Awards and Achievements

award and achievement

Dr. Sabiha Imran and her team of Post graduate Biotechnology students Muskan Kumar, Priyanka Singh and Kavita won the Ist Prize in ‘SUSTAINATHON’ on 11th April 2023

Dr. Kapila Kumar and her students Team bagged IInd Prize at Sustainathon 2023 (Global Peace Foundation Convention). The students were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 15,000.

award and achievement
award and achievement

The team comprising Yachna Soni (BSc Microbiology) and Anushtha (MSc Biotechnology) mentored by Dr. Kapila Kumar, Associate Professor, BT and Director, Molecular Biosciences Research Cluster represented MRIIRS in North Zonal Anveshan Competition organized by Association of Indian Universities, and won in Basic Sciences Category, will now compete at National Level Anveshan in March 2023.

Dr. Sabiha Imran, Professor in Biotechnology Department received MANAV RACHNA KARM KESU KAUSHLAM PURASKAR -2022

award and achievement
award and achievement

Dr. Sabiha Imran, Professor in Biotechnology won 1st Prize of 15,000/- in Faculty -led Startup in 14th October 2022. The startup named ‘BFV’ will provide the solution for enhancing the shelf life of fruits and Vegetables.

Anveshan 2022 (Student Research Convention). The students were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 50,000

award and achievement
award and achievement

A team of M. Tech and B. Tech Biotechnology students led by Dr. Kapila Kumar won the Bronze Medal at iGEM 2020 (MIT, USA) for creating a genetically engineered E.coli to detect and estimate the N-nitrosamines in water. The team was able to file a patent and register a start-up from this award-winning work. The participation was fully sponsored by DBT, Government of India (Funding of Approx. 7 Lacs).

M/s Tricho Agronica Pvt Ltd at Department of Biotechnology, FET, is the Start-Up company, a“Start-up India” initiative and has received a fund of Rs. 1.72 crores under Indian Oil Start-Up Scheme (IOSUS), announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the project “Bioformulation- a novel eco friendly solution against fungal pathogens in tomato”.

award and achievement

Project entitled "Reverse Genetics of Chikungunya Virus for identification of Therapeutic Targets and Validation in Mouse Model"received funding of Rs 15 Lakhs under Teachers Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) to Dr. Kanchan Bharadwaj.


Dr. Kapila Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology was invited as a speaker for delivering a lecture in the AICTE ATAL FDP Programme.

The FDP was conducted by Madurai Kamaraj University and was attended by more than 150 faculty members and research enthusiasts.

The topic for the talk was “Synthetic Biology- How it started and where lies the future?” and was delivered on December 4, 2020.

It was a four-day programme and many eminent speakers graced the FDP. The invitation for the lecture is a matter of prestige both for Dr. Kapila Kumar and Department of Biotechnology, MRIIRS.

Dr. Nidhi Didwania, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, FET, MRIIRS was awarded Best Oral Presentation Award for a paper entitled ‘A novel & ecofriendly solution for bull’s eye pathogen infecting Lycopersicon esculentum (tomato)’ at International E- Conference on ‘Multidisciplinary approaches for plant disease management in achieving sustainability in agriculture’ at College of Horticulture, UHS Campus GKVK, Bengaluru, India during October 6 to 9, 2020.

The theme of the presentation was ‘Integrative plant health management’. The Chief Guest was Dr. Anand K. Singh, DDG (Horticulture), ICAR, New Delhi and the Chairman of the session was Dr. P. Chowdappa, Former Director, ICAR-CPCRI.

More than 25 international delegates from France, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, also presented their work along with 100 delegates all over India at the conference.


Dr. Nidhi Didwania, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, MRIIRS was bestowed with an Entrepreneur Award-2020 on the 4th of October 2020 for her outstanding contribution and recognition in the field of Biofertilizers & Biopesticides at International Web Conference on Perspective on Agricultural and Applied Sciences in COVID-19 Scenario (PAAS-2020) being jointly organized by the Agricultural & Environmental Technology Development Society (AETDS), U.S. Nagar, Uttarakhand, India; Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Gazipur, Bangladesh; Soils, Water and Environmental Research Institute (SWERI), Agriculture Research Center, (ARC) Giza, Egypt; Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India, and Corteva AgriScience during October 4-6, 2020.

Dr. Nidhi is acting as a Managing Director, M/s Tricho Agronica Pvt. Ltd, a Start-up funded by IOCL under Prime Minister’s Start-up scheme in the Department of Biotechnology, FET, MRIIRS. She has won many accolades Women of the Future Awards (WOTFA-2018), Most Influential Women Award-2019, Fellow of Indian Botanical Society and many more.

Dr. Nidhi Didwania, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, and Ms. Deepti Sadana, Research Scholar published a patent on ‘Biopesticide Formulation and a process for the preparation thereof’.

Particularly this invention relates to a bio-pesticide composition for use in the agricultural fields, to save the crops from fungal infections and a process for the preparation of the bio-pesticide formulation/composition.

The present invention provides a bio-pesticide formulation/composition which can be used to reduce diseases in the crops and increase in yield of crops as an alternative to excess and injudicious use of the conventional chemical fungicides/pesticides that imposed adverse effects on the environment and human health.

The biopesticide is effective against multiple phytopathogens harmful to crops and does not create resistance, resurgence, and residue problem. The biopesticide also increases plant vigor and natural resistance of the agricultural land to fight against biotic and abiotic stresses.


Dr. Sabiha Imran, Associate Professor from the Department of Biotechnology, FET, MRIIRS presented a keynote lecture on “Bacteriocin: An Unexplored Source for the Treatment of Hospital Acquired Infections” in a Virtual International Pharmacology Conference Aug 26- 27, 2020 (Pharma 2020) organized by Reignite Innovative Conferences.

She was also member of the organizing committee (OCM) at this conference. The presentation was appreciated by the participants.


Best Paper Award for Med Plant Care: Technology for farmers for early disease detection in Medicinal Plants Priti Bhowmik, Sasanka Kalita, Nishtha Madaan, Deepak Kumar, KunalDagar, Nidhi Didwania, Shweta Mongia 21st May 2022 at National Center For Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi.

Dr. Abhilasha Shourie earned an ELITE Gold Medal in NPTEL course titled 'Plant Cell Bioprocessing' by IIT Madras

Publication in Q1 Journal

Dr. Abhilasha Shourie, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, SET, MRIIRS, has made a substantial and noteworthy contribution to the realm of agricultural sustainability through her paper titled "Phyto-microbiome to Alleviate Abiotic Stress in Crop Plants". This remarkable paper, featured in the esteemed journal "Frontiers in Microbiology" by Frontiers Media S.A. Switzerland, proudly boasts an impressive Impact Factor of 5.2 and holds a coveted place in Scopus as a Quartile-1 journal. For a more profound understanding, the complete paper can be accessed via this link:


Research Team led by Dr. Vineeta Sharma and Dr. Puneet Batra including Ms. Tanvi Sidhwani from BTech Biotechnology and Ms. Swasti Verma Ph.D Student grabbed a Start-up grant of Rs. 2.5 Lakhs from Manav Rachna NewGenIEDC for their innovative project “ALIGN TRACK”. The aim of the start up is to Develop an APP-based waste management solution for SINGLE USE DENTAL PLASTICS.

Research Team led by Dr. Abhilasha Shourie, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, SET, MRIIRS, including Ms. Paridhi Saini from B.Tech Biotechnology and Mr. Amit Dagar, from B.Tech Mechanical Engineering, grabbed the Start-up grant of Rs. 2.5 Lakhs from Manav Rachna NewGenIEDC for their innovative project ‘PETLYTICA’, a technology for biodegradation of plastic waste that would revolutionize the current scenario of plastic degradation.


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