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M.Sc. Biotechnology

Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Biotechnology

St. Aloysius College ventured into the field of Biotechnology as the first college in Dakshina Kannada District to start an undergraduate course in the year 2000. The post graduate course affiliated to Mangalore University, started in the year 2002. The department was recognized as a Centre for Research in Biotechnology by Mangalore University in 2008. The Department is one among 12 institutions in Karnataka selected for the Govt. of Karnataka’s (VGST) sponsored Biotechnology Finishing School (BTFS) in 2011.

Objectives of the Department:

  • To provide state of art knowledge and skills in Biotechnology.
  • To generate manpower trained in Biotechnology suited to meet the needs of the industry and academia.
  • To train students to pursue committed research in the field of biotechnology.
  • To make a positive impact on human and animal health, agriculture and environment in the region.

Highlights of the department:

Excellent infra-structure:

  • Built up area of the department: 22,000sqft, having three state-of-art laboratories as well as Plant Tissue Culture and Animal cell culture rooms.
  • Three research laboratories for Ph.D. scholars.
  • Three class rooms of 40-student capacity each equipped with LCD and OHP projectors & screens.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Comprehensive library with latest editions of books
  • CPCSEA registered Animal house, Green house.

Experienced and qualified staff:

  • 4 staff members possess Ph.D. degrees.
  • Research projects are funded by DST, DBT, BRNS and UGC.
  • Publications are made in International and National journals.
  • Members belong to academic boards of various universities.

Salient features:

  • Eminent scientists invited for guest lectures.
  • Workshops and symposia conducted annually.
  • Research work is presented in International and national symposia.
  • Students clear GATE, CSIR-UGC NET, GRE.
  • Students bring laurels by participating in sports, curricular and co-curricular activities.
  • Social service carried out by students.
  • Industrial visits and study tours.

Consultancy services:

  • Aqua plus: Water quality testing for flats/buildings/tanks etc.
  • Hands on training/workshops on Biotechniques; Genomics/Proteomics/Plant tissue culture/Animal cell culture to high school/PU/Degree teachers/research scholars.
  • Summer research training for High school/PU/B.Sc. students.

For queries contact- 0824 2449700 Ext. 223; email us: dbt.sac@gmail.com

Programs Offered:

  • Masters in Biotechnology (Autonomous).
  • Biotechnology Finishing School (An initiative of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India and Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka).
  • Advanced Diploma in Fermentation and Bio-processing.
  • Advanced Diploma in Plant Tissue Culture and Micro-propagation.
  • Ph.D. in Biotechnology (Mangalore University).

M.Sc. Biotechnology

Duration of the program: 2 years comprising 4 semesters.

Candidates who have passed the three year B.Sc. degree examination of Mangalore University with Life Science subjects or any other University considered as equivalent thereto provided they have studied Chemistry/Biochemistry as one of the major /optional /subsidiary subject and have secured a minimum of 45% marks (40% for SC/ST/Category-I candidates) in aggregate Excluding Languages and Group III Subjects are eligible for the programme. Selection of candidates shall be on merit-cum-reservation on the basis of 50:50 weightage for marks in the entrance and qualifying examinations

Choice Based Credit System:
The program follows Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total of 100 credits. Each semester will have 25 credits. One choice based course of 4 credits shall be offered in the Third Semester of the program within the faculty or across the faculty. Every course comprises of lecture – practical – tutorial -self-study (seminar + assignment) – continuous assessment schedule. The minimum number of credits to be earned for the award of the degree is 100.


First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester
Theory Biochemistry and Biophysics Molecular Biology Concepts of Biotechnology (CBCS)* Regulatory affairs and entrepreneurship
Microbiology Genetic Engineering Industrial Biotechnology Environmental Biotechnology
Cell biology Enzymology Animal Biotechnology Food Biotechnology
Molecular genetics Immunology Plant Biotechnology Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Practical Biochemistry & Biophysics Molecular Biology Industrial Biotechnology and Metabolism Environmental and Food Biotechnology
Microbiology Genetic Engineering Animal and Plant Biotechnology Dissertation and project presentation
Cell biology Enzymology
Molecular genetics Immunology

Total credits = 100, Total marks = 2500

*Course offered from the department to other PG students of the College.

Facilities available under this program:

Binocular Light Microscope with Fluorescent attachment (Olympus), CCD Camera   (Jenoptik), Stereo Microscopes (Olympus), Inverted phase contrast microscope (Olympus), Canon digital camera, Binocular Microscopes (Magnus, India; Motic, Germany), Carbon dioxide incubator (Nuaire), Thermal cycler (Ependroff), UV-Vis spectrophotometer (Thermospectronic), ELISA plate reader (Ranbaxy, India), Refrigerated high speed centrifuge (Kubota), Refrigerated centrifuge (Plastocrafts, India), Baby Fermenter (Murhopye), Incubator shaker, Rotary evaporator, Cryocans, Microtome, Chemical Fume hood, Laminar air flow cabinets-vertical & horizontal (Rotek), -20 °C freezers (Voltas, India).

Co-curricular activities:

  • English Language training
  • Soft Skills
  • Student seminars every semester
  • In-house Research projects
  • Students present their research papers in International/National seminars & conferences
  • Training in Central Government Research Institutes during vacations availing summer research fellowships
  • Coaching classes to clear UGC-CSIR NET, GATE, GRE
  • Study tours/Industrial visits

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Biotechnology Association
  • Intercollegiate festivals, In-house competition in photography, collage, rangoli, quiz, etc.
  • Wall journal ‘Prism’
  • Sports day
  • PG Day
  • Radio programmes on “Sarang” FM radio
  • Rural service week

Events Organized:

Student festivals:

  • Biospectra : National level intercollegiate meet: 2012
  • Biospectra – State level 2006
  • Biotech festival – State level meet: 2005, 2006

National Seminars:

  • National seminar on trends in environmental biotechnology in association with Department of Botany, Dec 11-12, 2013 (sponsored by DBT, UGC) attended by 250 participants.
  • National seminar on Pteridophyta: An Intriguing Flora. Environmental and Ethnobotanical Significance, 8- 9 February, 2013.
  • Sustainable waste management seminar conducted on Jan 29-31st 2009.
  • “Biotechnology: Bridging the Industry – Academic gap” on Jan 20-21, 2006.
  • “Biotechnology for a better future” and 26th Annual Meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association held during 15th – 17th January 2004.
  • Biotechnology-Challenges and Prospects, 4-6th January, 2002.

Lecture workshops/Hands-on workshops and exhibitions:

  • Hands-on workshop on Laboratory equipment held on 14th March 2014.
  • Hands-on Practical Training Workshop in Bio-techniques conducted for Faculty and Students of St Agnes College, 5-8 November 2012.
  • Workshop on Animal Welfare, Ethics and Experimentation, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore on 17 August 2012.
  • International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)-funded Lecture workshop on Neurological disorders and Poster competition held on 1st Sept, 2010.
  • 3-day Lecture-cum-Demonstration Workshop “Evolutionary Biology: Darwin and Beyond” 17-19 Dec 2009 – Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.
  • “Lecture workshop on Bionanotechnology” conducted on March 26th 2009.
  • International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)-funded Brain Awareness Event – Lectures and Exhibition on 20th – 21st March, 2009.
  • Kuppers memorial lectures: Jan 2008.
  • “National Level Hands-on Workshop on Biotechniques in Life Sciences” For Under Graduate Teachers and Researchers, Sponsored by UGC, held during 10-11 January 2008.
  • Hands on training workshop in Molecular techniques conducted on 25th, 26th and 27th of May, 2007.
  • “Frontier Lectures in Biotechnology” January 30-31st, 2007, Sponsored by Indian Academy of Science – Indian Institute of Science.
  • Training in techniques of Bio-Technology held on 25th and 26th June, 2004.

Achievements of the Students:

Cleared UGC- CSIR JRF&LS:1.   Ms. Pallavi Baliga

2.   Mr. Saran Kumar

3.   Ms. Serena D’Souza

4.   Ms. Lyned Lasrado

5.   Mr. Arvind A.

6.   Ms. Deepthi M.

7.   Ms. Arpana Kamath

8.   Mr. Anup Chandrapal

 Cleared NET, SLET:1.   Ms. Nikhila Pai

2.   Mr. Anup Chandrapal

3.   Ms. Reema Lobo

4.   Ms. Renita D’Souza


 Cleared GATE:1.   Mr. Saran kumar

2.   Ms. Arpana Kamath

3.   Mr. Rahul Raghavan

4.   Ms. Deepthi M

5.   Ms. Serena D’Souza

6.   Ms. Divya Bhandarkar

7.   Ms. Deepthi D’Souza

8.   Ms. Priya

9.   Ms. Starlaine Mascarenhas

10. Ms. Neena Roy

11. Ms. Deepti K.V

12. Ms. Deekshitha Kulal

13. Ms. Sinitta Dias Juliao

14. Mr. Devdas Shenoy

Students selected for Indian Academy of Sciences sponsored Summer research training in Research Laboratories:1.   Ms. Neena Roy-Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology(CCMB), Hyderabad – 2011

2.   Ms. Kavya Naroth – NIMHANS, Bangalore- 2012

3.   Ms. Saroja GK – Dept of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi-2013

Cleared CAT:1.   Mr. Parikshit Shiravanthe
Cleared GRE:1.   Mr. Saran Kumar

2.   Ms. Dilna Damodaran

 Cleared NII1.     Mr.Saran Kumar

2.     Ms. Lyned Lasrado

Indira Gandhi Single girl Child Scholarship:1.   Rakhee Bhakta

2.   Sreevidya

3.   Karen Rodrigues

4.   Priyanka Kamath

5.   Jessilda Luis

6.   Raksha Maben

7.   Naksha Anchan


Corporation Bank Gold Medal for Academic excellence:1.   Mr. Saran Kumar

2.   Ms. Lyned Lasardo

3.   Ms. Soumya Kamath

Rajiv Gandhi Science Talent Research Fellowship – 2007

  1. Ms. Lyned Lasrado
ICMR-JRF entrance exam:1.   Mr. Paul Mark Dias
Minority Scholarship:1.   Noorain Shaikh Post Matric Minority Scholarship1.   Viyanna Menezes

Awards and recognition of Student research projects:

About 95 research projects were undertaken by the students in the past 7 years. These were presented in National and international conferences and won prizes.

 THE BEST POSTER AWARD: Sulakshana Majumder, “Catabolic potential of a Burkholderia species strain BC1 in the degradation of Salicylic Acid analogues” at National Seminar on Trends in Environmental Biotechnology and its Applications, 10-11 December 2013, held at St Aloysius College, Mangalore.

II place – POSTER: Sanket Ramesh Kulkarni, Production of Biofertilizers and Checking the affectivity on Plant Growth at National Seminar on Trends in Environmental Biotechnology and its Applications, 10-11 December 2013, held at St Aloysius College, Mangalore.

II place – POSTER: Nikhil R. Halarnkar, Hermann Fernandes, Poojitha G, Sudha Sajeev and Smitha Hegde “ DNA Barcoding of Pteridophytes of Western Ghats at National Seminar on Trends in Environmental Biotechnology and its Applications, 10-11 December 2013, held at St Aloysius College, Mangalore.

THE BEST POSTER AWARD: Serena D’Souza, Nidhi Abraham, and Asha Abraham. Evaluation of the cytotoxicity of the leaf extracts of Withania somnifera on EAC cell line in vitro. National Symposium on Trends and advancements in Biotechnology (National Science Seminar Complex, IISc) BIO-SYM 2009, held during 27-28 November, Bangalore. Page No. 62, 2009.

BEST ORAL PAPER PRESENTATION AWARD: Saran Kumar, Ravi Kiran and Asha Abraham. Anti tumor effect of the chloroform extract fraction of fruit rinds of Garcinia indica in Swiss Albino Mice. National Conference on Biotechnology & Clinical Research in India, March 7th & 8th 2008 held at J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, organized by Innovative centre for Biosciences.

THE BEST POSTER AWARD: Reena Lobo, Supriya Pai and Asha Abraham. Evaluation of the anti diabetic effect of Tinospora cordifolia on streptozotocin induced diabetic rats – National Conference on Biotechnology & Clinical Research in India, March 7th & 8th 2008 held at J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Organized by Innovative centre for Biosciences.

II place – POSTER: Kavery Karumbaiah, Ujwal Prabhakar and Smitha Hegde 2008, Genetic Diversity Study Of Sugarcane Varieties Grown In Dakshina Kannada. 24th National Conference of the ISCAP on Biotechnological strategies for biodiversity conservation, 13-15th March, Abstract no: CP29. pp: 74-75.

THE BEST POSTER AWARD: Nimmy. T. Mohan, Smisha Varadu and Asha Abraham. Cytotoxic effects of leaf and rhizome extracts of Costuspictus on EAT cell lines in vitro and partial phytochemical analysis. – The National Conference on Medicinal And Aromatic Plants (NCMAP-07) organized by Ganga Kaveri Institute of Science And Management from 19-04-07 to 21-04-07 at Institute Of Agriculture And Technology, Bangalore.

Students are employed at:

Biocon, Astra Zeneca, Avestagen, Samy labs, Jubilant Biosys, Monsanto, BASF, Agro chem pharmaceuticals, Wipro Life Sciences, Aurigene, Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham, Lab land Biotech, Navya Biologicals, Unichem laboratories, Clingene, Molecular Connections, Accenture, Unilever-Bangalore, Apollo Research center-Bangalore, Genei, Nanoscience diagnostics, Natural Remedies, Biobase Databases, Corporation Bank-Madikeri, State Bank of Mysore-Mangalore, ICICI Bank-Bangalore, Reliance Institute of Life Sciences, Bharath serums and vaccines, Souza hatcheries, Bhagavathi minerals, Cipla, TCS, Apotex, Stride Laboratories, Metahelix, Sabio Innovative solutions, Thermofisher, Spinco Tech, Merck, Mangalore Biotechnology Laboratory, Varanasi Research Foundation, Life Technologies, Lotus Laboratories-Bangalore, Gulf Healthcare International-Dubai, Omega Hospital-Mangalore, Cognizant Technology Solutions-Pune, Novozymes-Bangalore, RTA-New South Wales, DuPont Knowledge Center-Hyderabad, Indo American Hybrid seeds-Bangalore, Eurofins-Bangalore, Infosys-Mangalore, Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit-Bangalore, Thomson Reuters – Pangea3-Mumbai, Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation-Bangalore, Abbott Careers-Goa, Tulips Diagnostic Ltd-Goa, Indoco Remedies-Goa, HDC-Bangalore, Newgem Imaging Systems P Ltd.-Bangalore.

Research and Higher studies:

IISc Bangalore, IIT Chennai, CFTRI Mysore, JNU Delhi, NITK, University of Jena Germany, Aarhus University Denmark, University of Wollongong Australia, National University of Singapore, Muscat University, Mangalore University, Fisheries College Mangalore, NRCC Puttur, KMC Manipal Life Sciences, University of Malaya, Amrita Center for Nanosciences & Molecular Medicine Kochi, CMC Vellore, Goa University, University of Veterinary and Fisheries Mangalore, University of Calicut, St.John’s Medical College Bangalore, Yenepoya University Mangalore, National Institute of Virology Pune, SASTRA University Tamil Nadu.

Teaching (UG/PG):

St. Aloysius, Alva’s College Moodbidri, Vidyadayini College Kaup, SDM Ujire, St. Agnes College, Bhuvanedra College Karkal, Bhandarkar’s College Kundapur, Dhempe College Goa, Carmel College, Goa, Guru dev arts and science college Kannur University, St. Ann’s Mangalore, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, Manipal Sikkim University, Oxford College of Engineering Bangalore, Jyothi Nivas College Bangalore, MS Ramaiah College of Engineering, Bangalore.