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Department of Bio-Technology


As a multidisciplinary applied science, Biotechnology is an amalgam of Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Bio-process Engineering and Economics. This field of knowledge aims at transforming biological inputs into commercial inputs and new products as well. There are rapidly increasing opportunities for the application of biotechnology in the manufacture of medical and Veterinary products, chemical food, energy, pollution control and waste management. In the light of the aforementioned facts, it is not surprising that several Universities and Institutions in industrialised countries have formed networks to facilitate an access to the knowledge and evoke much interest from the industry. Particularly in a cosmopolitan industrialised city like Mumbai, there shall be no dearth of employment avenues for Biotechnologists. Furthermore, the industry can save on the cost of training their employees thereby saving a lot of foreign exchange.

This subject is thus appropriate for implementation in academic institutions. The University Department of Biotechnology, University of Mumbai, established in the year 1997, conducts two years Post graduate degree course at Vidyanagari campus to cater to the needs of the students for modern Biotechnology. Dr. D. A. Bhiwgade, MSc., Ph.D., D.Sc. is Professor and Head, Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai has been given the additional charge of Department of Biotechnology. The syllabus has been drafted by the faculty to represent major areas of Biotechnology. Currently the course being conducted in the life Sciences Department of the University. The subject is taught by experienced teachers of the University and the visiting faculty from B.A.R.C, C.R.I, T.I.F.R. and various colleges.

The Biotechnology Department of the University is full of vitality and vigour and has been equipped with modern sophisticated state of the art facilities including Computer and internet. The internet connectivity has enabled the University to make its presence felt even more in the international academic community.

The Department of Biotechnology is housed in Department of Life Sciences building in the Vidyanagari Campus of the University of Mumbai. The Vidyanagari Campus is accessible both by Central Railway (Kurla) and Western Railway ( Santacruz) . BEST routes 37, 91, 306, 312, 313, 318, 374 pass via Vidyanagari.

Course Contents
1. Cell Biology
2. Developmental Biology / Genetics
3. Biochemistry and Biophysics
4. Biomathematics and Biostatistics
5. Instrumentation
6. Microbiology and immunology
7. Bio-process Technology and Bio-informatics
8. Molecular biology, DNA Technology and Genetic Engineering
9. Tissue Culture technology
10. Commercial Aspects of Biotechnology
11. Project and Seminar

Presently the course is utilizing the existing lecture hall and laboratory space etc. in the Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai till the new building is constructed.

Department of Bio-Technology
University of Mumbai
Vidyanagari Campus
Mumbai - 400 098

Departmental Direct : 6526053, 6528822.
Boy?s Hostel Direct : 6526683 or 6526091 Extn : 419
Girl?s Hostel Direct : 6526233 or 6526091 Extn : 431


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