MANAV RACHNA INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND STUDIES
(Formerly MANAV RACHNA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY )
About Department of Biotechnology
Dr. Abhilasha Shourie
Professor & Head of Department
Qualifications: M.Sc, Ph.D
Experience: 13 Years
Areas of Interest: Phytochemistry
Biotechnology is growing at a fast pace in India and is rapidly gaining significance and opportunities throughout the world. India is one of the leading markets for Biotechnology industries and there is a huge focus of Indian government on Research & Development in Biotechnology. The biotechnology sector of India is highly innovative and is on a strong growth trajectory. Robust growth in Biotech industry has attracted the significant amount of attention of global companies over the past two decades. Biotechnology has shown a very promising future in India and has emerged as most sought after discipline for turning the country into a global manufacturing hub.
This discipline is the most diversified of all the natural sciences, exhibiting a bewildering array of sub disciplines. The complex multifaceted nature of biotechnology has been derived primarily from the post war introduction of other scientific disciplines such as physics, chemistry and mathematics into biotechnology. This has made possible the description of life processes at the cellular and molecular level. It can today be considered as a series of enabling technologies involving the practical applications of organisms or their cellular components to manufacturing, service industries and environmental management. Biotechnology is developing at a phenomenal pace and will increasingly be seen as part of the advancement of modern life Biotechnology is also one of the most realized fields for “Make in India” campaign and it has been identified by the Government amongst the 25 sectors that will be covered under the Make in India plan to strengthen the Indian economy. Huge funds are being mobilized in different areas of biotechnology such as biopharma, agri-biotechnology, diagnostics, horticulture, food science and more through several schemes and initiatives by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science & Technology (DST) along with other government funded institutions.
The Department of Biotechnology was set up in the year 2002 at MRIIRS. The Department has very highly qualified teaching faculty with Doctoral and M.Tech qualifications in different areas of Biotechnology. Faculty members are consistently involved in quality research. Their dedicated efforts have resulted in more than 200 publications in National and International journals of high repute including proceedings of seminars/ conferences. At present seven faculty members are guiding Research scholars for PhD Programme.
The Department has a wide range of laboratories namely Cell Biology Lab, Microbiology Lab, Fermentation Technology Lab, Molecular Biology Lab, Environment Biotechnology Lab, Bioinformatics equipped with world class instrument facilities like HPLC, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, IR Spectroscopy, Fermenters, Gel Doc System, PCR, etc. A state-of art research level laboratory has been recently established as ‘Molecular Biosciences Research Lab’. It is fully equipped with animal cell culture facility and houses major instruments like CO2 incubator, fluorescence microscope, deep freezer, fume hood etc. This laboratory is meant for advanced research in molecular biology, animal biotechnology, enzyme technology and other allied areas. B.Tech Biotechnology offered by Department of Biotechnology has been accredited by NBA in 2018. Ever since inception, the Department has made a mark in all spheres of activity. These include:
The academic performance of students has always averaged between 80-85% in different Programmes offered by department.
Exposure and awareness of manufacturing units where bio processes are well established towards product delivery needs to be introduced to students. To meet this aim, industrial visits are regularly conducted to Mother Diary, Vita Milk Plant, Yakult Probiotics, etc for an understanding of bioprocesses and manufacturing of bio-products.
Students undergo industrial training in 8th Semester at institutions of national repute like Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences – DRDO, National Center of Applied Human Genetics, School of Life Sciences, JNU, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Canal Road, Jammu-Tawi, Department of Medical Oncology – Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Pusa Campus, Ranbaxy, IOCL R & D Centre Faridabad etc.
To ensure quality student product, workshops/ seminars/ conferences are organized regularly to disseminate developments in the discipline of Biotechnology.
Research & Innovative projects are the backbone of any progressing department. A rich Faculty resource, each holding Doctoral Degree with diverse skill sets, are engaged in intensive research with research scholars and students of both PG and UG Programmes.
Numerous Research Papers have been published by the faculty and students of the Department at PG and UG level. Students are encouraged to pursue research projects in the domain of their interest, present their work in seminars/ conferences and/or publish their work in scientific journals. This inculcates scientific temperament in students and fosters critical thinking.
One of the biggest achievements of the Department of Biotechnology is the Startup of a Company-“TRICHO AGRONICA Pvt. Ltd.
Management of the disease through agrochemicals has resulted in increase of toxicity in food chain and several health hazards. Thus there is a great need to develop bioformulations that can enhance crop yields and additionally protect them from pests as well, to promote confidence among end users. The Department of Biotechnology has developed a bioformulation ‘Bioelexir’ which is a remedy for Bull’s eye pathogen specifically in tomato crop at low cost. Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) “Super food” is adversely affected by Early blight caused by Alterneria solani. To carry the projects forward a Startup company to this effect with nomenclature as “TRICHO AGRONICA Pvt. Ltd” has been setup under Indian oil start up scheme (IOSUS), a “Start-up India” initiative announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and funding of Rs.1.72 Crores has been provided.