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PROSPECTUS

2012
INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Nirma University
Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway,
Ahmedabad-382 481. Gujarat. India.
Phone:91-02717-241900-04. Fax:91-02717-241916.
Web site: www.nirmauni.ac.in

INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, NIRMA UNIVERSITY


CONTENTS
OUR VISION
Nirma Education & Research Foundation 2
Board of Trustees 2
Nirma University 3
Shaping a better future for mankind by developing effective Board of Governors 3
President 4
and socially responsible individuals and organizations
Director General 5
Advisory Committee & Internal Quality Assurance Cell 6
From the Director’s Desk 7
About the Institute 8
Infrastructure 10
Academic Programmes 12
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) 12
Research in the Institute 14

OUR MISSION Masters Programmes


Pedagogy
How to Study
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Institute of Science emphasizes the all-round development of
Orientation For Freshers 20
its students. It aims at producing not only good professionals, Ragging – Zero Tolerance 20
but also good and worthy citizens of a great country, aiding in Admission Procedure 21
International Students 21
its overall progress and development. It endeavors to treat Research Activities 22
every student as an individual, to recognize their potential and National Conferences and Symposias 22
Co-curricular & Extra-curricular Activities 23
to ensure that they receive the best preparation and training for
Industry Institute Interaction Cell 24
achieving their career ambitions and life goals. Alumni Association (ISNUAA) 25
Faculty Corner 26
Faculty Profile 26
Pillars of Strength 27
The Learning at Institute of Science 29
NIRMA EDUCATION & RESEARCH FOUNDATION NIRMA UNIVERSITY
Nirma University has been established in the year 2003 as a statutory university under
Gujarat State Act at the initiative of the Nirma Education & Research Foundation (NERF).
In 1994, the founder of Nirma Group of Industries and an
The University is also recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under
internationally famous entrepreneur Dr. Karsanbhai K.Patel
section 2(f) of the UGC Act. Nirma University has been accredited by NAAC in March
crystallized his long cherished dream of providing world-class
2010. Nirma University is a member of Common Wealth University Association and also
facilities for professional education in Gujarat. He established
of Association of Indian Universities. Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, Chairman, Nirma Group of
Nirma Education & Research Foundation (NERF) which in turn
Companies and Chairman, NERF is the President of the University and Dr. N. V. Vasani is
established leading Institutes like Institute of Technology in 1995,
the Director General of the University.
Institute of Management in 1996, Institute of Diploma Studies in
1997, Institute of Pharmacy in 2003, Institute of Science in 2004 Nirma University is approximately 15 kms. from Ahmedabad City and adjacent to the
and Institute of Law in 2007 within a span of sixteen years. state capital Gandhinagar. A 125 acres sprawling campus in picturesque surroundings
provides a refreshing environment stimulating intellectual creations and innovations.
The establishment of the Nirma University in April 2003 was a
natural consequence of the very high standards achieved by the Nirma University consists of Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research, Technology and
first three institutes. Now one more significant step has been taken Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Science and Law. The programmes offered by
as Institute of Law (ILNU), from the commencement of the these faculties are rated highly by accreditation agencies, industries, business magazines
academic year 2007-08. and moreover by the students. Innovation, excellence, and quality are the driving forces
on the campus and this has translated the vision of this university into a reality over a
short period of time. Today the campus vibrates with world class curricular activities and
with myriad activities like international conventions, symposiums, conferences, student
competitions, conclaves, short-term industry relevant programmes and cultural
activities.

Board of Governors
Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel
Chairman, Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF) &
President, Nirma University

Members
Board of Trustees Shri Ambubhai M. Patel Prof. Purshottambhai Patel Dr. C. Gopalkrishnan
Managing Trustee, NERF & Academician Dean, Faculty of Management,
Vice President, Nirma University Nirma University
Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel Shri Hasmukh Adhia, IAS
Chairman Dr. N. V. Vasani Principal Secretary to the Govt. of Prof. J. P. Joshipara
Director General, Nirma University Gujarat (Dept. of Higher and Academician
Shri Ambubhai M. Patel Technical Education),
Managing Trustee Shri Shrenikbhai K. Lalbhai Government of Gujarat Shri D. P. Chhaya (Secretary)
Industrialist, Educationist & Executive Registrar, Nirma
Chairman and Managing Shri Indrawadanbhai Modi University
Shri Shrenikbhai K. Lalbhai Shri Hirenbhai K. Patel
Director, Lalbhai Group Industrialist
Industrialist, Educationist & Managing Director, Nirma Ltd
Chairman, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Shri Vipinbhai S. Parikh
Chairman and Managing
Shri P. N. Bhagwati Ltd. Advocate, High Court of Gujarat
Director, Lalbhai Group Shri K. K. Patel
Industrialist & Educationist,
Joint Managing Trustee, Shri R. D. Shah
Chairman, Bhagwati Spherocast
Shri Rakeshbhai K. Patel Nirma Education & Research Founation Chartered Accountant
Ltd.
Vice Chairman, Nirma Ltd.
Shri Hirenbhai K. Patel Dr. K. Kotecha
Shri R. D. Shah Managing Director, Dean, Faculty of Technology &
Chartered Accountant Engineering,
Nirma Ltd.
Nirma University

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President Director General

Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel Dr. N. V. Vasani


Chairman, NERF Director General
President, Nirma University Nirma University

The Institute of Science draws much of its inspiration and strength from its founder, Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel, Chairman, Dr. N. V. Vasani, Director General, Nirma University, is a renowned educationist, technocrat, academic administrator, and
Nirma Ltd. Dr. Patel has been conferred with Padma Shri for 2010. He is also the recipient of the Udyog Ratna Award, Gujarat institution builder. During his career of four decades, he has contributed to the field of technical and higher education as an
Businessman Award-1998, Ernest & Young Lifetime Achievement Award-2006, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha accomplished teacher, researcher, and administrator. He served the Government of Gujarat as Joint Director of Technical
Award-2009 and The Baroda Sun Lifetime Achievement Award 2009. He is best known for his contributions to industrial Education, and as Advisor, Science and Technology. He served Gujarat University as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor.
development in the country. In the last two decades, he has turned his attention to the growing challenges in education. He was advisor to the then chief minister of Gujarat on Science and Technology. He was Chairman, AICTE, Central Regional
This has perhaps been the fortuitous development for the younger generation of the country. Council, and Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology, Surat. He has been nominated as the first
Chairman of the Indian chapter of USA based Global Engineering Dean's Council (GEDC), established under the Indian Society
Dr. Patel was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Florida Atlantic University for business and for Technical Education.
marketing acumen and philanthropy. Dr. Patel was also awarded another Honorary D.Litt. by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya,
Indore. Among many social projects that he has initiated, the Nirma Education and Research Foundation (NERF) is Dr. Vasani has been associated with the Nirma Education and Research Foundation as Executive Chairman since its
monumental of his commitment to society. inception.

Dr. Vasani is the driving force behind the realization of the President, Dr. Karsanbhai K. Patel's vision of developing this
Dr. Patel firmly believes that, to withstand global competition and to satisfy the growing need for quality professionals, an
world-class university. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of education in Indian society,
academic institution must constantly grow, innovate, build strength, and strive to become self-reliant.
Florida Atlantic University has conferred an honorary doctorate. He is also the Honorary Fellow of the Indian Society of
Technical Education.

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Advisory Committee (ISAC)
Prof. Sarat Dalai
Director (I/c), Institute of Science From the Director’s Desk
Prof. B. Jagadeeshwar Rao
Chair-Person, Department of Biological Sciences, TIFR,
Mumbai

Prof. K. Krishnamurthy Rao


Department of Biotechnology, IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Prof. Santosh K. Kar


School of Biotechnology, JNU, New Delhi
Biology has reached its height and has become multidisciplinary in nature. The success of human genome sequencing has
Prof. K. Muralidhar
revolutionized the field of Biology and has lead to the rapid progress in understanding the biological phenomena at
Department of Zoology, Delhi University, New Delhi
molecular level. Personalized medicine is soon going be part of our life style in managing human health. The technologies
Dr. K. Narayanasamy developed during the process not only help us give new dimension to scientific innovations, they also reduce the cost of
Vice President & Head, Institute of Molecular Medicine,
Institute for Genome Analysis, New Delhi molecular diagnosis for many diseases.

Dr. Shalini Rajkumar Institute of Science at Nirma University introduces the excitements in Modern Biology to the young students and motivates
Associate Professor, Institute of Science
them to take up the challenge to make significant contributions to the knowledge and to develop novel technologies required
Dr. Sriram Seshadri for addressing the imposing problems of good health, food demand, and clean environment. Degree programmes of Master
Assistant Professor, Institute of Science of Science in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology are designed to provide students with a good understanding of
the concepts, ability to identify, analyze and solve scientific problems. Our multidisciplinary approach of teaching is
innovative and emphasizes hands on learning of the basic principles and techniques that are critical to understand biological

Internal Quality phenomena. The syllabi of M. Sc. programmes have been developed to cater the need of industry and academic research.

Assurance Cell (IQAC) Students are guided by structured lectures, relevant practicals in laboratories, self-directed and computer-assisted learning,
review of literature, and oral presentations and expert lectures. The expectation of the course and subject teams is that
Prof. Sarat Dalai (Ex. Officio) Chairman students will work diligently and effectively towards acquiring the required standard of knowledge, comprehension and
Head of the Institution technical skills that will make them productive and thus help them achieve their goals. At the post graduate level, research
Dr. Sriram Seshadri Coordinator training plays an important role. Therefore, great emphasis has been given to dissertation projects. From this year students
Assistant Professor will work on their dissertation over the period of two semesters. Active involvement of Ph. D. students in dissertation

Shr. G. R. Nair Senior Administrative Officer research and continuous efforts of all the faculty members, who are active (seasoned) researchers, in improving the quality
Deputy Registrar and scope of research provide stimulating and vibrant environment for learning. M. Sc. students graduated from our institute
are trained and expected to have the knowledge and skills needed to assume roles in various areas of Biology as Academic
Dr. Lalitha Polluru Senior Administrative Officer
I/c Librarian educators, Scientists in both academia and industry, members of decision making bodies, business and management teams
in Government and Industries, Bio-entrepreneurs, public and private organizations that deal with social, ethical and legal
Dr. Shalini Rajkumar Faculty Member
Associate Professor issues in Biotechnology.

I thank you for choosing our programme and wish you all the success in all your endeavors and for your future career.

Prof. Sarat K. Dalai


Director (I/c) & Dean, Faculty of Science

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ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
Established in 2004, Institute of Science although a
new entity as compared to other institutes under the
University, has grown in leaps & bounds in the last 8
years. Nirma University has established the Master of
Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and
initiated Masters Programme in Microbiology from
2009-2010, not only in anticipation of this need to
provide an alternative to the students who desire a
post graduate degree and whose career objectives goes
beyond academic research. The Institute aims to
provide students with a broad training and education
in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology
encompassing science, business, legal, social and
ethical aspects to enable them to explore wide career
opportunities. The Institute also has an Alumni
Association which meets on an Annual basis and the
Alumni are well placed in companies like Reliance Life
Science, TCS Life sciences, Ranbaxy Ltd, Quintais, India,
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Pune, Intas
Biopharmaceuticals and Zydus Cadila etc and in
research Institutions pursuing their Ph. D. like NIPER,
Chandigarh, JNCASR, Bangalore, TIFR, Bangalore,
CCMB, Hyderabad, IISER, Bhopal, Institute of Science,
Hyderabad, Texas A & M University, USA, Griffin
University, Australia etc.

The Institute has professionally qualified and


experienced permanent faculties drawn from various
areas of Life Sciences. A balanced mix of academicians
and professionals, with rich academic and research
experience contributes to the Institute’s academic
excellence. The quality and progress of the Institute is
coordinated and ensured by Institute of Science
Advisory Committee (ISAC) and Internal Quality
Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the Institute.

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The Library Resource Center offers the following services:
Reference
Circulation
Computerized Information Search
Current Awareness Services
• New Arrival List of Books
• New Arrival List of Periodicals
• Content and Summary of Selective Newly arrived
books
• Newspaper Clipping
• Web content Alerts through RSS feeds of Subscribed
Journals on Website
Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
Reprography
Inter-Library Loan (ILL)
User Education Programmes
• Information Literacy
• Library Orientation
For further information please log on to http://library
(Intranet)

Hostels
INFRASTRUCTURE The University has separate hostel for boys and girls. Both
the hostels are located on the campus. The hostel rooms are
The Campus Library Resource Centre spacious and well-furnished. The hostels have sports and
other recreational facilities, such as cable TV, common room
The institute is situated on the Nirma University campus Institute of Science is highly focused on academic, research for interaction, etc. All the hostel rooms have intranet and
about 15 km from Ahmedabad city, on the Sarkhej- and development activities. In view of the focused internet connectivity round the clock. On-duty Medical
Gandhinagar Highway. It is spread over a 125 acre sprawling objectives, the Library plays a vital role in the collection
campus in picturesque surroundings providing a refreshing practitioner is available in the campus. The hostel mess is
development and dissemination of scientific and technical operated by a private contractor. Only vegetarian food is
environment, stimulating intellectual alertness and information to meet the present and future academic and
creativity. The campus has facilities of canteen, bank, served in the mess. The hostel residents are expected to
research needs of varied users. adhere to the hostel rules and regulations.
Student store, play ground, indoor games, gymnasium etc.
The campus provides an ambience that motivates students Presently, Library at Institute of Science houses more than
to learn and grow. 1,878 volumes of books selectively chosen for reading and Canteen
reference, 84 CDs, 267 Bound Volumes, 128 M.Sc.
Classrooms & Laboratories Dissertations and 11 PhD Theses. The Library has Canteens are located within the university campus and
subscription to total 64 journals, of which 8 are print within close proximity of the Institute, which provides
The Institute of Science has spacious classrooms, well-
journals in addition to access to e-resources like Annual hygienic and wholesome food, snacks and beverages, etc.
equipped with modern furniture and audio-visual
equipment to facilitate effective learning. The classrooms Reviews (37), e-journals from Portland Press (8), Nature
Weekly, Nature Immunology, Nature Reviews Immunology
are designed to promote maximum interaction between the
from Nature Publishing Group, and two more journals from
Other Facilities
faculty and the students. The Institute also houses six
research laboratories, a central instrumentation facility, John Wiley & Sons, UGC INFONET Digital Library
A branch of the Kalupur Commercial Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
plant growth area, animal cell culture facility, insectarium Consortium and Trends series from Science Direct (7).
a scheduled bank with ATM facility is located on the campus.
and animal house. There is also a user friendly institutional There is a non-resident doctor who visits the campus
The Library and Resource centre is fully automated with
library with computers and internet facilities. regularly on week days. The Institute has a volleyball court, a
user-friendly library software Alice for Windows (AfW) that
facilitates automated circulation (issue & return) of the lawn tennis court, a basketball court, a football and cricket
Computing Facility ground, a table-tennis room and a well-equipped modern
books and location and availability information of the books
The central computer facilities consist of 27 servers and stocked in the library. Online Public Access Catalogue gymnasium. The Institute also has transport facility to
more than 1200 systems, which are interconnected by fiber (OPAC) is also available on the Internet for inquiring the commute to and from the city at least twice a day.
optic cables and 8 mbps, leased line internet connectivity. status of the resources. Bar-coding system is in use to
The Institute has 10 systems in the library with Internet and computerize the bibliographic details of the resources.
Intranet facilities for the students. E-mail facility is provided
to the faculty and staff for faster and paper-less
communication.
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ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)
• Masters Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


In its quest to promote excellence in field of Science, the Institute
offers full time and external Doctoral programme in Science with an
emphasis to unravel the problems related to health, agriculture and
environment and to train highly skilled manpower for research and
teaching. The programme is offered in the field of Biochemistry,
Biotechnology and Microbiology. The current thrust areas for full time
Ph. D. programme are Immunological memory, Mucosal Immunology,
Animal Toxicological studies, Anticancer therapeutics,
Biodegradation, Bioremediation, Microbial Diversity, Mitochondrial
functional polymorphism in sperm, Multi-Drug Reversal studies,
Nucleoside Analogs, Protein stability and aggregation, Plant Growth
Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR), Plant Secondary Metabolites,
Phosphate Solubilization, Probiotics and Urinogenital infections and
Microbicides.

Eligibility and Admission Criteria: The entrance test, if required to be conducted, will comprise of multiple choice
questions of 100 marks. There will be no negative marking. The syllabus for the test
The candidates holding Master Degree or equivalent with 55% or
will cover areas in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Research
equivalent grade from the recognized university will be considered
Methodology. For other areas, the details will be given in the intimation letter of the
eligible for registration for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the
entrance test.
relevant Programme.
The presentation should be prepared on a project proposal on any of the relevant
If the applicant has passed the qualifying examination from University
subject areas. The selection of the proposal is completely at the discretion of the
other than Nirma University, he/she will be required to obtain
candidate. Do not limit the proposal to the research interests of the faculties of the
eligibility certificate from Nirma University. The arrangement for
institute. The proposal is meant for testing the candidate’s scientific thinking and
obtaining the same will be made on the spot on payment of Rs. 500/-.
aptitude and may not determine the final Ph.D. topic. The applicant needs to submit
three hard copies of the proposal at the time of presentation.
Admission Procedure:
The applicant, who intends to register for Ph.D. has to apply in a
Scholarship:
prescribed Performa. The selection will be done strictly according to
The Institute will provide scholarships limited to two (2), purely on the basis of merit
the UGC norms i.e. if there are more number of applications received
for the fulltime Ph.D. students. The scholarship for two years will be Rs. 12000/- per
than available seats, the entrance test will be conducted followed by
month. It is mandatory for students receiving university scholarship to stay in hostel
presentation and an interview by a selection committee. The final
and be associated with teaching work for 8 hours in a week as assigned by the head of
selection and allocation of the research supervisors will be decided by
the institution, in consultation with the guide. However Ph.D (External) and
the committee at the time of the interview. However, while finalization
sponsored applicant will not be eligible for scholarship.
of the merit list, preference will be given to the candidates who have
passed the National Level Test like UGC/CSIR(JRF) examination / NET The programme includes course-work of 13 credits i.e. 2 courses of Post-graduate
/ SLET /teacher fellowship holder, M. Phil. etc or its equivalent. Such level and a course of 3 credits on Research Methodology and a seminar course. Full-
candidates will not be required to appear in the test conducted by the Time and External students will have to complete their course work within one year
university. and one and half year from the date of registration respectively.

The regulations for Ph.D programme under which the admitted students will be
governed are available on the website under section “Academic Regulations for Ph. D
(Full-Time& External) students”

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RESEARCH IN THE INSTITUTE
The Institute is actively involved in research work since the start of its research program in 2007. In addition to 12
full-time Ph.D. students presently working at the institute, final semester M.Sc. students also contribute to research
during their dissertation project work. Faculties have University Aided Research Projects and also externally
funded-projects. Till date, 40 papers in international journals, 9 in national journals, 5 book chapters, and 5 books
have been published. The students have published their research work in journals of repute like Journal of
Biotechnology, International Journal of Toxicology, Environmental International, Reproductive Toxicology, American
Journal of Infectious Diseases, Expert Reviews and Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences.

Research Areas:
• Immunomodulation, Generation and Maintenance of Memory T cells, Vaccine development

• Actinomycetes diversity; Breach of Rhizobium Legume specificity, Enzymatic basis of Mineral Phosphate
Solubilization phenotype of N2 fixers

• In vitro genotoxicity studies for cancer risk assessment, Genetic determinants of human congenital disorders,
cytogenetics

• Identification of molecular markers of male infertility, Genetic polymorphism of aquaporins and glucose
Transporters in male reproductive physiology

• Plant anti-microbials, Biological applications of microwaves, Halophilic microbes

• Soil microbial diversity in coastal and desert areas, Biotransformation of combined industrial effluent microbes
for bioremediation of hydrocarbons

• Neurobiology of Epilepsy and Insulin Metabolism disorders

• Protein stability, folding, misfolding, and aggregation

Special Feature: In-vivo studies of various disease conditions e.g., Malaria, diabetes, epilepsy, UTI, male infertility
are carried out in animal models.

Infrastructure for Research:


• Six research laboratories, a central instrumentation facility, plant growth area, animal cell culture facility,
• “Diversity and plant promotion abilities of actinomycetes in the wheat rhizosphere in Gujarat region”, funded
insectarium, animal house.
by Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM), worth Rs 17.6 lakhs.
• Major equipments include Thermal Cycler, ELISA reader, CO2 incubator, UV-visible spectrophotometers, Gel
• “Identification of compounds from ginger, cinnamon and gooseberry extracts having the potential to prevent
documentation system, Ultra sonicator, BiologTM, Hybridization chamber, HPLC, Fluorimeter, Denaturing
protein aggregation and characterization of their mechanism of action”, funded by DBT, GoI, worth Rs 44 lakhs.
Gradient Gel Electrophoresis, Orbital shakers, Refrigerated centrifuges, -20 & -80oC freezers, liquid Nitrogen
storage facility; Compound, Inverted, and Dissection microscopes. • “Understanding the nature of liver-stage specific CD8+ T cells generated following infectious sporozoite
challenge that ensue long-lived protection against plasmodia infection”, funded by DBT, GoI, worth Rs. 45
• The Human Ethical Committee, Animal Ethical Committee, Biosafety committee, and Research Advisory
lakhs.
committee are in place for excellent monitoring of biological research.

Extramural Research Projects: Collaboration with Research Institutes:


The University recognizing research as the main drive of success in an academic setting established a distinct
Presently there are four externally funded major research projects running in the Institute of Science.
faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research to initiate research programmes independently or in collaboration with
• “Biotechnological applications for Transforming the most abundant bacteria from industrial waste waters of national laboratories that have potential in terms of infrastructure and expertise. As a beginning such
South Gujarat for bioremediation”, funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, worth collaboration exists with institutions like Physical Research Laboratory, Space Application centre, B.V. Patel
Rs 55 lakhs. (in collaboration with Navsari Agricultural University) Pharmaceutical Education & Research Development Centre, Ahmedabad, Forensic Science Laboratory,
Gandhinagar, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad and INTAS Biopharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd, Ahmedabad.
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MASTERS DEGREE - CURRICULUM
M.SC. BIOCHEMISTRY M. SC. BIOTECHNOLOGY M.SC. MICROBIOLOGY
SEMESTER I
• Metabolism • Cell Biology • Microbial Diversity & Systematics
• Cell Biology • Molecular Biology • Cell Biology
• Human Physiology • Bioanalytical Techniques • Molecular Biology
• Molecular Biology • General and Applied Microbiology • Bioanalytical Techniques
•` Bioanalytical Techniques • Enzyme Technology • Enzyme Technology
• Cell Biology & Microbiology lab • Cell Biology & Microbiology lab • Cell Biology & Microbiology lab
• Biochemistry & Enzyme • Biochemistry & Enzyme • Biochemistry & Enzyme
Technology lab Technology lab Technology lab

SEMESTER II
• Basic Immunology • Basic Immunology • Basic Immunology
MASTERS DEGREE • Neurobiochemistry • Genetic Engineering • Genetic Engineering
• Genetic Engineering • Microbial Genetics • Microbial Genetics
The Institute offers Master's Degree Programme with following disciplines;
• Biostatistics & Bioinformatics • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

i) Biochemistry • Elective 1 • Elective 1 • Elective 1


• Human Genetics • Genomics & Proteomics • Genomics & Proteomics
ii) Biotechnology • Reproductive Physiology • Bioprocess Engineering • Industrial Microbiology &
• Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology & • Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology & Fermentation Technology

iii) Microbiology Microbial genetics lab Microbial genetics lab • Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology &
• Immunology & Fermentation • Immunology & Fermentation Microbial genetics lab
The aim of the programme is to mould future biochemists, biotechnologists and microbiologists, who could contribute to the Technology lab Technology lab • Immunology & Fermentation
field of biological sciences through their innovative, scientific and leadership skills. Technology lab

SEMESTER III
• Clinical Biochemistry • Molecular Microbial Physiology • Molecular Microbial Physiology
• Biochemical Toxicology • Advanced Immunology • Agriculture Microbiology
• Cancer Biology • Animal Biotechnology • Medical Microbiology & Virology
• Endocrinology • Vaccinology • Environmental Microbiology
• Elective II • Elective II • Elective II
• Animal Biotechnology • Cancer Biology • Advanced Immunology
• Structural Biology • Structural Biology • Microbial Evolution
• Medical Biochemistry lab • Microbial Physiology & Cell Culture • Applied Microbiology lab
• Dissertation Part I lab • Dissertation Part I
• Dissertation Part I

SEMESTER IV
• Dissertation Part II • Dissertation Part II • Dissertation Part II
• Research Methodology • Research Methodology • Research Methodology

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PEDAGOGY
The Institute makes use of an appropriate mix of pedagogical
tools to train students to handle professional responsibilities.
These include lectures by an appropriate mix of In-house and
visiting faculty, expert lectures, discussions, seminars, project
assignments and visit to industries. Continuous evaluation
and counseling are important parts of the academic
programme.

The Approach to Learning:


Rigorous coaching and continuous evaluation HOW TO STUDY
• Credit based semester system with weightage of different Time Management
components of study
Time allocation and management is essential for the satisfactory handling of academic work. Naturally, priorities should be
• Learning through classroom teaching, practical work, set according to the needs, with more time allocated to higher priorities.
industry visits and project work

• Academic rigor and innovative pedagogical tools


Study Time
If study is the highest priority in the next few years, student should ensure that it gets most attention and the best hours of the
• Faculty guidance and advisory system with faculty as
day. A specific number of hour per week should be put aside especially for study. Students should spend approximately three
Counselors to students
hours per week in private per subject. This is a very general guideline.
• Continues enhancement of Communication Skills
Pattern
• Continuous up-gradation of State of the Art knowledge
and skills Early establishment of routine is recommended. It is important for students to organize their routine in a way that allows
time for study as well as for other commitments, recreation and leisure. Once the pattern is established and sustained; there
• Active Participation of students in creative Co-curricular is a higher probability of success in academic work.
activities.
Lecture and Lecture Notes
Course & Assessment Students can maximize the benefit of lecture by adopting these techniques. Before the lecture, do some reading to get general
idea of the topic and become familiar some of the new technical words. There is no need to study or memorize all the
Nirma University has provided for a credit based assignment
material. Pay special attention during the first few minutes when the lecturer may be giving the framework of the lecture.
system. It is devised to motivate students for systematic and Everything will then fall into the place as lecture proceeds.
continuous study. Term assignments, laboratory and project
work are given great importance and are continuously Take concise, systematic lecture notes. It is best to arrange them under topics with main and subordinate points. It is always
assessed. In addition to continuous evaluation, Semester End advisable to leave a very wide margin beside lecture notes. When reviewing notes or referring to reference books, summaries
Examinations are conducted for theory subjects. can then be written in the margin. At the end of lecture if there is time, quickly go over what has been recorded in the lecture
notes. Check spelling, underline heading or break long sentences into points. This will help in learning the material when
The institute has also initiated a number of measures to bring reviewing it (as soon as possible-the same night is recommended).
the curriculum and assessment system of these programmes
in conformity with international norms. Provision is also Study Approaches
made for remedial teaching wherever necessary. During
summer, supplementary learning activities and / or practical The best study methods also happen to be the best methods for preparing for examinations, since examination questions will
training are planned. Projects are also undertaken in final require the solution of problems and drawing of comparisons. Try the following steps for approach to study:
semesters. Survey the materials to be studied-notes, text books or reference books. Go through them quickly once to gain a general
concept and decide which parts are to be done more thoroughly than other. Question what the lecture is about, what the
writer intends to convey, how the events happened. Jot down as many questions as possible from surveying the material.

Read the material in section, with the question in mind, study them to find the answer to those questions. This reading is with
a purpose and helps concentration as well. Study again more slowly and critically. Recall what has just been studied. Make
notes to test retention or simply jot down points. These short summaries will help revision before examinations.

Review the sections just read and recalled. Go over them again to explore relationship of similarity and difference. Think of
concrete example to illustrate principles. Discuss actively what has been learnt with fellow students, lecture & tutor.

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ORIENTATION FOR FRESHERS ADMISSION PROCEDURE
The institute organizes a unique orientation programme of two days for the new entrants. Various lectures on time
management, coping with stress, human relations, positive attitude, communication skill etc, are delivered by eminent Intake Fee Structure
speakers to the students. This programme enables the students and faculty to interact with each other, understand each The intake capacity for Masters in Biochemistry, The Tuition Fees for:
other and it also provides smooth transition from school life to a new environment of professional studies. Biotechnology and Microbiology is 25, 25 and 22,
respectively. • M. Sc. Biochemistry Rs 90,000/- per annum
• M. Sc. Microbiology Rs. 90,000/- per annum
Ragging – Zero Tolerance Eligibility and Admission Criteria • M. Sc. Biotechnology Rs. 95,000/- per annum
A student seeking admission to any of the above Other Charges/Deposits Applicable for all programmes
Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and out side University campus. The Anti raging committee constituted for this purpose mentioned Programmes must fulfill the following
• Registration Rs. 500/- (One time)
by the Institute is empowered to take an immediate action against any untoward action and also to counsel the fresher. criteria:
Students seeking admission shall have to furnish undertaking in this regard. To enhance familiarity and to acclimatize the • Caution Money Deposit Rs. 2500/- (Refundable)
The candidates should have Bachelors degree
fresher to the academic and social environment of the campus, the institute organizes an orientation session in the first week under 10+2+3/4/5, pattern of education in • Library Deposit Rs. 5000/- (Refundable)
of the new academic calendar. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology,
• University Examination Fees Rs. 8000/- per annum
Microbiology, Life Sciences, Environmental
Sciences, Bio-technology, Agricultural, Veterinary, (Semester End Exam, Mid Semester Exam, Semester Grade Report)
Ragging: Definition
Fishery & Dairy Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine Hostel (Optional)
(MBBS), BDS, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Medical
Any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, or handling with • Hostel Fees Rs. 45,000/- per academic year
Laboratory Technology Sciences, BHMS, BAMS, B.
rudeness any other student, in rowdy or undisciplined activities which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or Tech./B.E. Biotechnology, Physiotherapy and Bio- • Hostel Electricity Advance Rs. 5000/- per academic year
psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student or asking the students to do any medical Engineering with at least 55% marks as
act or perform something which such student will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or aggregate of all the semester / years.
generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Candidates who have appeared for the final
student. semester of qualifying examination can also apply. a) CHILDREN OF INDIAN WORKERS IN GULF COUNTRIES AND
In such case, the candidates are required to submit SOUTH EAST ASIA (CIWGC-SEA)
The student will also be required to give an undertaking in the Performa attached herewith as Enclosure to be filled up and the results as soon as the results are available either The candidates whose parents are working at Gulf countries or South
signed the candidate and his parent/guardian to the effect that he/she is aware of the University’s approach towards ragging by fax or by email (scanned image). East Asia are only eligible under this category.
and the punishment to which he/she shall be liable, it found guilty of ragging. If the applicant has passed the qualifying b) PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO)
examination from the University other than Nirma
All the students admitted under the institute will have to observe and abide by the discipline rules prescribed by the University, he/she will be required to obtain The persons who are citizens of other countries (except Pakistan and
University / Institute and he / she will submit to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Head of the Institution / Director General Eligibility Certificate from Nirma University. The Bangladesh) who at any time held an Indian Passport, or who or either
(NU) and other competent officers or authorities or bodies of the University as the case may be and in this respect he / she arrangement for obtaining the same will be made of his parents or any of his grand parents was a citizen of India by
on the spot on payment of Rs.500/- at the time of virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of India or Sec 2 (b) of
has to submit the declaration in the Performa at the time of admission.
admission. Citizenship Act, 1955 (Act No. 57 of 1955) are only eligible under this
category.
Application
c) FOREIGN NATIONALS (FN)
One can download the application form and
prospectus, from our website www.nirmauni.ac.in The citizens of all countries other than India, who are not of Indian
and send it along with a demand draft of Rs. 1000/- origin as defined under PIO are eligible under this category.
(non-refundable) in favour of "INSTITUTE OF 15% supernumerary seats are available for admission to PIO (Persons
SCIENCE, NIRMA UNIVERSITY" payable at of Indian Origin) & Foreign students. Out of this about one-third i.e. 5%
Ahmedabad. Applicant should write his/her
is reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries and South
complete name on the backside of the Demand
East Asia (CIWGCSEA).
Draft.
Candidate seeking admission to these seats should also meet the
Selection Procedure eligibility criteria. All the admission will be on the merit basis.
Admission will be granted purely based on merits The fee for PIO & Foreign students is US$ 7500 or equivalent Indian
obtained in the Entrance Test conducted by the Rupees per year. The fee for
Nirma University. The test will be based on the
undergraduate syllabus of Chemistry and Life Children of Indian Workers in Gulf countries and South East Asia
Sciences. There will be 100 objective type questions (CIWGCSEA) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation
of 100 marks. The duration of the test is 1 and ½ (SAARC) is US$ 5500 or equivalent Indian Rupees per year.
hours. There will be no negative marking. A one time processing fee of Rs. 25000/- (non- refundable) is to be
In case of equal score in the entrance test, the paid by PIO / Foreign students, Children of Indian workers in Gulf
aggregate marks of the qualifying examination will Countries and South East Asia (CIWGCSEA) and South Asian
be considered for determining the merit. In case of Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC).
“Result Awaited” category, aggregate marks of all
For further details, please contact the Assistant Registrar
the previous years / semesters will be taken into
consideration for determining the rank. (Academic), Nirma University.

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CO-CURRICULAR & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Co-curricular & extra curricular activities play an important role in the all-round development of professional students. They
indeed serve as an adjunct to the rigorous course work. The objectives of these activities are:-

1. To promote disciplined corporate, intellectual, civil and cultural life amongst students and the faculty of the institute.

2. To foster activities to bring out creativity, promote the study and discussion talents of the students.

3. To promote the study and discussion of subjects of national and international importance.

4. To create awareness amongst the students about their professional identity and their obligations to the profession and
society at large.

5. To create a strong spirit of teamwork and cohesiveness by organizing various cultural, literary and professional activities
along the academic routine.

Various students’ activities like cultural festival, ras-garba, quizzes, elocution debates, annual day, class picnics etc. are
regularly organized by the institute with adequate involvement of faculty members.

The institute also gives importance to projects, industrial visits and training during vacations to support their curricular
work. The students are motivated to present seminars on latest developments in the field of science. Seminars enable
students to develop many skills through internet, e-journals, books and journals on a specific topic. This helps to enhance
their library reading, scientific writing and presentation skills. Students have participated at various national and state level
competitions and have also won awards.

The institute organizes every year a cultural festival “Renaissance”, which is a compilation of various events like drama, skit,
dances, songs & debate, where the budding artists show their talents. Sports events are also regularly organized every year.
Celebration of Independence Day and republic day are also organized at the University level.

NATIONAL CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA


With a view to provide an opportunity to its faculty and students to interact with eminent scientists from India
and abroad, the Institute has been organizing National Conferences once a year. Institute of Science along with
Institute of Pharmacy had organized “National Seminar on Modern Trends in Supramolecular Nanotechnology &
Nanomedicine” on 16th -17th March 2007. Institute of Science has been organizing the Seminar Series in the
form of “Recent Advances on Molecular Biology & Biotechnology” on 26th March 2008, “Recent Advances in
Biological Science” on 28th February 2009, “Frontiers in Modern Biology” on 18th-19th March 2010, and
“Emerging Trends in Microbial Interactions and Challenges in Human Health” on 11th and 12th October, 2011,
inviting eminent researchers from both Academics and Industries and providing an ideal platform for the
Masters students to present their ideas in the form of Poster Competition.

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (ISNUAA)
The first six batches of PG students have graduated from the Institute. All activities necessary to fully integrate the Alumni
Association with the development efforts of the Institute are being actively planned. Regular contact with the alumni is
maintained and efforts for their full participation in the activities of the institute are being made.

DISCIPLINE- The Keyword


The University has earned a name for quality education. This is due to the efforts and devotion of well-qualified faculty of the
University. The academic calendar for each year is notified in the beginning of each semester, and is strictly adhered to.
Students' attendance is compulsory and any shortfall is notified to the students and parents. It is expected from every student
that he/she must conduct himself/herself with discipline, decency and dignity both inside and outside the campus.

INDUSTRY INSTITUTE INTERACTION CELL


Industry Institute Interaction Cell (III Cell) is established to provide close links with industries, contract research
organization and other state and national level R & D organizations. The purpose of the cell is to find out the gap between
need of the industry and end product of the institute. The cell is the bridge between the industry and the institute. One of the
objectives is also to offer programmes fulfilling the needs of continuing education of the industrial personnel. Industry
institute interaction cell provides close links with industries. Placement of students for industry training/projects during
summer has been benefiting students to a great extent.

We believe in developing programmes, which provide solution to real world problems with a strong desire of forging
innovative alliance with industry to achieve synergy. III Cell imparts benefits to all components like students, faculty, institute
and industry by interacting closely with the industries. Students are exposed to the real world and learn the needs of the
future career.

The III Cell is governed by the advisory committee; headed by the director as a chairman, Head of department as member and
placement-Training officer as a member secretary. III Cell facilitates student’s visits to industries, industrial training, project
placements & Campus interview.

Placement Cell
Campus interview are organized by inviting various companies for the placements of the student for jobs. It fulfill dual
purposes, one for students securing their future career, another for the industry securing the best fresh talent available in the
region to train and mould them for their long time need of the employees.

Industries involvement in course curriculum design


In various academic bodies, there is adequate representation of industry expert which makes the curriculum rich and
relevant to industries. Participation of experts from pharmaceutical industry is regularly helping us in designing and
updating the curriculum.

Industrial Training for the Postgraduate Students


Training is the integral part of the study to acknowledge them for real world problems. Students may be placed at various
industries for 6 to 8 weeks and under supervision and guidance of respective industry personnel. The faculty carries out
monitoring and evaluation regularly.

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FACULTY CORNER
Through a judicious recruitment policy and enlightened approach, NERF has ensured that the Institute is staffed by a well
qualified and competent faculty to shoulder the responsibilities of maintaining high standards of education in the Institute. In
keeping with the aims outlined in the mission statement, the faculty members remain fully conscious of their dual role both
as teachers to impart efficiently technical knowledge to students as well as counselors to guide them for their overall
development.

Faculty Development Programmes


Dr. Vijay Kothari, (Assistant Professor)
The teachers are encouraged to update their knowledge and skills through various training and learning modes. Constant Ph.D. in Science (Nirma University, Ahmedabad)
efforts are being made by the Management to achieve this aim. Some of the initiatives taken in this direction are listed below: M. Sc. in Microbiology (Gujarat University, Ahmedabad),
Area of Expertise: Bioactive natural products, Biological applications of microwaves,
• In-service registration to pursue Ph. D. programmes Halophilic microbes.
Experience: Research - 1 year, Teaching – 7 years
• Participation in reputed Conferences and seminars Email: vijay.kothari@nirmauni.ac.in

• Participation in Collaborative research Projects


• Promotion of Consultancy
Dr. Nasreen Munshi, (Assistant Professor)
• Training in Industries and specialized laboratories Ph.D. in Microbiology (Gujarat University, Ahmedabad)
M. Phil in Microbiology (Gujarat University, Ahmedabad)
• To organize and conduct national/ state level training programmes for professionals M. Sc. in Microbiology (Gujarat University, Ahmedabad)
Area of Expertise: Bioremediation, Microbial Diversity and Phosphate Solubilization

FACULTY PROFILE Experience: Research - 4 years, Teaching - 5 years


Email: nasreen.munshi@nirmauni.ac.in

Dr. Sarat K. Dalai, (Professor)


Ph.D. in Immunology (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) Dr. Mili Das, (Assistant Professor)
M.Sc. in Biotechnology (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) Ph.D. in Science (Biophysics/Biochemistry) (Jadavpur University, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics,
Kolkata), Post M.Sc. Diploma in Biosciences (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata)
Area of Expertise: T cell Immunology
M.Sc. in Biochemistry (Calcutta University)
Experience: Research - 13 years, Teaching – 2 years. Area of expertise: Biophysics, Structural Biology, Protein Biochemistry and Structure- Function
Email: sarat.dalai@nirmauni.ac.in Relationship
Experience: Research - 11 years, Teaching – 2 years
Email: mili.das@nirmauni.ac.in

Dr. Shalini Rajkumar, (Associate Professor)


Ph.D. in Microbiology (IARI, New Delhi) Dr. Amee K Nair, (Assistant Professor)
M. Sc. in Microbiology (IARI, New Delhi); Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Neurobiology), (Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin)
Area of Expertise: Actinomycete diversity for plant growth promotion, Breach of Legume M. Sc. in Botany (Environmental Biology)(M.G. University, Kerala)
Rhizobium specificity and nodule endophyted, Catabolite repression in diazitrophs Area of Expertise: Neurodegenerative Disease and Metabolic Disorders
Experience: Research - 7 years, Teaching - 8 years Experience: Research - 3 years, Teaching - 2 years
Email: shalini.rjk@nirmauni.ac.in E-mail: ameenair@nirmauni.ac.in

Dr. Sonal Rajiv Bakshi, (Assistant Professor)


Ph.D. in Life Science (Gujarat University)
M.Sc. in Microbiology (M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara)
Pillars of Strength
Area of Expertise: Genotoxicity, Cytogenetics, Leukemia Molecular Cytogenetics Mr. G. Ramachandran Nair Dr. Lalitha Poluru (I/c Librarian)
Experience: Research - 13 years, Teaching – 2 years (Deputy Registrar) Library
Email: sonal.bakshi@nirmauni.ac.in Mr. Ashok Patel (Office Superintendent) Ms. Svetal Shukla (Assistant Librarian)
Administration Library
Mr. Hasit Trivedi (Assistant) Ms. Jayshree Pandya (Library Assistant)
Dr. Sriram Seshadri, (Assistant Professor) Administration Library
Ph.D. in Zoology (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur)
Mr. Sachin Prajapati (Lab Assistant) Mr. Bharat Anand (Lab Assistant)
M. Sc. in Comparative Endocrinology & Immunology (Sardar Patel University, Anand)
Laboratory Laboratory
Area of Expertise: Animal Toxicological studies, Anti-Cancer and Multi-Drug Reversal studies,
Mitochondrial-associated Male Infertility, Phytopharmaceutics, Probiotics & Metabolic Disorders and Mr. Rajendra Patel (Lab Assistant)
UTI. Laboratory
Experience: Research - 8 years, Teaching - 8 years
Email: sriram.seshadri@nirmauni.ac.in
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INDUSTRY EXPOSURE EXPOSURE TO
TRENDS AND
Industrial visits, training in
industry, experts from
DEVELOPMENTS
industry deliver lectures and Organizing seminars,
seminars symposiums etc on the topic
of current interest

COURSE WORK GROUP LEARNING


The main mode of learning at
Students are encouraged to
the Institute includes
learn in groups and group
classroom activity, laboratory
projects are also a part of the
work and assignments
involving extensive use of
library
INSTITUTE academic life at the Institute

OF
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
RESPONSIBILITY
Contribute to the society at
SCIENCE SKILLS
DEVELOPMENT
large by participating in One of the regular features at
activities like blood donation
the Institute is class seminars
camp, blood grouping in
and magazine of the student
rural areas
bodies

EXTRACURRICULAR CO-CURRICULAR
ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES
Participate and present
Participate in cultural events, posters in technical
sports and personality competitions, seminars.
development Conferences throughout the
country, preparing for UGC-
Contact Us CSIR
Admission Coordinator
Institute of Science
Nirma University
Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway
Post Chanlodia, Via Gota
Ahmedabad – 382481
Gujarat, India
Email: admission.is@nirmauni.ac.in
Phone: +91-2717-241900-04Ext 752/714
Fax: +91-2717-241916

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