The School of Life Sciences (SLS) was established in the year 1970-71. The School offers programs of study leading to M.Sc. and M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees in Life Sciences. Students are assessed and evaluated throughout the semester by a continuous system of tests, seminars, assignments, mid and end-semester examinations. The School follows the University-wide format of grading on a 10 point scale worked out on the basis of possible 9 points.
A student pursuing a course in M.Sc. Life Sciences has to complete 64 credits and has to take both core courses and optional courses spread over four semesters, and practical courses in the first two semesters. During the final two semesters, students also have to carry out a research project on a specific topic under the supervision of a faculty member in a laboratory and submit a dissertation for evaluation by a committee of experts followed by open oral presentation defending the project. Students also have to present a seminar and submit a term paper on a current topic in life sciences. The final evaluation for the grades is on a 9.0 point scale Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).
A student registered for an M.Phil./Ph.D.program in Life Sciences has to take pre--Ph. D. courses for the initial two semesters. For subsequent registration to the Ph. D. program, the student has to secure a minimum CGPA of 6.5 (for SC/ST and physically challenged students, the minimum CGPA requirement is 6.0) in those courses. At the end of two initial semesters, the student, in consultation with the supervisor, has to submit a synopsis of the research proposal and defend it in an open seminar. Based on the above criteria, the Special Committee of the School approves the enrollment of the student to the Ph. D. program. After sufficient amount of the research work is carried out by the student and with due approval by the supervisor, the student can submit the Ph.D. thesis. Although Ph.D. thesis can be submitted upon completion of at least 2 years of research work, normally it is between 2 to 4 years from the date of confirmation to the Ph.D. program. Under special situations, a student may apply, for consideration by the Special Committee, for an extension of one more year (5th year) to submit the Ph.D. thesis, provided the research work has been examined and recommended by an expert committee including the supervisor for this purpose. In case a student opts for an M.Phil. degree or obtains a CGPA between 6.5 and 6.0 for candidates belonging to the general category and 6.0 to 5.5 for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PH category, the student has to carry out research work under the guidance of a designated supervisor for two semesters and submit an M.Phil. dissertation. The M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees are awarded on the basis of evaluation and recommendation of the thesis by one/two external examiners respectively from within the country followed by successful oral defense of the research work by the candidate.
Under the clause 9(a) of the Ordinance relating to the award of degree of Doctor of Philosophy, no candidate is permitted to submit his/her thesis for Ph.D. degree unless he/she has pursued a course of research at the University for not less than two years after his/her admission has been confirmed. However, with respect to candidates who had discontinued after obtaining their M.Phil. and who are readmitted by the School, the period for which such candidates had discontinued shall not be counted while calculating the period of six years as above. Under the clause 9(b), The Committee for Advanced Studies and Research on the recommendation of the School may however, subsequently accept the request of candidate whose name has been removed from the rolls of the University under sub clause (a) above to get re-enrolled and become eligible for submission of his/her thesis, provided that he/she submits his/her thesis within one year from the date of his/her enrolment.
One credit comprises of 16 lectures, of one hour duration each.