Department of Life Sciences VGU

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

OVERVIEW

The Department of Life Sciences was established in 2016 under the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences with an emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and research in modern biology. Department is located at the second floor of university’s largest site (VGU) lies in the west part at our Campus. Our curriculum is designed to meet the diverse interests of life science students. The students will receive training in fundamental knowledge in life sciences.

The Department offers pass as well as honours courses for undergraduate students, postgraduate course in Zoology and Botany and PhD programme. In addition to the structured theoretical courses, hands-on training for the students of the course in state-of-art laboratory facilities is also provided. The Department possesses reputed faculty who have developed themselves as an independent researcher.

If you are interested in the science of living organisms – from the structure and function of DNA and proteins to the interaction among living organisms in an ecosystem; from preparing a career in biological science to becoming a scientist in research and development of biotechnological products – you are welcome to join us.

OUR VISION

As an internationally renowned autonomous university, we will create elite knowledge and technologies in the field of biological sciences as a multidisciplinary field. The Department of Life Sciences will be a leader in acquiring fundamental knowledge of the living world that will advance the health of the planet, including humans. We will fully integrate teaching and research so that all students not only learn but also, through their learning, actively contribute to our understanding of life.

OUR MISSION

To serve the communities of our world, nation, state, and university by advancing understanding of living organisms and their interactions with the surroundings through research, to provide high-quality education in Zoology and Botany with an emphasis on experiential learning and problem solving, and to build public understanding of the living world through educational outreach activities for learners of all ages.  ​Increase the recruitment of and support for innovative and outstanding faculty who through research and teaching will develop the scientists, health professionals, government professionals, and mentors of the future. Foster an exciting environment where teaching, research, and service will stimulate our students to serve as leaders of the people of this state, the nation, and the world. The department will provide excellent graduate education in the courses it is going to offer and the diverse research opportunities. We are committed to excellence in our teaching and we strive to develop each student’s ability to acquire and critically interpret knowledge of basic facts and theories of life science.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

Program Outcome and Program Specific Outcomes

B.Sc. (Honours) Botany

Students taking admission to this program of B.Sc. are expected to get equipped with following outcomes:

PO1: The graduates will become successful professionals by demonstrating logical and analytical thinking abilities.

PO2: The graduates will work and communicate effectively in inter-disciplinary environment, either independently or in a team, and demonstrate leadership qualities.

PO3: The graduates will engage in life-long learning and professional development through self-study, continuing education or professional and doctoral level studies.

PO4: To impart students a broad outline of the methodology of science and will learn the important analytical and instrumental tools used for practicing science.

PO5: Acquire knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject areas identified.

PO6: Develop skills to evaluate, analyze and interpret the chemical information and data.

PO7: Solve problems competently by identifying the essential parts of a problem and formulating a strategy for solving the problem.

PO8: Think creatively (divergently and convergent) to propose novel ideas in explaining facts and figures or providing new solution to the problems.

PO9: To develop student skill in critical thinking and analytical reasoning.

PO10: To prepare the students to pursue higher studies and to develop sustainable innovative solutions for the nation.

PSO11: Create, select and apply appropriate analytical techniques, resources and modern technology in plant sciences & in multidisciplinary environment.

PSO12: Prepare students for prominent career in industry, research, teaching and for further academic study.

PSO13: Student will be able to Acquaint students about Microbes, Plant diversity, Ecology, Plant Genetics, Economic Botany & other branches of Plant Sciences. Students are also familiarized with the use of bioinformatics tools and databases and in the application of statistics to biological data.

M.Sc. Zoology

Students taking admission to this program of M.Sc. are expected to get equipped with following outcomes:

PO 1: Aims to equip students with recent advances in Zoology

PO 2: Students will gain Skills in practical work, experiments, use of biological tool and techniques

PO 3: Students would be exposed to cutting-edge technologies that are currently used in the field of zoology, their evolution and interactions with other organisms and with the ecosystem.

PO 4: Students would also become aware about the social and environmental significance of animals.

PO 5: Understand the complex evolutionary processes and behavior of animals

PO 6: Gain understanding of how invertebrate and vertebrate animals work and how these animal biology is influenced by the different environments of their niches.

PO 7: Student will be able to evaluate usefulness of immunology in different pharmaceutical industries.

PO 8: Students would also become aware about environment & importance of its conservation.

PO 9: Student will be able to correlates the physiological processes of animals and relationship of organ system

PO 10: Student will be able to understand development of animals at molecular level.

PO 11: Students will be able to understand Zoology, such as Aquaculture, Reproductive health, Behavior and Biological time keeping, Cancer Biology, Microbiome and their roles in health and diseases, Bioremediation of pollutants and pesticides, etc.

PO 12: Student will be able to understand applications of emerging tools and technologies in animal sciences

PSO 13: A student after successfully completing M.Sc. in Zoology Programme would sufficiently be skilled and empowered to solve the problems in the realms of Zoology and its allied areas. They would have plethora of job opportunities in the education, environment, agriculture-based, and health related sectors

PSO14: Students can enter into research in the contemporary areas of Zoological/Biological Sciences.

PSO 15: The broad skills and the deeper knowledge in the field would make them highly successful and excellent researcher in advanced areas of research in the Biological sciences.

M.Sc. Botany

Students taking admission to this program of M.Sc. are expected to get equipped with following outcomes:

PO1: Students will gain Skills in practical work, experiments, use of biological tool and techniques

PO2: Students would be trained in all areas of plant biology.

PO3: Students would be exposed to cutting-edge technologies that are currently used in the study of plant life forms, their evolution and interactions with other organisms and with the ecosystem.

PO4: Students would also become aware about the social and environmental significance of plants and their relevance to the national economy

PO5: Students would also know economic importance of plants.

PO6:Able to know the relationship between plants and environment

PO7: Students would also become familiar about taxonomic classification

PO8: Students would also become aware about natural resources and environmental & importance of its conservation.

PO9: Student will be able to understand diversification and domestication of plants

PO10: Student will be able to understand development of plants at molecular level.

PO11: Student will be able to understand physiological processes in plants

PO12: Student will be able to understand applications of emerging tools and technologies in plant sciences

PSO13: A student completing the course is able to understand different specializations of Botany such as systematic, evolution, ecology, developmental biology, physiology, biochemistry, plant interactions with microbes and insects, morphology, anatomy, reproduction, genetics and molecular biology of various life-forms.

PSO14: Student will be able to understand analytical techniques of plant biology, use of plants as industrial resources or as human livelihood support system and is well versed with the use of transgenic technologies for basic and applied research in plants

PSO15: Student will be able to Identify various life forms of plants, design and execute experiments related to basic studies on evolution, ecology, developmental biology, physiology, biochemistry, plant interactions with microbes and insects, morphology, anatomy, reproduction, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, proteomics and transgenic technology. Students are also familiarized with the use of bioinformatics tools and databases and in the application of statistics to biological data.

Faculty List

S.No.
Faculty Name
Qualification
Designation
1.       Dr. Kumud Kant Awasthi M. Sc., Ph.D. Associate Professor & Head
2.       Prof. Kailash Agrawal M. Sc., Ph.D. Professor
3.       Prof. Chandra Shekhar Yadav M. Sc., Ph.D. Professor
4.       Ms. Seema Manwani M. Sc. Ph. D Assistant Professor
5.       Ms. Pooja Devi M. Sc. Ph. D Assistant Professor
6.       Ms. Harshita Mishra M. Sc. Ph. D* Assistant Professor
7.       Mr. Neeraj Swami M. Sc. Assistant Professor
8.       Ms. Shivangi Giri M. Sc. Ph. D* Assistant Professor

Laboratory

S.No.
Name of Labs
1 UG Zoology Lab
2 PG Zoology Lab
3 UG Botany Lab
4 UG Botany Lab
5 Research Lab

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

S.No.
Title of paper
Name of the author/s
Department
Name of journal
Year of publication
ISSN number
1 Sustainable Amelioration of Heavy Metals in Soil Ecosystem: Existing Developments to Emerging Trends Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Minerals 2022 2075-163X
2 Metal oxides nanocomposite membrane for biofouling mitigation in wastewater treatment Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Materials Today Chemistry 2021 24685194
3 Uses of the antiviral potential of medicinal plants and their derivatives or products in prevention and treatment of COVID-19 Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Gorteria 2021 0017-2294
4 Biosensors for diagnosis of urinary tract infections: Advances and future challenges Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Materials Letters: X 2021 2590-1508
5 Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals Extracted from Soil and Aquatic Environments: Current Advances as well as Emerging Trends Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry Journal 2021 2069-5840
6 Alteration of Media Enables Efficient In-vitro Regeneration in Antamool (Tylophoraindica): A Threatened Medicinal Plant, Pooja Devi Life Sciences Gorteria 2021 0017-2294
7 Hepatotoxicity of graphene oxide in Wistar rats Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Springer Heidelberg 2021 0944-1344
8 Nanomaterials is Biology Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Springer Heidelberg 2021 0944-1344
9 Effect of Pseudomonas syringae pv. Apii on Nutritional Value, Essentail Oil Profiling and Enzymatic Activity of Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi L.) Seeds Kailash Agrawal Life Sciences Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences 2021 2249-4538
10 Development and Shelf-Life Study of an Antioxidant Rich Mix Fruits and Vegetable Juice. Kailash Agrawal Life Science Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences 2021 0976-1675
11 Development of Calcium and Vitamin D fortified cereal based food products for bone health. Kailash Agrawal Life Science Turkish Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation 2021 2651-4451
12 Scientific, philosophical and cultural basis of Animal Welfare and its enhanced public concern via training and education Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Animal Technology & Welfare 2021 17420385
13 Hepatotoxicity of hydroxyl-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes in Wistar rats Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Bulletin of Environment, Pharmacology and Life Sciences 2021 2277-1808
14 Zinc oxide nanostructures–based biosensors Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Elsevier 2021 978-0-12-818900-9
15 Toxicity assessment and antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticles Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Elsevier 2021 978-0-12-818900-9
16 Synthesis and spectral studies of lanthanide metal tetraaza macrocyclic complexes Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Materials Today: Proceedings 2021 2214-7853
17 Second International Conference on “Recent Trends in Environment and Sustainable Development”(RTESD 2019) Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences SPRINGER HEIDELBERG 2021 0944-1344
18 Quality Improvement of Reverse Osmosis Waste Waterthrough Plant-Based Techniques: A Mini-Review Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences International Journal of Plant and Environment 2020 2455-202X
19 Dose dependent enhanced antibacterial effects and reduced biofilm activity against Bacillus subtilis in presence of ZnO nanoparticles Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences ELSEVIER 2020 0928-4931
20 Effects of hydroxyl functionalized multi walled carbon nanotubes on histology of various organs in Wistar rats Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences IISUniv.J.Sc 2020 2319-2607
21 Research ethics for laboratory animals: Scientific validity and the guidelines Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Research 2020 2347-7008
22 6R: An ethical way to animal testing Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Research 2020 2347-7008
23 It’s time to go for non animal testing approach Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Research 2020 2347-7008
24 Arsenic in mushrooms, fish, and animal products Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Springer Nature 2020 78-981-13-8587-2
25 Significance of Biotechnology in Agriculture: A Review Article Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research 2019 2349-5162
26 Nanoemulsions and its Applications Seema Manwani Life Sciences Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research 2019 2349-5162
27 ROS dependent neurotoxicity, genotoxicity & histopathological alterations triggered by ß-cyfluthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Materials Today: Proceedings 2019 22147853
28 A review on nanotechnological interventions for plant growth and production Kumud Kant Awasthi Life Sciences Materials Today: Proceedings 2019 22147853

BOOKS / EDITED BOOKS/ SPECIAL ISSUE OF JOURNAL

Book Type
Author / Editor Name
Book / Journal Name
Publisher
ISSN/ISBN
Year of Publication
Book Kailash Agrawal Plant Physiology and Biochemistry CBH Publications 978-93-14182-46-5 2022
Edited Book Kumud Kant Awasthi Arsenic Toxicity: Effect on Human Health Shiv Shakti Book Traders 978-93-83805-17-4 2021
Edited Book Kumud Kant Awasthi Environmental Toxicology: Pollutants and Health Impacts Shiv Shakti Book Traders 978-93-83805-16-7 2021
Special Issue Kumud Kant Awasthi International journal of Environmental and Pollution Research Springer 1614-7499 2020
Special Issue Kumud Kant Awasthi International journal of Environmental and Pollution Research Springer 1614-7499 2020
Special Issue Kumud Kant Awasthi Materials Today proceedings Elsevier 22147853 2020
Proceedings Kumud Kant Awasthi RTESD 2019 Scientific Publisher 978-93-89412-36-9 2019