The Indian Institute of Technology (Madras Campus) is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research in India. Established in 1956 with technical assistance from the German Government. IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 550 faculty, 8000 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares. The Institute has sixteen academic departments and several advanced research centers in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories.
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The Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras was founded in 2004. In 2006, the Mehta Family Foundation created the ‘Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences’ to house the department. The diversity of challenges in the Biotechnology area is reflected in the research activities of the faculty of Biotechnology in Biological Sciences, Biological Engineering, Computational Biology and Chemical Biology.
The School of Biosciences has two buildings – Block A and Block B. Block A is the primary building with several core facilities, classrooms and specialized research labs. The National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) and the Animal House are housed in Block B with additional research labs and dedicated centers.
The NCTB, is a state-of-the-art community-based tissue bank, is a joint initiative of The Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. It collects cancer tissue samples and documents information about the patient medical history and treatments. The NCTB is first of its kind in India and aims to provide researchers with high quality of cancer tissues and the patient data to facilitate cancer research. The Animal House has facilities for using rats, mice, rabbit and guinea pigs. This is mainly used for research in the Medical Biotechnology area for Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, HIV, Tuberculosis and Stem Cell Biology.
The Mehta Family Foundation has funded both buildings – Block A and Block B of the School of Biosciences. Both buildings have boosted the infrastructure capacity by allocating space for classrooms, research equipment and laboratories. To increase the exchange of ideas and to promote global and national collaborations, the Foundation has organized three PAN-IIT Biotech Conferences and engaged international experts to guide the School.
One of the primary goals of the Mehta Family Foundation is to grow the intellectual capital in India by increasing number of masters and doctoral students in India. At the the School of Biosciences, 31 faculty members, the Biosciences department has graduated 850 students of which about 575 students are Master’s and Doctoral students.
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