Message from the Vice Chancellor
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing disciplines today and holds the promise of revolutionizing health care, agriculture and industry. Recognizing this potential the government has made special efforts to promote Biotechnology in this country. We at the University are extremely glad that we have been fulfilling this mandate by giving special attention to the growth of Biotechnology. I am, therefore, very pleased that the Centre for Biotechnology has now become a full fledged school and has expanded both in infrastructure as well as the range of activities. New faculty positions have been made available and more are in the pipeline. All this will serve to ensure the smooth growth of this discipline while remaining at the cutting edge of research and development as well as fulfill its mandate of generating highly skilled human resources.
The Biotechnology programme in our University has distinguished itself by being in forefront of academics, research and technology development. The School of Biotechnology in JNU remains the first option of students coming from the combined entrance exams for more than 40 Universities all over the country. The teaching and research infrastructure both in terms of manpower and equipment are state-of-the-art, and it is therefore no surprise that this school is rated as one of the best schools in the country. We in the University are justifiably proud of its achievements. To stand in this position starting from fairly humble beginnings 20 years ago has been made possible by the hard work put in by its faculty, staff and students. Their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment is commendable.
I wish that the school continues its growth and is able to touch new heights of teaching and research so as to be at par with the best in the international arena. At the same time it should address the pressing problems facing the country and use whenever possible the tools of Biotechnology to resolve them. On the occasion of bringing out this booklet highlighting the achievements of the school and its future directions, I congratulate the school members and wish them success.
B. B. Bhattacharya