Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences at IIT Madras

In 2006, the Bhupat & Jyoti Mehta Family Foundation (MFF) established the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Located in southern India near Guindy National Park, much of the IITM campus is protected forest area where deer, macaque, and other wildlife reside.

The School of Biosciences, housed in a dedicated facility on IITM’s main campus, brings cutting-edge biotechnology research and scholarship to India. Research activities taking place at IITM currently focus on medical biotechnology, chemical biology, computational biology, and bioprocesses, and the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum, designed in collaboration with MFF CARE, provides students with an in-depth learning experience and training in research methodologies used to discover new innovations and scientific developments.


The original building for the School of Biosciences contains several core facilities, specialized research labs, and classrooms. Graduates from the first years of the school have had a marked impact in the biosciences and biotechnology. As demand for graduates in these fields increased, MFF responded by partnering with IITM to construct a second building, which houses the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) and its related research labs. NCTB, the first research center of its kind in India, collects cancer tissue samples and patient data to develop strategies for improving diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to seeking cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, faculty and students of the school are actively engaged in finding solutions to such challenges as meeting the food and water demands of an ever-growing population and addressing environmental threats to the planet.


Students who are interested in learning more about enrollment or placement requirements should contact IIT Madras
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International Faculty

International Faculty who are interested in partnering with IIT Kanpur should contact MFF.
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Madras is a dynamic city on India’s southeastern coast, blending a rich cultural history with modern developments. The city showcases a diverse landscape featuring ancient temples, colonial-era structures, and contemporary skyscrapers. Known for its vibrant arts scene, Chennai hosts regular classical music and dance performances. The iconic Marina Beach provides a tranquil retreat, while the city’s culinary offerings, especially South Indian cuisine, delight food enthusiasts. Chennai’s unique charm lies in the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, making it an appealing destination for visitors and locals alike.

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITMis known both nationally and internationally for excellence in technical education, basic and applied research, innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial consultancy. A faculty of international repute, a highly motivated and brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The Institute is proud to bear the laureate of being No.1 engineering university in India. More recently, IIT Madras has been given the title of Institute of Eminence.

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 campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. Chennai is the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India.

What Students Are Saying

"The facilities that have been made available for the department are remarkably good. We have added new labs in the Block 2 building which will enable the department to carry out extensive research in the field of animal biotechnology."
"The department of biotechnology has the state of art infrastructure to cater the needs of the students studying here. It will be an amazing experience to study here."
"The department of biotechnology has the state of art infrastructure to cater the needs of the students studying here. It will be an amazing experience to study here."
"The Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras has witnessed remarkable growth and transformation, all thanks to the invaluable sponsorship from the Mehta family. Their generous support has enabled the establishment of state-of-the-art infrastructure, and enhanced research facilities. This exceptional contribution has propelled the department to new heights, fostering a conducive environment for groundbreaking research and nurturing aspiring biotechnologists. The Mehta family's visionary partnership has truly elevated the department's capabilities and enriched the learning experience for students and faculty alike."
"The buildings have had a huge impact on us. The classrooms are well made and maintained, with good technological facilities. This helps us with our studies as well."
"I am truly grateful for the generous donation made by the Mehta Family to IIT Madras. Their contribution has significantly enhanced our learning experience with the two new buildings in our department. These buildings have not only enriched our academic journey but also provided us with a vibrant community space to collaborate and grow together. With such high research facilities, these spaces has given us an opportunity to explore biology to a higher level."
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