• Sleepy Hollow, Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • registrar@kunainital.ac.in
Bio-technology Department: DSB Campus, Nainital

Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary subject with a vast potential for human welfare especially in the field of health (human and animal), food and nutrition, agricultural and animal sciences, environmental science and many other similar fields. The state of Uttarakhand cannot afford uncontrolled exploitation of its biodiversity and thus it becomes important to produce well trained human resource by establishing a research center for biotechnological research and development. After its establishment in the year 2000 through support from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, the Department of Biotechnology, Kumaun University has developed as an important academic center of the state of Uttarakhand, imparting postgraduate degrees in Biotechnology to science graduates from all over India. The students for the M.Sc. Biotechnology are selected by a common entrance examination conducted by J.N.U, New Delhi. After moving to its new campus at Bhimtal, inaugurated on 08th January 2010 by our Honorable Chief Minister, additional infrastructure, laboratory facilities and instrumentation have been added through support from DST- FIST and other grants. The department has 9 labs, 3 lecture theatres, a library, an auditorium and a conference room. It also has one Bioinformatics lab with 50 desktops, two high end servers along with 24 hours Wi-Fi broadband internet along with printing and photostat facility. After shifting to new premises the department has also initiated MSC microbiology program in self finance mode in the year 2010. The students are offered courses like, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Cell Biology Molecular Genetics, Molecular Virology, Genomics and Proteomics, Genetic Engineering, Plant Biotechnology Microbiological Techniques and Immunology etc. They also get training opportunity in various national institutes of repute and are required to undertake a research project in the last semester for partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of M.Sc. Degree. The Department of Biotechnology is having MoUs with several esteemed Institutions nationwide like CCMB Hyderabad, IVRI Mukteshwar, DIBER Haldwani, FRI Dehradun, VIPKAS Almora, NDRI Karnal, NIMR New Delhi, NBRI Lucknow, CEMAP Lucknow, NRCPB New Delhi, DCFR Bhimtal, Sikkim State Council of Science & Technology, Jalma Institute of Leprosy and other Chronical Diseases Agra, PDFMD Muktheswar, Wheat Research Institute Karnal and G.B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kosi Katarmal among others.

Courses Offered:

  1. M. Sc. Biotechnology
  2. M. Sc. Microbiology
  3. M. Sc. Biochemistry
  4. M. Sc. Bioinformatics

Head of the Department

Name : Dr. Veena Pande

Phone : 05942248185

Email : veena.biotech@gmail.com

About Head of the Department: Dr. Veena Pande did her M.Sc. (Biochemistry) from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar in 1990. She earned her Ph.D. in 2004 in Plant Biotechnology from Dept. of Botany, Kumaun University, Nainital. She is the HoD, Department of Biotechnology and Coordinator, Microbiology Programme at the department. She has 22 years of experience in teaching and research. She has published over 236 papers in many renowned national/ international journals and also has a US patent to her credit. She also has several book chapters and papers presented in technical meetings and proceedings to her credit. Several students have been pursuing their Ph.D. research under the supervision of Dr. Veena Pande (21 awarded, 06 pursuing). She provides and supervises excellent projects in cutting-edge technologies to M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. She has received a number of prestigious academic awards including the Governor’s Best Researcher award twice. She has several administrative responsibilities in Kumaun University and other organizations, as the coordinator Bioinformatics Infrastructure facility (BIF) center, coordinator SC/SP Net Coaching centre, Vice Principal, Community College (KU), Asst. D.S.W. Bhimtal campus in Kumaun university and District Coordinator of Uttarakhand Council of Science & Technology (UCOST) Dehradun. She is a member of various national institute committee viz. advisory committee for BCIL, DBT; National Institute of Malaria Research; DRL Goraparao, Haldwani; RDC committee of RML Avadh University Faizabad; Institute of Animal Ethics committee, IVRI Mukteshwar; Institutional Bio-safety committee (IBSC) at DIBER, Haldwani; Commission for scientific and Technical terminology commission, Govt. of India, Advisory Board of Institute of Biotechnology & Allied Sciences, Training & Research Centre, Piprali road, Sikar (Raj.), DCFR, Bhimtal; Probation Clearance committee at BIAS, Bhimtal; Institute Technology Management Committee (ITMC),DCFR, Bhimtal; Ucch Shiksha Sudhar Samiti (RUSA), Govt. of Uttarakhand Police Mahila Aichyik Beaureu,Distt Nainital; Institute Body, PGIMER, Chandigarh and many more. She has also been nominated as nodal officer of Kumaun University by Hon’ble Vice Chancellor for Skill development project of DBT-Govt.of India. She is also the member of various International and National academics societies such as the Life member of SBC (INDIA), Indian Science Congress Association, CHEA, International Symbiosis Society USA, International Mycorrhizal Society, INTACH, Environment and Social Welfare Society, Khajuraho (India) among others. Courses offered

After achieving a milestone in the field of M.Sc. Biotechnology, the department has also initiated Ph. D. programme in Biotechnology in 2006 and the teaching of its subsidiary and important branch-Microbiology at post graduate level from 2010. The passed out students have more than 95% success rate in acquiring fellowships through competitions at National level for PhD in institutes of their choice. They have secured admission for Doctoral degree in prestigious institutions like IISc Banglore NIMHANS Banglore, IVRI Izatnagar, NDRI Karnal, IMTECH Chandigarh, ITRC Lucknow, CDRI Lucknow, G.B. Pant University Pantnagar, IIT Roorkee, NCCS Pune, PGI Chandigarh, JNU New Delhi, IGIB New Delhi and ICGEB New Delhi, NIMR New Delhi among other institutions. After completing their Ph. D. many of them are working as Post-Doctoral Scientists abroad.

Faculty Members of DSB Campus Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. Veena Pandey Professor & Head Biochemistry & Plant Biotechnology Veena_kumaun@yahoo.co.in 05942248185 Dr. Veena Pandey View Profile
2 Dr. Tapan Kr. Nailwal Sr. Associate Professor Plant Molecular & Microbial Biotechnology tapannailwal@gmail.com Dr. Tapan Kr. Nailwal View Profile
3 Dr. Rishendra Kumar Assistant Professor Plant Molecular Biology & Tissue-culture 777rishendra@gmail.com 7060581594 Dr. Rishendra Kumar View Profile
4 Dr. Santosh K. Upadhyay Assistant Professor (Sr. Scale) Molecular Bio-prospecting for Human health; Infection Biology; Cancer Biology upadhyaysk97@gmail.com 8979715215 Dr. Santosh K. Upadhyay View Profile
5 Dr. Mayank Pandey Teaching Personnel Plant Stress Biology Pandeymayank80@gmail.com Dr. Mayank Pandey View Profile
6 Dr. Praveen Dhyani Asst Professor (Contract) Population Genomics, Next Generation Sequencing praveendhyani86@gmail.com 0000000000 Dr. Praveen Dhyani View Profile
7 Dr. Shikha Thakur Asstt. Professor Contractual Biotechnology, Enzymology shikhasen14@gmail.com 0000000000 Dr. Shikha Thakur View Profile