Kongunadu

Arts and Science College (Autonomous)

Institution Affiliated to Bharathiar University

Re-accredited by NAAC with 'A' Grade 3.64 CGPA (3rd Cycle)

College of Excellence (UGC)

Co-Educational Institution Approved by UGC, New Delhi

  G.N.Mills Post, Coimbatore - 641029, Tamilnadu, INDIA

44 years of educational excellance

DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY (UNAIDED)

VISION

Our Department's vision is to make the candidate a real person to embark upon the situation in the outside world and to employ his/her knowledge for the betterment of Mankind. We nurture the candidate with zeal towards Life Sciences with the spirit of moral, ethics, life and character building required for future Good Human being, a Genuine Scientist, a Hardworking Person as Entrepreneur and as Bread Earner.

MISSION

The Department of Biotechnology of Kongunadu Arts and Science College, a family of Enthusiastic students, Committed teachers and Independent thinkers working and learning together to shape the future. We focus on implementing the valued education in the Life Sciences to bring about a new revolution in the field of Biotechnology. We encourage and comfort the candidate with the passion to undergo in the future to take the alleyway of education and research to serve the World with new energy of knowledge and beneficial products as life saver.

HISTORY

One of the major Departments of the College, Biotechnology was started in 1996 with Undergraduate course and in 2003 the Post graduate course has been started. The Department offers Under Graduate, Post Graduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology. The students quench their thirst for knowledge under the guidance of committed faculty members whose research interests include Molecular Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Microbial and Bioprocess Technology, Genetic Engineering, Genomics and Proteomics. It has been awarded under DBT STAR College Scheme in the year 2013 as one among the Departments of our host Institution for developing the laboratory facilities and building a platform for better teaching aids. The general goal of the Department is to impart quality education, training and research capabilities in the younger generation to build a strong future for India in Science and Technology.

Courses Category Duration
BSc. Biotechnology Degree 3 years
MSc. Biotechnology Degree 3 years
MPhil Biotechnology Research 1 year
PhD (FT) Biotechnology Research 3 years

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The Department and faculty members focus mainly on shaping the candidate with disciplined research work with zeal to pursue an independent research related to current scenario beneficial for the society and environment. Our Department has produced 5 Ph. D. and 57 M. Phil. candidates from 2003 to this date and currently 15 Ph. D. and 2 M. Phil. candidates are pursuing their research in different fields of Biotechnology. Our faculty members and students are participating in various conferences, seminar and workshop to update with current research. We are organizing various conferences and symposium like Biosafety, Bioethics and Calculation in Biological Sciences, Medicinal Values of Plant and Plant Products, etc. Funding agencies like DST-SERB, UGC (Minor and Major Projects), TNSCST, State Forest Departments have funded for various projects worth 14, 81, 000 and currently two major projects funded by UGC and DST-SERB and three UGC minor projects are presently on going worth 30, 35, 600. Many research publication has been contributed by our Faculty members in various peer-reviewed International and National Journals with high impact factors and are filing patents as per the Indian Standards.

HIGHLIGHTS

Department has

  • Well qualified and Doctoral degree holding Faculties specialized in diverse fields of Biotechnology.
  • DBT funded STAR College Scheme Status.
  • MoU signed with Galaxy Biolabs Pvt. Ltd., Chennai to promote placement and research activities.
  • Various Guest Lectures by eminent Scientists like Dr. R. Sathish Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Dr. V. Ramachandran, Professor, Department of Botany, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Dr. Sudha Ramalingam, Associate Professor, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences, Coimbatore, Dr. S.R. Madhanshankar, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore.
  • Guest lectures by eminent Entrepreneur like Dr. P. Shanmuganandam, Galaxy Biolabs Pvt. Ltd., Chennai.
  • Various Major and Minor Projects obtained by Faculties from DST-SERB and UGC
  • One of the faculty member Dr. R. Thirugnanasampandan, Assistant Professor awarded with INSA Visiting Fellowship and Mr. N. Srinath, Assistant Professor awarded with Best Oral Presentation Award in National Conference organized by Nirmala College for Women, Coimbatore.
  • Department has a scientific association of students named "BIOGEN" which organizes various Guest Lectures.
  • Organized various State and National level Conferences, Workshop and Symposium.
  • Student centric approaches like participation of students in various International, National and State level Conferences, Workshop, Seminars and Symposium, Industrial Visits, Educational Tours.
  • School student encouraging programmes like Biofiesta and College student Masteries of Science Search Programme like BIOBIZZ organized successfully from past five years.
  • Annual Magazine of the department entitled "Science News" is released every in the beginning of the academic year.
  • Faculties are having membership in various scientific communities like American Society of Microbiology, Indian Science Congress Association, Society of Fisheries Technologists, Society of Biotechnologists.

LABORATORY FACILITIES

  • UG and PG Laboratory
  • Plant Tissue Culture Lab
  • Animal Tissue Culture Lab
  • Molecular Biology Lab
  • Microbiology Lab
  • M.Phil. and Ph.D. Research Lab
  • Bluestar Walk-in Cold Room
  • Sterilization and Decontamination Area
  • Instrumentation Lab
    • Bandelin UW 2070 Ultra Sonicator
    • New Brunswick BioFLO 110 Fermenter
    • Waters HPLC
    • LYODEL Table Top Lyophillizer / Freeze Dryer
    • Eppendorf Mastercycler Gradient
    • BioRad Gel Documentation with digital camera and software
    • Olympus Inverted Phase Contrast Microscope
    • Zeiss Trinocular Microscope
    • Olympus Inverted Phase Contrast Fluorescent Microscope with digital camera and software
    • BioRad 680 ELISA reader
    • Cyberlab Microplate ELISA Reader
    • Cyberview UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
    • CO2 Incubator
    • REMI Cooling Centrifuge
    • SAVANT Speed Vac SC110-centrifuge
    • Rotavacuum Evaporator
    • REMI Cyclomixer
    • ELGA Ultra-Purification Unit

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • DBT funded STAR College Scheme Status
  • MoU signed with Galaxy Biolabs Pvt. Ltd., Chennai to promote placement and research activities
  • One of the faculty member Dr. R. Thirugnanasampandan, Assistant Professor awarded with INSA Visiting Fellowship and Mr. N. Srinath, Assistant Professor awarded with Best Oral Presentation Award in National Conference organized by Nirmala College for Women, Coimbatore.
  • Various Major and Minor Projects have been sanctioned by Central Funding Agencies like DST-SERB, UGC.
  • PG and Research Students have been placed in various research institutes like Cochin University, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Alagappa University, etc., and in multinational companies like BIOCON, Monsanto, VWR International, Wipro, Accenture, HP Technologies, etc.
  • Two of our UG students were selected for National level Applied Biotechnology Training Programme organized by Chetinadu Medical College and Hospital, Chennai.
  • One of our Ph. D. Research Scholars has been selected for Poster presentation in International Conference, France.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Various In-Campus and Off-Campus placement opportunities have been encouraged by the Department in collaboration with Placement Cell, KASC

FUTURE PLAN

  • Exposure of Students to advance techniques in Biotechnology
  • Increasing collaboration with industries and research institutes
  • Developing research based environment by acquiring more grants from State and Central Agencies
  • Dissemination of scientific knowledge by organizing National level Workshop, Conferences, and Symposia

NOTABLE ALUMNI

  • Jayaseelan Murugaiyan, Scientist and Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. S.R.Madhanshankar, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore
  • Ms. N. Gayathri, Assistant Professor, in Dr. RV College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore
  • Mr. Prashanth, SRF, Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University
  • Mr. Boopal and K. Sankarpandi, JRF, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University
  • Mr. V. Aravintha Kumar is working in Monsanto Technologies, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Mr. Manikandan and Mr. Koushik are working in BIOCON India, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Mr. Arun Doss and Mr. Saravanan are working in Wipro, Bangalore, Karanataka
  • Ms. Priyadarshini, and Ms. Chandini, working in Accentures, Bangalore, Karnataka