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Human Resource Development

The Department of Biotechnology is implementing an integrated programme of human resource development  in biotechnology    comprising of  postgraduate teaching programmes in biotechnology to create a  pool of talented  students  and  upgrading skills of  mid career scientists and faculty by specialized training   in leading national laboratories  and overseas laboratories . 



Postgraduate M.Sc./ M. Tech teaching programme
The post graduate  courses  were initiated in  1985  in six universities   in  close collaboration with University Grants Commission, ICAR and Department of Ocean Development.

Keeping in mind the demand for  trained manpower in specific areas  and regional  aspirations,  these programmes  have been expanded  in  over 70  universities in general, medical , agricultural  , marine , veterinary , industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology. The Department is also considering to initiate new programmes in food & nutrition, clinical pharmacology and product development, bio-instruments and biomedical standards, bioenterprise management and financing, regulatory affairs etc.

Details of ongoing teaching programmes:
• 35  M.Sc courses in general biotechnology  
• 13  M.Sc courses in agriculture biotechnology   
• 6    M.Tech courses in biochemical engineering, bio process technology and biotechnology 
• 3  M.Sc (3/2 years) courses in neurosciences     
• 2  M.Sc courses in marine biotechnology 
• 2  M.V.Sc courses in animal biotechnology  
• 2 Masters in  molecular and human genetics
• 1  M.Sc course in medical biotechnology  
• 1  M.Sc course in environmental  biotechnology    
• 1  M.Sc course in industrial biotechnology  
• 1  M.Tech in pharmaceutical biotechnology    
• 1 M.Tech. Marine Biotechnology
• 1 M.Sc. Plant Biotechnology 

PG diplomas (Post M.Sc. /M.D./MS/ M.Tech)
• 2 IPR Diploma
• 1 Medical biotechnology
• 1 Genetic Engineering and Bioprocess Development
• 1 Animal Biotechnology

To ensure uniform standard of teaching  ,  these teaching programmes are periodically reviewed by in-house advisory committees comprising of  outside experts from teaching institutions and industries ,  annual meetings of course coordinators of all participating universities as well as  joint DBT – UGC HRD task force.
Support to teaching programmes has helped in creation of  extremely talented 350 faculty members. The details of permanent core faculty and their area of specialization can be accessed  at

During the last 5 years ,  the faculty associated with the teaching programme from 34 universities have published 1719 papers in  high impact journals.

570 students have been awarded Ph.D. degrees in biotechnology related areas and 567 students are  enrolled for  Ph.D.  at present with the faculty  associated with Department supported teaching programmes in 50 universities.


Selection of students
To provide All–India representation, maintain uniformity and ensure selection of quality students, admission for M.Sc. general and marine biotechnology in 29 universities, M.Sc. Ag. in 8 universities, M.V.Sc. biotechnology in 3 universities and M.Tech in 2 universities are done  through Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by JNU at  53 centres all over the country and 2 overseas centres. Admission to other universities or IITs  is made through  joint entrance test conducted by IIT or  tests conducted by respective universities.

The courses are very popular and admission procedure is highly stringent as 22,365 students competed for 560 seats of M.Sc. and M.Tech.   through  JNU CET in 2006-07.

The students from all parts of the country appear in CET  and selected candidates  reflect true All India representation .

Model course curricula have been developed by Department of Biotechnology through a consultative process   to maintain uniformity and ensure minimum standard of education. The curriculum revision exercise is undertaken periodically to incorporate the latest developments and to rationalize the disparities in theoretical and practical training.  

Addition of  courses in new   areas like nano-biotechnology, stem cell , IPR, genomics and proteomics  and optional  course on  communication skills is being contemplated in the ongoing  curriculum revision exercise.

Placement analysis 
Placement of  students passing out is an important indicator of success of teaching  programme.  Large number of students  coming out of these programmes  qualify in  CSIR-UGC  National Entrance Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), DBT Biotechnology eligibility test (BET) for JRF.
Analysis of first placement of  about  1000  students  passed out during 1985 -1995 showed only 12% students opted for industry while similar analysis of 2000 students passed out during 2000-05 indicates a healthy trend of 17% students opting for industry. As expected, M.Sc. students opt for Ph.D. and  M.Tech students take up jobs in industries .

Biotech industrial training programme
To reduce the mismatch  between  requirement of industry and  students produced by university , the Department of Biotechnology is facilitating  industrial training  for six months to postgraduate students in leading biotech industries.   The Department is providing stipend to all  the selected  students and to attract more industries to offer this training, training fee of Rs. 50,000/- per student  has been introduced from  2007-08. The number of  applicants as well as candidates selected for training and the companies offering training under this programme has increased exponentially during the last 2 years.  Approximately,  30% of students   thus trained find permanent placement in the industry . The programme is being implemented through Biotech Consortium India Limited . 

Contact person:
Dr. Purnima Sharma)
Executive Director & CEO
Biotech Consortium India Limited
Anuvrat Bhawan, 5th Floor
210, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg
New Delhi - 110002
Tel.: ++91-11-23219062 (D), 23219064-67
Fax: ++91-11-23219063

Training programmes
Short term training courses for mid career scientists, faculty involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

The department has an ongoing  scheme for providing financial support for conducting  short term training courses for 12-16 participants for the duration of 2 – 4 weeks for upgrading skills of  mid career scientists and faculty involved in  undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 

DBT Junior Research Fellowship  (DBT- JRF) programme
DBT JRF programme has been started from the year 2004.  250 JRFs  are  selected through Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) conducted by University of Pune, Pune and  fellowships are provided for an initial period of 3 years which could  be extended upto five years.  Contingency grant of Rs.30,000/- per fellow per annum is also provided. Top ranking  100 students in merit are  given  option to join  any  institute of their choice in the country for pursuing Ph.D.  Option is given to  next 100 candidates in merit list  to join  DBT supported  PG teaching universities ( a maximum of two students per institute) . 

Contact person:
Prof. Jayanta Kumar Pal,
Department of Biotechnology,
University of Pune, Ganeshkhind
Pune-411007 (Maharashtra)
Ph. 020-25694952 (lab)
Email :

DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship (DBT- PDF) programme
The department initiated a programme for providing 100 PDF per year in 2001.  Fellowship of Rs. 11,000 per month in the first year and Rs. 11,500  per month from  2nd year and contingency grant of Rs. 50,000 per PDF per annum is provided . This fellowship can be extended upto 5 years  on merit /  progress on NIH pattern.  Selection of PDFs is done by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Contact person:
Prof. K. Muniyappa
Deptt. Of Biochemistry
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore – 560 012
Ph. 080-23600278 (Lab.) ,  080-22942472  (O)

Last Updated: 04th July, 2014






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