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m.sc. - Biological sciences

The NMIMS (Deemed to be University) is introducing the M.Sc. programme in Biological Sciences from August 2012. The salient feature of this programme is the emphasis being laid on the overall development of laboratory skills of a student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work comprising lectures and practicals in the first year of the course and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization. While the student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more faculty, wherever needed.

Duration

The M. Sc. is a two years course which includes four semesters and a six month project work.

Intake

A total of 20 seats are available for the M. Sc. program in Biological Sciences

Board Of Studies

  • Dr. Aparna Khanna, Chairperson; Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. Dhananjaya Saranath, Emeritus Professor, Biological Sciences, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. K. Krishnamurthy Rao, Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT-Bombay, Powai
  • Dr. Vandana Patravale, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, ICT
  • Dr. S. V. Gadre, Adjunct Professor, GNIRDi, Khalsa College, Mumbai
  • Dr. Kafil Ahmed, Senior Research Scientist, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Navi Mumbai
  • Dr. Krutika Desai, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Mithibai College, Mumbai
  • Dr. Deepak Modi, Scientist E, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai
  • Dr. Brijesh S, Assistant Professor, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. Prasad Pethe, Assistant Professor, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. Purvi Bhatt, Member Secretary; Associate Professor, Sunandan Divatia School of Science

Programme Incharge's Message

The Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) is a newly founded endeavor of the prestigious SVKM’S NMIMS (Deemed to be University), in its efforts to diverge to various disciplines of higher education and learning. The SOS evolved in 2007-2008, with a view to provide undergraduates and post graduates an opportunity to embark on a challenging, yet exciting domain of Pure and Applied Sciences. At the SOS, we offer unique multi- as well as inter-disciplinary programs, viz, Post graduate program in Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Physiotherapy; Integrated Post-graduate-Doctoral program in Biological Sciences and Chemical Sciences and a Doctoral program in Biological Sciences and Chemical Sciences. Along with these full-time courses we have recently introduced certificate courses in Molecular Medicine and Molecular Oncology.

There is a major emphasis on ‘Research’ in all the programs offered at the SDSOS. We are strongly driven by a highly qualified scientific talent pool. The main focus of our R & D activities has been conducting applied research at the interface of Chemistry and the Biosciences on problems of national and international importance.

Our strategic future plan involves inclusion of innovative areas of inter-disciplinary research, in specific areas through the application of new and cutting-edge technologies.

I welcome you all to an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience at the SDSOS and look forward to working together to help us achieve our goal, to be recognized as a ‘Centre of Excellence’.

Dr. Aparna Khanna

Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science

Value Proposition

  • Unique program, with a provision of completing M.Sc. in 2 years including 6 month project work either internal or external (with reputed academic institutions)
  • Extensive course work in line with the requirements of Industry, thus adding value to the degree
  • Hands on training on sophisticated analytical instruments
  • Development of skills to use statistical and computational techniques as research/data analysis tools
  • In built opportunity to improve soft skills as well as scientific writing
  • Flexibility in project selection on interdisciplinary topics to complete thesis requirement.
  • Grading system at par with international standards
  • Each student will be supervised by an individual expert committee constituted according to the interdisciplinary nature of the research project
  • A system of continuous evaluation through seminars, quizzes and practicals
  • Guest faculty drawn from a pool of experts from Industry
  • Innovative teaching methods involving continuous interaction amongst faculty and students

Programme Objectives

  • Modern facilities to provide ambience and support for curricular and extra-curricular activities for the overall development of students.
  • Dedicated, qualified faculty to ensure high standard of teaching, learning and evaluation processes.
  • Periodic review and revision of curricula based on feedback from the industry with quick response to ensure the relevance of the programmes to the changing needs of industry.
  • Semester system with proper planning to utilize the resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Industry based project work as part of the curricula to get recognition and reward to the students in the form of job offer or support for further studies and research.
  • The “Industry Interface Program” has been initiated to keep the students abreast of the latest trends in the industry/research organizations through industrial visits and guest lectures.
  • The program is a full time program which is offered from Monday to Saturday.

Pedagogy

The course lays emphasis on the overall development of laboratory skills of a research student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work. The course work comprises of lectures and practicals in the first year and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization.

The course is reviewed regularly in consultation with our Board of Studies, which comprises of experts from academia, research institutions and industry from all over India. Thus, the course is tailor made to fulfill the requirements needed to keep pace with the current developments in scientific research.

While the research student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment wherever necessary, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more supervisors, wherever needed.

In the first year, along with the permanent faculties, the regular lectures are also conducted by visiting faculties who are experts in their respective fields. Apart from the course work, the Faculty also conducts Guest lectures by eminent academicians and scientists, paper presentations (Journal Club), etc. to ensure learner centric environment.

In the second year, after the second semester students can take up 6 month research projects on varied topics either at academic or research institutions of repute.

Eligibility

For the M. Sc. program in Biological Sciences, a candidate must have passed the three year B.Sc. examination of any recognized University and scored not less than 50% in any one of the following subjects - Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology and Life Sciences.

Admission Criteria Process

Students who satisfy the requirements of the two stage selection process will be considered for admission to the integrated courses.

  • Stage 1 - All eligible candidates will be required to appear for a Written Test to be conducted at the NMIMS campus in Mumbai. The venue will be announced sufficiently in advance of the test date.
  • Stage 2 - Based on the performance in the written test, candidates will be short listed and called for a personal interview at the NMIMS Campus, Mumbai.

Based on the performance in Stages 1 and 2, a composite merit list will be prepared as per criteria laid down by the University.

Curriculum

First Year

Semester I

Paper I: Genes and Genomics;
Paper II: Proteins and Proteomics;  
Paper III: Cell Biology;
Paper IV: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Semester II

Paper I: Metabolism and Metabolomics;
Paper II: Recombinant DNA Technology;  
Paper III: Methods in Applied Sciences;  
Paper IV: Research Methodology and IPR

Second Year

Semester III

Research project

Semester IV

Paper I: Molecular Oncology and Molecular Medicine;
Paper II: Clinical Immunology;
Paper III: Recent Advances in Biology;
Paper IV: Introduction to Pharmacology

Evaluation Criteria

During the course work the students will be required to have a minimum attendance of 80% for lectures, practicals and seminars, separately. The students will be evaluated through semester end exams and through continuous internal assessment.

Internal assessment will be on the basis of fortnightly tests based on Theory. Practical work will be evaluated each week during the course of the regular practicals. Seminars will be evaluated weekly. The grade will be awarded at the end of the year on the basis of Cumulative Grade Point Average.

The project work will be evaluated by a Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) before beginning of the table work as well as at the end just before the submission of the final report.

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