In recent decades, the amount of genetic knowledge and its rate of growth have exploded. Many of the new discoveries have personal and social relevance through application of genetics to human affairs in prenatal diagnosis, testing for carriers and identification of genetic risk for complex traits, such as breast cancer and heart disease.
Inspired in part by the controversies and the publicity, students are showing great interest in genetics. The purpose of this course is to provide in depth knowledge of classic Mendelian Genetics, Population and Evolutionary Genetics, and Molecular Genetics. The final goal for a student who successfully completes this course is to be aware of areas of genetics with sufficient knowledge to successfully move on and master advanced topics in Genetics and Biotechnology.
DURATION : Six Semesters (Three Years) Total Marks = 3600
Total Credit in 6 Semesters = 96 + 24 = 120
4 credit (Theory) means 3 lecture hours & 1 Tutorial per week
or 42 lectures per semester per paper
2 credit (Lab.) means at least 40 hours of lab work per semester per paper
Eligibility criteria :
For admission, students from Science stream with 10+2 (HS exam) or equivalent (ISC, CBSE etc.) exam will be eligible.
About Course curriculum :
Theoretical Papers : 24 Papers (Total Marks = 2400; 16 Credits per semester)
Subjects covering the areas of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Instrumentation, Mathematics, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Tissue culture, Developmental Genetics, Plant Genetics, Population & Evolutionary Genetics, Reproductive & Cancer genetics, Molecular Genetics, Bio-informatics, Computational Biology, Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Environmental Biotechnology, Proteomics, Recombinant DNA technology, Genetic Modification in Agriculture, Food & Industry Human Genome Project, Social, Legal & Ethical issues of Genetic Technologies.
Practical / Project Papers : 12 papers (Total Marks = 1200; 4 Credits per semester)
Subjects covering the areas of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Instrumentation, Microscopy, Cyto-Genetics (Karyotyping & Image analysis), Microbiology, Immunology (Electrophoresis, ELISA), Plant & Animal Tissue culture techniques, Basic Fermentation techniques (production of Enzymes, Antibiotics, Biodiesel), Molecular Biology (DNA isolation & PCR techniques, Gel documentation), Bio-informatics, Computational Biology, Recombinant DNA technology (Genetic Engineering techniques).
Students have to take Chemistry & Computer Application subjects as Compulsory for first two years (for 1st to 4th Semesters).
One project on Biodiversity should be done individually or in a group under the guidance of one faculty on any topic related to the subject after one Educational tour (Biodiversity Hotspot place) to any place of India (the duration of tour will be at least 3-5 days at the spot depending upon the information/sample collection of project work. The work will be documented & also presented by the candidate in front of externals in a seminar.
Another Lab-based project work (Dissertation) should be done individually under the guidance of one faculty on any topic related to the subject & can be recorded as dissertation & also be presented by the candidate in front of externals in a seminar.