19 - Banasthali University
Banasthali is one of the five universities in India meant exclusively
for women. It is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation
Council (NAAC) with ‘A’ Grade (Five star Rating).
In 1991, the university started its MSc Bioscience and MSc
Biotechnology in 1994.
The first PhD student was registered in
1997. Within a short span, the department made rapid strides in major
thrust areas of research in bioscience and biotechnology. Some of the
major areas of research are plant and agricultural biotechnology, plant
tissue culture, microbial biotechnology, restoration &
physiological ecology, immunology, plant pathology, enzymology,
bioinformatics. Some of the current research topics are: biochemical
basis of plant disease resistance; stress adaptation of plants,
reclamation of fluoride-rich soils using plants; tissue culture of arid
zone species, role of trophic hormones in reproductive physiology,
pesticides biodegradation, biofertilizers. A research
collaboration on stress biotechnology was carried out between
the laboratory of prof Vinay Sharma and prof Ulrich Luettge
of Darmstadt University Germany.