M.Sc.Biotechnology , Patna University

(Seventh Oldest University of the Indian Subcontinent.)

M.Sc.Biotechnology,Patna University

The history of man is marked by continuous efforts to make good use of biosphere. The efficiency and success of his endeavours have increased as his knowledge and Understanding of the living world has grown. Progress in the biology during the last 60 years has provided the knowledge for utilization of genetic machinery of life for the production of special substances of human utility. Research and development and commercialisation in the field of modern biology and biotechnology have positioned themselves in the driving seat both in the developed and developing countries during the 21st Century. A large number of younger people are attracted towards pursuing biotechnology as a career option. This is because researchers world over are delving more and more deeply into the fundamentals of life’s secrets at the cellular and molecular levels. The unravelling of the double helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 has led to exploration of unending opportunities, especially directed towards the welfare of humankind. Biotechnology is being promoted in the country keeping in view its enormous potential to improve agriculture, food, health, environment and energy requirements of the population. It also aims at creating opportunities for employment generation and adding to the economic progress of the nation through environmentally sustainable industrial development. The priority areas in which there is a need to generate trained human capital include Genomics, molecular dicines and diagnostics, vaccines, drug delivery, bioinstrumentation, bioremediation, biofuels, bioinformatics, pharmaceutics, and industrial processing.

Biotechnology has emerged due to an unique synergy of knowledge of biological sciences with technology with the aim to develop economically feasible processes and products using living organisms. In order to enhance the skilled human resource base, the Patna University has introduced M.Sc. degree course in Biotechnology in the Faculty of Science from the academic session beginning 2007 on self-financing basis. Well equipped laboratory with strong infrastructural base and linkages with a number of university departments and laboratories in India and abroad exist for the course. The research projects funded by different agencies will generate interest among young students joining this course to take-up the global challenges in R & D. The Biotechnology course has the sole aim to impart skill-based intensive training through classroom teaching, interactive discussions, acquisition of knowledge of handling sophisticated equipment and data storage/analysis, all of which will pave the way for job avenues in areas of agriculture, environment, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics, biofuel and other biotech industries.


An efficient set of teachers/resource persons/ scientists drawn from various institutions/departments/ National laboratories is available to impart teaching on specialized topics. In order to facilitate smooth running of the course, the Patna University has appointed a coordinator who is responsible for smooth conduct of the course. The administrative set-up of the Department is as follows:

Prof. Surendra Singh


Dr.Birendra Prasad   


Our Mission

To make spiring intelligentsia of Patna University, mentally tough, emotionally strong & intellectually sharp so that they can float quite efficiently and actively in the ever flowing and vast stream of technological advancement.

To inculcate a work culture among the student which not only enables them to peform in biotechnology competitions with flying colours but also to raise themselves to enviable heights in their career?

To develop a problem solving aptitude & an analytical frame of mind.

To pursue the endeavour to nurture the young talent.

To enable the Patna University students, to settle down with a biotechnology career which is intellectually challenging, professionally satisfying, socially prestigious & financially rewarding.