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PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology


ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology was established in 2006 in self finance mode   with the objective to provide outstanding Biotechnology education directed at enriching the quality of life in an emerging knowledge-based society. The faculty of the department is actively involved in research and has been awarded several research projects by DST (UT administration) and UGC. The faculty publishes research papers in national and international journals on regular basis. The Department offers undergraduate program in Biotechnology Honors and Biotechnology Elective and postgraduate programs in M. Sc. Biotechnology and M.Sc. Microbial Biotechnology. The department has well-furnished four experimental and two research laboratories for various undergraduate/postgraduate courses and also has facilities for carrying out fundamental research in the frontier areas of Biotechnology. In addition to this the department has a well-furnished fully air conditioned Instrument room.

The Department of Biotechnology is committed to the furtherance of the scientific temper and contributes to post-graduate level academic programs in Biotechnology with significant emphasis on laboratory work, emphasizing original, creative thinking and research. The department has developed extensive research facility and infrastructure to support the ongoing research and teaching initiatives. Most of the students of the department qualify UGC(NET)/CSIR entrance test and are admitted to Ph.D. programmes in prestigious research institutions in India. Some students of the Department also go abroad to pursue higher studies and some are working in reputed companies.

 

COURSES OFFERED

 Courses Offered 

 Duration 

 Seats 

 Academic Qualification

 Mode of admission

M.Sc.  Biotechnology

2Years

40

B.Sc Medical,

B.Sc Biotechnology

On the basis of the Entrance Test (OCET) conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Merit list to be determined by 50% weightage to entrance test and 50% to qualifying exam.

M.Sc. Microbial Biotechnology

2Years

40

B.Sc Medical,

B.Sc Biotechnology,

B.Sc Microbiology  or Graduation in Life Sciences

On the basis of the Entrance Test (OCET) conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Merit list to be determined by 50% weightage to entrance test and 50% to qualifying exam.

B.Sc. (Hons)

Biotechnology

3 Years

30

Candidate with science background (Medical or Non-Medical) at 10+2 level with a minimum of 50% marks (PCM/PCB)  from CBSE  or any other board recognized by PU Chandigarh

Admission is made on the basis of merit to be prepared from three science subjects (PCM/PCB).

Centralized counseling.

B.Sc. Biotechnology (Elective)

3 Years

35

Candidate with science background (Medical or Non-Medical) at 10+2 level with a minimum of 40% marks (PCM/PCB)  from CBSE  or any other board recognized by PU Chandigarh

Admission is made on the basis of merit to be prepared from three science subjects (PCM/PCB)..

Centralized counseling

 

INTER DISCIPLINARY COURSES

 B.Sc Biotechnology (Elective)

FACULTY

Teaching Staff

Name & Email

No. of Public
ations

No. of Books

Oral/
poster presen
tation

Conferences/
seminar Attended
Workshop Attended

Refresher/
Orientation courses attended/FDP/STTP

Area of Specialization

Dr Amit Joshi

amit.molbio@gmail.com

22

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07

2Refresher Course

1Orientation Course

Oncogenomics &

Pharmacogenomics

Dr Jasvinder Singh Bhatti 

jasvinderbhatti@yahoo.com

23

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14

18

1Refresher Course

1Orientation Course

1Winter School

Pharmacogenomics of Diabetes, Obesity and CAD

Pesticide Toxicity

Neurobiochemistry

Dr Satinder Kaur

kaursatinder@gmail.com

13

-

14

-

1 0rientation, 2- refresher, 1-FDP

Cancer genetics;

Food microbiology

Dr Sonia Chaman

soniachaman@yahoo.com

13

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Oral 2

Poster 21

Conferences 23,Workshops 8

Refresher 2

Orientation 1

FDP1

Genetics,

Environment and Medical Biotechnology

Dr Jyoti Dadwal

jrdadwal@gmail.com

5

Nil

Poster 15

Conferences: 21

Workshop :3

FDP 1

rDNA Technology, Environmental Biotechnology and Cell Biology

Var Ruchi

Sharma_varruchi@yahoo.co.in

01

Nil

01

02

FDP:E-skills empowerment of faculty.

Bioinformatics

Ms Damanjeet Kaur

Damanjeet36@yahoo.com

-

-

-

5

-

Microbial Biotechnology

Dr Kamaljit Kaur

Kamaljitk010@gmail.com

2

Nil

Oral 5

Conferences: 6

Workshop :5

FDP 1

Bayesian Estimation and Inference(Statistics)

Dr. Simranpreet Kaur

simmi44@gmail.com

2

Nil

 

Poster 6

Conferences: 4

Workshop: 3

FDP 1

Bioprocess Engineering, Fermentation Technology, Enzymology

Ms. Anju Bali

anjubali@ymail.com

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Microbiology

Ms Navdeep Sidhu

nsidhu540@yahoo.co.in

02

Nil

Oral -02; Poster-5

Conferences: 5

 

FDP-01

Fermentation & Microbial Technology

Dr Kuldeep Kaur

kkaaur7@gmail.com

08

NIL

-

05

-

Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Electrophysiology

 

 

Technical /Non Teaching Staff

Name

Qualification

Designation

Area of Specialization

Mrs Ramandeep Rani

M.Sc Biotechnology

SLA

Biotechnology

Mrs Poonam Sharma

D Pharmacy, BA

SLA

Pharmacy

Mr Prabhjot Singh

B.Tech

SLA

Technical Support

Mr Kapil Kaushik

M.Sc IT

Lab Technician

Technical Support

 

LIST OF ONGOING/COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS BY THE FACULTY

Name of the PI/ Co-PI

Title of the Project

Duration

Funding Agency

Cost

Dr. Amit Joshi

Association of Genetic Variations in DNA Repair Genes with Head and Neck Carcinogenesis in North Indian Population’

2009-2012

University Grants Commission

Rs.10,22,800

Dr Jasvinder Singh Bhatti 

Identification of susceptibility genes and other risk factors associated with high prevalence of type 2 diabetes in North Indian population

2011-14

University Grants Commission

Rs. 15,50,000

 

 Dr Sonia Chaman

Study of Biological diversity and Identification of Efficient Strains among microbial Isolates of dairy effluent

2011-14

University Grants Commission

Rs. 7,91,800

 

Dr Satinder Kaur

To detect the presence of

pathogenic strains of

E.coli in milk products

sold in Chandigarh

2011-13

Department of Science

and Technology,

Chandigarh Administration

Rs. 50,000/-

Dr Satinder Kaur

Evaluation of

microbiological safety of

street foods available in    Chandigarh

2014-2015

Department of Science

and Technology,

Chandigarh Administration

Rs. 70,000/-

Dr Jyoti Dadwal

Evaluation of sanitary-bacteriological water pollution of Sukhna Lake’

2012-13

Department of Science

and technology,

Chandigarh Administration

 

Rs 1,00,000/-

Dr. Satinder Kaur

Extraction and in-vitro evaluation of antitumor and antibacterial activity of bioactive constituents from local fruit waste of Chandigarh

2017-18

Department of science

and technology,

Chandigarh  Administration

Rs. 1,00,000/-

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

The department has well equipped laboratories fully equipped with the state-of-the-art facility for under and Post-graduate students. The Department has a central instrumentation room with the following instruments:

  1. Laminar Flow Chambers

  2. Incubators

  3. Water bath shakers

  4. Millipore water purification system

  5. UV-transilluminator

  6. Thermocycler

  7. Autoclaves

  8. CO2 incubator

  9. pH meter

  10. Electronic balance

  11. Microfuge

  12. High Speed Centrifuge

  13. Spectrophotometer

  14. Computers

  15. Inverted microscope

  16. Gel DOC

FACULTY  AWARDS AND HONORS

Name

Honors

Dr Amit Joshi

He has been selected as Senator PU, Chandigarh and Secretary of Dairying, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture in the session 2016-17.

He has been selected as member of Syndicate PU Chandigarh.

FACULTY AWARDS

Dr Jasvinder Singh Bhatti 

Research Award  (2014-16) awarded by UGC Govt. of India .

Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University Chandigarh (May, 2015-16)

Raman Post Doc Fellowship in USA awarded by UGC Govt. of India for year 2016-17

International Visiting Scholar at Garrison Institute on Aging, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas USA (Aug, 2016-17). We investigated the molecular mechanisms linking type 2 diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease using a polygenic model of type 2 diabetes, TALLYHO/JngJ by studying the mitochondrial dysfunctions, fission/fusion genes regulation and Mitophagy in brain, pancreas, skeletal muscles and liver tissues. Many techniques were used to establish the molecular connections between T2D and AD such as RT-PCR, Western Blotting, Immunohistochemistry, ELISA, Flow cytometry, Transmission Electron Microscopy, and many biochemical and enzymatic studies. I also worked on diabetes cell lines and animal models, TALLYHO/JngJ, BL6 and SWR.J mice strains.

DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES YEAR WISE

The following resource persons delivered expert talks on various frontier areas of biotechnology. Our students were hugely benefited by these expert talks.

Name of the Expert and organization

Session

Topic

Prof. Rupinder Tewari (Coordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research

2016-17

Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology

Dr. Rupinder Singh, Head, Applications, Bio-Rad, India Ltd

-do-

Digital PCR: Concepts and applications

Dr Arjinder Kaur, Department of Biotechnology, PAU, Ludhiana

2013-14

Genetically Modified Food

Dr Jagtar Singh, Department of Biotechnology, P U Chandigarh

-do-

 

Pharmacogenetics

Dr Yogesh Rawal, Deparment of Zoology, Panjab University

-do-

 

Current Prospects of Marine Biotechnology

Dr Navneet Batra, Head, Department of Biotechnology,  SD College, Chandigarh

-do-

 

Metagenomics

Dr Ajinder Kaur, Assistant Plant Breeder (Pulses) School of Agricultural

Punjab Agricultural University , Ludhiana

2012-13

 

Genetically Modified Food

Prof R C Sobti, Vice Chancellor,  Lucknow University

-do-

 

Prospects of Biotechnology

Prof Sanjeev Puri, UIET, P U,Chandigarh

-do-

 

Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering

Dr N Satyamurthy, Director, IISER, Mohali

-do-

 

Modular Reaction Dynamics

Dr R C Mahajan, Emeritus Professor, PGIMER, Chandigarh

-do-

 

Medical Parasitology

Dr Pratima Bharti, Caldera Pharmaceuticals XRpro  ®

2011-12

High throughput screening for new drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prof UC Banerjee, Dean, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar Mohali (Pb)

-do-

Technological development in downstream processing in fermentation industry.

Dr Satnam Singh Laddar, Deputy Director, Environment, PSCST, Chandigarh.

2010-11

Environmental pollution

Dr Navjot Kaur,  Department of Biotechnology, J B Pierce Corporation, U S A

-do-

 

Drug discovery and Designing

Prof A. S Ahluwalia, Chairperson Department of Botany, P.U, Chandigarh

 

-do-

 

Environmental Awareness

Prof R. K Kohli, Vice Chancellor, Central Univ, Bhathinda

-do-

 

Ecological Implications of Exotic Trees

 

SEMINAR AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED BY DEPARTMENT

1. Two day workshop CLIMATE CATALYSTS was organized by IYCN and Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics on 19th -20th Sept 2014 in association with Environmental Society and NSS Unit of the College. The event was funded by PSCST, Chandigarh and IYCN.

2. One Day workshop on LaTex was organized on 31st March ,2017 by Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology in association with Research Committee of the College. Er Tanvir Singh , Outreach officer , Punjab K7Kspoken tutorial IIT Bombay ,NMEIT,MHRD, Govt. of India was the resource person.

EXTENSION / OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

1. Dr Amit Joshi was  coordinator  of NSS (2013-15)

2. Dr Sonia Chaman was coordinator of Environmental Society (2010-2015)and Red Ribbon Club from (2013-15). PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology has been actively involved in a number of extension activities.

3National Technology Day was celebrated on 17th Sept 2011 by PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology. The event was funded by PSCST,  Chandigarh.

4. PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology and Red Ribbon Club, in association with NSS unit and Lions Club, Chandigarh was involved in Blood Donation camp on October 15, 2012. 242 volunteers contributed for the cause.

5. PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology in association with Red Ribbon Club organized:

i) A lecture by consultant, Youth Affairs from Chandigarh State Aids Control Society on 11th    February, 2014.

ii) An inter college competition on HIV/ AIDS awareness in collaboration with Chandigarh State Aids Control Society on 21st February, 2014. A number of activities like Poster Making, Poetry Recitation, Rangoli and Slogan & Caption Writing etc. were part of the competition.

6. PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology in association with Red Ribbon Club & NSS unit celebrated International Youth Day on 12th of August 2014.To mark this day, Sardar Kapoor Singh memorial blood donation camp was organized. Various competitions like Slogan Writing, Art work, Poster Making and Still photography were held on the theme “Healthy Youth for Healthy India”,” Mental Stress among Youth” and “Contribution of Youth towards Society” were held.

7. PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology in association with      Environmental Society organized Go Green Rally on 15th  Feb, 2011 and Green Fest on 16th Feb, 2011. These events were sponsored by CITCO and PSCST, Chandigarh.

8. Similarly in 2012, Green Fest was organized on 2nd Feb, 2012 and Go Green Rally  on 3rd Feb. These events were sponsored by SBI and PSCST, Chandigarh.

9. Science Fair was organized by PG Department of Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology on 19th Nov 2013 which was funded by Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration.