The Department of Animal Sciences, established in 1993 is under the umbrella of the School of Life Sciences for academic and administrative purposes. The Department offers M.Sc in Animal Biotechnology and imparts, in addition to the structured four-semester theoretical courses, hands-on training for the students of the course in state-of-art laboratory facilities. The department has an active PhD program with a current enrolment of 58 students.
The Department has a strong research program with infrastructural support from the Department of Science and Technology under Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) program and under the UGC-CAS (Centre for Advanced Studies) program for the School of Life Sciences. DST-FIST is awarded for the second time for the period 2010 – 2015(Rs. 2.4 crores) after the first award for Rs. 65 lakhs (2003-2008). The Department possesses reputed faculty who have independent funding from various National (DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, ICMR, DRDO) and International Funding Agencies and Biotechnology industries. In recognition of the department’s contribution to research in biotechnology, Shantha Biotechnics, a premier biotech industry in Hyderabad offers Shantha Research Fellowship to one PhD student each year.
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