UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BIO-TECHNOLOGY
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USBT was founded in 1999 with the mission of generating world-class manpower and knowledge-base for biotechnology education, research and development based on national values, social awareness and conscience. The vision of USBT has been to impart learner-oriented education, research, demonstration and dissemination of knowledge to the needs of a sustainable society.
USBT began with a five and a half year integrated B. Tech/M. Tech course of 11 semesters and PhD programme. From the academic session 2004-2005 onwards, the M. Tech programme has been delinked from B.Tech programme and the two programmes are being offered under dual degree programme. Admission is strictly through an All India Common Entrance Test. Students with 10+2 in physics, chemistry, biology or biotechnology are eligible. Overwhelming demand of Biotechnology professionals, led to an increase in seats from 30 to 45 in the academic session 2006-07. The applicant's intake ratio has been highly competitive, being 130 to 1 for the academic session 2007-08.
USBT is equipped with advanced equipments costing over Rs. 5 crores and has been ranked first in terms of library and infrastructure, and an overall seventh in India by Cyber Media Research (publishers of biotech magazine Biospectrum). USBT is the youngest among all Top Ten Biotech Schools. 2005 survey, it was ranked third in the country for B.Tech (Biotechnology) education. The USBT has established state of the art laboratories for teaching and research in different areas of biotechnology viz. plant tissue culture, animal tissue culture, genomics, proteomics, microbial technology and bioinformatics. USBT recently, acquired automatic DNA sequencer and FT-NIR facility also.
From August 1st 2010, we are going to shift to new state of the art labs at the Dwarka campus, where we would strive to ensure that new labs are GLP compliant in order to attract industrial funding. Considering the demands of training and research in the post genomic era, we plan to actively pursue projects and collaborative programs in plant/animal/microbial functional genomics, stem cell biology and industrial biotechnology. Additional facilities are also being planned such as animal house, green house, radioisotope facility, departmental library, bioinformatics lab, nano-biomaterials, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical teaching and research facility.
Advanced contemporary research is an important activity of the USBT that has led to 200 research papers in last seven years - of which more than 100 are in international journals. Presently, there are 25 students pursuing Ph. D under the guidance of faculty members. Our research areas span various disciplines of biotechnology like plant biotechnology, structural and functional genomics and proteomics, microbial & plant based bioactives, biotic and abiotic stress signaling, development and metabolic regulation, animal biotechnology, immunology and molecular biology of human pathogens and disease, microbial biotechnology, food biotechnology, pharmaceutical biotechnology, biosensors, & bioinformatics, etc.
Our students' profile reflects its national character in terms of various regions, communities and gender. After completing B.Tech/M.Tech course a majority of students opt for PhD in India (IISc, NCBS, CCMB, JNCASR, NCCS, ICGEB, IGIB, NII, IITD, IITM, IITK, IITB, FMS, IIM Ahmedabad & IIM Luknow) or abroad in Universities like Cambridge, Göttingen, Tufts, Penn State, Ohio State, Utah, Iowa State, Chicago, Massachusetts, Texas A & M, Cincinnati, Nebraska, and Max-Planck Institute, Frankfurt. Some successfully combine this course with MBA programme. Students have also been regularly offered jobs by industrial organizations such as Reliance, Panacea Biotech, TCGA, BCIL, Jubilant Organosys, and E-value serve. Students of the USBT have proven their academic acumen by successfully qualifying in many national (UGC/CSIR/- NET, ICMR, GATE, CAT, IIFT, IMI, ICFAI, XIMB) and international (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT) competitive examinations, often with top scores and ranks.
USBT boasts of an excellent faculty profile. Faculty Members of the USBT are PhD holders from reputed institutions in India and abroad and represent diverse areas such as Genomics, Bioinformatics, Agricultural Biotechnology, Biomedical Research, Food Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology, as well as IPR, Biosafety, Bioethics Commercial & Management of Biotechnology issues, as evidenced by their publications, conference presentations, awards, and extramural research grants. Some of them are Fellows of National Academies/Societies/Professional bodies. Faculty members have availed top research Fellowships like Alexander von Humboldt, JSPS, INSA-DFG, INSA-Royal Society, BOYSCAST, UNESCO Biotechnology Award, etc. to work in world-renowned institutes in Germany, Japan, UK and USA. The faculty consciously orients and updates themselves by attending refresher/orientation courses and participating in national/international conferences/symposia/workshops. Two faculty members have been conferred with the Best Teacher Award of the University for consecutive years. So far the faculty has attracted extramural funding of Rs. 3.71 crore in the form of sponsored research projects from various granting agencies like DRDO, CSIR, DST, AICTE, UGC and MOEF.