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Departmental Profile

The Department of Biotechnology, Assam University, Silchar 788011, India offers MSc, MPhil, PhD and DSc programs in Biotechnology. The Master Degree program of the department was started in July 2004, and is of two-year duration. The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) was adopted from July 2010 onwards. Core courses as well as advanced courses like Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Genetic Engineering, Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology and Medical Biotechnology are covered. The MSc final semester students also undertake a short term research project towards completion of the program. Our main goal is to impart hands-on-practicals in six different laboratories, 1. Biochemistry 2. Animal Cell Biology and Immunology 3. Molecular Biology 4. Microbial Technology 5. Plant Biotechnology and 6. Bioinformatics and Genomics. The departmental faculties are actively involved in research in the broad areas of Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Immunology, DNA barcoding, Genomics, Genetics and Bioinformatics. Department has several research projects on cancer genomics, DNA barcoding, methanogenomics, molecular characterization of nitrogen fixing bacteria, plant biotechnology etc. The department is equipped with a small animal house, and state of the art equipments such as deep freezer (-20 & -80), gradient and personal thermal cycler, real time PCR equipment, gel documentation system, animal cell culture and plant tissue culture facilities, automated DNA sequencer etc. and much more. These facilities are available to MSc, MPhil and PhD students. Students actively participate in the seminars and workshops conducted at both university and national level. They are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities at university level.

Courses Offered Duration Intake Capacity Program Course Structure
M.Sc.(by course work) Four Semesters 25

PG Syllabus (CBCS) with learning outcomes (Old Syllabus)


PG Syllabus (NEP 2020) with learning outcomes (From December 2022)

M.Phil. (by course work & dissertation) Three Semesters According to vacancies available with the Faculty members  
Ph.D. (by course work & research work)   According to vacancies available with the Faculty members Ph.D. Course Work Syllabus
D.Sc. (by research work)      
      Four Year Under Graduate Syllabus (NEP 2020) Effective from the Academic Year 2023-24

Notification regarding IDC Paper: BTYIDC-554 (Fundamentals of Biotechnology) for PG 2nd Semester of different academic departments, AUS for the session 2023-24


Name & Qualification Designation Area of Specialization Contact & Email ID
Sankar Kumar Ghosh


[Ph.D., PDF(USA)]

Professor Genomics, Cancer, DNA barcoding, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Animal and Medical Biotechnology drsankarghosh@gmail.com
Supriyo Chakraborty [Ph.D., PDF(USA)] Professor Plant Genetics, QTL mapping in plant, Sequence based DNA analysis, Quantitative Genetics, miRNA prediction supriyoch_2008@rediffmail.com
Pranab Behari Mazumder [Ph.D.,PDF(USA)] Professor Genetics, TALEN Cloning, Micro RNA, Molecular Mechanism of Induced Systemic tolerance in Plants, PGPR, Profiling of Stress Resistance Gene expression in Plants and Bacteria and Plant Biotechnology pbmazumder65@gmail.com
Mahuya Sengupta [Ph.D.] Professor Immunology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology senguptamahuya35@gmail.com
Yashmin Choudhury [Ph.D., PDF(UK)]
Assistant Professor Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cancer Biology yashminchoudhury@gmail.com
Ravi Prakash Arya [Ph.D., PDF(USA)] Assistant Professor Virology, Host-pathogen interaction, cell biology, vaccines and anti-virals. ravi.arya82@gmail.com

Head of Department

Prof. Mahuya Sengupta


A good number of passed out students are now employed as teachers in colleges, universities and other educational institutes. Also many of the students have found placements in industrial and service organizations within and outside North East India.

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