School of Studies In NeuroScience

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Profile of the Department:

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 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 neuro-anatomy, neurochemistry, molecular neurobiology, genetics, neuro-immunology, 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. 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. In order to inculcate researchskills 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.

Programme/s Offered:
M.Sc. Neuroscience-

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.

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 neuro-pharmacological 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; Virschow Pharma, 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.

International: 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; Katholieke Universiteit 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 etc.

Ph.D. Programme: 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 DBTBET 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 Research:
Adult Neurogenesis, Neuroinflammation Cognitive Neurobiology Developmental Neurotoxicology Involvement of glia in brain development, aging, injury and disease

Available Facilities at the Centre:
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 nanospectrophotometer, Leica Image Analysis System , Gel Documentation system , Laboratory microscopes , Eppendorf Minispin plus, Stoelting Motorized Nanoinjector, 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, Olympus Research Microscope, Incubator-cum-orbital shaker, Bio Safety Cabinet , Columbus Animal activity monitor , Columbus Grip strength meter , Columbus Rota-rod treadmill , Columbus Analgesia tail flick instrument , Cognitive lab with a variety of mazes and an Any Maze Monitoring Software, Spectrophotomete, Tissue Homogenizer Spencer, Biopac Electrophysiological setup, Stoelting Lab Standard stereotaxic apparatus, INCO Stereotaxic Apparatus and other commonly used equipments

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Teaching Faculty:
M.Sc. Neuroscience
About courseM.Sc. Neuroscience
Course duration2 Years
Number of semester4 Semesters
Criteria of admissionGraduation 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..
Process of admissionOn the basis of the Index based on the merit in qualifying examinations
Fees structureI Semester-Rs. 9720.00 , II Semester-Rs. 5600.00 , III Semester-Rs. 6660.00 , IV Semester-Rs. 5600.00
Available seats :Open- 10
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