We have two year M. Sc. Biotechnology degree programme with an intake of 20 students. Students from all over the country take the entrance examination conducted by the J. N. U., New Delhi for the admission to this course. The MSc program at our department is supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Therein, the students selected to this program are eligible to receive the fellowship of Rs. 5000 pm from DBT, GOI. The M.Sc. (Biotechnology) program at this Department of Savitribai Phule Pune University is one of the most prominent centre of teaching and learning in biotechnology with major emphasis on practical training in all the relevant branches of Biotechnology. We at this department inculcate the research acumen and bioentrepreneurship in our students.
The M. Sc. programme in Biotechnology consists of 80 credit courses to be covered in four semesters. Each theory and practical course is of either 2, 3, or 4 credits. Each credit course consists of 15 lecture hours (theory) or 3 -5 laboratory experiments of total 15h duration (practical). In all the courses, 50% of the total assessment for each course is based upon teacherís evaluation of the student over the entire semester period (continuous internal assessment) and the remaining is assessed through the semester-end examination. Each teacher is given complete freedom to devise and conduct a particular mode of assessment.
In the first year of M. Sc., the emphasis is on tutorials and practical. In the second year, research projects form 25% of the practical course. A strong student-teacher interaction is encouraged. After completion of first year, the students are encouraged for summer training for a period of two months (during the vacation) at various universities/National research institutes of repute, with the hope that they can interact with recognised scientists in the fields of their interest. Further, the Department arranges lectures by scientists from India and abroad in many areas of Biotechnology.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi offers a studentship of Rs. 5000/- p.m. to all the M. Sc. students during their two years of studies. The M. Sc. program is funded by the DBT and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.
The Ph.D. program in the Department can be joined through an All India level Ph.D. admission test (as per UGC guide line) or through an interview (in case of JRF-Fellowship qualified candidates or with a M.Phil degree in Biotechnology). Further, a number of research scholarships/ fellowships on sponsored projects are available to the student during his/her M. Phil. / Ph.D. work. A completed Ph.D. thesis is examined by three external referees and an open viva voce examination is compulsory before a degree can be awarded. The broad areas for Ph.D. studies in the Department are Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Protein Biochemistry, Molecular diagnostics, Animal and Plant tissue culture & Biotechnology, Molecular Biophysics, Bioinformatics, and Proteomics.