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Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies established Department of Biotechnology in the year 2008.  At the time of department initiation, manpower was created from diverse areas of biotechnology from reputed Academic and research organizations. Faculty with post-doctoral research experience, good industrial experience and with more than 10 years of teaching experience, have been part of our team and actively involved in research and development. 

The Department has conducted various seminar/conference/workshop/training in distinct biotechnological fields for department improvement. The faculty of the department have represented their work as presentation at the national and international level in scientific association and conferences. The department has acquired various projects in the last three years from prestigious funding agencies like Ayush, DST-SERB and UGC. 

Apart from this, various initiatives have been taken to improve student learning and their technological skill, which involve guest lecture, industrial visit and soft skills training. The Department has created “Techno Gene Club” in the academic year 2011 – 2012, to date and various programmes have been organized by this club like lectures, competitions, workshops, training programs etc., on various aspects of Biotechnology. The Department started its News Bulletin “Blooming Biotech” to bring to light various achievements made by the staff and students are encouraged to write small articles. 

Further attention was focused on research consultancy and the department has signed Memorandum of Understanding with various research labs and biotech industries in Chennai. Every year the graduated students are placed in various esteemed institution in doctoral and post-doctoral positions, and have become entrepreneurs in reputed biotech industries.