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The motto of IIT-Kharagpur is “Yoga Karmashu Kaushalam” . The motto literally translates to “Excellence in action is Yoga” essentially implying that doing your work well is (true) yoga. It is sourced to Sri Krishna’s discourse to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. This quote in its larger context of Gita urges man to acquire equanimity because such a soul endowed with the mind of equanimity allows him to shed the effects of his good and evil deeds in this world itself. Equanimity is the source of perfection in Karmic endeavors while leading to Salvation..

The department is engaged in collaborative project with leading companies such as Hindustan Lever, Bangalore, Tata Tea, Calcutta, AMS Baeshen, Saudi Arabia, Bharat Serums, Mumbai, Tarson Products, Kolkata.

The centre was started in 1986 with a grant from the Ministry of Human resources Development. On-going research and development activities are focussed on product, process to equipment development in the following such as Continuous Ethanol Production by using novel Bioreactor with non-conventional raw materials, High Frequency Mass Propagation of Plants in Liquid Media and Bio-reactors, Induction of Automation in Industrial Plant Cell Culture, Application of Genetic Techniques for improvement of Tasar silk etc.

Established: 1986

Courses Offered:

  • Doctorate courses:
    1. PhD in Biotechnology
  • Master’s Degree:
    1. Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering – M.Tech. 2 years
  • Bachelors Degree:
    1. Biotech. and Biochemical Engineering – B.Tech. 4 years
    2. Biotechnology and Biochem Engineering – M.Tech. Dual 5 years


IIT-Kharagpur, the first, the largest and the most diversified among the IITs, has always been the pacesetter. The alumni of this Institute occupy top positions in business, industry, R&D and academia in India and abroad. Over and above a rigorous academic schedule, we place a great emphasis on all-round development of our students. The beautiful campus, far away from the city, provides an excellent environment for learning. Each and every student is provided with an Internet connection in his / her hostel room. Quick on the up-take, with good communication and human relations skills and aware of modern developments, the typical IIT KGPian is expected to play a pivotal role in organizations like yours willing to be internationally competitive in terms of products, services and technology. At IIT Kharagpur you would find candidates meeting your requirements in practically every field of interest to your organization. It will be my pleasure to assist in your recruitment efforts to meet the challenges ahead.

Top Companies:

  • 3M India
  • GEA Pharma Systems (India) Pvt.Ltd
  • ANTfarm Robotics Pvt.Ltd.

College Facilities:

  • Hostel
  • Library
  • Laboratories
  • Gymkhana

Head of Biotechnology: Prof. Tapas Kumar Maiti

Contact Details:
Address: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India – 721302
Tel: +91-3222-255221
Fax: +91-3222-255303
Email: registrar@hijli.iitkgp.ernet.in
Website: http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/

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