Re-accredited by NAAC with a CGPA of
3.62 on a four point scale at 'A' Grade
An ISO 9001 : 2008 Certified University
Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune
Dr. D. Y. Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute
Tathawade, Pune 411033.
DST-FIST (Level-1),
Supported Institute
(Infrastructure Support for Teaching & Research Awarded by The Department of Science &
Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. India, New Delhi)
Approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), GOVT OF INDIA

Introduction

The four-year B. Tech. (Biotechnology) (BBT) and B. Tech. (Bioinformatics) (BBI) programmes are of eight semesters each, whereas the five-year M.Tech. (Integrated) programme in Biotechnology (MIT) is of ten semesters. The course-work includes courses in Humanities (HU), Basic Sciences (BS), introductory Computer Science (CS), Biotechnology (BT) and Bioinformatics (BI). The students in Biotechnology have topics on Bioinformatics and those of Bioinformatics on Biotechnology to give a broad base to a student and allow migrations at later stage of their lives. Examples of courses in each category are given below.

Humanities:

Personality Development, Technical Writing, Biotechnology in Business, Bio-safety and Bio-ethics, Intellectual Property Rights, Entrepreneurship Development, Quality Control etc.

 

Basic Sciences:

Physics, Organic Chemistry, Basic Biology, Introduction to Cell Biology, Core Mathematics, Genetics, Microbiology, Mammalian Physiology, Biomathematics & Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Biodiversity etc. Computer Science: Introduction to Computers, C-programming, Data Structures & Algorithms, Perl and Bioperl, Operating Systems, Networking etc.

 

Biotechnology:

General & Industrial Microbiology, Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Animal tissue culture, Plant Tissue culture, Immunology, Pharmacology, Nano-Biotechnology, Biopharmaceuticals, Fermentation technology, r-DNA technology, Food Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Molecular Cell Signaling, Chemical Engineering, Protein and Metabolic Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering and Technology etc.

 

Bioinformatics:

Introduction to Bioinformatics, Molecular Modeling, Chemo-informatics, Biological databases, Sequence analysis methods, Genomics, Proteomics, Data management, Data analysis tools, Java and Web Technology, Markup Languages, Drug designing, Protein modeling, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Principles of Data Quality Control, etc.

The quantum and level of these courses are decided by Board of Studies and approved by Faculty of Technology, Academic Council and Board of Management of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth. The course structure and course contents for BBT, BBI and MIT are given in separate documents.

As per AICTE guidelines 15-20 % credits have been allotted for Nonprofessional courses mainly in basic sciences inclusive of computer science. Around 10% credits are reserved for Management Subjects and Humanities. Out of the technology credits, around 25-30 % credits are for 'Allied topics' (Allied subject for Biotechnology is Bioinformatics and for Bioinformatics is Biotechnology), and 40% credits are for the technology subject itself.

These courses are evaluated on regular basis during the entire tenure of the programme. However, at the end of semesters I-VII of BBT and BBI, (and I-VIII semesters of MIT), there would be a University End Semester Examination (ESE) for the theory component and the practicals.

The first semester has two remedial courses in: Core Mathematics and Basic Biology for weaker students. The communication skills and many basic science courses are covered mainly in I and II Semesters. The III and IV Semesters have combination of basic science and technology courses.

At the end of IV and VI Semesters students are encouraged to do a small research project in the Institute or any other Research Institute, or go for short term training in the Industry. The placement and academic division of the Institute help them. Most of the courses in first four semesters are compulsory. From semesters V-VII there are compulsory as well as elective courses. The VII Semester in B.Tech. and VIII Semester in M.Tech. have courses in Quality Control, Intellectual Property Rights, Entrepreneur Development, which make them ready for Industry. They are also introduced to Literature survey and scientific writing skills.

Semester VIII of BBT and BBI, and semesters IX and X of MIT are devoted to a research project/ Industrial training. Institute's placement cell helps them to find the training of their choice. Students can select a research project in the Institute or any other research centre or University, where good research is done, in consultation with the faculty advisor. They can be sent for Industrial training or choose a combination of research project and Industrial training.