Department of Biotechnology

About the Department

The Department of Biotechnology made a modest beginning in 2008 with the commencement of B.Sc Biotechnology Course. Since then department is working continuously with upgraded knowledge and technical base. The backbone of the department is the intellectual rigor provided by a dedicated faculty and students coming from all across the country.

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary science which encompasses areas viz. Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Virology, Plant and Animal tissue culture, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Recombinant DNA Technology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Food and Pharmaceuticals, Bioinformatics, IPR and Patenting. It is a fast emerging science with distinctive advantages as it finds applications in practically all aspects of life. The subject offers exciting opportunities in various fields from basic research to an industry oriented career.

Keeping in view expense and applications of biotechnology, in every field there is going to be a perpetual demand for resource personnel with biotechnology as specialization. Taking the increasing demand of the subject onto consideration, department faculty groom students and make them ready to excel their futuristic challenges. Very excellent academic ambience in the department always works for all round development of students. Department always plans for imparting quality education through research and technology based approaches.

Qualified and experience faculty of the department is always student oriented and tries to give them maximum exposure to experts in field for better carries achievements.

Department always provide extensive hands on training to students to make it more relevant to the current scenario in Industry and Research field so as to provide an edge at both National and Global level.

Department faculty is involved in research areas like Microbiology, Immunology, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, Molecular Biology with Publications in National and International Journals.

Salient Features of Department

  1. Qualified, skilled, dedicated staff with hands-on research experience

  2. Visiting faculty from reputed research institutes, industries and Universities.

  3. 4 Spacious state of art laboratories with modern infrastructure and sophisticated equipments.

  4. Internet access for the students with all necessary software required for the curriculum.

  5. Guest lectures by experts, seminars, exhibitions, quiz competitions etc. for overall development of the students.

  6. Research training in various reputed Biotechnology institutes and industries.

  7. Excellent curriculum including Theory, Practical and Research project.

  8. Vibrant academic ambience in the Department.

  9. Encouragement to students for research so as to work independently.

  10. Development of scientific temperament and social responsibilities in the students.

Head of Department

Dr. Atmaram V. Andhale

Head, Department of Biotechnology

M.Sc(Biotechnology), M.Sc.(Zoology), M. Phil, Ph. D.

Name of FacultyDesignationProfile link
Sulabha DeokarAssistant Professor View Profile
Swapna SatheAssistant Professor View Profile
Renuka Pradeep ChavhanAssistant Professor View Profile
Angha Chandrashekhar WairagadeAssistant Professor
Bindia Amit OberoiAssistant Professor View Profile
Manali Deepak KulkarniAssistant Professor View Profile
Chitra Mandar KulkarniAssistant Professor View Profile
Shital DubaleAssistant Professor View Profile

Class Rooms

Department have its own allotted classroom with well aided facilities like LCD and OHP.


There are 4 state of the art laboratories viz

Biotechnology Laboratory

Biotechnology Laboratory is fully equipped with all the basic facilities to carry out practicals of Microbiology like, Shaker incubator, LAF, centrifuge, autoclave, hot air oven etc. and other biotechnology related practical too.

Molecular biology laboratory

Molecular biology laboratory has all the instruments and equipment's like PCR machine, Gel doc, electrophoretic units, -20 refrigerator, Cooling centrifuge, Magnetic stirrers, transilluminator, dual beam spectrophotometer to name a few, to carry out basic research work too.

Animal tissue culture laboratory

Animal tissue culture laboratory is designed as per small size lab scientific plan with fully air conditioned and UV sterilization facilitated subareas like data collection room and culture room which has equipments like Water jacketed CO2 incubator , LAF and inverted microscope .

Plant tissue culture laboratory

Plant tissue culture laboratory is designed as per small size scientific plan with fully air conditioned and UV sterilization facilitated sub-areas like data collection room, Transfer room and culture/ Incubation room with equipments like LAF, orbital shaker, magnetic stirrer, filter assembly and automatic operating Growth racks for culturing purpose.

Note : There's common washing area too for tissue culturing purpose with water supply, autoclave, hot air oven, double distillation unit, ice flaker machine, drying racks etc.

Lecture Series-“ Frontiers of Biotechnology”

On completion of 80 glorious years to the college, Dept of Biotechnology organised two days lecture series entitled “Frontiers of Biotechnology”. This event was inaugurated by Dr. Mrs. S. R. Chaphalkar ,Director, VSBT, Baramati. In lecture series lectures were taken by imminent faculties from industry and academia.

Extra credit certificate course-“ Frontiers of Biotechnology”

Department of Biotechnology organized extra credit certificate course entitled “Frontiers of Biotechnology” from 13 December 2021 to 26 December 2021 for the T .Y. B.Sc. Biotechnology students. 6 guest lectures and 4 practicals conducted by eminent faculties from different fields of 30 hours were conducted under this. Students gain 3 credits by attending the course.

Student events “Biotechcellence 2K ’’

Student events “Biotechcellence 2K ’’an inter-collegiate Competition get organised by department every year with over whelming responses over 100 participants from various Colleges in and around Pune city participated in various events like model making ,poster making, Petri Dish art, Bioryhthm, photography and Quiz Competition and received several Prizes


“Avishkar’’ an extention activity carried out by the department every year. Biotechnology students participated in ‘Avishkar’, project Competition organised by Savitribai Phule Pune University to get hands on research experience. Many students won prizes in this competition at college level, zonal level and Represented Pune university at state level

Biotech Bulletin activity

Biotech Bulletin activity carried out by students under the guidance of teacher for every month to get latest news and research.

Department of Biotechnology organises guest lectures, practical, seminar, short film for B.Sc. Biotechnology students. The aim of organising such events is to get exposure to the experts from different fields, getting knowledge from them which could be helpful to students for future prospective.

Guest Lectures

  • A guest lecture on Ebola virus by Dr. Gajanan Sapkal, Head diagnostic virology group, NIV, Pune

  • Guest lecture by Dr.Smita Zinzarde, Prof, IBB, Pune on Environmental applications of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica

  • Guest lecture entitled “Intellectual Property Rights”(IPRs) by Ms.Samata Gupta

  • Guest lecture entitle “Introduction to clinical research and job opportunities” by Dr. Vaibhav Patil ,Project Manager , Biocon, Pune along with Mitcon

  • Guest lecture by Dr. Abhinav Kumar, Thinking place, Pune on Career advances in Biotechnology.

  • Guest lecture on Awareness training on ISO/IEC 17025 and Laboratory management system by Rasna Jaiswal Director of Biz luris Consulting Pvt.Ltd., Bhosari, Pune

  • Guest Practical

  • Department has organised a guest practical entitled “Demonstration of regeneration of Hydra” under the guidance of Ms.Rohini Londhe from ARI Pune

  • Seminar

  • Seminar on Career Avenues in food industry by Ms. Meghana Patange, (Academic Co-ordinator and Manager Administration, Careerversity), Pune

  • Short film

  • Short film entitled ‘Genetically Modified food & Environmental impact’ was organised for students, & staff of the college in collaboration with ‘Lokayat’ on social activist groups in Pune. Dr. Neeraj Jain & Mr. Rushal Thaker from ‘Lokayat’ interacted with the students after short film presentation.

  • Study tour

  • As per the syllabus of SPPU, Students of Biotechnology visited Hyderabad University, Goa University, BITS Pillani University, University of Mysore, Central Food Technological Research Institute of India (CFTRI) Coonoor .Pasture Institute, Coonoor, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat University, Government Institute of Science at Aurangabad. Because of visit they could be able to see the well equipped labs , research work and interacted with the scientist in the university

  • Students also visited AMUL Dairy, Anand, Gujarat, Katraj Dairy, Pune, Sonai Dairy ,Indapur along with teaching and non teaching staff members to study dairy Biotechnology.

  • To study the fermentation processes they visited Wine park at Nashik, Nira Valley Wines PVt. Ltd, Baramati, Four seasons winery at Baramati to get an explosure to large scale industry.Study tour included training program, visit to vineyards and interaction with owners and wine makers.

  • T. Y. students attended training program on GC and HPLC at the Department of chemistry, SPPU, Pune and Visited K .F .Bioplants Pvt.Ltd,Manjari,Pune to see large scale production of in vitro cultivation

  • For Ecosystem and biodiversity studies students visited Dandeli, Karnataka, Pashan lake, Empress Garden, Malavali, ARAI Hill, Pune.

  • Departmental Research Activities – Individual Level


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    Dr. Sulabha B Deokar (Kashid Sulabha S)

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    Dr. Swapna Sathe (Swapna Deodhar)

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    Name of AuthorPublication yearTitleJournal details *Indexed in ** & Impact factor $
    Dr. Sulabha B Deokar
    Pathade G. R.,
    May 18, 2018Direct submission of sequence data to GenBank :The nucleotide sequences of 3 bacterial and 1 fungal promising isolates GenBank nucleotide sequence database at NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)USA---
    Dr. Sulabha B Deokar
    Pathade G. R.,
    2018Physico-chemical and Bacteriological Study of Hot Water Spring from Aravali (Dist-Ratnagiri) Maharashtra, IndiaResearch Journal of Chemical and Environmental Sciences Index Copernicus Value 78.67, NAAS Rating 4.64; Vol 6 [3]UGC care list
    SJIF: 3.60.
    Dr. Sulabha B Deokar
    Pathade G. R.
    2017The Study of the Physicochemical parameters and Bacteriological examination of Tural acrothermal spring, (Dist -Ratnagiri), Maharashtra, India.“International Journal of Allied Practice, Research and Review’’,Volume IV Issue VIII, ISSN:2350-1294,UGC care list Journal no 44557
    SJIF 2.662
    Madhumeeta Chadha
    Priyanka Desai
    Ashwini Tambe
    Sulabha B.Deokar
    Kshitija Mutalik
    Jan-Feb 2017“Production of Biodiesel using waste temple oil from ShaniShingnapur temple(Dist.Ahmednagar),Maharashtra,India using chemical and biological methods”‘International Journal of Environment,Agriculture and Biotechnology’ISSN-2456-1878,Impact factor-,Vol-2,Issue-1UGC care list

    Ashwini .R.Tambe
    R. M. Pawar
    S. B. Deokar
    Feb-2016.Evaluation of antibacterial and antifungal activity of various concentration of Azadirachta, indica (Neem) again‘Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies’ ISSN-2021-8819 (online) 2348-7186 (Print)UGC Approved
    A .R. Tambe
    S. B. Deokar
    R.M. Pawar
    September 2016.“Evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity and Phytochemical Analysis of Zingiberofficinale (Ginger) Rhizome Extract” st human pathogenic bacterial and fungal strain’International journal of allied practice Research and review Vol.III,Issue VI,01ISSN 2350-1294,UGC Approved
    Ashwini R. Tambe
    Minaz Inamdar
    Qusai Indonesiawala
    Kshitija S. Mutalik
    Sulabha B. Deokar
    August2016“Synthesis of Microbial Biodegradable Starch-based Bioplastic”’‘Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies’ ISSN-2321-88191,Vol.41,Issue 9,Peer reviewed
    Ashwini R. Tambe
    Kshitija. S. Mutalik
    Sulabha. B. Deokar
    JULY 2016“Study of Antimicrobial potential and Phytochemical analysis of Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) leaves extract”International Journal For Science and Research in Technology’’,Vol.2, Issue-7 July 2016ISSN No.2395-1052Peer reviewed
    Swapna Deodhar
    Kiran Pawar
    Nitasha Singh
    R. J. Thengane
    S.R. Thengane
    2014Clonal propagation of female plants of GraciniaindicaChoiss. A tree species of high medicinal value,Journal of applied biology and Biotechnology, 2(6), 18-25
    S. R. Thengane
    2006Repetitive somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration in GarciniaindicaChoissIn vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp256-261
    Swapna R. Deodhar
    R. J. Thengane
    2008De novo shoot regeneration from root culture of GarciniaindicaChoiss.Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 46, 482-486
    S. R. Thengane
    S. V. Bhosle
    S. R. Deodhar
    2006Micropropagation of Indian Laurel (Calophylluminophyllum) an anti-HIV drug,Current Science, vol. 90, No.10, pp 1393-1397.
    S. V. Bhosle
    S. R. Thengane
    2005New distributional record of an rare and endemic species Calophyllumaustroindicum Kosterm ex. Stevens Guttifereae (Clusiaceae),Journal of Economic and taxonomic Botany, vol 30, No.4, pp 856-858.

    Innovative practices conducted by the department

    Department of Biotechnology regularly follows novel practices for the students that are beneficial for their personality development and career opportunities.

  • Students are given sessionals for every practical so as to gain extra knowledge about the topic.

  • Students are provided with e-classroom for lectures.

  • Students are given exposure to National and International level research and participate in different activities.

  • Students participate in National and International conferences/seminars/workshops/competitions.

  • Department encourages students to attend summer training programs.

  • Department organizes seminars, workshops and guest lectures of eminent personalities from industries.

  • Remedial classes are conducted by department for improvement of students with backlog.

  • Students attendance is strictly followed and counseling of defaulters is carried out.

  • Best Student Award

    Microbiologists Society ,India appreciates Miss .Sayali J .Kurundkar on being selected as Best student of Department of Biotechnology, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune during 2020-2021

    Best Nowrosjee Girl Student Award

    Nikita Quadri won Best Nowrosjee Girl student ,Non grant course award

    Other Proud Moments

  • CDT CPT Miss Alpana Singh T.Y. B.Sc. Biotechnology student marched on Rajpath, New Delhi (26th Jan,2022) .She was the part of PM Rally Contigent at Cariappa Parade Ground (28th Jan,2022)

  • Cadet Corporl Ms. Pratiksha Jadhav of NCC (air wing) attended IGC and Vayusainik Camp held at Jodhpur and Maharashtra directorate stood first.

  • Syllabus

    Abhishek Iyer

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    MBA Biotechnology (PUMBA)
    Strategy Consultant IQVIA, London, United Kingdom

    Swati Narhare

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    MBA Biotechnology (PUMBA)
    Senior Research Associate Global Market Insights Pvt. Ltd., Pune

    Prajakta Vilas Kasare

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Industrial Biotechnology
    Research Associate at R& D , Biotech Lupin Limited, Pune

    Kiran Gaikwad

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Bioinformatics (IBB)
    QA Engineer Pieriandx india pvt ltd, Pune

    Onkar Kulkarni

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Bioinformatics (IBB)
    Project Associate CCMB, Hyderabad

    Lalit Surana

    BSc Biotechnology
    MSc Biotechnology, Bangalore
    Founder-Partner A3L FOODS CORPORATION 1) Rajapalyam, Tamilnadu 2) Pallakadd, kerala 3) Mumbai, Maharashtra 4) Saputara, Gujrat

    Snehal Shingade

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Biotechnology
    Project SRF Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Pune

    Nehali N Buchade

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Biotechnology
    Senior executive- Infectious diseases molecular biology Lifecell International Pvt ltd., Pune

    Vaishnavi Kailas Kolte

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Biotechnology
    Research Assistant, Sharma Geomics Lab Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) , Bangalore

    Pooja Shrikant Gaikwad

    Maharashtra Police Police Sub-Inspector, Mumbai Kalachowky Police Station, Lalbaug, Mumbai

    Monalisa Dutta

    BSc biotechnology MSc bioinformatics ( Rajiv Gandhi institute of IT and Biotechnology, Bharti Vidypeeth, Pune) Commissioned officer in Indian Air force. Squadron Leader

    Samta Gupta

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Biotechnology
    Officer with Intellectual Property Management Group. Lupin Limited, Pune

    Nusrat Tasneem

    B.Sc. Biotechnology
    M.Sc. Biotechnology
    Editorial Adviser- Manuscript Services Springer Nature Technology and Publishing Solutions

    Anjali Pillai

    Editorial Adviser- Manuscript Services Springer Nature Technology and Publishing Solutions, Pune