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M.Sc Life Science

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Students undertaking the M.Sc. program in Life Science at Mount Carmel College are trained to explore and acquire an in-depth understanding of the episteme – Life Science. 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 knowledge, technical training and guidance. Through rigorous evaluation patterns, our students are encouraged to put their skills to use and venture into the field of Life Science by enhancing their critical thinking abilities and sensibilities. The program spans over two academic years, divided into four semesters. It gives the students an insight into various branches of Biological Sciences. The course introduces the concepts of unity and diversity in Biology and the hierarchy of organization of biological systems. In the first year, students are introduced to the building blocks of life (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), information perpetuation and transfer (Genetics), cells as the basic functional unit of life (Cell Biology) and higher levels of organization (tissue systems and physiology). In the second year, the focus is on applied papers like Food and Fermentation Technology, Clinical Biochemistry and Diagnostics, Animal Tissue Culture, Plant Tissue Culture, Immunology, Applied Microbiology and Bioinformatics. This allows the students to obtain a deeper understanding of the various aspects of Biology. Students undertake an in-house research project which helps them to develop the technical and analytical skills necessary to pursue a career in scientific research. 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. Suba G. A. Manuel
M. Phil., Ph. D.

Vision

Quality education to reach maximum population of girls belonging to all stratum of socio-economic statuses enabling them to face challenges in life and careers through scientific temperament and ethical practices.

Mission

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

Program Requirement

Semester 1:

Four core courses and two allied courses

Community Development Program will commence.

Semester 2:

Four core courses and two allied courses

Community Development Program will be evaluated.

Internship (4 – 6 weeks).

Semester 3:

Four elective courses (two compulsory papers and two papers with choice) and one allied course.

Multidisciplinary / Open Elective offered by other departments.

Internship will be evaluated.

Semester 4:

Three elective courses (one compulsory paper and two papers with choice).

Project (in-house).

Eligibility:

Aspirants must have a B. Sc. degree in any discipline of Biological Sciences with minimum of 55% marks in aggregate.

Testing and Evaluation

The performance of the student will be assessed throughout the semester. Evaluations will be based on continuous internal assessment (CIA) and end-semester examinations (ESE).

Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA):

Core Paper: 30 marks (Theory) + 15 marks (Practical)

Theory marks will be based on a written exam (CIA I which is descriptive and CIA II which is online multiple-choice questions) and oral presentations / assignments. The practical component is assessed by a pre-final examination and class record.

Allied Paper: 15 marks

Theory marks will be based on a written exam (CIA I which is descriptive and CIA II which is online multiple-choice questions) and oral presentations / assignments.

End-Semester Examination (ESE): 70 marks (Theory) + 35 marks (Practical)

There are two sections for theory:

For Core Paper

Section A: Students will have to answer four questions for 05 marks each.

Section B: Students will have to answer five questions for 10 marks each.

Practical exam: Students will be assessed for their performance and a viva voce.

For Allied Paper

Section A: Students will have to answer four questions for 05 marks each.

Section B: Students will have to answer three questions for 10 marks each.

Project report (200 marks)

In the third and fourth semesters, students will work on a topic of their choice, under the academic supervision of a faculty member. They will be evaluated on the basis of their performance, quantum of work, written report and viva.

An M. Sc. degree will be awarded when a student has passed all courses and completed the Community Development Program, Internship and Project.

Syllabus (CBCS)

Papers offered for M.Sc. Life Science:

SEMESTER I

Sl. No.

Course Code

Title

LTP

Credits

CIA(T+P)

ESE

(T+P)

Tutorials

Total Marks

1CC-01

Core Course – I

Animal and Plant Diversity

3:0:4530+1570+35150
2CC-02

Core Course – II

Biomolecules

3:0:4530+1570+35150
3CC-03

Core Course – III

Cell Biology

3:0:4530+1570+35150
4CC-04

Core Course – IV

Genetics

4:2:05307050150
5AC-01

Allied Course – I

Biostatistics

2:0:02153550
6AC-02

Allied Course – II

Instrumentation and Laboratory Techniques

2:0:02153550
  

Total

 

24

   

700

SEMESTER II

Sl. No.

Course Code

Title

LTP

Credits

CIA(T+P)

ESE

(T+P)

Tutorials

Total Marks

1CC-05

Core Course – V

Basic Microbiology

3:0:4530+1570+35150
2CC-06

Core Course – VI

Human Physiology

3:0:4530+1570+35150
3CC-07

Core Course – VII

Plant Physiology

3:0:4530+1570+35150
4CC-08

Core Course – VIII

Immunology

4:2:05307050150
5AC-03

Allied Course – III

Research Methodology

2:0:02153550
6AC-04

Allied Course – IV

Environmental Science

2:0:02153550
7 Community Development Program 2 50 50
  

Total

 

26

   

750

SEMESTER III

Sl. No.

Course Code

Title

LTP

Credits

CIA(T+P)

ESE

(T+P)

Tutorials

Total Marks

1EC-01

Elective Course I –DSE

Applied Microbiology

3:0:4530+1570+35150
2EC-02

Elective Course II – DSE

Molecular Biology

3:0:4530+1570+35150
3EC-03

Elective Course III / CHOICE

Human Endocrinology and Reproductive Biology

or

Plant Developmental Biology and Plant Diseases

3:0:4530+1570+35150
4EC-04

Elective Course IV / CHOICE

Animal Tissue Culture

or

Plant Tissue Culture

4:2:05307050150
5AC-05

Allied Course – V

Bioinformatics

2:0:02153550
6OEOpen elective- Pet Behaviour and Care2:0:02153550
7 Internship Report 2 50 50
  

Total

 

26

   

750

SEMESTER IV

Sl. No.

Course Code

Title

LTP

Credits

CIA(T+P)

ESE

(T+P)

Tutorials

Total Marks

1EC-05

Elective Course – V/ CHOICE

Clinical Biochemistry

or

Food and Fermentation Technology

3:0:4530+1570+35-150
2EC-06

Elective Course VI/ CHOICE

Economic Biology

or

Evolution and Ethology

4:2:05307050150
3EC-07

Elective Course VII – DSE

r-DNA Technology

4:0:043070100
4PR-01Project / Viva Voce128100100 200
  

Total

 

22

  

600

    

98

  

2800

Careers

The program prepares students for careers in teaching as well as research.
Jobs in R&D sector.

Highlights

The program prepares students for careers in teaching as well as research.
Jobs in R&D sector.

  • Choice Based Credit System enables students to choose papers of their interest.
  • Provides job oriented hands-on skill training.
Students are placed in IQVIA, Molecular Connections, Accenture, Jubilant Biosys, Merry Go Learn Education Services Pvt Ltd, Syngene International Limited, Refining Skills Academy, Vittarthaa and International Schools.

As a part of the PG program students take up internship program in various research institutes like – IISC, NCBS, JNCASR, CCMB, Bose University, and AIIMS.

Indian Academy of Sciences, DST – Khorana Fellowship for internship

Various companies like – Credora,

MoU

Biozeen and Credora

2014 – 2015

  • UGC funded two–day workshop was organised by PG Dept. of Economics and Life Science on “Introductory Data Analytics” on 29th and 30th September, 2014.

2013- 2014

  • A workshop on “Microtomy and Histotechnique” was held in collaboration with Connexius Life Science Pvt. Ltd. from the 10th to 14th August, 2013.

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.

WE EXPECT OUR STUDENTS TO BE PROFESSIONAL AND UPHOLD THE VALUES OF THE COLLEGE AT ALL TIMES.

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.