Department of Biochemistry – Best Deemed University in Chennai
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Department of Biochemistry

About the Department

The Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences was started in the year 1993 under the affiliation of University of Madras. The Department has well equipped laboratories, advanced research facilities, sophisticated services and computing and networking capabilities. The Department does exceedingly well in the fields of higher education, research and industrial consultancy. Strong expertise exists among the highly qualified faculty on both theoretical and experimental methods of research”.

Vision & Mission

Vision of the Department

To educate the budding researcher with professional principle to meet the challenges in the field of biotechnology. 

Mission of the Department

To onset a skilful research potential in emerging technological area like environmental, industrial, agricultural and health for the societal benefit.

Courses Offered

  • B Sc., Biochemistry
  • M.Sc., Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry

The academic programmes are based on the choice based credit system as per UGC regulations. Each Programme comprises several core, elective courses, internships, field visit and project work.  

Add on Course

The Department also offers a two year Diploma in Medical Lab Technology course (conducted by Bharat Seva Samaj) duly approved and certified by the Planning Commission, Government of India, assuring students with 100% Placement.

About Research Programmes

Ample opportunities are provided for research-minded students to work on their research skills and participate actively in pioneering research studies through Ph.D programme.  The faculties along with their scholars do active research in frontier areas, which often results in highly acclaimed publications in International and National Journals and patents.  Most of the research work is presented in International and National conferences. 

Research Areas

  • Biochemical, toxicological and pharmacological evaluation of the efficacy of plants, active constituents and plant based nano particles.
  • Preclinical evaluation of bioactive constituents for disorders and diseases like cancer, ulcer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes.
  • Biochemical and molecular characterization of microbial enzymes of industrial importance.
  • Insights into the mechanism underlying  neuro pathophysiology and its amelioration employing phytochemicals.

Corporate Partnership

The Department always intends to foster  student and industry interaction for acquiring additional knowledge, technical knowhow and update of latest technologies among students. For this purpose the department has Memorandum of Understanding with corporate firms.  These include the

  • Stannis Institute of Paramedical Sciences for conducting 2 year DMLT course with lab practices.
  • Greens Med Lab and Avanz Biotech for internship programs, biochemical estimations and sample Processing.

Placement

We have 100% job placement record. Students have no trouble finding coveted positions in reputed corporate companies that visit the campus every year, offering an excellent salary package on par with international standards. Candidates interested in career options other than clinical diagnostics shall also be assisted in pursuing their interests. Placements were  obtained earlier from reputed corporates include Cipla, Alkem, Orchid, Pfizer, Ranbaxy, DRL etc.,

 

Faculty-Student Ratio:  1:20

Facilities

Labs and Classrooms:

Two separate dedicated Labs for UG and PG Biochemistry students. 

5 Smart classrooms with WiFi facility.

Instruments Available:
  • Analog Colorimeter
  • Auto analyser (Semi)
  • Auto clave
  • Binocular microscope (Olympus)
  • Clinical centrifuge
  • Digital colorimeter
  • Digital incubator
  • Electronic balance 
  • Heating mantle
  • Homogeniser
  • Laminar air flow
  • Magnetic stirrer
  • Micro centrifuge  (maximum – 10000rpm, fixed, 6 x 1.5mL)
  • Monocular microscope
  • Oven
  • pH meter
  • Remi R8 centrifuge (maximum speed – 6000 rpm)
  • Remi R24 centrifuge (maximum speed – 16000 rpm)
  • Rotary shaker (fixed speed 180 rpm)
  • Soxhlet Extractor
  • UV Spectrophotometer Shimadzu
  • Vacuum  pump
  • Vortex mixer
  • -20ºC Freezer

Programme Outcomes

PROGRAM OUTCOME (PO)

PO-1: Scientific knowledge: Graduates will acquire biochemistry/biotechnology / bioinformatics/ microbiology specific knowledge, including recent techniques in the respective fields coupled with hands-on skills and leadership skills for a successful career.

PO-2: Problem analysis: Graduates will be able to analyse, solve and troubleshoot problems in implementation of biochemistry/biotechnology/ microbiological protocols.

PO-3: Design/development of solutions: Graduates will develop creative thinking and cooperate with each other to solve problems in the field of biochemistry/biotechnology/bioinformatics/microbiology.

PO-4: Conduct investigations of complex problems: Graduates will acquire practical skills – which help in planning and designing protocols to validate hypothesis and execute experimental techniques independently as well as assimilate, analyse and interpret subsequent data.

PO-5: Modern tool usage and communication: Graduates will effectively be able to manage resources and time using ICT and computer enabled devices and accomplish ability to understand and communicate all ideas effectively.

PO-6: Environment sustainability and Ethics: Graduates will get adequate knowledge to use information and implement solutions for environmental protection and remediation. Graduates will be aware of their role and responsibility in handling and use of microbes including genetically modified microorganisms.

PO-7: Lifelong learning: Graduates will carry on to learn and adapt in a world of constantly evolving technology.

Programme Outcomes

PROGRAM OUTCOME (PO)

The M.Sc. programme (Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/microbiology) at VISTAS has documented measurable outcomes that are based on the needs of the programme’s stakeholders. The programme outcomes that the department presently adapts to are as follows:

PO1: Life Sciences knowledge: Successful candidates will acquire current/recent specific knowledge in the respective discipline with proficiency in practical skills and leadership skills for a successful career.

PO2: Problem analysis: Successful candidates will be able to analyse, design standards, resolve and troubleshoot problems in implementation or standardization of Life sciences protocols.

PO3: Design/development of solutions: Successful candidates will develop creative and cognitive thinking and cooperate with each other to solve problems in the field of Life sciences.

Programme Outcomes

PROGRAM OUTCOME (PO)

PO1: Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.


PO2:Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.


PO3: Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.


PO4: Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.


PO5: Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.


PO6: The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.


PO7: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.


Curriculum & Syllabus

CURRICULUM & SYLLABUS

MINIMUM CREDITS TO BE EARNED: 140

  Hours/Week   Maximum Marks  
Code No. CourseLectureTutorialPracticalCreditsCASEETotal
SEMESTER 1
LANGTamil I/ Hindi / French 30034060100
ENGEnglish I30034060100
CORE1Biomolecule I31044060100
CORE2Basics of Nutrition31044060100
CORE3Human Physiology40044060100
COREPRACTICAL1 - Qualitative analysis of Biomolecules00424060100
COREPRACTICAL 2- Nutritional Biochemistry00424060100
AECCCommunication Skills10224060100
SECOrientation/Inducton programme / Life skills-------
Total1721024

 

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Curriculum & Syllabus

CURRICULUM & SYLLABUS

MINIMUM CREDITS TO BE EARNED: 90

  Hours/Week   Maximum Marks  
Code No. CourseLectureTutorialPracticalCreditsCASEETotal
SEMESTER 1
CoreCore 1 – Chemistry of Biomolecules40044060100
CoreCore 2- Advanced
Instrumental
techniques
40044060100
CoreCore 3 – Cellular
Biochemistry
30244060100
CoreCore 4 – Biochemistry
& Instrumentation
00424060100
DSE DSE 140044060100
DSE DSE 240044060100
SEC Soft Skill 1/
Sector Skill Course
20024060100
Total210624

 

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Curriculum & Syllabus

CURRICULUM & SYLLABUS

MINIMUM CREDITS TO BE EARNED: 140

CategoryCourse Hours/Week Credits  Maximum Marks 
Lecture TutorialPracticalCASEETotal
LANGTamil I/
Hindi / French
50054060100
ENGEnglish I50054060100
COREAlgebra & Trigonometry 40044060100
COREDifferential Calculus40044060100
COREPhysics40004060100
COREPhysics Practical00214060100
Total220023

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Eligibility Criteria

ProgramEligibilityCriteria for Merit
B.Sc. BioChemistryPass in +2 or equivalent with Biology/ Physics/ Chemistry/ Botany/ Zoology/ Biotech/ Bio Chemistry/ Nutrition & Dietetics / Microbiology/ DMLT with pure scienceMerit - Based on percentage of marks secured in the qualifying examination.

Eligibility Criteria

ProgramEligibilityCriteria for Merit
M.Sc. BioChemistryBachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition & Dietetics and Life Sciences (10+2+3 pattern) and B.Sc Medical Lab Technology from a Recognized University or any other degree with Biochemistry as Core subject accepted as equivalent thereto by the SyndicateMerit - Based on percentage of marks secured in the qualifying examination.

Eligibility Criteria

Program
EligibilityCriteria for Merit
B.Sc. MathematicsPass in +2, HSC or equivalent with Biology / Maths / Physics / ChemistryMerit based on percentage of marks secured in the qualifying examination.

Career Prospects

CAREER PROSPECTS

 

  • Academic Researcher
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Scientist, Biochemistry
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician Associate
  • Research Scientist (Life Science)
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician
  • Health and Safety Inspector
  • Medical Science Liaison
  • Neuroscientist
  • Patent Examiner
  • Science writer
  • Toxicologist

Career Prospects

CAREER PROSPECTS

 

  • Forensic scientist
  • Research analyst
  • Medical coder
  • Food safety analyst
  • Food inspector
  • Medical Representative
  • Quality control in R & D of pharma and biotech companies.

Career Prospects

CAREER PROSPECTS

 

  • Data Analyst
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Operational Researcher
  • Financial/Investment Analyst
  • Research Assistant/Scientist
  • General Management
  • Actuarial Science
  • Accountancy and Professional Service

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Fee Structure

Tuition Fee per yearAdministration FeeRegistration fee Misc.
(per sem)
Skill Enhancement Fee
(per year)
Exam Fee
(Per Sem)
At the time of admissionEven SemOdd Sem
32,500 4,9502,9503003000190029,35018,45021,450

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee per yearAdministration FeeRegistration FeeMisc.
(per sem)
Skill Enhancement Fee
(per year)
Exam Fee
(Per Sem)
At the time of admissionEven SemOdd Sem
50,000 6,8003,3003005,000310043,50028,40033,400

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee per yearAdministration FeeRegistration FeeMisc.
(Per Sem)
Skill Enhancement Fee
(Per Year)
Exam Fee
(Per Sem)
At the time of admissionEven SemOdd Sem
30,000 6,8003,3003005,000310033,50018,40023,400

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