M.Sc. in Botany

 8.1.        M.Sc. PROGRAMME IN BOTANY

8.1.1.    Admissions to the above course will begin only after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of the University of Mumbai sometime in the second or third week of June.

8.1.2.    The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for the above mentioned First Year post-graduate M.Sc. Part-I courses.  All candidates applying for admission are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website www.xaviers.edu.

8.1.3.    The Online Application fee of Rs. 250 is to be paid by demand draft in favour of “St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai” payable in Mumbai. 

8.1.4.    The last date for submission of online application forms for admission to the College and dates for display of merit lists will be put up on the “homepage” of our website after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of Mumbai University.

8.1.5.    Eligibility Certificate: Students passing the B.Sc. Degree from Universities other than Mumbai University and seeking admissions to First Year M.Sc. Courses are required to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate through the College at the time of admission.  The application form, available at the College Office, duly filled in should be submitted with an attested copy of the B.Sc. Degree marksheet and a passport size photograph along with the prescribed fees of Rs.320 & Rs.500 (for verification of documents) to the College Office.  Once admission is granted, for confirmation of the eligibility, students should submit to the College Office, before the close of the First Semester, the Passing Certificate and the Migration Certificate all in originals.

8.1.6.    Total No. of Seats: 20seats each for Botany.

8.1.7.    Fees: including deposit and laboratory fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous:

                     M.Sc. Part I  :   Rs.14,933     (approx.)

                     M.Sc. Part II :   Rs.13,342     (approx.)

 

 

8.1.8.    Reservation of Seats: Table 8.1 shows this distribution, as per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005.

Table 8.1

Sr. No.

Category

% of Seats

 

TOTAL SEATS

100%

1.

Management Quota

15% : Only for those the College is obliged to

 

BALANCE SEATS

85%

2.

Christian Minority - 50%

43% : (On the balance seats of 85%)

3.

General Category - 25%

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)

4.

Reserved Category : (SC / ST / DT(A) / NT(B) / NT(C) /NT / (D) / OBC / SBC )       Visually/Physically Challenged and Special Category**

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)

 

8.1.9.    Note: Special Category refers**  to:

8.1.9.1.    Wards of Transferred State / Central Govt. and Pvt. Sector employees, employees of Defence Dept. / ex-servicemen.

8.1.9.2.    Wards of Freedom Fighters, physically handicapped candidates, and students who have met with accidents.

8.1.9.3.    Award Winners at the District / State / National Levels in Sports or Cultural Activities.

8.1.10.  Eligibility Certificate: Students passing the B.Sc. Degree from other Universities i.e. other than Mumbai University are required to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate issued by the University of Mumbai through the College at the time of admission.  The duly filled-in application form available at the College Office should be submitted with an attested copy of the B.Sc. Degree Marksheet, along with the prescribed fees, to the college office. 

8.2.        M.Sc. DEGREE IN BOTANY

8.2.1.    Introduction:

Botany is a discipline of the Biological Sciences and specifically the Science of Plant Life. The field of Botany covers a wide range of scientific disciplines including structure, growth, reproduction, physiology, metabolism, development, diseases, chemical properties, classification and evolutionary relationships among the taxonomic groups of plants.  Botany began with early human efforts to identify edible, medicinal and poisonous plants, making it one of the oldest branches of science. The study of plants is vital because they are a fundamental part of life on earth, and generate the oxygen and food that allow humans and other organisms to exist. India is rich in Biodiversity of plants and other biological organisms. It is a source of our food, medicine and many other requirements of life. Biodiversity is one of the important areas to be studied and understood.

In order to cater to this need, the Botany Department of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) offers the M.Sc. degree in Botany under its Autonomous system which allows us to design our own syllabi and our own evaluation system. The degree is awarded by the University of Mumbai.

8.2.2.    Eligibility Criteria:

A candidate for being eligible for admission to the M.Sc. Degree in Botany should have passed the B.Sc. (Three year integrated course) degree examination of Mumbai University with at least seven units (i.e. minimum required for majoring in a subject) in Botany  OR B.Sc. Botany from any other University recognized as equivalent thereto.              

8.2.3.    The List Of Courses / Specializations:  

St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai offers the M.Sc. Degree in Botany in two specializations, namely – Angiosperm Taxonomy and Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Biotechology. Students may indicate their preference of specialization in the Admission Form.

  

8.2.4.    Syllabi per Semester

Semester I

MS.BOT.1.01  Plant Diversity – IV: Algae & Fungi

MS.BOT.1.02  Plant Diversity– V: Gymnosperms & Angiosperms

MS.BOT.1.03  Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

MS.BOT.1.04  Molecular Biology

 

Semester II

MS.BOT.2.01   Plant Diversity -VI: Bryophytes & Pteridophytes

MS.BOT.2.02   Plant Anatomy, Developmental Botany & Palynology

MS.BOT.2.03   Ecology and Environmental Botany - II

MS.BOT.2.04   Medicinal Botany

 

Semester III    

MS.BOT.3.01   Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Nanotechnology

MS.BOT.3.02   Plant Pathology

MS.BOT.3.03   Horticulture

MS.BOT.3.04   Angiosperms – IV

MS.BOT.3.05   Plant Biochemistry – V

 

Semester IV

MS.BOT.4.01   Techniques and Instrumentation

MS.BOT.4.02   Angiosperms - V

MS.BOT.4.03   Angiosperms - VI 

MS.BOT.4.04   Angiosperms - VII

MS.BOT.4.05   Plant Physiology – V         

MS.BOT.4.06   Plant Physiology – VI

MS.BOT.4.07   Plant Biochemistry – VI and Biotechnology

8.2.5.    Schemes of Evaluation (for each Course)

End Semester Exam 60% + Internal Assessment 40%.

A research project in the Semester IV will be a compulsory requirement.

8.2.6.    Facilities in the Department:

The Botany Department of St. Xavier’s College is the only department in the entire Mumbai University having the Blatter Herbarium with its collection of 200,000 herbarium specimens which includes a major collection of Angiosperm. In addition it also holds a collection of algae, fungi and Gymnosperms. The Herbarium also has a well-stocked attached library having 5000 volumes of Angiosperm Taxonomy related books, and various national and international research journals. The department also offers the Ph.D. Programme in Angiosperm Taxonomy and Plant Physiology. We have two newly developed, well equipped, multimedia enabled dedicated postgraduate labs for the M.Sc. Programme. A central Instrumentation facility (CIF Lab) provides access to a number of advanced and newly acquired instruments required for practicals.

8.2.7.    Other Activities of this programme:

The Course is aimed at training the PG students for research. Students have to give regular seminars in the subject. Field trips accompanied by qualified and experienced teachers along with PhD students are an integral part of this programme.

 

 

 

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