We are a large Department, spanning all the major biological research areas. All our courses are taught by specialists in their subject areas and build on our internationally respected research. We offer outstanding, state-of-the-art facilities; including computer labs, software-based analyses, sequence alignments etc. Our faculties are valued for both their scientific training and their transferable skills to provide best carrier opportunities. Most of our graduates will find work in areas directly related to their studies, including Industries, Food Sector, Pharmaceutics, Scientific officers in conservation and biological management, civil service management and other areas.
We develop highly trained and skilled professionals to meet the growing demand for trained manpower for the commercial linkage between Laboratories to Land. The major areas of study under the Department are Plant and Animal Biotechnology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Molecular Phylogeny, Gene tagging, Recombinant DNA Technology and Gene manipulations, Hybridoma Technology etc. The faculty members of the Department are actively engaged in the following areas of research: Cellular and Molecular Immunology, cancer research, RAPD, AFLP, SSR and ISSR marker systems, Plant and animal proteomics, Plant Tissue culture and animal tissue culture, 16S and 18S ribosomal cataloguing etc. The department emphasizes on the studies supplemented with high quality laboratory work to maintain the National and International decorum of the study area. It offers and opens the good carrier-oriented opportunities to the students.
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Q. How are PG Programmes designed?
A. Choice Based credit system with continuous evaluation is followed in semester pattern.
Q. What is the eligibility requirement for the M.Sc. program? What are the selection criteria?
A. B.Sc.-qualified candidates in any branch of biology, physics, or chemistry are welcome.
Written test will also function for our M.Sc. program. The procedure for appearing for this test will be available on our website. The test consists of multiple-choice questions covering *basics only* in physics, chemistry, math, biology. There is no guide book and no syllabus. No special knowledge or preparation is required. Revise your basic that is all.
The Interview will be based on whatever your B.Sc. background is in, or whatever area you are most interested or most comfortable in.
Q. What is the curriculum for the M.Sc. program?
A. Our M.Sc. students experience a unique curriculum that changes their outlook on what science has to offer. Rather than getting "narrowed down" as some people fear, learning how to do research in a particular field gives you the ability to understand and read research papers in any other field. Research work means a training of the mind, so you will learn to ask precise questions about any problem at hand. Your research project will be carried out under guidance of one of the Faculty members in our Department. You will learn how to do experiments; how to plan an experimental approach; how to interpret your data; how to troubleshoot problems. Typically, the research projects our student's work on result in publications in InternationalJournals.
Q. Will my options become "narrowed down" as a result of doing a M.Sc. research project in a particularfield?
A. Our M.Sc. students are assigned to a laboratory based on their interests. During the interview we spend a good deal of time trying to ascertain what area the student is interested in working in, or we help them clarify their interests.
Q. How will this help your future career?
A. Any good Ph.D. program in India or abroad encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply, and welcomes this diversity into their Ph.D. student pool. Biology is perhaps unique in that background in any area is easy to acquire at any stage, without specific prerequisite courses at the BSc or M.Sc. level. After a research training in any area in Biology, students can read, understand, and even switch to any other area in Biology. Examples of this are so numerous, that in more progressive countries, switching from one area of Biology to another is the norm, rather than the exception. Students with backgrounds in e.g. Microbiology can do an M.Sc. in Neurobiology. Doing research allows you to participate in the discovery, and you will never look at science the same way again.
Q. Is housing available?
A. Yes, housing to M.Sc. students is available.
Q. Can I think of the Integrated Ph.D. program as an M.Sc. program (i.e. plan to submit an M.Sc. and leave in 3 years?)
A. No, This option will not be available.
Q. Do you offer "M.Sc. Biotechnology?"
A. Yes, "Biotechnology" is now used as a general term for "modern biology". All Biotechnology courses in India offer a broad spectrum of interesting and modern courses in a range of topics.