Department of Life Science

Facilities

Infrastructure:

Over the years the Department has developed a modest academic infrastructure comprising of M.Sc. laboratories and several common research facilities. They include facilities for Plant Tissue Culture, Animal Cell Culture, and Microbial Culture, an X-ray generator for Biophysics, Sonicator, Chemostat, BOD Incubators, Plant Growth Chambers, High-speed Centrifuges, Spectrophotometers, Ultra low Freezer, Lypiliser, Spectroflurimeter, Gel Documentation Unit, etc. A Green House has also been developed to grow plants in controlled conditions. In addition, individual Faculty Members have developed fairly self-sufficient laboratories that could cater to research in areas such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Biotechnology and Plant and Animal Sciences. A Common Instrument Facility is already in place. Besides, facilities such as Bioinformatics Laboratory, Radioisotope Laboratory and a separate Animal House are being developed.

Hostel accomodation:

Students securing admission for M.Sc. Degree Course (in Life Sciences) are entitled for Hostel Accommodation. Six seats (three each for boys and girls) are reserved for the students of UDLSc in the Boys and Girls Hostels located in the University Campus at Vidyanagari.
Accommodation is also available for Students seeking admission for M.Sc. (by Research) and Ph.D. Degrees in Life Sciences at UDLSc. Number of Seats for such Students would depend on the availability of accommodation in respective Hostels.

Post-Graduate

M.Sc. Degree (by Papers)

The M.Sc. Degree (by Papers) can be obtained with one of the four electives such as:
Biotechnology
Biological Macromolecules
Applied Medical Sciences
Neurobiology
The M.Sc. courses are conducted at the University Department of Life Sciences along with three affiliated Colleges of the University in Mumbai, namely Ramnarain Ruia College (Matunga), Sophia College (Bhulabhai Desai Marg, formerly Warden Road) and St. Xavier College (Fort). UDLSc offers the first two electives for those who wish to seek admission for M.Sc. Degree (by Papers), whereas one could also opt for Biotechnology (elective) at Ramnarain Ruia College, Applied Medical Sciences (elective) at St. Xavier College, and Neurobiology (elective from the above) at Sophia College.
The candidates seeking admission for M.Sc. Degree (in Life Sciences) are offered above electives based on their merit (both at Under-graduate level and performance in the entrance examination conducted by UDLSc).
The M.Sc. (Part I) Syllabus for all the electives of Life Sciences is common and lectures for all the students (seeking admissions in all the above-mentioned Colleges) are conducted at UDLSc. Practicals, however, are conducted in the respective Colleges. In the second year of M.Sc. (i.e., Part II with chosen electives), all the lectures and practicals are conducted in respective Colleges.

M.Sc. Degree (by Research)

The M.Sc. Degree (by Research) involves submission of Dissertation to the University based on the research conducted under the supervision of a Faculty Member working at UDLSc. Besides, the Candidate seeking M.Sc. Degree (by Research) also needs to clear two Papers of theory (written examination of 100 marks each) conducted by the University of Mumbai.
The Syllabus of Theory Papers is restricted to two Papers (Paper II, i.e., Cell and Molecular Biology; and Paper III, i.e., Measurements and Techniques in Biology) of first year of M.Sc. Degree Course (in Life Sciences). The areas of research, which a Candidate could opt for M.Sc. Degree (by Research) and the number of seats available at UDLSc is prerogative of respective Research Guides of UDLSc.
The areas of (topics for) research leading to M.Sc. (by Research) can be chosen by students as per the research areas of the respective Guides in the Department of Life Sciences.

Eligibility

M.Sc. (by Papers & by Research) Programmes:
University of Mumbai, as per the resolution of the Ad-Hoc Committee in Life Sciences (appointed by the Academic Council) dated February 21, 2006, has provided eligibility guidelines to Candidates seeking M.Sc. (by Papers and by Research) and Ph.D. Degrees in Life Sciences.
The relevant details as approved by the Academic Council of the University of Mumbai are highlighted in the Prospectus of the Department, which can be obtained from the UDLSc Office.

Fees

The fees structure for various Courses in Life Sciences is provided below. Students seeking admissions in the University Department of Life Sciences are required to pay their Term Fees to the University of Mumbai, whereas those securing admissions in the affiliated Colleges should pay their Fees in respective Colleges.

The fees structure (for full Academic Year)

Course Fees
1 M.Sc. (by Papers) Part I Rs. 5,436
2 M.Sc. (by Papers) Part II Rs. 3,621
3 M.Sc. (by Research) Rs. 7,436

Conditions for payment of Fees:

Tuition Fees once paid is normally Not Refunded.
The Deposit of Rs. 1000.00 will be refunded only after successful completion of Degree Course by the Candidate. In case of genuine reasons, the Deposit is refunded to the Candidate. Claim for such refund (of the Deposit) must be made in the prescribed Form (available at UDLSc/ respective Colleges where Candidate is admitted) along with the original receipt within one year from the date of passing out from/ leaving the Department/ respective College, failing which the Deposit would be forfeited.
All the Post-graduate Students (seeking M.Sc. Degree by Research) are required to pay the Tuition Fees till the time they submit their Theses.
All the post-graduate Students who do not continue their studies after the first Term of Academic Year, are still required to pay the Tuition Fees the entire (Academic) Year.
Students passing out from/ leaving the Department would not be entitled for Transference Certificate unless they clear the dues, if any.
Students are expected to pay their Tuition Fees to the University/ respective Colleges on the specified Date/ Time, failing which they would be entitled for a fine (as may be fixed by UDLSc/ respective Colleges at that time).
Students registered for Ph.D. Programme are required to pay Rs. 8636.00 per year till the submission of Thesis.

Syllabus of M.Sc. (by Papers)

Teaching Staff

Dr. Indu Anna George, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: Associate Professor and Head
In-charge Director, Western Regional Instrumentation Centre
Basic Discipline: Botany (M. Sc. in Biotechnology; Ph.D. in Life Sciences)
Recognition: Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph. D. Degrees.
E-mail: indu66@yahoo.comindu.george@lifesciences.mu.ac.in
Current Research Areas: Plant Biotechnology, Micropropagation of rare and economically important plants, secondary metabolite analysis, biosynthesis of nanoparticles and molecular profiling of plantsPROFILE
deshmukh
SANJAY DESHMUKH, MSc, PhD, DSc (Honoris Causa)
Designation:

  • Professor of Life Sciences;
  • Former Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University (2015-17)

Basic Discipline: Botany

  • MSc (Botany – Ecology); PhD (Science)

Recognition:

  • University of Mumbai, Mumbai: Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc.(by research) and Ph.D. Degrees in the subjects of Life Sciences, Botany, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology;
  • Ohio State University, Ohio Columbus, USA (1996): Recognised as PhD Supervisor in the subject of Geography.

Areas of research interest:

  • Climate change: (a) Impact of Climate change on Biological diversity and implications on human livelihoods; (b) Adaptation of marine fauna to climate change.
  • Coastal and Marine Biodiversity: (a) conservation and sustainable utilisation of mangrove and seaweed ecosystems; (b) management of marine protected areas.
  • Ecology: (a) ecosystem dynamics; (b) ecological restoration of degraded areas; (c) mine waste reclamation.
  • Genetic Resources Conservation: (a) In situ and ex situ conservation of mangrove forest genetic resources of the World.
  • Biology of Humans: (a) Cancer Genetics; (b) Neurological responses of humans to various stresses that lead to sleep disorders.
  • Natural Resources Management: (a) management of Marine Biosphere Reserves (India); (b) managing common property resources for economic and social upliftment of rural communities.
  • Project Preparation and Evaluation: (a) development and planning projects for biodiversity conservation; (b) institutional evaluation.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): (a) ecological as well as socio-economic evaluation of developmental projects; (b) guideline/ mitigation measures for achieving conservation-based development.
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: (a) biovillages and their operationalization; (b) farmers’ and breeders’ rights with respect to improved productivity; (c) rewarding informal innovations of indigenous/ rural communities.
  • Bamboo development: (a) Role of bamboo in mitigating climate change; (b) Bamboo for sustainable livelihood enhancement.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of Mega-Projects: (a) EIA of various mega-projects in specialized sectors such as Power (Thermal Power), Petrochemicals, Hill Stations, etc.
  • Institution Building: Provide leadership to Institutes of Higher Education and create leaders who would contribute to Nation’s Agenda of ecological security, economic efficiency and social equity.

Contact:

  • Tel: + 91 22 2654 3060 (Off.); + 91 22 2654 3060 (Off. – Direct)
  • Tel: + 91 22 2654 3266 (Off.: Lab. # 304)
  • Handheld: + 91 9820 095 085 (Personal)

E-mail:

PROFILE

images Dr. Jyoti Ramchandani, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: Associate Professor
Basic Discipline:
Recognition: Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph. D. Degrees
uju Dr. Ujwala Jadhav, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: Associate Professor
Basic Discipline: Zoology (Ph.D. in Zoology).
Recognition: Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees.
E-mail: uja_life@yahoo.com
Current Research Areas: Fishery Sciences.
PROFILE
ali Dr. Ahmad Ali, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: Assistant Professor
Basic Discipline: Biochemistry (Ph.D. in Life Sciences)
Recognition: Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph. D. Degree.
E-mail: ahmadali@mu.ac.in
Current Research Areas: Non-enzymatic Glycosylation (Glycation), DNA and protein damage, Antiglycating properties of natural products, Oxidative stress, Signal transduction, Metabolic regulation, Spirulina platensisProfile

 

Non-Teaching Staff

Administrative Staff

Sr. Typist Clerk Ms. Dharti V. Dongre
Jr. Typist Clerk Mr. Sandeep B. Kolte

Technical Staff

Sr. Technical Assistant Mr. Uday A. Dange
Dark Room Assistant Mr. Tamling S. Gurav

Laboratory Attendants :

  1. Shri. Prakash B. Dhavan
  2. Shri. Anand P. Karalkar
  3. Shri. Chandrakant G. Khedekar
  4. Shri. Ashok G. Ghodmode
  5. Shri. Kisan M. Matal

Office Attendants :
Shri. Anil .B. Ghadshi

Hamal :

  1. Shri. Shankar V. Chavan
  2. Smt. Kesharbai C. Rokade
  3. Smt. Pratibha P. Sawant

The Faculty Members of UDLSc have executed major Research Projects with financial assistance from various Funding Agencies. The details of sources of funding are provided below:

National Funding Agencies:
Department of Science and Technology (DST, New Delhi), University Grants Commission (UGC, New Delhi), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, New Delhi), Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR, New Delhi), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India (MoEF, New Delhi)

Ph.D. Degree in Life Science:

It involves submission of Dissertation to the University based on the research conducted under the supervision of a Faculty Member (who is a recognised Teacher of the University for guiding students for Ph.D. Degree) working at UDLSc. Students with Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in Sciences (as per the University Circular No. UG 1441 of 2005, dated October 25, 2005) are entitled to seek admission for Ph.D. Programme of UDLSc.
The areas of (topics for) research leading to M.Sc. (by Research) and Ph.D. Degrees can be chosen by students as per the research areas of the respective Guides in the Department of Life Sciences.

Eligibility

Ph.D. Programme:
University of Mumbai, as per the resolution of the Ad-Hoc Committee in Life Sciences (appointed by the Academic Council) dated February 21, 2006, has provided eligibility guidelines to Candidates seeking M.Sc. (by Papers and by Research) and Ph.D. Degrees in Life Sciences.
The relevant details as approved by the Academic Council of the University of Mumbai are highlighted in the Prospectus of the Department, which can be obtained from the UDLSc Office.

Fees : Rs. 8,636