Inquiry based approach - with following clear steps: learn to ask questions, do literature search, collect data, formulate experimental solutions, make elaborate records (electronic format), share online, and collaborate to produce report of series of experiments, published on college website /Google groups for regular monitoring and public access. (all FY / SY students)
- First year students will work on the topic of ubiquitous nature of microorganisms with following representative sources - human skin, food like milk, air, soil and water samples. Isolated organisms will be maintained in their own culture collection and studied as completely for their morphological, staining, cultural characteristics. (This will cover 60% of their formal practical syllabus)
- Second year students will work on the topic of Biochemistry and starting with mass cultivation will carry out complete chemical analysis (implied in their course work), select one enzyme and do complete profiling of this enzyme namely development and standardization of assay method, finding optimum conditions, kinetics and a pilot for purification
Project based learning -Area identified is Microbial taxonomy (all SY students)
- 8 to 10 groups (comprised of 2 to 4 students each) of Second year students (in collaboration and support from DBT-ICT Center for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai & University of Pune) will scout for various microorganisms of industrial and environmental importance, from various sources, enrich, screen, isolate and characterize them taxonomically.
- These isolates then will be passed on to these institutes for further application development with active participation of concerned students (summer training)
- SY students will add one F Y student on the team for mentoring
Value addition - practical to be introduced (over and above university syllabus) as short term courses and workshops listed below and detailed out in our proposal
- Computers & their use in Biology (all students of the department)
- Lab-on-paper / lab-on–chip (30 to 40% students of the department)
- Computational Biology – bioinformatics (30 to 40% students of the department)
- Molecular Biology (30 to 40% students of the department)
- IPR (all Final year students of department)
- Immunological Techniques (Proposed in 2012-13)
- Synthetic Biology (Proposed in 2012-13)
Lab-on-paper & Lab-on-chip (FY, Sy & TY)
Lab-on-chip / Lab-on-paper are identified by department as special thrust area for UG students for highlighting and early exposure to, the simplicity and power of this fast developing high potential tool. Once standardized, lab-on-paper concept will be incorporated in university syllabi.
Biodiversity - Screening of organisms from variety of ecosystems for novel / commercially important enzymes (SY)
Metagenomics - Soil screening for lipase (FY, SY & TY)
Computer Literacy for Biology
Computer literacy plays a critical role in today's biology research. Without the ability to use computers to efficiently manipulate and analyze large amounts of data resulting from biological experiments and simulations, many of the pressing questions in the biology could not be answered. Even in today's digital world of computers most of the students seem to be largely unfamiliar with how computers are being used to pursue and answer such questions in science. This undergraduate-level course, titled Computer Literacy for Biology, aims to teach students the basics of a computerized scientific research pursuit and expects students to develop a hands-on working experience in using standard computer software tools as well as computer techniques and methodologies used in biology research.