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Jawaharlal Nehru University - Biotech Courses to Boost Your Career
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Foundation and Mission:

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi was one of the initial six universities in India to commence a postgraduate course and research program in the field of biotechnological science in the year 1985. Since then, it has been operating as Special Center for Biotechnology under joint sponsorship of University Grants Commission and Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. To begin with, the center was initiated to impart a biotechnology education program with an impulse to produce a workforce that could meet the country’s substantial demands. Bearing in mind the progression of biotechnology at international level, its widespread applications in general life spheres and the noteworthy contributions of the faculties of Canter for Biotechnology, JNU’s executive council resolved to elevate its status in 2006 to that of a School of Biotechnology. Over the years, the biotech program at JNU has successfully established itself in the form of a prominent academic program from both teaching as well as research view point. The faculties of this school are recognized internationally for their worthy contributions to applied and basic biotech research concepts.

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The school is dedicated towards radically changing the way issues associated with human health, environment and agriculture. To address the need of scientific talent for sustaining phenomenal growth in today’s biotech industry, JNU works with a special mission of providing informed teaching to exploit the very potential of this branch of science. A balanced mishmash of faculties from both industry and academia with rich research and development exposure contribute to the academic excellence of this department.

With the on campus and online biotechnology courses, students can effectively balance their studies and career. They have four concentrations to choose from- each of which involves nine courses and one thesis.
- Life Sciences- Exquisitely designed for students those who wish to continue operating in the research arena.
- Bioinformatics- This branch emphasizes on developing vital programming and computer skills.
- Management principles- It focuses on supplementary business skills in varied areas of project management, finance and marketing.
- Bioengineering and nanotechnologies- It is concentrated on nanoscale applications and innovations and the engineering behind biological materials.

In order to ensure that you select the appropriate course, review the degree requirements first. Then you can use degree course search for finding the ones that suits your requirements. Tips are also available to aid you in the process.

Admission Details

The School of Biotechnology offers both M.Sc as well as Ph.D degress in biotechnology.

M.Sc. (Biotechnology)
Admissions for M.Sc programs are conducted on the basis of All-India entrance examination conducted on behalf of twenty nine universities of the country by JNU. Known to be one of the finest and promising master’s programs offered in the country and supported by DBT, the total intake capacity stands at 27. Apart from theory courses, this program also places tremendous emphasis on practical trainings. The students take up for a 2-semester research work project that is specifically oriented towards researches in diverse fields of biotechnology. They also participate in seminars for enhancing their broader look about the subject.

Ph.D. (Biotechnology)
The competent and vibrant Ph.D. program in basic and applied biotechnology is embarked upon creating a sturdy academic research foundation in the following leading biotechnology areas.
- Genetic engineering and molecular biology
- Immunology
- Protein stability, protein engineering, conformation and folding
- Metabolic engineering, biochemical engineering and optimization of recombinant protein production
- Molecular biology of infectious diseases
- Molecular cell biology
- Cancer cell biology: Its diagnostics and vaccines
- Gene regulation and transcription control in prokaryotic and mammalian systems

After qualifying the All India entrance exam and viva voce, students can get admission for the Ph.D. program. Those that have been qualified for Junior Research Fellowship under UGC/ DBT/ CSIR/ ICMR are directly short listed for the interview process. Students with 2 years post M.Phil Degree or M.Sc research experience are subjected to direct admissions after qualifying in the interview. As per the current intake capacity, 40 students get registered in a single year. The School of Biotechnology is lately operated by 11 faculty members. Students are presented with countless opportunities to take up active research projects and build up experiences with the current state of art instrumentation. Such experiences can prove to be invaluable for intellectual development of students.

Research Facilities

The state of art instrumentation facilities are specifically designed to offer excellent training in modernized areas of biological sciences which include
- Central Instrumental Facility- This facility is open 24/7 for the biotechnology students with all basic and advanced instruments used in modern day research.
- Spectroscopic facility- It provides for a numerous sensitive UV-Visible spectrophotometers, circular dichroism spectrometer, fluorescence spectrometers and FT-IR spectrometer.
- Microscopic facility- It includes simple microscopes, phase contrast microscopes, laser scanning confocal microscope and fluorescent microscope
- Biosafety Level 3 facility – This is an upcoming effort for strengthening SBT’s infrastructure for R&D in the field of infectious diseases. It would be used for researches involving manipulating biological infectious agents, exotic and indigenous ones that may be the cause of serious lethal diseases.
- Protein production and purification facility- This facility encompasses refrigerated incubator shakes, mammalian and bacterial bio reactors with FTIR analysis, Shimadzu HPLC protein purification system and AKTA explorer FPLC protein purification system.
- Micro calorimetric facility- It takes up for isothermal titration calorimetric and differential scanning calorimetric set up for studying of bimolecular stability, interactions and folding.
- GLP standard recombinant product development facility- This newly established facility has all the necessary downstream and up stream equipments, testing and quality control equipments required for recombinant product development. It is one of the specialized facilities at SBT that flaunts of the flexibility needed for production of recombinant and characterization and purification of non-recombinant products as well. It has also strictly adhered to stringent requirements of GLP standard.
- Other equipments- Some other analytical facilities include real time PCR, Elispot Reader, Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter, ELISA readers etc.

There is a school library supported by funds from Department of Biology, that has nearly 700 books in various areas of research and teaching in biotechnology. A number of scientific journals have also been subscribed. There is also a computer lab at the school for helping students carry out their assignments on courses of computational biology and bioinformatics. Students may also seek help from literature search and online database searches.
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