From the HOD's Desk:
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics are specialized scientific areas focused towards providing better quality of life. Engineering applications of Biotechnology caters to industries such as agriculture, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, environment, energy and health sector to name a few. In nutshell, Biotechnology makes use of natural biological process for the benefit of mankind.
The department of Biotechnology at DSCE is offering BE in Biotechnology and M. Tech in Bioinformatics in autonomous stream under VTU. The curriculum is well suited for the present day needs of the industrial sectors. The department has an excellent infrastructure with high quality classrooms, laboratories, auditorium and sophisticated research facilities. The R & D activities at the department are well integrated with its academic programs. High quality research is being carried out by the faculty members in the areas of Plant Biotechnology, Microbial Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Bioinformatics & Computer Aided Drug Design and Cancer Biology. The department has received grants from funding agencies like DST, NMBA, DBT, VGST and KSCST. The department has been recognized by VTU to carry out research and the scholars are pursuing their post doctoral and PhD work in various domains of life science and engineering. The department has foreign collaboration with few Universities such Kanneswa State University, Georgia, USA for students exchange program and the department has few MoUs.
The teaching faculties are highly competitive, experienced with professional and academic qualifications. The faculty members have received research grants from various funding agencies and have contributed text books; book chapters several original research articles in high quality peer reviewed journals with high impact factors and citation index. The faculty member have received several research awards such as DBT women scientist award, International Travel Grant Fellowship from DST, Young Investigator Award from India and South East Asia by International Society for Infectious diseases, Travel Grant from American Society for Microbiology, Star Achiever Award etc. Few of the faculty members are the editorial board members and reviewers for many international journals published by reputed publishers. The faculty members are the members of several professional and academic bodies.
The University results of our graduates are 100% in most of the years. The department is consistently obtaining VTU ranks in BE Biotechnology and M. Tech Bioinformatics and thrice topped the University in undergraduate level. Recently, the department has received 05 University Ranks in BE and 02 University Rank in M. Tech which included both first and second ranks in BE and M. Tech from VTU. The students are encouraged to carry out in-house projects, attend seminars and conferences and also to publish their research findings in peer reviewed journals. They have received several grants from funding agencies such as VGST, KSCST etc. to carry out the final year student projects. They were received several best paper award and appreciations for the research work they presented in various reputed national and international conferences and symposium. The department is actively encouraging the students for intercollegiate cultural activities, arts and sports and our students have received several awards and appreciations.
The department has a vibrant alumni network in social media such as Face book (https://www.facebook.com/groups/dscebiotech/), through which the alumni are sharing their views. The department initiated an interaction program with distinguished alumni and the current graduate students. Our alumni are pursuing higher studies in various reputed institutions in India such IISc, IIT, NIT etc. and premier foreign Universities across the world in diverse field of Biotechnology. Many of the students are working in popular Biotechnology industries and R & D institutes in India and Abroad. Further, the students are working in premier IT sectors such as Infosys, HCL, IBM, Wipro, Cognizant etc. through On-campus and Off-campus placements.
The department has been recognized by the Department of IT & BT, GoK and has granted Biotechnology Finishing School Programme with a funding of INR. One Crore. The department is also initiated to establish a professional scientific society, Association Microbiologist of India (A leading scientific and professional organization in India Since 1938), Bangalore Chapter.
Dr. S. Kiran
Professor and Head
Department of Biotechnology