Department of Molecular Biology
& Genetic Engineering
PANTNAGAR BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAMME
(SILVER JUBILEE YEAR 1988-2012)
Biotechnology can be viewed as group of useful enabling technologies that have tremendous potential in precision farming and molecular agriculture. In view of the importance of biotechnology, University has initiated Biotechnology program in 1986 to develop suitable biotechnological techniques to complement conventional methods of raising field crops. The Biotechnology program started in 1988 with the support of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India which serve as the nodal department besides imparting training to postgraduate students as part of manpower development program. After initiating the M.Sc. program, the department initiated a Ph.D. program in 1995 and has been offering it as inter-disciplinary program with curricular and faculty inputs from different departments. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs essentially provide basic and applied science curricula and specialized skills for profitable employment. The students of this program not only excelled nationally but also internationally. Almost all students qualified the competitive NET/GATE and CSIR and DBT-JRF examinations and found placements in premier National/International Institutes. In 2008, B. Tech Biotechnology programme was started to cater the need of growing industrial sectors. Year 2012-13, we are celebrating our silver jubilee year after completion twenty-five years of Pantnagar Biotechnology programme. During this journey, programme has got national recognition and rated one of the Top-ten biotech schools in the country. In year, 2011 The masterís programme in agricultural Biotechnology has been ranked under A categories.
Pantnagar biotechnology group is making concerted efforts to make use of rich biodiversity of Uttarakhand state to promote high-tech agriculture through development of stress tolerant varieties, addition of value to agricultural produces and enhancement of socio economic status of people by using modern tools and techniques of molecular biology and biotechnology. To achieve this objective, department has developed the state-of-art facilities and equipments for carrying out the focused research in frontier areas of Biotechnology. With the support of State government (~1.6 crores) a new wing of biotechnology having two floors of ~ 2000 sq. mt. has already been constructed which will has central Instrumentation facility and ten function based laboratories in the areas of Immunodiagnostics, Signal Transduction , Animal Cell Culture, Plant Tissue Culture, Genomics, Proteomics Plant Stress Biology, Metabolomics, Bioinformatics, Biosafety and Bioresource and Bioprospecting. The space and labs are being utilized on the pattern of ICGEB to optimize the utilization of routine and specialized equipments. The State Government has also created a separate budget for strengthening and sustaining Biotechnology in the University. Over the year, the activities of the biotechnology programme are expending with the kind support of State and Central Government. DBT has supported extensively in providing quality human resource, creating infrastructure for bioinformatics center, strengthening research through programme mode support in agricultural biotechnology and dissemination of biotechnology to farmers through rural bio resource complex etc. Beside it, the Ministry of Environment and Forest has identified this University as one of the four national centers on biosafety under the GEF-World Bank Project. The idea is to conduct training, demonstrations, promote on-farm activities to deferent stockholders, and develop business hubs where industries can get sufficient raw material in these Hi-Tech areas. Uttarakhand Government is also in the process of establishment a Biotechnology Park at Pantnagar where Pantnagar University will be a knowledge partner.
The most outstanding impact of the Agricultural Biotechnology program at Pantnagar besides generation of human resources has been reorientation of agriculture research to problem solving and end use mode by incorporating tools of molecular biology and biotechnology. It has permitted university to take up advanced research in the areas of basic plant molecular biology, transgenic, immunodiagnostic especially for plant and animal diseases and pregnancy diagnostics, embryo transfer technology, IVF etc. Recently a program mode support programme (second phase) in Agricultural Biotechnology of worth Rs. 20 crores has been sanctioned from DBT, Govt. of India for implementation of four projects in three different areas viz. signal transduction, aromatic rice and neutraceuticals. Scientists, in the Department, are also continuously fetching funds from DST, DBT, ICAR & DRDO to do seminal work in key research areas of agricultural importance. The bio-agents developed by the university have already reached farmers. The immunodiagnostic kits for detection of Karnal bunt and early pregnancy in cattle are under validation. A salmonella inactivated toxin has been patented. The several other patents are in pipeline.
Faculty members: The sanctioned faculty for the department is 15, but, five posts are still vacant. At present, the departmental faculty includes two Professors, two Associate Professors and five Assistant Professors.
Courses offered by the department:
Dr. Anil Kumar
Prof. & Head
Deptt. of Molecular Biology & Genetic Enginnering, CBSH,
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and
Technology, Pantnagar 263145