Admission Open for 2017-18

M.Sc. - Bio-Techonology

About the Course : Biotechnology is a collection of technologies using cells and biological molecules. Today we can manipulate organisms at the molecular level via genes. Owing to extraordinary specificity of cells and molecules, the tools and techniques of biotechnology are quite precise and are tailored to operate in known, predictable ways. As a result, the products of biotechnology are being targeted to solve specific problems having fewer unintended consequences. Today important thrust areas are Fermentation, Plant and Animal Cell & Tissue Culture, recombinant DNA technology, Antisense technology, Protein engineering technology, Monoclonal antibody technology, Biosensor technology, DNA fingerprinting and diagnostic techniques, Bioinformatics, Biodegradation.

Outline of the course : M.Sc Biotechnology course is spread over four semesters in two years. The first year consists of fundamentals basic course followed by applied subjects in final year, Both theoretical and practical aspects of all major thrust areas are covered in the degree program. It is noteworthy that each thrust area is supported by relevant practical/laboratory sessions and thus provides ample hands-on training to students. Industrial visits are integral part of teaching to acquaint students with practical knowledge in the field.,

Duration : Two academic years. Each year divided into 2 semesters (4 semesters in total).

Eligibility : B.Sc. degree of Bengaluru University or any other University equivalent thereto with 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ST/Cat-I) in all three optionals in aggregate. The applicant should have studied Chemistry/Biochemistryas an optional subject along with any one of the following subjects.

A. Optional subjects

  • Biotechnology 
  • Botany/Applied Botany
  • Zoology/Applied Zoology 
  • Microbiology/Industrial Microbiology
  • Genetics/Applied Genetics
  • Sericulture
  • Environmental Science 
  • Life Sciences / Biological Sciences
  • Home Science

B. The following graduates are also eligible to apply:-

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences / Bachelor in Horticulture / Bachelor of Fisheries / Bachelor in Dairy Sciences / Bachelor of Forestry / B.Sc. Honours in Biotechnology / Microbiology / Botony / Zoology/Biology/B.Sc. Biotechnology/B.Sc Biotechnology (Integrated Course). Students have studied the course mentioned in (B) are eligible provided they have studied Chemistry/Bio-Chemistry as one of the papers. The average marks scored in all optional subjects will be considered for eligibility as per BU norms.

Teaching Hours : 
Theory: 4hrs/week/paper
Practical: 8hrs/week/paper

Calendar of Events (Tentative) :

Event  Odd Semester Even Semester
Commencement of the term II/III week of August Last week of January
Closure of Semester III week of December IV week of May
Commencement of theory Exam III week of December I week of June
Commencement of practical Exam I week of January II/III week of June

Course Content : 

Year Semester Paper Title
I Year I Sem BTP 101
BTP 102
BTP 103
BTP 104

BTP 105
BTP 106
Cell Biology
General Microbiology
Bio Molecules
Practical Papers
Cell Biology & Genetics
General Microbiology & Biomolecules
II Sem BTP 201
BTP 202
BTP 203
BTP 204

BTP 205
BTP 206
Molecular Biology
Immunology & Immunotechnology
Bioinformatics & Biostatistics
Practical Papers
Molecular Biology & Immunology
II Year III Sem BTP 301
BTP 302
BTP 303
BTP 304

BTP 305
BTP 306
Animal Biotechnology
Plant Biotechnology
Genetic Engineering
Environmental Biotechnology
Practical Papers
Animal & Plant Biotechnology
Environmental Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering
IV Sem BTP 401
BTP 402
BTP 403
BTP 404

BTP 405
BTP 406
Bioprocess Engineering
Medical Biotechnology
Agricultural Biotechnology
Bioethics ,Biosafety & Entrepreneurship
Practical Papers
Bioprocess Engineering & Medical Biotechnology
Agricultural Biotechnology, Biosafety & Entrepreneurship

Note : Exhaustive list of books for each paper is available in department.

Attendance : 75% attendance is a must for registering for the Bengaluru University examination.

Academic & Extra academic activities : The academic and extra academic activities of the course program revolves around the conduction of theory & practical classes using OHP/LCD slides, other audio-visual aids based multi media tools, invited guest lectures/lead talks, workshops and industrial/institutional visits. Apart from these, the department organizes symposia, intra/inter-collegiate literary competitions and provides encouragement for participation and presentations in conferences and seminars in thrust area of Biotechnology.

Internal Assessment : Each theory paper is valued for 20 marks and each practical paper is valued for 10 marks for Internal Assessment. Assessment is based on the performance of the student in tests, quiz, assignments/charts/models, seminars, attendance, punctuality, interaction relating to subjects during class hours, practical work in laboratory and the overall performance.

Scheme of valuation : As per Bengaluru University regulations.

Promotion to next year : Students can carryover to next higher semester subject to the fulfilment of attendance requirement.

Vacation : From odd to even semesters - 2 weeks From even to odd semesters - approximately one month

Outcome of the Course : Students after completing Post-Graduation in Biotechnology shall gain hands on experience and information on :

  • Isolation, identification and screening of microbes for bioremediation, primary and Secondary metabolites.
  • Recombinant DNATechnology and Genetic Engineering tools
  • Production of Primary & Secondary metabolites
  • Immunological Diagnostic Procedures
  • Access and use of Molecular Biology/Biopharmaceutical/Clinical data bases
  • Plant and AnimalTissue Culture techniques
  • Environmental sample analysis
  • Bioprocessing
  • Oratory and technical presentation skills

Employment Opportunities : Opportunities lie in following key areas:

  • Pharmaceutical/enzyme/food/beverage/fertilizer industries/health sector.
  • State Pollution Control Board.
  • Project trainees in research and development units.
  • Research assistants in industries and organizations.
  • Bioinformatics/Clinical data mining.
  • Diagnostic/pathological labs.
  • Forensic science labs using molecular biological techniques.
  • Clinical research programs
  • Eligibility and gain of knowledge for doctorate degree
  • Resource person as Teaching faculty
  • Entrepreneurship (food processing/plant tissue culture/beverages).