College of Basic Sciences & Humanities

Faculty of Basic Sciences and Humanities, was establishment in Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa in November, 1981 with the objective to strengthen the teaching and research programme in the disciplines of basic sciences so that it can act as a strong supporting programme for other faculties. Since its inception, the faculty achieved some significant landmarks in different areas.

Presently self financed 4 years B. Tech. (Biotechnology) degree programme is being offered since 2006 -2007. In post graduate programme, degree in the subjects of Agricultural Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, Agriculture Statistics and MBA (Agri. Business) is being awarded.

Besides committed to academic excellence in Basic Science subjects and maintaining interdisciplinary approaches for Graduate and Post Graduate students, all the departments are actively involved in research programmes in the areas of plant genetic resource management, hybrid rice research, development of heat tolerant wheat varieties, spot blotch disease resistance Molecular characterization, Tissue Culture, Mushroom production technology, and blue green algae (BGA) etc. These projects are funded by external agencies viz RKVY,  ICAR, DBT, CIMMYT, AINP, USAID  etc. including that from Non-plan budget .


  1. To strengthen the teaching and research programme in different disciplines of Basic Sciences and humanities.
  2. To train graduate and post graduates in modern biology with particular reference to Agriculture Biotechnology.
  3. To conduct basic and applied research in the fields of Agril. Biotechnology and act as a strong supporting partner for other faculties.
  4. To generate techno managerial human capital having commitment, confidence, culture and willingness to be Agri-preneurs and having capability to provide leadership role in agribusiness sectors.


  1. Department of Agricultural Biotechnology & Molecular Biology
  2. Department of Microbiology
  3. Department of Botany, Plant Physiology & Biochemistry
  4. Department of Basic Science & Language (SMCA, Physics & Language)

The college has excellent infrastructural facilities like smart class rooms, seminar halls, internet  access in addition to modern laboratories  equipped with state-of-the-art equipment/ instruments, to provide proper learning environment.

  • Molecular Biology Lab.-1
  • Molecular Biology Lab.-2
  • Genetic Transformation Lab.
  • Biochemical Genetics Lab.
  • Plant Tissue Culture Lab.
  • Bio-imaging Lab.
  • Poly House / Net house
  • Bioinformatics Lab.
  • Smart Class Rooms
  • Bio-chemistry Lab.
  • Chemistry Lab.
  • Physics Lab.
  • Microbiology Lab.
  • Mushroom Lab.
  • Mushroom Spawn Production Centre



Sl.No. Degree Intake capacity
01 B.Tech. (Biotech.) 55
02 M.Sc. (Biotech.) 17 (11 DBT + 6 RPCAU)
03 M.Sc. (BPP) 06
04 M.Sc. (Micro) 06
05 M.Sc. (Stat.) 06
06 Ph.D. (Biotech.) 04
07 Ph.D. (BPP) 02


Under graduate programme

In self financed 4 – years B. Tech. (Biotechnology) degree programme ,  students are admitted through National level test conducted by ICAR, New Delhi.  Against total sanctioned strength of 30 seats.

To impart practical training and skill development in Biotechnology there are modern laboratories of Molecular Biology, Genetic Transformation, Biochemical Genetics, Tissue Culture , Microbiology etc. having equipments like Thermo cycler, PCR, Gel Doc Unit, UV Spectrophotometer, Gene Gun, Refrigerated centrifuge, Deep Freezer (-200C and -800C), Micropipette, Vortex shaker, Bioanalyzer, Electrophoresis Unit, Ice flakers, Laminar Air Flow, Gel Dryer, Conductivity meter, Millipore Water Purification Unit, Photo periodic Timer etc. The College has Smart Class Room, Modern Conference Hall, separate Hostel for Boys and Girls with all possible infrastructure including that of Wi-Fi internet facilities.

Students Graduating from this college have the opportunities of working in Government/ private organization, in Biotechnology related  research and development institutes and also for higher education in institutes of National importance. Many of our passed out students having B. Tech. (Biotechnology) degree have been admitted in M. Tech., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology , Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering through national level competition  in reputed institutes like IITs, NITs, IISER- Kolkatta, NDRI Karnal, Hyderabad University, Central Universities, IISc Bangalore and many other institutions

Post Graduate Programmes

Department Degree Programme
Department of Agril Bio-technology & Molecular Biology Agricultural Biotechnology*
Department of Botany and Plant Physiology Plant Physiology
Department of Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Application Agricultural Statistics
MBA (Agribusiness) Programme MBA (Agribusiness)

*Students under Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India  quota are admitted in the PG programme through JNU competitive test conducted on all India basis. Seats under the University quota are filled up through entrance test conducted by ICAR.

Research Projects – Ongoing

S. No. Title Funding Agency
i. Enhancement of Heat Tolerance in locally adapted wheat cultivars Bihar RKVY
ii. Spot blotch of wheat delivering resistant wheat lines and diagnostic and molecular markers for resistance. CGIAR- Collaborative International Project
iii. Deciphering Phytohormone signaling in modulation of resistance to Spot blotch disease for identification of novel resistant components for wheat improvement CGIAR- Collaborative International Project
iv. Development of heat tolerant, high yielding and climate resilient wheat cultivars by utilizing genomics, molecular and physiological information and resources. USAID
v. Development of Hybrid Rice Non Plan Govt. of  Bihar
vi. National information system on agricultural education network in India (NISAGENET) ICAR
vii. All India survey on higher education of ICAR for RAU unit ICAR
viii. All India survey on higher education of Govt. of Bihar for RAU, unit. Govt. of Bihar
ix. All India survey on Higher Education UGC HRD, New Delhi
x. SAS (Statistically Analysis System) for RAU, Bihar, Pusa unit
xi. AINP on Soil biodiversity and Biofertilizers ICAR
xii. AICRP on Mushroom ICAR
xiii. Experiential learning in Mushroom production ICAR


Research Projects Completed

S.No. Title Period Funding agency Department
1. Metabolic modifications in Zea mays during water lodging 1997 – 24 March, 2000 ICAR Biochemistry
2. Studies on production of Legnocelulotytic enzyme profile on paddy residue recycling August , 1999 to July, 2002 ICAR Biochemistry
3. Sustaining rice productivity through cyanobacterial biofertilizer in Bihar paddy soils August, 1996 to July, 1999 DBT Microbiology
4. Impact of pesticides on agromicrobes in Bihar soil Oct.,2000 to April 2004 DBT Microbiology
5. Demonstration of mushroom spawn production technology in Bihar April 2004 to March 2006 NHB Microbiology
6. Macromode on mushroom April 2004 to March 2006 State Microbiology
7. Improvement in Dalbergia sisoo to reduce mass mortality —— April, 2001 to March, 2004 ICAR Microbiology
8. Sustainable management of plant biodiversity 1999-2003 NATP/ICAR Agri. Biotech
9. Network project on genetic evaluation and Improvement of Sesbania & Crotalaria for green manuring 2001 NATP/ICAR Agri. Biotech
10 Pre-breeding for genetic enhancement of rabi Pigeonpea 2002 to 2005 NATP ICAR Agri. Biotech
11 Development of hybrid boro rice for North Bihar 2001 to 2005 ICAR Agri. Biotech
12 Evaluation of the production potential of boro rice NATP ICAR Agri. Biotech
13 Screening of Chickpea genotypes. 2000-2004 ICAR Botany & Pl. Physiology
14 Metabolic modifications in Zea mays during water logging 2000-2003 ICAR Biochemistry
15 Studies on production of Legnocelulotytic enzyme profile on paddy residue recycling Biochemistry
16 Application of micro organism in agricultural allied sectors 5 Year ICAR Agri. Biotech.
17 Development of medicinal and aromatic plants 1993-2001 Govt. of India Botany & Pl. Physiology
18 Facilitation centre on medicinal plants 2007-2010 National Medicinal Plant Board, GOI, New Delhi Botany & Pl. Physiology
19 Cyanobacterial Biofertilizer DBT/ICAR Microbiology
20 Agromicrobes –pesticide interaction DBT Microbiology
21 Mushroom spawn technology dessimination NHB Microbiology
22 Mushroom production technology & dessimination RKVY/Macromode Microbiology
23 Mushroom production ICAR Microbiology

Major Extension activities

  1. Popularized the mushroom production technology through training on mushroom cultivation, spawn production, demonstration and display in Kishan Mela, Krishi ghosti, Villager’s site, mass media , through pamphlets etc.
  2. Developed human resources pool on mushroom cultivation and  spawn production in the state.
  3. Technical guidance to trained personal resulted in the establishment of spawn production unit at Barauni, Vaishali, Gaya, Nalanda, Patna financed by SIDBI & NHB (Govt. of India).
  4. Mushroom spawn lab have been established in different KVK’s namely Banka, Munger, Sariya (Muzaffarpur) and Piprakothi in East Champaran.
  5. Established a networking of mushroom growers for proper technical advice, marketing and organized mushroom farming.
  6. Learning materials on mushroom production technology was developed and distributed to the users community.
# Name Position Contact No. Email
Dr. V.K. Sharma Dean 6287797111
Department of AB&MB
1 Dr. V.K. Sharma Professor & Head 9934448965
2 Dr. Rajeev Kumar Associate Professor 9430801699
3 Dr. Bishun Deo Prasad Associate Professor 7488301251
4 Dr. Mahendar Thudi Associate Professor 9701207056
5 Dr. Kumari Anjani Assistant Professor 9771257628
6 Ms. Sarita Kumari Assistant Professor 8178341552
7 Dr. Karma Landup Bhutia Assistant Professor 8787434177
Department of Microbiology
1 Dr. M.N. Jha Professor 6287797108
2 Dr. Dayaram Professor 9430464088
3 Dr. (Mrs.) Geeta Kumari Assistant Professor 9801332824
4 Dr. Khem Raj Meena Assistant Professor 7018942915
5 Mr. Aman Jaiswal Assistant Professor 7982654782
Department of Botany, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
1 Dr. A.K. Singh Professor 9431092141
2 Ms. Kiran Assistant Professor 9431436488
3 Dr. Shailesh Kumar Assistant Professor 9431013932, 8757276956
4 Dr. (Mrs.) Kavita Assistant Professor 9430488636
5 Dr. Teikur Majaw Assistant Professor 9862036285
6 Dr. Jyotsnarani Pradhan Assistant Professor 8763026983
Department of Basic Science and Language (SMCA, Physics & Language)
1 Sri S.K. Sinha Assistant Professor 9431493550
2 Dr. Mahesh Kumar Assistant Professor 9113720208
3 Dr. Nidhi Assistant Professor 9430555831
4 Dr. R.P.K. Ray Assistant Professor 9934784159


S. No. Name of the Student Career
1 Amit Gupta M. Tech. ( WBUT), SRF at IARI, New Delhi
2 Amresh Kumar M. Tech. (Anna University)
3 Dhiraj Chaudhari Pursuing Ph. D. in IIT, Varanasi
4 Rajeev kumar Ranjan FCI, Chandigarh
5 Girish Yadav IIT-Gauhati
6 Umashankar Prasad Uday Pursuing  Ph.D.  at NIT Agartala
7 Mukesh Kumar Working in Health Sector
8 Shyamal Kishor M.Tech. , IIT-Khargpur
9 Jyoti Bala M.Tech., NIT-Durgapur
10 Shalu Kumari M.Tech., Hyderabad University , (Working As Guest Faculty)
11 Rinki Verma (M. Tech., NIT-Karnatka) , IISC, Bangaluru
12 Mahima Kumari M.Sc., IIT-Khargpur & Pursuing Ph.D. in IIT, Chennai
13 Abhinah Kumar M.Sc. +Ph. D. , Biological Science, IISER Kolkata
14 Manjay Kumar M.Tech. in WBTU, Kolkata
15 Sharda Bharti M.Tech., Environmental Engg., IIT Mumbai, Ph.D
16 Munna kumar M.Tech., Biotech, WBTU, Kolkata
17 Atul Pradhan M.Tech., IIT Guwahati and Ph. D. at  IISC-Bengaluru
18 Prem Prakash Das M.Tech., IIT Guwahati
19 Ranjana Kumari M.Tech., IIT Guwahai, and doing at IIT, Kanpur
20 Ashwini Akhileshwar FCI, Chandigarh
21 Rabindra Kumar M.Tech., NIT Bhopal
22 Nitu Goyal M.Tech., NIT Bhopal
23 Priyanka Kumari M.Tech., NIT Durgapur
24 Shalini sharan Anna University, Chennai
25 Alka Kumari NIT Allahabad
26 Randhir Kumar NIT Allahabad
27 Gunjan Singh DTU, Delhi
28 Swati Kumari Chemical Engg. (USA)
29 Ramiz Raja Clear DBT JRF in 2013,  IIT GAUHATI
30 Gautam kumar M.Sc, NDRI Karnal, Haryana
31 Saurav Gupta M.Tech., Biotech, NIT Bhopal
32 Ravi Kumar MS + Ph.D. Biological Science ,IISER Kolkata
33 Rahul Kumar M.Tech., WBTU, Kolkata
34 Ashish Prabhat Pursuing Ph.D. in  Delhi University
35 Prem Pritam D.Y. Patil university Bombey
36 Bivek anand Anna University, Chennai
37 Shashikant M.Tech. (Biotech) , NIT
38 Ajay  Chandra M.Sc. (Biotech.) , A.G.  Ranga University
39 Nidhi Singh M.Tech. IIT –KANPUR
40 Rakesh priyadarshi In sugar mill
41 Ranay Mohan Yadav M.Sc.  at   Faizabad
42 Shyam Kumar In Sugar Mill
43 Nidhi M. Tech. (Biotechnology) , WBUT
44 Rakesh Roshan M. Tech. (Biotechnology) , Anna university
45 Gaurav Kumar M. Tech. (Biotechnology) , WBUT


Swami Sahajanand Saraswati outstanding extension scientist award (ICAR) was conferred to Dr. Dayaram, for his excellent achievements in popularization of mushroom cultivation.