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«Information Brochure 2016-17 for Admission to Regular (CBCS) & Self–Financed Courses of the University Campus 1 Message from the Vice–Chancellor ...»

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Ch. Charan Singh University


Information Brochure


for Admission to

Regular (CBCS) & Self–Financed Courses

of the University Campus


Message from the Vice–Chancellor

India, the oldest civilisation and the oldest nation of the

world, inherits a rich tradition of intellectual exploration. The

Rigveda prayer :' आ नो भद्रा क्रतवो यन्तु ववश्वतः' (Let the

noble ideas come to us from the entire world.) underlines the

openness in Indian thinking since ancient times. Even in the ancient period, India led the higher education system of the world, attracting student population from a number of countries to its famous seats of learning at Takshila and Nalanda.

Established in 1965, the Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (formerly known as Meerut University, Meerut) has been continuously engaged in creation and dissemination of world class knowledge by involving all the stake-holders, i.e., students, teachers, supporting staff and the people from different walks of the society. Over the years, it has steadily evolved itself as one of the leading centers of comprehensive learning with its exposure to and linkages with the peers at national and international levels. Prof. N.K. Taneja With its state of the art infrastructure, well equipped laboratories and highly qualified and dedicated faculty, the University is committed to the task of harnessing and cultivating the capabilities of young students with a view to enabling them to carve suitable space for themselves in the modern economic world.

Conscious of its social responsibility and accountability, the University since its inception has been striving hard to inculcate the right values among students so as to develop them as socially sensitive citizens. Sustainable development and inclusiveness being our main mottos, the university encourages teaching and research programmes addressing the issues of concern to the contemporary society. Thus, the system encourages not only the curricular activities, but also promotes co-curricular, extracurricular and extension activities through its outreach to and interaction with the local community.

While we have come a long way and our academic journey is marked by a number of path breaking milestones, we have to keep pace with the fast changing needs and expectations of the society. The process of creating new knowledge and producing capable human beings dedicated to the upliftment of the nation and the world has to continue with renewed vigour in an unabated manner.

I extend my best wishes to all the students, teachers and members of the administrative staff who are part of the University and to those also who intend to join us in our endeavour to liberate the humanity with the help of the powerful tool of knowledge.

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Note: All the applicants are advised to check the fee details for the Regular (UGC–Govt. Aided) and/or Self–Financed (SFS) courses on the University and the college websites.

4 Chaudhary Charan Singh University Ch. Charan Singh University (formerly, Meerut University) was established in 1965 (U.P.

Universities Act 1965), to cater to the needs of higher education in western Uttar Pradesh.

The University is shortly going to celebrate its golden jubilee in 2015 and can assess the achievement as one of the premier educational institutions of the country. It has a vast and beautiful campus in a pollution-free environment, which sprawls over 221 acres of land having vast playgrounds and experimental fields, botanical garden, rose garden with lifesize statue of the late Prime Minister Ch. Charan Singh, gymnasium, indoor stadium, well equipped library, hostels for both girls and boys, administrative block, spacious auditorium, guest house, community centre and health centre. The teaching departments belonging to different faculties, are housed in spacious buildings and have well-equipped laboratories.

It was the first University in the country to introduce M. Phil. programme. A distinct feature of the academic programme is the semester system and continuous evaluation of the students through quizzes, tests, assignments and seminars. The academic programmes expose the students to practical aspects through seminars, group discussions and lectures of experts invited from other institutions. The University has always been proud of its alumni who are occupying high positions of great responsibilities and distinction in educational and research institutions in India and abroad as well as administrative positions in the industries, defence and civil services. The recognition of the University is due to the efforts of wellqualified and committed faculty members who have been providing quality education to post graduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. The University has also made a mark in the field of sports, and our students are second to none in their achievements.

Under the able leadership of its Vice Chancellors, the University, in addition to the regular post-graduate courses, is offering a large number of new and innovative post-graduate, diploma and PG diploma courses under self-financed scheme in areas of Agricultural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Journalism, Mass Communication & Multimedia Techniques, Earth Sciences, Library and Information Science, Teacher & Physical Education, Fine Arts, Legal Studies, Applied Science, Home Science and Business Studies. The university also has a separate engineering college, which is currently offering courses leading to B. Tech. degree in different branches of engineering along with MBA and MCA.

The success of the university students in NET, GATE, ARS, GRE and other examinations such as civil and administrative services, etc. speaks of the standard and quality of education provided by the university. The research activities in various departments of the university are supported by grants in the form of research projects sanctioned by UGC, CSIR, DBT, DST, ICSSR and other funding agencies of the central and state governments.

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The department of Genetics and Plant Breeding (formerly, Agricultural Botany) was established in 1969, initially to impart education to M.Phil. (a pre-requisite for Ph.D) students with specialization in the field of Genetics & Plant Breeding (including Biometrical Genetics and Cytogenetics). Regular M.Sc. Ag. program in Agricultural Botany (now, Genetics and Plant Breeding) was started in the year 1980. In the light of the tremendous advances made in genetics, plant breeding, biotechnology, and genomics all over the world, as also the requirements of this region, the courses and research priorities have been accordingly modified. The department was recognized by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India under its FIST programme and also by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi under its SAP-DRS programme. For these recognitions, DST and UGC sanctioned Rs. 120 lacs to the department for improving infrastructure as well as teaching and research activities. The department has well equipped laboratories with PCR machines, DNA sequencing systems, different types of electrophoresis apparatuses, including pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), electroporation equipment, UV-visible spectrophotometer, LI-COR sequencing system, nucleic acid hybridisation oven, centrifuges, deep freezers, electronic balances, laminar air flow chamber, culture racks, isotope laboratory, research microscopes, growth chamber, seed germinator, seed analyser for micronutrients, etc. The research laboratories are well equipped with computers and round the clock internet facility. A separate computer laboratory with online internet facility was also set-up in the department to cater the teaching and research needs of the postgraduate and research students. The main research areas are Cytogenetics, Induced Mutations, Plant Breeding and Biometrical Genetics, Crop Biotechnology and Genomics. The faculty of the department has published a large number of research papers/books in the aforesaid areas, and had frequent exposures to foreign institutes at Germany, U.K., Canada, Japan, USA, Philippines, etc. In addition to laboratory facilities, the department also has a 20-acre research farm for conducting field experiments on different crops. Currently, the department is undertaking a number of sponsored research projects with a grant of about Rs. 2.00 crore sanctioned by different agencies. The students of the department have constantly been successful in ARS, CSIR-JRF/NET, GATE examinations and obtained various scholarships from various agencies. Several students of the department are presently occupying important positions in both public and private sector organizations, including universities, colleges, research institutes, and administrative services in India as well as other developed countries.

Fields of Specialisation:

Cytogenetics, Plant breeding, Biometrical Genetics, Crop Biotechnology, Genomics, Ecophysiology, Seed Technology.

Regular Courses Offered (i) M.Sc. Ag. (Genetics and Plant Breeding) Programme (CBCS) It is a two–year (four semesters) full time course. It includes 16 theory courses (4 in each semester) and four practical courses (one in each semester). Besides course work, a few meritorious students are also offered thesis based on the research work conducted in the department.

(ii) M.Phil. Programme It is a two semester’s programme for M.Sc. Ag. /M.Sc. (Genetics & Plant Breeding/ Ag. Botany/ Botany/ Biotechnology/Seed Science) students.

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2. Department of Horticulture India is blessed with a wide variety of climates and soils on which a wide range of horticultural crops such as fruits, vegetables, tuber crops, mushroom, ornamental plants, medicinal and aromatic plants, plantation crops, spices, cashew and cocoa are grown. These crops play a unique and vital role in providing food, nutrition, shelter and also various employment opportunities, and contribute significantly to our economy. Thus, teaching, research and extension in various areas of horticulture have been receiving increasing attention. The department offers theory and practical courses relating to various aspects of horticulture. The department has a laboratory that is equipped with autoclaves, microscopes, chromatography chamber, water distillation plant, electronic single pan balance, hand refractrometer, incubator, oven, laminar flow bench, micro Kjeldahl, mechanical shaker and

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(i) M.Phil. (Horticulture) Programme It is a one–year (two semesters) full time course for students with M.Sc. Ag.

(Horticulture and its allied branches). This programme imparts education to students in Vegetable Science, Pomology, Floriculture & Landscaping and Post-Harvest Technology, based on recent advances in the field of Horticulture. The students must submit a research project at the end of final semester.

(ii) Ph.D. Programme

The department has a full time Ph.D. programme. The major areas of research include:

Nutritional studies (use of major and minor elements), Standardization and improvement in agro-techniques, Improvement in plant propagation techniques, Post harvest management of cut flowers and Application of plant bio-regulators in horticultural crops, etc.

Faculty Professor Jitendra Kumar M.Sc.(Ag.), M.Phil., Ph.D.

(Head of the Department) Olericulture, Floriculture

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3. Department of Food Science & Technology The Department was established in 2002 under the Self Financed Scheme (SFS) of the U P state Government to provide knowledge and training to the students in food processing, preservation and storage, and thereby better job opportunities. Food Science and Technology is an interdisciplinary science and involves application of basic sciences and engineering to study the biological, physical, chemical, biochemical, and nutritional aspects of food and food products; its processing, preservation and storage; food quality testing and distribution of the safe and nutritious food.

The department has established well-equipped laboratories for the conduct of practicals in various aspects of Food Science & Technology. A modern, well-equipped food-processing laboratory was established recently in the department with financial assistance from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India, New Delhi. The equipments in this lab for the processing of fruits and vegetables and for canning include: extractor, pulper, washer, crusher, steam jacketed kettle with boiler, milk pasteurizer, homogenizer, chiller, flat body reformer, can body beader, flanger with air compressor, double seamer, crown corking machines, etc. The department has its own departmental library with about 1000 books.

M.Sc. Ag. (Food Science & Technology) It is an interdisciplinary, full time self–financed programme of two years (four semesters) duration. There are three courses and one practical in each semester.

Further, each student has to undertake a project work on any aspect related to the course of study and submit the Project Report at the end of fourth semester. The evaluation involves both internal (50%) and external (50%) examination systems. The internal assessment is based on regular quizzes, tests, seminars/term papers.

Coordinator: Professor P.K. Sharma (Prof. P.K. Sharma is a regular teacher in the Dept. of Genetics & Plant Breeding of the University Campus)

4. Department of Plant Protection The Department of Plant Protection was established in 1998 under the Self Financed Scheme (SFS) of the U P state Government to meet the long-standing demand of students, farmers, pesticide companies and bio-control laboratories, The study of Plant Protection aims at developing strategies for overall improvement in crop production by minimizing crop losses due to insect-pests, diseases, weeds, nematodes, rodents, etc. The department has established well-equipped laboratory facilities for isolation, purification, identification and maintenance of cultures, mass rearing of natural enemies, mass production of bio-pesticides.

Major equipments in the laboratories are BOD incubator, hot air oven, autoclave, Laminar air flow, microscopes, Camera Lucida, pH meter, sprayers, Rotary duster, etc. The department has it own departmental library, which consists of more than 500 books and journals. A computer lab with internet facility is also available.

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