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Dr. B.S. Gowrishankar
Professor & Head
The Department was started in the year 2006 with Under Graduate Program B.E. in Biotechnology Engineering, with an uptake of 30. The department has recognized as a Research centre in the year 2011 for the students who would like to pursue their higher studies. Department also offers one year postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics and Rational Drug Design (Supported by Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITs), Government of Karnataka and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India).
Department imparts training for students to make them competent, motivated engineers and scientists. The department has well qualified faculty members from varied background in Biotechnology domain. Department has established the state-of-art Bioinformatics facility, Fermentation Technology (supported by KBITs) and Nanobiotechnology (collaboration with Chemical Engineering Department). Under autonomous scheme, the department has developed the Mission, Vision, Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs) and (POs) as follows:
The Department is committed to develop proficient professionals by offering necessitate based curriculum in Biotechnology Engineering areas like plant-, animal-, microbial-, environmental-, nano- biotechnology and computational biology, promoting research and innovation, centre of excellence and to train the students for higher study, life-long learning and societal responsibility. The department is also committed to provide work-ready biotech engineers and entrepreneurs, excellent learning environment to inculcate professional ethics and skills in our students and to provide engineering services to the society.
To provide self-reliant skilled manpower required to meet the challenges in large scale application of biotechnology, research and development in the areas of environment, healthcare and industry for socio-economic improvement.
PEOs of the Department
  • PEO#1.Graduates of the program will practice Engineering profession as competent professionals using state-of-the-art knowledge and technical skills
    [Theme: Practice engineering profession as capable professionals]
  • PEO#2.Graduates of the programme will apply the Bioengineering concepts for development of industrial applications and entrepreneurship skills to start biotech industries.
    [Theme: Team work and Entrepreneurship]
  • PEO#3.Graduates of the programme will excel in higher education on applied science subjects and to engage in life-long learning process with effective communicative and analytical skills.
    [Theme: Higher education, Life-long learning and Communicative skills]
  • PEO#4.Graduates of the programme will practice their profession with social and ethical responsibilities.
    [Theme: Initiated to Society and ethical practice]
Programme Outcomes (POs)
  • Programme Outcome I A Will have in depth knowledge of mathematics (through differential equations; probability and statistics; calculus) Science (physics; and general chemistry) and fundamentals of Engineering and Student will be able apply this knowledge to solve Engineering problems and design of components.
    [short title: Mathematics, Science and Engineering knowledge]
  • Programme Outcome I B  Will be able to design and conduct experiments and to critically analyze and interpret experimental data on biotechnological components/systems
    [ short title: Bio Experiments ]
  • Programme Outcome I C Will be able to design an engineering component/system, to meet the needs as well as constraints related to economy, environment, safety and sustainability through design experiences acquired through the curriculum
    [ short title: Design ]
  • Programme Outcome I D Will be able to function as an individual and as a team member on multi-disciplinary tasks, that must integrate contributions from different areas of engineering towards the solution of multi-disciplinary projects,
    [short title: Teams ]
  • Programme Outcome I E Will be able to identify, research, formulate, analyse, model and solve bio engineering problems,
    [short title: Bio Engineering Problems ]
  • Programme Outcome I F Will have an understanding of professional and ethical practice issues in biotechnology engineering
    [short title: professional and ethical responsibility]
  • Programme Outcome I G Will communicate effectively
    [short title: Communication]
  • Programme Outcome I H Will have the broad understanding of the possible impact of biotechnology engineering solutions on the regional/global scenario in the context of global, environmental and sustainable issues
    [short title: Global, environmental and Sustainable problems]
  • Programme Outcome I I Will recognize the need for life-long learning,
    [short title: life-long learning]
  • Programme Outcome I J Will have the knowledge of contemporary issues such as societal, legal, cultural, safety and health and their impact on biotechnological profession as they relate to biotechnology engineering problems and solutions
    [short title: Contemporary issues and Societal problem ]
  • Programme Outcome I K Will be able to adopt/use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for biotechnology engineering practice.
    [short title: Biotechnology techniques, skills, and modern tools]
  • Programme Outcome I L Will have the knowledge of principles of project management and finance and will be able to apply this to biotechnology engineering projects
    [short title: Project management]
The Department has signed MoU with various leading industries and academics for the active involvement of industry experts and researchers in framing industry relevant syllabus, students for training and placement. Because of a close collaboration of the Department with the leading industries, our students are placed in leading core Biotechnology companies. Some of the Biotech organizations where our alumnus are working includes Biocon, Genotypic Technology, Accenture, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited, Bionivid Technology, Polyclone Bioservices, Reliance Life Sciences, Mumbai and Quintiles Research India Pvt Ltd. Our faculties encourage, motivate and guide students to take up the higher education and research. Currently our alumni are pursuing their higher studies in Max Planck Institute, Germany, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, George Mason University, United States, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Indian Institute of Guwahati (IITG), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore, Amrita University, Kerala, National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, and National Institute of Technology, Trichy,etc. In addition, our students are placed in reputed companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Mu Sigma, Mind Tree and Accenture.
About the Biotechnology Finishing School (BTFS):  A PG Diploma in Bioinformatics and Rational Drug Design under the auspices of B.T. Finishing School has been started from the academic year 2011-12 in the department of Biotechnology of S.I.T., Tumkur. The Government of Karnataka has initiated this novel B.T. Finishing School concept to impart industry specific skills to graduate and post graduate students of Biotechnology to make them industry ready. The Government has sanctioned Rs.1.00 crore grants to our institute for establishing the facility and to run the Biotechnology Finishing School. The Bioinformatics facility in the Department is well established with the high-end computers required for analyzing the high throughput data, gold standard licensed software and internet facility.
The department has established the necessary facilities for training students to meet the industry requirements in Bioinformatics and Fermentation Technology. Currently the BTFS focuses on training students in various aspects of Bioinformatics including essentials of bioinformatics, microarray data analysis, transncriptome data analysis, proteomics, virtual screening and rational drug design.
The Bioinformatics facility supported by the KBITs is available to all students of SIT, researchers within the institute and external institutes also. The researchers, faculty members and students of various colleges and universities all over India have been using our Bioinformatics facility since 2012 and published papers in the international reputed journals.
The department of Biotechnology is providing the Hands on training to the Biocon Academy School, Bangalore students in Fermenter 20 lit and Preparative HPLC since three years successfully.
Collaborations: We have collaborations with the following organizations
  • BIOCON Limited
  • Invovalley Biosystems Pvt. Ltd.
  • Agriland Biotech Ltd.
  • Bionivid Technology Pvt. Ltd.
  • Richcore Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore
  • Genotypic Technology Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore
  • Probiosys Life Sciences
  • BIOCON ACADEMY, Bangalore
  • Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore
  • University Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
  • M/s Lab P53 Cancer Research Pvt. Ltd., VIT, Vellore Tamilnadu
Designation Number
Professors 01
Visiting Professors
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors 08
Faculty Name Qualification Area of Interest/Specialisation Photo
Dr. B S Gowrishankar
Professor & Head
0816 2214039
+91 9844461940
M.Tech., Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Design.
K B Roopa
Assistant Professor
+91 9480306422
M.Sc. Microbiology
C Anupama
Assistant Professor
+91 9886027774
M.Sc.,M. Phil. Biochemistry
Prasanna D R
Assistant Professor
+91 9962026963
pursuing Ph.D.
Bio Informatics, Computer aided drug design and micro array technology, target speicific drug delivery
systems using nano-medicine and implementation of
particles on micro-array chips.
Manjunath T Dammalli
Assistant Professor
+91 9538083502
pursuing Ph.D.
Bio Informatics
Vivek Chandramohan
Assistant Professor
+91 9902382083
M.Sc.(Bio Informatics) Next generation sequencing, Exome
sequencing and cancer genome, Computer Aided
Drug Design.
Dr. Mousumi Das
Assistant Professor
+91 9972319432
M.Sc.,M.Phil., Ph.D. Molecular and Chemo Taxonomy ;
Actino bacterial diversity ;
Advanced features of Bioreactor Fermentation technology with special reference to secondary bioactive molecules
Staff Name Qualification Working Area
R Prashanth
+91 9880981981
D.C.Sc. & E
S Savitha
+91 9886800253
G. Umesh
Technical Helper
+91 9972979260
P.U.C., T.C.H.
Name of the laboratory Area in m2 Major equipments available Lab Photo
Biochemistry 81.36
  1. Centrifuge
  2. Micro Centrifuge
  3. Electrophoresis Units
  4. Electronic Balance
  5. UV Trans illuminators
Unit Operation 81.36
  1. Plate and Frame filter Press
  2. Centrifugal Pump test rig
  3. Reciprocating pump test rig
  4. Two phase flow test setup
  5. Flow Visualization
  6. Venturimeter, Orificemeter
Microbiology 81.36
  1. BOD incubator
  2. Electronic Balance
  3. Laminar air flow unit
  4. Auto clave
  5. Hot air oven
  6. Incubator
  7. Spectrophotometer
  8. Microscopes
  9. Orbital Shaker
  10. PCR Unit
Cell & Molecular Biology 81.36
  1. BOD incubator
  2. Electronic Balance
  3. Laminar air flow unit
  4. Auto clave
  5. Hot air oven
  6. Incubator
  7. Spectrophotometer
  8. Microscopes
  9. Orbital Shaker
  10. PCR Unit
Bioinformatics 81.36
  1. HCL and DELL Computer Systems
  2. SAVS
  3. Modeller
  4. SPDB Viewer
  5. Auto Dock
  6. Hex
  7. Biology Work Bench
  8. CN3D
Immunotechnology & Genetic Engineering 61.36
  1. Immunotechnology Kits (all kinds)
  2. Cooling Centrifuge
  3. Electronic Balance
Computer & Peripheral facility
  1. Core2Duo Processor, 2.33 GHZ, G31 Memory Board, 1 GB Memory, 17" TFT Monitor, 160 GB HDD, DVD Writer, Monitor, Key Board - HCL Make (21 Nos.)
  2. Core2Duo Processer, 2.53 GHz, 1GB RAM, 17'' TFT Monitor, 160 GB HDD, DVD Writer, Key Board. - DELL Make (7 No.)
  3. Core2Duo Processer, 2.80 GHz, 2GB RAM, 17'' TFT Monitor, 160 GB HDD, DVD Writer, Key Board. - DELL Make (9 No.)
Licensed System / Application Softwares
  1. Application Design-II Ver 8.54
  2. Windows XP
  3. MS Office 2000
  4. Turbo C
Dr. B.S. Gowrishankar
Professor & Head
Dr. T. Panda
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT, Chennai
Dr. Nitin S. Patil
Senior Scientific Manager, Bicon Limited, Bangalore
Dr. P.N. Kundu
Professor, Department of Biotechnology, SIT, Tumkur
Dr. K.L. Shivabasappa
Professor & Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, SIT, Tumkur
Research Project Information
Details of Information about Research Scholars
Under Graduate
B.E. Biotechnology 4 years
Research   Programme
Ph.D in -  Biotechnology -
Biotechnology Finishing School ( PG-Diploma )
Bioinformatics and Rational Drug Design 1 Year
  • Assessment of biological activities from the extracts of Myristica fragrans: An ethnomedicinal spice", Navya PN*, Mutnuri Swetha, Madhuri.D, Princeba Joyce N, Symbiot'14, M.I.T.,Manipal university. 11th & 12th April 2014. (First Prize)
  • Elative regulating effect of compound1 and Sulfasalazine against NF-kB in Ulcerative Colitis:Insilico and invivo studies", Manjunath Dammalli*, Vivek Chandramohan*, Siddharth.N.R, Punith.M, CAPE-2013, Sastra university, 18th & 19th October 3013, (First prize)
  • Relative regulating effect of SIT-BT1 and Sulfasalazine against NF-kB in Ulcerative Colitis: Insilico,invitro and invivo studies", Manjunath Dammalli*, Vivek Chandramohan*, Mutnuri Swetha, Shalaka.D, Bioblooms-2014, M.S.Ramaiah college of arts science and commerce, 28th March 2014, (First prize)
PG-Diploma   ( Biotech Finishing School )
Dr. B.S. Gowrishankar
BTFS - Coordinator
Vivek Chnadramohan
BTFS - Coordinator
A new program initiated by Govt. of Karnataka (KBITS) which is of one year duration has been started from the academic year 2011-12. SIT is one among ten colleges selected to start BT Finishing School. The course is of two semesters wherein first semester will be of classroom teaching and the next will emphasize on Industry Training. The institution has established MOUs with six reputed biotech industries/ companies which have offered to help in improving industry-institution collaboration through offering good projects to students assist them for getting placements. Representatives from these industries will be invited to participate and help design competitive syllabi.
"Bioinformatics & Rational Drug Design"
12 months- Course work (6 months) + Internship (6 months)
Candidates must have a minimum of 50% in Masters degree from Universities of the state or any other University recognized as equivalent in Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or any other life science related courses; B.E./B.Tech. Biotechnology, Bioinformatics; Bachelor of Pharmacy, Agriculture, Veterinary, MBBS and BDS are also eligible to apply.
S.No BOS Members Position Department/Industry
01 Dr. B. S Gowrishankar Chairman Department of Biotechnolgy - SIT
02 Dr. Vishwanath V Member Jubilant biosys
03 Dr. Keshava Prasad Member Institute of Bioinformatics - IOB
04 Dr. Meghashree Member Pronet informatix
05 Mr. Madhavan V Member Bioinivid
06 Mr. Prasanna D.R Member Department of Biotechnolgy - SIT
07 Mr. Manjunath Dammalli Member Department of Biotechnolgy - SIT