Department of Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia was established in the year 2008 in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Department offers graduate and masters on semester system pattern and Ph.D. degrees in biotechnology as per recent UGC norms. Prior to it, from the year 2001-2007, courses at the level of Graduate ( B.Sc. Biotechnology ) and Masters (M.Sc. Biotechnology) were running in the Department of Biosciences of the same university. Department of Biotechnology is equipped with fully air-conditioned offices, classrooms and labs. At present, its student intake capacity is 30 for M.Sc. and B.Sc. courses each. Seat to applicant ratio for B.Sc and M.Sc. courses was app. 55 in the year 2011, seat available versus students seeking admission. So far nine batches of M.Sc. and eight batches of B.Sc. have obtained their degrees and are very well placed in the prestigious institutions like IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, MAMC (University of Delhi), AIIMS, New Delhi, NICD, ICMR. Till date, hundreds of students have qualified for the UGC, CSIR, ICMR, & DBT, NET JRFs.
M.Sc. Biotechnology program is so popular that in an All India Survey it has been rated among top 10 Biotech Programs (among Public funded Institutions) for the last three consecutive years. The Department is headed by Prof. (Dr.) Syed Akhtar Husain.
Prof. Syed Akhtar Husain is doing research in area of cancer biology and male sterility. Other faculty members namely Dr. M. Husain (PDF from USA), Dr. M. Irfan Qureshi (PDF from Italy), Dr. Kapil Dev, Dr. Meetu Gupta, Dr. Sadaf Fatima and Dr. Abdur Rub (PDF from USA) are working in field of HIV/AIDS, proteomics & bioinformatics, medical molecular biology, Environmental Biotechnology and Plant Ecotoxicology & Ecophysiology, protein chemistry and molecular biology of host-parasite interaction, respectively. The faculty members have published more than 100 research articles/chapters in journals/books of national and international repute. All faculty members are active in doing advance research funded by various Govt. of India agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DBT, ICMR, DST, etc. with around 25 Ph.D students/Project fellows working on several important research topics. Important achievements of Department of Biotechnology, JMI in the last few years are:
1. Undergraduate research facility funded by UGC, Govt. of India along with stipend and contingency to the students, and 2..Organization of lecture series with informative and thought-provoking lectures delivered by Indian and American scientists. Even though the Department was created only three years back, it has been making rapid progress in terms of generation of extramural research funding (more than 1 Crore with ongoing/completed projects), establishment of teaching labs, installation of teaching infrastructure with multi media aids and other co-curricular activities. The department has set up on itself the condition to achieving excellence in the shortest span of time. In this direction the Department of Biotechnology is approaching biotech industries not only to collaborate for product oriented research but also for the placement of the students. Innovative and effective teaching methods are also being adopted. The department is rapidly heading towards achieving excellence to put tough challenge to top-most biotechnology institute in India in near future. A huge Biotechnology wing is under construction which will be handed over to the department soon.