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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. This year the choice based credit system according to the Semester System has been adopted. The syllabus for which has been framed by the faculty of the Department. 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.



Departmental Faculty Profile:

Prof. G. B. Shinde
Prof. M. B. Patil
Prof. Swati Kotwal
Prof. V. G. Meshram
Dr. Archana Moon

 Admissions (Intake, Rules, Admission lists, etc.):
The intake capacity for M. Sc. Biochemistry is 27; for M. Phil Biochemistry it is 10; 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. As per University Norms

Scheme of teaching and examination under credit based semester pattern

Department Brochure




Ph. D. Awarded List


Vision Document


Prof. M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture Series

Prof. M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture
delivered by Dr. Tapan Chakraborty,
Scientist Emertius, CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur



Departmental Activities

Events during 2012-2013

1. 26th March, 2013, Workshop under Continuing Technical Skill Development Program on Rattus rattus: In Research and Education.
2. 9th March, 2013, 7th M. C. Nath Memorial Lecture Series. Dr. Tapan Chakrborty, Scientist Emeritus, NEERI-CSIR delivered a lecture on SNP and Biomarkers.
3. 9th March, 2013, One day Symposium on Perspectives in Life Science Research.
4. 20th Feb, 2013 to 12th March, 2013: Refresher Course in Life Sciences organized by the Department. Theme: Perspectives in Life Science Research.
5. , Shraamdaan by students of Department of Biochemistry.
6. 8th August, 2012, Guest Lecture by Dr. Dilip Deobaghkar , Pune under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
7. 22nd october, 2012Guest Lecture by Dr. Sarasa Sukumaran, USA, under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
7. 18th August, 2012, Guest Lecture by Dr.Aishwarya Rao, IIT, Mumbai, under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
8. 6th December, 2012,Guest Lecture by Dr.Sunil Panchal, PDF, Australia under SBC, Nagpur Chapter (I).
9. Swami Vivekanand Birth Centenary Celebrations.
10. Alumni Association Meet.
11. Parent-Teacher Association Meet.
13. Annual Sports Meet and Annual Social Gathering
14. E-Newsletter of the Department launched on 9th March, 2013.

Continuing Skill Development Program Information Literacy
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 Students’, Department of Biochemistry, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur





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. “To study Hepatocellular damage ---Nagpur city DOTS center”, Amt. 6,99,300/- : Sanctioned to Dr. V. G. Meshram.
4. UGC-MRP entitled “ Biochemical characterization of BAP’s”
Outlay: Rs. 13,70,800/- sanctioned to Dr. Archana N. Moon


Collaborations with other institutions:
a. Dr. G. B. Shinde has tie –ups with MGIMS, Sewagram for research collaboration.
b. A collaborative project with NEERI has been submitted by Dr. Swati Kotwal to DST.
c. Dr. V. G. Meshram is currently a Co-PI for a UGC Major Research Project funded to PGTD Microbiology, RTMNU, Nagpur.
d. Dr. Archana Moon Co-PI for a project submitted to DST in collaboration with the PGTD Chemistry, RTMNU, Nagpur.



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:

  • A state –of-art animal house which breeds and supplies Wistar strains of rats for Research and Educational purpose.
    A Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory,

  • There is a Counseling and a Placement Guidance Cell for the students of the Department,

  • Students welfare activities are conducted routinely,

  • Annual Seminars are conducted,

  • Annual Social Gathering and Sports Event are organized every year,
    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.

  • A regular ‘Meet the Scientist Program’ facilitates the eminent Scientist-Student Interaction,

  • 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,

  • Achievement of the students and the Ph. D awardees are displayed on the notice Board for wide visibility,

  • Guest Lectures are organized for the benefit of the students from time to time on a regular basis,

  • 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,

  • A Parent-Teacher Association is in place to provide an interaction between the two for the students’ benefit,

  • An Alumni Association Meeting is conducted twice a year to get feedback about the Department and building the strategy for development of the Department.

  • Studentsfeedback about academic offering of the Department is taken every year.

  • UGC Visiting Professor’s Lectures are organized every year.

  • The Department is an active Chapter of Society of Biological Chemists’ India.

  • A Brochure of the Department has also been designed for information purposes.

  • 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

Sr No

Name of the Equipment




Zeiss inverted microscope


Micro plate Reader


CO 2 Incubator


Gel Documentation system


IEF with thermostatic regulator


UV-VIS Spectrophotometer






Semi-automatic analyzer






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, 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. Satish Wate, Director, NEERI, Nagpur.
b) Dr. Tapan Chakraborty, 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. Saraswati Sukumar, NIH, USA
f) Dr. Milind Gore, NIV, Pune
h) 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.



Contact Us
Contact details :
Office: 0712-2531665, 0712-2522197





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