Department of Plant Sciences


Department of Plant Sciences

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About Department:

The Department has been supported under UGC Special Assistance Programme and the DST-Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) Level-II and is marching towards achieving the status of the UGC Centre for Advanced Studies. The foundations for the rapid growth of the Department in the last thirteen years have been laid with its philosophy to provide a well-balanced training to the students in modern Plant Sciences to enable them to choose careers in both advanced teaching and high quality research. The Department offers Masters in Plant Biology and Biology and Biotechnology and Molecular Biology (in collaboration with sister Departments) and Ph.D. in Plant Sciences besides being actively associated with teaching of Masters in Biotechnology, Integrated Masters of Science in Systems Biology, and M.Tech Bioinformatics programmes of the School of Life Sciences. The Department has a vibrant research activity with the active participation of over 50 Ph.D. students, about 20 research fellows/associates of the sponsored research projects and extensive international collaborations. One of the regular features of the Department is to host distinguished scholars from abroad for short duration under the international exchange programmes. To name the most recent visits, the Department hosted Prof. Bruno Moershcbacher, University of Munster, Germany, Prof. K.H. Kogel, Vice President, University of Milan, Italy, Prof. Vittoriao Sagermella of Parco Technologico, Italy, Dr. Stephen Goff, Member, IRGSP. Syngenta, Prof. J.F. Imhoff, IFM-GEOCAR, Kiel, Germany, Prof. R.J. Strasser, Geneva, Switzerland, Prof. W.J. Plaxton, Kingsotn, Ontario, Canada, Prof. Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna, Italy, and Prof. Govindjee, University of Illinoi, Urbana, USA. All national and international funding agencies like DBT, MNES, CSIR, DST, INSA, NATP-ICAR, DAE, IAR, MoEF, AP-Netherlands Biotechnology Programme, Humboldt Foundation, International Atomic Energy Agency, Rockefeller Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, USDA, Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research, the European Union, Third World Academy of Sciences are supporting the research activities of the Department. The individual research laboratories are well equipped, apart from the availability of major equipment in central facilities of the Department, sister Departments in the School, and also at Central Instrumentation Lab of the University. The major areas of research in the Department include Molecular Plant Physiology, Functional Genomics, Environmental Sciences, Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, Systematics of Plants and Bacteria, and other related frontier areas of plant sciences. The Faculty from the Department of Plant Sciences have the track record of consciously publishing in journals of repute like Nature, Plant Physiology, Trends in Plant Sciences, Molecular Breeding, TAG, MGG, Phytopathology, Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, Phytochemistry etc., The faculty of the Department are actively associated with peer reviewing of several high impact factor journals and received laurels for publishing high standard edited books for Academic Press, Springer Vorlag, Kluwer Academic Publsihers, Elsevier, Haworth Press etc., world over in current topics in plant biology. The faculty members of Plant Sciences are on the national Programme Advisory Committee / Task Force of funding agencies like DST, DBT and CSIR, and on the research advisory council of national laboratories of CSIR, and ICAR. National and International Science academies honoured the faculty by electing them as fellows of Third World Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Linnean Society, Indian Phytopathological Society etc., The glory of the faculty in the Department glittered with rare and coveted awards like JC Bose National Fellowship, K. Ramaiah Memorial Award, A.P. Scientist of the Year 2005, INSA Prof. T.S. Sadasivan Memorial Lecture 2006, and Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award of the Indian Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology in 2005. The Young faculty received prestigious international fellowships like Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. The Department organized two major international events such as Workshop on Tomato Genomics and a Conference in Agricultural Biotechnology in 2006 alone and announced another major event on Photobiology in August 2007. Societal concerns of the Department were amply demonstrated with its involvement in a massive tree plantation programme in the University to get the rare honour of being the greener patch of the tricity and also made substantial contributions to the rain water harvesting in the huge campus. The alumni of the Department are well settled in India and abroad in several important teaching and research positions. The graduates of the Department are making significant contributions in the corporate bodies, besides being the flamboyant entrepreneurs. In all, the Department of Plant Sciences made consistently significant contributions and earned the reputation of being one of the best schools of plant sciences teaching and research in India and abroad.

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Hyderabad, with 13 faculty having on an average of 4-5 years postdoctoral research experience in some of the world’s premier laboratories, offers primarily M.Sc Biochemistry, a two year post graduate degree and Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy) in Biochemistry. The faculty have earned several National and International distinctions in terms of fellowships and awards. It is one of the most vibrant and visible Departments among the Indian Universities, be that in terms of its location, the competition for admission to the M.Sc Programme, student to faculty ratio, teaching experience of the faculty, publications, extra mural research grants/ support the faculty generates from National and International Organizations, and in terms of infrastructural facilities. In addition, the faculties are able to forge collaboration in the new and interdisciplinary research areas such as Nanobiology, Medical Biotechnology, and Systems Biology etc. On an average 40-50% of our students are qualified in their first attempt of national entrance examinations conducted by CSIR, UGC, ICMR, etc., for research fellowships and for higher studies abroad. The Department attracts several distinguished scientists/ researchers from abroad who are ready to lecture or give seminars on cutting edge research areas in modern Biology.

Programmes of Study:

1. M.Sc. Plant Biology and Biotechnology: The course is a four semester programme that is evaluated based on credit system. A total of 11 core courses, four elective courses, three practical courses and a project have to be completed successfully by the students in the four semesters. The core courses offered during the four semesters are: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Macromolecules Structure and Function, Microbiology (I Semester); Plant Physiology, Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Plant Biochemistry (II Semester); Genomics and Proteomics, Plant Developmental Biology, Plant Biotechnology (III Semester).
2. M.Sc. Molecular Microbiology: The course is a four semester programme that is evaluated based on credit system. A total of 11 core courses, four elective courses, three practical courses and a project have to be completed successfully by the students in the four semesters. The core courses offered during the four semesters are: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Macromolecules Structure and Function, Microbiology (I Semester); Microbial Physiology & Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Genetics Engineering (II Semester); Genomics and Proteomics, Bioprocess Engineering & Technology Processing, Microbial Metabolomics (III Semester). The students of the Masters programmes would have a lab in the first three semesters and in the four semester they undertake a project work under the supervision of a faculty member. 3. Ph.D. Plant Sciences: The Ph.D. programme requires a minimum of 2 years of residence from the date of confirmation of admission. The requirement for the award of Ph.D. includes the submission of a thesis on an approved topic of research under the guidance of a faculty member. The scholar presents the research work in a comprehensive seminar before the submission of the thesis and faces an oral examination in defense of the thesis. The average time required for Ph.D. is about 4 years. Candidates can also work for Ph.D. under the guidance of recognized research supervisors at the external centres recognized for this purpose. The candidates have to go through the same selection process, like the regular candidates, for this purpose.

Entrance Examination:

M.Sc. Plant Biology and Biotechnology entrance examination question paper consists of 100 objective type questions of B.Sc., standard and all are to be answered. Broadly the question paper will consist of 40 questions in Botany, 20 questions each in Biochemistry/Chemistry, Microbiology and Genetics. Negative marking is applicable for wrong answers.
M.Sc. Molecular Microbiology entrance examination question paper consists of 100 objective type questions of B.Sc., standard and all are to be answered. Broadly the question paper will consist of 25 questions each in Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry/Chemistry, and Genetics/Microbiology. Negative marking is applicable for wrong answers.
Ph.D. Plant Sciences admission will be based on an entrance examination and an interview conducted by the Department. The question paper will consist of 75 objective type questions of M.Sc. standard and all are to be answered. Broadly, the questions will be from the areas of Plant Biology, General Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry. Negative marking is applicable for wrong answers.
Candidates qualified in the written test for Ph.D. admission will be called for an interview. 25 marks will be awarded for the interview performance.
The ICMR, DBT, ICAR (SRF), CSIR-UGC JRF candidates can directly appear for interview without taking the entrance examination as per the guidelines of the University.

Infrastructural Facilities:

The faculty and students of the Department have access to a range of sophisticated equipment dealing with diverse research topics. These include ultra‑centrifuge, high speed centrifuge, Infra red gas analyzers, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Flame/Graphite furnace), HPLC, Lyophilizer, PCR machine, UV‑VIS‑NIR spectrophotometers, Liquid scintillation counter, Laser scanners, Gel documen­tation system, Transilluminators, inverted microscope, electroporator, internet, green house and Amersham DNA Sequencer (megabase), Fluorescence Microscope, Imaging System / Microarray Reader etc. University central facilities include Confocal Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Peptide Sequencer etc. In addition, the individual faculty members have their own well equipped laboratories, computers and access to Internet.
Sophisticated platforms for studies in genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics are in final ordering stage as a Common facility for the School of Life Sciences.


Name of the Faculty: Mail Id: Contact No:
Prof. RP Sharma (Emiratus Professor) 040 - 23134770
Prof. AS Raghavendra (Emiratus Professor) 040 - 23134555
Prof. MNV Prasad 040 - 23134509
Prof. PB Kirti 040 - 23134545
Prof. Appa Rao Podile 040 - 23134503
Prof. Attipalli R. Reddy 040 - 23134504
Prof. K. Seshagirirao 040 - 23134573
Prof. Ch. Venkataramana 040 - 23134502
Prof. G. Padmaja 040 - 23134586
Prof. Sarada D. Tetali 040 - 23134512
Prof. Ragiba Makandar 040 - 23134514
Prof. S. Rajagopal 040 - 23134572
Dr. Gopinath Kodetham 040 - 23134513
Dr. Irfan Ahmad Ghazi 040-23134511
Dr. Y. Sreelakshmi 040 - 23134771
Dr. Rahul Kumar 040 - 23134467
Dr. Madhu Prakash +91 9985653358

HOD: CH. V. Ramana


Contact Us

Plant Sciences Office, Room No: F-7,
School of Life Sciences,
University of Hyderabad,
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, 500046.
Phone: 040-2313-4750, 4751

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