Biotechnology

Department of Biotechnology

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

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 of Science & Technology, New Delhi has sanctioned college with “FIST Status” for strengthening of the Infrastructure and Research Programme in Sciences.

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. Under the training programmes organized for students from time to time, one candidate from USA under ‘The Doris Duke Conservation Fellows’ internship completed his two month project at the Research Facility in Department. 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 PU University Rule 05 As per PU 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.

FACULTY 

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-
ation
Conferences/
seminar
attended
Workshop attended Refresher/
Orientation courses /FDP attended
Area of Specialization
Dr. Navneet Batra
navneet05@gmail.com
navneetbatra@ggdsd.ac.in
29 05 11 41 12

1 OC
2RC

2FDP

Metagenomics & Industrial Enzymology
Dr. Samriti Dhawan
sdhawan_522@yahoo.com
3 1 9 37 9

1 OC
1RC
1 FDP

Genetic Engineering & Enzymology
Dr. Ashima Pathak
ashima.pathak@ggdsd.ac.in
16 1 7 37 11

1 OC
1 RC

3FDP

Radiation Biophysics
Dr. Neetu Thakur
neetu.th@gmail.com
11 1 6 25 7 1 OC
1 RC
 
Plant Tissue Culture and molecular biology
Dr. Neetu Sharma
neetusharma4@gmail.com
9 1 10 21 10 3 FDP Microbial Bioremediation
Dr. Avneet Kaur
avbawa@yahoo.co.in
07 20 28 6 4 FDP Molecular Genetics
Ms. Sonu Bhatia
sonuchd21@gmail.com
6 1 3 13 10 3 FDP Microbial diversity, Intellectual Property Rights
Mr. Abhinashi Singh
absodhi90@gmail.com
01 5 10 2 FDP Nanobiotechnology
Ms. Himanshu Sharma
himanshu_16molibio@yahoo.com
2 3 2 1 FDP Microbial
enzymology
Ms Sakshi Gupta
Sakshigupta.chd@gmail.com
2 7 2 Stem cell
biology and
developmental
biology
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
PI
Molecular action of Zinc on glucose transporter in liver of diabetic rats 03 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. Navneet Batra
PI
Studies of Natural Microbial Communities of the Hot water springs 03 years DST, New Delhi
Dr. Neetu Thakur
PI
Studies on genetic stability &invitro consumption of Tinosporacordifolia 03 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. Navneet Batra
PI
Study of microbial diversity of the various springs of HP using 23Srna approach 03 years UGC, New Delhi
Dr. NavneetBatra
PI
Molecular Phylogenetic Exploration of Bacterial Diversity in Hot spring (Sohna) of Haryana 02 years HSCST, Chandigarh
Dr. NavneetBatra
Co-PI
Culture Dependent 23sRNA approach to study the Bacterial Asparaginase associated with Suhna Lake) for treatment of Leukemia 01 Year DST, Chandigarh
Mrs. Samriti Dhawan
PI
Isolation, Screening, Production and Application of β-mannanase producing bacteria from soil 02 years UGC, New Delhi
Mr. Arvind Behal
PI
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
Mrs Samriti Dhawan
Co-PI
Microbial and biochemical studies of different Waters including sewage water containing Industrial Effluent) in and around Chandigarh with the Focus on Plant Growth.” 2 Year DST, Chandigarh
Dr. NavneetBatra
PI
Isolation, characterization and application of various isozymes of β-galactosidase from Bacillus coagulans RCS3 02 years UGC, New Delhi
INFRASTRUCTURE 

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
  • Insitu 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 15,726 books in the mail library in the field of biotechnology and 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.

 

Activities in session 2011-2012
  • 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
Activities in session 2012-2013
  • 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
Activities in session 2013-2014
  • Special lecture Series on “Trends in Biotechnology” (October 1-4 , 2013)
  • Special session on “Opportunities for Bioscience Students in France”(5th 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
Activities in session 2014-2015
  • 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)
Activities in session 2015-2016
  • 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 18th September 2015
  • Visit to Mother Dairy, Delhi on 19th September 2015
  • Special lecture Series cum demonstrative workshop on ‘Fermentation Technology’ 29th September 2015
  • 5th Workshop on Fermentation Process “From Petri Plate to Bioreactor” (December 20-31, 2015)
  • Visit to CRI, Kasauli on 12th February 2016
Activities in session 2016-2017
  • Organized a Faculty Development Programme in collaboration with AMI Chd Unit 8th September 2016
  • Invited talk on the topic Biosciences and Career Prospectives under Biovision Club 25th October 2016
  • Invited talk on the topic Personalized Medicine: Role of Translational Bioinformatics on 7th November 2016