School of Biotechnology

Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


In order to develop trained manpower in the emerging areas of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Research, Department of Biotechnology and University Grants Commission started M.Sc. Biotechnology teaching programmes during the year, 1985. Our University was one among the first five institutions selected for offering this course. For this programme, the students are selected from an All India Entrance Test conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a fellowship of Rs.800/- per month is being paid by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, to the admitted candidates. This programme is being run by highly trained faculty members, research associates and administrative staff. Apart from many sophisticated equipments, the M.Sc. Programme also has many modern laboratory facilities. The M.Sc. Biotechnology Programme of Madurai Kamaraj University was adjudged as one of the best teaching programmes in the country by Dr.Kumar's committee which reviewed the M.Sc. Biotechnology Teaching Programmes of various Universities.

A total of 378 students, selected on an all India basis, have undergone the above course till 2005. The geographical distribution of students and their placement details are provided.

No. of batches completed������������������������    ����     : 22
No. of students enrolled (till 1998-2005)���     ���������: 378
No. of students passed the course (till May 2005)��� : 335
No. of students doing Ph.D. in India���������������       � : 267 (approx.)
No. of students who went abroad for Ph.D.���������   �� : 61 (approx.)
No. of students working in industries������������    ��   � : 7 (approx.)


Syllabus Upgradation

The syllabus, which was first drafted in 1985 during the inception of the course, has been revised in four subsequent Board of Studies Meetings held in 1988, 1991, 1995 and 1998.


There are two type of syllabus available at the School of Biotechnology.They are

1.      Choice Based Credit System Syllabus (CBCS Syllabus)

2.      Madurai Kamaraj University Board of Studies Syllabus

The Syllabus followed by the School of Biotechnology is CBCS Syllabus