The Department of Bioengineering in Vels Institute of Science Technology and Advanced studies (VISTAS) was established in the year 2015 and it was accredited by the UGC, NAAC and AICTE. The department was established to create a fusion of engineering and the life sciences to promote scientific discovery and the invention of new technologies and therapies through research and education. The department offers Undergraduate programmes; B. Tech Biotechnology. Also, the department offers doctorate programme. The syllabus of each programme covers the latest developments in its corresponding stream and has been designed to augment students’ developing skills in industry and research-oriented fields and to equip them with expertise in common national level examinations. The strong infrastructure of services is key to ensuring academic success of higher learning. The school has initiated efforts to establish research laboratories in all thrust areas. Apart from fundamental research, the department aims to meet the targeted demands to cater the requirements of Biotechnology based industries.
Biotechnology is a broad discipline based on cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help to improve our lives and the health of our planet. The academic programmes are based on the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which provides students with an open choice of courses comprising core, electives , in-plant training and project work. The major thrust of the department includes Plant biotechnology, Fungal biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology Computational Biology and Infectious diseases.
The department has highly qualified faculty members with rich experience in teaching and research; some of them have visited international institutions of repute for collaborative teaching and or research programs while some others presented their research findings in international forums abroad. The faculty members attract funds from national and international agencies in the form of research grants. The members of the faculty regularly publish research articles in indexed, peer reviewed international and national journals. The syllabus is consciously designed to help students inculcate, at every stage, the rapid trends and progressive growth in this exciting field. Students are admitted by selection through merit—based on percentage of marks secured in the VISTAS Entrance Examination.
About 90% of the students were placed in various reputed companies like Tech Mahindra, HCL, Six phrase Technology, Six Red Marbels etc. Apart from Placement activities, students of Bio Engineering have opted for M.S. and M.Tech Degree programmes in various reputed Institutions in India and abroad. Bio Engineering Department has signed Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate research activities of the students with the Research Institutes such as Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for women, Armatz Biotech Private Limited, Aaranya Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., Abees Biotech Research Institute.