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Department of Bio - Technology

About the Department
   The Department of Biotechnology was established in the year 2002. The department offers Under graduate, Post graduate and Research Programs leading to M.Phil., and Ph.D. The department of Biotechnology is strengthened with 13 well qualified and experienced faculty members. The faculty members are very keen in research activities and published 287research articles in peer reviewed and high impact-factor journals and submitted 122 Nucleotide Database in NCBI, New York, USA.,

   The department was established with sophisticated instruments for doing hi-tech research and the department made MOU & research collaborations with
  • Department of Environmental Resources, Chonkbuck National University, South Korea.
  • Department of Energy and Environmental System Engineering, University of Seoul, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Department of Environmental Engineering, Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan.
  • Alga marine Research Center, Chennai.
  • Vertis Biolab and Microlab, Salem.
  • ELIES Biotech, Erode.
  • Star Microlab, Salem.

   The department has undertaken research projects of national importance in the field of biotechnology and received research grants from University Grants Commission (UGC), Tamil Nadu State Council for Science & Technology (TNSCST) and the Department has attracted fund under DST-FIST, Rs. 30 lakhs and recognized as DST-FIST-sponsored research center, University Grants Commission as financial support for strengthening of laboratory equipment to be utilized for post graduate and research in biotechnology.

  • Centre for Micro algal culture and Pigment Extractions
  • Centre for Ex-situ Conservation of germplasm through medicinal plant garden
  • Centre for Bio-fertilizer production
  • Center for Mushroom cultivation
  • Mitigation of CO2 Emissions by Bamboo Garden
  • Eco- Restoration and Preservation of Environment
  • Center for Tissue Culture Banana Propagation
  • Center for Biological Data Analysis and Resource Center
    1. T2DMDB – Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Database
    2. BCGDB – Breast Cancer Gene Database
    3. BacKDB – Bacterial Kinase Database
  • Center for Nanotechnology
  • Center for Cell culture and Tissue Engineering

   The biotechnology department submitted various project proposals to funding agencies like DST, BRNS, DRDO, UGC, DBT, etc., to advance the research in the institute.
   The department is well equipped with the advanced instruments for post graduate and research in biotechnology. Gradient PCR, BOD Incubator, Calorimeter, Cooling Centrifuge, Cyclomixer, Deep Freezer, Electrophoresis, Elisa Reader, Fermentor, Gel Documentation, Hot Air Oven, Hybridizer, Incubator, Laminar Air Flow, Lyophilizer, Magnetic Stirrer, Micro Oven, Microscope, Thermocycler (PCR Machine), pH Meter, Rotatory Shaker, Shaking Incubator, Shaking Water Bath, Inverted and Phase contrast Microscope, CO2 Incubator, Spectrophotometer, Transilluminator, Ultrasonicator and UV Spectrophotometer.
   The department of biotechnology is connected with advanced Bioinformatics Soft-wares like Flex X and SeeSAR, at the cost of 2.7 lakhs. These software tools are used for the study of Molecular Docking, Pharmaco kinetics of drugs and interactive, visual compound prioritization as well as compound evolution.


   To provide good education hybridized with good conduct and character to the rural-based students by providing all infrastructure facilities.

  • To impart quality education with good conduct and character.
  • To adopt new techniques to improve students’ skills.
  • To train them to overcome any critical situation.
  • To develop leadership qualities.
  • To train them to become good citizens.
  • To create better opportunities for employment.
Year of Establishment : 2002 - CBCS Pattern
Name of Courses offered:
  • B.Sc. Biotechnology (2002 – 2003)
  • M.Sc. Biotechnology (2002 - 2003)
  • M.Phil. Biotechnology (2005 - 2006)
  • Ph.D. Biotechnology (2005 - 2006)

Established Research Centers

Centre for Spirulina Cultivation

   Biotechnology department established Research and Training Centre for Spirulina cultivation to promote applied biotechnological knowledge to students and the rural community. Spirulina is believed to be “Nature God’s wonder gift of Food and Feed”. It is nature’s richest source of complete protein, amino acids, Vitamin B12, Enzymes, Phytonutrients and good source of organic iron. It is Bio-chelated and completely non-toxic and absolutely pure as a Food and Fodder. Spirulina has high digestibility rate of 95% compared to other foods.

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Centre for Mushroom Cultivation

    Mushroom cultivation is the most productive and one of the most profitable businesses in India. It is getting popular gradually in India because, in a short time, it converts farmers' hard work into profit. Farmers use the mushroom cultivation process in India as an alternate source of money. Hands-on training is offered to students in production and cultivation and they are trained to earn money while they are studying.

Centre for Vermicompost Production

    For vermicompost preparation 2 concrete pits are available in the campus. Vermicompost can be prepared in these pits twice a year. Approximately 2 tonne of compost is harvested from these pits annually. The produced vermicompost is applied in the flowers and fruit garden of the MASC campus.Training programme on vermicompost preparation is conducted. The unit is also regularly visited by students and others visitors from various colleges, organizations and enterpreneurs.

Center for Ex-situ Conservation of Medicinal Plants

    Medicinal plant conservation strategies are based on an understanding of indigenous knowledge and practices. Conservation of medicinal plants in its bio-cultural perspective not only implies conservation of biodiversity but also provides conservation of cultural diversity.

Centre for Research
    The Department made MOU & Research Collaborations with the following
S.No Research Collaborators
1. Jeonbuk NationalUniversity
2. VertisBioLabs
3. PeriyarUniversity
4. Kyungpook NationalUniversity
5. StarMicro Lab
6. ELIESBiotech
Medicinal Plant Database
BioSoft - A Comprehensive online package for Biological Data Analysis
Research Collaborative MoU With Virtis Biolab- Salem
Industry Collaborations with Elis Biotech Pvt. Limited

Dr. Gowhar Safi,
Vice President, Computational Medicine &Translational Research,
Indx.Ai, USA M.Sc., Biotechnology (2002-2004)
Dr. Gowhar Shafi, is presently working as a Vice President, Computational Medicine & Translational Research, Indx. Ai, USA. He has done his Doctorate in Medical Genetics from the Institute of Genetics & Hospital for Genetic Diseases & Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Hyderabad, India. He completed his postdoctoral research in Computational Medicine from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Gowhar held the positions as Head Genomics/Bioinfomatics and Chief Scientific Officer at Positive Bioscience, India between 2014 and 2018. Prior to this, he worked as a junior scientist at Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Gowhar has over 8 years of experience in Precision and Computational Medicine.

Dr. S.Govindharaj,
Deputy Manager Quality Assurance, TUD SUD South Asia, Tirupur.
M.Sc., Biotechnology
Dr. S.Govindharaj has over 10 years of experience in the areas of Maintenance of Quality System Assurance. Presently he is working as a Deputy Manager-Quality Assurance in TUV-SUD South Asia Pvt. Ltd, Velampalayam, Tirupur.

Dr. M.Kamaraj, M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.,PGDNT.,M.A.,MBA.,PGDCA, PGDEAS,
Professor (Associate) at SRM Institute of Science and Technology - Ramapuram, Chennai
B.Sc., Biotechnology (2003-2006)
Dr. M.Kamaraj is presently working as Professor (Associate) at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram, Chennai.

Dr. R. Srinivasan,
International Research Professor at Yeungnam University, South Korea.
B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil., Biotechnology (2003-2009)
Dr. R. Srinivasan, is presently working as an International Research Professor at Yeungnam University, South Korea.

Dr. V. Kathiravan,
Head, Technical & Marketing - Artis Animal Health Care (I) Pvt. Ltd Surat, Gujarat, India.
B.Sc., Biotechnology (2003-2006)
Dr. V. Kathiravan is presently working as Head, Technical & Marketing - Artis Animal Health Care (I) Pvt. Ltd Surat, Gujarat, India.

Dr. Guruchandar Arulmozhivarman,
Global Product Manager at Miltenyi Biotec Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia,Germany
B.Sc., Biotechnology 2004-2007
Dr. Guruchandar Arulmozhivarman is presently working as a Global Product Manager at Miltenyi BiotecBergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Dr. M. Govarthanan,
Research Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Kyungpook National University, South Korea.
B.Sc., M.SC., M.Phil, Biotechnology (2004-2011)
Dr. M. Govarthanan is presently working as a Research Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Kyungpook National University, South Korea.

Dr. L.Praburaman
PostDoc Position at Central South University, China
MSc., Biotechnology 2010-2012
Dr. L.Praburaman earned his PhD in Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea. He was joined as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Central South University, China. His area of expertise includes Microbiology, Bioprocess Technology, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Biodegradation, Stress Biology, and Minimizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
NSS Event 2016-17

Faculty Awards
Periyar University - Best Teacher Award (2018-2019) to Dr.T. Selvankumar
Periyar University – Special Researcher Award (2020-2021) to Dr.K.Selvam
International Judge award (2017-2018) from Texila American University to Dr.T.Selvankumar
Periyar University – Best Researcher Award (2021-2022) to Dr.T.Selvankumar
Outstanding Scientist Award to Dr.T.Selvankumar
Research Excellence Award 2019 to Dr.K.Selvam
Best Scientist Award – 2022 to Dr.K.Selvam
Best Faculty Award – 2022 to Dr.T. Selvankumar
Best Student Award – 2022 to Mr. M. Giridharan, M.Sc., Biotechnology