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About Us :
 

A) Name of the Department: University Department of Biochemistry
B) Year of Establishment: 1946
C) Name of the Head: Prof. G. B. Shinde
D) Brief Introduction of the Department:
University Department of Biochemistry is one of the oldest departments in the University.
It was established in 1946 by Prof. M. C. Nath. It is situated in Laxminarayan Institute of Technology Campus and is surrounded by lush green ambience. Department is housed in 2231.11 sq. mt. area with an infrastructure for research in almost all aspects of Biochemistry. The sanctioned teaching strength is 09. Presently 05 faculties are appointed out which 04 are Professors and one is an Assistant Professor.

The M. Sc. Course in Biochemistry is of 02 years duration. The credit based system according to the Semester System has been adopted since 2012. The faculty of the Department has framed the syllabus for which. The Objectives of the Department are to achieve excellence in teaching through periodic class tests, seminars, group discussions, preparing the students to participate in various competitions, organizing seminars, workshops and conferences etc. Short term objectives include procuring SAP, FIST-Level II as soon as faculty strength reaches six. The long term plans envisaged for the department are to make exhaustive research facilities available as well as to achieve status of Centre of excellence in biochemical research.

Career prospects:
The Post Graduate students of Biochemistry have ample opportunities in various fields of Biochemistry. The students can opt to go into basic scientific research as well as applied research. The Multi National Companies dealing in Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development, Agriculture, Microbial Technology, Enzyme Technology, Vaccinology, Immunology, Food Industries/Technology and Clinical Trial studies hire M. Sc. Biochemistry students with a good salary package.
 
Also Clinical Research, Hospital Administration, DMLT are some of the PG Diploma Courses which are available for the students who aspire to go into administrative and clinical research. The area of Academics is also available for students who qualify the NET examination for various posts in the affiliated Colleges and in the University. 
 
The CSIR institutes offer JRF/SRF to those students who qualify the CSIR-UGC NET examination for JRF which would lead to their obtaining Ph. D in the field of Biochemistry. Also, students can enroll in the Department for Ph. D.
 
The Department offers two posts of Clinical Assistants in the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory as well as Teaching on Contributory basis for exemplary students.
 
Students aspiring to do their Ph. D in Biochemistry and affiliated sciences after their M. Sc. in Biochemistry can opt for competitive examinations like GRE, TOEFL etc., to qualify for admissions in various prestigious Universities.

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Departmental Faculty Profile:

Prof. G. B. Shinde
Ph.D Head,
gbshinde@rediffmail.com
+919890509481

Prof. M. B. Patil
Ph.D.
mbpatil@hotmail.com
+919860018333

Prof. Swati Kotwal
Ph.D.
swatikotwal@msn.com
+919665054511
Prof. V. G. Meshram
Ph.D.
vgmbc@yahoo.com
+919373201231
Dr. Archana Moon
Ph.D.
moon.archana@gmail.com
+917798744244
   

Courses conducted:
M. Sc. Biochemistry 
M. Phil Biochemistry 
Ph. D Biochemistry

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 Admissions (Intake, Rules, Admission lists, etc.):
The intake capacity for M. Sc. (Sem. I) Biochemistry is 27; for M. Phil Biochemistry it is 10+1; while 08 students can be admitted under each recognized supervisor for Ph. D Biochemistry. 

Courses offered Intake Capacity
1. M. Sc. 27
As per University Norms Eligibility: B. Sc. With Chemistry & Biochemistry
2. M. Phil 10+1
As per University Norms
3. Ph. D. 08 under each faculty
As per University Norms


Consolidated Scheme: Scheme of teaching and examination under credit based semester pattern

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Syllabus

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Eligibility


Enrolled Ph. D. Students in Department


Ph. D. Awarded List

E-Newsletter

Brochure
Vision Document
 

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Prof. M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture Series

Prof. M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture
delivered by Dr. Shekhar Mande, Director,
CSIR-NCCS, Pune

 

Departmental Activities

Events during 2012-2013 and 2013-2014

a.  26th March, 2013, Workshop under Continuing Technical Skill Development Program on Rattus rattus: In Research and Education.
b.  9th October, 2013, 8th  M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture Series. Dr. Shekhar Mande, Director, NCCS-CSIR delivered a lecture.
c.   9th March, 2013, One day Symposium on Perspectives in Life Science Research.
d.  20th Feb, 2013 to 12th March, 2013: Refresher Course in Life Sciences organized by the Department. Theme: Perspectives in Life Science Research.
e.   23th August, 2013 ,Shraamdaan by students of Department of Biochemistry.
f.   8th August, 2012, Guest Lecture by Dr. Dilip Deobaghkar , Pune under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
g.  22nd october, 2012,Guest Lecture by Dr. Sarasa Sukumaran, USA, under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
h.  18th August, 2012, Guest Lecture by Dr.Aishwarya Rao, IIT, Mumbai, under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
i.    6th December, 2012,Guest Lecture by Dr.Sunil Panchal, PDF, Australia under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
j.     Swami Vivekanand Birth Centenary Celebrations.
l.     Alumni Association Meet.
m.   Parent-Teacher Association Meet.
n.    Annual Sports Meet and Annual Social Gathering
o.    E-Newsletter of the Department: Biannual release

 

Continuing Skill Development Program
 Animal Workshop
Co-ordinator: Dr. Archana Moon

Continuing Skill Development Program
Rattus rattus: In Research and Education
Co-ordinator: Dr. Archana Moon

 

 

 

Co-Curricular Activity
One Day Symposium
Perspectives in Life Science Research
Co-ordinator: Dr. M. B. Patil

 

 

Dr. Sukumaran, USA Guest Lecture SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I)
 

Refresher Course in Life Science: Perspectives in Life Science Research  Co-coordinator: Dr. G. B. Shinde Co-coordinator: Dr. Archana Moon

Shramdaan Studentsí, Department of Biochemistry, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur

 

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Research Projects completed:
Departmental Research Projects completed since 1958, 30 projects have been undertaken by the Department and successfully completed. These Projects have been funded by various agencies like UGC, DBT, DST and Matthias Rath (USA).
Interdepartmental Research Projects Completed: since 1986, 07 Research projects have been undertaken and successfully completed in collaboration with other Departments of the University, GMC etc.

 

 

Number of ongoing Research Projects:

  1. UGC MRP entitled “Role of various nutrients --------of age related health problem” , Outlay 11.58 lacs sanctioned to Dr. Swati Kotwal Nov 2010-Oct 2013
  2. UGC-MRP entitled “Studies on---------action”  Outlay: 13,08,000/sanctioned to Dr. M. B. Patil
  3. UGC-MRP entitled “Biochemical characterization of Bioactive Phytochemical’s”

     Outlay: Rs. 13,70,800/- sanctioned to Dr. Archana N. Moon

 

 

Projects Submitted by Faculty (during 2014):

Faculty

Year of Submission

Total
Outlay Lacs)

Funding Agency

Dr. Swati Kotwal
01

2014

67.37

BRNS
(BARC)

Dr. M.B. Patil
01

2014

40.00

BRNS
(BARC)

Dr. Archana Moon
02

2014

25.97

BRNS
(BARC)

2014

43.88

DST (SERB)
SEED DIVISION
Women and Nutrition Scheme

  1. The BRNS projects were called for presentation during February, 2014.
  2. MoU between the University and BARC is underway.
  3. All three projects (BRNS) have been recommended as mega projects to set up a Central Radiation and Radiation Technology Centre in the University.

 

 

Collaborations with other institutions:

  1. Dr. G. B. Shinde has tie–ups with MGIMS, Sewagram for research collaboration.
  2. A collaborative project with NEERI has been submitted by Dr. Swati Kotwal to DST.

 

 

Patents and Publications:

Faculty

Application No.

Date of filing

Date of Grant

Patent No.

Patent term

Dr. G. B. Shinde

1148/DEL/2001

13/11/2001

12/07/2008

221967

20 years

Dr. M.B. Patil

485
mum/2014

11/02/2014

Applied

 

 

Other Information:

Extension Activities of the Department: A Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory is being run by the Department which runs laboratory tests for various hormones, complete hemogram, urine and stool analysis, 17-alpha –ketosteroids and VMA analysis. These tests are done for free for Nagpur University staff while the outside patients referred by various doctors are charged a nominal fee.

 

Highlights of the Department:

  1. A state –of-art animal house which breeds and supplies Wistar strains of rats for Research and Educational purpose.
    A Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory,
  2. There is a Counseling and a Placement Guidance Cell for the students of the Department,
  3. Students welfare activities are conducted routinely,
  4. Seminars are conducted regularly as per schedule,
    Annual Social Gathering and Sports Event are organized every year,
  5. A Tree Plantation Drive along with Shramdaan is taken up every year,
    Various Conferences/Seminars/Workshops/Symoposia are organized for the students’ benefit at regular intervals.
  6. A regular ‘Meet the Scientist Program’ facilitates the eminent Scientist-Student Interaction,
  7. A Continuous Technical Skill Development Program is taken up every year for the technical upgradation of the student community.
    Linkages with industry/Research Institutes through visits are encouraged for the placement benefit to the students,
  8. Achievement of the students and the Ph. D awardees are displayed on the notice Board for wide visibility,
  9. Guest Lectures are organized for the benefit of the students from time to time on a regular basis,
  10. Prof. M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture Series has been initiated since last 07 years in which the eminent scientists are invited to deliver lectures and thereby enhance students’-scientists’ interaction,
  11. A Parent-Teacher Association is in place to provide an interaction between the two for the students’ benefit,
  12. An Alumni Association Meeting is conducted twice a year to get feedback about the Department and building the strategy for development of the Department.
  13. Students’ feedback about academic offering of the Department is taken every year.
  14. UGC Visiting Professor’s Lectures are organized every year.
  15. The Department is an active Chapter of Society of Biological Chemists’ India.
  16. A Brochure of the Department has also been designed for information purposes.
  17. An E-Newsletter is being circulated regularly since 2012 for the student community and alumni for updating purposes.

 

Prestigious Awards received by the Faculty members:

Dr. Archana Moon awarded Honorary Fellowship of Society of Sciences, India for contribution towards Biochemical Research

Achievements of the Department:

 Till date more than 130 students have been awarded Ph. D, 10 M. Phil has been awarded. 
In the last five years 01 patent, 21 research papers have been published in International Journals and 42 in National Journals, All the faculty members are referees/reviewers for National and International Journals, All the faculty members are Ph. D thesis examiners for various Universities, All the faculty members are appointed on various academic bodies of the University and other Universities, All faculty are life members of various academic and professional bodies. The Head of the Department is appointed by DBT as a member on an Institutional Biosafety Committee of NMU, Jalgaon. 

 

Consultancy services offered:

Services provided about animal breeding, animal experimentation and animal sale. Services regarding cancer biology, osteoporosis, diabetes, diagnostic testing and medicinal plant research and photochemistry are provided.

 

Expertise available in the Department:

Expertise with respect to animal and plant tissue culture, cancer biology, formulation of nutrient mixtures for specific disease models, development of disease models in rats, bioremediation and phytoremediation, toxicological studies and bioactive phytochemicals characterization is available with the Department.

 

Facilities available in the Department:

A) Working space available for the department:
a) Class Room                      : 2
b) Laboratory                        : 9
c) Other Space Available   : Library, Stores, Animal house, Computer and Bioinformatics laboratory, Instrument room.

B) Instrumentation available in the Department:


Sr No.

Name of the Equipment

Cost and year of purchase

Source

Status

1

Chemiluminometer

Rs. 8,26,000/- 2002

Depreciation fund

Working

2

Micro plate Reader

Rs. 2,53,524/-  2006

DST-FIST

Working

3

Gel Documentation system

Rs. 4,86,000/- 2006

DST-FIST

Working

4

UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

Rs. 3,52,446/- 2006

Xth plan

Working

5

Networking

Rs. 4,08,060/-2006

DST-FIST

Working

6

PCR

Rs. 2,44,000/- 2006

DST-FIST

Working

7

PCR

Rs. 2,96,638/- 2008

XIth plan

Working

8

Zeiss inverted microscope

Rs.2,53,953/- 2004

Matthias Rath

Working

9

CO 2 Incubator

Rs. 2,30,860/- 2004

Matthias Rath Project

Working

10

IEF with thermostatic regulator

Rs.400000/-  1999
 

DBT Project

Working

11

HPLC

Rs. 6,00,000/- 2010

XIth plan

Working

12

Semi-automatic analyzer

Rs. 1,25,000/- 2012

UGC Project

Working

C) Details of Computers & its accessories available in the Department: 
1 server, 8 think client, 20 computers, 2 laser printers, 2 desk jet printers and 1 dot matrix printer, 03 lab tops..
Computer laboratory is operational from March 2007 and students are using regularly. The Department has got a broad band connection with Wi-Fi facility which the students and faculty use regularly for their academic and research purposes.

 

 

Few Distinguished Alumni of the Department:

a) Dr. SatishWate, Director, NEERI, Nagpur.
b) Dr. TapanChakraborty, Scientist Emeritus, NEERI, Nagpur.
c) Dr. H. F. Daginawala, Senior Research Consultant, Biochemistry Research Laboratory, CIIMS, Nagpur.
d) Dr. B. C. Harinath, Director, JBTRDC, Sewagram Wardha
e) Dr. SaraswatiSukumar, NIH, USA
f) Dr. Milind Gore, NIV, Pune
g) Dr. Pratima Jadhav, Principal, Elphinstine College, Mumbai.

These are some of the eminent Alumni of the Department. There are many more, who are occupying great positions in various national and international Universities, MNC’s and Research Institutions.
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Contact Us
Contact details :
Office: 0712-2531665, 0712-2522197
Email: rtmnubiochem@gmail.com

 

 

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