Department of Bio Sciences

Department of Bio Sciences

DEPARTMENT OF BIOSCIENCES

(UGC CENTRE OF ADVANCED STUDY)

Year of Establishment: 1969

 

UGC-CAS DEPARTMENT OF BIOSCIENCES : A JOURNEY TO RECOGNITION AND EXCELLENCE

 

Year of establishment : 1969 by Eminent Ecologist Prof. S.C. Pandeya

UGC - MAB Project : 1977-1980 : Coordinator - Prof. S.C. Pandeya

UGC-SAP DRS : 1981-1983 : Coordinator - Prof. S.C. Pandeya

UGC-SAP DSA Phase-I : 1983-1988 : Coordinator - Prof. S.C. Pandeya

UGC-SAP DSA Phase - II: 1992-1997 : Coordinator - Prof. Y.D. Singh & Prof. S.M. Pandya

UGC-SAP DSA Phase - III: 2001 -2006 : Coordinator - Prof. P.P. Sood & Prof. S.P. Singh

UGC-SAP CAS Phase - I : 2013 - 2018 : Coordinator - Prof. S.P. Singh

UGC COSIST Programme : 2001 - 2006 : Coordinator - Prof. P.P. Sood & Prof. S.P. Singh

DST FIST Phase-I : 2006 : Coordinator - Prof. P.P. Sood & Prof. S.P. Singh

 

The Department of Biosciences was established in 1969 by Prof. S.C. Pandeya. On the recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC), an integrated Post Graduate Course in Biology (M. Sc. Experimental Biology), first of its kind in the Country, was started in this Department. The Department started with its base in Environmental Sciences and in few years it took leadership in the field of ecology under the stewardship of its founder head, late Prof S. C. Pandeya. Gradually, other areas of research such as Plant Physiology, Animal Physiology & Toxicology, Neurobiology, Ornithology, Wildlife Biology and Fisheries were also integrated into the thrust areas. Later on, keeping Integrated Biology as the theme for the first year of the course, the second year was specialized into Plant Sciences (Botany), Animal Sciences (Zoology) and Microbiology. With the advancement of Biology and looking at the need of its teaching for Human Resource Development, M.Sc. Programme in Biotechnology was initiated from the year 2004. Today the department is progressing with the major theme of Integrated Biology in diversified research areas. Department of Biosciences is offering degrees in Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Biotechnology. Thus, this program aimed to be a platform for Human Resource Development, in the various fields of biological sciences.

 

DEPARTMENT  PROFILE

Academic Programmes

  • M.Sc., M. Phil and Ph.D. Programmes: Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Biotechnology (CBCS)
  • Faculty Members - 15
  • Post-Doctoral Scientists- 0
  • Technical & Non-Teaching Staff - 14
  • Ph.D. Scholars- 45
  • M. Phil. Scholars - 7
  • M. Sc. Students- 165

Projects & Financial Support

  • UGC: Centre of Advanced Study (CAS)- Phase-I (2013-18)
  • UGC: SAP- DSA-Phase-I, II and III (1984-2006)
  • UGC: Major Projects
  • DST: FIST-Level I ( Completed)
  • DST: Women Scientist Projects
  • IQAC, Saurashtra University- R&D Projects and Start Up Grants
  • DBT: R&D Projects
  • DBT: Multi-Institutional project (Saurashtra Uni., IIT Delhi and Delhi University,2007-2012)
  • Govt. of Gujarat: Multi-Institutional project
  • GSBTM, Govt. of Gujarat: R& D projects
  • MoES (Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India): 2014-2017
  • NMEICT: Ministry of HRD, New Delhi, 2012-2014
  • DRDE: Ministry of Defense, New Delhi, 2015-17
  • IQAC-Saurashtra University, Rajkot, 2016-2018
  • ePG Pathshala: UGC, New Delhi, 2012-2014
  • UGC: Starup-project, 2015-2017
  • DBT-BIRAC-SRISTI Projects, 2017-2018
  • DBT: Foldscope Project, 2018-2019

Financial Assistance Received (2010-2018)

  • Central Govt. Funded : Rs. 750 Lacs
  • State Govt. Funded : Rs. 150 Lacs
  • Industries Funded : Rs. 42 Lacs

Interdisciplinary/Multi-Institutional programs

  • IIT-Delhi
  • Delhi University
  • WildLife Institute of India (WII)
  • Rutgers University, USA
  • Anand Agricultural University, Anand
  • GSBTM and Gujarat Institute of Bioinformatics
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad

Range of h-Index, Citations and Impact Factors (Google Scholar)

Senior Faculty Members

  • h-Index : 8- 30
  • Citations : 220-3500
  • Impact Factors: 0.1-7

Cumulative Impact Factor of all faculties combined, Total IF of 5 year: 140 Avg. 26/year

 

Ph.D/M.Phil Students/Projects (2012-2018)

  • Ph.D : 45
  • M. Phil : 70
  • Major Research Projects : 20
  • Minor Research Projects : 04

Publications (2009-2015)

  • Refereed Journals : 237
  • Books : 10
  • Book Chapters : 45
  • Whole Genome sequences : 08
  • Data Base Development : 08
  • Sequence Submission: : Above 1000 nucleotide sequences in database (NCBI, BOLD, GenBank

 

Fellowships (JRF / SRF / RA : 2012-2018) :

UGC/CSIR/DST/DBT/GSBTM/MoES : Total 70, Rs. 2.50 Crores

Patents, Copyrights, IPR

  • Patents-2, Copyright-3

Consultancy Projects

08 Consultancy Projects from Reliance Petroleum Limited, Jamnagar; ESSAR Oil Limited, Jamnagar; GHCL, Sutrapada; Ambuja Cement, Sikka; Dhanvantri Botanicals, Bangalore; Jetpur Dyeing & Printing Association, Jetpur; Vimal Research Society of Agrobiotech and Cosmic Powers, Rajkot; Agriland Biotech, Baroda

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