Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to Savitribai Phule Pune University (MS), and thank you for giving preference to Department of Biotechnology for shaping and enriching your Post graduate learning and career in Biotechnology. Conceptually Biotechnology should be understood as a sociotechnical system: a complex and interacting set of elements that includes both technical (test tubes, PCR, gene sequencing machines etc.) and social things (laws, institutions, science fiction movies etc.). This concept suggests that the outcomes of science and technology are always coproduced by social and technical circumstance, for example, we cannot understand stem cells, Cancer cells, embryos or climate change or even quantum mechanics without paying attention to both technical and social circumstances at the same time. To materialize this concept, higher education especially biotechnology is being integrated with many disciplines of human welfare. In concert with the above concept, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India has immensely inspired the Biotechnology research and development activities through several research and development projects, demonstrations, grants and creation of infrastructural facilities, as result a clear visible impact of this field has been seen in the development profile of our country in the fields of human genome, vaccines, infectious, chronic and degenerative diseases, cell science, crop science, animal and plant biotechnology, agriculture and aqua culture, food and nutrition, environmental management and technologies for clean energy etc. We are equally excited to witness and becoming a part of upcoming thrills of CRISPR-Cas technology (for editing, regulating and targeting genomes), technologies in bioelectronics, biosensors, bio-fabrication and bioenergy etc. We are in tune with these paradigm disruptive innovations happening around us and open for contemporary changes.
Department of Biotechnology of Savitribai Phule Pune University is a Government aided National Centre of Biotechnology learning and financially supported by DBT, Govt. of India and Savitribai Phule Pune University. Consistently, a well trained and skilled human resource is being provided from this Department since its inception. Several alumni of this Department are working in National and International institutes of repute all over the world. Culturally, Pune happens to be a unique place for learning Biotechnology as we harbour students across the country through JNU National test. Nevertheless the cultural legacy and heritage of Pune has branded this city as “Cultural Capital of Maharashtra”. Apart from well facilitated state-of-the-art laboratories, we have a vibrant panel of qualified, trained (inland and abroad) and motivated teachers and supporting staff. Our faculties have impressive track record of research credentials in various areas of Biotechnology. A cursory look at the website of our Department may help you to get better insight about this centre. At present we are offering M. Sc. (two year) and Ph. D programme in Biotechnology. We expose our students to faculties, facilities and infrastructure of several Pune based reputed Institutions like NCCS, NCL, IISER, NIV, NAARI and many other Biotechnology based enterprises & industries etc. which perhaps may help students to sharpen their knowledge, future collaborations and may serve as a ready reference for manoeuvring their carrier in Biotechnology research, entrepreneurship or start-ups etc. We honestly feel that we may add values to student’s life which possibly will equip them to circumvent the adversities in their life. I hope you will have comfortable stay and joyful learning experience at Department of Biotechnology of SPPU. Thank you
Prof. Rajesh N. Gacche (Ph. D. LL.B)
Head, Department of Biotechnology,
Savitribai Phule Pune University