School of Biological Sciences
A large number of young men and women enter the education system in India through undergraduate colleges and universities. This collective is the mainstay of national development. The character and quality of education they are imparted with at the undergraduate level, make a major impact on the direction of the country’s progress.
It is in this context that the Mahatma Gandhi Medical Advanced Research Institute through its School of Biological Sciences offers a unique 3-years Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) program. This program is embedded in an ambience of a mature and highly sophisticated research culture which has an equally strong base of science, medicine and engineering.
School of Biological Sciences is an open and free academic environment where dedicated teaching, state-of-the-art laboratories, fast information networks and well-stocked libraries will come into being, aided by a flexible and enabling mode of administrative functioning. We believe that this unique academic environment should be utilized to impart high-quality training to inquisitive young minds at the undergraduate level.
The institutional doors will remain open not only to faculty from other disciplines but also to scholars and practitioners from universities and industries situated near or elsewhere, nationally and internationally.
An academic environment that is open, free, pedagogic and non-hierarchical is envisioned.
The Biological Sciences Program graduates with their solid foundation and multidisciplinary training can either embark on a career of their choice or pursue advanced degrees such as M.Sc., PhD in their chosen discipline and allied interdisciplinary areas. The extensive course curriculum, in conjunction with a strong laboratory module and exposure to modern instrumentation and research, will prove to be of immense value to students in pursuit. The opportunity to engage in an intense semester-integrated research project in an inspiring environment will enable students to make intelligent career choices, especially pertaining to research.
To meet the growing demand for a broad-based human resource pool with strong analytical skills, personnel who are competent enough to specialize quickly in specific fields of expertise are envisaged. Given this emerging industrial scenario, graduates of the Biological Sciences Program with their multidisciplinary training will be ideally suited for recruitment by modern industry.
The work biologists do is in a variety of sectors e.g. medical and health care, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, medicine, environment, chemical research, energy management, genetic engineering.
Industry is interdisciplinary in nature which requires working together with scientific researchers from disciplines such as microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, chemistry, food science, agriculture and engineering with other inputs from managers, economists, politicians, policy makers, legislators etc. Government labs employ research scientists. The private sector has openings in technical and managerial positions.
In academics, biologists find jobs in departments of marine biotech, biomedicine, earth sciences, biomedical engineering, agricultural and environmental biotechnology etc.
In the field of agriculture modern biologists conduct research for improving crop, livestock, forestry and fishery. Their work involves devising techniques for increasing productivity, quality, efficient processing and utilization of products with lesser reliance on agrochemicals. The development of bio insecticides, bio-chemicals and tissue culture by biologists has almost revolutionized agriculture sciences.
With the application of Biotechnology pharmaceutical research, development of new vaccines and diagnostic procedures have evolved. Environmental biology/biotechnology is used for treatment of industrial waste to recycling of sewage and microbial processes using many analytical and diagnostic techniques.