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.

PSO1: Create, select and apply appropriate analytical techniques, resources and modern technology in plant sciences & in multidisciplinary environment.

PSO2: Prepare students for prominent career in industry, research, teaching and for further academic study.

PSO3: 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 1: 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

PSO 2: Students can enter into research in the contemporary areas of Zoological/Biological Sciences.

PSO 3: 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

PSO1: 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.

PSO2: 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

PSO3: 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 ListFaculty 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

 

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