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History

 

The Centre for Genomics was established in the year 2003 under an ambitious program to bring Jiwaji University to the forefront of Indian Universities through its teaching and research programs in one of the most advanced and upcoming areas of biological science, the ‘Science of Genomics’, with major emphasis on Human Molecular Genetics and Medical Biotechnology.


Major Objectives



  • To bring innovation and excellence in teaching and research in the area of Human Molecular Genetics, Human Clinical Genetics and Medical Biotechnology,
  • To give a solution for the local, regional as well as global genetic health problems by training young scientists, medical students and others, in order to generate the required human resource,
  • To generate possible employment opportunities for the students in the area of medical biotechnology and clinical sciences, and
  • To serve biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, Government and other organizations, which are the possible users of the expertise in the areas of Molecular Genetics, Medical Genetics and Medical Biotechnology.

To achieve these objectives the M.Sc course in Molecular and Human Genetics (MHG) was started in July 2003 by Jiwaji University.

Achievements



Fraternities & Sororities

The most significant achievement of the M.Sc. program was its recognition by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Not only DBT has included the MHG program in its national course curriculum under HRD division, it has sanctioned substantial grants to strengthen the MHG equipment facility, library and student training program. Because of this recognition the students are also eligible for the DBT-BCIL program, a partnership of DBT with the Biotech Consortium India Limited, wherein students are recruited as industrial trainees (6 months) by various biotech companies with an objective to absorb them as employees in these industries. So far in the last 3 years, 10 students have been selected by different biotechnology industries for their training and job placements under this program. Moreover, of the 82 students that have passed out from the Centre for Genomics 59 students have either been recruited by several well known companies (16), whereas several others are working at various prestigious research institutions for their PhD/Post-Doc or at various research positions in India as well as abroad (43). The students are also eligible to appear for the DBT-BET which is conducted by DBT to award JRF fellowship only to those students who qualify the test and whose institutes are supported by DBT every year. The syllabus of the course has also been meticulously designed so that it covers the major topics of all the major competitive exams, such as CSIR-UGC/ICMR/ICAR NET and DBT-BET. A good number of students have also qualified national level examinations like UGC-CSIR NET, DBT-BET and GATE.