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About the Department

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

  • Master of Science in Biotechnology (M.Sc., Biotechnology)
  • Ph. D. in Biotechnology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Protein Expression and Scale-up. (PGDPES) – Under Biotechnology Skill Enhancement Programme (BiSEP) - 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 20 for PGDPES programme. 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, BCIL, BiSEP, 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, Glycobiology, Nanotechnology, etc. The grant of research activities includes Projects, Patents and Research Publications.


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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 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 Credits


I Semester

II Semester

III Semester

IV Semester

Hard Core Course






Soft Core Course





Open Elective Course



Semester Total






Detailed Syllabus for the year 2018-19


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, Glycobiology, 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 2.5 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:

  1. Prosetta Bioconformatics; Biocon; Kemwell Biopharma; Novozymes, Thermo Fisher, Stelis Biopharma, Syngene, Mylon, Quintiles, etc.
  2. IISc; CFTRI; DFRL, etc.

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.


The Department has entered into MoU with Biotech and Biopharma companies for training, internship, placement, etc.


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


Faculty PG

M.Sc., Ph.D. | Asst. Prof. & Chairperson
M.Sc., Ph.D | Assistant Professor
MSc, PhD | Assistant Professor
M.Sc., BTFS, KSET | Assistant Professor