Masters of Science in Biotechnology

Masters of Science in Biotechnology

Entry Year

2020

Qualification

M.Sc Bio Technology

Duration

2 years

Overview

About the Program

Students undertaking the M.Sc. program in Biotechnology at Mount Carmel College are trained to explore the field and acquire an in-depth understanding of Biotechnology. By putting in a conscious effort to impart knowledge about the field by reputed professors and lecturers, this program is designed to foster a culture wherein students’ talent is amplified with empirical training and technical training, simultaneously amplified by thorough guidance. The program focuses on moulding students to envision designing technical formulations combining the principles of Biology and Chemistry. Along with nurturing a scientific inclination amongst students, we also strive to bring awareness in the young generation about global problems by encouraging them in taking an initiative to address issues and find an alternative remedy to solve them. Furthermore, on acquiring knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative techniques as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the field, Graduates of this degree will be able to demonstrate their skills in Molecular Biology, Immunology, Bioinformatics etc. The Curricular and Extracurricular activities are designed in a way to ensure that the students receive a holistic understanding through the curriculum.

Head of Department

Dr. Preetha Nair

Vision

  • To develop academic and research orientation among the students, and shaping biotechnology into a premier precision tool for the future that further, ensures that it is used for human welfare.

Mission

  • Initiate multidisciplinary programs through the academia-industry interface with an emphasis on Biotechnological approach
  • Create awareness on the recent developments in Biotechnology through industrial visits, workshops, and guest lectures
  • To become a resource centre for Biotechnology information and education

Objectives

The objective is to provide students with the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to develop advanced level analytical thinking. Our intention is to help them understand the current scientific pursuits in the field of Biotechnology with an exposure to practical experience and training. The specific focus is awareness on conventional as well as modern analytical systems in the field for novel approaches of the emerging field – Biotechnology.

Program Specifications

GENERALSTRUCTURE

In the course curriculum of M.Sc. Biotechnology, students are required to take compulsory or “Core” courses, Optional or “Elective” courses, and “Allied” courses. The core and elective courses are intended to cover the core aspects of Biotechnology. They will equip the students to carry out teaching, research and allied activities in India and abroad.

Students can choose from the different options offered, depending on their interest.

Both elective and allied courses are intended to develop professional and research interests.

In addition, M.Sc. Biotechnology students will take Multidisciplinary/ Open Elective courses offered by departments other than Biotechnology. They will also complete a mandatory Community Development Project and an Internship.

And in the 4th semester, as part of the degree requirements, students will have to write a Master’s Thesis based on their in-house research project work.

  1. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENT

Semester 1:

– Departmental: Four Core Courses + Two Allied Courses

-20-25 hrs Community Development Project, 2 credits: Marks added to Semester 2

Semester 2:

– Departmental: Four Core Courses + Two Allied Courses

– Internship (20 – 30 days) 2 credits: Marks added to Semester 3

Semester 3:

– Departmental: Four Elective courses out of six + one allied course

-2-credit Open Elective offered by the Sciences, Commerce and Humanities

(Biotechnology Department offers a 2-credit Open Elective for the other Sciences, Commerce and Humanities)

Semester 4:

– Departmental: Four Elective Courses out of five

-Thesis and Project Viva: 12 credits

Credits

The Core Courses with 3:0:4 or 4:2:0 LTP models: 5 credits each

Allied Course: 2 credits each

TESTING AND EVALUATION

The performance of the student will be assessed throughout the semester.

Evaluations will be based on end-semester examinations and continuous internal assessment (CIA).

There are four courses in M.Sc. Biotechnology program i.e., the Core Courses, Elective Courses, Allied Courses and Open Elective Courses.

End-Semester Examination: 70marks for Core Course and Elective Course

End-Semester Examination: 50marks for Allied Course

End-Semester Examination: 35 marks for Open Elective Course

There are two sections in a 70, 50 and 35 marks paper, the following illustrates it:

Section A: Students will have to answer four questions for 5 marks each for a 70 marks paper

Students will have to answer four questions for 5 marks each for a 50 marks paper

Students will have to answer three questions for 5 marks each for a 35 marks paper

The questions will involve brief technological descriptions, comparative analysis and conceptual definitions

Section B: Students will have to answer five questions for10 marks each for a 70 marks paper

Students will have to answer three questions for 10 marks each for a 50 marks paper

Students will have to answer two questions for 10 marks each for a 35 marks paper

These will be illustrative, logical and analytical questions.

Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA):30 marks

It comprises of two internal exams per semester

One exam is descriptive and the other is multiple choice based

Marks will be based on the exam, paper presentations and assignments

Project presentation and viva

In the fourth semester, students will write a thesis and give presentations while simultaneously, appearing for viva on the project research work under the academic supervision of a faculty member. They will be evaluated on the basis of the project presentation, thesis report and viva.

150+50 =200 marks

An M.Sc. degree will be awarded when the student has passed all the courses and successfully completed CDP, internship and in-house research project

NOTE: We are not accepting application from students having any backlog in their B.Sc course

Syllabus

SEMESTER I

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

CC-01

Core Course – I Cell Biology

2

CC-02

Core Course – II General Microbiology

3

CC-03

Core Course – III Molecular Genetics

4

CC-04

Core Course – IV Biomolecules & Analytical Techniques

5

AC-01

Allied Course – I Biostatistics

6

AC-02

Allied Course – II Basic Bioinformatics

SEMESTER II

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

CC-05

Core Course – V Biochemistry

2

CC-06

Core Course – VI Molecular Biology

3

CC-07

Core Course – VII Immunology

4

CC-08

Core Course – VII Biophysics

5

AC-03

Allied Course – III Research Methodology

6

AC-04

Allied Course – IV Advanced Bioinformatics

8

Community Development Program

SEMESTER III

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

EC-01

Elective Course I – DSE

Animal Biotechnology

2

EC-02

Elective Course II – DSE

Plant Biotechnology

3

EC-03

Elective Course III

Genetic Engineering/

Ecology

4

EC-04

Elective Course IV

Environmental Biotechnology/

Food Biotechnology

5

AC-05

Allied Course – V

Developmental Biology

6

OE

Open elective

Industrial Biotechnology

7

Internship Report

SEMESTER IV

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

EC-05

Elective Course V

Medical Biotechnology, Bioethics, Biosafety /

System Physiology

2

EC-06

Elective Course VI

Clinical Biotechnology /

Cancer Biology 

3

EC-07

Elective Course VII – DSE

Bioprocess Engineering & Enzymology

4

PR-01

Project / Viva Voce

Careers and Highlights

Careers

Biotechnology is a subject which creates manpower equipped with skill for research and innovative thinking essentially needed to sustain in the current competitive world. Students are capable of working in both industries and academics after the completion of their course as per their interest.  Many of the pharmaceutical companies, food industries, data analysis laboratories, clinical research sectors, contractual research organisations recruiting students who have completed M.Sc. Biotechnology.  Apart from this, they can also become academicians in various institutes. However, College and University teaching requires Ph.D. and qualification of state or national level tests like NET, KSET.  Research is the most interesting avenue of Biotechnology; students can clear National level exams like CSIR-NET, DBT-NET etc and carry out their higher studies in renowned institutes like IISc, IIT etc in India or abroad. In brief, students have a wide range of options for selection after their degree completion according to their taste or interest.

Highlights

Many of our students take up research as an option immediately after their M.Sc. either as a project assistant or as a junior research fellow in various renowned institutes like IIT, IISc, IIHR, ICMR institutes, NIMHANS, etc.

Majority of students who like to work in laboratories move on with jobs immediately after the completion of their course and are mostly hired by companies like Molecular Connections, GSK Asia Private Ltd., Covance Pharmaceutical Services Private Ltd., Forte Research Systems India Pvt Ltd., ITC Life Science and Technology Centre., Biocon, Biozeen etc.

The placements are taken care by the department very efficiently and almost 99% of our students get placed if they can clear the interview conducted by the companies.  In this process, the students are referred to the companies but their self-capability is the last parameter for selection.

Overview

Overview

About the Program

Students undertaking the M.Sc. program in Biotechnology at Mount Carmel College are trained to explore the field and acquire an in-depth understanding of Biotechnology. By putting in a conscious effort to impart knowledge about the field by reputed professors and lecturers, this program is designed to foster a culture wherein students’ talent is amplified with empirical training and technical training, simultaneously amplified by thorough guidance. The program focuses on moulding students to envision designing technical formulations combining the principles of Biology and Chemistry. Along with nurturing a scientific inclination amongst students, we also strive to bring awareness in the young generation about global problems by encouraging them in taking an initiative to address issues and find an alternative remedy to solve them. Furthermore, on acquiring knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative techniques as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the field, Graduates of this degree will be able to demonstrate their skills in Molecular Biology, Immunology, Bioinformatics etc. The Curricular and Extracurricular activities are designed in a way to ensure that the students receive a holistic understanding through the curriculum.

Head of Department

Dr. Preetha Nair

Vision

  • To develop academic and research orientation among the students, and shaping biotechnology into a premier precision tool for the future that further, ensures that it is used for human welfare.

Mission

  • Initiate multidisciplinary programs through the academia-industry interface with an emphasis on Biotechnological approach
  • Create awareness on the recent developments in Biotechnology through industrial visits, workshops, and guest lectures
  • To become a resource centre for Biotechnology information and education

Objectives

The objective is to provide students with the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to develop advanced level analytical thinking. Our intention is to help them understand the current scientific pursuits in the field of Biotechnology with an exposure to practical experience and training. The specific focus is awareness on conventional as well as modern analytical systems in the field for novel approaches of the emerging field – Biotechnology.

Program Specifications

Program Specifications

GENERALSTRUCTURE

In the course curriculum of M.Sc. Biotechnology, students are required to take compulsory or “Core” courses, Optional or “Elective” courses, and “Allied” courses. The core and elective courses are intended to cover the core aspects of Biotechnology. They will equip the students to carry out teaching, research and allied activities in India and abroad.

Students can choose from the different options offered, depending on their interest.

Both elective and allied courses are intended to develop professional and research interests.

In addition, M.Sc. Biotechnology students will take Multidisciplinary/ Open Elective courses offered by departments other than Biotechnology. They will also complete a mandatory Community Development Project and an Internship.

And in the 4th semester, as part of the degree requirements, students will have to write a Master’s Thesis based on their in-house research project work.

  1. PROGRAMME REQUIREMENT

Semester 1:

– Departmental: Four Core Courses + Two Allied Courses

-20-25 hrs Community Development Project, 2 credits: Marks added to Semester 2

Semester 2:

– Departmental: Four Core Courses + Two Allied Courses

– Internship (20 – 30 days) 2 credits: Marks added to Semester 3

Semester 3:

– Departmental: Four Elective courses out of six + one allied course

-2-credit Open Elective offered by the Sciences, Commerce and Humanities

(Biotechnology Department offers a 2-credit Open Elective for the other Sciences, Commerce and Humanities)

Semester 4:

– Departmental: Four Elective Courses out of five

-Thesis and Project Viva: 12 credits

Credits

The Core Courses with 3:0:4 or 4:2:0 LTP models: 5 credits each

Allied Course: 2 credits each

TESTING AND EVALUATION

The performance of the student will be assessed throughout the semester.

Evaluations will be based on end-semester examinations and continuous internal assessment (CIA).

There are four courses in M.Sc. Biotechnology program i.e., the Core Courses, Elective Courses, Allied Courses and Open Elective Courses.

End-Semester Examination: 70marks for Core Course and Elective Course

End-Semester Examination: 50marks for Allied Course

End-Semester Examination: 35 marks for Open Elective Course

There are two sections in a 70, 50 and 35 marks paper, the following illustrates it:

Section A: Students will have to answer four questions for 5 marks each for a 70 marks paper

Students will have to answer four questions for 5 marks each for a 50 marks paper

Students will have to answer three questions for 5 marks each for a 35 marks paper

The questions will involve brief technological descriptions, comparative analysis and conceptual definitions

Section B: Students will have to answer five questions for10 marks each for a 70 marks paper

Students will have to answer three questions for 10 marks each for a 50 marks paper

Students will have to answer two questions for 10 marks each for a 35 marks paper

These will be illustrative, logical and analytical questions.

Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA):30 marks

It comprises of two internal exams per semester

One exam is descriptive and the other is multiple choice based

Marks will be based on the exam, paper presentations and assignments

Project presentation and viva

In the fourth semester, students will write a thesis and give presentations while simultaneously, appearing for viva on the project research work under the academic supervision of a faculty member. They will be evaluated on the basis of the project presentation, thesis report and viva.

150+50 =200 marks

An M.Sc. degree will be awarded when the student has passed all the courses and successfully completed CDP, internship and in-house research project

NOTE: We are not accepting application from students having any backlog in their B.Sc course

Syllabus

Syllabus

SEMESTER I

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

CC-01

Core Course – I Cell Biology

2

CC-02

Core Course – II General Microbiology

3

CC-03

Core Course – III Molecular Genetics

4

CC-04

Core Course – IV Biomolecules & Analytical Techniques

5

AC-01

Allied Course – I Biostatistics

6

AC-02

Allied Course – II Basic Bioinformatics

SEMESTER II

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

CC-05

Core Course – V Biochemistry

2

CC-06

Core Course – VI Molecular Biology

3

CC-07

Core Course – VII Immunology

4

CC-08

Core Course – VII Biophysics

5

AC-03

Allied Course – III Research Methodology

6

AC-04

Allied Course – IV Advanced Bioinformatics

8

Community Development Program

SEMESTER III

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

EC-01

Elective Course I – DSE

Animal Biotechnology

2

EC-02

Elective Course II – DSE

Plant Biotechnology

3

EC-03

Elective Course III

Genetic Engineering/

Ecology

4

EC-04

Elective Course IV

Environmental Biotechnology/

Food Biotechnology

5

AC-05

Allied Course – V

Developmental Biology

6

OE

Open elective

Industrial Biotechnology

7

Internship Report

SEMESTER IV

Sl. No.

Course Code

Name of the Course

1

EC-05

Elective Course V

Medical Biotechnology, Bioethics, Biosafety /

System Physiology

2

EC-06

Elective Course VI

Clinical Biotechnology /

Cancer Biology 

3

EC-07

Elective Course VII – DSE

Bioprocess Engineering & Enzymology

4

PR-01

Project / Viva Voce

Careers and Highlights

Careers and Highlights

Careers

Biotechnology is a subject which creates manpower equipped with skill for research and innovative thinking essentially needed to sustain in the current competitive world. Students are capable of working in both industries and academics after the completion of their course as per their interest.  Many of the pharmaceutical companies, food industries, data analysis laboratories, clinical research sectors, contractual research organisations recruiting students who have completed M.Sc. Biotechnology.  Apart from this, they can also become academicians in various institutes. However, College and University teaching requires Ph.D. and qualification of state or national level tests like NET, KSET.  Research is the most interesting avenue of Biotechnology; students can clear National level exams like CSIR-NET, DBT-NET etc and carry out their higher studies in renowned institutes like IISc, IIT etc in India or abroad. In brief, students have a wide range of options for selection after their degree completion according to their taste or interest.

Highlights

Many of our students take up research as an option immediately after their M.Sc. either as a project assistant or as a junior research fellow in various renowned institutes like IIT, IISc, IIHR, ICMR institutes, NIMHANS, etc.

Majority of students who like to work in laboratories move on with jobs immediately after the completion of their course and are mostly hired by companies like Molecular Connections, GSK Asia Private Ltd., Covance Pharmaceutical Services Private Ltd., Forte Research Systems India Pvt Ltd., ITC Life Science and Technology Centre., Biocon, Biozeen etc.

The placements are taken care by the department very efficiently and almost 99% of our students get placed if they can clear the interview conducted by the companies.  In this process, the students are referred to the companies but their self-capability is the last parameter for selection.