The Department of Biochemistry was incepted with the establishment of VardhmanMahavir Medical College in the year 2001 as a central govt. teaching institute. The deptt.is actively involved in quality teaching, medical research, training and patient care.
Teaching: The deptt. is consistently involved in imparting quality education to the students taking admission under various courses like M.D. (Biochemistry), MBBS, B.Sc. Nursing and DMLT.
Very comprehensive, elaborative and clinically oriented theory and practical classes are undertaken for a batch of 150 medical graduate students taking admission every year. Regular classes are held in the form of lectures, group discussion / tutorials, and practical classes. Students-teacher interaction is emphasized by conducting small-batch discussion classes, as per MCI guidelines and updated yearly by the department to facilitate good quality hands- training in biochemistry to the bachelor students.
There are 4 MD (biochemistry) seats which are filled every year. Gaining extensive theoretical and practical knowledge, hands on training on various advanced instruments and molecular biology techniques, seminars and journal clubs, participating in teaching are the activities included in their curriculum. They also undertake their thesis work under the supervision of the faculty; mostly the work is focused on molecular and genetic research for which a well-equipped molecular biology lab has been established in the deptt.
Deptt is well equipped with sophisticated and latest teaching aids like LCD projector and visual projector to make teaching more interesting and impactful. Students coming under DMLT and B.sc Nursing are also taught in the deptt as per their curriculum. Apart from it, training programs for biotechnology and IGNOU (Nursing students) are also organized in the deptt.
For Research Activities:
Several ongoing research projects involving immunological techniques like ELISA, molecular biology techniques like a PCR based amplification and gene polymorphism detection are being conducted in the department. Several equipment’s like UV spectrophotometer, Western blotting system, ELISA reader, gel documentation system, refrigerated centrifuge, Refrigerator with cold storage facility have been installed. Many more instruments are in the stage of procurement to strengthen the molecular research lab in the deptt. like Real time PCR, Pulse field electrophoresis, Nano-spectrometer, Fluorescence microscope, Flourospectrometer Gradient thermal cycler, Chemiluminiscence etc.
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