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Kathmandu University Department of Biotechnology

Contact Information

Phone: 011-415100 | Email: [email protected] | Website:

Kathmandu University Department of Biotechnology was established in 2003. It meets the objective of providing educational opportunities to persue higher studies for development of career in bio industries. Enhance professional practices for bio industry through industrial visits and assist bio technical industries and related organizations to assist their problems by providing consulting services HRD interventions.

Principal Message

Welcome to the Biotechnology community at Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal. We are the pioneer to introduce biotechnology curriculum in Nepal 15 years ago. We are now a group of more than 20 dedicated and professional faculties and staffs who work together with undergraduate, graduate and post graduates to advance our scientific, educational and service goals. Our field of interests are diverse and yet complementary.
Please visit our website to learn more about the specific projects and achievements of our faculty. We are actively involved in efforts to transform teaching and learning to best promote the production of capable human resources who will find success in advancing scientific solutions to societal problems. In the endeavor we see several alumni of this Department working in National and International institutes all over the world. Some of them even substantiated to be the rising Biotech Entrepreneurs.
Our Academic program is rigorous and relevant! Our core subjects of molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, plant tissue culture, animal cell culture, bioprocess and bioinformatics are all integrated with the tools of technology. The education here is not an end in itself; it is the foundation for lifelong wisdom and a time when students can discover their true goals, so their potential can foster.
Thank you for visiting and exploring our site to learn about the Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University.
Sangita Shakya
Head of Department
Associate Professor.

Why KU Bio Department ?

You can choose Kathmandu University Department of Biotechnology for following reasons:

  • Provide educational opportunities to pursue higher studies for the development of their career in bioindustries.
  • Enhance professional practices for bioindustries through industrial visits as well as interactions.
  • Assist biotechnological industries and related organizations to address their problems by providing consultancy services, HRD interventions and so on.
  • Enhance innovative activities in biotechnology and promote scientific publications and intellectual property.

Scholarships at KU Bio Department

Kathmandu University provides scholarships on following basis:

  • Each Semester GPA merit based full tuition fee waiver scholarships per 30 students intake capacity
  • Need and merit based partial tuition fee waiver scholarships as per KU provisions
  • Loan Scholarships


Facilities offered by Kathmandu University Department of Biotechnology are as follows:
  • Well-equiped Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Animal Cell Culture, Plant Tissue Culture, Immunology, Biochemical, Bioinformatics and Bio-process Laboratories.
  • Library with a collection of over 70,000 books and national and international journals.
  • 24/7 access to Laboratories for Research Students.
  • Academic Councelling and Project Suvervision in off-hours.
  • Canteen, Sports and various Clubs for extracurricular activities.
  • Hostel facilities.
  • Student Club that initiate various academic as well as non-academic programs.

Additional Information

Kathmandu University Department of Biotechnology focuses on providing practical-based education and enhancing professional practices. The department houses various research centers and laboratories to meet these objectives.
Research Centres:
KOICA Laboratory for Organic Farming
  • Molecular Biology
  • BioProcess Engineering
  • Animal Cell Culture
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Chemistry

The various programs at KU Bio Department are as follows:

Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology

The four years course on Kathmandu University pioneering program Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology will help students acquire skills of bio technology which provides studies of living beings at molecular level and their genetic codes during semester wise learning in Kathmandu University academic program.

Master of Technology in Biotechnology

Kathmandu University M. Tech. (Biotechnology) program is of 2 years. A student needs to complete 52 credits of taught course, which includes a dissertation of 9 credits in the final semester. Student's research topic will be assigned by the respective supervisors  and the research can accelerate the biotechnology based industries in Nepal. Some students can also be sent to abroad laboratories to give them more exposure in their area of research work. Identical areas such as Agriculture, Food and medicine will be offered as specialization course.