Biotechnology at MNNIT Allahabad was founded as an academic unit under the Department of Applied Mechanics in 2006, with an intake of 30 students and with the objective of integrating life sciences with engineering to develop cutting-edge technology through research, training and technical innovation. The department offers B. Tech programme that provides a strong foundation in Biotechnology which can lead students to both industry as well as research/academia. The programme spans over a period of four years divided into 8 semesters. It also offers a set of core multidisciplinary and specialized elective courses. In addition, the department also runs M.Tech. Programme in Biotechnology with an intake of 20 students.
The department has highly qualified, experienced and dedicated faculty to provide both classroom teaching and practical instructions. The department has identified the following priority areas:
Broad Area: Health and Environmental Bioprospecting
1) Agriculture Biotechnology
4) Bioprocess and Product Development
5) Biochemical Engineering
6) Drug Design & Delivery Systems, Biofilms
7) Enzyme Technology
8) Molecular biology, Diagnostics and DNA Methylation
9) Microbiology, Microbial diversity and Plant Microbe Interactions
Apart from fundamental research, the goals of the department are also targeted to meet the demands of the biotechnology based industries. The department has initiated efforts to establish advanced research laboratories in all the thrust areas.