The Center for Advanced Studies in Biotechnology, established in January 2002 was upgraded to Institute in April 2003. The setting up of a separate Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering gave a fresh impetus to the development of the multidisciplinary field of modern biotechnology and Genetics. In present days, the boundaries of Biotechnology and Genetics are expanding with fantastic speed and their topic areas are turning into independent fields of specialization. Biotechnology is broadly defined as a fusion between natural sciences (such as biology, biochemistry and genetics) and technological fields. The necessity of Biotechnology was felt years back and in this regard Enzyme and Fermentation Research Laboratory was established in the Institute of Chemistry in 1989. During this period Sixteen (16) Ph.D. and Eight (08) M.Phil degrees were awarded besides completion of fourteen (14) research projects sponsored by National and International funding agencies & two research projects are in progress sponsored by HEC. So far more than (200) research articles have been published by the faculty in National and International Journals.
The challenges of 21st Century among other things would require advance and applied research activities to promote and contribute to the scientific, technological and economic development of the country.
The newly established Institute in near future will provide research facilities in the areas of Plant Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Healthcare, Environment Biotechnology and Genetics. The Institute has established International linkage & collaboration with highly reputed research laboratories and institute, e.g., Institute of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of Tehran, Iran and State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. Institute of organic Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Bonn and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, U.K, Shanghai Jiatong University China, Bogor Agriculture University, Indonesia, HEJ Research Institute University of Karachi and Nuclear Institute of Tando Jam to overcome its resources constraints. So far the institute has organized five international symposia on biotechnology and two national training courses on biotechnological techniques.
The main goal of the Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering is teaching and research.
- To train needed scholars and researchers in the field of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and provide skilled manpower to the country.
- To promote the Sciences of Biotechnology and Genetics in the country, through organizing symposium, training courses, correspondence, publication of scientific research journal and books and articles.
The Institute is presently offering following degrees programs:-
- BS. in Genetics degree (8 Semesters)
- BS in Biotechnology Degree (8 Semesters)
- M.Sc. in Biotechnology (4 Semesters)
- M.Phil/MS Biotechnology (4 Semesters)
- M.Phil/MS Genetics (4 Semesters)
- Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology / Genetics
Experienced and competent faculty including visiting faculty with expertise and long experience in the area are presently conducting teaching and research programs. Plans are in hand to induct qualified faculty shortly.