Department of Biotechnology

The department of Biotechnology was established in 2003 with a view to develop a Centre of Excellence in Education and Research in Biotechnology. In so doing, the M.Tech programme in Biotechnology was initiated with the students who qualified in the Combined Entrance Examination in Biotechnology (CEEB) conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. It is pertinent to mention that the M.Tech programme at U.Tech and Anna University, Chennai are only two supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. The course has got a national character. In addition, the department runs three other programmes namely M.Sc. in Molecular Biology, M.Sc. in Microbiology and M.Sc. in Genetics. The curriculum of the course (four semesters) comprises Chemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Protein Engineering, Downstream Processing, Bioethics and Intellectual Property Right (IPR) among others. Each semester has got 25 credits. The department has got updated infrastructure and a team of excellent faculty members. Their expertise encompasses various facets of frontier areas in science.

Unique Features :


Admission to M.Sc.

Admission to M.Tech. in Biotechnology

Admission to M.Sc. Program in:
Molecular Biology

M.Sc. in Molecular Biology (ten seats), M.Sc. in Microbiology (fifteen seats) and M.Sc. in Genetics (ten seats) is offered

Eligibility criteria for the courses:
For M.Sc. Programs in Molecular Biology/ Microbiology/Genetics

B.Sc. with honours in Zoology/ Botany/ Physiology/ Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry/ Genetics/ Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Computer Science and not less than 55% marks in the honours subject.

Candidates appearing for their final year examination, or whose results are awaited, may also apply  provided that, if selected, they  will be admitted provisionally subject to submission of their final mark sheet by the cut-off date to be notified later by the university, failing which the provisional admission shall stand canceled.

Tuition Fee:
A tuition fee of Rs. 3000 per month will be charged for selected candidates. Other institutional fees are also applicable.

Application Process:
Candidates have to apply through CET examination

Faculty and Staff


  Prof. Raja Banerjee  

Associate Professor


  Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay  
  Dr. Rina Rani Ray , HoD  
  Dr. Ranjita Biswas  
Assistant Professor

  Dr. Tufan Naiya  
  Dr. Debdut Naskar  
  Dr. Smarajit Das  
  Dr. Arunava Mandal  
Adjunct Faculty

  Prof. Arup Mukherjee  
Project Officer

  Dr. Amit Kumar Chakraborti  


Ongoing projects
Bioinformatic tools and comparative microbial community analysis- funded By Department of Science & Technology, India, under DST-DAAD Personal Exchange Program Genetic Resource Management of East Calcutta Wetlands - funded by Department of Science & Technology, India under DST Fast Track Scheme for young Scientists.


Infrastructure Developed
Laboratory space, covering a total area of approximately 2000 sq. feet, has been divided into 5 laboratories.
A) Basic Molecular Biology (including recombinant DNA Technology)
B) Immunotechnology
C) Protein Engineering and Enzyme Technology
D) Microbial Technology
E) Biochemistry

Wet Lab Equipments
Bioinformatics Lab Practical classes are being carried out as a part of the students� laboratory course-work in the aforesaid laboratories. Additionally, separate tissue culture room have been set up to carry out plant tissue culture. Separate space for faculties, lecture theatre, and seminar, have also been allotted in the department.

Bioinformatics Lab Facilities
Bioinformatics Softwares
Sequence AnalysisSoftware 
EMBOSS (along with EMBA SSY package)
Helix packing

Visualization and Modeling Software 

Energy Minimization Software 
CHARMM (under processing)

Chemistry Software 
Docking Software 

Drug Designing Software 

Bioinformatics LTSP server
Provides full GUI forwarding to all thin clients

No. of terminals (thin clients) 20 (PXE enabled)
Server 2 x IBM x206
HDD 20 x 160 GB Serial ATA (RAID I configuration)
RAM 2 GB    ECC    DDR2
EtherNet card 2 x 10/100/1000 ethernet cards
Operating System Fedora Core 4

Other Servers/PCs 2 x 226, 2 x 160 GB
Serial ATA HDD, 2 GB ECC
DDR2 RAM, 2 x
10/100/1000 Ethernet cards
IBM Power PC (P630)

West Bengal University of Technology - members of the BioGrid, setup by the IIT, New Delhi, for high performance cluster computing ScFBio

Future Plans
To setup two LTSP servers serving 10 terminals (thin clients) each, both the LTSP servers to be connected to two dedicated application servers loaded with different Bioinformatics softwares of regular use. This is in view to make the servers� response time the minimum.
LTSP server

2 (IBM x206, 160GB serial ATA HDD
2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet cards)

Application  Server 2 ( x226, 2 x 160 GB
2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet cards

Bioinformatics Lab Developing a cluster computing facility in the university campus, to meet the high end computational requirements for molecular dynamics and molecular modeling jobs.

Other Facilities Developed
  1. Cold room (4oC)
  2. Incubation room (37oC)
  3. Culture room (20oC)
  4. Chemistry Laboratory


Department of Biotechnology
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal
NH-12, Haringhata, Nadia, West Bengal, Pin - 741249

Last Updated: 16-10-2019 17:11