The Department of Biotechnology and Research of KVM College of Engineering & IT established in the year 2005, offers a two-year Post Graduate programme, Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biotechnology. This course is recognized by Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). This programme has been designed in such a way that the students are well trained in advanced techniques in microbiology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, bio-informatics, biochemistry and plant biotechnology. The students can opt for research programmes in national/international laboratories after the completion of this course. They can also find employment in industries, educational institutions, organizations involved in R & D and also in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology sectors. The department has spacious and well-lit laboratories with all modern facilities. The students are also encouraged to do research and publish their findings in reputed journals. In addition to this they are motivated to do scientific presentations in national and international seminars. The Department is also actively engaged in organizing National and International seminars / conferences and training programmes every year.
Biotechnology Department Library has a good collection more than 1000 books in various disciplines like Biotechnology, Virology, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Bioprocess technology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant tissue culture, Enzymology and laboratory manuals.
List of journals
• Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources
• Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics
• Indian journal of Biotechnology
• Current Science
Biochemistry lab is equipped with modern equipments that enable the students to perform the major biochemistry practical like quantification of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and various chromatographic techniques and also other research works related to biochemistry.
Molecular Biology lab
The experiments like DNA isolation, restriction digestion, PCR amplification, Electrophoretic separation, gel documentation and transformation etc can be performed in the molecular biology lab with the help of equipments housed in molecular biology lab as well as in the common instrumentation lab.
Common instrumentation lab
Major research activities and day to day experimental works of students can be performed with the most sophisticated equipments available in the common instrumentation lab.
Plant tissue culture lab
Full fledged plant tissue culture lab with modern facilities is available and protocol standardization of Banana and Orchids are in progress.
Microbiology Inoculation room
Isolation of microorganisms of commercial importance and day to day practical sessions of students and other research activities are being carried out in the microbiology inoculation room.
Disinfection/ Sterilization room
This a common facility for all the research works carried out in the department
Bioinformatics lab is equipped with several high-performance computers suitable for data mining, sequence analysis, structural biology, molecular modelling and scientific graphics visualization tools. Bioinformatics facility is based on a number of UNIX servers accessible through Internet and the Local Area Network (LAN). The facility maintains operating systems environments like UNIX, LINUX and Windows compatible with PCs. The network is enhanced with a fibre optic backbone devoted for the bioinformatics facility with the Internet access at 16 Mbps.
Equipments in different laboratories
1. Biochemistry Lab
Single pan balance
Digital pH meter
2. Molecular Biology Lab
Electrophoresis unit (horizontal & vertical)
U.V. Transilluminator with shield
Water bath incubator shaker
Micro Kjeldahl's apparatus
Mono quartz distillation unit
3. Common Instrumentation Lab
Digital pH meter
Orbital Shaking Incubator
UV Visible spectrophotometer
Deep freezer (-40oC)
Phase contrast inverted microscope with digital SLR camera
Digital Rotary Evaporator (IKA
Gel documentation system with electrophoresis units (BioRad
Fermenter (Infors, Sweden)
Column chromatography apparatus
4. Plant Tissue Culture Lab
Laminar airflow cabinet
Stereo zoom microscope
Tissue culture racks with timer control
5. Microbiology Inoculation Room
Laminar airflow cabinets (Vertical and Horizontal)
LPG gas stove
Hot air ovens
7. Bioinformatics Lab
Broad band internet