Department of Life Sciences

University School of Sciences,

Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.-380009.

Phone :  +91-79-26301491, Fax : +91-79-26308545

Director     :           Prof. S. K. Menon

Head     :           Dr. Nayan K. Jain



Brief History

M.Sc. in Life Sciences has been started since June 1982, looking to job prospects in interdisciplinary approach of biological sciences. Post-Graduated students were absorbed at R & D and Q & C of research institutes and Pharmaceutical industries. 

Present Scenario

Post Graduated students are going absorbed for further career in research and academics. Every year at least one student out of 15-20 students cleared CSIR-UGC-NET.

Industry & research institute placement are positive responses of this course. Course covers applied and basic aspects of Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology and Molecular Biology.     

Infrastructure & Facilities

Department consists three functional class rooms, three M.Sc. Laboratories, One research laboratory and proposed one computer, reading cum Library room. For basic practical in biological sciences the procurement of good number of minor equipments and few sophisticated equipment is in process. Besides above facilities, Laboratory facilities and faculty of various department of biological Sciences (Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics & Zoology are conducting theory & practical. Their infrastructures are available for this course.


Presently two full fledged faculties at Reader level are looking the course. Few eminent faculties and scientists from Esteem University , institute and industries are visiting faculties of the course. Now the Department is geared up and has been established gradually as an independent department with all basics Laboratory facilities, Library, Some sophisticated instruments and computer with internet facility. The long suspended M.Phil course in the subject is likely to be started shortly.

Courses Offered


            Course Name                                       : M.Sc. in Life Sciences

            Course Type                                       : Grant in Aid

            Intake                                                   : 20

            Eligibility                                              : B.Sc. with second class with B group.

            Subject Offered/

           Specialization/Elective                         : M.Sc Part-I

1)      Physical & Biochemical Principles

2)      Elements & Plant Sciences

3)      Animal Systems, Evolution Biology & Ecology.

                                                                       :  M.Sc Part-II

1)  Applied Microbiology

2)   Biostatistics & Modern Instumental Techniques.

3)   Elective Paper offered in following subjects:

a)         Modern trends in Biodiversity

b)         Molecular biology & Genetics.

c)         Endocrinology & Reproductive             

d)          Biomolecules & Biomembrane.

e)          Microbial Technology.

Duration                                              : Two years full time course.

                                                              Pattern- M.Sc. Part-I & Part-II.

Course Commencement                   : June

Admission Process                            : By Merit.

Fees                                                    : Grant in Aid Structure

Course Offered at future career

Opportunity                                         :1) R & D and Q & C at research institute &      Pharmaceutical industry.

                                                            2) Abroad opportunity.

                                                            3) Course match with CSIR-UGC-NET Life    Science Syllabus.


Course Name                                     : M. Phil in Life Science (Likely to restart  shortly)

Course Type                                       : Ph.D. in Life Sciences ( Grant in Aid)

Intake                                                   :According to the faculty status who are    recognized Guide for Ph.D. in Life Science.

Eligibility                                              : M.Sc. with 55% in any biological Sciences.

Subject offered                                    : Life Sciences.

Specialization                                      : Special field of research guide.

Duration                                              : Minimum 2 Years extendable into 5 Years.

Course started                                    : Since Last 15 years

Admission process                             : By merit according to consent of recognizing   guide at department & affiliated research  institutes.

Fees                                                    : Grant in Aid

Course offered at future career

Opportunity                                         : Research/ Scientific Officers/Personnel at   various center eligible for Post Doctoral in  Sciences, Agricultural and paramedical.


Name                                       :           Dr. Nayak K. Jain

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., Ph.D.

Designation                             :            Prof. & HoD

Areas of Specialization            :          Zoology Molecular Cell Biology, Animal Behaviour, Instrumentation, Ocular Morphophysiology, Reproductive Physiology

Contact No.                              :           26301491 (O) 23621101 (R )



Name                                       :           Dr. H. A. Modi

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Designation                             :           Reader

Areas of Specialization            :          Microbiology Enzyme biotechnology, Mushroom technology, Bioconversion & Bioremediation technology, Biocontrol

Contact No.                              :           26301491 (O) 27556659 (R )