AMRITA SCHOOL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY— ADMISSIONS 2012

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AMRITA SCHOOL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY— ADMISSIONS 2012

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AMRITA SCHOOL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY— ADMISSIONS 2012
ADMISSION 2012 - IMPORTANT DATES

Last date of sale & receiving of filled ap-
plication forms

Monday, May 21
st
2012

Date of Entrance Examination

Sunday, May 27
th
2012

Publication of Results

Monday, June 4
th
2012

Sending Interview call Letters

Monday, June 4
th
2012

Interview

Monday - Friday,
June 18th – 22
nd
2012

Last date of fee payment

Saturday, 23
rd
June 2012

Classes expected to commence on

Wednesday, August 1
st
2012


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AMRITA SCHOOL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY— ADMISSIONS 2012
About the entrance examination

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham conducts entrance examination every year for
admitting eligible candidates to M.Sc. Programmes offered, under Amrita
School of Biotechnology, Amritapuri Campus.

Eligibility & criteria:

M.Sc. Biotechnology: Graduate degree in any discipline of science with an
aggregate minimum of 60% including Mathematics, Engineering or Medicine.
Background in Biology is preferred.

M. Sc. Computational Biology & Bioinformatics: Graduate degree in any
discipline of science with an aggregate minimum of 60% including Mathematics,
Engineering or Medicine. Background in Mathematics or Computer Science is
preferred.

M. Sc. Microbiology: Graduate degree in any discipline of science with an
aggregate minimum of 60% including Mathematics, Engineering or Medicine.
Background in Biology is preferred.

Selection to all the M Sc programmes is based on:


40% of the performance at the Amrita Entrance Examination - 2012

30% of previous academic records

30% of performance in interview to be held at Amritapuri (Kollam)

Duration

M.Sc. Biotechnology - 2 years (Four Semesters)

M.Sc. Computational Biology & Bioinformatics – 2 years (Four Semesters)

M.Sc. Microbiology – 2 years (Four Semesters)

4.
Guidelines to fill the application form:
Candidates and their parents are advised to read and understand the
instructions in this prospectus thoroughly before filling the application form.
Downloaded application forms: Downloaded application form will not have
application form number. Once the duly filled application form, along with the
demand draft for Rs.350/- (in favour of “Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham”, payable
at “Kollam”) and self addressed stamped (of appropriate value) envelope, for
sending hall ticket is received at the Admissions Office, application number is
allotted and the same is communicated to the candidate by post along with the
prospectus.

Application form must be filled in the candidate’s own handwriting in CAPITAL
LETTERS.

Centre of Examination: Indicate the code of the examination centre
preferred, from the table given below. Please note that requests for change of
examination centre are not entertained. Efforts will be made to allot the centre
chosen by the candidate. But, on account of administrative reasons, it may not
always be possible to do so. In such a case the Admission Co-coordinator
reserves the right to allot a centre nearer to the one chosen by the candidate.


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Photograph: Paste your recent passport size colour photographs, one on the
space provided on the first page of the application form, second on the hall
ticket (Candidate’s copy) and the third on the hall ticket (office copy) for office
reference. The photographs must be attested by the Head of the institution
where the candidate last studied or where presently studying, or by a gazetted
officer. The signature and official seal of the attesting authority should be
placed partly on the photograph without defacing the same. Blurred and
defaced photographs may lead to rejection of the application.

Name of Applicant: Write the name of the candidate in CAPITAL LETTERS, as
it appears in the marks card of the qualifying examination. Leave one blank box
between names. Write the full name in the Hall Ticket (candidate copy & office
copy). The name should be as written on the application form. Write the
complete postal address and PIN in the hall tickets.

Date of birth: Enter the date of birth as in the 10th standard certificate.

Telephone Numbers: It is advisable to mention more than one telephone
number for contacting the candidate or his / her parents in case of emergency.

Qualifying examination: Candidates awaiting the results of the qualifying
examination are also eligible to write the examination, provided they shall
prove their eligibility at the time of admission as per the rules. Failure to submit
the necessary documents at the time of admission may lead to cancellation of
admission.

Signature: Candidate should sign under the declaration in the application form
and in the space provided in the Hall Ticket. One of the parents, (in their
absence, guardian) should also sign in the application form. Unsigned or incom-
plete applications will be rejected.

Sl No
City
City code
1
Thiruvananthapuram
101
2
Amritapuri
102
3
Ernakulam
103
4
Thrissur
104
5
Kozhikode
105
6
Bengaluru
106
7
Chennai
107
8
Delhi
108
9
Hyderabad
109
10
Mumbai
110
Centre of Examination
11
Coimbatore
111

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Important: In the office copy of the hall ticket, candidate should sign
only in the presence of the invigilator in the examination hall.


“Hall Ticket no.” & “Center Allotted” will be filled up at the Admissions
Office. Candidate need not enter anything here.


Keep a photocopy of the filled in application and the hall ticket with
you for future reference. This is particularly required in case a
duplicate hall ticket has to be issued.


Any discrepancy in the statements or the submission of incomplete or
incorrectly filled in forms or unclear photographs will lead to rejection
of application.

Enclosure: A self addressed stamped envelope to send the Hall Ticket. Do not
include any other document along with the filled in application form. Filled in
applications must be received at Admissions Office on or before the stipulated
date. Late receipt of filled in applications will not be considered. University will
not be responsible for the postal delays.

5. Submission of filled application forms
Filled, completed applications shall be sent to:

The Admission Coordinator,
School of Biotechnology
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Clappana P.O., Kollam – 690 525, Kerala.
Phone: +91 476 2801280



6. Grounds on which an application form may get rejected
a) Incomplete / improper filling up
b) Failure to enclose the demand draft for the requisite amount in case of
downloaded application forms
c) Late receipt of the application form
d) Application received in torn or mutilated condition
e) Photograph not pasted

7. Hall Ticket
Hall Tickets are sent by post. For this purpose, a self addressed stamped
envelope must be submitted along with the filled in application. The address
shall contain the PIN and phone number with STD code. The examination center
will be mentioned in the Hall Ticket. Hall Ticket has two parts – Candidate’s
copy sent to you by post and Office Copy retained in the Admission Office.
Candidate must sign in the office copy of the hall ticket during the examination,
in front of the invigilator.

If you do not receive the Hall Ticket 3 days before the examination:


Contact the admissions office (0476 280 3000 / 9402) and collect the details
of your examination centre


Contact University Representative at the centre on the previous day of the

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examination who will issue a duplicate Hall Ticket if the candidate produce
the following documents:
1. Photocopy of the filled in - application already submitted by the candi-
date.
2. Two recent Passport size color photographs
3. Receipt issued by the post office towards Speed post or Registered
post or the receipt issued by the courier agency to confirm dispatch of
your original application.
4. Submit an undertaking in the format supplied by the University Repre-
sentative.

8. Scheme of examination











9. Syllabus

Biology - Structure and function of Macromolecules, Enzymes and intermediary
metabolism, Anatomy and Physiology, Cells and organelles, Genetics, Molecular
biology, Microbes, Defense system, Ecology, evolution and biodiversity.

Physics - Units and Measurements, Mechanics, Properties of Matter,
Thermodynamics and Thermometry, Oscillations and Waves, Electricity and
magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents, Electromag-
netic waves, Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation, Atomic structure and
Radio activity, Semiconductor physics and digital electronics, Communication
Systems, Imaging Methodologies.

Mathematics – Matrix, Trigonometry, Differentiation, Integration, Differential
Equations, Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Permutations &
Combinations, Sequence and Series, Vectors, Statistics, Coordinate Geometry.

10. Sample questions
1. Glutamate- aspartate antiporter is seen in
a) outer mitochondrial membrane b) cytoplasm
c) inner mitochondrial membrane d) thylakoid membrane

2. Pith is produced by the activity of
a) Protoderm b) Procambium
c) ground meristem d) lateral meristem

3. DNA absorbs at
a) 280nm b) 250nm
c) 240nm d) 260 nm


Biology 45
Chemistry 20
Physics 20
Mathematics 15
Total 100

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4. Enzyme that converts RNA into DNA could be mostly seen in
a) Staphylococcus b) Adenovirus
c) Polyvirus d) Retroviruses

5. The efficiency of a Carnot’s Engine working between ice point and steam
point is
a) 50% b) 35.5%
c) 26.8% d) 37.5%

6. Near earth, the density of protons in the solar wind (a stream of particles
from the sun) is 8 cm-3 and their speed is 500 km/s, the current density of the-
ses protons is
a) 4x1012 A/m2 b) 64 A/m2
c) 12.8x10-13 A/m2 d) 64x10-20 A/m2

7. Which of the following is not a continuous function?
a) y = x2 b) y = a
c) y= [x] d) None of the above

8. Equation of tangent to the curve y = x3-12x+18 at the point x=2.
a) y = 2 b) y = 1
c) y = 0 d) x = 2



11. Question Booklet
The question paper is in the form of a sealed booklet. Question booklets are dis-
tributed in 4 versions as A, B, C & D. The version code of the question booklet
and the number of pages are printed on the first page of the question booklet.
The questions are of multiple choice types. The Question Booklet has 100 ques-
tions printed in English. Answers shall be marked on OMR Sheet.

Warning: Any attempt to commit malpractice in any form in the exami-
nation hall will disqualify the candidate.

Following details are given in the first page of the booklet (last 3 to be
filled by the candidate):
Two minutes before the commencement of the examination, the invigilator will
announce to open the sealed question booklet. Do not open / break the seal be-
fore the announcement. Immediately after opening the question booklet, the
candidate shall check the following:
a) Whether the question booklet and all the pages are in good condition.
b) Whether it has the exact number of pages mentioned on the facing sheet.
c) Whether it contains 100 questions numbered in serial order.

12. Answering Entrance Examination:
Before you start answering, write the personal details and darken the corre-
sponding bubbles using HB pencil in the OMR sheet supplied to you, as per the
instructions below.
Answer sheets without these details will not be valued.

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Sample OMR Sheet
Hall Ticket Number: Write the Hall Ticket number within the rectangular box
provided in the OMR Answer Sheet and darken the corresponding bubbles. The
registration number should be written without any corrections or overwriting.

Question booklet number: This number is printed on the first page of the
question booklet. Write this number in the rectangular box in the OMR Answer
Sheet and darken the appropriate bubbles.

Question booklet version code: Question booklet given to you has a version

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code A, B, C or D. Write this code in the rectangular box and darken the
appropriate bubble.

Signature of the candidate: The candidate has to sign in the space indicated
and it should match with the signature in the application form and Hall Ticket.

Name of the candidate: Write the name as given in the hall ticket in CAPITAL
letters correctly and legibly.

Answers shall be marked on OMR sheets, supplied to the candidates in the ex-
amination hall.

Candidates are advised to use HB Pencil for answering. Candidate must ensure
that no visible mark is left after erasing the wrong answer.

Candidates shall indicate the answer by darkening the appropriate circle com-
pletely in the answer sheet. Candidate should not indicate the answer in any
other way (tick mark, cross, dot line etc. are not accepted as correct answers).

More than one answer indicated against one question is deemed as incorrect
response, and is negatively marked. In case of any change needed for an an-
swer erase the existing pencil mark completely, and then darken the appropri-
ate circle with pencil. One mark is reduced for each wrong answer.

Rough work shall be done only in the Question Booklet, not in the OMR Sheet.

Since the evaluation of OMR Sheet is computerized, requests for re-checking /
revaluation / re-evaluation of answer scripts are not entertained.

13. Conduct of examination
a. Candidate shall produce the hall ticket for attending the examination.
b. Candidates shall enter the examination hall 15 minutes before the com-
mencement of the examination.
c. Candidates are not allowed to enter the examination hall 15 minutes after
the commencement of the examination and are not permitted to leave the
examination hall till the scheduled end of the examination.
d. Candidates shall hand over the answer sheet and the Question Paper booklet
to the Invigilator before leaving the examination hall. If not returned, the
answer sheet will not be evaluated.
e. Candidates must bring pen, HB pencil, sharpener and eraser.
f. Candidates are not allowed to bring any books, blank sheets, notes, mobile
phone, paging device, slide rules, mathematical & physical tables, calculator,
laptop or any other electronic gadgets to the examination hall.
g. Candidates are not allowed to have any conversation or gesticulation or cre-
ate any disturbance in the exam hall. Such acts of behavior could lead to the
candidate being debarred and will be sent out of the examination hall.
h. During the examination, the invigilator will check the Hall Tickets to satisfy
the identity of the candidate and in his/her presence, candidate must sign in
the attendance card (Counterfoil of the Hall Ticket) the room-wise atten-
dance sheet
i. Candidates must make their own arrangements of stay for the purpose of
entrance examination.

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14. Declaration of results:
Entrance examination results will be published in our web site http://
am.amrita.edu. The candidates can access the same by using their Hall Ticket
number and date of birth.

15. Admission Policies & Procedures:
VERY IMPORTANT: Management of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham reserves the
right to change any of the conditions enumerated herein for the purpose of
complying with any of the regulations of the University Grants Commission or
any other competent authorities. Admission is expected to commence within ten
days from the date of publication of results.

1. Candidates may please note that examination is common for M.Sc. Biotech-
nology, M.Sc. Microbiology and M.Sc. Bioinformatics. Choice of programme
can be done at the time of interview, according to the rank, based on the
availability of seats and performance in the interview.
2. Candidates are called for admission on the basis of rank scored in the en-
trance examination and personal interview. Admission dates and list of docu-
ments to be submitted at the time of interview will be published in our web-
site (http://am.amrita.edu). Candidates desirous of taking admission shall
report to the Chairman (Admissions) on the date / time and place as men-
tioned in the website.
3. Details of fee to be paid, date of payment, last date etc will also be men-
tioned in the web site.
4. While reporting for the interview, the candidate shall be accompanied at
least by one of the parents and shall produce and surrender the documents
in original as mentioned below, failing which the admission will stand can-
celled.
A. Amrita Entrance Examination (Biotechnology/Microbiology /
Computational Biology & Bioinformatics) – 2012 Hall Ticket
B. 12th standard or equivalent mark list and pass certificate
C. 10th standard mark list and pass certificate
D. Degree pass certificate & consolidated mark list
E. Conduct Certificate from the institution last attended
F. Transfer Certificate from the institution last attended
G. Medical or Physical Fitness Certificate from the officer not below the
rank of a Civil Surgeon or a Clinical Associate Professor of a Medical
College.
H. Community Certificate in case of SC / ST students
I. Demand draft for the amount mentioned in the website / counseling
call letter
5. All admissions are subject to verification of the original certificates and docu-
ments produced by the candidates.
6. The decision of the Chairman-Admissions regarding the eligibility of any ap-
plicant shall be final.
7. Admitted candidates are required to pay the tuition and other fee at the time
of admission by way of demand draft.
8. From second semester onwards, fee is to be paid on semester basis. Dates
will be notified on the university notice boards. Those who stay in university
hostels shall pay their hostel and mess fee on yearly basis.

16. Grounds on which an admission may get rejected:
In any case, if a candidate who has secured rank in the entrance examination
but has failed to score the minimum marks required for admission to any pro-

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gramme, as per the eligibility criteria, the admission will get rejected.

17. Cancellation of Admission and refund of fees
A. For candidates who have joined the programme but opt to discontinue be-
fore commencement of classes, an amount of Rs.1,000/- is deducted to-
wards administrative expenses from the fee which they have paid at the
time of joining.
B. For candidates opting to discontinue the study within a period of one week of
commencement of classes, 80% of tuition fee is refunded, while 20% is re-
tained as administrative charges.
C. After one week and before one month of commencement of classes, 50% of
the tuition fee alone will be refunded.
D. After one-month period, no tuition fee will be refunded.
E. In all these cases, unutilized portion of the other fees is refunded after pro-
portionate deduction.
F. As per the existing regulations of the University, admissions will have to be
closed within one month of the commencement of classes. If any student
intends to discontinue the studies on or about this date, it will be necessary
for such student to give a notice in writing to the Chairman Admissions, Am-
rita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, latest – within two weeks of
commencement of classes. The notice should have been received by the
Chairman-Admissions or by his representative authorised to receive such no-
tice. In such cases, rules of recoveries shall be as mentioned above.
G. Candidates will be deemed to have withdrawn if he/she remains absent for
more than 30 (thirty) days from the date of commencement of the classes.

18. Discipline – dress code, uniform, etc
A. Students staying more than 30 kms away from the campus are required to
stay in the university hostel.
B. Food served in the hostels is 100% vegetarian.
C. Students are not allowed to keep their own vehicles on the hostel premises.
D. Smoking and drinking of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
E. Dress code is mandatory for all the students, as prescribed by the univer-
sity.
F. Students shall strictly abide the rules and regulations, given to them at the
time of joining and in the beginning of each academic year.
G. Failure to observe discipline will automatically attract appropriate disciplinary
action.

19. Anti ragging rules & regulations
The Supreme Court of India, UGC, Governments of Kerala and other states
have recommended very stringent measures to prevent Ragging in Educational
Institutions. According to these recommendations, any student found to be
guilty of involvement in any act of Ragging will be summarily dismissed from
the Institution with a remark in his Transfer Certificate to that effect. Wherever
necessary, the matter may also be referred to the Police. Ragging includes tor-
menting others by words or deed, playing rough jokes on other, engaging in
rough play, physical assault or threat, use of physical force, verbal abuse and
aggression, exhibiting indecent gestures and obscene behavior, exposing fellow
students and others to ridicule and contempt, violating the status, dignity, and
honor of fellow students and others, violating the privacy and rights of others,
and hassling or exhibiting riotous behavior. In the light of the above, as per
recommendations of the Supreme Court, an annual joint declaration by the par-
ent and the student is mandatory for the student to be enrolled for the classes.

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20. Settlement of disputes
In case of any dispute in the interpretation of any of the conditions included in
this booklet relating to admission to M.Sc. Biotechnology/ Microbiology /
Computational Biology & Bioinformatics programmes, decision of the Admission
Committee will be final and binding.

21. Jurisdiction
Courts situated in Kollam, Kerala only have the jurisdiction over disputes if any
arising on the matter of applications and or admission to the course covered
under this prospectus.

22. Curriculum

M. Sc. Biotechnology


Semester I

MIC400 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MAT401 Biostatistics
BIO401 Molecular Biology
BIO419 Biochemistry
BIO403 Molecular Genetics
BIO404 Ethics In Research And Intellectual Property Rights
BIO497 Research Methodology
MIC480 Microbiology Lab
BIO487 Principles of Basic Laboratory Practices
Semester II

BIO420 Advanced Biochemistry & Analytical Techniques
BIO408 Recombinant DNA Technology
BIO409 Advanced Human Biology And Translational Medicine
BIO410 Advanced Discovery Biology
BIO400 Cell Biology and Stem Cell Biology
CUL101 Cultural Education
BIO412 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
BIO481 Recombinant DNA Technology-Lab
BIO482 Biochemistry – Lab
Elective

MIC404 Advanced Virology and Pathogenesis
BIO450 Developmental Biology
BIO451 Neurobiology

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Semester III

BIO514 Molecular & Cellular Immunology & Biology of Vaccines
BIO515 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
BIO516 Advanced Pharmacogenomics
BIO517 Plant Biotechnology
BIO518 Industrial Biotechnology
BIO584 Immunology Lab
BIO585 Industrial Biotechnology Lab
BIO586 Plant Biotechnology Lab
Elective

MIC507
Advanced Bacteriology and Pathogenesis
BIO552
Recent Trends in RNA Biology
BIO553
Nanobiotechnology
BIO554
Macromolecular Biochemistry
BIO555
Matrix Biology & Biomaterials
BIO556
Industrial Biotransformations
BIO557
Biological Haptics
Semester IV

BIO599
DISSERTATION/THESIS
M. Sc. Microbiology
Semester I

MIC400 Fundamentals of Microbiology
MIC402 Microbial Physiology
BIO401 Molecular Biology
BIO419 Biochemistry
BIO403 Molecular Genetics
BIO404 Ethics In Research And Intellectual Property Rights
BIO497 Research Methodology
BIO487 Principles of Basic Laboratory Practices
MIC480 Microbiology Lab
BIO482 Biochemistry Lab
Semester II

MIC403 Food Microbiology
MAT401 Biostatistics
MIC404 Advanced Virology and Pathogenesis
BIO408 Recombinant DNA Technology
BIO400 Cell Biology And Stem Cell Biology
CUL101 Cultural Education

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Electives

BIO409 Advanced Human Biology And Translational Medicine
BIO451 Neurobiology
BIO410
Advanced Discovery Biology
Semester III

BIO514 Molecular And Cellular Immunology And Biology of
Vaccines
BIO515 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
MIC507 Advanced Bacteriology & Pathogenesis
MIC508 Industrial Microbiology
MIC509 Environmental & Agricultural Microbiology
BIO584 Immunology Lab
MIC583 Industrial Microbiology Lab
MIC410 Parasitology and Mycology
BIO481 Recombinant DNA Technology-Lab
MIC481 Food Microbiology Lab
MIC482
Virology Lab
Electives

BIO516
Advanced Pharmacogenomics
BIO552
Recent Trends in RNA Biology
BIO553
Nanobiotechnology
BIO554
Macromolecular Biochemistry
BIO555
Matrix Biology & Biomaterials
BIO556
Industrial Biotransformations
BIO557
Biological Haptics
Semester IV

MIC599
DISSERTATION/THESIS

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M. Sc. Computational Biology & Bioinformatics


































Semester I

CBB400 Mathematics for Biological Sciences
BIO421 Cell Biology
BIO401 Molecular Biology
CBB401 Algorithms & Computer Programming
CBB402 Computational Biology
CBB403 Introduction to Bioinformatics
BIO488 Cell & Molecular Biology - Lab
CBB480 Numerical Methods & Programming - Lab
Semester II

CBB404 Database Administration & Perl Programming
CBB405 Machine Learning & Data Mining
BIO412 Molecular & Cellular Biophysics
BIO422 Biochemistry & Analytical Techniques
CBB406 Structural Bioinformatics
CBB407 Statistical Methods in Genetics & Bioinformatics
CBB481 Databases & Data Mining - Lab
BIO484 Biochemistry - Lab
Semester III

CBB509 Pharmacoinformatics
CBB511 Comparative Genomics
CBB512 Mathematical Modeling of Biological systems
CBB513 Advanced Programming for Bioinformatics
CBB582 Computational Biology - Lab
CBB583 Advanced Programming - Lab
Elective

CBB554 Systems Biology
CBB555 Computer-aided Drug Design
CBB550 Computational Neuroscience
CBB551 Neurobiology & Electrophysiology
CBB552 Computational Immunology
CBB553
Protein Structure Modeling
Semester IV

CBB599 Dissertation/Thesis

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