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The Department of Biochemistry at  Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi was established in the year 1989. The undergraduate program, a brainchild of Padma Vibhushan Late Prof. B. K. Bachhawat was started not only as a feeder course for the research community but also to groom scientific inquisitiveness of young students. Since its inception, the Department has grown manifold and has been fulfilling the needs of brilliant students from all over the country. The course content and the practical training program along with the annual projects and assignments are quite extensive. The students have also justified the efforts taken by the Department by securing University positions continuously for the last many years. The alumni of the Department, which is spread globally and placed in good positions further, accentuate this.

    The objective of the undergraduate course in Biochemistry at Sri Venkateswara College is to develop a scientific aptitude in the students and to motivate them for research in Biomedical Sciences. Three years of intense training gives them a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of the subject and a fairly good idea about the recent developments in Biochemistry/Biotechnology. By the end of their Third year, students gain expertise in the latest biochemical techniques and learn to appreciate the applications of the basic science to the field of modern medicine.

    To promote research interest amongst students, the Department has initiated various scientific activities that provide platform for students to interact with eminent scientists. Refresher courses, symposiums, workshops and popular lectures are organized periodically in keeping with latest scientific developments in Biomedical Research. The Department is well equipped with the latest instruments to facilitate undergraduate practical training and to enable students to manage high quality projects. The Biochemistry laboratory is comparable to any Research lab with respect to the infrastructure. The Department has an ELISA Reader, UV trans-illuminator, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, visible spectrophotometers, PCR Machine, high speed centrifuge, horizontal and vertical gel electrophoresis equipments, power packs, auto pipettes, deep freezers, pH meters etc.

    The Biochemical Society of the Department “Catalysis” organizes an Inter-College festival every year that provides a platform for students to interact with each other and encourages a healthy competition amongst them. With the enthusiastic inputs from the faculty members as well as the students, the Department has also started its Annual Magazine “Expressions” in 2005. It includes various scientific articles of current interest contributed by the faculty members, alumni, students and also invited articles and interviews by eminent scientists. The second edition “Expressions 2006” was based on Infectious Diseases. The theme of the third edition of the magazine “Expressions 2007” was Neurosciences. This year’s magazine “Expressions 2008” was based on Evolution.

    The Department provides the Departmental Library Facility for the Second and Third year students. The Department also provides Summer Training to few meritorious students. During their summer vacation second and third year students can upgrade their experimental skills.

    Besides this the faculty of the Biochemistry Department is actively involved in research. Dr. P Hemalatha Reddy, Reader in the Department of Biochemistry is supervising a project entitled “Inhibitory studies of Trifluoroperazine on Mycobacterium tuberculosis” funded by DRDO. The Department has also been selected to train the students as part of the Multi-institutional project entitled “Virtual Centre for Tuberculosis-Alternate strategies for vaccine development” funded by DBT.

    The Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College conducted the SECOND ASEAN-INDIA BIOINFORMATICS PROGRAM from 14 -16 December 2006 under the coordinator ship of Dr. N Latha, Reader in the Department of Biochemistry. The Department is also running a short-term Course on Bioinformatics from academic session 2006-2007.  Twenty five students are selected through an entrance exam conducted by the Department.  Speakers from various renowned institutions like IIT, JNU, IGIB, NII, Amity and DU are invited to deliver lectures.

    With an objective to promote Biology teaching through Bioinformatics, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has identified Sri Venkateswara College to establish a Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility under the BTISnet program in the year 2006. A dedicated Bioinformatics Facility has been established with initial funding of Rs.27 lakhs from DBT.  The basic purpose of the centre is to impart training in the field of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology to the students from various disciplines in sciences. The facility is coordinated by Dr. N Latha. Training programmes/ Workshops are conducted to benefit the students and the teaching faculty in the college. The facility is Well equipped with High End Server (SunFire X4600M2 Compute Server) and Web Server (SunFire X2100M2 Web Server) with Bioinformatics Tools & Softwares (Artemis, BioJAVA, Blast, GlimmerM, HMMER, NAMD, PHYLIP, Tcoffee, ReadSeq). Workstations with Windows/Solaris/Linux Platform are being provided for the students.
Teaching Staff

S.No.            Name Of the Teacher        Teaching/ Research Exp.             Field of specialization in teaching /research    No. of Publications/Books/Research grant
1.                 Dr. Hemalatha Reddy         M.Sc from Andhra Univ. in 1978, Ph.D from D.U in 1988 18 yrs / 10 yrs            Molecular Biology of M. Tuberculosis Three Publication & Two major research  Projects :- “ A virtual centre for excellence for coordinated research in tuberculosis” funded by DBT,  Inhibitory studies of trifluoperazine” funded by DRDO
2.                 Dr. Meenakshi Kuhar          M.Sc. from D.U in 1990               Ph.D From AIIMS  in 2005.   17 yrs /            Programmed cell death, Role of Mitochondria in Apoptosis  Four Publications
3.                 Dr. N. Latha                      M.Sc from D.U in 1990,               Ph.D from IIT delhi in 2004  17 yrs /             Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
4.                 Dr. Nandita Narayanasamy M.Sc. from M.S.U in 1988            Ph.D From M.S.U in 1996.  16 yrs /              Immunology     
5.                 Ms. Kavitha Rajsekar         M.Sc from Madras in 1994           M.Phil. from Alagappa Univ .in 2007.  8 ½ yrs / 1 yr    Biotechnology     
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