PS Yadapadithaya, Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, addressed the Academic Council meeting in Mangaluru on Thursday. | Photo credit: SPECIAL AGREEMENT
Mangalore University has proposed to introduce a PG course in Molecular Biology on its campus starting in the 2023-24 academic year.
At its meeting on Thursday, the University’s Academic Council approved the draft statutes for establishing the Postgraduate Institute for Molecular Biology.
The preamble to the statute states that molecular biology is the emerging field of modern biology with enormous application potential in various fields, including basic sciences, biomedical sciences and other related fields of application. The specialized course aims to enable students to acquire a high level of knowledge and develop practical skills relevant to modern molecular biology research or industrial practice. The course provides students with a better way to prepare for competitive exams for those who want to become teachers or entrepreneurs.
Molecular biology is the fundamental subject for researching the applications of biotechnology. Boosting the biotechnology sector is high on the Karnataka government’s political agenda. Biotechnology has also been recognized as one of the key priority sectors under the Union Government’s Make in India, Skill India and Start-up India initiatives. It is one of the sectors expected to contribute to business creation, innovation and economic growth. Karnataka has rightly been recognized as one of the country’s five life sciences clusters by the Department of Biotechnology of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
The preamble states that the government has prepared a strategic roadmap for a global hub for biotechnology innovation and manufacturing. It is very important for universities to focus on the development of human resources with adequate skills in the field of molecular biology, thereby promoting tailored human capital for advanced scientific research and entrepreneurship in the country.
The bylaws are effective upon approval by the governor.
Department of Biotechnology
The council also approved the draft statute establishing the Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Biotechnology on the university campus. Currently, the University’s Department of Life Sciences has been offering MSc in Biotechnology since 2006. The proposal is to open an independent department to offer biotechnology courses.
Food Science, Nutrition Department
In addition, the council approved the draft statute for establishing a postgraduate department for studies and research in food science and nutrition, also on the university campus. Currently, the Department of Biosciences has been offering an MSc in Food Science and Nutrition at the university since 2016-17. It is proposed to set up an independent department teaching the same course.
Ancient History, Dept. Archaeology
The council also approved draft statutes establishing a postgraduate department for the study of ancient history and archeology at University College, Hampankatta as an independent department. The College introduced an MA in History and Archeology in 2018-19.
Vice Chancellor PS Yadapadithaya chaired the meeting.