Applications are invited for the above M.Sc. course from graduates who are interested in postgraduate training in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The course consists of the fields of nucleic acid chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, protein chemistry and enzymology, molecular cell biology and cell signaling, microbial genetics, genome organization and control of gene expression, genetic engineering, immunology, applications of recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, Biosafety and bioethics.
The proposed Postgraduate Programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is committed to strengthen and update theoretical and practical skills in graduates of biological sciences and related sciences and to train young scientists in different fields of molecular biology research. The curriculum of the course has been designed incorporating both pure and applied sciences envisaging a well-balanced course. The M.Sc. course is comprised of two alternative programmes. One programme (Programme I) is a taught course that consists of formal course modules and supervised practical exercises. The other programme is a M. Sc. with a research component (Programme II). The Programme II thus includes the entire Programme I activities and, in addition, autonomous research leading to a M. Sc. thesis. The aim of the thesis is to provide in depth training in specialized field of interest within the main subject area of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
The objectives of the M. Sc. course are to train graduates to be able to gather and to disseminate knowledge and experience in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology. In addition, it is intended to train graduates to be able to conduct independent research, particularly by Programme II. Also it offers opportunities for successful development of specific career and professional objectives.
- B.Sc. (Special) Degree in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Fisheries Biology or Agriculture from a recognized University/ institution
- B.Sc. (General) Degree in Biological Sciences, M.B.B.S., B.D.S.
and B.V.S. from a recognized University/ institution
- any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Board of Study.
Course structureThere are two types of M.Sc. Degrees offered: M.Sc. by coursework (three semesters) and M.Sc. by coursework and research (four semesters). M.Sc. by coursework is a degree that requires the student to attend lectures and practicals and assignments etc. Assessment is by written examination and assignments. A candidate who registers for the fourth semester is expected to produce a thesis, developed through research of a topic with direct relevance to molecular biology and biotechnology that has been approved by an advisor. A student who wishes to do a thesis must complete the course work successfully and must secure a source of funds in order to carry out the research. Each semester is 15 weeks long. Lectures and practicals will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Usually, for lectures, 15-hrs work is considered as one credit.
This norm may vary by +-5 lecture hours, as decided by the respective lecturers