Since December 1987, this department has been engaged under the three broad mandates including academic, research and extension activities in the field of biotechnology. The department imparts quality education by offering two degree programmes viz., M.Sc. (Agri.) Molecular Biology & Biotechnology and Ph.D. Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, respectively. This department has proficient faculty and well-equipped laboratories in the field of plant biotechnology and molecular biology.The research has focused to address various basic and applied researchable issues of production, protection and genetic improvement in horticulture and forest crops through biotechnological interventions including technology transfers to the farmers’ field and impart trainings for the capacity building on plant tissue culture and other biotechnological aspects to students/farmers/entrepreneurs. The department has successfully completed 45 externally funded ad-hoc research projects funded by national and international funding agencies and has published various research papers of high impact in the reputed journals including 05 patents to its credit. The department in its journey of over 35 years has been able to generate 279 M.Sc. and 92 Ph.D. students.The alumni are well placed in various capable positions of R&D, academic, administrative services, biotech-based industries and other agri-entrepreneurship development sectors.
The department offers two degree programmes