Faculty of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of biotechnology field to the society. A career in biotechnology is not just a job. It is finding possible innovative solutions for the problems in health, food and environment sectors such as developing vaccines to eliminate epidemics, curtail food shortages by developing GM crops, and minimise environment pollution by producing eco-friendly biopesticides, biofertilizers, biodegradable plastics and bioenergy. Biotechnology is, thus, an emerging research sector not only in India but also world wide. 

The Faculty of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology has two schools:

We prepare technically qualified, skilled, and competent human resource in biotechnology and related disciplines through excellent teaching and hands-on training. With this, we cater to talent requirements in Biotech, Food and Pharma industries. 

We offer undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level programmes in all three disciplines --Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Food Technology and undergrad and Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. Our students are trained to implement the study of science to practical applications.

Highlights

  • Headed by Dr Anuradha Sourirajan, PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and post doctorate from National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA  
  • Our faculty offers the popular Summit Research Programme - A reimagined B Tech Biotechnology degree programme, the first and only one in India
  • Academic collaborations with universities in USA, UK, Italy, China, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan etc
  • Undergraduates are trained to become scientists
  • Students receive attractive research and overseas fellowships

Why Enroll?

We integrate real-world expertise with practical skills to enable students to make ground-breaking discoveries, conduct innovative research and make a mark in the global arena.

  • Biotechnology Corporate Resource Centre: Interface between students, teachers and corporate world 
  • High Impact Research: One of India's most research-intensive universities
  • Himachal’s First Commercial Food Testing Laboratory: Set up with Rs 2.85 crore grant (MOFPI)
  • International Collaborations: Exchange programs at UG and PG level
  • Research intensive programs right from UG level, with students as inventors in patents
  • State–of–the–art academic infrastructure and equipped labs for research
  • Globally acclaimed Faculty Members: Include postdocs trained at renowned institutions in USA and Europe 
  • Recognized as Excellent University for Research in Biotechnology by CCI and Gujarat Technological University
  • Student-Driven, Proactive Placement Cell: Committed to provide 100 per cent placements for professional programs

Our highly qualified and learned faculty members comprise nationally and internationally renowned academicians and industry leaders recognised globally for their outstanding achievements. Most have done their PhD and postdoctoral work at global institutions in India, USA, UK, Europe, China and more. Our emphasis is on quality teaching and high-impact research work. Most faculty members have received awards, grants and recognition in their fields of interest, which provides an ideal platform for learning in sophisticated labs of Biotechnology, Microbiology and Food Technology.

Placements

Our ‘Mission 130’ aims at 100 per cent employability of students with 30 per cent in the top companies. Renowned academicians, scientists and business managers are already collaborating with us to make this mission a reality.

We have a dedicated and student-driven proactive Placement Cell, which looks after all activities related to career development, training and placement of students. Headed by an experienced team of professionals, the Placement Cell works tirelessly and diligently to provide students the right handholding in their final year. During our placement weeks, a large number of MNCs and leading companies visit the campus for on-the-spot placements.

Research

Considered among the best in the country in the BioSpectrum rankings, and recognized as Excellent University for Research in Biotechnology (CCI AND GTU), the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology research focuses on bio-molecular engineering, food technology, biosensor technology, harnessing Himalayan medicinal flora for drug discovery to treat cancer, microbial infections and associated anti-microbial resistance (AMR), host-pathogen interactions, biodiversity and omics of extremophiles, cloning and molecular characterization of industrially important proteins and enzymes, bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides. 

Current Areas of Research

  • Drug discovery for cancer, diabetes, obesity 
  • Antimicrobials, anti-microbial resistance and Nano-Particle Based Drugs 
  • Aging and Nutrition
  • Plant Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Bio-fertilizers and Pest Biocontrol 
  • Bioremediation 
  • Conservation of Himalayan Biodiversity 
  • Transgenics for Desiccation tolerance in crops 
  • Metagenomics of Himalayan microflora 
  • Microbial fuel cells and bioenergy
  • Genomics, Proteomics, and Enzyme Mining of extremophiles
  • Microalgae research
  • Water purification 
  • Low-cost Food Processing Engineering 
  • Nutraceuticals based on wines and fruits
  • Probiotics
  • Biosensor Technology for disease diagnostics
  • Meat process technology, Cereal technology, Biodegradable and edible coatings

Our food technology division houses Himachal’s first commercial food testing laboratory with a financial outlay of Rs. 2.85 crore funded by Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI), Government of India. The faculty has received a DST FIST grant of Rs. 65 lakh for setting up a proteomics facility at the university. The DST along with HPPIC, SCSTE (Shimla) also sponsored an IPR cell at the University.

In addition, the university has also received a financial assistance of Rs. 73.71 lakh under the Human Resource Development Scheme for creation of Infrastructure Development facilities for B Tech & M Tech Food technology courses by the MOFPI. The project includes financial assistance for the purchase of 26 major machines and equipments related to food processing, canning and dairy processing. The financial grant includes an assistance of Rs. 5 lakh for the purchase of more than 500 book titles in the subject of food technology. The university is also looking forward to producing marketable food, vegetable, bakery and dairy based products tailored by the food processing units at a pilot scale.

Further to satisfy the requirements of the biotech industry, our graduates are imparted practical training in plant tissue culture, biotransformation, fermentation, molecular biology, Recombinant DNA Technology, industrial enzymes screening and production, biochemical analysis and standardization of analytical instruments. Graduate and post-graduate students are required to undertake research/ projects.

Student Voices

Dikshita Thakur (MSc Biotech)
The exposure and education at Shoolini enabled me to secure a job in BioCon, one of the top Biotech firms.

Rajan Rolta (BTech/MTech BT)
I am grateful to Shoolini and my mentor for supporting me in filing nine patents during my B Tech and M Tech programs.

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