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3 The School of Natural Sciences is setup by the Bangalore University from the academic year , to impart high quality education in Integrated Biological Science in a vibrant academic ambiance with distinguished teachers and infrastructure. Biological Science is one of the thrust areas of the 21 st Century. The Depatment aims to make teaching and training program contemporary and vibrant. To establish state-of-art student laboratories for training students with modern tools and techniques to pursue higher professional and academic careers To nurture world class scientists who will take up challenging research and teaching assignments in Universities, R&D institutions and industry.

4  Novel Five year Integrated M.Sc. in Biological Sciences  Ph.D. in Biological Sciences  UGC Innovative One year Post Graduation Diploma in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology (PGD CE&ART)  PUC/XII for Five year Integrated M.Sc. in Biological Sciences  Post graduation in any life science subjects for Ph.D. in Biological Sciences  Graduates from Medicine and Post Graduates from Zoology, Biotechnology, Life sciences, Biological Sciences, Molecular biology, Applied genetics are eligible for PGD CE&ART

5 Biological Science is one of the thrust areas of the 21 st century and is touted as “THE FASTEST GROWING SECTOR” by Socialists, Economists and Scientific communities across the World. With the exponential increase in Science and Technology over recent years it is essential, to keep up the pace and provide well trained, qualified man power. To keep abreast with this opportunity the course was initiated to meet the ‘Nation’s Call’ for quality education and research.  Impart high quality integrated and interdisciplinary Biological science education  Provide opportunities and exposure to students to conduct both intra-mural and extra-mural research projects independently under the guidance of faculties.  Nurture scientists, trained in taking up challenging research and teaching assignments in Universities, R&D Institution and industry.

6 The course is of 5 year duration consisting of 10 semesters. The final semester is by Research. Each semester comprises of 16 weeks of class work excluding the duration of examination. Exit option: Upon successful completion of 2 years, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years students will be awarded diploma, B.Sc., B.Sc(Hon), M.Sc. The annual intake at present is 16 seats regular + 04 payment seats and supernumerary seats Candidates who have completed Pre-University course with science and have secured at least 50% of marks in the aggregate at the qualifying examination are eligible.

7 The curricula of the course is a fine blend of classical and modern biology. With the implementation of credit hours, the students have the option of selecting their specializations. The first three years address the fundamentals of biology and their allied subjects providing an ideal platform for the students to launch their careers in Biology The subsequent years expose the students to various specializations and will introduce the modern tools and techniques of Biology. This would ensure that the students get adequate exposure to industrial requirements and develop skills required for research. The students are made to work on research projects to enable them to have hands on experience in handling various biological systems The curricula of the course is not restricted mere teaching but emphasizes on practical based learning as it is more effective and useful Several modern biology papers such as Evolutionary biology, systems biology, Biomedical sciences, genomics and proteomics, Molecular physiology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Bioengineering add vital value for the course.

8 Dr. H. P. Puttaraju, Professor and Coordinator During the past 15 years organized several conferences, Seminars and lecture series. Delivered lectures at many Universities in India and abroad (Egypt, UK, Japan, Germany) Served as member of BOS, BOE, and BOA of several Universities in the state and outside. Published more than 160 research papers in national and international journals of high repute, 3 books and guided successfully 16 Ph.Ds and 7 M.Phil research degrees. Subject expert to evaluate the projects and awards of various agencies including TWAS. Reviewer of research papers for Indian and foreign journals. Contributed review articles and book chapters published at national and international level. Received several awards and fellowships for his research contributions such as Sir C.V. Raman Young Scientist award in Life Sciences for the year 2004, Commonwealth fellowship 1997, Visiting fellowships to University of Bremen, Germany under DFG_INSA bilateral exchange program 2010.

9 Dr. Sayandip Mukherjee, UGC - Asst. Professor Joined the Department in December 2013 under UGC Faculty Recharge Program. Pursued Post-doctoral Research in Cell and Gene Therapy from University College London (UCL), UK (March 2007 – October 2013) Completed Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Immunology from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA in February Published 12 research papers International journals of high repute, 2 Review articles and have authored 2 book chapters. Awards and Honours Recipient of UGC Start-up-Grant for newly recruited faculty May 2014 Elected as Fellow of Linnean Society, London UK – February 2014 Awarded British Society of Cell and Gene Therapy Travel Award for overseas research, August Recipient of Graduate Fellowship from Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program, Rutgers University, USA (2000 – 2007) Qualified CSIR UGC NET for JRF and LS– 2000

10 The Department has 3 full time Guest faculties and 16 part time Guest faculties. Name of the TeacherQualificationsPost heldSpecialization Dr. P.C.ShreedharanM.Sc. Ph.D.Full TimeZoology Dr. Poornima S.M.Sc. Ph.D.Full TimeBotany Mrs. Kaviyarasi N SM.Sc, M.PhilFull TimeChemistry Mr. Preetham.KMAPart TimeEnglish Dr. Sowbhagya KMA, PhDPart TimeKannada Dr. Balaji Naik.MA, PhDPart TimeHindi Dr. LakshminarayanaM.Sc. Ph.D.Part TimeBotany Dr. Ramakrishna T.MM.Sc. Ph.DPart TimeBio-technology Dr. Nanjundan.GM.Sc. Ph.D.Part TimeStatistics Mr. N. Narasinga RaoM.Sc.Part TimeBio-technology Dr. SumithraM.Sc. Ph.D.Part TimeLfesciences Dr. Y.N SeetharamM.Sc. Ph.D.Part TimeBotany Dr. B S RamakrsihnaM.Sc, Ph.DPart TimeSanskrit Dr. Amzad Basha KolarM.Sc,M.Phil, PhDPart TimeBotany Mrs. Slinin PM.Sc, BiochemistryPart TimeBiochemistry Dr. B M PrabhuM.Sc, PhDPart TimeZoology Dr. Chidananda SringeriM.A,M.PhilPart TimePolitical Science Dr. Shyamala K VM.Sc,PhDPart TimeGenetics Dr. B S RavishankarM.Sc.PhDPart TimeZoology Dr. RajashekarM.Sc. Ph.DPart TimeZoology

11 The Department has 02 permanent and 06 outsourced non-teaching staff. The non-teaching staff actively participate and cooperate in smooth functioning of the Department The Department has over 103 students in the last five years and there has been a steady increase in the number of applications received every year. Among the students 16 students belong to SC/ST/Cat-I and 35 students belong to OBC and 52 students belong to GM. Twenty four students got admitted during the academic year % pass-out for both batches since the inception of the course. All the students are placed in various research institutes, industries and academia.

12 It is estimated that around 18 – 20 % of any population is infertile/ sub-fertile throughout the World. Male Infertility is on the rise over the past 5 decades. More than 4 million babies are born globally through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). The success rate is comparatively low in India due to untrained/ unqualified personnel involved in ART. To bridge the gap it is very much essential to provide the country a trained human resource through this innovative course  Understand the endocrinological control of human reproduction, gametogenesis, fertilization and early embryonic development and the causes and management of infertility.  Impart training on assisted fertilization techniques including micromanipulation and establish and maintain quality assurance procedures, which are essential to the reliable operation of an IVF clinic.  Evaluate the latest developments in cryopreservation of oocytes, spermatozoa, zygotes and cleavage stage embryos as well as ovarian and testicular biopsies  Equip the candidates to work competently in human IVF services by providing the essential theoretical and practical knowledge in human embryology.

13 Intake : 20 seats + 10 sponsored candidates Eligibility Criteria – Minimum 50% in aggregate the qualifying exam The course comprises of 2 theory papers and 2 practicals along with a Case study / Hands-on training. Candidates are required to initiate a short project / Hands-on training and present the outcome of the project in the form of a dissertation. There will be contact hours per week. This includes theory, practicals/ seminars/ guest lecturers/ Case studies and hands-on training at I.V.F lab, visit to Institutes/ Organizations. Candidates who have completed MBBS, M.Sc. (Zoology, Biotechnology, Life sciences, Biological Sciences, Molecular biology, Applied genetics) are eligible

14 Bangalore University, Jnanabharathi campus, Bangalore (A unit of RR Medicare Services), 9 th Main Jayanagar 4th Block, Bangalore

15 UGC has sanctioned two Assistant Professors posts for a minimum period of 5 years Additionally UGC has provided a financial aid of Rs. 60 lakhs for 5 years for smooth functioning of the course The UGC innovative PG Diploma course was started from the academic year Currently there are 18 students and there has been repeated requests to increase the intake to the course.

16 Two students have joined the Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences and is working under the guidance of Dr. H. P. Puttaraju. The research work is being funded CPEPA program and DST. The candidates are working on proteomic studies of Wolbachia in Drosophila and silkworm model systems.

17 Dr. H. P. PUTTARAJU, Professor and Coordinator Prof. Puttaraju has received several research projects worth over crores from various National funding agencies as detailed below, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi ( ) Rs L (Grant No.SP/SO/C-28/95 ) Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi ( ) Rs L (Grant No. BT/PR2439/PBD/ID/060/2001) Bangalore University, Bangalore ( ).Rs.6.00 lakhs (Grant No.DEV/D3/Inter-dis/Res.Proj/ ) University grants Commission, New Delhi ( ) Rs lakhs. (Grant No F.No /2007 (SR) ) DST, Govt. of India ( ) Rs ,600 lakhs (Grant No: SR/SO/AS-77/2008,) DST. Govt. of India INSPIRE SCIENCE CAMP – 2011, Rs lakhs (Grant No: SR/INSPIRE/2010 ) DST. Govt. of India INSPIRE SCIENCE CAMP – 2012, Rs lakhs (Grant No: SR/INSPIRE/2011 ) ICMR, Govt. of India ( ) Rs.36.90,130 L (Grant No:5/8-7(309)V-2011/ECD-11 ) DAE-BRNS,Govt.of India ( ) Rs.17.09,550 L (Grant No.2012/37B/12/BRNS/No953) DST. Govt. of India INSPIRE SCIENCE CAMP – 2012, Rs lakhs (Grant No: SR/INSPIRE/2012 ) Recognized as one of the Investigators of UGC award for Centre for Potential for Excellence in Bangalore University with Rs Crore in Instituted UGC financed innovative PG Diploma in Clinical embryology and Assisted reproductive technology, 2013 UGC one time grant for Academic excellence – Rs Lakhs

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20 YEAR: Sumithra N.N, N.M.Guruprasad and H P Puttaraju; Molecular detection of Wolbachia and Phage WO infection in Spodoptera litura, JEZS; 2013 (4): B M Prakash, A Prathima, H.Ravikumar, H C Huchesh and H P Puttaraju Metapopulation biology of the Indian uzifly, Exorista sorbillans (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tachinidae)- The Tachind times, Issue 26, N.M.Guruprasad,S.K.Jalali and H.P.Puttaraju (Wolbachia and its prospectives in biological control of insect pests and diseases vectors. Applied Entomology and Zoology. DOI: /s YEAR: Prakash BM, Prathima A, Ravikumar H, Chandrashaker KT, Puttaraju HP Molecular Characterization of Wolbachia and its phage WO in the laboratory populations of Drosophila Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2014; 2 (2): H.C. Huchesh and H.P. Puttaraju Overview of distribution and diversity of Wolbachia endosymbiont among the different geographical populations of Indian Uzifly, Exorista sorbillans (Diptera: Tachinidae) Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2014; 2 (2): B. M. Prakash, A. Prathima, H. C. Huchesh, H. Ravikumar, H. P. Puttaraju Wolbachia: a friend or foe for Uzi flies Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2014; 2(2): B.M. Prakash, A. Prathima, H. C. Huchesh, H. Ravikumar, H.P. Puttaraju Niche heterogeneity associated with Wolbachia in the Uzi fly, Exorista sorbillans Wiedemann (Diptera: Tachinidae) Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2014; 2 (2): Chethana V Chalapathy, H.P.Puttaraju, V.SivaraA pilot study on genetic diversity in Indianhoneybees-Apis cerana of Karnataka populationsJournal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 2014; 2 (3): Uday. J, SampathKumar. S. Huchesh C H., Chethana.V. C H. P. Puttaraju Insilco Analysis of Wolbachia Surface Protein in Wolbachia Endosymbiont of D. Melenogaster. ISSN 0976 – BM/Vol.5/March 2014/ BM Chethana.V. Chalapathy, Puttaraju. H.P, Sivaram.V : Mitochondrial DNA Diversity Studies in Apis cerana populations of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve ISSN 0976 – BM/Vol.5/May 2014/BM YEAR: Sampath Kumar S and H P Puttaraju Improvised microinjection technique for mosquito vectors -The Indian journal of medical research 12/2012; 136(6): · (2.04 IF) 2.J Uday, HP Puttaraju Comparative analysis of Wolbachia surface protein in D. melanoagster, A. tabida and B. malayi - bioinformation.net: volume 8(15) 3.N. M. Guruprasad, Sumithra, L. Mouton and H. P. Puttaraju Long PCR : A sensitive PCR protocol for amplification of Wolbachia endosymbiont in Indian honey bees Journal of Entomological Research.36 (2):

21 YEAR: N. M. Guruprasad, L. Mouton and H. P. Puttaraju Effect of Wolbachia infection and temperature variations on the fecundity of the Uzifly Exorista sorbillans (Diptera: Tachinidae) Symbiosis Volume 54, Number 3, , DOI: /s y, 2011(Impact Factor-1.442) 2.Ravikumar H, Prakash B.M., Sampathkumar, S and Puttaraju, H.P., Molecular Sub-Grouping of Wolbachia and bacteriophage WO Infection among some Indian Drosophila species.Journal of Genetics, 1-5,Vol. 90, No. 3, December 2011 (Imapact Factor-1.338) 3.KUNAL ANKOLA, DOROTHEA BRUECKNER and HP PUTTARAJU. Wolbachia endosymbiont infection in two Indian butterflies and female-biased sex ratio in the Red Pierrot, Talicada nyseus, J. Biosci. 1-6, 36(5), December 2011 (Impact Factor-1.96) 4.Nadipinayakanahalli Munikrishnappa Guruprasad Laurence Mouton Sumithra Hosagavi Puttegowda Puttaraju. Survey of Wolbachia and Its Phage WO in the Uzifly Exorista sorbillans (Diptera: Tachinidae).Curr Microbiol 63(3), Sept (Impact Factor – 1.6) 5.Ravikumar H, Ramachandraswamy N, Puttaraju H.P. Molecular strain typing of Wolbachia infection from Indian mosquitoes using wsp gene. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease , (Impact Factor – 0.65) 6.B.C. Kesavamurthy and H.P.Puttaraju. Application of DNA markers in Uzifly (Diptera), a review. Sericologia 51(1) 19-24, 2011(Impact Factor – 0.3) 7.H.Ravikumar, N.Ramachandraswamy and H.P.Puttaraju Evidence of Wolbachia symboint in Aedes Mosquitoes from Karnataka, India. National J. of Life sciences,39-42 Vol.8(1) K. T. Chandrashekara and H. P. Puttaraju, " Antioxidant activity of Plant Extracts on Leaf Rust Pathogen Ceretolium Fici Infected Mulberry (Morus Alba L.) ", Inventi Impact: Ethnopharmacology, Vol. 2011, Article ID- " Inventi:ep/421/11 ", 2011 [ cited 2012 Feb 29 ] 9.Keshava Murthy B.C.; Prakash B.M.; Puttaraju H.P.; Hittalmani Shailaja “Functional DNA Marker Assisted Characterization Of Selected Mulberry (Morus Spp.),Accessions” Sericologia 2011, vol. 51, no3, pp Sumithra1, N. M. Guruprasad2 and H. P. Puttaraju1 A Comparative analysis of Long PCR and Standard PCR technique in detecting the Wolbachia Endosymbiont ‘Current Trends in Biotechnology and Pharmacy’ 472 Vol. 6 (4) October 2012, ISSN (Print), (Online) 5.Kunal Ankola, Kavya Krishna, Priyanka Swamy, and H.P.Puttaraju -Molecular Diagnosis of male killing Spiroplasma infection in some species of Butterflies in India., National Journal of Life Sciences Vol. 9(2)2012

22 Recipient of UGC Start-up-Grant of Rs lakhs for newly recruited faculty May Dr. Sayandip Mukherjee, UGC - Asst. Professor 1.Sung PJ, Mukherjee S, Blundell MP, Thrasher AJ. Feeder-free derivation of functional platelets from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion, August 2013; 4(4): doi / (Impact factor: 2.14) 2.Boucherie C, Mukherjee S, Henckaerts E, Thrasher AJ, Sowden JC, Ali RR. Self-organizing neuroepithelium from human pluripotent stem cells facilitates derivation of photoreceptors. Stem Cells, February 2013; 31(2): (IF - 7.7) 3.Moschidou D, Mukherjee S, Blundell MP, Jones GN, Atala A, Thrasher AJ, Fisk NM, De Coppi P, Guillot PV. Human mid- trimester amniotic fluid stem cells cultured under embryonic stem cell conditions with Valproic acid acquire pluripotent characteristics. Stem Cells and Development, February 2013; 22(3): (IF ) 4.Moschidou D, Mukherjee S, Blundell MP, Jones GN, Drews K, Abdulrazzak H, Nowakowska B, Phoolchund A, Lay K, Ramasamy S, Cananzi M, Nettersheim D, Sullivan M, Frost J, Moore G, Vermeesch JR, Fisk NM, Thrasher AJ, Atala A, Adjaye J, Schorle H, De Coppi P, Guillot PV. Valproic acid confers functional pluripotency to human amniotic fluid stem cells in a transgene-free approach. Molecular Therapy, October 2012: 20(10), (IF ) 5.Guasti L, Prasongchean W, Kleftouris G, Mukherjee S, Thrasher AJ, Bulstrode NW, Ferretti P. High plasticity of paediatric adipose tissue-derived stem cells: too much for selective skeletogenic differentiation? Stem Cells Translational Medicine, May 2012: 1(5), (IF : unknown) 6.Mukherjee S, Santilli G, Blundell MP, Navarro S, Bueren JA, Thrasher AJ. Generation of functional neutrophils from a mouse model of X-linked chronic granulomatous disorder using induced pluripotent stem cells. PLoS ONE March; 6(3). (IF : 4.24) 7.Mandegar MA, Moralli D, Khoja S, Cowley S, Chan DYL, Yusuf M, Mukherjee S, Blundell MP, Volpi EV, Thrasher AJ, James W, Monaco ZL. Functional human artificial chromosome are generated and stably maintained in human embryonic stem cells. Human Molecular Genetics, 2011 Aug 1; 20(15): (IF: 7.692)

23 8.Kane NM, Nowrouzi A, Mukherjee S, Blundell MP, Greig JA, Lee WK, Houslay MD, Milligan G, Mountford JC, von Kalle C, Schmidt M, Thrasher AJ, Baker AH. Lentivirus-mediated reprogramming of somatic cells in the absence of transgenic reprogramming factors. Molecular Therapy Dec; 18(12): (IF 7.041) 9.Karwacz K*, Mukherjee S*, Apolonia L, Blundell MP, Bouma G, Escors D, Collins MK, Thrasher AJ. Nonintegrating lentivector vaccines stimulate prolonged T-cell and antibody responses and are effective in tumor therapy. Journal of Virology Apr; 83(7): *equal authorship (IF :5.076) 10. Mukherjee S, Lee HL, Ron Y, Dougherty JP. Proviral progeny of heterodimeric virions reveal high crossover rate for human immunodeficiency virus type 2. Journal of Virology, 2006 Dec; 80(24): (IF 5.076) 11. Mukherjee S, Lee HL, Pacchia AL, Ron Y, Dougherty JP. A HIV-2 based self-inactivating vector for enhanced gene transduction. Journal of Biotechnology Jan 20; 127(4): (IF 3.34) 12. Zhuang J *, Mukherjee S *, Ron Y, Dougherty JP. High rate of genetic recombination in murine leukemia virus : Implications for influencing proviral ploidy. Journal of Virology, 2006 July; 80 (13); * equal authorship (IF 5.076) Review Articles 13. Mukherjee S & Thrasher AJ. Progress and Prospects: Advancements in Retroviral Vector Design, Generation and Application. Human Gene Therapy, September 2011: 22 (10), (IF 4.019) 14. Mukherjee S & Thrasher AJ. iPS: Unstable Origins? Molecular Therapy 2011 July: 19(7), (IF 7.041) Book Chapters 15. Mukherjee S & Thrasher AJ. Gene correction of induced pluripotent stem cells derived from a murine model of X-linked Chronic Granulomatous Disorder. Gene Correction: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press, NJ, USA, 2014;1114: Pacchia AL, Mukherjee S, Dougherty JP. Choice and use of appropriate packaging cell types. Lentivirus Gene Engineering Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press, NJ, USA, 2003; 229:

24 Student VGST SPiCE Projects Six students have received 4 SPiCE projects fuded by VISION Group on Science and Technology, Department of Information technology and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka Revathi P.R and Arun. P – “Evaluation of microbial fuel cells in bacterial matrix from sewage water” Jyothi S.C and Akshtha Avadhani – “Protein profile and physiochemical properties of honey” Ref. No. VGST/P-10/SPiCE/ /1069 Arun. P – “Garbage city back to Garden city – A novel 3 way approach for management of Dry wastes” Arun Gowda – “Biotransformation of Chromium in leather tannery effluents” Ref. No. VGST/P-10/SPiCE/ /218

25 The Department has state of art class rooms and laboratories. There are 5 separate classrooms for each semester and a Seminar Hall. Separate student laboratories (6 nos.) and research laboratories (5 nos.) are available. The student and research laboratories are well equipped with modern instruments and facilities. Additionally, there are spacious rooms available for Office (1 no.) Teaching faculties (3 nos.) and nonteaching staff (1 no.) The Department houses an indigenous Departmental Library (with over 250 books) and Biology Museum (Animal and Plant Museum) The Department is equipped with modern instruments such as micromanipulators, sonicators, deep freezers, Water purifying systems, CO2 incubators, Needle puller, inverted microscopes, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, gradient PCR, Gel Documentation systems and so on...

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28 The students have excelled exceptionally well over recent years. The students have actively participated in several National and International conferences and have won prizes. Six Students have successfully received VGST, SPICE Projects funded by Government of Karnataka (2011 & 2012) Two students has received DST INSPIRE Internship by DST, Govt. of India ( ). Two students have been selected for internship programme to travel to DST, Germany to do gene therapy research for 2 months under DFG-DST programme in Eight students have published research papers in National journals during their Post graduate program

29 Several students have passed in competitive exams such as, CSIR NET: Maitri M (Lectureship) GATE 2014: Akshatha Avadhani, Apsara V Chethna S B Jyothi S C Maitri M KSET 2013: Jyothi S C. Priyanka G.N. Mr. Rajas. M.R. and Mr. Vinayak were awarded with Summer Research Fellowships by Indian Academy of Sciences, 2013 and2014. Research Scholars have actively participated in several National and International Conferences and have received best paper/ best poster awards for their research presentations.

30 The Department has conducted various workshops to train the students and faculties on recent advances. Seven days Workshops have been organized on “Drug Discovery through bioinformatics tools” in association with Bio-Discovery Group, New Delhi – March, 2014 Three days Workshop on “Recent advances in Biomedical Sciences”, supported by Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, Government of Karnataka. – September, 2013 Additionally students are encouraged to conduct Science Workshops to commemorate Annual Science Day celebrations on February 28 th every year.

31 The Department has conducted 4 DST-INSPIRE Science Camps for Pre- University students funded by Government of India to motivate the students in Science careers. 16 th -20 th May, 2011; 4 th -8 th April, 2011; 18 th -22 nd Jan, 2012; 24 th -28 th Sep, 2012 The camps were widely appreciated for its content and execution by the student community and resource personnel from top research institutes and Universities of the Country.

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33 Several eminent Scientists and Academicians within India and abroad have visited and delivered talks in the Department as detailed below, Dr. K. N. Gandhi, Harvard University, Harvard Prof. Atef Syed Abdel-Razek, National Research Center, Egypt Prof. M.R.N. Murthy, IISc, Bangalore Prof. Rajasab, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Tumkur University Prof. Dileep Deobagkar, Former VC, Goa University Prof. Udupi Ramachandra Rao, ISRO Dr. Shanarnarayan Rao, NIMHANS Prof. Harish Bhat, IISc Dr. Umashankar, UAS, GKVK Dr. Abraham Verghese, Director, NBAII Dr. Yellappa Reddy, Environmentalist, Govt. of Karnataka Prof. Balakrishna Gowda, UAS, GKVKand many more….

34 The Department organizes Annual Intra Departmental Sport Meet on various indoor and outdoor sports. The students are also encouraged to participate in inter-departmental events of the University

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37 The Department has an active alumni association which meet twice in a year and discuss about various job opportunities and give their vital feedbacks The Department organizes several cultural events to bring the talents of the students to the forefront. The cultural activities are exhibited under the BLOSSOM Forum To promote the scientific interests of the students the Department has a Science Wall Magazine – ‘PANORAMA’ where recent advances in various aspects of Science are displayed. The students are encouraged to give their views and discuss them with the faculties

38 The Department with the aid of Rotary RMZ Group has established a Keystone Bio-park. Additionally the students have taken up the responsibility to follow environmental friendly activities in the and around the premises of the Department. The students participate in good practices in waste disposal, bio- remediation, composting etc.,

39 The Department of Biological Sciences on behalf of Bangalore University conducted Refresher Course for Faculties from Under graduate and Post graduate colleges of India. The refresher course was spread over 15 days (21 st March to 11 th April, 2014) attended by faculties across India and were addressed by eminent researchers in the field of Biological Sciences.

40 Strengths: The Department has successfully addressed the most immediate concerns of Higher education by designing a innovative curricula that meets the requirements of the industry The School has got the recognition from the Government of Karnataka and has made Integrated M.Sc. in Biological Sciences equivalent to all other PG courses like M.Sc. in Lifescience, Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology, Applied Genetics, Microbiology, etc.,) The students have published research papers during their academic tenure. 2 students have received prestigious INSPIRE Fellowship by DST, India for taking up Basic Science course under School of Natural Sciences. The students have bagged four VGST Projects, funded by Government of Karnataka under SPiCE program. This small glimpse of student accomplishments emphasizes the Academic and Research training quality of the Department. Two batches have passed out till now since the inception of the Integrated course and both the batches have been well placed in top research institutes of the country like IISc, NCBS, JNCSR, AURIGEN etc.

41 Weakness: The Department lacks spacious infrastructure and is sharing the buildings with other courses Lack of permanent faculties Needs financial support for establishing a Central facility for the benefit of students Opportunities: The 21 st century belongs to developments of Life Sciences and this would require trained manpower. The Department is providing holistic knowledge which helps in better understanding of the biological systems. Since the ‘Young Talents’ are attracted it is highly benefiting for the growth of Basic Science The Department has state of the art equipments to carry out Basic and Advanced research and training. Threats: Since the Department is still young it must be well nurtured for it to flourish, failing which it may fall apart The latest tools and technological advances needs to be upgraded periodically to compete with the ever demanding/ changing trends Lack of uninterrupted power and water supply compromising the functioning of critical instruments.

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