Department of Biotechnology,
Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly known as University of Pune) was established in 1994. Prior to this, the teaching programme of M.Sc. Biotechnology was initiated at the Department of Zoology in 1985 along with few other such centres in the country, with ample support from the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. In course of time, the Department of Biotechnology, Savitribai Phule Pune University became one of the best centres of learning in Biotechnology in the country.
The Department attracts students from all over the country and abroad. In addition to the core faculty, Department also appoints Faculty under various Govt. schemes namely, DBT Ramalingaswamy fellow, DST INSPIRE faculty, UGC faculty under recharge programme, Bio-CARE PI etc. Faculty members from other related departments and scientists from various National Institutes namely, National Chemical Laboratory, National Centre for Cell Science, National Institute of Virology, Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research, National AIDS Research Institute and Agharkar Research Institute contribute to the teaching programme. This support has been an asset to maintain the quality of the M.Sc. teaching programme.
Department faculty has also been contributing to high quality research in
the front line areas of Biotechnology.
Faculty members also collaborate with scientists from National institutes in India and abroad. The research component further strengthens the teaching programme. Due to this excellent quality teaching program, this Department has been able to generate excellent human resources in Biotechnology. Every year as many as 50 students complete their Ph.D. in Biotechnology (Savitribai Phule Pune University). Since several years many of the ex-students of the Department are well placed in various premier Institutions as scientists, teachers & entrepreneurs in various parts of the country and abroad.