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Understanding life processes

education Updated: Jun 13, 2009 01:13 IST

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Biochemistry as a subject offers a fascinating body of information and knowledge. The realisation that we can understand essential life processes such as transmission of hereditary information, as chemical structures and their reactions has significant philosophical implications.

Biochemistry is also greatly influencing medical science and other related fields. The molecular lesions leading to anaemia, cystic fibrosis, haemophilia and many other genetic diseases have been elucidated at the biochemical level.

Content

The course has a diverse curriculum and requires extensive theoretical and practical training spread over three years. University of Delhi offers this course in five colleges - Sri Venkateswara, Daulat Ram, Deshbandhu, Shivaji and Institute of Home Economics.

Students are required to write five theory papers at the end of each year. First year is largely involves fundamental concepts of the basic subjects. There are two papers in Chemistry, one in Physics, one in Maths and one that introduces them to Biology and structure of Biomolecules. Second year also has five papers. Third year has specialised areas like Molecular Biology, Membrane Biochemistry, etc.

Criterion

The admission criterion requires an aggregate of four subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology/Biotechnology (PCMB) and the minimum aggregate percentage for admission varies.

Career options

After graduating in Biochemistry students can opt for an M Sc and a Ph.D thereafter, as it is a research oriented subject. Students can pursue their post-graduate/Ph D degrees in JNU, AIIMS, IITs and University of Delhi and in other universities outside Delhi and abroad.

Students can also opt for integrated Ph D programmes in the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) in Bangalore, National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS) in Bangalore, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in

Mumbai, National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) and Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research (ACBR), New Delhi.