Madurai Kamaraj University
(University with Potential for Excellence)
Integrated M.Sc. - Ph.D. Genomics
(Course offered by School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University)
Genomics is an important discipline in biological, biomedical, industrial and agricultural sciences and provides the global information on genetic factors and the genomic processes which in turn are related to the phenotype of organisms. Genomics also involves a series of unbiased assays and approaches to understand the complexity and diversity of genomes. Genomics approaches are expected to provide solutions in biomedical research by creating possibilities to new therapies for genetic and pathogen borne diseases. Because of its immediate and considerable impact on global health, there is demand for highly qualified and trained manpower in the field of Genomics.
Therefore, Post-Graduate course “M.Sc. Genomics” had been started from the Academic year 2002 onwards in the School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University. M.Sc Genomics is the first of its kind in the country and is being well recognized at national and international level. The outgoing students of M.Sc., Genomics were highly successful in finding the right opportunities. Ninety percentage of the M.Sc. Genomics students pursue their higher education through Ph.D., and the remaining take job in academic institutes or biotech and pharmaceutical industries.
M.Sc. course on “Genomics” was initiated as a part of the “Centre with Potential for Excellence in Genomic Sciences” programme of Xth plan initiatives of the University Grants Commission. By considering the national level recognition and demand for the course, UGC supported this programme in the XIth plan period also. At present, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, came forward to up-grade the PG and research programmes in School of Biological Sciences through the DBT-MKU Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education (DBT-MKU-IPLS). Thus the M.Sc. Genomics programme has been upgraded to Integrated M.Sc.– Ph.D. in Genomics. (This upgradation includes: i) increase in the number of students admitted to the course, ii) upgradation of laboratory, instrumentation and class room facility to accommodate the increased student intake, and iii) establishment of state-of-the art core equipment facility for the education and research in the focused area of the programme, “Disease Diagnostics and Therapeutics”. This upgradation is financially supported by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.
Students with high academic standards in Bachelors degree are selected through a national level entrance test conducted by the University. This course pattern with an orientation towards basic and applied research in Genomic Sciences which provide opportunity to the students with an ambition of becoming scientists of international standard. The students joining this course are taught fundamental subjects as well as the basic and applied aspects of Genomics in the initial two years. This programme provides a platform, orientation and competence for them to carry out their doctoral research work in the focussed area of “Disease Diagnostics and Therapeutics”. On successful completion of the course, the students would receive both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in five years period.
1.1: ADVERTISEMENT FOR ADMISSION
Every year, call for the admission of Integrated M.Sc.– Ph.D. programme in Genomics will be advertised during December second week through leading national newspapers and in the following websites of Madurai Kamaraj University and School of Biological Sciences (www.mkuniversity.org, www.genomicsmku.org, & www.dbtiplsmku.org (under construction) ).
1.2: ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION
Candidates who have successfully completed Bachelor degree in any branch of Life Sciences (Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Genetics or equivalent), Physical and Chemical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry), Medicine, Veterinary and Agriculture from any recognized Indian or Foreign University, with 55% marks or equivalent are eligible to apply for the Integrated M.Sc. – Ph.D. in Genomics course. Students with B.Tech. Degrees in Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information Technology and Bioinformatics, with Biology at +2 levels are also eligible.
1.3: MODE OF SELECTION
Every year, a maximum of 24 students will be admitted for the integrated M.Sc.- Ph.D., in Genomics. Among these 24 seats, 40% of seats are reserved for students from other states. The remaining 60% of the seats are allotted to the students from Tamil Nadu following the Tamil Nadu Government’s reservation policy.
1.5: COURSE STRUCTURE
The initial two years of the M.Sc. – Ph.D. Genomics course would be conducted under CBCS system (please refer CBCS guidelines of the University). The course Coordinator and the Departmental council decide all about the course structure and implementation. The core papers will be offered during the first three semesters as major papers. The elective papers will be offered in any semester depending on the workload of the teachers and the number of other papers stipulated during that period. The existing semester-wise course allotment is as follows:
Semester – I
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Semester – II
Gene cloning & Biotechnology (Recombinant DNA Technology)
Semester – III
Semester - IV
The course structure and syllabus of M.Sc. Genomics, which were approved by the Department Council of School of Biological Sciences and Academic council and Senate of Madurai Kamaraj University, are adopted and implemented for the first two years of the integrated M.Sc. – Ph.D. Genomics course. Additional elective courses could be offered in modern areas like Metagenomics, Cellular Genomics, Genomic Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics, Pharmacogenomics, Epigenomics, Therapeutics, etc.
1.6: DETAILS OF COURSE FEE
1. Library Rs.150/-
1.7: COMPLETION OF INITIAL 2 YEARS
1.8: Ph.D. ENROLLMENT & ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION
Students can enrol for their Ph.D. as per the rules and regulations of Madurai Kamaraj University. Candidates can submit their Ph.D., thesis after the completion of three years with other course requirements (please refer the Ph.D. guidelines of Madurai Kamaraj University).
1.9: GUIDE SELECTION
1.11: Ph.D. GUIDELINES
Madurai Kamaraj university’s Ph.D guidelines and regulations are applicable for the Integrated Ph.D course in all other aspects that were not specified here.