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About UG

The UG Biotechnology Programme was started in the year 2005. B.Sc. in Biotechnology is a three year undergraduate course, involving an advanced study of the cellular and bimolecular processes for development of a variety of technologies and products that contribute to improving people’s lives and health.

About PG

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 2002.The basic eligibility for applying to the course is Undergraduate qualification in the Life science stream, completed from a recognized educational board with minimum 55% mark. M.Sc. Biotechnology course material can be classified into two sections- theory section and practical section. In theory section, students will have to deal with subjects related to biology as well as basic technology concepts. Practical section is also very important. Students will have to spend good amount of time in laboratory, performing practical lessons as well as lab training. At the end of the course, research project is also held. Lab activities form a major part of project. The students those who are successfully completed their course may get placed as a Research Assistant, Biotech Product Analyst, Executive at Stem Cell Bank, Lecturer & Marketing Executive at Biotech company etc.

About M.Phil

The M.Phil Biotechnology Programme was started in the year 2013. M.Phil Biotechnology is a One year research course, involving an advanced study of the cellular and bimolecular processes for development of a variety of technologies and products that contribute to improving people’s lives and health.

About Ph.D

The Ph.D Biotechnology Programme was started in the year 2018. Ph.D in Biotechnology is a three year Doctoral Degree course for full time candidate without M.Phil., Whereas with the candidate have the M.Phil degree can finish in two years.

Courses Offered


  • To publicize facts and figures related to problems in health, agriculture and environmental degradation and pollution, for which biotechnology offers promising solutions.
  • To provide a platform for students and teachers of biotechnology, to articulate their points of view and nurture them as ambassadors to promote safe and appropriate deployment of biotechnology.
  • To undertake projects in collaboration with National and International agencies.

Scope of the Course

Biotechnology: The course teaches students applications of the study of living organisms to make products that can be of benefit to humankind.

Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical engineers work closely with doctors and researchers to develop equipment and devices that solve clinical problems.

Food Technology: Food Technology scientists research on improving food quality, its preservation and, enhancing its nutrition value.

Nutrition and Dietetics: The course entails researching practices that improve community health and, nutrition.

Forensic Sciences: Forensic scientists perform evidence-based research to solve crimes.

Microbiology: The course trains students in studying micro-organisms, diseases caused by micro-organisms and, researching ways to use microorganisms for health benefits of community.

Biochemistry: Students get an insight into biological molecules, proteins and, lipids. When applied, Biochemistry professionals play a major role in better agricultural produce, nutrition and, treatment of diseases.

 Scope of M.Sc Course

Pharmaceutical sector, Biological Sciences, Healthcare, Food Processing Industry, Food and Chemical Industries seek Biotechnology Professionals for handling positions of Production Engineers, Quality Control Analyst, etc.

Scope of M.Phil Course

Biotechnology is a research-oriented field in which a lot of areas are still to be explored. M.Phil graduates can opt for a career in technical writing, or go for Ph.D to pursue a career in research.

Scope of Ph.D Course

Biotechnology is a broad field. From using yeast in the production of bread to evidence like hair, skin or blood scrutinized by Forensic Scientists, all are an application of the glorious field.It is a promising field that can bring about appreciable changes in agriculture trends, food productions and, healthcare.After Ph.D they can pursue Post Doctoral Fellowship(PDF).


B.Sc. Biotechnology

I Year II Year III Year
Semester - I Semester - III Semester - V
Language-I Language – III Animal and Medical Biotechnology
English –I English – III Bioinformatics
Cell biology Genetics Immunology
Practical – I:
A) Cell biology B) Microbiology
Practical –III: Genetics and Biochemistry Practical –III: Animal and Medical Biotechnology and Immunology
Allied - I: Microbiology Allied - III: Biochemistry Elective –I: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
NME- I: Animal physiology/ Basic Tamil Soft Skill - III Value Education
Soft Skill-I Environmental Studies
Semester - II Semester - IV Semester - VI
Language-II Language – IV Genetic Engineering
English –II English – IV Bioprocess Technology
Molecular developmental biology Plant Biotechnology Practical –IV: Genetic Engineering and Bioprocess Technology
Practical – II:
A) Molecular developmental biology B) chemistry
Practical –III: Plant Biotechnology Elective-II Microbial Biotechnology
Allied- II: Chemistry Allied IV- Biophysics and Biostatistics Elective-III Environmental Biotechnology
NME :Herbal medicine/ Basic Tamil Soft Skill-IV Extension Activities
Essentials of Language and Communication – Level I Environmental Studies

M.Sc. Biotechnology

I Year II Year
Semester - I Semester - III
Biochemistry Microbiology
Molecular Genetics Plant and Animal Biotechnology
Molecular Cell Biology Genetic Engineering
Practical – I: A)Biochemistry B)Molecular Genetics C)Molecular Cell Biology Practical – II: A)Plant and Animal Biotechnology B)Genetic Engineering C)Microbiology
Elective-I: Bioinstrumentation Tissue Engineering
Elective-II: Biostatistics Elective-II: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Elective-III: Enzymology Elective-III: Environmental Biotechnology
Soft Skill-I Soft Skill-II
Semester - II Semester - IV
Bioinformatics Research Methodology
Immunology Stem Cell Biology
Bioprocess Technology Bioethics Human Rights and Social issues
Practical – III: A) Bioinformatics B) Immunology C) Bioprocess Technology Soft Skill-IV
Elective-I: Nano Biotechnology Dissertation
Elective-II: Molecular Developmental Biology
Elective-III: Potential and Commercial aspects of Bioinformatics
Soft Skill – III
Internship in Industries of Research laboratories related to Biotechnology field
Elective-Principles of Gene Manipulation Technology

M.Phil. Biotechnology

Part I Subject
Paper I Research Methodology ( Common Syllabus)
Paper II Advanced Biotechnology
Paper III General Biotechnology
Part II Dissertation

Add-On Courses

The Department of Biotechnology offers a BSS Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology as add on course along with UG/PG courses from the academic year 2015-2016 onwards. The course is affiliated by Bharat Sevak Samaj Vocational Education, Affiliation No: (TN/7732). Medical laboratory technicians can work in private hospitals, nursing homes, blood banks, pathology laboratories and can also run a private medical laboratory. In addition to that if the biotechnology students want to enter into Medical Biotechnology field, this will be an added qualification for them. So far 50 students have been successfully completed this course and currently 112 students have enrolled for the same.

Duration : 2 years.


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AMUTHAVALLI. A(2016 -2018)
Executive officer Life Cell International Pvt Ltd
SHINY SAJIL(2016 -2018)
Teacher Billabong High International School
SHANMUGAM. S(2015 -2017)
Regulatory Associate Navitas LLP (formerly known as “TAKE Solutions Global LLP”)
MANAN MITRA(2015 -2017)
Project Assistant Life Cell International Pvt Ltd
S. Sangeetha(2009-2012)
Deputy Manager INDUSIND BANK
Jeyandra Saravanan Kamaraj(2012 -2014)
Team Leader - Quality Episource India Pvt Ltd, Chennai
Dr. Yuvaraj Ravikumar(2008 -2010)
Post-doctoral fellow Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
JOHN VARGHESE(2011 -2013)
Senior Technical support Technician MAHINDRA
PILLAI POOJA(2011 -2013)
Sunu Sudhin(2009 -2011)
Sales Officer GlaxoSmithKline, Thiruvananthapuram

Frequently Asked Questions

Current applications of biotechnology are predominantly practiced in the fields of agriculture and medicine. Modern techniques allow for the production of new and improved foods. Biotechnology applications in the field of medicine have resulted in new antibiotics, vaccines for malaria, and improved ways of producing insulin.

Field Job title (UG / PG)
Biomedical ● Clinical Data Specialist
● Forensic DNA Analyst
● Clinical Research Associate
● Technical Writer
● Quality Controller
● Medical Lab Technician
Information System ● Medical Coding Executive
● Scientific Programme Analyst
Research ● Research Assistant / Associate
● R & D Executives
Marketing (Pharma & Biotech field) ● Sales Executive
● Market Research Analyst
● Environmental Biotechnology
Cosmetics/FMCG, Pharmaceutical firms, Food industry etc ● Production Engineer

The students who completed biotechnology who can get job from government sector too. The eligible students may get jobs like, Technical Assistant and Field Assistant etc in the Government sectors of India.

Research scientists don't just work in the lab all the time, much of their time may be devoted to writing papers, or grant proposals, attending seminars and conferences, and they may or may not be involved in teaching university students. Laboratory technicians and lab assistants spend most of their time in the lab, doing the day to day tasks of carrying out the research. They would be working with a variety of sophisticated equipment, preparing chemicals, and possibly maintaining experimental microbial, plant, or animal tissue cultures. They may be required to work with plants in a greenhouse or field setting, or to work with lab animals. Sales reps obviously try to sell their products. They may be selling the products of the biotechnology industry to farmer, doctors, or other industries, or selling scientific equipment and supplies to biotech researchers. Quality controllers work in labs or other types of production facilities testing the products that are for sale to ensure that they are safe and that they meet the required standards. In the fields of Medical Coding or Billing the work would mostly be on the computer. However, an understanding of the science involved would also be required.

Research scientists require a M.Sc. or Ph.D. This requires at least 2 to 5 years of practical training. Lab technicians typically require a B.Sc. or M.Sc. which requires 3 to 5 years of practical training. These practical training are included in the UG & PG curriculam itself.  Moreover, we offer 2- year course in “Diploma Medical Laboratory Technology” with minimum fees. This additional diploma course will help to purse the job quickly.

                                                Biotechnology is a very exciting sector. It is a relatively new field and many aspects of it are constantly changing. It has already made numerous contributions to solving significant problems in medicine and agriculture and promises to continue contributions in those areas as well as solving environmental, energy and possibly other problems as well. Those who work in the research lab - the scientists, lab technicians and lab assistants - are constantly learning new things, problem solving and working on the forefront of scientific discovery. With such a diversity of job opportunities, it is possible to grow into different roles and levels of responsibility and salary over time as your interests and abilities grow. Opportunities also exist both domestically and internationally if desired.

                                                Students can work as Technicians Hospitals and Quality control officer cum scientist in Pharmaceutical industries, Food processing industries, Pollution control department, Agricultural department for organic farming and biofertilizers.  Students can start their own company in the field of microbiology.