Five new courses at Pondicherry University
The Pondicherry University is all set to launch five new programmes in the coming academic year. With this, the total number of programmes offered at this Central University will go up to 142.
The new programmes to be offered from the 2010-2011 session are: M.Sc. Microbiology, M.Tech. Electronics, M.Tech. Nano Science and Nanotechnology, M.Tech. Exploration Geoscience and M.Tech Green Technology. The courses are of two-year duration each.
With growing opportunities in the field of microbiology, the course will seek to equip postgraduates with multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge in the area of biomedicine, food and agriculture, biopharmaceutical, processed food industries, waste management and environmental sustainability.
The first and second semester courses will primarily deal with the essentials of microbiology such as bacteriology, virology and mycology, microbial biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics. The third semester will look at applied aspects such as genetic engineering, medical microbiology, food microbiology, fermentation technology, down-stream processing and industrial microbiology followed by environmental microbiology and agricultural microbiology in the fourth semester.
Students with a bachelor's degree in microbiology/biochemistry/biotechnology/medical laboratory technology or any other branch of life sciences with a minimum of 55 per cent marks are eligible for the programme.
M.Tech. in Electronics
The programme, which will be mentored by the Department of Physics, aims to impart background knowledge of the developments in all areas of electronics — devices to systems. It will lay emphasis on understanding both the science and technological aspects of electronics and enable students to design new devices and systems.
It will cover aspects including design, fabrication and application of devices, microwave, digital and optical communication, analog, digital and mixed-mode in system design, real-time and robotics applications, power electronics and applications and bio-medical application.
Students with B.E/B.Tech. in EEE, ECE and Electronics and Instrumentation or equivalent M.Sc. Physics with Electronics specialisation or equivalent, M.Sc. in Electronics are eligible.
M.Tech. Nano Science and Nanotechnology
Offered by the Department of Physics, the programme aims at developing students from science and engineering disciplines into highly-skilled nanoscientists and nanotechnologists.
The course will impart training in theory and include experiments on nanomaterials, techniques used for fabrication and characterization of nanostructures, modeling, design and simulations of nanostructured materials, design, fabrication and testing of devices in nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and nano bioelectronics. It will also develop skills of business enterprises in nanotechnology and project management.
The eligibility for the course is M.Sc. Physics/ Applied Physics/ Electronics/Materials Science/ Chemistry, B.E./B.Tech in Electronics/ Electrical/ Computer Science/ Biomedical/ Mechanical/ Engineering Physics/ Metallurgy and Material Engineering/ Biotechnology/ Chemical Engineering or Technology. Candidates who apply with an M.Sc. background should have studied mathematics at the undergraduate level.
M.Tech. Exploration Geoscience
Aimed at producing geologists with specialised training in exploration of minerals, petroleum and ground water, the course offered by the Department of Earth Sciences will have a balanced combination of theory courses, lab exercises, professional training in geoscientific organisations and independent project work. The proposed content of the course includes mineral exploration, petroleum exploration, groundwater exploration, remote sensing and GIS in geoscience, modern analytical methods in geoscience, exploration geophysics with elective courses such as principles and applications of isotope geology, advanced structural analysis, statistical methods in geology, mapping methods and cartography.
M.Tech Green Technology
According to vice-chancellor J.A.K. Tareen, the course is the first of its kind in the country. Founder of South Asia Foundation Madanjeet Singh will donate $1.5 million as seed money to establish the Madanjeet Singh School of Green Energy Technology. With the country going for green energy production, Professor Tareen said the course would have a big impact towards fulfilling the country's requirement for strong human resource and research back-up for the industry.
Students with B.E./B.Tech/M.Sc. in Material Science, Physics, Computer Science and Chemistry are eligible for the programme.
The vice-chancellor said the new programmes would have about 20 seats each, to start with.
SERENA JOSEPHINE M.
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