Biotechnology Centre


glass_43   About Centre
glass_43   Academic Programmes
glass_43   Infrastructure
glass_43   Mandate
glass_43   Faculty
glass_43   Research Activities and Achievements(including projects)
glass_43   Extension Activities and Achievements
glass_43   Research Recommendations (Approved in AGRESCO)
glass_43   Publications
glass_43   Contact Information


About Centre

Historical Perspective of the Centre

Biotechnology Centre has been established under the Department of Agril. Botany in the year 2002 at main campus of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola. Centre started M. Sc. and Ph.D. degree programme in the subject of Agricultural Biotechnology. With the intake capacity of 12 students for M.Sc (Agril. Biotechnology) and 3 students for Ph.D. (Agril. Biotechnology).


Academic Programmes

At present this centre follows the guidelines from ICAR and offers different courses of M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programme in Agricultural Biotechnology, suiting to the national need in public/ private sectors.

Intake Capacity

Degree Programme in Agricultural Biotechnology




Syllabus proposed by National Core Group, Education Division, ICAR, New Delhi has been formally accepted by the university.

Infrastructure Facilities

a) State of art laboratories

Molecular Breeding Laboratory

Equipped with Gradient PCR, Gel documentation system, SG water purification system, Fume hood, Electrophoresis equipments, Vacuum concentrator, Mix mate, -80oC deep freezer, Bottle washing machine, Ultra centrifuge .



Plant Tissue Culture & Transformation Laboratory Real time PCR, Liquid handling system, Gene bombardment gun, Environmental walk-in-chamber, Complete set up for tissue culture.



Genetic Engineering Laboratory

Equipped with High performance liquid chromatography(HPLC), Gas chromatography (GC), High performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), High end research and zoom microscopes, High end automatic fermenter.



Plant Protection Biotechnology Laboratory

Equipped with Gradient PCR, Gel documentation system, Fume hood, Electrophoresis equipments, Vacuum concentrator, -80oC deep freezer, Protein purification System, ELISA reader, Gel dryer, Iso Electric Focusing(IEF) machine.



Nanotechnology and Bioinformatics Laboratory Basic bioinformatics facility with collection of software

b) Transgenic green house and Net House facilities c) Lecture Hall with projector d) Seminar Hall with projector e) Open access Wi-Fi Internet/Computer facilities for the students f) Central Library facility available for the staff and students of this department

lecturehall   seminarhall
Lecture Hall   Seminar Hall



Biotechnology Centre, Dr. PDKV., Akola is engaged in teaching, research and extension activities in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology. Centre is working with the following objectives:

  • To provide a platform for interdisciplinary education and research in order to create human resources for the biotech interface of agriculture through high quality postgraduate education
  • To devise tools and techniques of biotechnology for crop improvement.
  • To foster multidisciplinary research collaboration and networking in agriculture biotechnology.
  • To develop new and novel value added products, processes, platform technologies and patents.
  • To facilitate the dissemination of information to end-users in Agriculture.


Research Activities

Research Projects Completed:


Name of project


Amount (Rs.) Lakhs


ICAR Catch-up grants Central Assistance



Renovation of Biotechnology laboratory
State Govt. VSDB, Board Establishment of Biotechnology Lab. at Dr. PDKV., Akola



Development and infrastructure facilities
ICAR, N.Delhi Strengthening of Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory



Strengthening of Plant Tissue Culture Lab
State Government Education and Research in biotechnology, tissue culture and genetic engineering



Strengthening of Biotechnology Center
ICAR, N. Delhi Pigeonpea Genomics Initiative



Development of mapping population

Ongoing Externally Funded Research Projects:

Sr. No.

Funding Agency

Name of Research Project

Scientists involved

1 ICAR, New Delhi Development of multigene construct and Bt cotton varieties for sustainable pest management PI – Dr. S. J. Gahukar
Co PI –
Dr. A. A. Akhare
2 RKVY, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai Establishment of plant tissue culture laboratory for production of quality planting material PI – Dr. S. J. Gahukar
Co PI –
Dr. A. A. Akhare
3 RKVY, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai DNA fingerprinting in citrus for identification of Galgal, Rangpur Lime and Jambhery Rootstocks to Protect the Orchards in Vidarbha PI – Dr. S. J. Gahukar
Co PI –
Dr. A. A. Akhare
4. BRNS, BARC, Mumbai Studies on the mechanism of floral bud distortion in soybean (Glycine max L) PI- Dr. P. V. Jadhav
Co PI-
Sh. A. G. Deshmukh

Dr. M. S. Dudhare
Dr. M. P. Moharil
5. Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi Improvement of safflower for salinity and drought tolerance using in-vitro techniques PI- Dr. M. S. Dudhare
6. RKVY, Govt. of Maharshtra, Mumbai Barcoding of varieties and landraces in purview of protection of plant varieties and farmers right act 2001. PI – Dr. A. A. Akhare 
Co-PI –
Dr. S. J. Gahukar
7 RKVY, Govt. of Maharshtra, Mumbai Entrepreneurship and skill development through trainings for farmers, rural women and youth in plant tissue culture. Course Directors – Dr. A. A. Akhare
Dr. S. J. Gahukar
8. BRNS, BARC, Mumbai Improvement of foxtail (Setaria italica) millet for yield and blast resistance using mutagenesis PI- Dr. M. P. Moharil
Dr. P. V. Jadhav

Dr. R. B. Ghorade

Inter Institutional Collaboration:

Experiments are undertaken in collaboration with different crop research units and other University Departments of Dr. PDKV., Akola and also at other national institute like NRCPB, New Delhi; ICAR, New Delhi; ICRISAT,Hyderabad; Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and NIPGR, New Delhi.

Research Achievements

  1. Developed high oil recovery lines of Java citronella through in-vitro techniques.
  2. ped micropropogation protocols in banana.
  3. Developed Recombinant Inbred Lines (RILs) in pigeonpea.


Extension Activities and Achievements

Biotechnology Centre participates in the Shivarpheri, technology demonstration day for the farmers and AgroTech Exhibitions, Krishak Vigyan Manch, field days and Krishi melawas arranged by respective crop research unit.

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Visit of Hon,ble Vice Chancellor and

EC members


Dr. N. D. Jambhale, Ex ADG(Seeds) and

Dr. A. B. Dongre, DBT Nominee, IBSC, DR.PDKV., Akola


Educational Visit


Research Recommendations (Approved in AGRESCO)




Contact Information

Dr. S. J. Gahukar
Officer in Charge
Biotechnology Centre
Post Graduate Institute
Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola- 444 104 MS (India)
Phone and Fax No: 0724-2258239

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