Department of Sericulture:

Objectives:

Established with a mission

1. To empower the women students with self- reliance

2. To impart need based quality education and

3. To enhance th skills, competitiveness and employability of the students

The Department offers 3 P.G programmes and 6 research programmes.

A. P.G Programmes

1.M.Sc., Sericulture

Duration: Two Years (Four Semesters)
No. of Seats: 10 Regular
Eligibility : B.Sc. with any two of the following subjects Sericulture/ Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Forestry/ Zoology/Botany/ Chemistry/ Home science/ Clinical Pathology/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry/Genetics/Molecular Biology/Biotechnology/Entomology/Medical Lab Technology. The candidates should have secured at least a II class with 50% marks in groups

Course Content:
Core Subjects:
Soil Sciences, Mulberry Agronomy, Biomolecules, Cocoon production Technology, Pathology, Seed Technology, Silkworm biology, Physiology, Endocrinology, Silkworm Genetics and Breeding, Post Cocoon Technology, Mulberry Physiology, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Immunology, Silk fiber Technology, Mulberry Genetics and Breeding, Biotechnology, Sericulture Extension and Management, Molecular biology, Genetic Engineering and Bioinformatics.

2.M.Sc. Botany(Self Supporting)

Botany is a basic science and forms the foundation for most of the modern multi disciplinary subjects like, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology which deals with plant life. It facilitates in studying the rapidly developing fields like Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Tissue Culture, Phytomedicine, Biochemistry and Horticulture.
Duration : Two Years (Four Semesters)
No. of Seats: 20 (Payment)
Eligibility : B.Sc.Degree, Botany with chemistry/Biochemistry As Compulsory subjects and with 50% of marks on an average in the group
Course Content:
Cytology, Cell Biology of plants, Biology of fungi, bacteria, viruses, Algae, Pteridophytes and gymnosperms, taxonomy, plant Biochemistry, Biometry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Physiology, Plant Evolution, Plant Ecology, Plant Breeding, Plant Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering, Computer Applications and Bioinformatics.

3.M.Sc. Zoology (Self Supporting)

Zoology as a basic science forms the foundation for most of the modern subjects dealing with animal life. Irrespective of the opportunities that the currently popular courses in life sciences offer, Zoology continues to enjoy its own rightful status. Candidates on completion of M.Sc. Course in Zoology have a broad spectrum of job opportunities, besides, as one of the subjects offered for the civil services and other competitive examinations.
Duration : Two Years (Four Semesters)
No. of Seats : 20 (Payment)
Eligibility : B.Sc. Degree with Zoology as one of the subjects in Part-II. The candidates should have secured at least a II class With 50% marks in Zoology and 50% marks in aggregate.

Course Content:
Biosystematics and Functional Anatomy of Invertebrates; Molecular Cell Biology; Biomolecules and Structural Biology; Computer Applications and Biostatistics; Functional Anatomy of Chordates; Wild Life, Biodiversity and Animal Behavior; General and Comparative Animal Physiology; Developmental Biology; Genetics and Evolution; Molecular Biology; Environmental Biology; Tools and Techniques; Pathobiology, Immunology; Applications of Biotechnology and Endocrinology.

B.Research Programmes

The Department is actively involved in the Research Programmes on various thrust areas.

The department had extended its research horizons in widening and diversifying the research expertise through collaborative research programmes with National and International research Institutes and Universities , In order to create wider opportunities for the scholars to reach out to the trends in the advanced research and placements too. Good research infra structural facilities are available to carry out the research.

The department has generated research grants to the tune of Rs.141.59 laks from various funding bodies like DBT, DST,ICSSR, UGC ,APCOST and Prathista Industries. Apart from this, the Department has been sanctioned with a new grant of Rs.265 lakhs towards multidisciplinary collaborative research. The following Research Programmes are offered by the Department on Full-time and Part-time basis in accordance to the UGC guidelines.

1. M.Phil Research programme in Botany

2. M.Phil Research programme Zoology

3. M.Phil Research programme Sericulture

4. Ph.D Research Programme in Botany

5. Ph.D Research Programme in Zoology

6. Ph.D Research Programme in Sericulture

Key Areas of Research:

o Mulberry Production and Protection Technology,

o Plant Tissue culture- Forestry tissue culture, Freshwater algal studies

o Plant ecological studies, Organic farming, Ethno botany

o Cocoon Production Technology and Silkworm Pathology

o Post Cocoon technology,Silk Production Technology

o Extension, Economics and Management,Value addition in sericulture

o Animal Biochemistry Physiology& Biotechnology

o Genetic Engineering,Molecular Biology,

o Bioinformatics,Genomics and Proteomics

Strengths of the Department:

External Electives:
Sericulture Entrepreneurial Development

ICSSR Project: F.No. 02/138/SC/2013-14/RPR
Title of the project:
Conservation of traditional knowledge of Handloom weaving in Andhra Pradesh
Video Document on Pochampally Jkat weaving practices.
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