Department of Bio-Technology

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About Department

The Department of Biotechnology came into existence under the P. G. Dept. of Botany in 2005 and then shifted to P.G. Dept of Zoology. The department is housed in a newly constructed building consisting of classrooms with audio-visual facilities and well-equipped research laboratories. All the basic infrastructural facilities needed for conducting teaching and research programs in different areas of Biotechnology have been developed in the department. Recently, the Department has also adapted choice based curriculum based on DBT model syllabus to impart theoretical and practical knowledge to the students in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Emerging Technology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bio-techniques, Enzyme Technology, Bioprocess Technology, Immunology, Environmental Biotechnology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.


M.Sc Biotechnology is 2years course programme with 20 seats, which constitutes 4 Semesters of 6 months duration each. There is mid-semester examination for each theory paper and at the end of each semester there is End-semester examination.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Students' intake is made strictly on merit basis taking the career and the marks secured in the qualifying examination into consideration.

Class Schedule

In each semester there are 6 teaching days per week.

Curriculum / Syllabi

Click Here to Download the Syllabus (w.e.f. 2020)

Click Here to download the Syllabus for 2020-21 (w.e.f.- 2020)

Summer internship programme

M. Sc Biotechnology students involved in summer internship programme after completion of 2nd semester each year to learn various aspects of product development.

Student Project Work

Students are doing Dissertation project work in their 4th semester in various laboratories and institutions.

Study Tour

Students also participate in field study each year.

Other activities

Students of the department also actively participate in the seminars and workshops conducted at both university and national level. They are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities at university level.


Dr. Tapan Kumar Barik
Course Coordinator
Ph.D.: University of Delhi
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Dr Tapan Kumar Barik has got his Ph.D. Degree from University of Delhi in 2010. He joined as lecturer in the Post Graduate Department of Zoology, Berhampur University in 2011. He was awarded with Raman fellowship for post doctoral research at Huck institute of Life Sciences by University Grants Commission for one year in 2013. He was awarded with Best Teacher award for his overall performance by the Berhampur University in 2016. Three Ph.D and nine M.Phil scholars are awarded under his guidance. He has published more than 40 research papers in Journals of National and International repute. He has contributed several book chapters in the national and international books.

Prof. (Dr.) Ramesh Chandra Choudhury
Former Professor
Ph.D.: Berhampur University
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Prof. (Dr.) Usha Rani Acharya
Former Professor
Ph.D.: Berhampur University
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Dr. Himadri Sahu
Asst. Professor
Ph.D.: IIT Guwahati
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Dr. Himadri Sahu was awarded PhD from IIT Guwahati in 2017. He joined as Assistant Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering, Parala maharaja Engineering College, Berhampur in 2016. He has specialization in production of metal doped heterogeneous catalysts from various waste materials. He has published many research papers in high impact international Journals as well as has contributed book chapters in International books.

Dr. Raghunath Patra
Asst. Professor
Ph.D.: Berhampur University
Email:rnp[dot]math[at]buodishal[dot]edu[dot]in, raghunathpatra09[at]gmail[dot]com
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Dr. Raghunath Patra is presently working as Assistant professor in P.G. Department of Mathematics, Berhampur University, Berhampur, Odisha. He has dedicated himself in teaching profession for the last 30 years. In this period, he has devoted for research in the field of Relativity & Cosmology and published 45 articles in peer reviewed national & international journals. Also one book has been published under his authorship in LAP, Germany. Two Ph.D and ten M.phil scholars have been awarded under the supervision of Dr. Patra.

Dr. Biswa Ranjan Meher
Asst. Professor
Ph.D.: IIT Guwahati
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Dr. Biswa Ranjan Meher received his Ph. D. in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG). Subsequently, he worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher at different US universities like the University of Kansas (KU), Kansas; Albany State University (ASU), Georgia; and University of Richmond (UR), Virginia. He also worked as a DS Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellow (DSKPDF) in the Department of Biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India from 2014 to 2016. Before joining to his current position, he also served as an Assistant Professor in the DBT-BUILDER Programme at the Centre for Life Sciences, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, India from 2016 to 2017. He is a recipient of National Doctoral Fellowship (NDF) by AICTE, Govt. of India. Dr. Meher has expertise in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and his research area focus on molecular modelling and simulations of biomolecules of therapeutic importance, structure based drug and vaccine design, pharmacologically bioactive natural products, and application of computational tools to solve biological problems. He has published more than 25 research papers in Journals of National and International repute and many book chapters in leading international books.

Dr. Satyanarayan Sahoo
Asst. Professor
Ph.D.: IIT Madras
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Dr. Satyanarayan Sahoo obtained his Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the year 2010. After completion of his Ph. D. degree he was a Research Associate for a short period in the same institute. He has joined Berhampur University as a Lecturer in the month of March 2011. His research interest includes Organometallic Chemistry & Organic Synthesis. Two Ph. D. and eleven M. Phil scholars have been awarded with their degree under his guidance. He has published seventeen articles in National and International Journals which include Angewandte Chemi International Edition, Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics, Carbohydrate Research, etc. In the year 2012 he was awarded with Prof. R. C. Tripathy Young Chemist Award by Orissa Chemical Society. Currently he is a TARE (Teachers Associateship for Research Excellence) fellow at IISER Berhampur and group member in Centre of Excellence, Berhampur University.

Dr. Sidhartha Sankar Panda (Adjunt Faculty)
Ph.D.: Berhampur University
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Dr. Sidhartha Sankar Panda obtained his Master's degree, M.Phil degree from Berhampur University, Berhampur. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics (High Energy Physics) from Berhampur University, Berhampur. He started his service career as a lecturer at Science (Degree Auto)College, Hinjilicut, Ganjam, in 1991. He joined the P.G. Department of Physics, Berhampur university as a Reader in 2012. His current research interest includes the static electromagnetic properties of light baryons in their ground and excited states, the mass spectra and decay properties of baryons as well as mesons, (light as well as heavily flavored mesons) and their phenomenological implications. He has published about 22 no. of papers in various national and international journals like Physical Review D, Journal of Physics G (Nuclear and Particle Physics), International journal of modern Physics A, Nuclear Physics A, etc. and conference proceedings and two books (Fundamental Of Physics Volume -I, II for +2 students as per syllabus of CHSE Odisha ). He has guided two students at the doctoral level and 05 students at the M.Phil. Level. Three students are pursuing their Ph.D. work under his supervision. He has performed administrative work as the Head of the Department during the academic years 2017-209, as Secretary Sports Council, Berhampur University during the academic year 2015 - 2017 and the Controller of examination, Berhampur University, NIRF Nodal officer. Presently, He is appointed as Director, BPCC, Berhampur University He has also served as the superintendent of Boy's hostels and actively participated in other extracurricular activities at the University. He has been associated with Odisha Physical Society and Indian Science Congress as a life member.



The department has separate laboratories for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology research. Additional instrumentation as and when required is made available to the students through research collaborations. Every year, the department also provides research guidance to project students. This includes short term to six months training/projects programs for post graduate students.

Sl.No List of Major equipments available
01 Thermal cyclers with work stations
02 Gel electrophoresis and Gel doc
03 Refrigerated Cooling Centrifuge
04 Nanodrop Spectrophotometer
05 Biosafety Cabinets
06 Laminar Air Flows
07 Shaker Incubators
08 -20C deep freezer
09 Autoclaves
10 Water Baths


Research Area in the Department

The department faculty has also been contributing to high-quality research in front line areas of Biotechnology like Molecular Entomology, Genetic toxicology, Nanotechnology, Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics etc. The Department has collaborated with national and international institute namely Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science (INMAS, DRDO LAB), National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR, ICMR), Vector Control Research Center (VCRC) etc.

Project Execution in the Department by the Course Coordinator

Principal Investigator Project Title Name of Funding agency Amount (Rs in Lakhs) Duration(in Year) Status
Dr. Tapan Kumar Barik Screening of small molecules for antiaging action using Ceanorhabditis elegans and Zebrafish as organism models INMAS (DRDO) 4.5 1and 1/2 Completed
Dr. Tapan Kumar Barik Studies on Commercially important Fish of Gopalpur Coast, Odisha in Bay of Bengal and Development of Data Base Using Bar Coding Technique DBT, Govt. of India 44.025 03 Completed


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Dr. Tapan Kumar Barik
Course Coordinator
Email : tkb[dot]zool[at]buodishal[dot]edu[dot]in