HAU

College of Basic Sciences & Humanities

(Molecular Biology, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics)

Dr.(Mrs.) Pushpa Kharb

Head of the Department
Mailing Address

Molecular Biology,Biotechnology & Bioinformatics College of Basic Sciences & Humanities CCS Hayana Agricultural University Hisar - 125 004, (Haryana) India

Phone No : 01662-255407

Email Id :pkharbhau@gmail.com

Realizing the role and wide application of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology in various fields of Agriculture, Industry and environment protection, the Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology (BMB) was established at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar in January 1997. Before 1997, it existed in the form of a Biotechnology Center with research and teaching (M.Sc. only) being shared by some of the faculty members from the Departments of Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Veterinary Microbiology. The department was renamed as Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) in 2009 with implementation of New ICAR syllabus. It has again been renamed as Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics with the merger of Bioinformatics into MBB in 2014. It offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and M.Sc in Bioinformatics. Today, MBBB is recognized as one of the best and leading Department for research and teaching in various fields of Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. Presently, there are eleven faculty members in the department (eight professors/ principal scientists and three assistant professors) with expertise in the fields of plant and microbial biotechnology, molecular marker technology, plant tissue culture, genetic transformation, genomics, proteomics, database management, data mining, molecular modelling etc. One of our professor is working as Dean College of Basic Sciences & Humanities. Faculty of this department has a unique distinction and privilege to secure several prestigious fellowships (Rockefeller Foundation PDF and BCF fellowships, USA; DAAD fellowships, Germany; Indo-Japan Exchange Fellowship, AHRD Fellowship), for their Post-doctoral and/or advance research in USA, UK, Germany, and Japan. To date, more than one hundred seventy students have received their postgraduate degrees in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. Currently, 19 M.Sc. and 28 Ph.D. students are on roll. Most of our Ph.D. students have cleared CSIR/ICAR/UGC NET. The Department offers a total of 15 basic and applied courses in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Plant and Animal Tissue Culture, Genetic Engineering, Immunology, Biotechnology, Environment and Bioinformatics etc to the postgraduate students of the constituent colleges of the University. The department has six state plan research schemes, two state plan  /non plan teaching schemes, one Self finance state scheme and three projects from different outside agencies such as DST and DBT, Govt. of India.. The department is pursuing research in several priority areas of state/ country interests. The major areas of research include: F Plant tissue culture and micro-propagation of important plant species Micropropagation of important crop plants, cash crops, ornamentals and forest and horticultural trees F Development of transgenics in chickpea, Indian mustard and pigeon pea F Molecular mapping and tagging of abiotic stress tolerant genes/ QTLs for development of aerobic rice, heat and salt tolerant wheat, drought tolerant chickpea, pearl millet, clusterbean, brassica etc. F Marker-assisted selection for bacterial blight resistance in rice, chickpea, clusterbean & brassica, downey mildew resistance in pearl millet, leaf curl virus in cotton and resistance to rusts in wheat etc. F Use of molecular markers for genotype identification, DNA fingerprinting and sex determination in dioecious plant species ( Date palm, jojoba and paradise tree) F Identification of novel genes and development of suitable vectors for genetic improvement of microorganisms and plants F Value addition in microorganisms towards processing agri byproducts such as poly-hydroxybutyrate based biodegradable and eco-friendly plastic, biopesticides for benefiting farmers

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Awards and Recognitions

Dr. I. S. Sheoran was awarded Hari Om Ashram award for team research, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and NAAS Fellow : -

Infrastructural Development

  • The department has a Botanical Garden spread over an area of 10.5 acres with rich biodiversity. The department has done pioneering work in conserving the indigenour local species of plant and also introduction of exotic specis (approximately 600) from other places. Various native and exotic trees, shurbs, herbs, climbers, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents have been collected and maintained for imparting knowledge to our students as well as related scientists. Flower shows are organized from time to time.
  • The department has 9 screening houses near the college building.
  • The department has developed 20 salinity micro plots to determine phyto-remediating potential of halophytic flora and 24 lysimeter have been installed in field to determine the transpirational potential of trees having importannce in bio-drainage.
  • Experimental farms spread over 25 acres have been developed to evaluate bio-drainage potential of trees to improve waterlogged soils.

Package and Practices

system having Eucalyptus tereticornis as a strip plantation should be established on the water logged soils. In this model north to south field boundary is converted into 2.6 m wide and 45 cm high raised bund on which two rows of trees can be planted. The intervening space is left for the crops with minimum of shade effect due to the north-south direction of bunds� initiated by Drs. O.P. Toky, Rajiv Angrish and J.C. Kaushik included in the HAU Package of Practices.

Other Activities of the Department

Van Mahotsav was celebrated at CCS HAU premises in Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology On 27th July, 2015. The guest of honour in the function was honourable Agriculture Minister Sh. O.P.Dhankar. The Agriculture Minister, Vice -Chancellor (Dr. K.S.Khokhar), Member of Board (Dr. Ramesh Yadav) & Dean PGS (Dr. Rajbala Grewal) planted Tejpata, Putjeeva, Raintree and Chandni trees in Botanical Gardn.

On 20th August, 2015 tree plantation programme was conducted by the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities in the Botanical Garden. The Deputy Director General (Crop Science) Dr. J.S.Sandhu Guest of Honour planted trees, along with dignitaries Vice -Chancellor (Dr.K.S.Khokhar), Registrar (Dr.M.S.Dahiya), Director of Research (Dr.S.S.Siwach), Dean, COA (Dr. R.K.Pannu) & Dean, COBS&H (Dr.R.KJain). The planted trees were Sacred Ashoka, Kachnar, Dalchini, Ashok and Ficus Sp.

Training/Symposium /Conference Organized

Organized 4 day Third Indian Palynological conference on Palynology in Crop Production & Improvement in Sepetember 21-23, 1981.

Organized 3 day Symposium of Plant Physiology (1984) in collaboration with Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi.

The Department organized National Level Training Programme on Biodrainaege: Potential and Practice funded by Ministry of Water Resources G.O.I., from Feb 1st to 6th, 2008. Dr. R. Angrish of this Department was the Course Director, held at DHRM, CCS HAU, Hisar.

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