DBT Builder Programme

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) provides support to establish interdisciplinary School of Life Sciences for advanced research and education in universities known as “DBT-Boost to University Interdisciplinary Life Science Departments for Education and Research (BUILDER)” Programme for advanced research and education.

Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College received the prestigious “DBT BUILDER” Level I grant from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, in 2022 for advancement of PG education and up-gradation of existing facilities in Biological Sciences by establishing a ‘Centre for Bioprospecting’. We are one of the few recipients of this award at the college level.

The Centre for Bioprospecting will attempt end to end bioprospecting in three sub groups, viz Microbial Bioprospecting, Plant Bioprospecting and Marine Bioprospecting, with focus on discovery, characterization and application of novel compounds from natural sources and formulating them into a delivery system for their end-use application.

The research work and advanced training envisaged at the Centre will encompass various stages along the pipeline from discovery to application for novel molecules from underexplored niches with effective industry – academia collaborations. 

Total no. of beneficiaries- 409

Project Coordinator: Prof Anushree Lokur (Principal)


  • Prof. Jessy Pius
  • Dr. Sasikumar Menon
  • Dr. Varsha Shukla
  • Dr. Sunil Shankhadarwar
  • Dr. Sachin Palekar

Objectives of the Centre for Bioprospecting

  • Establish a state-of- the-art facility for PG and PhD students to conduct high quality research
  • Conduct tutorials and lectures to introduce students to concepts and methods in Bio-prospecting
  • Organize hands-on training sessions to all users for optimal use of the facilities
  • Explore and characterize molecules and consortia that benefit economically relevant plants
  • Discover and characterize novel antimicrobials from natural sources as an alternative to antibiotics


Departments involved under DBT BUILDER grant

  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Bioanalytical Sciences
  • Zoology


Activities conducted under the aegis of DBT BUILDER grant

  • Seminar on Basics of Science Based Enterpreneurship Lab to Market
  • Seminar on Microbes in Agriculture
  • Preparative HPLC Training
  • Hands-on workshop on Evolution of AMR
  • Demonstration of Analytical Instruments
  •  Workshop on Fatty Acids Analysis using GC and GC-MS


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