School of Environmental Sciences
Department of Environmental Biotechnology
UGC-SAP and DST-FIST Sponsored Department
The Department of Environmental Biotechnology was established in 2002 and presently seven faculty members are serving in the department. The department offers M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Technology, M.Sc. in Environmental Biotechnology, M. Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. The Post Graduate programmes have been designed to cater the manpower for environmental sustenance and management using the application of advanced techniques to restore the environment from the anthropogenic pressure. The courses were designed on the basis of UGC/CSIR-NET and SLET syllabi. Research groups focus on Ecotoxicogenomics, Insect Pest Management, Biospatial Technology and Climate Change studies, Bioremediation and Nanobiotechnology, Plant Metabolomics, Chemical Ecology, Waste Water and Solid Waste Management, Biomaterials, etc.
The department has attained international and national level recognitions by attracting research funding from United Nations University (UNU, Japan), DST-FIST (level I twice), UGC Innovative programme (Environmental Genomics), UGC-non SAP, UGC-SAP, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNCB) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Faculty members also undertaking sponsored research projects and received various awards from national and international bodies.
The department also harbours Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR) to carryout academic and R&D activities on climate related issues. Advanced analytical instruments like AAS, HPLC, GC-MS, QPCR, 2-D gel electrophoresis, Ultracentrifuge, Continuous air quality monitoring system, cell culture facility etc. are available. Entrepreneurship training in Vermiculture and Sustainable Integrated Farming System (SIFS) is also provided to the students. A well equipped library with internet facility (24x7) is also available in the department.
To impart biotechnological research and education for sustainable development of environment
To advance the understanding of the environment and sustainability through the development of biotechnological research, education and extension activities