UGC: CAS in Saurashtra University’s Bioscience Department

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University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the Saurashtra University’s Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in July 2012. The Centre is in the Department of Biosciences of the university.The areas of research in the Department are diversified and include Plant Physiology & Plant Molecular Biology, Herbal Technology & Medicinal Plants, Plant Ecology, Marine & Coastal Biodiversity, Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries Biology, Arachnology (spider), Entomology, Extremophiles, Microbial Enzymes, Environmental Microbiology, Xenobiotic Degradation, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology.

The Department of Biosciences was established in 1969.  with the initiation of an Integrated Post Graduate programme in Biology by the founder Head of the Department, Prof. S.C. Pandya.   Later on, keeping Integrated Biology as the theme, specialized courses in Botany, Zoology and Microbiology were started. In 2004, M.Sc. in Biotechnology was added to the academic programmes. Currently, the Department offers M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D. courses in Botany, Zoology, Microbiology and Biotechnology.

In addition to it, the university claims that during the last 10 years, the Department has received research grants worth more that Rs 7 Crores from the Central Government (UGC, DBT and DST), Govt. of Gujarat and Industries. Presently, several projects worth Rupees 6.5 crores are running in the Department. The Department has range of sophisticated equipments like Capillary based DNA Sequencer, Real Time PCR, Protein Purification systems, HPLC, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and thermal cyclers.

Also, during the last 10 years, more than 45 Research Fellowships have been awarded to Ph.D.  research scholars by UGC, CSIR, DBT and Gujarat Government. The Department has published more than 300 Research Papers in National and International Journals and contributed 25 Books & Book Chapters during a period spanning 2001-2012. During this period, 350 research papers were presented in various conferences.