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 foster research, innovation, entrepreneurial, and technology driven mindset in students with a view to produce world class graduates in biotechnology through quality education.

Mission of the Department :
  • Educate young minds in multidisciplinary domains of biotechnology through theoretical and practical knowledge acquired by hands-on experiences and training.
  • Develop human resources with profound knowledge and skill in biotechnology, with ingrained ethics, insight, and creativity.
  • Effort towards gainful employment and entrepreneurship by promoting collaboration between industry and academia.
  • Raise awareness in the recent advances in biotechnology through dissemination of knowledge, research, and the power of innovation for betterment of the nation.
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Unique Features :
  • Earn while you Learn programme for students
  • Credit Exchange programme with University of Pune
  • 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.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.

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 CET 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 AT-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.. Raja Banerjee Department of Biotechnology Professor
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. Tufan Naiya Department of Biotechnology Assistant Professor
Dr. Debdut Naskar Department of Biotechnology Assistant Professor
Dr. Smarajit Das Department of Biotechnology Assistant Professor
Dr. Suryyani Deb Department of Biotechnology Assistant Professor (UGC)
Dr. Amit Kumar Chakraborti Department of Biotechnology Faculty
Sayantani Majumder Department of Biotechnology Faculty

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 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: 23-11-2021 11:56