Department of Biotechnology



Biotechnology, a multidisciplinary subject finds applications in varied fields from medicine to agriculture and from environment to sericulture. The term biotechnology was coined in the year 1919 by a Hungarian engineer Karl Ereky. The subject has revolutionized science since then.
Keeping a beat to the global demands for researchers in this field a full fledged post graduate degree course (MSc) in Biotechnology was introduced at the University of Mumbai in the year 1997. The department has also started a Ph.D. program in biotechnology since May 2012. Hence, currently the department offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biotechnology.
The post graduate course initially started in three colleges across Mumbai is now offered at post graduate level in 18 colleges across Mumbai. The admissions though not centralized the course contents are uniform throughout the colleges under the umbrella of University of Mumbai. The course contents have been developed by senior faculties from various colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
The department was one of the first three to have started this course in the year 1997. Initially as a part of the department of life sciences, an administratively independent University department of biotechnology was established in the year 2006. Since its inception the department has witnessed a consistent rise in the students demand for the subject. The teachers are available to the students for academic as well as personal counseling, as & when required.


The department is entrusted to impart knowledge and envisages to equip its learners in applying their minds to develop technologies and processes, which will impact not only science but also society in the long run


  • The department would strive to provide its learners an atmosphere that would nurture their talents and harness their potential enabling them to be competent individuals
  • The department aims at creating awareness about potential applications in the field of Biotechnology with equal importance on the socio-ethical implications of the subject
  • The department will foster the creativity in young minds to enable them tap their potential as emerging entrepreneurs in the field of Biotechnology.
  • Last but not the least the department will strive to imbibe confidence in the learners so that they effectively contribute in nation building


Department laboratory :

The department has separate laboratories for Molecular biology, Animal tissue culture as well as plant tissue culture. These laboratories are well equipped labs for M. Sc. as well as Ph. D. Students with the instruments (list as below) required for research in the subject. Additional instrumentation as and when required are made available to the students through research collaborations and interactions with eminent research laboratories in and around Mumbai.

Sr No. List of major instruments
1 Multimode Microplate Reader Synergy H1m
2 Nanodrop Spectrophotometer
3 PCR Thermal Cyclers with workstation
4 Refrigerated Cooling Centrifuge
5 Leica Optical Microscope with LED illumination
6 UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
7 Biosafety Cabinets
8 Laminar Air Flows
9 Shaker Incubators
10 -40°, -20° deep freezers
11 Autoclaves
12 Water Baths

Library :

The Jawaharlal Nehru / central library in the University Kalina campus has over 10,000 books related to biological sciences. It also has a number of national as well as international journals related to biological sciences. There are online journals also available to the students and the staff of the University.Besides this facility the department has its own collection of over 350 books in biotechnology. These include reference books as well as encyclopaedias. A number of E-books are also available in the department. The students are permitted to issue the books from the department library for the purpose of referencing. The department also subscribes to research journals from the Indian Academy of Sciences. The department also has a collection of CD as well as books for competitive examinations like GATE, GRE, NET etc


Alumni Details



Department of Biotechnology
University of Mumbai
2nd Floor, Life Science Building,Vidyangari
Ph. No.: 26526053, 26543371, 26543372


MSc in Biotechnology

Name of the course Two years Masters of Science Biotechnology
Application form fee Rs. 100/-
Syllabus of the course Click the following link Link to Syllabus
Eligibility A learner being eligible for admission to MSc degree course in Biotechnology must have passed

a. Three years integrated course degree examination of this University or (any other University recognized as equivalent thereto) with at least Seven Units in Biotechnology (i.e. the minimum required for majoring in the subject).

b. With Three Units in Biotechnology at the T.Y.B.Sc. in combination with Three Units of any other major subject at the T.Y.B.Sc.

There is no entrance examination for the purpose of admissions to the MSc degree course in Biotechnology. The learners will be admitted to the said course on the basis of the marks obtained at the T.Y.B.Sc examination. (Circular no PG/Univ.VCD/ICC/2012-13/8)

Number of Seats available Total of 20 seats + 1 seat for Jammu Kashmir;

Reservations as per University Rules. Candidates belonging to reserved category and having domicile in Maharashtra are considered for admissions in the reserved quota. Reserved category candidates with domicile in other states of India are treated as open category candidates.

Admissions Procedure :

The forms for the said course are made available at the department office every year after the TYBSc results in Biotechnology of University of Mumbai are declared (between May-June). The notification for the same is put up on the University website as well as the department notice boards. Candidates whose names appear in the merit list are required to secure their admission by submitting the attested photocopies as well as the originals of statement of marks, caste certificate and caste validity certificate (wherever applicable) to the staff-in-charge of the admissions and paying the fees as shown in table in cash at Allahabad Bank counter, University of Mumbai, Kalina between 11.00a.m-2.30 p.m after collecting challan from department office.

In addition to the above students from other districts to required to submit District change certificate.

Students from other University (Other than Mumbai University) are required to submit -Attested photocopy as well as original Statement of marks (HSc, FYBSc, SYBSc, TYBSc), Migration certificate, Eligibility form (to be filled in the office during the time of admissions), transfer certificate at the time of admissions. The admission of the Candidates failing to pay the fees or submitting the requisite documents within the specified time span stands cancelled. Admissions are strictly on the basis of merit.

Sr no. Category Amount in Rs (Open category) Amount in Rs (Reserved category)
1 Tuition Fee 1st and 2nd term 15,000/-
3 Other fees and extracurricular activities 250/-
4. University exam fee 600/-
5 Marksheet 50/-
6 Laboratory Fee 20,000 /-
7 Library fee 1000/-
8 Gymkhana Fee 200/-
10 Vice chancellors fund 20/- 20
11. Magazine 100/-
12. Identity card 50/- 50
13. Group insurance 40/- 40
14. Students welfare 50/- 50
15. University Sports and cultural activity 30/-
16. Development fee 500/-
17. Utility 250/-
18. Computer /internet 500/-
19. e-suvidha 50/-
20. e-charges 20/-
21. Disaster relief fund 10/- 10
22. Admission processing fee 200/- 200/-
TOTAL 39,020/- 370/-

Fee structure per year for MSc Biotechnology

Form fee: Rs 100/-
Document verification: Rs 400/- wherever applicable
Refundable deposits
Caution money: Rs 150/-
Library deposit: Rs 250/-
Laboratory deposit: Rs 400/-
Project fee: Rs 2000/- wherever applicable
Registration fee for MSc I: Rs 1000/-
Registration form fee: Rs 25/-
Convocation fee only for MSc II: Rs 250/-


Admission for foreign students is as per University Guidelines. Fees collected under different heads would be spent only for specified purpose for which they have been collected.

Fees are to be paid in cash at the Allahabad Bank, Kalina Branch after procuring the challan from the department office.

Refund of fees as per University ordinance no 0.3574

Attendance: University of Mumbai has prescribed 0.119 regarding attendance and the procedure to maintain the attendance. Kindly refer to circular no. UG/502 of 1999 dated 6th October 1999. (Page no. 607 of Vol. II of the new compendium published by University of Mumbai.)

Teaching Staff

Name: Dr.Mrs. Varsha Kelkar-Mane (MSc, PhD)
Designation: Associate Professor and Head
Area of specialization: Environment and Biotechnology
Subjects taught: Biochemistry, Bioprocess technology
Contact details:
Name:  Dr Bhupendra Pushkar
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of specialization: Zoology
Subjects taught: Molecular Biology, Animal tissue culture
archana_rath Name: Dr. ARCHANA RATH (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Designation: Assistant professor
M.Sc.: Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai, India
Ph.D: National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India
Areas of specialization: Molecular Biology, Immunology and Antimicrobial Resistance
Subjects taught: Immunology, Immunochemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology, Plant Tissue Culture and Solid Waste Management.
Research Interest: Study of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in food &environment, use of AI and Bioinformatics for AMR Surveillance, nanotechnology to counteract AMR, food microbiology and biotechnology, environmental biotechnology and production of value added products for sustainable development
Contact details –
Google Scholar Profile:
Name:Dr Sanjana Negi (DST inspire faculty)

Visiting faculty:

a. Dr G K Rao Formerly CIFE, Mumbai

b. Prof Norine F, Assistant Professor, St Xaviers College, (Autonomous)

c. Dr Shiney Peter Assistant Professor, St Xaviers College, (Autonomous)

d. Dr Richa Singh Assistant Professor, SIES college (Autonomous)


Non-Teaching Staff

Ms Vishapta Jadhav Peon

Ms Pallavi Rambade Jr typist Clerk

Ms Manisha Sawant Sweeper

Sr No Name Designation Duty
1 Mr Mangesh Kargutkar Lab assistant All laboratory related maintenance
2 Ms Vishapta Jadhav Peon
3 Ms Pallavi Rambade Jr typist Clerk
4 Ms Manisha Sawant Sweeper

Besides academics, one of the major focus area of the department is on research. The department has well equipped laboratories to carry out research activities. Moreover, a number of research facilities within the campus as well as out of the campus are made available to the students. It also has research collaborations and interactions with well known research laboratories in and around Mumbai.
The department has a young enthusiastic and student friendly staff. The faculty has consistently been successful in obtaining Major Research Fundings from various Government & Non-Government agencies over the years. The department encourages students to independently think as well as implement research ideas. The faulty also guides the students during their participation in a number of co-curricular as well as extra-curricular activities across various colleges, research institutes and Universities in the country.
Every year, the department also provides research guidance to project students from across the country. This includes short term to six months training / projects programs for post graduate students in Biological Sciences.
A fee of Rs. 2,000/- is charged for training/ projects.
The goal of the Department is to be a Centre of Excellence, in both academics and research with the help of young, enthusiastic teaching/ non- teaching staff and students.

Ph.D in Biotechnology

Name of the course PhD Biotechnology
Application form fee Rs. 100/-
Course work
Eligibility As per circular no UG/441 of 2005
Number of PhD guides in the department 1
Admission schedule Notified on website as well as department notice board every year between June-September

Fee Structure for Ph.D Program :

Sr No Title Annual fee (Rs)
1 Tuition fee 4000
2 Laboratory fee 12000
3 Library fee 1000
4 Students welfare fee 50
5 Extra curricular fee 250
6 Gymkhana fee 200
7 computer ,Internet, e-charge 570
10 Sports and cultural activity fee 30
11 Disaster Fee 10
12 Group Insurance fee 40
13 Admission , VC, Magazine, ID 370
14 Development + Utility 750
Total 19270/-

Annual Report of Last Academic year

Students activities:
The students of the department actively participate in various research as well as cultural meets across the country. They strike a perfect balance between their studies and co-curricular activities that is reflected in their results for the past five years.
22.8% distinction
50.5% 1st class
17.8% 2nd class
8.9% dropout rate
As a part of their curricula every year the students along with the faculty members organize visit to various Industries / Research Institutes across the country