Postgraduate Department of Biotechnology has been established in the year 2005. Over the years the department has seen exponential growth and has established its credentials both in the field of Teaching, Research and also in imparting skills required for Biotech/Biopharma industries. Our vision has been to impart quality education to budding biotech professionals and also foster strong interdisciplinary Research in frontier areas of biotechnology. Qualified and dedicated faculty members form the backbone for teaching and research endeavors at our department.

The Department currently offers 3 programmes/courses 

  1. Master of Science in Biotechnology (M.Sc., Biotechnology) 
  2. Ph. D. in Biotechnology 
  3. Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology Finishing School - Domain – Protein Expression and Scale-up. (PGDBTFS) (A Govt. of Karnataka funded and Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India supported programme)

Postgraduate Department of Biotechnology is equipped with state-of-art laboratory and class rooms. At present, its student intake capacity is 40 for M.Sc. and 25 for PGDBTFS programme. So far more than nine batches of M.Sc. have obtained their degrees. Postgraduates from this department have competed to get entry into the prestigious institutions such as IIT Delhi; IISc, Bangalore; CFTRI, Mysore; IICT, Hyderabad; BIOCON Research Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, Kemwell Biopharma, Bangalore; Thermofisher Scientific Ltd., Bangalore, etc. for their study at Doctoral level and for jobs. Many of our postgraduate students qualify in various national fellowship programs such as UGC-CSIR NET, GATE, etc.

The curriculum is designed keeping in view industry requirements as well as international standards. We also have industry collaborators such as Biocon Research Pvt. Ltd., Prosetta  Bioconformatics Pvt. Ltd., Novozymes India Pvt. Ltd., etc., who have been involved in designing of syllabi to meet the ever changing scenario in biotechnology. Apart from providing in depth knowledge of core biotechnology subjects the students are provided with additional training in soft skills, opportunities to explore extracurricular activities to provide a holistic and enriching experience to students. Faculty members of the Department are involved in interdisciplinary research in frontier areas such as Natural and Synthetic therapeutic agents, Cancer Biology, Stress Physiology, Nanotechnology, etc. The grant of research activities  includes Projects, Patents and Publications.


Sl. No. Name Qualification Designation Details
1 Dr. B. Y. Sathish Kumar M.Sc., Ph.D. Asst. Prof. & Chairperson View Profile
2 Dr. N. D. Rekha M.Sc., Ph.D. Asst. Prof. View Profile
3 Dr. Mallikarjuna B Chougula M.Sc., Ph.D. Asst. Prof. View Profile
4 Mr. H. B. Vasanth Patil M.Sc., PGDBTFS Asst. Prof. View Profile

 * please click on the names to see the faculties CV’s bearing details of Research interest, Projects handled, Awards, Professional Recognitions, Publications, etc.

Credit matrix for Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology 

The present scheme and syllabus under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Continuous Assessment Grading Pattern (CAGP) is as given in the table below. Students are provided extensive opportunities to deliver seminars and group discussion. A Dissertation (Research Project) during the final semester will create a platform to the students to think, design, and execute a small research work.

Course Type   Credits to be earned   Total
  I Semester II Semester III Semester IV Semester Credits
Hard Core Course 12 16 12 16 56
Soft Core Course 04 04 04 12
Discipline Centric          
Elective  Course 04 04
Open Elective 04 04
Semester Total 20 20 20 16 76
Detailed Syllabus for the year 2016-17

Laboratory Facilities 

The Biotechnology laboratories are specialized and equipped to conduct advanced practicals and research work. Some specialized laboratories include: Plant Tissue Culture, Downstream Processing, Animal Cell Culture, Microbiology and general laboratories to conduct experiments related to Immunology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genomics, Nano-biotechnology, etc. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-art equipments like Gel documentation system, CO2 Incubator, -80o C Refrigerator, -20oC Refrigerator, Elisa readers, Ultracentrifuge, Tissue homogenizer, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, UV-VIS Microplate Spectrophotometer, Gradient Thermal Cyclers, Type I Water Systems, Inverted Phase Contrast Microscope, Lyophilizer, PCR, Ice Flaking Machine, Refrigerated Centrifuge, Refrigerated Shaker Incubator, Electrophoresis systems (vertical and horizontal), Shaker Water Baths, Media Filtration systems, Fermenter, Biosafety Cabinet, Fluroscent Microscope, Real Time PCR, 2D Electrophoretic Unit, Blotting Unit, Speed Vacuum Concentrator, Fraction Collector, Semipreparative HPLC system. 

Research Activities 

The Department is actively involved in research in the field of Stress Physiology, Vector Biology, Antioxidant biology, Cancer Biology, Diabetology, Nanobiotechnology, etc. The Department has received funding from Department of Science and Technology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt. of India, Vision Group on Science and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka and University Grants Commission, SWRO, Bangalore to the tune of 1.9 Crores for the development of infrastructure and research.


Postgraduates from JSS Biotechnology are currently employed in some of the leading firms in the related industries. Some of the companies/R & D institutes where the students have been employed in India are:  ™    

Prosetta Bioconformatics; Biocon; Kemwell Biopharma; Novozymes  ™    

Research Centre Recognition 

The Department is recognized as Research Centre to carry out research leading to Ph.D. Degree in Biotechnology of University of Mysore through JSS Research Foundation.


The Department has entered into MoU with JSS University, Mysuru for pursuing research in Biomedical Sciences leading to Ph.D. Degree.


Head of the Department,
Postgraduate Department in Biotechnology,
JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science (Autonomous) Ooty Road,
Mysuru-570 025
Mob: +91-9242208001 
Off: 0821-2548216;
Fax: 0821-2548238