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Programmes Offered :
  • M.Sc. Neuroscience (Two years / Four semesters), Choice Based Credit System
    (A Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India sponsored programme)

M.Sc. Neuroscience (Two years / Four semesters)
Available Seats : Open - 10          NRI - 02
(*= May increase if DBT approves; request pending)

M.Sc. Neuroscience (Two years / Four semesters)

Studentship : All the 10 students admitted shall be awarded a Fellowship of Rs. 3000 per month. NRI students are not eligible.

The School of Studies in Neuroscience offers a platform for research and teaching towards understanding the structure and function of the brain. This is the first and only Post-Graduate Department in Indian Universities extending interdisciplinary and inter-Institutional training to students leading to the award of M.Sc. Neuroscience degree. The M.Sc. Neuroscience teaching programme takes care of the basic disciplines such as Cell biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, laboratory tools and techniques, etc. which provide a broad base during the first semester. This is followed by gradually specialized areas of neuroscience like neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, molecular neurobiology, genetics, neuroimmunology, development of brain, degeneration and regeneration of nervous system, systems neuroscience, learning, memory and cognition, clinical neurochemistry, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, tools, techniques and methods in neurobiology research.

Generous financial support from the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science & Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, University Grants Commission and other agencies during past decade and strong academic backup and support from distinguished neuroscientists of national and international stature have allowed us to develop a research centre which one can boast of. We have successfully executed several major research projects, organized training workshops for research scientists and University and college teachers, symposia and conferences of National and International level. The School is well equipped with modern instrumentation as well as a good library. Our neuroscientists have been trained in leading Institutes in India and abroad.

The School holds the Nodal Centre for the National Initiative on Glial Cell Research in Health and Disease (supported by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India) in which Scientists form the Centre for Cell and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, National Institute of Mental Health and Disease, Bangalore and ours are participating.

We also accommodate the Bioinformatics Infrastructural Facility of the Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India that extends computational facilities to the Faculty and students of all the Life Science Departments for education and research.

In order to inculcate research skills in our students, in addition to their training at our research laboratory they get an exposure by way of project work/ training for about 6 months. We also make special efforts to promote an excellent general education that would provide the basis for careers in other areas such as teaching, commerce, and administration and management. We also organize lectures and Professional Development Workshops for which Prof. Thomas D. Albright (California, USA), Prof. Krekelberg (Newark, USA), Prof. Michael J. Zigmond and Prof. Beth Fischer (Pittsburgh, USA) and several senior Faculty from Indian Universities were invited.

For more details please visit: www.neuroscienceju.com
Objective of the Course :
The M.Sc. programme has been designed to prepare students for: (1) neuroscience research oriented positions in academia and industry, (2) careers at the interface of the bench and bedside in the academic neuroscience or (3) even in the application oriented biomedical industry.
Course Structure :
The students with a M.Sc. degree in Neuroscience would have acquired the basic knowledge in major disciplines of the subject such as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, molecular neurobiology, neurogenetics and the working of motor, sensory and regulatory systems. The development and regeneration of the brain as well as the knowledge in basics of clinical neuroscience in terms of diseases and diagnostic tools would also be provided. They would also acquire practical training in the above aspects as well as in research methodology and computational skills.
Teaching Methods :
The course is completed in a truly interdisciplinary and inter-Institutional mode. A variety of teaching methods are adopted including interactive lectures and seminars, group work, practical classes, computer based exercises as well as external visits to hospitals, Laboratories, Institutes, etc.
Mode of selection : Merit in entrance test conducted by Jiwaji University Gwalior
Graduation with 50% marks with one or two of the following subjects: Biology/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Neurobiology/ Neuroscience/ Zoology along with Chemistry. In addition veterinary science, MBBS and B.Tech (Biotech) graduates shall also be eligible
Scope for placement :
M.Sc. Neuroscience program has been designed to train students for neuroscience research oriented positions in Universities/Institutes/ R&D Units of Pharmaceutical Companies engaged in production of neuropharmacological products and diagnostics, in India and abroad.
Placement of our alumni:
The alumni of this Department are now working at:
National :
Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; National Brain Research Centre, Manesar; National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore; National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore; Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow; Indian Clinical Research Institute, New Delhi; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; MLS University, Udaipur; Reliance Life Science, Mumbai; Tata Consultancy Services, New Delhi; Dr. Reddy’s, Hyderabad, Suven Life Sciences, Hyderabad; VirschowPharma, Hyderabad; HariHar Corp., Agra; Jiwaji University, Gwalior; Defence Services, Govt. of India; IGIB, New Delhi; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi;University of Allahabad, Allahabad; IIT, Kanpur; NIN, Hyderabad;Trista Science Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore;Auroprobe Laboratories, Delhi and others.

Innsbruck Medical University, Austria; University of Cambridge, UK; Vienna Medical University, Vienna; Obesity and Metabolism unit, University of Laval, Quebec, Canada; Rur University, Germany; University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, Neurobiology sector, Italy;Ajou University, Medical Centre, Suwon, South Korea; University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada;The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University of Haifa, Israel; Friedrich-Schillar-University Jena, Germany; A*STAR- Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Neuroscience Research Partnership (NRP), Singapore; University of Stansbourg, France; KatholiekeUniversiteit Leuven, Belgium; Johannes Gutenberg Universitait, Mainz, Germany; ForschungszeatrumJuelica, Jena, etc.
Training abroad :
Some of our students with grants from the International Brain Organization and others have been trained at the IBRO Schools at Singapore, Tehran, Japan and AlAin
Contact Person : Prof. P.K. Tiwari, Coordinator
Email: neuroscienceju@gmail.com
Faculty :
Prof. Ishan Patro From AIIMS, New Delhi
Prof. Shashi Wadhwa
From NBRC, Manesar
Dr.Nihar R. Jana
Prof. P.K. Tiwari Prof. T.S. Roy Prof. Pankaj Seth
Dr. Nisha Patro Prof. S.B. Ray Dr.N.K. Dhingra
JNU, New Delhi
Prof. Rameshwar Singh
MK Univ., Madurai
Prof. K. Balakrishnan
Dr. S. Banarjee
Prof. S.K. Sharma
Teaching Assistants (Research Team for Neuroscience) :
Dr. Vinay Lomesh Mr. Aijaz Ahmed Naik Mrs. Kavita Singh
MS. Priya Chauhan Ms. Shrstha Sinha Mr. Brijendra Singh
Course Structure :
Semester - I Semester - II Semester - III Semester - IV
Cell biology and neuron organization Biochemistry Immunology Clinical Neurochemistry
Neuroanatomy Neurochemistry Sensory and motor systems Nanotech. & bioinforma-tics for neuroscience
Genetics and Molecular Biology Developmental Neurobiology Regulatory system Lab Course VII: Research methods, biostatistics and computer applications
Laboratory tools and techniques Cellular Neurophysiology and biophysics Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience Dissertation
Lab. Course I (LAB.): Cell Biology Lab Course III: Neuroanatomy Lab Course V: Neuropathology Viva-voce related to the dissertation
Lab Course II: Genetics biochemistry and molecular biology Lab Course IV: Neurophysiology Lab Course VI: Behavior Biology
The School intends to educate future scientists who will become leading researchers and educators in the brain sciences. Candidates with a M.Sc. degree in any branch of biology and have qualified the DBT-BET JRF, UGC-CSIR JRF NET, ICMR JRF or similar tests may apply. Others may also be considered on the basis of their academic records and upon qualifying the requirements for Ph.D. admissions through the University’s entrance examination/ admission procedures. For further information students may contact the Coordinator.
Key areas of study :
Adult Neurogenesis, Neuroinflammation Cognitive Neurobiology Developmental Neurotoxicology Involvement of glia in brain development, aging, injury and disease
Five important recent publications:
  • Patro N, Naik A and Patro IK (2015) Differential temporal expression of S100b in developing rat brain. Front. Cell. Neurosci. 9:87. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2015.00087. (Impact Factor- 4.2)
  • Nagayach, Aarti, Patro, Nisha and Patro, I. (2014) experimentally induced diabetes causes glial activation, glutamate toxicity and cellular damage leading to changes in motor function. Front. Cell. Neurosci.Doi: 10.3389/fncel.2014.00355. (Impact Factor- 4.2)
  • Tripathy, Surya, Patro, I., Mahadevan, A., Patro, Nisha, Philip, M. and Shankar, S.K. (2014) Astroglial and microglial alterations in tuberculous and cryptococcal meningitis and its relation to HIV co-infection- A morphometric study on human brain. J. Infect. Dev. Ctries.8(11):1421-1443. (Impact Factor- 1.2)
  • Nagayach, Aarti, Patro, Nisha and Patro, I. (2014) Astrocytic and microglial response in experimentally induced rat brain. Metab. Brain Dis. 29:747–76 DOI: 10.1007/s11011-014-9562-z. (Impact Factor- 2.333,)
  • Priya, Raj, Patro, I.K. and Parida, M.M. (2014) TLR3 mediated immune response in mice brain following infection Chikungunya virus. Virus Res. 189:194-205. (Impact Factor- 2.745)
Available Facilities :
Leica Fluorescence Microscope DM 6000 Leica Stereozoom microscope Leica Microtome
Leica Laborlux Fluorescence Microscope Leica Cryostat CM
Leica Automatic Vibratome 1900
Eppendorf Thermalcycler (PCR)
Eppendorf nano-spectrophotometer
Leica Image Analysis System Gel Documentation system Laboratory microscopes
Eppendorf Minispin plus Stoelting Motorized Nano-injector Incubator cum Orbital Shaker
Eppendorf High speed refrigerated Centrifuge Shimadzu UV-Vis Spectrophotometer pH Meter
Olympus Drawing Microscope Electrophoresis setup Incubators
Laminar flow bench Remi High speed Centrifuge Laminar flow bench
Columbus Animal activity monitor Olympus Research Microscope Incubator-cum-orbital shaker Bio Safety Cabinet
Columbus Grip strength meter
Columbus Rota-rod treadmills
Spectrophotometer Many other commonly used equipments
Columbus Analgesia tail flick instrument Tissue Homogenizer Stoelting Any Maze Monitoring Software
Biopac Electrophysiological setup Orbital Shaker Stoelting Any Maze Monitoring Software
Lab Standard stereotaxic apparatus INCO Stereotaxic Apparatus
Fees for the course:
Course I Semester II Semester III Semester IV Semester
Open Seats -
M.Sc. Rs. 8835.00 Rs. 4925.00 Rs. 5775.00 Rs. 4925.00
Recent Visitors to the School:
Science Academies' Lecture Workshop on Translational Research in Life Science Prof. Thomas D. Albright
The Salk Institute for Biol. Studies La Jolla, California 92037, USA
Dr. Bart Krekelberg
Rutgers University Newark, NJ 07102, USA
Prof. Michael J.Zigmond
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, USA
Prof. Beth A. Fischer
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, USA