Department of Life Science

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PREAMBLE:

Life Science is a subject that offers the basic understanding about the animals, plants, microorganisms as living resources of Mother Earth and the abiotic factors related to these living beings. Life Sciences also describes the biotic world’s structure, function (physical, physiological, metabolic and biochemical), ecology and socio-economic aspects. This Course takes the students through the fascinating world of various techniques and technologies used to study the multifaceted aspects of life. The course includes animal and plant sciences, microbiology, biochemistry and biophysics, molecular biology and applied genetics, all of which enable the students to strengthen their knowledge in respective branches and understand the scope of the subject as an employment opportunity. The syllabus is designed to inculcate interest in the minds of the students for nature and natural wealth. It would help them to develop skills for data observation and data analysis, thus preparing them for future research endeavours.

The changing trends and challenges in imparting education has encouraged the department to include on-line teaching and learning content. Our belief is, it can be the future way of imparting education and knowledge to the students as it breaks the barriers of time, space  infrastructural needs.

This Course has four theory and practical papers each in every semester. Research by means of a project forms an integral component of the syllabus. The introduced Choice Based Grading System  monitors the  learner’s progress through continuous evaluation during the course of the academic year in the form of Internal and Term End Assessments.

 

The Vision: 

The Department envisions preparing the future biologists, armed with the latest science and technology, trained to:

  • observe, interpret and design systems to mitigate social challenges
  • combine the tenets of biological sciences to develop environmentally sustainable solutions
  • choose ethical and responsible methodologies
  • broaden their expertise/skills and accept all allied sciences with a firm belief in borderless research.

 

Our Mission:

 

  • Develop benchmark curricula that ignite young, bright minds to invent and innovate.
  • Encourage co-curricular activities including presenting scientific research in international/national conferences and publications.
  • Applying faculty expertise in the progress of national programmes/initiatives in Life Sciences.
  • Promoting the spirit of bio-entrepreneurship – a practical application of Life Sciences.

 

 

History:

This University Department of Life Sciences (UDLSc) was established in the academic year 1979 – 1980 with a view to promote an integrated approach to teaching and research in all areas of Modern Biology. It is one amongst the earliest established postgraduate teaching and research departments of the University of Mumbai. Nestled in the lush green environment of the Kalina Campus, Santacruz (E), this department offers a calm oasis in the midst of the bustling Mumbai City. It belies the fervent activity within!

Various eminent scientists and academicians such as Prof. Y. I. Shethna, Prof. A. R. Kulkarni, Prof. P. Narayanan, Prof. D. A. Bhiwgade, Prof. U. S. Bagde, Prof. S. Sivakami, Prof. M. H. Fulekar and Prof. B. L. Jadhav have been associated with the Department as Heads. The Department also takes pride in the fact that two of its eminent faculty, Prof. Vijay Khole and Prof. Sanjay Deshmukh, have also served as Vice Chancellors of this University of Mumbai. The Department is currently functioning under the leadership of Dr. Indu George as the Head of the Department.

 

Facilities

 

Infrastructure:

Over the years the Department has developed a modest academic infrastructure comprising M.Sc. laboratories, Research Laboratories and the Common Instrumentation Facility (CIF).  The CIF has been developed with generous funding from several government funding agencies such as DST (FIST and PURSE programmes), UGC along with the University of Mumbai and houses:

PCR machines

Flame Photometer

Gel Doc

Electroporator

Q-PCR

Biosafety cabinet

Spectrofluorimeter

Binocular-Microscopes

Refrigerated centrifuges and microfuges

Spectrophotometers

HPTLC (Applicator)

COD (Titrator-digestor)

HPLC (Analytical and Semipreparative)

Ultra Pure water system.

Besides these, general instruments required for molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacognosy, aquaculture, plant tissue culture and environmental studies are available in the Department.

Laboratories

The Department has four dedicated laboratories for the different specializations offered at the Masters level. The working of these laboratories is monitored by the faculty of the Department. A separate research laboratory facility is provided to each faculty engaged in Plant tissue culture (PTC), Pharmacognosy, Molecular Biochemistry, Aquaculture, Innovative Technologies and Molecular Biology studies.

The Department also has a compact yet functional Plant Tissue Culture (PTC) Laboratory, Glass House and a Bioinformatics Laboratory. A palm garden with rare palms of India, adjoining the Department building, was also an initiative of the Department of Life Sciences.

Hostel accommodation:

Students securing admission in the M.Sc. Degree (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. Allotment would depend on availability of accommodation.

Accommodation is also available for Students seeking admission in M.Sc. (by Research) and Ph.D. Degree (Life Sciences) at UDLSc. The number of seats for such students would depend on the availability of accommodation in respective Hostels.

Library

Jawaharlal Nehru Library at University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus is well equipped with Life Sciences books, journals and periodicals. The students enrolled in the Department can avail both reading as well as lending facilities offered by the library. The library has a unique collection of journals that are related to Life Sciences and also include foreign journals.

 

The Department also maintains an Internal Library for the students which includes reference books, subject related books and periodicals.

 

Intake capacity and reservations

The intake capacity of the Department at the M.Sc. Part I (Life Sciences) level is 65 students. The seat distribution for each specialization is as follows:

 

# SPECIALIZATION SEATS
1 Aquaculture Technology 15 seats
2 Biochemistry 15 seats
3 Biotechnology 20 seats
4 Environmental Biotechnology 15 seats
5 TOTAL 65 seats

 

The Candidates will be entitled for admission to the M.Sc. Degree Course in Life Sciences only after passing the written test and viva/ interview to be conducted by the University Department of Life Sciences. The Programme for the written test and the interview will be as per the notification to be issued by the University Department of Life Sciences.

 

Further that 50 per cent of the seats allotted for the M.Sc. Degree in Life Sciences be reserved for students passing the B.Sc. Degree of this University with Life Sciences as their single major subject.

 

Seats would be reserved for various categories as announced by the Government of Maharashtra for that academic year.

 

POST-GRADUATE PROGRAMMES:

 

M.Sc. Degree (by Papers)

 

The Masters programme in Life Sciences (M. Sc. By Papers) is a multidisciplinary, two year full time course conducted at the University Department of Life Sciences (UDLSc). The course offers four electives in Part II (Semester III and IV)

 

  • Aquaculture Technology
  • Biochemistry,
  • Biotechnology,
  • Environmental Biotechnology

 

The M.Sc. Part I (Semester I & II) Syllabus is common for all the four electives of Life Sciences which has been framed to provide the learners a firm foundation in basics, integrating contemporary areas in Life Sciences and priming them for competition and success.

 

Course Code Course Title Number of Hours Credits
SEMESTER I
THEORY
PSLSCT101 Environmental Biology, Evolution, Genetics 60 4
PSLSC102 Cell and Molecular Biology 60 4
PSLSC103 Biochemistry 60 4
PSLSC104 Biostatistics and Instrumentation 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCP101 Environmental Biology, Evolution, Genetics 60 2
PSLSCP102 Cell and Molecular Biology 60 2
PSLSCP103 Biochemistry 60 2
PSLSCP104 Biostatistics and Instrumentation 60 2
 

SEMESTER II

THEORY
PSLSCT201 Microbiology, Immunology and Plant Physiology Environmental Biology, Evolution, Genetics 60 4
PSLSC202 Molecular Biology and Cell signaling 60 4
PSLSC203 Animal Science 60 4
PSLSC204 Bioinformatics, IPR and Bioethics 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCP201 Environmental Biology, Evolution, Genetics 60 2
PSLSCP202 Cell and Molecular Biology 60 2
PSLSCP203 Animal Science 60 2
PSLSCP204 Bioinformatics, IPR and Bioethics 60 2

Specialization : Aquaculture Technology Semester III & IV:

 

Course Code Course Title Number of Hours Credits
 

SEMESTER III

THEORY
PSLSMBT301 Coastal Aquaculture 60 4
PSLSMBT302 Freshwater Aquaculture 60 4
PSLSMBT303 Nutrition, Feed Formulations & Non-food Aquaculture 60 4
PSLSMBT304 Research Methodology and Quality Control 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSMBTP301 Coastal Aquaculture 60 2
PSLSMBTP302 Freshwater Aquaculture 60 2
PSLSMBTP303 Nutrition, Feed Formulations & Non-food Aquaculture 60 2
PSLSMBTP304 Research Methodology and Quality Control 60 2
 

SEMESTER IV

THEORY
PSLSMBT401 Seed Production and Hatchery Management 60 4
PSLSMBT402 Aquatic Animal Health Management 60 4
PSLSMBT403 Advances in Fish Genetics and Biotechnology 60 4
PSLSMBT404 Drug Development and Aquarium Management 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSMBTP401 Seed Production and Hatchery Management 60 2
PSLSMBTP402 Aquatic Animal Health Management 60 2
PSLSMBTP403 Advances in Fish Genetics and Biotechnology 60 2
PSLSMBTP404 Drug Development and Aquarium Management 60 2

 

 

 

Specialization : Biochemistry Semester III & IV:

 

Course Code Course Title Number of Hours Credits
SEMESTER III
THEORY
PSLSCBMT301 Biomathematics and Cell Biology Techniques 60 4
PSLSCBMT302 Biomathematics and Cell Biology Techniques 60 4
PSLSCBMT303 Biomolecular Structure 60 4
PSLSCBMT304 Research Methodology and Quality Control 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCBMP301 Biomathematics and Cell Biology Techniques 60 2
PSLSCBMP302 Biomathematics and Cell Biology Techniques 60 2
PSLSCBMP303 Biomolecular Structure 60 2
PSLSCBMP304 Literature Review 60 2
 

SEMESTER IV

THEORY
PSLSCBMT401 Molecular Cell Biology 60 4
PSLSCBMT402 Nitrogen Metabolism and Plant Biochemistry 60 4
PSLSCBMT403 Biomolecular Function 60 4
PSLSCBMT404 Drug Development and Environmental Toxicology 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCBMP401 Molecular Cell Biology 60 2
PSLSCBMP402 Nitrogen Metabolism and Plant Biochemistry 60 2
PSLSCBMP403 Biomolecular Function 60 2
PSLSCBMP404 Project 60 2

 

 

 

Specialization : Biotechnology Semester III & IV

 

Course Code Course Title Number of Hours Credits
SEMESTER III
THEORY
PSLSCBT301 Genetic Engineering 60 4
PSLSCBT302 Fermentation Technology 60 4
PSLSCBT303 Industrial Enzymes, Tissue Culture and its applications 60 4
PSLSCBT304 Research Methodology and Quality Control 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCBTP301 Genetic Engineering 60 2
PSLSCBTP302 Fermentation Technology 60 2
PSLSCBTP303 Industrial Enzymes, Tissue Culture and its applications 60 2
PSLSCBTP304 Research Methodology and Quality Control 60 2
 

SEMESTER IV

THEORY
PSLSCBT401 Medical Biotechnology and Biomathematics 60 4
PSLSCBT402 Applied Biotechnology 60 4
PSLSCBT403 Environmental Biotechnology 60 4
PSLSCBT404 Protein Trafficking, Folding and Engineering and Drug Development 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCBTP401 Medical Biotechnology and Biomathematics 60 2
PSLSCBTP402 Applied Biotechnology 60 2
PSLSCBTP403 Environmental Biotechnology 60 2
PSLSCBTP404 Protein Trafficking, Folding and Engineering and Drug Development 60 2

 

 

 

Specialization : Environmental Biotechnology Semester III & IV

 

 

Course Code Course Title Number of Hours Credits
 

SEMESTER III

THEORY
PSLSCEBTT301 Biomathematics and Environmental Science 60 4
PSLSCEBTT302 Pollution 60 4
PSLSCEBTT303 Environmental microbiology, toxicology and laws 60 4
PSLSCEBTT304 Research Methodology and Quality Control 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCEBTP301 Biomathematics and Environmental Science 60 2
PSLSCEBTP302 Pollution 60 2
PSLSCEBTP303 Environmental microbiology, toxicology and laws 60 2
PSLSCEBTP304 Dissertation on Literature Review 60 2
 

 

SEMESTER IV

THEORY
PSLSCEBTT401 Applied environmental biotechnology 60 4
PSLSCEBTT402 Waste management 60 4
PSLSCEBTT403 Industrial environmental biotechnology 60 4
PSLSCEBTT404 Genetic Engineering and Food Technology 60 4
PRACTICAL
PSLSCEBTP401 Applied environmental biotechnology 60 2
PSLSCEBTP402 Waste management 60 2
PSLSCEBTP403 Industrial environmental biotechnology 60 2
PSLSCEBTP404 Dissertation of Research Project 60 2

 

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. Such a candidate is also  required to successfully clear four prescribed theory papers (written examination of 60 marks each) conducted by the University of Mumbai. The four prescribed papers can be selected from the 16 papers offered in the  M. Sc. (By Papers) course across Semesters I to IV.

 

 

Ph.D. Degree: The Ph.D. Degree (Life Sciences) involves submission of Dissertation to the University based on the research conducted under the supervision of a Faculty Member (who is a recognised Ph.D. Guide of the University of Mumbai) working at UDLSc. Students with a Master’s Degree (M. Sc.) in Sciences (as per the University Circular No. VCD No.Exam./Thesis/Univ./VCD/94 of 2018) are eligible for admission for Ph. D. Programme of UDLSc.

 

The topics for research leading to M. Sc. (by Research) and Ph. D. Degree can be selected by the students, in consultation with respective Guides considering their research areas, in the Department of Life Sciences. The number of seats for research available at Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai is in accordance with the University Circular No. VCD No.Exam./Thesis/Univ./VCD/94 of 2018.

 

 

Eligibility:

 

M.Sc. (by Papers & by Research) Programmes:

The eligibility guidelines to Candidates seeking M.Sc. (by Papers and by Research) has been explained in the VCD No. PG/ Univ./VCD/ ICC / 2012-13/ 8.

 

Fees

The fees structure for various post graduate programmes 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.

 

The fees structure (for full Academic Year)

 

# COURSE FEES
1 M.Sc. (by Papers) Part I Rs. 11325/-
2 M.Sc. (by Papers) Part II Rs. 12300/-
3. M. Sc. (By Research) Rs. 17,920/-

 

 

 

 

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/ Examination Fees to the University on the specified Date/ Time, failing which they would be entitled for a fine (as may be fixed by UDLSc at that time).

 

 

 

Staff

Teaching Staff

Dr. Ujwala Jadhav, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation:
Associate Professor and Head
Basic Discipline: 
Zoology (M.Sc. in Zoology; Ph.D. in Zoology)
Recognition: 
Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees.
Email: 
uja_life@yahoo.com
Current Research Areas: 
Fishery Sciences.
PROFILE
Dr. Indu Anna George, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: Associate Professor
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.
Email: indu.george@lifesciences.mu.ac.in, indu66@yahoo.com
Current Research Areas: Plant Biotechnology, Micropropagation of rare and economically important plants, secondary metabolite analysis, biosynthesis of nanoparticles and molecular profiling of plants
PROFILE
Prof. Sanjay Deshmukh, MSc, PhD, DSc (Honoris Causa)

Designation: Professor

Former Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University (2015-17)

Basic Discipline: Botany (M.Sc. in Botany – Ecology ; PhD)
Recognition: 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 BiotechnologyRecognised as PhD Supervisor in the subject of Geography; Ohio State University, Ohio Columbus, USA (1996)
Areas of research interest: Climate Change implications on coastal, inland, and agricultural biodiversity, ICT for rural development, Genetic resources conservation and their sustainable management, Environmental economics, Protected Area Management, CDM Technologies, Human Genetics, Neurological responses of humans to various stresses that lead to sleep disorders. Environmental Planning for Development of new cities, EIA of mega-projects, Management of Research and Administration, design and management of developmental organizations.
Email: sanjaydeshmukh@mu.ac.in; docsvd@yahoo.com (personal)
PROFILE

Dr. Jyoti Ramchandani, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: 
Associate Professor
Basic Discipline:
Microbiology (M.Sc. in Microbiology; Ph.D in Microbiology)
Recognition: 
Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph. D. Degrees.
Email: jyoti.r@lifesciences.mu.ac.in
Current Research Area:
PROFILE
Dr. Ahmad Ali, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Basic Discipline: Biochemistry (M.Sc. in Biochemistry; Ph.D. in Life Sciences)
Recognition: 
Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai to guide students seeking M.Sc. and Ph. D. Degree.
Email: 
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 platensis
Profile
Dr. Suruchi Jamkhedkar, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: Assistant Professor
Basic Discipline: Life Sciences (M.Sc. in Life Sciences with specialization in Biotechnology; Ph.D. in Life Sciences)
Recognition: Recognised Teacher of the University of Mumbai
Email: suruchi.jamkhedkar@lifesciences.mu.ac.in, suruchi.jamkhedkar@gmail.com
Current Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Computational Biology, Nanotechnology, Ethno-Botany (Traditional Medicine- Ayurveda)
PROFILE
Dr. Nisha Shah, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Basic Discipline: Life Sciences (M.Sc. by Research in Life Sciences; Ph.D. in Life Sciences)
Recognition: Recognized Teacher of the University of Mumbai
Email:  nisha.shah@lifesciences.mu.ac.in
Area of Research Interest: Pharmacognosy, Nanoscience, Molecular Biology
PROFILE
Dr. Hina Alim, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Basic Discipline: Zoology (M.Sc. in Zoology- Fishery Science; Ph.D. in Life Sciences)
Recognition: Recognized Teacher of the University of Mumbai
Email:  hina.alim@lifesciences.mu.ac.in, drhinaalim1@gmail.com
Area of Research Interest: Fishery and Aquaculture, Molecular Biology, Genetics
PROFILE
Dr. Nimisha Patel, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Designation: 
Assistant Professor
Basic Discipline: Biotechnology (M.Sc. in Biotechnology; Ph.D. in Biosciences)
Recognition: Recognized Teacher of the University of Mumbai
Email: patelnimisha916@mail.com
Area of Research Interest: Microbiology, molecular biology and environmental biology.
PROFILE

Non Teaching Staff

Administrative Staff

Sr. Typist Clerk Smt. Dharti V. Dongre
Jr. Typist Clerk Smt. Bharati Kamble

 

Technical Staff

Sr. Technical Assistant Shri. Uday A. Dange

 

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:

  1. Smt. Babita Ravat
  2. Shri. Jayesh Pawar

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