The Department of Biochemistry at Indian Academy Degree College – Autonomous is one of the oldest departments in the College and offers a two year Master of Science (established in 2007) degree in Biochemistry, in addition to undergraduate programs.
The department prides itself with a dedicated team of highly qualified faculty and support staff. The syllabus of the PG programme has been designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical background in biochemistry. The courses impart a comprehensive theoretical and foundational concept in disciplines within biology and chemistry, ranging from cell biology, metabolism, molecular biology, immunology and bioinformatics to techniques in chemistry, biochemistry and biotechnology. The practical component is aimed to equip students with practical skills with experience in modern methods and techniques. To develop analytical and critical-thinking skills in the students, the final year project work which allows the students to engage in independent research in any interdisciplinary area in biochemistry.
As part of the curriculum, students will also be taken to premier research institutes and industries in order for them to gain an exposure and motivate them. We organize invited talks by scientists from premier research institutes and industries. Our department has obtained substantial financial support from external funding agencies such Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST) as well as Indian Academy Education Trust to set up an excellent infrastructure for research and teaching. The department is well equipped with major equipment’s including -80°C Freezer, Fraction collector, Milli Q water purification system, plant secondary metabolite extraction equipment, 96 well gradient PCR etc.
Study of Biochemistry will enable a student to not just get a good career but also help him to pursue advanced scientific research at Premier Institutes. The syllabus set in the course of MSc Biochemistry covers all the information necessary to master the fundamentals of Biology such as: Microbiology, General Physiology, Metabolism, Analytical Biochemistry, Structures of Biomolecules, Enzymology, Immunology, Membrane Biochemistry, Bio- informatics, Biotechnology and Genetics. Our syllabus also helps the students to successfully clear the CSIR-UGC (NET) exam to become eligible for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Lectureship (LS). The syllabus also lays a strong foundation of knowledge for those aspirants who would like to gain Industrial experience at the Pharmaceutical companies.
A Masters in Biochemistry helps individuals, develop research skills in the field of Life Science and they can continue their research work to understand the structures, interactions, dynamics and metabolic pathways of bio-molecules. Since Biochemistry combines biology and chemistry, it powers scientific and medical discovery in fields such as pharmaceuticals, forensics and nutrition.