LifeScience dept

Vision & Mission:

Life Science involves the study of life and living matter in all its diverse forms and phenomena especially with reference to its origin, growth, reproduction, structure and behaviour. It constitutes one of the thrust areas of the 21st century, and is considered as “the fastest growing sector” by socialists, economists and scientific communities across the world. Keeping in pace with the exponential increase in scientific and technological advancements in recent years, it is essential to educate, train and equip the present generation of Life Science graduates with the knowledge and skills which will help to sustain this tremendous advancement. The Department of Life Science aims to live up to this promise of providing quality and affordable education to fulfil the growing demands of both academia and industries.  

The department was established with a mission of discovering and disseminate knowledge in Life Science through research and creative inquiry, teaching, and learning, and to address problems affecting human health and welfare.

History of the Department

The Department was originally established as R and D program in Sericulture with the World Bank grant in the year 1980 to offer M.Sc. In Sericulture for the first time in the country. Subsequently, it was upgraded as Department of Sericulture which produced about 480 M.Sc. and 65 Ph.D. students to cater to the needs of sericulture industry. Of the late, after obtaining the necessary approval from various statutory bodies, the Department started offering M.Sc., course in Life Science from the year 2006-07. The course curriculum has been prepared based on UGC-CSIR NET syllabus. In addition, Bangalore University felt the importance of integrated interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research in Life science subjects and entrusted the Department for institution of Integrated B.Sc.-M.Sc course in Biological Sciences during the year 2007-2008. Further The Department was awarded funds under UGC Innovative Diploma for initiating one year post-graduate Diploma in Clinical embryology and Assisted reproductive technology course from the year 2013-2014. With this background the Department of Sericulture has recently been renamed as the Department of Life Science and aims to live up to the promise of providing quality and affordable education to fulfil the growing demands of both academia and life science-based industries. Further, student - teacher interactive seminars, hands on training and field visits are some of the meaningful agenda planned for these courses with the aim of making teaching, training and research contemporary and vibrant


  • Impart high quality, integrated and interdisciplinary Life Science education in a vibrant academic ambiance with distinguished teachers, support staff and infrastructure.
  • To establish state-of-art student laboratories for training students with modern tools and techniques which will enable them to pursue careers in academia and industry.
  • To nurture scientists who will take up seminal and challenging assignments in Universities, R&D Institutions and Industry.
  • In addition to the core curriculum, the students will have opportunities to pursue research projects in reputed research establishments jointly supervised by faculties from both Department as well as research institute.

Chairperson:  Dr.M.Shivashankar  - (16.01.2018 to 15.01.2020)


Contact Us:

Department of Life Sciences,
Psychology Building,
Jnana Bharathi Campus,
Bangalore University,

Tel: 080 22961923

E-Mail Id:

Courses offered:

The Department offers:

  1. M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Life Science (2 years)
  2. Ph.D. in Sericulture
  3. Integrated B.Sc-M.Sc.(5 years) and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences 
  4. PG Diploma in “Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology” (in collaboration with Momsoon Fertility & I.V.F. centre) (One year)

Eligibility criteria:

M.Sc. in Life Sciences:

A candidate who has passed the B.Sc. examination of this University or of any other University equivalent thereto with Chemistry or Bio-Chemistry and any one of the Life Science subject is eligible for admission to M.Sc. Course in Life Sciences, provided he/she has secured at-least 50% of marks in aggregate of the optional (3) subjects.

Integrated B.Sc-M.Sc. in Biological Sciences:

A candidate who has passed PUC/12th or equivalent examination with any Life Science subjects as one of the optional.

PG Diploma in “Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology”

Students with background in life sciences (M.Sc. Life Sciences) or medicine (MBBS).

Course structure:

M.Sc. in Life Sciences: CBCS Scheme; Duration -4 Semesters (2 years); Intake: 20 + Payment Seats -05.

Integrated B.Sc.-M.Sc. in Biological Sciences: CBCS Scheme; Duration -10 Semesters (5 years); Intake: 16 + Payment Seats -05.

PG Diploma in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology (PGD CEART): Scheme - Annual (6 months – classroom & laboratory training + 3 months – Dissertation / project); Intake: 20

Sl. NoNameQualificationsDesignationSpecializationView Profile
2Dr.H.P.Puttaraju M.Sc., Ph.D., FRESProfessor ( UGC- BSR Faculty Fellow) Insect Pest Research & ManagementProfile
3Dr. M. ShivshankarM.Sc. Ph.DAssociate ProfessorGenetics and BreedingProfile

The Department has been recognized by UGC/DST and received grants for research under UGC-CPEPA, DST-FIST& DST-PURSE. Besides several research projects worth over crores of rupees from various national funding agencies by the faculty as detailed below:

Dr. H.P. Puttaraju : DST (5.5 lakhs), DBT (13.36 lakhs), BUB (6 lakhs), UGC (7.32 lakhs), DST (33.72 lakhs), ICMR (36.90 lakhs), BRNS (17.09 lakhs), DST (32.00 lakhs),DST ( 31 lakhs)

Dr. Govindaiah : UGC (8, 07 lakhs) ; Dr. Ananthanarayan : CSB (9 lakhs)

Dr. Shivashankar : UGC (10,25 lakhs), DBT (25.19 lakhs), BUB (1 lakh),

Dr. Sayndip Mukherjee : UGC (6 lakhs)

Faculty members of the Department have published many research papers in top ranking journals and received several prestigious awards. Collaboration with Universities/ Institutes in India, Germany, Egypt etc have been established, Besides, faculty are serving as members/ chairman of various committees constituted by various bodies of Govt. of India, Govt. of Karnataka and Universities. Further faculties are serving in editorial board of reputed National & International journals and visited several Universities/ Institutes abroad under various academic assignments/fellowships

There are spacious well ventilated classrooms for each semester and a state-of-art Seminar Hall. Separate student laboratories (6 nos.) and research laboratories (6 nos.) are well equipped with modern instruments and facilities such as micromanipulators, sonicators, deep freezers, Water purifying systems, CO2 incubators, Needle puller, inverted microscopes, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, Gel Documentation systems, gradient PCR, RT PCR, Fluorescent microscopy, cold room to name a few. Sepatare rooms for Office, members of Teaching & nonteaching faculty. Departmental lending library (~250+ books) & well-equipped Zoology + Botany Museum

Bioram forum: The Bio-Ram Forum (seminar club) is the brain child of Prof. Puttaraju, Chairman Dept of Life Science. The club was initiated in 2008 which providing a platform for students to present their seminar on topic related to their syllabi and interest from I to X semester. The seminar club also encourages the initiate special lecture from eminent scientist/ experts from various fields of Biological Sciences so as to update the students with current research activites and further scope for research.

Extension activities: The department organizes frequent extension activities wherein teachers and students actively participate. Some of the activities include; production of vermicomposting, mushroom and control of pests and disease of crop plants. Development of key stone garden, plantation and in maintenance of hygiene in the campus etc. Teachers are also involved in delivering lectures to students and faculty in various colleges about Human health and hygiene Field

trips, Sports and Cultural activities: The students are taken to various Institutes, Industries, Museums, Sanctuaries, reserve forests etc. to corroborate their learning in the class rooms with recent developments. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in bi-annual sports and cultural meet. The department consists of its own cricket team of teachers and students. The Bioram forum conducts regularly the sports and cultural events in the department. The cultural events are adjudged by resource personnel's drawn from respective fields. Maximum emphasis is given towards overall development of the students in cultural activities, sports in parallel to academic achievements.