- The department was the first to develop a technically
viable process for bioethanol production, a feat that
earned it international visibility. Even today, it
harbors the leading Indian researchers in membrane
separations, enzyme technology, plant cell biotechnology,
recombinant DNA technology, biomolecular machines
and wastewater treatment.
- The department also has faculty members specializing
in the new and emergent areas of Bioinformatics &
Genomics, Metabolic Engineering & Metagenomics,
Systems Biology, RNAi technology & Functional
Genomics and Single-Molecule Dynamics.
- The department was among the first in the country
to secure significant extramural research funding
from international agencies.
- Biotechnology departments in virtually all Indian
engineering schools are populated, and in many instances,
headed by alumni of our department.
- Numerous technical and business leaders of the
global and domestic biotechnology industry received
their undergraduate or graduate education in our department.
Today, the department consists of 16 permanent faculty
members. The research publications of our Faculty are
very significant both qualitatively and quantitatively
(http://beb.iitd.ac.in). Over the years, the department
has pioneered the development of a 5-year dual-degree
undergraduate program culminating in an M.Tech. degree
and graduate programs leading to M.S. (Research) and
Ph.D. degrees. Our interdisciplinary approach, which combines
the principles of molecular biology and chemical engineering,
has yielded academic recognition and reward. Our students
have been admitted to highly ranked academic institutions
within the country and abroad, where they have made,
and continue to make, significant contribution to biotechnology
in academics and industry.
The BTIS sub-centre at IIT Delhi was established in
1989 (equipped in 1991) by the support of the DBT, GOI,
New Delhi, as a part of the nation wide networking of
Biotechnology Institutions of National importance.