Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

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Department of Molecular and Human Genetics


Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Genetics is an important area of life science with a trans-disciplinary approach requiring close interactions between specialists in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Informatics, Medicine and Agriculture etc. Keeping in view the urgent need for developing state-of-the art teaching and research programs in Molecular & Human Genetics, the Faculty of Science introduced, under the auspices of the Center for Advanced Studies in Sciences, a two year M. Sc. course in Molecular & Human Genetics in 1999 with Prof. S. C. Lakhotia as the Course Coordinator. The early nodal group of teachers of this course comprised of teachers from Cytogenetics and Biochemistry sections of the Department of Zoology.

Since August 2004, a separate Department of Molecular and Human Genetics has been established in the Faculty of Science. This young department continues to believe in the principle of integrative teaching and thus maintains close interactions with other departments in the university. The expertise of internationally reputed faculty members of the Cytogenetics and Biochemistry sections of the Department of Zoology and a keen interest and motivation of teachers in other departments of the Faculty of Science and in the Institute of Medical Sciences, have together constituted a formidable combination of expertise that makes it one of the best teaching programmes in this field of specialization.

Due to its trans-disciplinary nature, the course is open to students holding Bachelors degree in any branch of Science, Agriculture, Medicine, Pharmaceutics or Bioscience-related Technology/Engineering. Admissions are made on all-India basis through University Post-graduate Entrance Test (PET).

Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh


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