Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Formerly known as nagpur university. Accredited with grade A by NACC

Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre


About us

Centre's Profile: Inception

The establishment of Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre proved to be the much-needed shot-in-the arm to the Teaching, Research and Development activities in the field of Microbial Biotechnology in Vidarbha. Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre always aims to carry out various measures to make Education more meaningful and practical, and to explore the opportunities for the students to develop their personalities in a holistic way.

The M.Sc. Biotechnology Teaching Course is envisaged to cater to the needs of the Food Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry and also Environment-Friendly Applications of the Biotechnology particularly in the National & International institutions/ organizations, universities & private sectors etc. The M.Sc. Biotechnology Course related to ‘Fermentation Biotechnology, Environmental/ Industrial Biotechnology, Plant & Animal Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Ethics & Patenting’ is based on choice based credit system & semester pattern, with inclusion of Seminars & Project / Dissertation work. It is a constant endeavor of the Centre to strive and place the students under internship in reputed Research and Corporate organizations. The establishment of ‘Nirmiti study circle’ for M.Sc. & Ph.D. students reflects on new ideas and technologies sharing latest information on emerging trends, events and personalities who are involved in research, designing and working on Biotechnologies. The existing syllabi has been updated & implemented in the academic year of 2018-19., as per advanced, need based & model curriculum recommended by the UGC, New Delhi. Further, the upgraded, Choice based Credit System (CBCS) is at par with the National & International levels addressing manpower requirements for Biotechnological Research & Commercialization’s Standards is being adopted by the Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre for running the Biotechnology teaching programme.

This centre, established in 1995, conducts mission-oriented research work with well-defined mandate for the use of proven bio-tech product/ process development and transfer of technology with regard to probiotics, biofertilizers and biopesticides to the tribal, rural and semi-urban areas in Vidarbha for use in agriculture, health and environmental protection. Vernacular language and local dialects are routinely used to ensure effective communication, also striking a rapport with the sons of the soil. The Centre's efforts towards an indigenous, low cost, eco-friendly lab-to-land transfer of technology especially implemented in Vidarbha for Socio-economic upliftment have been appreciated remarkably by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and University Grants Commission (UGC).

Vision of the Centre

  • Policy, Planning and Execution
  • R & D Programme
  • Organization, Management and Administration
  • Preservation & Maintenance of Eco-Friendly Germplasm
  • Education, Training, Extension and Publication
  • Consultancy Services
  • Manufacture and Production Technology
  • Transfer of Technology (from Lab to Land)
  • Quality Control and Evaluation
  • Placement Pool
  • Bringing about conservation, creation, advancement and dissemination of knowlegde.
  • Process development
  • Synthesis of biologically important compounds
  • Analytical testing
  • To produce human resources sensitive to issues of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Striving to shape a Global Leadership in Human Development, Excellence in Education and Healthcare.

Vision: Teaching & Research

  • To integrate ICT infrastructure in classrooms to facilitate e-learning and virtual teaching.
  • To encourage both students and faculty to extend their academic interactions beyond classrooms for developing a strong repository of digital resources of offline and online content to enhanced scientific learning experiences, including participation in seminars/ webinars, conferences etc.
  • To encourage the students and faculty to focus on contributing to the arena of scientific knowledge in Biotechnology, in particular and Life Sciences, in general for their academic and professional research pursuits.
  • To build state-of-the-art infrastructure through meticulous planning, deep study of emerging technologies and trends for optimal utilization of resources.
  • To invite partnerships with various reputed scientific and industrial entities for pursuit of cutting-edge research.
  • To foster and strengthen bonds with alumni, subject experts and industry veterans.

Objectives:

  • To promote state-of-the-art of biotechnology research for the benefit of the public in the region, making higher education socially relevant & economically viable so that the technology percolates in the villages and also helps the growth of small scale cottage industries
  • To discover new biological traits and to create a national and global range of sustainable perspective with major impact on health, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food and the environment and further to bridge the gap between Academic and Industry
  • To develop sustainable trained human resources in biotechnology with special emphasis on Food & Fermentation Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology & Molecular Biotechnology
  • To generate the basic knowledge required to resolve practical socio-economic oriented issues encountered by the society in various sectors
  • To equip students with skills needed to adapt better for the changing global scenario and gain access to multiple career opportunities and provide inclusive education by making it accessible to all sections of society.
  • To build modest infrastructure for developing innovative trends in biotechnology such as transgenic crop plants, probiotic foods, Stem Cell and gene therapy etc. that would fetch huge benefits to mankind
  • To upgrade & develop the modest infrastructure for marketing and consultancy oriented R&D, teaching programme as well as extension services
  • To balance the horizontal expansion of higher education with vertical excellence.
  • To develop the scientific & technical expertise so as to accelerate the national economic growth
  • To create public awareness for the new conceptualization of biotechnologies, promoting communication and collaboration in varied biotechnological sectors, transferring the know-how an indigenous sustainable developed biotechnology to villages, tribal & remote areas
  • To motivate the students to bring out their creative potential and nurture the spirit of critical thinking.

CORE VALUES

Integrity and Honesty
We conduct ourselves ethically and legally in all situations upholding stakeholder trust.

Committeed to Teams, Accountable for Results and Passion to Win
We are passionate about winning and hold ourselves accountable to organizational goals. We believe in teamwork and foster a performance driven culture across the organization.

Achieving Social Impact
We fulfill our responsibility to society, continuously contributing to build a better world.

Respect and Fairness
We trust every individual and treat them with dignity, respect and fairness. We practice open and honest communication at all times.

Excellence through Quality, Innovation and Leadership
We are committed to delivering superior programs and academic services through continuous innovation and leadership at all levels.

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Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology

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Courses Conducted

Courses Conducted:

M.Sc. Teaching Programme in Biotechnology & Ph.D. in Biotechnology

The course is divided into four semesters. For all the semesters, there are four theory papers; first three semesters carry Two practical Labs each with accredited seminars. Additionally, the fourth semester is comprised of project research work / dissertation. The syllabi include thematic areas on Cell Biology, Genetics, Enzymology; Macromolecules and Biophysical techniques; Microbial physiology, Industrial Biotechnology & Biostatistics; Ethics , Patenting, Molecular Biology, Basic rDNA Technology , Diagnostic & Therapeutic Medical Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Immunology & Bioinformatics; Animal & Plant Biotechnology; Genetic Engineering as theory papers. The practicals are related to the above aspects in all the semesters. The seminar is based on the holistic themes in Biotechnology and its applied aspects / applications along with a project research work/ dissertation during the fourth semester. Each theory paper is divided into four units and all the units carry equal weightage. All theory papers and practical’s are compulsory.

The syllabus is based on 18 theory periods and 16 practical periods per week. Candidates are required to pass separately in theory and practical examinations.

Syllabus

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Admission

Admission Intake, Rules and Procedure & Eligibility

Eligibility for M.Sc. Degree Biotechnology Course Programme

Eligibility criteria for admission to the M.Sc. Semester I in Bio-Technology shall be all Life Science graduates or Agriculture or Veterinary or Fishery Science or Pharmacy / Engineering / Technology / Medicine (M. B. B. S.) or B. D. S. graduates.

Intake strength in each academic session will be 20 students.

Student’s selection and admission of M.Sc. Biotechnology teaching programme are made through Centralized Admission Procedure (CAP) as per R.T.M.Nagpur University norms since the academic session 2017-2018.

Also coordinating Student’s admission to Ph.D. Programme which follows Clearance of PET Examination being conducted by RTM Nagpur University & by following Standard guiding principles of UGC.

Facilities

Infrastructure Facilities in the Centre

A) Class Room

02 Nos. (M.Sc.-I & M.Sc.II) (27.01Sq.mt)

B) Laboratory

a) Autoclave Room (10.526Sq.mt)

b) Fermentor Lab (27.80 Sq.mt)

c) Cold Storage Room (11.08Sq.mt)

d) Inoculation Room (15.50Sq.mt)

e) Bioenergy/ Biomedical Lab (55.70Sq.mt)

f) Central R & D Lab (84.80Sq.mt)

g) Gene Lab (55.70Sq.mt)

h) Radio-Isotope Lab (7.50Sq.mt)

i) Tissue Culture Lab (55.70Sq.mt)

j) Bio-inoculants Preparation Lab with store rooms (25.01Sq.mt)

C) Other Building Area

Seminar-Cum-Farmer’s Training Hall 246.49 sq.mt. Funded by Hon'ble melody Lata Mangeshkar having
U.T. 41.73 sq.mt., Ent. Hall 84.11 sq.mt., Corridor 32.08 sq.mt., Anti Room & Toilet 40.88 sq.mt., Porch 22.63 sq.mt., Porch Ent. 10.03 sq.mt. (Total 477.95 sq.mt.). Committee Room 23.37 sq. mt., Anti Room &Toilet 17.64 sq.mt., Admin. Office 50.7 sq.mt., Library 27.01 sq.mt., Visitor’s / Students’ Common Room 10.392 sq.mt., Lavatories Gents / Ladies 8.60 sq.mt., Toilet 2 Nos. 6.6 Farmers Guest House sq.mt., Staircase 19.10 sq.mt., Corridor 94.2 sq.mt.

D) Other Space Available

Pump House 10.005 sq. mt., Garden ( A- 165 sq. mt. +
B- 1193.82 sq.mt.+ C- 860.7 Sq.mt.), R& D Experimental field site (1545 sq.mt.), Well 11.56 sq.mt., Green house 446.88 sq.ft. and Cycle/Scooter stand 53.77 sq.mt.

Library and Laboratories

There is a well-stocked library containing plethora of books in regard to an array of Biotechnology, in particular and Life Science, in general. The labs are designed in such a manner that students & scientists conducting various experiments can converge for the use of instruments like Digital Spectrophotometers, Double Beam Spectrophotometer, Fermentors, Bio-Reactor, Digital Colorimeters, Refrigerated Centrifuge high speed(CPR24), Lyophilizer, Freeze Dryer, Binocular Research Microscope with photographic attachment, Trinocular Microscope with oil Immersion including micrometer, occulometer Accessories and Video Projection, Computer with accessories, Cooling centrifuges, Indigenous Fermenter with Necessary Accessories, CO2 water jacketed single chamber incubator, Seed Germinator, Air Conditioning Unit For Cold Storage Room, Microtome, Deep freezers -200C, Deep freezer (-700C to -700C UDF- 165, Incubators, Shakers, Flame Photometer, Horizontal Laminar Flow, DO Meter, Deionizer, UV Transilluminators, Recording Spectroflurometer with Scanner- SL 174, Orbital Shaking Incubator with Refrigeration, Double distillation unit, Zone Reader, Electronic balances, pH Meters, BOD incubators, Electrophoresis unit, Autoanalyser, PCR Thermal Cycler system, CO2 incubator with T/C sensor, High speed micro centrifuge, Luminometer, Turbidity Meter, Analytical Balance, Conductivity Meter, Potentiometer, Gel Documentation system, Anaerobic Jar System, DNA Sequencer with accessories, Gel Dryer, Gene Line Gel Documentation system, Plant Growth Chamber, Microwave oven, digital photocolorimeter, chromatography chamber, Multimedia Projector, Interactive Board/ Pad/ Adopter etc. The labs receive electric supply through distinct terminals via specially installed 100 KVA Transformer & 65KVA access of generator.

Features

  • Includes very well ventilated classrooms with spacious seating arrangements. In these classrooms, conventional as well as advanced teaching aids can be used.
  • Computer-assisted teaching apart from all other laboratories like bio reactor lab, plant tissue culture lab etc.
  • Annual Scientific exhibition based on theme provides a platform to explore hidden talents.
  • Celebrations of annual gatherings and cultural and sports events lead to a feeling of social cohesion and unity in diversity.
  • Organization of Educational tours.
  • Eco-club comprising of plantation and cleanliness of surroundings is a regular outdoor activity.
  • Centre is equipped with computers, printers, scanners, audio system, LED Screen, LCD projector, Xerox machine, smartboard, and internet / e-mail facilities.
  • The computational infrastructure in the centre is well versed to carry out advanced molecular studies. Further, the centre has a collection of bioinformatics software packages, which are extensively being used in research, training, and analyses of user queries etc. can be availed as per the requirement.
  • For the advancement of comprehensive understanding of the array of biotechnology, the centre has upgraded its network access to Citi Cable Broadband Internet access & Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • The learning resources of basic conceptualization & recent advancement are being made available to the students.
  • All the experiments are being performed with its demonstration under various specialized labs of M.Sc. Teaching Course programme.

Hostel Facilities - A 'HOME' away from home

The University has separate hostel facility for Boys & Girls with all basic amenities and accommodates students from all over India. Two hostels are located in the University campus, two at the LIT campus, one at the Law College premises and the rest at the North Ambazari Road, about three km from the main University campus. The hostel charges are moderate. One of the hostels, named after Dr. Nelson Mandela is for international students. Various recreational facilities like colour TV, indoor and outdoor games, film projectors and amenities like telephones, internet facility & water filter are available at the hostels.

BEST PRACTICES

  • Students feed-back about academic offering of the Centre:

The feedback questionnaire is prepared to collect the On-line information on the Student’s learning experience, as well as responses to the course and the teacher(s) eliciting their subjective perceptions on various aspects of the course and the teachers involved in the course programme. Ultimately, this information is useful to the teachers as well as to the University in the ongoing efforts to improve the quality of education & upgrading curriculum of the subject. Further, the information is also being collected from this feedback for shouldering social responsibilities in addition to their academic activities as well. The faculty members periodically assess the students by seminar, class test and group discussion.

  • Feed-back of industries regarding relevance of curriculum:

To bridge the gap between the industry & institution interface, the Centre has already taken steps in this direction, thereby introducing professionalism and career orientation in the Biotech related courses. & the candidates are required to submit a full time Dissertation / Field Based Project Work on a related research topic of Biotechnology in the IV Semester. The work is expected to be an original work & critical analysis of a problem of contemporary significance in the field of Biotechnology. Further, the main emphasis is given on the assessment & accreditation of the students with the incorporation of accerdidated Seminar to assess the student’s progression from current requirements of industries rather than merely on University Examination basis. Thus an effective Feedback system from Student’s community & Industrial employer is being implemented in order to improve the quality of education.

  • Counseling/Consultancy services to farmers, Research Scholars, Entrepreneurs are being provided in regard to their associated field problems, research & allied activities.
  • Low cost input microbial field demonstration trials & Post-monitoring are being conducted by the faculty member at various field sites adopted & observed an economic upliftment during post-monitoring programme in terms of monitory gains especially in rural & tribal areas.
  • Wide distribution of know -how developed informative books & leaflets on Biotechnology products of RGBC in local Marathi, Hindi & English languages free of cost.
  • The Centre through its basic mandate is actively involved in organization of training programmes by an effective demonstration of techno-economic viability of the biofertilizers & biopesticides technology to the local farmers (both Men & Women) through dissemination of the know-how transfer of technology to be implemented in the villages of Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur, Amraoti, Gadchiroli, Bhandara districts. Further, to facilitate absorption and utilizations of this proven technology i.e. ‘Biofertilizer Production Technology’, major emphasis is being given on involvement of rural youth and demonstration of these technologies at their own territory at par with a cottage industry concept thus promoting Self-Help Groups. Prior to this, more number of rural, tribal youths is involved in process development, process optimizations and validation. Agro-industries in coordination with academic institutions are being encouraged to participate in such interactive programme and interface ventures. The centre’s efforts for the development of various indigenous low cost products are a step in this direction.
  • Besides, the Co-curricular activities such as “Nirmiti Study Circle”, weekly display as a wall magazine jointly collaborated by the students of M. Sc. Part-I & II along with the faculty member of the centre based on current research activities. This has been formed to encourage a dialogue between students with industry-educational-research organizations from country & abroad as well. This is solely based on student’s research, academic activities & social annual functions etc. which is being effectively implemented by them.

Study tour: Students of M.Sc. Biotechnology are encouraged to visit some research institutes of national and international repute during the two-year course.

Seminars: Seminar along with submission of its written summary / Write-Up is mandatory for every student.

Summer Training Programme: Every student is encouraged to undergo the summer/ winter training Programme in Biotechnology Industry/R & D Institutions for at least 2 weeks during the vacations.

Faculty

Faculty Profile

Teaching, Technical / Nonteaching Staff:

Name, Designation ,Qualification & Area of Specialization

Dr. (Mrs.) Arti S. Shanware

Dr. (Mrs.) Arti S. Shanware
Ph.D.
Director
Aquaculture Immunology Biotechnology,
Biotechnological Applications in Environment & Agriculture Sector

Mr. Chandramani P.Sahare

Mr. Chandramani P.Sahare
Ph.D.
Technical Assistant


Mr. Vinod C. Mate

Mr. Vinod C. Mate
CCO
Technician


Dilip Shridhar Bagde

Dilip Shridhar Bagde
Lab Attendent


Sanjay A. Maraskolhe

Sanjay A. Maraskolhe
UDC


Research Activities

Research (Ph.D. Topics, Name of the Researcher, Guide) Ongoing & Completed

Sr. No. Name Research Fellow Date / Year of Enrollment Name of Guide/ Co-Guide Research Topic Ongoing/ Submitted/ Awarded
1. Mr. Dattatrey V. Kanitkar 13-07-2007 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware Dr. Mrs P. N. Shashtri “Comparative study of different bioreactors for the production of extra cellular enzymes by solid state fermentation” Awarded
2. Mr. Dipak Kumar Nath 11-07-2008 Dr. S. S. Pande Dr. S.K. Biswas “Studies on Modulation of redox status and anti-inflamatory effects of Fagonia cretica Linn, Tinosporia cordifolia and Ribia cordifolia” Awarded
3. Ms. Neha Yadav-Nath 11-07-2008 Dr. S. S. Pande Dr. S.K. Biswas “Sequential effects of hydrogen peroxide on cellular redox system” Awarded
4. Ms. Prajakata N. Patil 15-07-2008 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware & Dr. V. R. Shegokar “Studies on correlation of Human papilioma virus with infertility and recurrent abortions” Awarded
5. Ms. Sarosha N. Md. Israil 15-07-2009 Dr. S. S. Pande “Development of abiotic stress tolerant transgenic in cotton” Submitted
6. Ms. Swati Saxena 21-01-2011 Dr. S. U. Meshram “Development of sequence tag micro satellite markers in bittergaud (Momordica charantia L. ) and their utilization in genetic characterization of Bittergaurd germ plasm” Awarded
7. Mr. Ashish Shrivastava 15-07-2011 Dr. S. S. Pande “Molecular characterization and identification of begomovirus/es infecting Amaranth and Poppy grown in India” Awarded
8. Ms. Neha Thakre 21-08-2012 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware “Studies on Bioluminescent Bacterial Consortium for the Development of a heavy Metal Biosensor” Awarded
9. Mr. Kasim Khan 06-11-2012 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware “Isolation and Characterization of Transcription Factors from Jatropaha Curcas Regulating seed Development and Oil Biosynthesis” Awarded
10. Ms. Ashwini Darokar 04-01-2013 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware “Amelioration strategies for the Development of liquid Biofertilizer by some fluorescent Pseudomonas isolates” Awarded
11. Mr. Prashant Bonde 07-01-2013 Dr. S. S. Pande & Dr. Prashant Thakre “Biosynthesis of silver Nanoparticles and sequencing of Metal Binding Protein Motifs” Awarded
12. Mr.Dilip Gore 18-01-2013 Dr. S. S. Pande & Dr. Manoj Rai “Studies on the effect of bacterial infection on development and its transmission in the silkworm, Bombyx mori L” Awarded
13. Ms. Rohini Ganorkar 11-02-2013 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware & Dr. A.B. Ingle “Metagenomic Analysis of Bacterial isolates from Tungsten Enriched Soil” Awarded
14. Ms. Minal M. Trivedi 17-12-2013 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware & Dr. (Mrs.) Surekha Kalkar “Molecular Characterization for Development of Liquid Formulations of Potential Biofertlizer Isolates & Effective Microorganisms (EM)” Awarded
15. Mr. Abhishek S. Mokase 15-01-2014 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware & Dr.(Mrs.) Archana Kulkarni “Isolation and Characterization of Novel Bacteriocins Against Multidrug Resistant Pathogens” Ongoing
16. Mr.Prafull S. Ambulkar 14-07-2014 Dr. S. S. Pande “Genetic Study Of Human Male Infertility Related To Y Chromosome Micro Deletions & Androgen Receptor Gene On X Chromosome In Oligospermia & Azospermia Cases” Submitted
17. Mrs. Priyanka A. Gupta 14-01-2015 Dr. S. S. Pande “Development of Nutraceuticals using Probiotics and Anticancerous Herbs” Ongoing
18. Ms. Latika Lilhore 16-01-2016 Dr. S. S. Pande & Dr. (Mrs.) Alka Chaturvedi “In Vitro Conservation and Enhancement of Secondary Metabolite Production in Leptadenia reticulata” Ongoing
19. Mrs. Rashmi Wanjari 18-01-2016 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware & Dr. Sanjay Dhoble “Investigations on Optimization Strategy of Electromagnetic Radiation on Luminescent Bacteria for the Development of Prospective Biosensor" Ongoing
20. Mr. Lalit Kharbikar 27-01-2017 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware “Identification of Micro RNA-Like RNAs in Fuarium graminearum and Exploring their Interactions with Wheat Genome using Bioinormatic Tools” Ongoing
21. Mr.Pradip Hirapure 28-06-2019 Dr. (Mrs.) Arti Shanware “Exploration Of Hairy Root Culture System Development Of Some Marigold Plant Species For Their Phytoremidation Potential” Ongoing

Major and Minor Research Projects (Ongoing and Recently Completed)

Sr. No. Major and Minor Research Projects Ongoing / Completed
1. Major Research Project entitled “Studies on Development of Biosensor Technology For Rapid BOD Estimation” Sanctioned by University Grants Commission Govt. of India, New Delhi Duration : Feb.2011-Jan 2014 Amounting Rs.11,86,800 /-
(Principal Investigator : Dr. Arti Shanware)
Completed
2. Major Research Project entitled “A novel approach for Development of fermented Milk Nutraceuticals with Probiotics & Herbs” Sanctioned by University Grants Commission Govt. of India, New Delhi Duration : August 2011-July 2014 Amounting Rs. Rs. 9,41,800/-
(Principal Investigator : Dr. S. S. Pande)
Completed
3. Minor Research Project entitled ‘Strategic upgrading of Liquid Formulation for Effective Microorganisms Technology’ Sanctioned by R.T.M.Nagpur University Research Project Scheme Duration : September 2016- August 2018 Amounting Rs. Rs. 2,70,000/-
(Principal Investigator : Dr. Arti Shanware)
Recently Completed
4. Collaborative Major Research Project entitled ‘Development of new treatment for multidrug resistant uro-pathogenic bacterial infection’ Sanctioned Under (Component 3) Product and Process Development, by RUSA, Govt. of Maharashtra Duration : September 2016- August 2018 Amounting Rs. Rs. 35 lakhs
(Co-Investigator : Dr. Arti Shanware)
Recently Completed
5. Minor Research Project entitled ‘)"Exploring the Diversity of Actinobacteria Spp. in Nagpur Region” Sanctioned by State Biodiversity Board, Govt. of Maharashtra Duration : April 2019- March 2022 Amounting Rs. Rs. 3,00,000/-
(Principal Investigator : Dr. Arti Shanware)
Ongoing Project

Thrust Areas of Research

Micro-biotechnological Applications in Environment , Agro-industrial & Medical Sectors

  • Biofertilizers & Biopesticides Production Technology
  • Assessment of HPV hazards and preventive measures
  • Bio fuels
  • Biofilms
  • Analysis of heterocyclic compounds for antimicrobial capabilities
  • Fermentation Technology

Aquaculture Immuno-biotechnology

  • Vaccines technology in aquaculture

Environmental Monitoring Systems

  • Biosensor Technology
  • Toxicity Assay
  • Meta genomics studies of heavy metal resistant bacteria
Name of Scientist Department Brief Idea about Ongoing Research Current Status of Research/ Consultancy Expected Output
Dr. Arti Shanware Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, RTMNU, Nagpur
  • Micro-biotechnological Applications in Environment , Agro-industrial & Medical Sectors
  • Biofertilizer Production Technology (Consultancy services)
  • Assessment of HPV hazards and preventive measures
  • Bio fuels
  • Analysis of heterocyclic compounds for antimicrobial capabilities
  • Fermentation / Enzyme Technology
  • Bacteriocin production against Multiple drug Resistant Pathogens
  • Vaccines technology in aquaculture
  • Environmental Monitoring Systems
  • Biosensor Technology
  • Meta genomics studies of heavy metal resistant bacteria
  • Centre’s Consultancy is having strong research base and has complied various strategies in development & production of efficient & high quality Biofertilizers to fulfil the increasing demand from farmers.
  • Organization of the training programs on field or off-field to provide information regarding Biofertilizers production and usage.
  • Utilization of R&D Projects and consultancy for Knowledge transfer to strengthen the university-industry collaboration avenues and increase economic growth with leading academics and researchers from across the University. Commercialisation of these bio-products and ground-breaking inventions which would bring various opportunities to the University for attracting business plans, entrepreneurs, investors and corporate venture partners.
  • Promotion of High Crop Yield responsive Biofertilizers and Biopesticides products
  • Maintenance of diverse microbial consortium and their provision for research work being carried out at varied colleges, university departments & private sectors
  • Physico-chemical and Microbial analyses of samples (Soil, Water, Food, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetological products etc.) to be tested for quality control measures from academic, public and private sectors.
  • Genomics, Proteomics analyses through effective protocols development.
  • A strong emphasis on Innovative research and belief on research-orientated ambience will lead to the economic growth & societal benefit.

Research Output of the Centre:

  1. R & D major Research Project entitled “Studies on Development of Biosensor Technology for Rapid BOD estimation” sanctioned by UGC, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The project focused upon developing an easy-to-handle BOD estimation kit for rapid, in situ application in water wastewater analyses. Moreover, the proposed system cuts down high cost for instruments and apparatus, and can be easily used on the pollution sites and the wastewater treatment sites. This system can be altered for use as a powerful tool to determine and monitor specific pollutants like heavy metals, endocrine disruptors and pathogens to examine on-site wastewaters by using gene promoter assays using recombinant cells containing bacterial luminescence genes.
  2. 2) R & D major Research Project entitled “Development of Milk Nutraceuticals Using Microbial Probiotics with Ayurvedic Herbs” sanctioned by UGC, Govt. Of India, New Delhi has worked on the Nutraceuticals and functional foods products, offering exciting opportunities to consumer interest in health enhancing foods.
  3. R & D Major Research Project Proposal on ‘Strategic upgrading of Liquid Formulation for Effective Microorganisms Technology’ has given emphasis on Development of Liquid Biofertilizer Technology through Biotechnological interventions that addresses a mission to benefit a target population specially, women through skill development with various interventions of agro-based and process development through training and demonstration .The emphasis is on dissemination of proven and field tested interventions through training and demonstration activities for addressing specific problems in development of Biofertilizers- cum- Biopesticide technology packages, refinement and validation to suit different agro climatic conditions.
  4. Collaborative Major Research Project entitled ‘Development of new treatment for multidrug resistant uro-pathogenic bacterial infection’ explored the possibilities of drug designing for varied uro-pathogens leading to some dreadful infections due to multidrug resistance commonly prevalent in society. The manufacturing technologies and associated plans for their commercialization was successfully achieved.
  5. Minor Research Project entitled "Exploring the Diversity of Actinobacteria Spp. in Nagpur Region” deals with exploring the Bio-diversity of Actinobacteria Spp. In Nagpur region which has not been documented before. The project proposes to isolate, characterize and identify Actinobacteria Spp. by various chemotaxonomic and molecular methods. This isolates would be screened for their bio-active metabolites, enumerated and assessed.

Placement

Placement Profile of the recently passed out students of the Centre

Sr. No. Name of Student Placement Profiles
1. Ku. Ankita Jain Pursuing Ph.D. in CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTech) , Chandigarh under the supervision of Dr.Mani Shankar Bhattacharya
2. Mr. Roman Sarkar PhD Research ScholarIndian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali Knowledge city, Sector 81, PO- Manauli, SAS Nagar, Punjab 140306
3. Mr. Sumant Lad Appointed as a Principal, in Agriculture College, Ladewadgaon, Dist. Beed
4. Ku. Prajakta Nimsarkar Pursuing Ph.D. in NCCS, Pune under the supervision of Dr.Shailza Singh
5. Ku. Shalu Chaudhary Appointed as a Scientific Editor, at Molecular Connections, Bangalore
6. Ku. Nisha Sharma Appointed as a Quality Assurance Manager at Molecular Connections, Bangalore
7. Mr. Pankaj Tiwari Joined Ph.D. programme at IISER, Bhopal under the Supervision of Dr.Mahalakshmi in Molecular Biophysics Laboratory by bagging MHRD JRF fellowship
8. Mr. Jayanta Andraskar Joined Ph.D. programme at Director's Research Cell, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur under the supervision of Dr.Atya Kaple, Sr. Scientist as a ACSIR Ph.D. fellow
9. Mr Shrirang Maddalwar Selected as a Biodiversity Project Fellow at Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board, “Jaivavividhata Bhavan” Civil Lines, Nagpur
10. Ku. Prajakta Arjapure Working as a CHB lecturer in S.T.M.V.Junior College, RanidurgawatiChowk, Nagpur
11. Mr Sachin Bhoyanwad Working as an Executive at AurobindoPharma E2 (RA-II) – MSAT-Bio Bulk Manufacturing at XVII Biologics USV Biologics, D-115, TTC Industrial Area, MIDC, Nerul, Navi, Mumbai
12. Mr. Nitin Ingle Entrepreneur-Self Employed, Co-owner of MaaChamunda Dairy & Processing Unit, Washim.
13. Ku. Ekshikha Bhagtani Joined Ph.D. programme as a BIRAC Fellow at Jaipur University
14. Ku. Shreya Chakaraborty Company : Tracxn Technologies Pvt Ltd. Designation : Analyst-Sector Specialist (Life Sciences)
15. Ku. Seema Shukla Asst. Teacherat St. Xavier high school, Shanty Nagar, Jabalpur

Placement Coordination

Excellent employment prospects for Biotechnology students lie in the field of Pharmaceutical, Food, Agro-based Industries & Environment, in Academics, Research & Management Organizations. Further, excellent employment and research opportunities exist in the renowned R & D Institutes worldwide, and in Industrial establishments. In future, the focused thrust areas like molecular farming & health biology, stem cell research, bioinformatics & genomics are expected to grow exponentially. Moreover, self-generating sources will be encouraged for the development of entrepreneurship under biotechnology sector.

A placement cell has been established at Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre for organising and guiding placement of students passing out of the programme. The placement cell functions under the supervision of faculty members of the centre.

Collaborations with other Institutions:

The Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre has an active interaction of both teaching and research with the departments in & around the University and a number of nationally & internationally acclaimed research Institutes and is well equipped with modern instrumentations and infrastructure to allow and encourage the students to explore the horizons of knowledge in varied aspects of Biotechnology.

CONSULTANCY SERVICES

Details of Consultancy Services at the Centre:

  1. RGBC manufactures and sells varied types of biofertilizers and biopesticides (aquaculture/health sector) for all cereals / pulses, vegetables, fruits and plantations etc. viz.,Rhizobium Inoculant, Azotobactar Inoculant, Microphos Inoculant, Azospirillum Inoculant, BGA Inoculant, VAM fungi Inoculant, Trichoderma Inoculant
  2. Provision of Microbial Cultures and related services like lyophilization& allied research facilities to scientists working in research institutions, universities and industries.
  3. Rendering Consultancy Services in regard to various Physico-chemical and Microbial analyses of samples (Soil, Water, Food, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetological products etc.) to be tested for quality control measures from public and private sectors.
  4. Counseling of farmers, Fishermen, Entrepreneurs from agro based industries, research scholars, Public as well as Private sectors in regard to their allied research activities.
  5. Provision of services, viz., Microbial Analyses like SPC for Bacteria, Fungi (Yeast &Mould) & Actinomycetes along with Microbial Antagonism Test for different sectors
  6. Informative, Scientific Printed matter in English, Hindi & Marathi
  7. Biotech know-how adoption Training facilities to Scientists / Research Scholars / Government officers / Common mass.
  8. Lab/field visit

NB: Bonafide certificate / letter from the head of the Institution OR Supervisor is essentially required.

Events

Current Events (Seminars/Workshops/Conference/Other Activities)

  • Acted as the Co-convener for the International Symposium on ‘Global Futuristic Trends in Life Sciences’ organised by the Global Biotech Forum, Nagpur in association with RGBC,RTMNU, Nagpur on 16.01.2018 (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Acted as the Co-convener for the National Conference on ‘Occupational Health Hazards & Its Holistic Management’ organised by Pratibha Shakti , Nagpur in collaboration with National Institute of Miner’s Health , Nagpur & RGBC, RTMNU, Nagpur during 20 & 21 January 2018 (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Orientation of Undergraduate Students of Departments of Biotechnology & Microbiology ,J.B. Science College, Wardha along with their faculty members in regard to “Know-how indigenously developed sustainable Biotechnology” at the Centre on dated on 09/02/2018 (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Acted as the Co-ordinator for Intercollegiate Seminar Competition & Science Exhibition for Post graduate students held on 27th February 2018 organised at the Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, R.T.M. N.U, Nagpur to celebrate National Science Day-2018 by International quality assurance cell (IQAC), Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Orientation of Undergraduate Students of Departments of Zoology & Microbiology, Dharampeth Science College, Nagpur along with their faculty members in regard to “Know-how indigenously developed sustainable Biotechnology” at the Centre on dated on 05/03/2018 (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Acted as the organizing Committee member of RUSA Workshop on ‘For promotion of Research & Innovation in Science, held on 23 rd February 2018 organised by Internal quality assurance cell (IQAC), Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Acted as the organizing Committee member of Annual Young Scholars' Conference - (AYSC) – 2018 held on 23 rd & 24th February 2018 organised by Internal quality assurance cell (IQAC), Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur, in order to provide a common platform to all the Research Scholars (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Anchored the programme of Science Week Celebration of the University on the occasion of National Mathematics Day 2017 and National Science Day 2018 Organized by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Technology Park, Catalyzed and Supported by National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India & Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, Government of Maharashtra (Dr. Arti Shanware)
  • Short Term / Summer Training of Ms.Rucha G.Somalwar, Student of B.Sc. (Biotechnology) –Final Year of R.D. & S.H. National College & S.W.A. Science College, Mumbai, is being carried out at the centre under the supervision of Dr. Arti Shanware, entitled “Isolation & Characterization of some Industrially important Microorganisms” during 1st June 2018 to 30th June 2018.
  • Orientated by Delivering Guest lecture on various aspects of “ Bio-threats and the instruments / devices used for cultivating microbes” to officers and personnel of Government of India of 15th Biological Incident First Responders training program organised by National Civil Defense College , Nagpur ( Govt. of India) to build capacities for disaster response and management at the Centre on dated on 5th April 2018 (Dr. Arti S. Shanware).
  • Organized a Certificate Course on Organic Farming in collaboration with Regional Centre of Organic Farming, Gondkhairi, Nagpur & Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, RTM, Nagpur University, Nagpur at RCOF, Nagpur during 28th Nov. & 27th Dec. 2018 (Dr. Arti S. Shanware)
  • Acted as the Co-convener & Participated in RUSA Workshop on “New NAAC Accreditation methodologies for HEIs” organised by State project Directorate, RUSA Maharashtra for Accredited, Non-Accredited Gran-in-Aid , Non grant and Permanent no grant basis colleges on as a part of NAAC workshop series in university across Maharashtra at Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, R.T.M. Nagpur University, Nagpur during 4th, 5th and 6th December 2018 (Dr. Arti S. Shanware)
  • Organised the felicitation function of Prof. H.F. Daginawala for conferring 'Lifetime Devotion' award in collaboration with PGTD Biochemistry & PGTD Microbiology, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur & Microbiologists Society of India at Lata Mangeshkar Hall, Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, LIT Capmus, on 8th December 2018 (Dr. Arti S. Shanware)
  • Organised & acted as the Organising Secretary to celebrate ‘World Nature Conservation Day’ in collaboration with Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board and Vasundhara Mitra Pariwar in Smt. Lata Mangeshkar Seminar Hall of Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, RTM Nagpur University Nagpur on 28th July 2019. Earlier the guests planted various medicinal plants/saplings and later a workshop on ‘Seed Ball Preparation’ was organized on the occasion. (Dr. Arti S. Shanware)
  • Counseling/Consultancy services to farmers, Research Scholars, Students & Entrepreneurs in regard to their research & allied activities.
  • ‘Nirmiti Study Circle’ weekly display activity jointly collaborated by the students of M.Sc. I & II based on current research activities.
  • Class Seminars & Group Discussions were conducted for the of M. Sc. Part-I & Part-II students In addition to this, group discussions & field demonstrations for the students as well as for the cultivators & masses in the tribal and backward regions of Vidarbha were organized.

Contact

Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, L.I.T. Premises, Nagpur-440 033 (M.S.) India

Tel. (Off.) : +91-712 - 2552080 Fax : +91-712 - 2560620 Mobile : 09823018963

E-Mail : [email protected] / [email protected]