I am thankful to you for choosing to visit the official website of the Department of Biotechnology at University of Kashmir. Housed today in the ground floor of the Science Block Building at the central campus of the University of Kashmir, this department initially started working from a small space comprising of two rooms and one lab at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the year 2000 with a vision of producing an internationally competent, well-trained human resource in biotechnology. During last eighteen years, the Department has established itself as one amongst the top Biotechnology schools and has attracted the talented young and budding scientists from different streams of Biology. The department has also got national level recognition and support and has earned SAP-I and SAP-II from University grants commission, and FIST-1 and FIST-II from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Besides our faculty members have earned extra mural grants from national and international funding agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), University Grants commission (UGC), Welcome trust etc. which has considerably strengthened our infrastructure. The department draws its strength from an exceptionally trained and talented faculty, ready to share their knowledge and expertise and deeply and religiously involved in imparting training to the younger lot.

I welcome you all to the Biotechnology community at University of Kashmir, though specifically I am honoured to welcome those of you who qualify to be part of our community by joining our Masters degree program, as doctoral students, Post doc fellows or as new faculty members or in what ever capacity. It will be my utmost desire to make your stay comfortable and productive, but I need your support and seek your cooperation which can come through your hard work, dedication and focused efforts. We are here to facilitate your transition and growth.

For students joining our M Sc Program

The Master’s program in Biotechnology at University of Kashmir is funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India. Besides the provisions for consumables and thesis grant, the students in the program are provided a monthly studentship of Rs 5000/=. 

The program provides broad-based training and experience. The intensive core curriculum includes Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioprocess Engineering, Developmental Biology, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, Advanced Enzymology and Immune biology. Besides we offer number of electives like epigenetics,  Non-coding RNA and stem cells, Cancer Immunology, Genomics and proteomics,  Nanotechnology, Bioethics etc. that provides a rare opportunity of specialised  learning and unique experience.  The theoretical learning is backed by regular laboratory coursework through out the first three semesters, these laboratory courses are a part of our core curriculum and earn you the credits.  

Research base project training: We at the department of Biotechnology recognise that the best realistic and pragmatic approaches to learning and gaining skills is through experimentation and observation. That is why, in our M Sc program, one full semester is dedicated to an extensive research based project that forms a core component of the program and is credit based. It is aimed at training and confidence building, can be helpful in industrial setups, and in particular facilitate those of you who are interested in making a career in research. 

We shall encourage you to prepare for national level exams and scholarships like NET, BET, ICMR and GATE, and even encourage you to strive for placements in internationally reputed research labs. The students completing the Master’s program from this department are generally received with enthusiasm at all the premier institutions across the country and abroad. 

Please take a moment to check out our web site, the research interests of our faculty, and the course and learning opportunities available. 

With constant and continuous efforts of our faculty, staff and students, we have been able to establish reasonably well infrastructure and a correspondingly  matching rapport and recognition, we, however,  realise there is always a great scope for improvement. We are open to criticism and welcome feed back aimed at improving the quality of biotechnology education and research. 

For any suggestions or feed back you may drop into my office or contact me at 

Prof. Raies A. Qadri
Head Of Department