenomics & Industrial Enzymology
Dr. Samriti Dhawan
11 08 15 55 15

1 OC

Genetic Engineering & Enzymology
Dr. Ashima Pathak
36 4 17 38 11

1 OC
1 RC


Radiation Biophysics
Dr. Neetu Thakur
25 03 15 27 11 1 OC
2 RC
Plant Tissue Culture and molecular biology
Dr. Shivani Ghai
07 02 05 23 04 3 FDP Microbial Bioremediation and Nanotechnology
Dr. Avneet Kaur
24 02 26 32 15 07 FDP Molecular Genetics
Ms. Sonu Bhatia
15 05 04 29 25 08 FDP Microbial diversity, Intellectual Property Rights
Mr. Abhinashi Singh
04 06 02 23 25 4 FDP Nanobiotechnology
Ms. Akriti Srivastav
Ms. Priya Seth
01 Food Technology
Ms Kangan khanna
Food Technology
Research facilities available

In keeping with the growing impetus on research, the department is inclined towards encouraging the research projects. The faculty members of the department have been sanctioned minor and major research projects from the agencies like UGC, New Delhi; DST, New Delhi, DST, Chandigarh; HSCST, Chandigarh etc

List of Ongoing/Completed Research Projects By the Faculty
Name of the PI/ Co-PI Title of the Project Duration Funding Agency
Dr. Ashima Pathak
Molecular action of Zinc on glucose transporter in liver of diabetic rats 03 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. Navneet Batra
Studies of Natural Microbial Communities of the Hot water springs 03 years DST, New Delhi
Dr. Neetu Thakur
Studies on genetic stability &invitro consumption of Tinosporacordifolia 03 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. Navneet Batra
Study of microbial diversity of the various springs of HP using 23Srna approach 03 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. NavneetBatra
Molecular Phylogenetic Exploration of Bacterial Diversity in Hot spring (Sohna) of Haryana 02 years HSCST, Chandigarh
Dr. NavneetBatra
Culture Dependent 23sRNA approach to study the Bacterial Asparaginase associated with Suhna Lake) for treatment of Leukemia 01 Year DST, Chandigarh
Mrs. Samriti Dhawan
Isolation, Screening, Production and Application of β-mannanase producing bacteria from soil 02 years UGC, New Delhi
Mr. Arvind Behal
Screening of Lactic Acid Bacteria isolated from Dairy Products for food Production and Preservation 02 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. NavneetBatra
Co- PI
Isolation, characterization of poly beta hydroxyl butyrate (PHB), biodegradable plastics by a microorganism isolated from soil 2 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. NavneetBatra
Co- PI
Application of Bioinformatics in Detecting Molecular Evolution and Phylogeny of Snake Venom Protein of Indian Venomous Species 02 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. Samriti Dhawan
Microbial and biochemical studies of different Waters including sewage water containing Industrial Effluent) in and around Chandigarh with the Focus on Plant Growth.” 02 years DST, Chandigarh
Dr. NavneetBatra
Isolation, characterization and application of various isozymes of β-galactosidase from Bacillus coagulans RCS3 02 years UGC, New Delhi

Laboratory Facility:
The department has impressive class rooms and well equipped spacious laboratories. The high tech labs are built as per required specifications enabling the students to benefit from a superior learning environment. The department has general laboratories (3), Culture Room (1), Fermenter laboratory (1) and Food Processing and Preservation Laboratory (1). In addition, the department has Research Facility with three state -of- art Laboratories and One Instrument Room for sophisticated instruments. A seminar room fitted with audio-visual facility is also there to have more interactive class room sessions. One store room having stock of consumables is attached with the department.

Equipments available:
Most of our laboratories are equipped with latest Instruments and facilities making them the envy of universities and organizations in the region. We have modern well-equipped laboratories with all the latest equipments. These include:

  • Thermal Cyclers
  • Gel Documentation System
  • Photomicroscopes
  • Fluorescent Microscope
  • High Speed Cooling Centrifuge
  • UV-visible spectrophotometers
  • In situ fermenter (5 litres)
  • -80oC freezer
  • -40oC freezer
  • -20oC freezers
  • Cold room Facility
  • Laminar Flow cabinets
  • Incubator Shakers
  • Water bath shakers
  • Cell disruptor ( FastPrep System)
  • Ice machine
  • Electrophoresis systems
  • Co2 incubator
  • Water purification system
  • Tissue culture racks
  • Growth chambers
  • ELISA reader
  • Blotting instruments
  • Cross flow filtration system
  • Sonicator
  • Homogenizer
  • Fume hood
  • Filtration assembly
  • Triple distillation apparatus
  • Trans-illuminators
  • Hybridization chamber
  • BOD/COD system
  • Gel rockers
  • Dry Bath

In addition, a number of minor equipments including autoclaves, ovens, incubators, water baths, weighing balances, microwaves, vortexes, colony counters, hot plates,colorimeters, magnetic stirrers, pH meters, refrigerators, centrifuges, compound microscopes are there in different laboratories.

The Department is also havingwell equipped computer facility with 24 hour broadband Internet. The Department of Biotechnology is getting software resources including Accery’s GCG Package with 300 GB database, Gaussian 9W with Gauss View, Hyper Chem 8.0, Exome ED,PAUP 4. 0,MiniTab 10 statistical analysis package and SPSS from bioinformatics and Statistics Department. Besides that central computing facilities are also available in the Advanced IT Block as well as Network Resource Centre within the campus itself for students and staff, so that they can access and browse through the latest Literature

Library facilities :

Department of Biotechnology purchases new books every year as per requirement of faculty and students. Till date, there are 2900 books in the main library in the field of biotechnology and 9834 allied sciences. A number of journals including Current Science, Indian J of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Indian J of Biotechnology, Journal of Intellectual Property, Journal of Science Education, Journal of Scientific & Industrial research, Journal of Parasitic diseases, PU Research Journal (Science), Journal of Biosciences, Indian J of Pharmaceutical Sciences etc. In addition the college has access of nearly 163 journals in Biological sciences through INFLIBNET services.

  • Distinguished lecture on Innovative Make in India Medical Devices for Health Care on 27th September 2022.
  • Immobilization of enzymes and Whole cell immobilization on 17th November 2022.
  • Guest lecture on Issues related to Biosafety on 11th February 2023.
  • Interactive session on Career Prospects in Biotechnology on 14th February 2023.
  • Guest lecture on Enzyme nomenclature and Pre-steady state kinetics on 14th February 2023.
  • Hands-on workshop on Importance of Patents and Patent Filing on 21st February 2023.
  • Visit to CSIR-IMTECH on 17th November 2022.
  • Visit to Animal cell culture facility, Dept. of Zoology, Panjab University on 18th November 2022.
  • Visit to Centre for Nuclear Medicine, Panjab University, Chandigarh on 7th February 2023.

  • Distinguished lecture on The Life Of A Protozoal Invader: What We Learn From Its Successes And Failures” on 24th May 2021.
  • Distinguished lecture on Eye Ailments and Covid on 31st May 2021.
  • Distinguished lecture on PGIMER in COVID-19, 1st June 2021.
  • Virtual Tour Merck High End skill development centre, IMTECH on 2nd June 2021.
  • Distinguished Lecture on Innovation, A Key Driver To Rejuvenate The Environment, 5th June 2021.
  • Declamation Competition, 8th June 2021.
  • Distinguished lecture on Covid-19 and Comorbidities on 17th June 2021.
  • Lecture on Physiotherapy in Post Covid-19 Management on 21st June 2021.
  • Webinar on Beginning of Chemistry in Early Universe on 6th September 2021.
  • Webinar on “Product and Process Innovations around Amyloid research ” on 18th September 2021.
  • Webinar on India COVID Vaccine journey on 18th October 2021.
  • Visit to Merck High End skill development centre, IMTECH on 28th October 2021.
  • Visit to Merck High End skill development centre, IMTECH on 8th March 2022.
  • Hands On workshop on Tools and Techniques in Biotechnology, 11- 16th March 2022.

  • Webinar on “Creativity and Intellectual Property: Creating a seamless linkage” on 4th June 2020
  • Webinar on Combating Covid-19 using Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 25th June 2020.
  • Workshop on Biorisk Management: Appropriate use of Personal protective equipments for good lab work practices on 29th June 2020.
  • Webinar on “Patents in Biotechnology” on 20th October 2020
  • Webinar on “Covid-19: Transformation of Life Systems” on 7th December 2020.
  • Special Lecture series 2020-21on 19th December 2020.
  • Session on “Concept of Start-up and Entrepreneurship” on 8th January 2021.
  • Webinar on Commercialization of Research and Intellectual Property Rights and Identifying Intellectual Property Components at early stage of innovation on 16th January 2021.
  • Interactive Session on Molecular Biology: Tools, Engage, Experience, Advance on 29 January 2021.
  • “Contributions and Expectations from emerging technologies for the welfare of society in the contemporary world” on 7th February 2021.
  • Special Lecture series 2020-21on 19th December 2021.
  • Interactive Session on Molecular Biology: Tools, Engage, Experience, Advance on 29 January 2021.

  • Lecture on Intellectual property Rights on September 23, 2019.
  • Special Lecture on Science Communication on 25th September 2019
  • Motivational Talk on stress management on 27th September 2019
  • Special talk on Intellectual property rights in Biotechnology on 28th September 2019
  • One day workshop on Patent searching on 28 September, 2019
  • Workshop on Fermentation Biotechnology on November 15-16, 2019.
  • Hands on workshop for Imaging System ChemiDoc, GE Healthcare (for faculty and students) on 28th Jan 2020
  • Talk on Innovative activities in Biotechnology on 28th January, 2020.
  • Invited lecture on Purine degrading enzymes on 28th January 2020
  • Talk on miRNAs in Cell Differentiation on 3rd Feb 2020.
  • Lecture series on Basic concepts of Enzymology and applications between 3rd to 18th Feb 2020
  • National Symposium on ‘Biotechnology: Trends and Innovations’ from 7th Feb 2020 to 8th Feb 2020.
  • Workshop on Basic plant tissue culture techniques on 20th Feb 2020
  • Workshop on Biorisk Management: Use of Personal protective equipments for good lab work practices to be organized on 27th-28th March 2020, (Rescheduled as webinar lecture on 29th June 2020).

  • Interactive session and visit of Kendriya Vidyalaya sangathan on 8th August 2018
  • Visit to Wastewater treatment Plant, 3BRD Chandigarh on 18 Sept 2018
  • Lecture cum Demonstrative workshop on Fermentation Technology on 19 Sept 2018
  • Research Skill Development Programme was organized in GGDSD College on 22 Sept 2018
  • Lecture series on Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights 29th-30th March 2019

  • Lecture on Self Employment opportunities by MSME Development Institute, Govt. of India on 22nd August 2017
  • Visit to Centre for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering of Panjab University Chandigarh on 10th November, 2017
  • Three day Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp organized by Biovision Club, Dept. of Biotechnology, GGDSD College in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Mohali from 16th to 18th January, 2018.
  • Visit to Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Mohali on 18th January 2018.
  • Visit to NDRI, Karnal on 26th Feb 2018

  • Organized a Faculty Development Programme in collaboration with AMI Chd Unit 8 th September 2016
  • Invited talk on the topic Biosciences and Career Prospectives under Biovision Club 25 th October 2016
  • Visit to Centre for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering on 21 st and 22 nd October 2016
  • Invited talk on the topic Personalized Medicine: Role of Translational Bioinformatics on 7 th November 2016
  • Lecture series cum demonstrative workshop on Fermentation Technology on 11 th November 2016
  • Visit to Dr. Y S Parmar University, Solan, HP on 30 th March 2017
  • Visit to Punjab Agro Juices Ltd, Hoshiarpur, Punjab on 6 th April 2017
  • Visit to National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal on 10 th April 2017

  • Organized a 3-week workshop on “Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics” from June 08-29, 2015. This was a collaborative venture between Florida A&M University, USA and GGD SD College, India
  • Visit to Verka Milk Plant 18 th September 2015
  • Visit to Mother Dairy, Delhi on 19 th September 2015
  • Special lecture Series cum demonstrative workshop on ‘Fermentation Technology’ 29 th September 2015
  • 5th Workshop on Fermentation Process “From Petri Plate to Bioreactor” (December 20-31, 2015)
  • Visit to CRI, Kasauli on 12 th February 2016

  • Organized a 3-week workshop on “Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics” from June 09-30th, 2014. This was a collaborative venture between Florida A&M University, USA and GGD SD College, India
  • Demonstration of Flow cytometer was organized on Sep. 11th 2014.
  • Visit to Agro dutch was organized on Sep.16, 2014.
  • Special lecture Series (October27 to November 10th, 2014)
  • International Workshop on Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics”( 9-30thJune, 2014)
  • Visit to Centre for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering, Panjab University on 7th November 2014
  • Visit to HPMC and Dr. Y.S. Parmar University, H.P. on 17th November 2014
  • Visit to Markfed Canneries, Jalandhar, Punjab 21th November 2014
  • Visit to Biophysics and Central instrumental facility of Panjab University on 25th November 2014
  • Visit to BERPDC facility, CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh on 26th November 2014
  • COSMID 2015 – Inter College Competition in Biosciences (February11, 2015)
  • Educational visit to NDRI, Karnal on 21st February 2015
  • Seminar on “A Global outlook on Biotech & Pharma patents” (February 24, 2015)
  • Special lecture Series on “Trends in Biotechnology” (October 1-4 , 2013)
  • Special session on “Opportunities for Bioscience Students in France”(5 th October, 2013)
  • DBT sponsored Workshop “Patents: Empowering Biotech Industry”- (November 15-16 , 2013)
  • DBT sponsored 4th Workshop on Fermentation Process “From Petri Plate to Bioreactor” (January 6-15, 2014)
  • Talk on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities” (January 21, 2014)
  • Educational visit to TBI, South Campus, D.U. New Delhi in March 2015
  • DBT sponsored 3rd Workshop on Fermentation Process “From Petri Plate To Bioreactor” December 18 – 31 , 2012
  • Workshop on ‘Role of E-Resources in Scientific Research’ February 20-21, 2013
  • Visit to NDRI, Karnal
  • Visit to Kalpna Chawla Planetarium, Kurukshetra
  • DBT sponsored 2nd Workshop on Fermentation Process “From Petri Plate To Bioreactor” December 14th-28th, 2011
  • National Symposium on “Biotechnology: Research & Development” One day February 4th, 2012)
  • Visit to IMTECH, Chandigarh
  • Visit to Dr. Y.S. Parmar University, Solan
  • Visit to Panorma Science City, Kurukshetra
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