Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala

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Department History

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. The department has a faculty of nine highly qualified teachers who are working in thrust areas of Fermentation Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology and Environmental Biotechnology. 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, ICAR, DST, AICTE, DNES and CSIR. The department is actively engaged in the research work and has more than 200 publications and some patents to its credit. The department houses equipment of more than 1 crore, with facilities like Cold Room, Culture Room and Fermenters. 

The department has a well established Bio-informatic lab with internet facility and softwares such as: Biomed

Cache, ChemDraw, TSAR, GenStar, Exiom Horizon. 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.

Thurst Area: Industrial Biotechnology and Food Technology.

Photographs of Alumni Meet

Faculty (Click on Faculty Name for Bio data)



Dr. Aruna Bhatia, M.Sc., Ph.D., PDF(FRANCE)
Dr. Neelam Verma, M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Dr. Praveen Pal Balgir, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., PDF(Moscow) 
Dr. Ram Sarup Singh, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Dr. Munish Puri, M.Sc., Ph.D. (L.W.P.)
Dr. Baljinder Kaur, Ph.D.(HEAD)
Dr. Minni Singh, M.Sc., Ph.D., Postdoc ( IISc, Bangalore)
Dr. Balwinder Singh, Ph.D.
Dr. Ranjeeta Bhari, M.Sc, Ph.D.
 Harpreet Kaur, M.Sc.
The faculty of the Department is experienced and well qualified. Dr. Aruna Bhatia and Dr. Praveen P. Balgir have got post-doctoral training in France and Moscow, respectively. Dr. Aruna Bhatia, Dr. Neelam Verma, Dr. Praveen P. Balgir, Dr. R. S. Singh, Dr. M. Puri have been visiting scientists at various Universities in Hongkong, U.S.A. U.K. and Israel respectively. In addition, the expert faculty from other educational and industrial institutions is also participating in the teaching programme.

Placement Profile

Name of the Industry



International Placement
Panacea Biotec

Max GB

Zydus Cadila

Sun Pharma


Pepsi Foods Ltd Nestle

SmithKline Beecham



Jagatjit Industries


Simboli Sugar Mills

Banglore Genei


BARC, Bombay

IISC, Bangalore NCBS, Bangalore PGIMER, Chandigarh IMTECH, Chandigarh NIPER, Mohali

NDRI, Karnal

NII, New Delhi

IIT,New  Delhi

AIIMS, New Delhi ICGEB, New Delhi CBT, New Delhi CCMB,Hyderabad

Punjabi University

Rohtak University

JNU, New Delhi

SD college, Chandigarh

Dolphin PG Colleges, Dehradun & Chandigarh Campus

Ambala College of Engineering and Applied Research, Ambala

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib

GCG, Patiala

Govt. Mohindra  College, Patiala

Modi College, Patiala

Khalsa College, Patiala

University of Alberta, Canada

University of Ottawa, Canada

University of Texas, USA

Cornell University, New York, USA

Ethopia University, Ethopia

University of Cape town, South Africa


Courses Offered

1. M.Sc. (Bio-Technology) (2 years)
Students Intake : 22

2. M.Sc. (Microbial & Food Technology) (2 years)
Students Intake :22


  1. Part I & Part II
  2. M.Sc Microbial and Food Technology Part I & Part II
  3. M.Sc Bioinformatics Part I & Part II
  4. Plant Biotechnology ( Add-on Course ) ( Advance Diploma ) Ist Year , 2nd & 3rd Year
  5. Food Science & Quality Control (Add-on Course ) Ist Year , 2nd & 3rd Year

Pre-requisite: B.Sc. in the faculty of Life Sciences/Biological/Medical/Engineering/ Food/Agriculture/Home Science OR B.Sc. with any of the three subjects, Mathematics/ Statistics, Physics, Chemistry.

** 12 Seats will be filled through Entrance Test in Bio-technology conducted by JNU, New Delhi.

Details of the On-going Research Projects 

Name of the

Title of the Project and Duration

Amount Sanctioned

Funding Agency

1. Dr. Praveen P. Balgir

Target genes for  siRNA therapeutics in atherosclerosis: selection, validation and testing in cell based and animal model system (2008-2011)

30.0 Lakhs


2. Dr. Neelam Verma

Arginine and Urea Biosensor for Food Quality Control.    2008-2011

12.5 Lakh


3. Dr. R.S.Singh

Molecular cloning, over-expression, purification and characterization of a novel aspartase  (2008-2011)

22.0 Lakhs


4. Dr. R.S.Singh

Development of stable continuous flow system for the preparation of high fructose syrup using immobilized inulinase (2008-2011)

12.0 Lakhs


5. Dr. N. Verma

Development of biosensors and microtechniques for analysis of pesticide residues, aflatoxins, heavy metals and bacterial contaminations in milk _- Multi-institutional project of ICAR under NAIP :  BITS, Pilani, IIT, Delhi, NDRI, Karnal, Punjabi university, Patiala (2008-2014)

1.2752104 crore


(Multicentric for
26.72857 Crores)

6. Dr. A.Bhatia

Characterization of immunotherapeutic potential of extracts prepared from native and in vitro cultivated high altitude antimicrobial plants (2006-09)

17.5 lakh


7. Dr. M.Puri

Molecular cloning, expression and purification of a novel rhamnosidase (2006-09)

27.0 lakh



*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)


Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Goa Campus (Consortium Leader) Dr. Sunil Bhand, Assistant Professor C-PI
National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal (Consortium Partner) : Dr. Naresh Goyal, Senior Scientist CC-PI
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (Consortium Partner) Dr. Sudhir Chandra, Professor CC-PI
Punjabi University, Patiala (Consortium Partner). Dr. Neelam Verma, Professor CC-PI
Amount Sanctioned: 26.72857 crores (Total), Punjabi University Component: 1.2752104 crores

Project Duration: 7 January 2008 till 31 March 2014

 Objective: High Throughput multianalyte micro array analytical systems;

To develop a multianalyte micro-array optical biosensor based on enzymes, antibodies, bacteria and molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for off line analysis of pesticide residue (organophosphates and organochlorines such as atrazine, simazine, 2,4- dicloro phenoxyacetic acid, paraoxon), alfatoxinM1, heavy metals Cd(II) and Pb(II) and bacterial contamination (Coliform/E.coli,Enterococci group, Listeria, Campylobacter group) in milk.

CC-PI Dr. Neelam Verma, Professor, Biosensor Technology Lab, Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala (Lead Scientist) 


·         Publications:


1.      Verma N, Kumar S, Kaur H (2010) Fiber Optic Biosensor for the Detection of Cd in Milk. Journal of Biosensors & Bioelectronics (ISSN: 2155-6210) 1:102. DOI:10.4172/2155-6210.1000102  IF: 3.57 * Index Copernicus Value: 4.66


2.      Verma N, Kaur H and Kumar S (2011) Whole Cell Based Electrochemical Biosensor for Monitoring Lead ions in Milk. Biotechnology, (ISSN: 1682-2978), 10: 259-266. doi: 10.3923/biotech.2011.259.266


3.      Verma N, Kumar S, Kaur H (2011) Whole cell based disposable biosensor for Cadmium detection in milk. Advances in Applied Science Research (ISSN: 0976-8610), 2 (6):354-363


4.      Verma N, Kaur H and Kumar S (2011) A Multipurpose Biopolymer Membrane for Heavy Metal Preconcentration and Enzyme Immobilization. Journal of Biological Sciences (ISSN: 1812-5719) 11(5): 388-393. DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2011.388.393


  • 3 Indian patents with application no. 842/DEL/2013, 843/DEL/2013 and 844/DEL/2013 dated March 20,2013 entitled  DNAZYME BASED LEAD BIOSENSOR (complete specification), MICROARRAY BASED HEAVY METAL OPTICAL BIOSENSOR (complete specification) and RECOMBINANT WHOLE CELL CADMIUM BIOSENSOR (Provisional) respectively .

Contact Us
Prof. Baljinder Kaur, Head
Department of Biotechnology
Punjabi University, Patiala
E mail:
Ph: 0175-3046262

Instrumentation Available in the Department of Biotechnology


  • Bioreactors (1L, 7L and 15L),

  • Protein Purification System, Amicon Diaflo Filtration system, Lyophilizer, Ultra-Sonicator

  • BOD and Carbon Dioxide incubators, shakers, Shaker-incubators

  • RT-PCRs, PCRs, Protein and DNA electrophoresis systems, DNA sequencing system,  Gel Doc, Electroporation system,  UV-Cross Linker, High Voltage Power Supply.

  • Deep Freezer, Refrigerated centrifuge, Microfuge

  • Analytical instrumentation like HPLC, GLC, Bioanalytical Sensor

  • Fluorescent microscope, Inverted microscope, Olympus Binocular microscope, ELISA reader, Micro Plate Reader, Olympus Trinocular Microscope with Phase Contrast Dark Field

  • Thermostatic Circulator (Multi Temp III), Water Purifier-2

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