Dr. Jhimli Dasgupta (HOD)
Head of the Department
St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), 30 Mother Teresa Sarani Kolkata 700016 West Bengal, India
Head of the Department
Courses Offered by the Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology:
Background and Course Objective:
Post Graduate Department of Biotechnology, since its inception, emphasizes on both teaching and research. Five years integrated course in Biotechnology intends to equip students with theoretical and practical understanding of contemporary Biology and Biotechnology such that they can contribute to the frontier areas in Biotechnology. The Department generates adequate human resources to meet the requirement of trained personnel in the multi-disciplinary field of Biotechnology both in India and in the world. Meritorious students join the department every year. Not only are they excellent in academics, they are at the forefront in extracurricular activities as well, representing the college in the field of sports and performing arts. Every year, many students qualify national level competitive examinations including CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET), DBT-BET and GATE. Students also attend and present papers at seminars and workshops at various institutes both in Kolkata and in other parts of India. The department organizes an annual national seminar Frontiers in Biotechnology and publishes an annual magazine, called CHIASMA.
Faculty Members of the Department:
The department has a total of ten full time faculty members: Dr. Chandana Barat, Dr. Uma Siddhanta, Dr. Sudipa Saha, Dr. Aniruddha Banerji, Dr. Jhimli Dasgupta (HOD), Dr. Aryadeep Roy Choudhury [Assistant Professor, Professor-in-charge of Laboratory], Dr. Ronita Nag Chaudhuri, Dr. Priyanka De, Dr. Souvik Roy, Dr. Sayak Ganguli. The faculty members of the department are actively involved in research in various field like Study of protein folding and aggregation, Epigenetic regulation during DNA damage response, Structural biology of molecular motors, Plant physiology and biochemistry, Cell biology, Cancer biology etc. The department is well equipped with modern laboratories [Details are available in the Teaching and research infrastructure section]. Apart from that, Professors and scholars often avail tissue culture facilities, cold lab etc. located at the Central Research Facility of the College. Professors receive financial supports as extramural research grants from the funding agencies like CSIR, UGC, DST(SERB), DAE(BRNS), MHRD-STARS, ICMR, DBT and DBT(IYBA), DBT-WB and DST-WB etc. Some professors have also received prestigious national and international awards [details of research grants and awards are in the profile of the professors]. The department has received and successfully run the infrastructure grant BOOST from the DBT-WB during 2014-2017. Very recently, the Dept. of Biotechnology and Dept. of Microbiology have received another infrastructure grant DBT-BUILDER from DBT, India.
So far, more than 12 research scholars have completed their Ph. D under the guidance of the faculty members of the department. Most of those scholars are currently pursuing their post-doctoral research in different prestigious institutes of India and abroad. The University of Calcutta approved the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph. D) under St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata to be awarded for Biotechnology in 2015. At present 17 scholars are pursuing doctoral research under the supervision of the faculty members of the department, presenting their findings at national and international conferences and publishing research findings in international and national peer-reviewed journals. Details of research interests and publications are available in the profile of the faculty members.
Laboratory Staffs of the Department:
Laboratories and the equipments of the Department are efficiently maintained by the staff members Mr. Abhijit Ghoshal (Laboratory assistant), Mr. Rajkumar Dolui (Laboratory attendant) and Mr. Bidesh Makhal (Laboratory attendant).
Ph.D. Scholars of the Department:
The Integrated M. Sc course in Biotechnology is for the duration of five years (divided into ten semesters) on completion of which a certificate of Masters Degree in Biotechnology is provided. The course is delivered in the form of formal lectures, practical classes and discussions of recent scientific literature. The visual mode of instruction is liberally used, with powerpoint presentations being used to impart knowledge. As in the study of any science, practicals are of utmost importance. Laboratory visits and field trips are organized for providing students with exposure to current biotechnological techniques and for opportunities to study animal and plant biology and evolution. The students of the final semester (Semester X) go for a dissertation project to gather hands-on training on advanced research techniques in various fields of modern biological science.
The CBCS curriculum has been introduced from July 2018.
Achievement of the Students:
The academic performance of our students has been brilliant. Every year, many of our students qualify competitive examinations at the national level including CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET), DBT-BET and GATE (Life Sciences). Details of last two years are available in the Students qualified in competitive exams section.
|Competitive Examinations Qualified
(Note: many students qualified multiple examinations)
CSIR-UGC NET JRF: 8; LS-NET: 3; DBT-BET JRF: 3; GATE (Life Science): 5
|2014-19||CSIR-UGC NET JRF: 20; LS-NET: 5; GATE (Life Science): 14|
|2015-20||CSIR UGC NET DEC 2018: JRF-7; CSIR UGC NET JUNE 2019: JRF-7
CSIR UGC NET DEC 2019: JRF-6; LS-1; CSIR UGC NET JUNE 2020: JRF-2; LS-2
GATE 2020: 11 (BIOTECHNOLOGY); 3(LIFE SCIENCES); DBT BET 2020:3
|2016-21||CSIR UGC NET DEC 2019: JRF-9; LS-3; CSIR UGC NET JUNE 2020: JRF-8; LS-2
DBT NET 2020: JRF-1
Some of our students have also qualified for/received the prestigious CSIR Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship. To name a few of them:
Our students pursue their research at various institutes of national repute including:
University of Calcutta (Kolkata)
St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata
Bose Institute (Kolkata)
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (Kolkata)
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (Kolkata)
Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata)
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Kolkata)
National Institute of Immunology (New Delhi)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) (Mumbai)
National Centre for Cell Sciences (Pune)
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (Hyderabad)
Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)
National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) (Bangalore)
Many of our students are pursuing further studies/ research in various reputed institutes abroad such as:
Student activities of pursuing batches:
The department strives to foster holistic student development. Besides academic involvements, the department believes in the implementation of the various student activities through which the student can practice, develop and refine their favourite activities and hobbies. The details of student activities and accomplishments of the current batches are available in the ‘Student Activities’ section.