The Department of Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering is a diverse and powerful faculty encompassing unique expertise in biochemical and molecular life sciences. The School is recognized nationally as well as internationally for its research quality and output and for training students to be industry-ready professionals. The graduates show peer-recognized expertise, sustained learning and adapting to an ever-changing domain of professional development and entrepreneurship.
The course broadly encompasses the study of the molecular processes of living systems and organisms. Specific areas include biological chemistry, metabolism, enzymatics, structural biology, molecular cell biology, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and systems biology.
Started in 2002, the Department of Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering, has in a short span of time, established a unparalleled reputation in teaching and research. Having collaborations with DBT, AYUSH, Oushadhi, Universiti Sains Malaysia and various other reputed institutions, the department actively nurtures manpower development by offering 4-year B.Tech (Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering) and 2-year M.Tech (Biotechnology& Biochemical Engineering) courses. The highly competent and experienced faculties, with 4 PhDs and 7 M.Techs/MSc-M.Phil, have inspired excellence, innovation and strong entrepreneurial skills. The students are exposed to domain-experts by way of attending to seminars, symposiums, workshops and conferences at national and international levels. The department has 2 specialized laboratories with modern equipments and qualified lab staffs for training the students. The students engage in carrying out in-house projects under the guidance of our dedicated faculties, which help them, foster scientific temper and technology-driven innovation. The students are further empowered with a department library with over 1500 reference books and international journals, as well as, a sophisticated computer lab enabled with internet connection. The extracurricular and nascent skills of the students are nurtured by the activities of the department association, BUDS.
The Biotechnology career advancement and reorientation facility funded by the department of biotechnology, Govt of india, is a dedicated bionanotechnology research centre in the department. The centre trains students in various aspects of nanotechnology and sensors and is equipped with sophisticated analytical facilities that nurture quality research.The key areas of research & development activities of the department focus on molecular diagnostics, nanotechnology, biochemical engineering, bioprocessing and biofuel technology. Notably, the institution has funded a project on human genome mapping of ethnic populations in Kerala to unravel the historical perspective of anthropological origin of races. The research findings have been published in international journals. The present infrastructure of the department includes PCR, Blotting apparatus, gel documentation, Biofermenter, trinocular research microscope, Inverted phase contrast microscope and magnified imaging system, deep freezers (-70◦C and -20◦C), UV-VIS spectrophotometer, GC, HPLC, automatic autoclave, viscometer, Lyophiliser, fluro-spectrophotometer etc.
The department has taken a lead in social responsibility and harnessing energy from waste by training neighboring households in the use of aerobic bins, conducting awareness programs and surveys in order to safeguard the environment from hazardouse-wastes and enhanced bioconversion of organic waste. The department has developed and implemented technologies that make the institution self-sufficient in hygienic cleansing products