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Life Science

The Department of Life Science was established in 1977, by Professor (Dr.) AR Kulkarni at the then Ramnarain Ruia College. Life Science involves a comparative study of Plant Physiology, Animal Physiology, Developmental Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroscience, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Fermentation technology ,Molecular Biology, Plant and Animal Tissue culture, Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences, Biostatistics, Evolutionary Biology and Bioinformatics.  

We offer BSc (Life Science), MSc Life Science (specialisation: Biotechnology) and PhD (Life Science). Research Guides have their area of study in the field of Molecular biology, Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Phytochemicals and medicinal aspects in plants, Environmental science, Tissue Culture . Four Students have obtained their PhD degree from the University of Mumbai and are placed as scientists and lecturers at reputed institutes. Our well equipped laboratory includes: Gel documentation system, PCR thermocycler, Fluorescence Microscope, Trinocular microscope, Inverted Microscope, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer along with other basic instruments.


●     To generate an interest in basic as well as advanced fields of Life Sciences by imparting knowledge via hands-on practical sessions.

●     To inculcate a strong research ethic, encourage critical thinking and problem solving in students and instill the confidence to present themselves and their academic work..

●     To educate students on being responsible citizens,sensitised to protect India’s Biodiversity for a sustainable and unpolluted environment.


Best Practices

●     Holistic approach to the study of Life Science.
●     Presentations by students, debates, quiz, visits to research institutes, biodiversity field study at national park / sanctuary/ agritourism site.
●     Students also participate at intercollegiate programs, conferences, seminars, workshops and competitions.
●     Reduction of paper usage by conducting online tests and assigning assignments online.
●     Introduction of collaborative learning techniques for a more engaging learning experience.
●     Tree plantation drive encouraging students to plant saplings on barren hill or land.


Activities of the Department

Synapse’ the department festival has been organised every year since 2005. Here students showcase their creativity and interests in the subject by making working live models, 3D projects, designing unique games, quizzes, bio rangoli competition, artifacts like bookmarks and keychains and catering delicious delicacies at food stalls. They also structure the theme for the festival and design decorations, logo, badges, T-shirts and brochures.
Experts from various fields are invited to deliver lectures and share their experiences. We have had such talks by Dr. Vijay Shastri, Director-Technical, MurliKrishna Pharma Private limited and Dr. Sanjeev Waghmare, Scientific Officer “E, ACTREC to name a few.
Engaging visits are also organised as per the curriculum design which helps students to gain real-world experience as they learn parallel to theory. Topics like fermentation technology are clubbed with a visit to Sula Vineyards, Drug designing with a visit to pharmaceutical company, advanced instrumentation with a visit to institutes like NIRRH, Biodiversity field visits to Sasan Gir, Ranthambore national park, Jim Corbett national park, Rann of Kutch, SGNP and Saguna baug have been organised. During the Citizen Science course students had camera trapped nocturnal movements of leopard  and wild boar at the Phansad wildlife sanctuary.
This year we celebrated themed days to create fun moments along with studying. This helps students to develop not only IQ but their EQ and SQ levels. Together, these activities help in creating a lively learning environment for the students.


Message from Head of Department

Our dynamic team of teachers use innovative teaching methods and acts as facilitators for lifelong learning. The syllabi prepares students to crack gruelling competitive exams like the CSIR-NET which lists Life Science as the only choice for biological science streams.
I take pleasure in saying that the cordial working of both the Teaching and Non Teaching staff is responsible for the highest credentials in academics with research projects done by students,achieving ‘Star Status’ under DBT.

Our Team

Mr. Bhupendra L. Madavi

Mr. Ranjitsing Bayas

Dr. Seema N. Shinde

Dr. Nilima Lankeshwar

Dr. Kanchan S. Chitnis

Dr. Kruti Dave

Ms. Simone Vaz

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