Department Of Biotechnology




About

Biotechnology, a multidisciplinary subject finds applications in varied fields from medicine to agriculture and from environment to sericulture. The term biotechnology was coined in the year 1919 by a Hungarian engineer Karl Ereky. The subject has revolutionized science since then.
Keeping a beat to the global demands for researchers in this field a full fledged post graduate degree course (MSc) in Biotechnology was introduced at the University of Mumbai in the year 1997. The department has also started a Ph.D. program in biotechnology since May 2012. Hence, currently the department offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biotechnology.
The post graduate course initially started in three colleges across Mumbai is now offered at post graduate level in 18 colleges across Mumbai. The admissions though not centralized the course contents are uniform throughout the colleges under the umbrella of University of Mumbai. The course contents have been developed by senior faculties from various colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
The department was one of the first three to have started this course in the year 1997. Initially as a part of the department of life sciences, an administratively independent University department of biotechnology was established in the year 2006. Since its inception the department has witnessed a consistent rise in the students demand for the subject. The teachers are available to the students for academic as well as personal counseling, as & when required.

Facilities

Department laboratory :

The department has separate laboratories for Molecular biology, Animal tissue culture as well as plant tissue culture. These laboratories are well equipped with the instruments (list as below) required for research in the subject. Additional instrumentation as and when required are made available to the students through research collaborations and interactions with eminent research laboratories in and around Mumbai.

Sr No.

 

List of major instruments

Make /Model no

1

Refrigerated Centrifuge systems with Multiple rotars

Eppendroff

2

Gel documentation system (2)

Biorad, Alpha imager

3

-86 ultra freezer

Cryoscientific

4

Optical Microscope with LED illumination

Leica

5

PCR with workstation

Biotron

6

Centrifuge

Eltek

7

Spectrophotometer

Schimadzu

8

Electrophoresis units

Technosource

9

Laminar air flows

 

10

Micro-centrifuge

 

11

Ice flaker

 

Library :

The Jawaharlal Nehru / central library in the University Kalina campus has over 10,000 books related to biological sciences. It also has a number of national as well as international journals related to biological sciences. There are online journals also available to the students and the staff of the University.Besides this facility the department has its own collection of over 350 books in biotechnology. These include reference books as well as encyclopaedias. A number of E-books are also available in the department. The students are permitted to issue the books from the department library for the purpose of referencing. The department also subscribes to research journals from the Indian Academy of Sciences. The department also has a collection of CD as well as books for competitive examinations like GATE, GRE, NET etc



Contact

Department of Biotechnology
University of Mumbai
2nd Floor, Life Science Building,Vidyangari
Email: drarath@mu.ac.in, biotech2015depatment@gmail.com
Ph. No.: 26526053, 26543371, 26543372


Post-Graduate


MSc in Biotechnology


Name of the course

Two years Masters of Science Biotechnology

Application form fee

Rs. 100/-

Syllabus of the course

Click the following link http://archive.mu.ac.in/syllabus/4.75%20Biotechnology.pdf

Eligibility

A learner being eligible for admission to MSc degree course in Biotechnology must have passed

a. Three years integrated course degree examination of this University or (any other University recognized as equivalent thereto) with at least Seven Units in Biotechnology (i.e. the minimum required for majoring in the subject).
OR

b. With Three Units in Biotechnology at the T.Y.B.Sc. in combination with Three Units of any other major subject at the T.Y.B.Sc.

There is no entrance examination for the purpose of admissions to the MSc degree course in Biotechnology. The learners will be admitted to the said course on the basis of the marks obtained at the T.Y.B.Sc examination. (Circular no PG/Univ.VCD/ICC/2012-13/8)

Number of Seats available

Total of 20 seats + 1 seat for Jammu Kashmir migrants;

Reservations as per University circular no Aff/Recog.I/Admission (2008-09)/215 of 2008. Candidates belonging to reserved category and having domicile in Maharashtra are considered for admissions in the reserved quota. Reserved category candidates with domicile in other states of India are treated as open category candidates.

Admissions Procedure :

The forms for the said course are made available at the department office every year after the TYBSc results in Biotechnology of University of Mumbai are declared (between May-June). The notification for the same is put up on the University website as well as the department notice boards. Candidates whose names appear in the merit list are required to secure their admission by submitting the attested photocopies as well as the originals of statement of marks, caste certificate and caste validity certificate (wherever applicable) to the staff-in-charge of the admissions and paying the fees as shown in table in cash at Allahabad Bank counter, University of Mumbai, Kalina between 11.00a.m-2.30 p.m after collecting challan from department office.

In addition to the above students from other districts to required to submit District change certificate.

Students from other University (Other than Mumbai University) are required to submit -Attested photocopy as well as original Statement of marks (HSc, FYBSc, SYBSc, TYBSc), Migration certificate, Eligibility form (to be filled in the office during the time of admissions), transfer certificate at the time of admissions. The admission of the Candidates failing to pay the fees or submitting the requisite documents within the specified time span stands cancelled. Admissions are strictly on the basis of merit.

Sr no.

Category

Amount in Rs (Open category)

Amount in Rs (Reserved category)

1

Tuition Fee 1st and 2nd term

15,000/-

-

3

Other fees and extracurricular activities

250/-

-

4.

University exam fee

600/-

-

5

Marksheet

50/-

-

6

Laboratory Fee

20,000 /-

-

7

Library fee

1000/-

-

8

Gymkhana Fee

200/-

-

10

Vice chancellors fund

20/-

20

11.

Magazine

100/-

-

12.

Identity card

50/-

50

13.

Group insurance

40/-

40

14.

Students welfare

50/-

50

15.

University Sports and cultural activity

30/-

-

16.

Development fee

500/-

-

17.

Utility

250/-

-

18.

Computer /internet

500/-

-

19.

e-suvidha

50/-

-

20.

e-charges

20/-

--

21.

Disaster relief fund

10/-

10

22.

Admission processing fee

200/-

200/-

 

TOTAL

39,020/-

370/-



Fee structure per year for MSc Biotechnology

Form fee: Rs 100/-
Document verification: Rs 400/- wherever applicable
Refundable deposits
Caution money: Rs 150/-
Library deposit: Rs 250/-
Laboratory deposit: Rs 400/-
Project fee: Rs 2000/- wherever applicable
Registration fee for MSc I: Rs 1000/-
Registration form fee: Rs 25/-
Convocation fee only for MSc II: Rs 250/-

NB:

Foreign students will have to pay five times prescribed fee. Fees collected under different heads would be spent only for specified purpose for which they have been collected.

Fees are to be paid in cash at the Allahabad Bank, Kalina Branch after procuring the challan from the department office.

Refund of fees as per University ordinance no 0.3574

Attendance: University of Mumbai has prescribed 0.119 regarding attendance and the procedure to maintain the attendance. Kindly refer to circular no. UG/502 of 1999 dated 6th October 1999. (Page no. 607 of Vol. II of the new compendium published by University of Mumbai.)





Syllabus for MSc in Biotechnology


Semester I



Course Code

UNIT I

Biochemistry

Credits

L / Week

PSBT101

 

I

Proteins

 

4

1

II

Signal transduction

1

III

Lipids

1

IV

Neurochemistry

1

Course Code

UNIT II

Immunochemistry

Credits

Credits / Week

PSBT102

 

I

Immuno-globulins

 

 

4

1

II>

Complement system

1

III

MHC and Regulation of immune response

1

IV

Cytokines

1

Course Code

UNIT III

Genomes and Transcriptomes

Credits

L / Week

PSBT103

 

I

Gene evolution and the Human genome

 

 

4

1

II

Mapping Genomes

1

III

Transcription Initiation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

1

IV

Synthesis and processing of RNA

1

Course Code

UNIT

Biophysics

Credits

L / Week

PSBT104

 

I

DNA Topolgy

 

 

4

1

II

Protein Secondary Structure

1

III

Advances in Microscopy

1

IV

Membrane mimicry

1

 

 

 

 

 

PSBTP101

I

Biochemistry

 

 

4

1

PSBTP102

II

Immunochemistry

1

PSBTP103

III

Genomes and Transcriptomes

1

PSBTP104

IV

1

Semester II



Course Code

UNIT I

Metabolomics

Credits

L / Week

PSBT 201

 

I

Carbohydrate and lipid metabolism

 

4

1

II

Protein metabolism

1

III

Nucleic acid metabolism

1

IV

Plant metabolism

1

Course Code

UNIT II

Clinical Immunology

Credits

L / Week

PSBT202

 

I

Hypersensitivity and Autoimmunity

 

 

4

1

II

Transplantation

1

III

Tumor immunology

1

IV

Immuno-deficiency

1

Course Code

UNIT III

Genomics and molecular biology

Credits

L / Week

PSBT203

 

I

Translation in eukaryotes

 

 

4

1

II

Regulation of genome activity

1

III

DNA vectors

1

IV

Model organisms

1

Course Code

UNIT

Advanced Analytical techniques

Credits

L/ Week

PSBT204

 

I

Analytical techniques

 

 

4

1

II

Gene amplification techniques

1

III

X-ray crystallography

1

IV

Spectroscopy

1

 

 

 

 

 

PSBTP201

I

Metabolomics

2

1

PSBTP202

II

Clinical Immunology

2

1

PSBTP203

III

Genomics and Molecular biology

2

1

PSBTP204

IV

Advanced Analytical techniques

2

1

For details refer to http://archive.mu.ac.in/syllabus/4.75%20Biotechnology.pdf




Teaching Staff

archana_rath

Name: Dr. Archana Rath (M.Sc., Ph.D.) 
Designation: Head and Assistant professor
Areas of specialization: Molecular Biology, Immunology and Antimicrobial Resistance
Subjects taught: Immunology, Immunochemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Plant Tissue Culture and Bioremediation
Research Interest: Antibiotic resistance and antimicrobials, Food microbiology and biotechnology, Environmental biotechnology and production of value added products for sustainable development
Contact details - drarath@mu.ac.in
                            arath09@gmail.com
Tel No: -+91 022 26526053
               +91 022 26543371
               +91 022 26543372
Google Scholar Profile:  https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=zO6GY4kAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao 

Profile

Name: Dr.Mrs. Varsha Kelkar-Mane (MSc, PhD)
Designation: Assistant professor
Area of specialization: Bioprospecting, nanotechnology
Subjects taught: Biochemistry, Bioprocess technology
Contact details: drvkelkar@mu.ac.in 
Profile

 

Name:  Dr Bhupendra Pushkar
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area of specialization: Zoology
Subjects taught: Molecular Biology, Animal tissue culture
Email- 
Bhupendra.pushkar@gmail.com

  Adjunct Guest Faculty from other University Departments and various Research Institutes in and around Mumbai.

Non-Teaching Staff

Sr No

Name

Designation

Duty

1

Mr Mangesh Kargutkar

Lab assistant

All laboratory related maintenance


Besides academics, one of the major focus area of the department is on research. The department has well equipped laboratories to carry out research activities. Moreover, a number of research facilities within the campus as well as out of the campus are made available to the students. It also has research collaborations and interactions with well known research laboratories in and around Mumbai.
The department has a young enthusiastic and student friendly staff. The faculty has consistently been successful in obtaining Major Research Fundings from various Government & Non-Government agencies over the years. The department encourages students to independently think as well as implement research ideas. The faulty also guides the students during their participation in a number of co-curricular as well as extra-curricular activities across various colleges, research institutes and Universities in the country.
Every year, the department also provides research guidance to project students from across the country. This includes short term to six months training / projects programs for post graduate students in Biological Sciences.
A fee of Rs. 2,000/- is charged for training/ projects.
The goal of the Department is to be a Centre of Excellence, in both academics and research with the help of young, enthusiastic teaching/ non- teaching staff and students.

Ph.D in Biotechnology

Name of the course

PhD Biotechnology

Application form fee

Rs. 100/-

Course work

www.mu.ac.in/phdcourse%20common.pdf

Eligibility

As per circular no UG/441 of 2005

Number of PhD guides in the department

1

Admission schedule

Notified on website as well as department notice board every year between June-September



Fee Structure for Ph.D Program :

Sr No

Title

Annual fee (Rs)

1

Tuition fee

4000

2

Laboratory fee

12000

3

Library fee

1000

4

Students welfare fee

50

5

Extra curricular fee

250

6

Gymkhana fee

200

7

computer ,Internet, e-charge

570

10

Sports and cultural activity fee

30

11

Disaster Fee

10

12

Group Insurance fee

40

13

Admission , VC, Magazine, ID

370

14

Development + Utility

750

 

Total

19270/-



Annual Report of Last Academic year

Students activities:
The students of the department actively participate in various research as well as cultural meets across the country. They strike a perfect balance between their studies and co-curricular activities that is reflected in their results for the past five years.
  22.8% distinction
  50.5% 1st class
  17.8% 2nd class
  8.9% dropout rate
As a part of their curricula every year the students along with the faculty members organize visit to various Industries / Research Institutes across the country