In 2011, the BSc (Hons) Biotechnology programme started with the objective of imparting quality education and inculcating research aptitude among the UG students to accelerate in the field of biotechnology. The Department of Biotechnology, COHF, UHF, Neri was established in 2017 with three mandates teaching, research and extension activities in the field of biotechnology. The department imparts quality education by offering two degree programmes viz., BTech Biotechnology and M.Sc. (Agri.) Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, respectively. Faculty members of this department have an excellent track record of research, have published papers in reputed journals, and received various awards. The department has well equipped laboratories for carrying out research based on Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology related aspects. The research has focused to address various basic and applied researchable issues of production, protection and genetic improvement in horticulture and forest crops of sub-tropical regions through biotechnological interventions and impart trainings for the capacity building on plant tissue culture and other biotechnological aspects to students/farmers/entrepreneurs.The department also received research grant from different funding agencies like DST, NMPB, DEST and RKVY. Till date, 279 UG students and 13 MSc students completed their degrees and many of them qualified national level entrance examinations conducted by various organizations such as JNU CEEB, TIFR, ICAR-JRF, IIT-JAM, GAT-B, and GATE. The alumni are well placed in various capable positions of R&D, academic, administrative services, biotech-based industries and other agri-entrepreneurship development sectors.