Department of Biotechnology

About Us

The Department of Biotechnology, MAKAUT, WB has started its journey in the year 2002 with a view to emerge as a Center of Excellence for education and research in biotechnology. With an objective to equip students for meaningful lives and productive careers in the field of Biotechnology, a four-semester AICTE-approved and DBT supported M.Tech. programme in Biotechnology was initially started in 2003. Each year students were admitted through the all-India level Graduate Aptitude Test in Biotechnology (GAT-B), better known as the Combined Entrance Examination in Biotechnology (CEEB), that was conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on behalf of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. In the recent days GAT-B is being conducted by the Regional Centre for Biotechnology. The Department of Biotechnology, MAKAUT, WB, further admits students through the Post Graduate Entrance Test (PGET), hosted by the University. The strength of the department is its well-equipped labs supervised by the enthusiastic and dynamic faculty members. Along with conventional class room teaching the department encourages self-learning and flipped learning and the students are free to use computer facilities. Befitting with the outcome of the program the students are encouraged to choose project topic which will be of commercial interest and societal benefit as well. Besides regular teaching learning, the department frequently arranges webinars, seminars and conferences, actively participated by the students, scholars and teachers. The industry personnel are often invited to bridge the gap between academics and industrial sectors. All the faculty members are engaged with active research as evident from their publications in various journals of high impact and ongoing research projects and patents. A number of PhDs are being produced by the department every year. The record of successful alumni is a matter of pride for the department. The fast growth of the department in the main campus after shifting in 2018 only, nurtures the hope of achieving world class resources and in making outstanding contributions in the field of biotechnology.

Vision of the Department :

    To emerge as a center of excellence in the field of biotechnology and allied areas through teaching, training, innovation, and research.

Mission of the Department :
  • M1. To educate young minds in biotechnology and related emerging areas through theoretical and practical knowledge acquired by training and hands-on experience.
  • M2. To develop human resources with ingrained ethics and empathetic outlook having research expertise and entrepreneurship skill.
  • M3. To strive for meaningful employment and to foster networking amongst industry and academia..
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Unique Features :
  • Fellowship : Rs. 12,000/- per month granted by DBT (Govt. of India) for M.Tech in Biotechnology students who are admitted through GAT-B
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Admission to M.Tech. in Biotechnology

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the M.Tech in Biotechnology programme:
PEO1To make the students accomplished with an advance knowledge of biotechnology.
PEO2To prepare the students with effective research communication skills.
PEO3To develop a research network with other institutes and industries.

Application Process:
Candidates have to apply through GAT-B or PGET examination

Admission to M.Tech. Program in:

M.Tech. in Biotechnology (thirty seats), is offered

Eligibility criteria for the courses:
B.Pharm/ B.Tech ./B.E.(Biotechnology, Biochemical engineering, Biomedical engineering, Industrial biotechnology, Chemical engineering, Pharmaceutical technology, Chemical technology, Food technology, Food engineering)/M.Sc.(Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Life sciences, Bioengineering) Minimum of 60% marks or equivalent CGPA from any recognized university. Admission to reserved category candidates will be as per Government of India rules .

Studentship Support:
Rs. 12000/- per month for GAT-B candidates. The continuation of stipend for the second year of the programme is subject to satisfactory progress of the student Application Process:
Candidates have to apply through GAT-B or PGET examination

Faculty and Staff
Name Department Designation
Dr. Arup Mukherjee Department of Biotechnology Professor (C)
Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay HoD Department of Biotechnology Associate Professor
Dr. Rina Rani Ray , Department of Biotechnology Associate Professor
Dr. Ranjita Biswas Department of Biotechnology Associate Professor
Dr. Debdut Naskar Department of Biotechnology Assistant Professor

Thrust area of research
  • 1) Understanding Immune functions of intestinal epithelial cells and cellular signaling network in intestinal diseases.
  • 2) Phytochemical based treatment strategy against intestinal diseases
  • 3) Development of three dimensional mammalian cell culture system as alternative to animal experiments.
  • 4) Molecular Aging and Development using C. elegans as the model organism
  • 5) Molecular mechanism of metal / chemical induced neurotoxicity with a view to search natural products as promising drug candidates using mammalian cell systems
  • 6) Interaction properties of DNA with various nanotubes and their impacts on C. elegans
  • 7) Investigating the antibacterial activity of Graphene based nanomaterials and its impact on C. elegans
  • 8) Precision Cancer Therapeutics
  • 9) CRISPR-cas genome editing for thermophilic microbes.
  • 10) Advance biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass
  • 11) Production of postbiotic nutraceutical molecules from food industry wastes.
  • 12) Formulation of PGPRs for soil health improvement.
  • 13) Microbial Bioremediation (Heavy metal and Low density polyethylene)
  • 14) Antimicrobial and antibiofilm activities of natural compounds ( bacteruocin, phytocompounds)
  • 15) Biogenic synthesis of nanoparticles and their application in biofilm removal.

Ongoing projects
1) Establishing importance of Wnt signaling in the maintenance of immune functions of Intestinal 
epithelial cells and therapeutic approach against intestinal diseases. 
Principal investigator: Dr. Debdut Naskar
Funding Agency: DST-Inspire Faculty Scheme
Amount: Rs. 35 Lakhs 
Status: Ongoing, from 2017
2) Synthesis of aptamer producing plasmid for detection and novel drug delivery for the 
treatment of colorectal cancer.
Principal investigator: Dr. Debdut Naskar
Funding Agency: MAKAUT, WB research support grant for assistant professor (Seed grant)
Amount: Rs 1 Lakh                         
Status: Ongoing from 2019
3) Investigation of the activity of graphene and its derivatives towards the biological systems with special relevance to C. elegans.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaya Bandyopadhyay
Co-investigators: Prof. Debashis De (MAKAUT, WB) & Dr. Tufan Naiya (MAKAUT, WB)
Funding Agency: Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Biotechnology, Government of West Bengal
Amount: Rs. 22.66 Lakhs
Status: Ongoing from 2019
4) Utilize a CRISPR-cas tools for redirecting metabolic flux in Thermoanaerobacterium sp RBIIT 
for biobutanol production. 
Principal Investigator- Dr Ranjita Biswas
Funding Agency- Mission Innovations Indo-US Project, DBT, New Delhi (International 
Collaboration- The Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, NH, USA).
Amount- Rs 140 lakhs
Status- Ongoing from 2020
5) Project 8: Studies of bioremediation strategies based on the multi metal tolerance of a new 
  bacterial isolate. PROJECT OF DBT, WEST BENGAL, 06 (Sanc) /BT (Budg) /RD-21/2016, 03.01.17
Amount: Rs. 19.33 Lakhs
Status: Ongoing from 2018

Ph.D Awarded
  1. Dr. Jyotirmoy Rakshit (2020)
  2. Dr. Kunal Biswas (2021)
  3. Dr. Swati Sinha (2021)
  4. Dr Barnita Ghosh (2016)
  5. Dr Moumita Karmakar (2016)

Laboratory Facilities

  1. Immunology Research Lab
  2. Fungal Biotechnology Lab
  3. Biofuel and Bio refinery Lab
  4. Animal Cell culture lab
  5. Genetic Engineering Lab
  6. Clinical Biotechnology Lab
  7. Microbiology Research Lab
  8. Computational biology Lab
  9. Cell Signaling Research Lab
  10. Development & Molecular Biology Lab

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

Last Updated: 04-03-2022 16:18