Genetics and Genomics

 

Genetics and Genomics:

              The knowledge of Genetics has become essential to unravel the mysteries of life processes that are extensively being pursued in today’s science. Many research laboratories and Universities in the country and abroad required suitably well trained man power for research/teaching programs in Genetics. Genetics is a fundamental science which can be studied at all levels. Therefore, during 2005, M.Sc., in Genetics course was started by the genetics core group of the Department of Studies in Zoology under the stewardship of Prof. H.A. Ranganath which was encouraged and supported by then the Vice Chancellor, Prof. J. Shashidhar Prasad. The curriculum designed in the Master degree Genetics program encompasses different fields of Genetics with an emphasis on both basic and applied aspects.  M.Sc., Genetics as an interdisciplinary course also provides strong basic foundation to any modern research in the field of life sciences. Experts with the strong background in the area of Genetics from other departments of the University and other institutions have also contributed for the teaching of this program.

 

Later during 2007, Prof. N. B. Ramachandra led this course as the Coordinator for 10 years until it becomes new department. During 2007, Ph.D. in Genetics program was also started. As new department of the centenary year of the University, Department of Studies in Genetics and Genomics, the new department, on 13.07.2015 has emerged out from Department of Studies in Zoology. National Drosophila Stock Centre, Unit on Evolution and Genetics and also several research grants from DBT, DST, CSIR, ICMR, UGC, Indo-Canadian Shastri grant and International grants for the core faculty, immensely helped to initiate and nourish M.Sc Genetics course for 10 long years in the department of Studies in Zoology. Officially this new department has been inaugurated on 10.10.2015 by Prof. H. Sharat Chandra, Centre for Human Genetics, Bengaluru. During the XII plan of UGC, rupees one crore was allotted for the new building and Prof. K.S. Ranganppa by then the Vice-Chancellor of University of Mysore generous to sanction a total of three crore from the University and RUSA grants to construct the new building. The new building was inaugurated by Dr. VedPrakash, UGC Chairman on 01.12.2016.  Starting from 2017-2018 academic year, the department is semi-autonomous by adopting the Flexible Choice Based Credit System. The new building was occupied and started functioning from 01.08.2018.

 

During the 13 years (2005 -2019) 12 batches successfully completed this course with the total of 271 students including 27 foreign students. Nearly 80% of the Genetics graduates are placed in different Universities and Research Institutions in India and Abroad. Our former students have established themselves as independent investigators in premier institutions both in India and abroad, and many of them are pursuing post-doctoral fellowships in leading Universities and Research Institutes around the world.

 

Now, with the DBT funding, this Department will also start new “Post graduate diploma program in personalized Genomic Medicine” from the 2019-20 academic year sponsored by DBT, New Delhi.

1) Number of students admitted for M.Sc. Genetics from 2005-06 to 2014-15

Year

Total No. of students

Foreign students

2005 - 06

16

01

2006 - 07

20

03

2007- 08

20

04

2008 - 09

14

06

2009 -10

22

04

2010 -11

14

03

2011-12

19

01

2012-13

15

01

2013-14

20

-

2014-15

14

02

2015-16

17

02

2016-17

20-

2017-18

30-

2018-19

30-

2019-20

3001

Total

301

28

 

 

2)    Number of students who have cleared competitive exams

UGC-CSIR Net exams cleared

20

GATE exams cleared

24

KSET exams cleared 

51

3) Campus Selection   : 20

  •          Genetics and Genomics companies, Bangalore
  •          McMaster University, Canada
  •          Singapore University, Singapore

 

4) Placements of M.Sc. Genetics from 2015 to 2017

Placement

Percentage

Ph.D Programme

60%

R & D in MNCs

20%

Teaching & Research

10%

Geneticists at Hospitals

10%

Total Placements as of March 2017

80%

         

 5) Gold Medal Holders

 

2005-07 

Ms. K.S. Madhumala

2006-08

 Mr. Vasudev Bhat

2007-09

Mr. Abhishek A. Pai

2008-10

Ms. Sara Hadi Dastjerdi

2009-11

Ms. Megha Murthy

2010-12

Mr. Partha Pratim Sarma

2011-13

Ms. Uchenna U. Waturuocha & Ms. Mamatha  N. Murthy (Shared)

2012-14

Ms. Safny Dsouza

2013-15

 Ms. Swati Agarwala

2014-16

Ms. Payal  Jain

2015-17 

Taniya Baradwaj

 2016-18

 Pragna  C.S

2019-20

Shreevidya Parthaje 

 

6) Number of Research scholars pursuing  Ph.D,-  26

 

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