• Sleepy Hollow, Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • registrar@kunainital.ac.in
Bio-technology Department: DSB Campus, Nainital

Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary subject with a vast potential for human welfare especially in the field of health (human and animal), food and nutrition, agricultural and animal sciences, environmental science and many other similar fields. The state of Uttarakhand cannot afford uncontrolled exploitation of its biodiversity and thus it becomes important to produce well trained human resource by establishing a research center for biotechnological research and development. After its establishment in the year 2000 through support from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, the Department of Biotechnology, Kumaun University has developed as an important academic center of the state of Uttarakhand, imparting postgraduate degrees in Biotechnology to science graduates from all over India. The students for the M.Sc. Biotechnology are selected by a common entrance examination conducted by J.N.U, New Delhi. After moving to its new campus at Bhimtal, inaugurated on 08th January 2010 by our Honorable Chief Minister, additional infrastructure, laboratory facilities and instrumentation have been added through support from DST- FIST and other grants. The department has 9 labs, 3 lecture theatres, a library, an auditorium and a conference room. It also has one Bioinformatics lab with 50 desktops, two high end servers along with 24 hours Wi-Fi broadband internet along with printing and photostat facility. After shifting to new premises the department has also initiated MSC microbiology program in self finance mode in the year 2010. The students are offered courses like, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Cell Biology Molecular Genetics, Molecular Virology, Genomics and Proteomics, Genetic Engineering, Plant Biotechnology Microbiological Techniques and Immunology etc. They also get training opportunity in various national institutes of repute and are required to undertake a research project in the last semester for partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of M.Sc. Degree. The Department of Biotechnology is having MoUs with several esteemed Institutions nationwide like CCMB Hyderabad, IVRI Mukteshwar, DIBER Haldwani, FRI Dehradun, VIPKAS Almora, NDRI Karnal, NIMR New Delhi, NBRI Lucknow, CEMAP Lucknow, NRCPB New Delhi, DCFR Bhimtal, Sikkim State Council of Science & Technology, Jalma Institute of Leprosy and other Chronical Diseases Agra, PDFMD Muktheswar, Wheat Research Institute Karnal and G.B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kosi Katarmal among others.

Courses Offered:

  1. M. Sc. Biotechnology
  2. M. Sc. Microbiology
  3. M. Sc. Biochemistry
  4. M. Sc. Bioinformatics

Head of the Department

Name : Dr. Tapan Kr. Nailwal

Phone : 9412986483

Email : tapannailwal@gmail.com

About Head of the Department: Prof. Tapan Kumar Nailwal is a highly accomplished researcher and academician specializing in Plant Biotechnology and Nanobiotechnology. With a M.Sc. & Ph.D. from GBPUA&T, Pantnagar, he has received prestigious awards and has guided 9 students to their Ph.D. degrees and is currently supervising three others. His expertise is demonstrated through his impressive publication record of over 80 research papers, book chapters, and short communications in reputed journals and books. He has also delivered numerous invited lectures at national and international conferences, showcasing his knowledge and proficiency. He actively participates in research projects and has successfully completed/ongoing nine projects since 2005, emphasizing his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and fostering collaboration. He serves as a reviewer for esteemed journals and holds life memberships with prominent organizations like the Society of Biological Chemists, Indian Science Congress Association, and Global Initiative of Academic Networks etc. His leadership skills and academic acumen have led to his involvement in executive committees and boards of studies of various Universities/Institutes/Councils. As the Head of the department, he is committed to promoting quality research and teaching. He focuses on cultivating a deep understanding of the subject, clearing concepts, and employing innovative teaching methods. The department's research priorities include developing biologically safe, simple, and effective ways to control diseases, improve human and plant health, and manage the environmental ecosystem while also generating sustainable employment and livelihood opportunities. He believes in holistic student development, encouraging them to harness their intellectual power to become problem solvers and job providers.

The department organizes events such as conferences, workshops, and educational tours, and visits to research institutes to broaden students' perspectives and enhance their career prospects. Activities like contests, quizzes, seminars, and cultural events foster confidence, management skills, social development, and idea exchange. Under his guidance, the department boasts an impressive success rate of over 95% in acquiring fellowships through national-level competitions for Ph.D. programs in prestigious institutions. Graduates have gained admission to renowned institutions both within India and abroad, with many pursuing post-doctoral positions overseas. His dedication to academic excellence, research leadership, and student development establishes him as a valuable asset to the field of Plant Biotechnology and Nanobiotechnology. Overall, his outstanding research achievements, academic contributions, and dedication to student development establish him as a prominent figure in the field of Biotechnology. His unwavering commitment to scientific advancement and holistic education ensures that students are well-equipped to make meaningful contributions to society and national development.

Faculty Members of DSB Campus Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. Veena Pandey Professor Biochemistry & Plant Biotechnology Veena_kumaun@yahoo.co.in 05942248185 Dr. Veena Pandey View Profile
2 Dr. Tapan Kr. Nailwal Professor & Head Plant Molecular & Microbial Biotechnology tapannailwal@gmail.com 9412986483 Dr. Tapan Kr. Nailwal View Profile
3 Dr. Rishendra Kumar Assistant Professor Plant Molecular Biology & Tissue-culture 777rishendra@gmail.com 7060581594 Dr. Rishendra Kumar View Profile
4 Dr. Santosh K. Upadhyay Assistant Professor (Sr. Scale) Molecular Bio-prospecting for Human health; Infection Biology; Cancer Biology upadhyaysk97@gmail.com 8979715215 Dr. Santosh K. Upadhyay View Profile
5 Dr. Mayank Pandey Teaching Personnel Plant Stress Biology Pandeymayank80@gmail.com 9410168543 Dr. Mayank Pandey View Profile
6 Dr Manju Tewari Assistant Professor (Contract) Neuroscience, Biophysics manjutewari.neuro@gmail.com 8218833586 Dr Manju Tewari View Profile
7 Dr Priyanka Sati Assistant Professor (Contract) Population Genomics, Enzymology priyankasati3@gmail.com 9456126900 Dr Priyanka Sati View Profile