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The Department of Biotechnology at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar was established in 1991 by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and is a constituent of National Network of thirty plus centers imparting job-oriented training to the students in Biotechnology. The Department is offering a two-year degree programme leading to M.Sc. in Biotechnology since 1991 and also introduced M.Sc. programme in Bioinformatics from the session 2006-07. The department admits the students to a Postgraduate Biotechnology Programme through an All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET) conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and university test for admission to M.Sc. Bioinformatics programme. The students selected through AICET in Biotechnology are awarded a scholarship of Rs.1200.00 P.M. throughout the two years of their study. The Department has well equipped teaching, research and computer laboratories for imparting training to the students and for carrying out basic/applied research in the areas of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. The department is recognized by the university to carry out research for the Ph.D. degree in these areas.


Distributed Informatics Sub-Centre (DISC)

The DISC at Department of Biotechnology was established in the 1995 by DBT, GOI. Since its inception, the DISC has procured various softwares like Microsoft Office 2000, SQL Server 2000, Borland Turbo c++ Suite, Visual Studio, Sigma Stat, Sigma Plot 2001, (V-7.1), Grafit version 4, Minitab 13.3, Lasergene-5 Sequence Analysis, Exome, Exome Blast software. In addition, students and faculty members are also subscribing to different databases like Medline, Agricola, Agris, Life Science Collection, Food Science & Technology, Biotechnology Abstracts for facilitating literature search. So far about 20,000 users, comprising of students and teachers of Guru Nanak Dev University and neighboring Institutes have availed the services of the Centre. The DISC has 512 kbps leased line internet connectivity. In the last nine years, DISC has organized seven workshops in Bioinformatics benefitting more than 130 research scholars and young faculty.

Courses Offered:

  • M.Sc. Biotechnology Four Semesters (Since 1991-92)

  • M.Sc. Bioinformatics Four Semesters (Since 2006-07)

  • Ph.D Programme

Eligibility:

1) M.Sc. Biotechnology
Bachelor's degree under the 10+2+3 pattern of education in Physical, Biological, Agricultural, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, Pharmacy, Engineering/Technology, 4-Years B.S. (Physician Assistant Course); OR Medicine (MBBS) OR B.D.S. with at least 55% marks.
Admission is made on the basis of merit of the candidate in the All India Combined Entrance Test (AICET) to be conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in the mid of May, 2008.

2) M.Sc. Bioinformatics
Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Computer Sciences, Medicine (MBBS) or B.D.S., Pharmacy, Engineering & Technology, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences with at least 55% marks.
Admission is exclusively based on merit of the candidate in the Entrance Test conducted by the Department.

3) Ph. D Programme
Admission is exclusively based on merit of the candidate in the Entrance Test conducted by the Department.

M. Sc. Bioinformatics (Scheme of Courses)

Course-Curriculum

Semester-I

Basic Concepts in Biology
Basic Mathematics
Basic Biostatistics
Computer Fundamentals, Networking and Web technology
Introduction to Bioinformatics & Biological Databases
Practicals based on Computer Fundamentals, Networking and Web technology Practicals based on Introduction to Bioinformatics & Biological Databases


Semester-II

Concepts in Molecular Biology & r-DNA technology
Programming in C and C++ Database Management and Data Mining
Computational Methods for Sequence Analysis Structural Biology and Bioinformatics
Practicals based on Programming in C and C++ & Database Management and Data Mining
Practicals based on Computational Methods for Sequence Analysis & Structural Biology and Bioinformatics

Semester-III

Genomics and Proteomics
Advanced Algorithms for Computational Biology
System Biology and Metabolic Pathway Engineering
Molecular Modeling and Computer aided Drug Design Programming in PERL for Bioinformatics Practicals based on System Biology and Metabolic Pathway Engineering
& Molecular Modeling and Computer aided Drug Design
Practicals based on Genomics and Proteomics & Programming in PERL


Semester-IV

Major project in Industry.


M. Sc. Biotechnology (Scheme of Courses)

Semester-I

Cell Biology
Biomolecules
Biochemical & Biophysical Techniques Biology of Immune System
Microbial Physiology
Molecular Genetics
Lab in Biochemistry
Lab in Microbiology

Semester-II

Plant Tissue Culture
Animal Tissue Culture
Molecular Biology
Genetic Engineering – Tools & Techniques
Bioprocess Engineering & Technology
Lab in Plant Tissue Culture
Lab in Immunology & Animal Tissue Culture

Semester-III


Fermentation Technology
Genetic Engineering – Applications
Macromolecules & Enzymology
Computer Applications & Biostatistics
Lab in Genetic Engineering
Lab in Bioprocess Engineering & Technology
Lab in Computer Applications & Biostatistics


Semester-IV


Research Project
Seminar and invited Lectures on GLP, IPR, Biosafety etc
Genomics & Functional Genomics

Facilities Available:

  • Central Instrumentation Facility

  • Green House Facility

  • Animal House Facility

  • Cold Room Facility

  • Net House Facility

  • Three Computer Labs with latest configuration computer systems

  • Plant Tissue Culture Lab

  • Internet 512kbps leased line facility

  • Departmental Library having more than 800 books related to Bioinformatics & Biotechnology

  • Audio Visual aids for teaching

  • Software & databases related bioinformatics and biotechnology

Equipments Available:

S. No.

Equipment Name

Make

1.

Cryostat Microtome

Thermo Shandon

2.

Fluorescent Microscope

Nikon

3.

Electroporator System

Amersham

4.

Gel Documentation System

Alpha Innotech

5.

High Speed Centrifuge RC-26 Plus (Sorval)

Thermo Fisher

6.

Fermentor

NBS

7.

2D Gel Electrophoresis System

BioRad

8.

High Speed Centrifuge (Sigma)

Sartorius AG

9.

Deep Freezer -80C

Forma Scientific

10.

Liquid Scintillation Counter TR1600

Beckman

11.

UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Perkin Elmer

Contact Department :


PABX Contact No. : 0183- 2258802-09 (Extn. 3177, 3176)

Department of Biotechnology

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