Biotechnology Engineering Department

Bachelor of Biotechnology Engineering program , started in 2002, with intake capacity of 60 to train students in biological applications of engineering principles. The plunge was taken being assured of assistance by sister institutions, KSHEMA - K S Hegde Medical Academy & NGSM College of pharmaceutical sciences. The program accredited by National Board of Accreditation fosters research culture with its faculty receiving research grants over 20 million rupees. Department has also filed seven patents based on research work.
Equipped with state of the art instruments in laboratories, the Biotechnology department of NMAMIT provides excellent work ambience facilitating students to carry out projects and acquire expertise in handling the latest instruments. Along with various laboratories viz., Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biokinetics, Bioprocess Control and Instrumentation, Cell Biology and Microbiology, Down Stream Bioprocessing, Enzyme Technology, Heat & Mass transfer, Unit Operations, Upstream Bioprocessing and Genetic Engineering & Immunotechnology and Research, the library provides books and journals of worldwide recognition. The department has a full-fledged modern computer centre focusing on studies in Bioinformatics with Wisconsin package, 100 Mbps LAN and internet connectivity and a range of software packages for students’ use.
A recognized research center under VTU, Belagavi, the research scholars and faculty of the department are actively involved in sponsored research projects funded by esteemed organizations such as Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology & Department of Atomic Energy-Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Government of India and Karnataka State Council of Science & Technology – VISION group. A pilot scale plant for Biodiesel production, demonstration and information dissemination established under the Department by Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board, Bengaluru has attracted vast attention. Recognized as Centre of Innovative Science & Engineering Education (CISEE) in Bio-fuel Production by Vision Group on Science & Technology (VGST), Govt. of Karnataka, the department is proud to have bright and talented students from diverse backgrounds. Students have won many accolades and laurels in curricular & co-curricular activities and research projects in state and national levels. Relevant findings of student and faculty research projects are published in scholarly journals of national and international repute. The department organizes visits to research laboratories and other related industries enabling students to comprehend the wide scope of the program. Department technical association, PHOENIX, organizes activities such as paper presentation, seminars, debate, and quiz along with a bi-annual newsletter ‘Phoenix speaks’. Department students also represent the institute in various extracurricular activities.
To accomplish excellence in Biotechnology research and creating manpower for the benefit of society and human kind with an emphasis on present and future global needs.
To empower the students of Department of Biotechnology Engineering in to
  • Competent professionals to undertake projects by providing academic training and technical achievements
  • A successful professionals in research, academia and industry
  • An engineer for effective utilization of natural resources in biotechnology related industries.
To satisfy the mission of the Biotechnology Engineering program, the graduates will:
  • PEO1: Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, principles of physics and chemistry, and biological sciences for the engineering applications.
  • PEO2: Demonstrate the application of biotechnological processes and engineering principles through designing of industrial biochemical processes that are of societal and industrial importance.
  • PEO3: Exhibit skills of handling microbial processes, biochemical analysis by making use of state of the art instruments.
  • PEO4: Exhibit strong, independent learning, analytical and problem solving skills with special emphasis on design, communication, and an ability to work in teams.
  • PEO5: To have successful career as engineering professional or a researcher through lifelong learning in the field of biotechnology.
  • PO1: Engineering knowledge:
  • PO2: Problem analysis:
  • PO3: Design/development of solutions:
  • P04: Conduct investigations of complex problems:
  • PO5: Modern tool usage:
  • PO6: The engineer and society
  • PO7: Environment and sustainability
  • PO8: Ethics
  • P09: Individual and teamwork
  • PO10:Communication
  • PO11: Project management and finance
  • PO12: Life-long learning

Program Specific Outcomes for B.E. programme in Biotechnology set by Faculty in Biotechnology Engineering are as follows:

  • PSO 1: Demonstrate proficiency in basic science and foundation engineering courses.
  • PSO2: Demonstrate a working knowledge of advanced biological sciences.
  • PSO3: Demonstrate competence in application of engineering principles to biological systems.

Biotechnology is the interdisciplinary field of science that makes use of microorganism / cells/ organisms to produce commercial product beneficial for mankind or use them for environmental benefits.

Research, Higher studies, Industry, entrepreneur

It is not mandatory that student should have taken biology as a subject, but having fundamental knowledge of biology is beneficial to understand some technical terms. Student will not face any difficulty in pursuing UG course if he/she has not taken biology course. Essential topics will be dealt from fundamental basics levels whenever necessary.

Basic knowledge in Calculus and statistics is essential. However, engineering mathematics will be taught as per the curriculum.

Medical and Health care:

Insulin, Vitamins, Antibiotics, Vaccines, Monoclonal antibodies, Hormones, Tissue engineering, Stem cell therapeutics, Gene therapy, Targeted drug delivery, drug designing.

Energy and Fuels:

Bioethanol, Biobutanol, Bioelectricity, Bio-hydrogen, Biogas (Biomethanation). Biodiesel.

Industrial chemicals:

Xanthan gum (Used in ice cream), Organic acids, Amino acids, Vitamins, Bioplastic, Microbial polysaccharides.

Microbial enzymes:

Food and Cheese production, Detergent, Textile manufacturing, Leather manufacturing, Paper industry, Cornsyrup production, Drug intermediates, Diagnostic kits.

Food and beverage:

Squash, Jams, Jellies,Vinegar, Beer, Wine, Probiotic (Yogurt), Spirulina (Single cell protein), Cheese, Citric acid, Cider, Baker’s yeast, Fermented meat & Fish.

Agriculture:

Insect and pest resistant plants,Stress tolerant plant (drought, salt and temperature), Mushroom cultivation, Biocomposting, Organic farming, Micropropagation (Plant tissue culture) of ornamental and medicinal plants.

Nanotechnology:

Biosynthesis of gold & silver nanoparticle for medical applications, bimetallic nanoparticles as catalysts, Nanomedicines and targeted delivery, Cosmetics and antimicrobial agents.


Yes. Please click the INTERNSHIP tab for more details.

Biocon India Pvt. Ltd, Wipro Healthcare, XL Health Corporation India Private Limited, Camson Biotechnologies, IQVIA, Analytics Quotient, Novartis, GE Healthcare, Aptuit informatics, Novo Nordisk, Stempeutics and Anthem Bioscience.

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Dr. C VAMAN RAO

Professor & Head

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Dr. UJWAL P

Professor

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Dr. VIDYA S M

Professor

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Dr. CHETHAN D M

Associate Professor


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Dr. SHYAM PRASAD

Associate Professor

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Dr. ANIL KUMAR H S

Associate Professor

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Dr. VINAYAKA B SHET

Asst.Professor Gd.III

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Dr. SANTHOSH POOJARY

Asst.Professor Gd.III


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Mr. VENKATESH KAMATH

Asst.Professor Gd.II

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Mr. SANDESH K

Asst.Professor Gd.II

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Ms. SNEHA NAYAK

Asst.Professor Gd.II

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Ms. LOUELLA CONCEPTA GOVEAS.

Asst.Professor Gd.II


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Ms. HARSHITHA M J

Asst.Professor Gd.II

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Ms. ULLAL HARSHINIDEVI

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Dr. HRISHIKESH DAMLE

Professor/Adjunct Faculty

Sl No. Name Designation
1 Ms. Radhika Sr. Lab Asst./Instructor
2 Ms. Poornima Ramesh Kunder Sr. Lab Asst./Instructor
3 Ms. Veena Rao Sr. Lab Asst./Instructor
4 Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sr. Lab Asst./Instructor
5 Mr. Prakash Tantry Sr. Lab Asst./Instructor
6 Ms. Rachitha R Prabhu Sr. Lab Asst./Instructor
7 Ms. Ramadevi Attender
8 Mr.Jaya Shettigar Attender
9 Mr. Vinaya Shetty Helper/Attender
10 Mr. Manjunath Rao Tech Asst./Helper

In Biochemistry lab, experiments are conducted to learn the basic techniques and tests to identify and quantify biomolecules and properties associated with it. Students will gain skills in qualitative detection of samples and also quantitative estimation of biomolecules in the given sample by using colorimetric/spectrophotometric and titrimetric methods.

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This lab facilitates the students to gain practical knowledge on Enzymatic reactions, their kinetics, immobilization of enzymes and performance in reactors. Experiments are designed to superimpose the theoretical knowledge gained in the courses Reaction Engineering and Enzyme Technology. Students are provided with the opportunity to face challenges associated with enzyme reaction system, their preparation and post experimental analysis.

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Bioprocess Control and Instrumentation lab is to learn various sensors, and their control using computer that are industrially important. This lab also provides hands on experience on instrumentation system like UV Vis, AAS, HPLC and GC for specific analysis.

LIST OF EQUIPMENTS

  • UV-VISIBLE SPECTROPHOTOMETER
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY (HPLC)
  • ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROPHOTOMETER (AAS)
  • GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY (GC)
  • THERMOCOUPLE CHARACTERISTICS
  • DYNAMICS OF FIRST ORDER SYSEM
  • NON INTERACTING TANK SYSTEM
  • INTERACTING TANK SYSTEM
  • PRESSURE PROCESS CONTROLLER
  • RTD CHARACTERISTICS
  • PRESSURE MEASUREMENT TRAINER

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The lab includes those experiments that deal with the study of basic mechanisms underlying heat and mass transfer. The experiments included allow the students to understand and learn the basic principles of fundamental heat and mass transfer operations such as adsorption, extraction, distillation, etc, and allows them to check and learn the working of the related equipments.

Name of the Instrument

  • Simple Distillation Unit
  • Packed Bed Distillation Unit
  • Packed Bed Heat Exchanger
  • Plate and Frame Filtration Unit
  • Heating Mantle

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The Unit Operations Lab is to study the various aspects of fluid flow and mechanical operations. This lab gives a picture on how the dynamics of fluid flow plays an important role in processes and its implications to industry. Individual experiment described in this lab when combined in different order gives a total process for industrial operations.

List of Equipment

  • Flow Characteristics of Open Orifice
  • Reciprocating Pump
  • Batch Sedimentation
  • Leaf Filter
  • Orifice meter
  • Plate and Frame Filter Press
  • Two phase Flow in Horizontal Pipe
  • Venturi meter
  • Sieve Analysis
  • Power Number Calculation in Mixing

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Upstream Processing Technology is a very important subject for bioprocess engineers. Upstream Processing Lab (BT605) supplements the theoretical course by providing practical knowledge in culture of plant and microbial cells. Upstream processing laboratory is equipped with instruments such as incubators, incubator shakers, laminar air flow, deep freezers, plant tissue culture room for culturing of plant and microbial cultures. In this lab UG biotechnology students acquire practical knowledge in preparation of microbial and plant media for growth and production of useful metabolites. It also enables students learn the basics of sterilisation and medium and culture conditions optimization. Students are also made to perform experimental tasks which gives them a hands on experience in production of essential metabolites.

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Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, those being unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells). The goal of the course is the equip the students in diverse aspects of microbiology and make them industry ready. The course is aimed at training the students in diverse practical aspects so that they are well placed after their graduation.

The instruments being used currently:

  • Laminar air flow Units
  • Autoclave
  • Microscopes
  • Weighing Balance
  • Water bath
  • Vortex
  • Refrigerator

Immunology is an important discipline in Medical Science. The diagnostic laboratory provides vital information about the patients testing their blood or serum. Various diseases like allergy, immune deficiency and a range of infectious diseases can be detected by appropriate methods. Choice of right methods would help us to detect infection which is inferred by the presence of antibodies in the patient’s serum or changes in prevalence of different white blood cell types.

The instruments being used currently:

  • Electrophoresis Units
  • Microscopes
  • SDS – PAGE.

NMAMIT Biotechnology department is one among the 32 information and demonstration centres instituted by Karnataka State Bio-energy Development Board ( KSBDB) with annual grant of Rs. 7.9 lakhs. The centre, along with the production of biodiesel from various non-edible oil seeds and used cooking oil available in Udupi District, also creates awareness, disseminates information about bio-fuels amidst scientific community, students, farmers and public and demonstrates technical know how of bio-diesel production. The centre was established in the year 2011 with a building space of 1200sq.ft.

Objectives :

  • Developing plantation of local breeds of bio-fuel plants.
  • Research on biofuel processes
    • By-products of biodiesel production (cake and glycerol) have commercial applications. Glycerol and oil cake have been explored for the production of bioethenol through various microbial fermentation processes. Oil cake is used as manure in the farm and some oil cakes (non-toxic) can be used as cattle feed. Glycerol is used in soap making. Production of biodiesel from locally available non- edible oil seeds and used cooking oil results in rise of eco-friendly fuel usage, adds revenue to the farmers, saves foreign exchange, reduces dependence on fossil fuel and improves rural employment.

      Activities:

      • Awareness camps
      • Workshops/training at BRIDC
      • Exhibitions
      • Research and other activities

      Facilities:

      NMAMIT Biodiesel centre is equipped to produce 50 litres of biodiesel per batch in about 20-24 working hours through a chemical process called transesterification. The oil is first extracted through a mechanical expeller and treated with methanol at 600C in the presence of sodium hydroxide. Produced biodiesel is separated and purified for engine usage.
      The centre also houses a laboratory for biodiesel testing where major 5 parameters (acid value, viscosity, density, flash point and copper strip corrosion) are tested. Biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine as 10-20% blend with diesel without any modification in engine. Biodiesel can also be used in diesel generator sets, tractors, water pumps etc.

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Activities:

The use of underutilized agricultural residues is an excellent means for the production of bio-fuel. Eight different dried raw materials of agricultural origin such as cashew pulp, coffee pulp, coconut leaves, areca nut leaves, cocoa pod shell and mucilage, and non-agricultural residues like Saccharum spontaneum (Kans grass) stem and leaves are being investigated for bio-ethanol production.

At NMAMIT, we continuously use Biodiesel blends (B10-B20) in college vehicles since the last three years and supplies Biodiesel to GM Vidyaniketan Public School-Brahmavar for their school buses. Biodiesel blend of up to 20% along with mineral Diesel can be used in any Diesel engine without any hardware modification. B20 and lower blends can help fulfil environmental and energy security needs without sacrificing operating performance.

Biodiesel has a significant amount of natural lubricity and adding in levels as low as 5% can improve lubricity up to 65%, thereby reducing engine ware and tare. Biodiesel is much safer than petro diesel with a flash point over 1500C. Importantly, toxic emissions such as Hydro Carbons (HC), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Particulate matter (smoke) reduces significantly for biodiesel when compared to conventional Diesel. Biodiesel has excellent cleansing properties. In some cases, the use of petro-Diesel leaves a deposit at the bottom of fuel lines, tanks, and delivery systems over time.

M.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology programme was started in the academic year 2014-15 with an intake of 18 students.

The department is recognized as research center under VTU, Belagavi and 14 research scholars have registered for their doctoral programme.


Faculty Name.

Year

No. of PhD students Registered*

No. of PhD students awarded*

Dr. C. Vaman Rao

2016-17

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01

Dr. C. Vaman Rao

2015-16

01

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Dr. C. Vaman Rao

2012-13

01

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Dr. C. Vaman Rao

2011-12

01

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Dr. C. Vaman Rao

2010-11

02

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Dr. Ujwal P

2016-17

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01

Dr. Ujwal P

2015-16

01

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Dr. Ujwal P

2012-13

01

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Dr. Ujwal P

2010-11

01

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Dr. Vidya S M

2016-17

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03

Dr. Vidya S M

2012-13

02

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Dr. Vidya S M

2011-12

01

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Dr. Vidya S M

2010-11

01

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Dr. Shyama Prasad S

2015-16

02

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PLACEMENTS: (2017-2018)

  • Accenture: 07
  • OMIC International: 04
  • Infosys: 02

Internship/Off campus

  • Bioplus life sciences: 02
  • Molecular connections: 02
  • IQVIA: 02
  • Biocon: 02

PLACEMENTS: (2016-2017)

  • Zumutor Biologics Private Limited, Bengalure : 01 (M.Tech)
  • Bicon : 02
  • Zumutor Biologics Private Limited 09
  • Accenture: 03
  • Infosys: 03
  • Alpha 9 Marine Services: 01
Internship/Off campus (2016-2017)
  • Biocon:04
  • Atrimed Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.:01
  • United breweries Ltd. Mangaluru: 01

PLACEMENTS: (2015-2016)

  • Anthem biosciences : 02
  • Infosys : 05
Internship/Off campus (2015-2016)
  • Biocon:01

PLACEMENTS: (2014-2015)

  • Analytics Quotient : 01
  • Infosys : 12
  • XL Health Corporation India Private Limited: 02
Internship/Off campus (2015-2016)
  • Molecular connections :02
  • Quintiles: 01
  • Sai life sciences: 01

PLACEMENTS: (2013-2014)

  • XL Health Corporation India Private Limited: 03
  • Infosys : 04
  • Aissel Solutions : 03

PLACEMENTS: (2012-2013)

  • XL Health Corporation India Private Limited: 04
  • Biocon India Pvt. Ltd.: 02
  • Wipro Healthcare: 03
  • Camson Biotechnologies: 01
  • Wockhardt Ltd. (Wockhardt Biotech. Park): 02
  • Infosys: 03

“Phoenix” is a student association of the Biotechnology Engineering Department of the Institute. In Greek mythology, Phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or born again. Associated with the Sun, Phoenix bird obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. According to some texts, Phoenix lives over 1,400 years before rebirth. The department student organization named after the bird, organizes various technical and non-technical activities to build leadership qualities, team work, personality development and exhibition of professional and technical skills of the students.

Some of them include

  • Technical talks by external experts in the field of biotechnology
  • National level student paper and poster presentation “Parichay”
  • Biofuels days and world environmental day celebrations

PHOENIX OFFICE BEARERS 2019-2020


NameSemesterPost
Ostrin Oswald D’Souza VIIPresident
Rahul S Shetty VVice President
Brejeth Renita Nazareth VIITreasurer
Snigdha Warrier VAssociate treasurer
Anushka P Shetty VIICultural secretary
Krushali S Shetty V Associate cultural secretary
Vijeth Ullal IIICo-Cultural Secretary
Vibha C.E VIISports Secretary
Pruthvik G VAssoc. Sports Secretary
Mohammad Atheef IIICo-Sports Secretary
Harshitha Kamath Miyar VIIMagazine Editor
Punya P Nair VAssoc. Magazine Editor
Saniha Rai IIICo-Magazine Editor

The Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) is the leading National Professional non-profit organization striving for the technical improvement of education System in our country with the motto of career development of teachers and personality development of students.

The NMAMIT STUDENT CHAPTER OF ISTE ,formed in the year 1995 in the Institute, is actively involved in organizing various technical and non-technical activities for the benefit of the students and staff. A total of ten faculty members from the Department of Biotechnology are life-time members of the society and a total of 33 students are regular members .

The major activities of the Society are:

Under the ISTE, there has been 2 technical talks in the last two years where in students had an opportunity to interact with external experts in the field of Biotechnology.

The topics include

  • “ Farm to Fork “ – Mysteries within “
  • “Role of Ayurveda in Cancer Management”

LIST OF OFFICE BEARERS OF INDIAN SOCIETY FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION (ISTE)- DEPT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY ENGG FOR THE YEAR 2019-2020

STAFF CO-ORDINATORS: Mrs Sneha Nayak

NameUSNPost
Anagha Arun 4NM17BT007President
Kausthubha 4NM17BT016Vice President
Sneha
Prathika D
4NM17BT055
4NM18BT038
Secretary ( 3rd Year)
Secretary ( 2nd Year)

Department has signed following MoU

IndustryCore AreaYear
Karnataka State Biofuel (Bioenergy) Development Board, Bengaluru, GoK. Biodiesel production, marketing, training and research2011 Till Date
Maxibond, Bengaluru Ecofriendly gum production2015 – 17
Borg Scientific, Chennai Designing of fermenters 2016 – 21
Provimi Animal Nutrition India Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru Nutrition supplements for animal feeds 2016 – 21
Esente Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru Antiseptic solutions for hospitals 2016 – 21
Upcycle-Bioenergy, Texas, San Antonio, USA Research consultancy for biofuel 2016 – 21
Atrimed - Pharmaceuticals, Bengaluru Research consultancy for skin ailment treatment with gold nanoparticles 2017 – 22
SanMed Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad Testing of antiseptic solutions for antimicrobial activity 2017 – 22
MEC Fuels and Chemicals LLC, Houston Texas, 77044, USA Biofuels 2018 – 24

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