The Biotechnology and bioinformatics are buzzwords in today’s world put to use for betterment of life through its innumerable applied aspects. Government of India and the various private sector companies are investing heavily in agricultural Biotechnology and medical biotechnology. To keep abreast with the global developments, Honorable Vice-chancellor Prof. Arjula Ramachandra Reddy initiated a unique 5-year Integrated M Sc course in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics in Yogi Vemana University from the academic year 2007-08 with the intake of 20 students. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics course designed to help the students not only gain enough knowledge but also gain adequate practical understanding of contemporary Biology and Biotechnology such that they can pursue research in frontier areas in biotechnology. The duration of this course is 5 years (10 semesters) and a certificate of Master’s degree in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics will be provided at the end of the course. After post-graduation, they can work effectively in multi-disciplinary and knowledge intensive field of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics to meet the requirement of trained personnel for the promotion of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics fields in the industries and scientific organizations/ institutions. Currently there are 4 batches of students (II, V, VII and IX semesters) and the department has started Ph.D. program in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.
Currently the department has four full time faculty members and two academic consultants. A team of highly-qualified, experienced faculty members specialized in thrust research areas viz: Plant physiology, plant biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, animal biotechnology, proteomics and bioinformatics, have a great passion to share their knowledge with the students and collaborate with other departments. All the basic infrastructural facilities needed for conducting teaching and research programmes in different areas of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics have been developed in the department.