Department of Biotechnology,Dr.B.R.Ambedkar University-Srikakulam

About the Department

The Department of Biotechnology at Dr.BRAU was founded by Honourable Vice-Chancellor of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar University, Srikakulam, Prof. S.V. Sudhakar in 2008 with a vision to make an impact through research, technology based training and innovation and service to society. Currently the department has 5 faculty members, about 75 Postgraduates students, and associated staff. The focus of the Department includes basic research in modern Biotechnology and molecular basis of life processes, enhancing knowledge base and human resource development. The department is presently offering M.Sc. Biotechnology, M.Sc. Microbiology and PG Diploma in Medical Records and Health Information. It is also offering M.Phil and Ph.D. Programmes the department aims to give a new impetus to the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India.

Vision:

To nurture world-class bioengineers with a potential to innovate, invent and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of society and environment.

Mission:

Regular updation of the course curriculum to cater to the needs of academia and industry

  • Initiate academia-industry interface with special emphasis on implementation of bioprocess design and scale-up.
  • Emphasis on recent trends in biotechnology through organization of conferences, symposia, workshops.
  • To be an excellent quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary department that supports, coordinates, disseminates the advances in biotechnology in the areas of social welfare and entrepreneurship.
  • Programme Education Objectives(PEO's)

  • Aims to provide an advanced understanding of the core principles and topics of Modern day Biotechnology, and to enable students to acquire a specialized knowledge and understanding of selected aspects by means of a lecture series and a research project.
  • To equip the students to apply knowledge of molecular mechanisms of cellular processes in living systems including microbes, plants, and higher order organisms to applied aspects.
  • The laboratory training in addition to theory is included to prepare them for careers in the industry, agriculture, and applied research where biological system is increasingly employed.
  • Basics and current updates in the areas of Industrial Microbiology, Fermentation Technology, Medical, Agriculture & Environmental Biotechnology are included to train the students and also sensitize them to scope for research.
  • Will address the increasing need for skilled scientific manpower with an understanding of research ethics involving animals and humans to contribute to application, advancement, and impartment of knowledge in the field of biotechnology globally.
  • Will enable the students to pursue higher education and research in reputed institute at national and international level.
  • Programme Outcomes(PO's)

  • Will gain and apply knowledge to solve problems related to field of Biotechnology.
  • Will be able to design and develop solution to Biotechnology problems by applying appropriate tools while keeping in mind safety factor for environment and society.
  • Will be able design, perform experiments, analyze and interpret data for investigating complex problems in biotechnology and related fields.
  • Will be able to justify societal, health, safety and legal issues and understand his responsibilities in biotechnological practices
  • Will be able to understand the need and impact of biotechnological solutions on environment and societal context keeping in view need for sustainable solution.
  • Will have knowledge and understanding of related norms and ethics in Biotechnology product/technique development.
  • Will be able to undertake any responsibility as an individual and as a team in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Acknowledges health, safety and environment (HSE) issues in handling chemicals and biological materials; understands the environmental impacts associated with the activity; performs risk assessments and is familiar with safety instructions in his/her subject area.
  • Is able to work both independently or in groups on complex projects that require collaboration across disciplines.
  • Can communicate scientific results to the general public and experts by writing wellstructured reports and contributions for scientific publications and posters, and by oral presentations
  • SWOC Analysis of the Department of Biotechnology Strengths

    1. Interdisciplinary nature of subject and faculty,
    2. Applied nature of the Programme
    3. Basic infrastructure facility like labs
    4. Faculty qualification and experience
    5. Relavant and updated syllabus
    6. Department have sufficient teaching aids like LCD’s.
    7. Separate department level library
    8. MoU with Administrative Staff College of India for three student Internships
    9. Student placements
    10. Student pass percentage of more than 80%
    11. Encourage students to participate in extra-curricular and extension activities
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    Weakness

    1. R&D Projects and Research Admissions
    2. Lack of training for technical staff undertaken
    3. Excesss administrative work load of the faculty,
    4. Need for filling Vacant faculty position has to be filled in need
    5. Inter departmental and inter university, University-Industry interaction need to be strengthened

    Opportunities

    1. Collaborative research projects with other institute,
    2. Starting new relavant PG courses in allied area.
    3. MoU’s with industries.
    4. Job placements with national & international core sector companies
    5. Alumni network to be taped for industry MoU’s and student placements
    6. Financial self sustainability.

    Challenges:

    1. Attrition of faculty in high-demand areas to industry/ other institutes/foreign universities
    2. Competition from other Foreign, Deemed and Private Universities that are coming up in India
    3. Decreasing students enrolment at PG level
    4. Fast changing technology
    5. Motivating female students to enter Job market
    6. Inhibition in Students to relocate to distant places for Internship and Employment
    7. Under employment and low remuneration of PG students in industry
    8. Lack of student geographical diversity due to localised enrolment measures
    9. Decreasing external funding

    Strategic Plan for the Department of Biotechnology

    1. Strengthening of PG program
    2. Development of R&D activities
    3. Establishment of centre of excellence in new emerging areas
    4. Starting new courses in collaboration with industries and national laboratories
    5. Increase in networking with Indian and Foreign universities
    6. Enhancing of faculty & staff skills through continuing training programmes
    7. Encouragement of industrial training/internship among students
    8. Enhancing the existing laboratory facilities/resources to meet the industry requirements
    9. Creating awareness about the availability of Resources

    Short Term Goals

    1. Strengthen the Infrastructure,
    2. faculty position
    3. Improvement in R&D activities
    4. Guest lectures by eminent Academecians from University/Industry

    Long Term Goals

    1. Long Term Goals
    2. Building Centers of Excellence in Biotechnology and Allied areas
    3. To upgrade lab facilities to be a world class University.
    4. . University exchange programme.
    5. Tie-up with International Universities

    Head of The Department

    Dr.K.SWAPNA VAHINI

    FACULTY NAME DESIGNATION VIEW PROFILE
    Dr. Udya Bhaskar, S Asst. Professor View
    Prof. Sujatha, P Professor View
    Dr. Lokeswari, N Asst. Professor View
    Dr. Swapna Vahini, K Asst. Professor View
    Mr. Madhava Rao, P Asst. Professor on Contract View