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Life Science


The need for an interdisciplinary programme in Biology at the Post-Graduate level, led to the establishment of the M. Sc. Life Science Department at Mount Carmel College in the year 2007. The course covers various basic and applied aspects of Biological Sciences. Such a holistic approach to the study of Biology is unique and very few Universities and colleges across the country offer similar programmes. As a result, about 70-80% of the student intake is from outside the state.

The Department has grown steadily both in the area of academics as well as research. Student enrolment has increased. The alumni are being successfully placed in various research institutes, companies, pharma industry, and technical writing institutes/industries. A good proportion of the students opts for higher education and completes their doctoral degree in Universities in India and abroad.


Quality education to reach the maximum population of girls belonging to all stratas of socio-economic status by enabling them to face challenges in life and create a career through scientific temperament and ethical practices.


  • Enable the students to integrate the curriculum to life requirements and empower them to be efficient teachers, researchers, and human beings
  • Approach to higher learning through the integration of classical, applied, and emerging fields of biological sciences to improve the quality of life of students and the society

Head of the Department

Dr. Suba G. A. Manuel, Associate Prof,M. Phil., Ph. D.

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2023 – 24

  • Alumni Connect series by Ms. Divita Garg, Alumna, PhD Scholar, Ahmedabad University & Ms. Lara D Souza, PhD Scholar, A&M University, Texas, USA.
  • Talk on “Overseas Education and its Opportunities” by Dr Ranjan Swarup, Professor, School of Biosciences, Nottingham University, UK.
  • Workshop on “Antimicrobial Assays and Plating Techniques” in association with Nanoscience technology by Dr. Padmashree Kulkarni, Associate Professor, Dept. of Life Science, Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Insights on Artificial Reproductive Technologies” by Ms. Christine Noronha, Senior Embryologist, Gynec World, Mumbai.
  • Guest lecture on “An Introduction to Circadian Clocks and Decoding Cellular Time” by Dr. Shaon Chakrabarty, Faculty, Simons Centre for the study of Living Machines, NCBS, TIFR, Bengaluru.
  • Guest Lecture on “Gene expression change during cell state transitions in cancer-An insight into cancer chemoresistance” by Dr. Pratibha Ranganathan, Cancer Research Laboratory, Centrre for Human Genetics, Bengaluru.

2022 – 23

  • Alumni Connect series by Ms Chiti Arvind, Alumna, IISER, Tirpathi & Dr. Surabhi Subhir, Post-Doc, Ireland.
  • Guest lecture on “Reproductive endocrinology” by Dr. Premalatha Krishna Kumar, Consultant gynecologist and Colposcopy specialist, Coimbatore.
  • Guest Lecture on “Therapeutic Frontiers in overcoming chemotherapeutic resistance in ovarian cancer” by Dr. Jayakumar R Nair, NIH, Bethesda.
  • Inter collegiate Science fest “Biologique 2023- Cervical Cancer awareness”.
  • Guest lecture on “Potentiating Moxifloxacin lethality against M. tuberculosis by N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC)” by Dr Amit Singh, Associate professor, Centre for Infectious Disease Research, IISC, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “The Evolution and Genetics of butterfly Wing Colour Patterns” by Dr Krushnamegh Kunte, Associate professor, NCBS, TIFR, Bengaluru.
  • Indian National Science Academy, Local Chapter, Bengaluru, Golden Jubilee Commemoration Medal for Chemical Sciences 2022; Awardee and Speaker- Prof. Tushkar Kanti Chakraborty.

2021 – 22

  • Webinar series on Alumni talk by Ms. Saniya Pamnani, Alumna & Dr. Sushmita Sudarshan, Molecular Devices, California.
  • Guest Lecture on “Some Aspects of Molecular Evolution” by Dr. Tejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.
  • Webinar on “Post -Harvest Technology” by Dr. Sundaravalli A, Home Science, MCC, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Molecular Evolution and Neutrality” by Dr. Vidyanand Nanjundiah, The Centre for Human Genetics, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Molecular Tools in Phylogeny” by Dr. Tejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.

2020 – 21

  • Webinar on “Stem Cell Transplantation” by Dr. Anand Prakash, St John’s Medical College Hospital, Bengaluru.
  • Webinar on “Invincible Corona” by Ms. Vimala Francis, Retd. Dean, MCC, Bengaluru.
  • Webinar on “Good Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices” by Dr. Nellaiah Hariharan, Biozeen Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru.
  • Webinar on “An Introduction to Bird Migration” by Dr. Thejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.
  • Guest Lecture on “Keeping Time in Biological World- The Tales of How Flies Helped Solve Clock Mysteries?” by Dr. Sheeba Vasu, JNCASR, Bengaluru.
  • Guest Lecture on “Biofuel Production and its Applications” by Dr. Savitha G., NDRI, Bengaluru.
  • Guset lecture on “Phyllosphere Methylobacterium have Variable Effects on its Rice Host Plant by Dr. Pratibha Sanjenbam, NCBS, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Some Aspects of Molecular Evolution” by Dr. Tejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.

2019 – 20

  • Guest lecture on “An Introduction to Molecular Evolution” by Dr. Thejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Immune System and Health” by Dr. Shishupala, Davanagere University, Davanagere.
  • Workshop on “Flow Cytometry and Data Analysis” by Mr. Vishal Shinde, CellKraft Biotech Ltd. Bengaluru.
  • Webinar series on “Future Prospects in Life Science” by Dr. Sudha Rao, Genotypic Technologies, Bengaluru., Ms. Ananya Sen, University of Illinois, USA and Ms. Subhashini Joshi, Rutgers University, USA.

2018 – 19

  • Guest lecture on “Probiotics, Prebiotics and Synbiotics: Good Food for Good Health” by Dr. Sadananda. G. K, Department of Postharvest Technology, College of Horticulture, UAS, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “An Introduction to Molecular Evolution and Molecular Clocks” by Dr. Thejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “The Ever-Changing Brain and Challenges in Treating Neurological and Psychiatric disorders” by Dr B. S. Shankaranarayana Rao, NIMHANS, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Flight Modifications in Birds” by Dr. Thejaswi Shivanand, Centre for Learning, Bengaluru.
  • Guest lecture on “Evolution of the Bacterial Translation Machinery” by Dr Deepa Agashe, NCBI, Bengaluru.

The focus of the department is on holistic learning – both classic and emerging areas. Some of the highlights of the department are:

  • The department encourages faculty and students to participate in National and International Conferences.
  • Choice Based Credit System enables students to choose papers of their interest.
  • Provides job oriented hands-on skill training.
  • The experienced faculty encourage and prepare students for multiple job prospects for teaching career, for research and to take up higher studies in India and abroad

Dr. Suba G A Manuel

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

HOD & Associate Professor


Dr. Padmashree Kulkarni

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., KSET

Associate Professor


Dr. Sowmya Kumar

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sajitha T P

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.


For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.

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