Biotechnology at MNNIT Allahabad was established as a new academic unit under Applied Mechanics in 2006, with the objective of integrating life sciences with engineering and to develop cutting-edge technology through research, training and technological innovation. Initially as a part of the Department of Applied Mechanics, an administratively independent Department of Biotechnology was established in the April, 2012. Since its inception, the department has witnessed a consistent rise in the students demand for the subject. Keeping a beat to the global demands for researchers in this field, a full fledged post graduate degree course (M. Tech) in Biotechnology was introduced in the year 2010. The department has also started a PhD program in biotechnology since 2009.
The department is well equipped with the all necessary instruments and a number of research facilities. The department has a young, enthusiastic and well qualified faculty actively involved in research and teaching. The teachers are available to the students for academic as well as personal counseling. The department has been encouraging the students to independently think as well as implement research ideas. Presently, B. Tech, M. Tech (Biotechnology) and PhD program is being run under Biotechnology with the involvement of thirteen faculty members.
During this short span of time, the discipline has grown in every sphere. The faculty has been able to generate the external funding from various government agencies viz., DST, DBT, UGC, MNRE etc. and published papers in national/ International journals of repute. The department has been able to generate externally funded research grants of approx. more than 1.5 crore within the short span. The faculty is frequently visiting various academic institutes/ research laboratories both in India and abroad. In addition, a national conference supported by DST, CSIR, DBT, ICMR and Ministry of Environment and Forest was also organized successfully in February, 2010. The infrastructure in terms of equipments and other aspects has also grown significantly. The three batches of Bachelor students in Biotechnology have passed, and all of them are either placed in good companies or pursuing their higher studies (MS and PhD programme) in India or abroad. In addition, students of the department have been successful in prestigious GRE, CSIR-UGC (NET), GATE examinations.