The School of Life Sciences comprises of
Department of Microbiology, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Bio-informatics and Department of Biochemistry.
The School offers the following courses:
Department of Microbiology
Microbiology is the study of micro organisms, which are of immense importance to mankind. This branch of science gives its practitioners, the opportunity to be in contact with all other natural sciencesand thus contributing in many ways to the betterment of human life. The laboratories are fully equipped with all the instruments needed with a competent faculty. This branch of study makes it possible to diagnose most of the infectious diseases precisely.
Separate laboratories are provided for both UG and PG students. Isolated working spaces have been provided to perform Mycology, Virology, Bacteriology, Immunology and Molecular biology experiments. All basic instruments necessary to carry out microbiological works are available. Apart from this, certain specific instruments like Phase contrast microscope with photo micrographic equipment, Dark field microscopy, Refrigerated high-speed centrifuge, ELISA washer & reader, Electrophoretic equipments, Biological safety cabinets – one class 1 & other class 3 are also available. Advance instruments like Fluorescent Microscope, UV-spectrophotometer, Gel documentation system; PCR, CO2 incubator, Batch fermentor and HPLC can be utilized at the common laboratory.
Department of Biotechnology
Biotechnology is the fastest growing applied science of this century. It can be simply defined as the fusion of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Engineering in an integrated fashion and is aimed at using micro-organisms and cells to manufacture useful products.
The Biotechnology boom is due to Genetic Engineering, which gives the power of inserting foreign genes into an organism by the scientists. This insertion of foreign gene enables us to get desirable traits, without transferring other genes and their desirable traits. Genetic engineering can provide more effective innovations to the society ranging from pharmaceutical products, new approaches to energy generation, food production, pollution control, diagnosis, therapy of genetic disorders.
Biotechnology with a wide application and forceful advantages, is now being adopted virtually by every industry including pharmaceutical industry, textile industry, environmental clean up, household products, food processing and forensic science. Biotechnology also offers insights into new branches such as Bionics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics which will be a fusion of Information Technology and Life Sciences.
Our graduates and post graduates students enjoy a stimulating learning environment where their interest and passion can be explored to them fully.
Department of Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary branch which uses techniques of Information Technology and its allied fields to solve complex Biological problems at the molecular level.
The department is endowed with state-of–the art equipment to research on the molecular nature of Biomolecules benefiting to the mankind. The department boasts of a well equipped lab consisting of latest IBM machines loaded with complete bioinformatics workbench coupled with High speed Broad Band, enabling effective use of Biological software for research purposes. Moreover, the students can access hundreds of scientific journals on their lab desktop via commercial access, subscribed by the University, which is essential for project work and subsequent publication.