TWO-YEAR MASTER OF SCIENCE IN VIROLOGY
AT NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF VIROLOGY

 

 

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GOAL

OBJECTIVES

COURSE OUTLINE

     SYLLABUS

ABOUT NIV

LOCATION

DETAILS OF ADMISSION PROCEDURE

     

 

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The National Institute of Virology (NIV) is a premier virus research laboratory in India affiliated to the University of Pune. It was established under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Government of India, with a primary mandate of studying viral diseases in India, on an integrated platform.

Research at NIV has not only provided strategic information in various interdisciplinary aspects of virology in critical areas like diagnostics, vaccines but also led to the discovery of several novel viruses like Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) virus and Chandipura virus.

The NIV is a very dynamic organization having a state-of-the art research infrastructure including animal experimentation facilities, modern molecular virology-immunology platforms, advanced electron microscopy application-base, state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, vector biology expertise (from field studies to molecular genetics), BSL-3 facility (BSL-4 laboratories under development) and a dedicated interdisciplinary faculty of more than 40 scientists. This provides a unique environment in India for both teaching and training of virology at par with international standards.

Our M. Sc. Virology is a focussed, unique, need-oriented and flexible postgraduate course for cultivating and developing adequately trained human resource in virology for academic, industry and health sectors. Virology is an important interdisciplinary science integrating both basic and applied aspects in the areas of infectious diseases and public health. To enlarge the human resources based in Virology is a policy of ICMR, with Government of India having decided to increase its investment in health sector. Internationally, India is emerging as a leader in the health sector, which is in need of additional manpower. This course was therefore started to fulfill this critical requirement and develop manpower capable of understanding and implementing theoretical and practical aspects of Virology.

The information included here is aimed at providing answers to many of the questions that are likely to crop up in the minds of prospective applicants about the Center and the program. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information, if necessary.

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GOAL

  • The course is aimed to provide theoretical and practical training to graduate level biology students (Medical Veterinarian and non-medical) in virology.

  • To generate manpower through post graduate level teaching program on novel approaches to tackle major communicable and emerging disease problems at national and global level.

  • To strengthen the partnership between basic researchers and professionals of academia, R&D companies and public health laboratories necessary for control of communicable and emerging viral infections.

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OBJECTIVES

  • To provide an integrated and conceptual and unique training platform for virology at a National level, at par with international standards.

  • To provide a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of and practical training in animal virology including mechanisms of virus spread, disease causation, diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of viral infections of major significance to public health.

  • To provide state-of-art hands-on training in interdisciplinary methods of virus research to young scientists.

  • To introduce, update and strengthen basic concepts in scientific disciplines (Immunology, biotechnology, vaccinology, biology of infection and diagnostic virology) necessary to diagnose, monitor and prevent communicable viral diseases of major public health importance.

  • ·To form a basis of cultivating Human Resources Development as a continuous process in India

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COURSE OUTLINE

List of courses prescribed for M. Sc. Virology

Sr. No.

Course no.

Title

Credits

 

Semester I

 

 

1.

VR-111

Basic Virology

1

2.

VR-112

Tissue Culture & Cell Biology

2

3.

VR-113

Basic Immunology

2

4.

VR-114

Basic Epidemiology & Biostatistics

2

5.

VR-115

Vector Biology

1

6.

VR-116

Virological Methods

2

7.

VR-131

Analytical Methods

2

8.

VR-132

Tissue Culture Techniques

3

9.

VR-133

Virus/Antigen Detection

3

10.

VR-134

Statistical Methods

1

11.

VR-135

Entomological Methods

3

12.

VR-136

Propagation of Viruses

3

 

Semester II

 

 

13.

VR-211

Gene Regulation & Recombinant DNA Technology

2

14.

VR-212

Virus-Cell Interaction

1

15.

VR-213

Virus Replication

1

16.

VR-214

Advance Immunology

1

17.

VR-215

Applied Entomology

1

18.

VR-216

Applied Epidemiology

1

19.

VR-217

Bioinformatics

1

20.

VR-218

Antivirals & Vaccines

2

21.

VR-231

Molecular Techniques

3

22.

VR-232

Biochemical & Biophysical Methods

3

23.

VR-233

Serological Methods

3

24.

VR-234

Immunological Techniques

3

25.

VR-235

Medical Entomology

1

26.

VR-236

Epidemiological Data Management & Analysis

1

27.

VR-237

Bioinformatics

1

 

Semester III

 

 

28.

VR-311

Viral Enteric Diseases & Cancers

1

29.

VR-312

Viral Hepatitis

2

30.

VR-313

Viral Respiratory Diseases

1

31.

VR-314

Viral exanthematous Diseases

1

32.

VR-315

Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

1

33.

VR-316

Viral Encephalitis

2

34.

VR-317

HIV / AIDS 

1

35.

VR-318

Veterinary & Agricultural Viruses

1

36.

VR-331

Viral Enteric Diseases

2

37.

VR-332

Viral Hepatitis

3

38.

VR-333

Viral Respiratory Diseases

2

39.

VR-334

Viral Exanthematous Diseases

1

40.

VR-335

Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

2

41.

VR-336

Viral Encephalitis

2

42.

VR-337

HIV / AIDS

2

43.

VR-338

Veterinary and Agricultural Viruses

1

 

Semester IV

 

 

44.

VR-411

Special Topics

1

44.

VR-431

Research Project

24

 

 

Total credits

100

Note:    1. One credit= 15 hr of interaction of students with facilitator

            2. The first digit denotes semester number. A theory course is denoted by the second digit (1) and a

practical course is denoted by the second digit (3). The third digit denotes serial number of each theory& practical course.

 

 

SYLLABUS

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LOCATION

National Institute of Virology
Microbial Containment Complex campus

130/1, Sus Road, Pashan - Pune 411 021, Maharashtra India.

Tel: +91-20-26006304/5, +91-20-25871194

Email:
 
bedekarss@icmr.org.in  , bedekarss23@gmail.com

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Details of Admission procedure

Eligibility

Qualifying Exam and Eligibility 

Minimum Percentage required

Open

Reserved

M.B.B.S.

Pass

Pass

B.V.Sc.

60

55

B.Sc. (Biotechnology / Botany / Chemistry / Life Sciences / Microbiology / Zoology)

60

55

 

Required documents

1.    Attested true copy of statement of marks of every year / semester of the qualifying examination.

2.    Attested true copy of Transference / Leaving certificate of previously attended educational institution (in case of candidate passing qualifying examination from Pune University).

3.    Attested true copy of Migration certificate of previously attended University (in case of candidate passing qualifying examination from a University other than Pune University).

4.    Attested true copy of Reserved Category Certificate from the competent authority (applicable to candidate belonging to reserved category in Maharashtra).

5.    Attested true copy of “Not belonging to Creamy layer” certificate if candidate belongs to any DT, NT or OBC Categories in Maharashtra.

6.    Attested true copy of Birth certificate / school leaving certificate, showing birth date.

7.    For the candidate having physical disability attested true copy of minimum 40% physical disability certificate from competent authority (District Civil Surgeon).

For candidates sponsored by Industry

1.    Sponsorship letter by Managing Director / owner of the industry along with attested copy of Industry Registration Certificate granted by the Directorate of Industries / Ministry of Industries / Technical Advisors of Industrial Development Corporations or Development Commissioners of Special Economic Zones.

2.    Evidence of permanent employment (Job offer letter) and service of minimum 1-year duration thereafter (Experience certificate from company).

3.    Attested copy of the PAN card of the candidate.

4.    Certificate of Director of NIV for collaborating industry (Optional).

5.    Small-scale industry registration certificate (Optional).

 

Number of Seats available

20 seats (10 Open+10 Reserved) + 3 international + 3 sponsored candidates

+ 1 Handicap + 1 Jammu & Kashmir migrant. + 1 Children of Defence personnel / Ex-Serviceman

All migrant students of J & K and Children of Defence personnel / Ex-Servicemanwill have to appear for entrance test. Only one student from each category will be admitted to this course over and above the sanctioned intake capacity on the basis of merit and other rules and regulations applicable as per Government norms.

 

International students need to apply through INTERNATIONAL STUDENT'S CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF PUNE. ( http://www.unipuneintcent.in/  ). These students need not appear for entrance test.

 

Sponsored candidates:

·         A maximum of three sponsored candidates would be admitted over and above the numbered regular seats.

·         Sponsored candidate should be eligible as per minimum eligibility criteria for M. Sc. Virology course

·         The admission of sponsored candidates will be at discretion of Director NIV and Director IBB on fulfilling the minimum eligibility conditions.

·         The sponsored candidates need not appear for the entrance test. They however, should use the format provided for online application and make application to the Director, IBB along with the sponsorship letter. They will also be required to appear for an interview.

·         The deadlines for application and admission for sponsored candidate are approximately 30th June and 10th July every year.

 

Sponsoring organizations:

1.    Central Government Departments / Agencies may sponsor their employees/ fellows.

2.    Industry may sponsor a candidate by providing evidence that the industry is working on projects related to viral diseases or is willing to take up a project in the field of viral diseases. The industry-sponsored candidate must be an employee of the industry.

 

Legal Reservations

Category

Reservation

 

SC

13%

 

ST

07%

 

DT(A)

03%

“Not belonging to Creamy Layer” Certificateis essential.

NT(B)

2.5%

NT(C)

3.5%

NT(D)

02%

OBC

19%

 

Social Reservations
  • 3% seats are reserved for physically handicapped candidates

  • 5% seats are reserved for children of Defence personnel / Ex-Serviceman.

  • 30% seats are reserved for female candidates for Graduate courses.

Nature of Entrance Test

Number and nature of Question paper (All questions are of MCQ type)

Paper I:

(General knowledge, quantitative skills, aptitude and intelligence) consists of 50 Multiple Choice Questions. All questions are compulsory. Each question carries 2 marks.

Maximum marks = 100

Negative marking: Deduction of 0.6 marks per wrong answer.

 

Paper II: Section A:

10+2 level questions in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

50 Multiple Choice Questions. All questions are compulsory.

Each question carries 1 mark.

Maximum marks = 50

Negative marking: deduction of 0.3 marks per wrong answer.

 

Section B:

Graduate level questions: On one of the following:

1. Biotechnology, 2. Botany, 3.Chemistry, 4.Life sciences, 5. Medical Sciences,

6. Microbiology, 7. Veterinary Sciences, 8.Zoology.

50 Multiple Choice Questions. All questions are compulsory.

Each question carries 1 mark. Maximum marks = 50

Negative marking: deduction of 0.3 marks per wrong answer

 

Passing Criteria: Candidates having at least 50% marks (Open category) or 40% marks (Reserved category) in the Entrance Test will be considered for inclusion in the merit list

 

Merit List / Admission Rules:
Marks obtained in entrance test (Admissions will be in accordance with Ordinance 181 of the University of Pune).

 

Tie-breaker for entrance test

For selection amongst candidates securing same marks in the entrance test tie-breakers would be in the following order:

1st: Marks at graduation level.

2nd: least represented gender amongst selected candidates

3rd: least represented principal subject of graduation amongst selected candidates

 

WebPages:    ICMR, New Delhi:      http://icmr.nic.in/pinstitute/niv.htm

                   NIV, Pune:              http://www.niv.co.in

                   University of Pune     http://www.unipune.ac.in/pgadmissions.com