The Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala was established under the aegis of University Grants Commission, New Delhi in 1987. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, New Delhi accorded recognition to its M.Sc programme in the academic session 1993-94. To meet the growing HRD requirements of the food and agro based industries, the department also started a Diploma course in Microbial and Food Technology from the academic session 1991-92 which was raised to a full fledged M.Sc. programme, funded by Govt. of Punjab, from the session 1994-95. In addition to two M.Sc. (Hons) programmes, department is successfully running the Interdisciplinary Programme in Life Sciences (IPLS) scheme granted ny DBT, Govt. of India. The department has a faculty of seven highly qualified teachers and two re-employed professors. The research efforts of the faculty members have been strengthened as it has been recognized under the FIST programme of DST, Govt. of India since 2003. Many major research projects have been awarded to the department by various funding agencies like DBT, DST, AICTE, DRDDO, ICAR-NAIP, DNES and CSIR. The department is actively engaged in the research work and has more than 250 publications with high impact factors and some patents to its credit. The faculty members are involved in various collaborative projects with national Institutes such as IIIM, Jammu; PGI, Chandigarh; AIIMS, Delhi; ISRI, Delhi; IIT, Delhi and International Institutes such as University of Aberdeen, UK; Chembiotech Laboratories, UK; Deakin University and Griffith University, Australia.Various faculty members are providing consultancy to Industries of Punjab. The department is highly equipped with instrumentation worth more than 1 crore and the department has generated total research grant of more than 4.5 crore rupees. All Classrooms are Equipped with LCD Projectors for Teaching and Seminars. The students of the department are placed in various industries, academic and research organizations.
The faculty of the department is involved in cutting edge research pinning around major thrust area of
*ICAR (NAIP) Component-4 Sub-Project NAIP/C4/C10125. Project Title: Development of Biosensors and micro-techniques for analysis of pesticide residues, aflatoxin, heavy metals and bacterial contamination in milk to be operated under consortium mode under the Component 4 of the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)
The students from this department have been successful in diverse fields and have achieved great heights. They are occupying positions such as:
The Department is equipped with dedicated laboratories for M.Sc. classes, cold room, culture room, animal house, instrumentation room, bioinformatics lab, boiler room, and various specialized laboratories such as fermentation lab, biosensor technology and protein engineering lab, immune-technology lab, genetic engineering and molecular biology lab. Together following are the some of the important equipment that are available in the department
Department has access to University sophisticated instrumentation centre.