Applied biology is a broad area where biological knowledge is put into applications, mainly through uses of modern advancements in science & technology. Likewise, biotechnology is the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products, or “any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use”. We aim at enriching knowledge on the natural resources of the region which are yet to be exploited. Special importance is given on the human resource development from the young talents of North East so that competent groups of scientists as well as technical personals will be produced. Biochemistry is the study of molecule(s) and their involvement for creating a living entity. Biochemistry is the basis for biological scientific investigation. It took centre stage when the scientific community realized that not only the genes but behavior of various bio molecules are responsible for the progressing and cure of diseases. The department has made collaborations with CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, different R & D organizations, IITs, CRRI-New Delhi, Hi-Tec Ireland and many other universities. It is also undertaking many research projects. The department presently runs bachelor, master and research programmes leading to BSc, MSc & PhD.
Biotechnology and Biochemistry are mainly research-oriented in its scope. One can be a Research Scientist, Teacher, Marketing manager, Science Writer, Bioinformists, Quality Control Officer or Production in-charge in the Food, Chemical and Pharmaceutical industry, Analyst (Venture-Capitalist) Environmental/safety specialist, drug discovery, clinical trials and production of novel fruits and vegetables with high therapeutic properties. A graduate/ post graduate can get job in government sectors such as Universities and Colleges, Research institutes or at Private Centers as Research scientists / assistants. Job roles for a biotechnologist • Entry-level biotechnologist or candidates with a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology can work as research technicians. • Graduates with a master’s degree can expect to work as a lead to a research projects and team. A lab manager or teacher/lecturer. • Candidates at the doctorate and post-doctorate level can work as research scientists, a lab director or as a university lecturer. • Biotechnological applications are used widely in the following industries like in Healthcare Medicine Pharmaceutical Agriculture Animal husbandry Genetic engineering Environmental conservation Soil biology Ecology Textile industry Cosmetics. • Biotechnologists can find jobs in both private and government undertakings with specializations in different sub-disciplines. • Biotechnologists can work for various organizations/industries under these positions: Medical scientists, Biological technicians Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists & Technicians Biochemists and Biophysicists Biomedical Engineers, Microbiologists Epidemiologists. • R&D and Process Development Scientists Bio-manufacturing Specialists Bio production Operators Institutes actively involved in biotechnology research in India: 1. The Government of India National Biotechnology Board (NBTB) 2. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) 3. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) 4. Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) 5. Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) 6. Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) 7. Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) 8. Indian Institute of Science (IISC) 9. Biotechnology Consortium of India Ltd (BCIL).