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.
The M. Sc. is a two years course which includes four semesters and a six month project work.
A total of 20 seats are available for the M. Sc. program in Biological Sciences
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
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.
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Applied Biology, Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology) or Chemistry, Physics (2 years of Biology at Graduate level), or B. Pharm., B. E./B. Tech. (Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering) from a recognized University with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks or equivalent grade.
Students who satisfy the requirements of the two stage selection process will be considered for admission to the integrated courses.
Based on the performance in Stages 1 and 2, a composite merit list will be prepared as per criteria laid down by the University.
Paper I: Cell Biology
Paper II: Analytical Techniques in Biology
Paper III: Molecular Biology
Paper IV: Research Methodology
Paper V: Biostatistics
Paper VI: Human Evolutionary Genetics
Paper VII: Practical Paper 1
Paper VIII: Practical Paper 2
Paper I: Recombinant DNA Technology
Paper II: Bioinformatics
Paper III: IPR and Patenting
Paper IV: Omics
Paper V: Recent Advances in Biology
Paper VI: Research Seminar
Paper VII: Practical Paper 1
Paper VIII: Practical Paper 2
Paper I: Molecular Oncology
Paper II: Immunology
Paper III: Computational Tools
Paper IV: Research Proposal Presentation
Paper V: Practical Paper 1
Paper I: Introduction to Pharmacology
Paper II: Introduction to Python
Paper III: Molecular Medicine
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.