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Department of Biochemistry
 

 

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Genesis and Growth

Biochemistry was introduced as a unit of the Department of Biology in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 1973. The staff position in the unit was one Assistant Professor and one Instructor and was accommodated in a single room in the PG Block. The main objectives were teaching and research in agriculture. Since September 1, 1975 the unit was made into a full-fledged department with Dr.D.Raj as Professor and Head of the department of Biochemistry.

Subsequently, the department and the activities expanded progressively with the addition of various laboratory equipments and animal house facilities. The department  offers a number of courses to the students of Under-graduate, Post-graduate and Doctorate programme in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Home Science and Engineering (Food Process Engineering and Marketing, Food & Agricultural Process Engineering).  From the academic year 1985-86 the undergraduate students of B.Sc (Forestry) are also receiving the exposure of biochemistry.

From the academic year 2011 onwards B.Sc (Sericulture) students are getting basic knowledge of Biochemistry.  The syllabus for various courses offered by the department is revised as per the ICAR norms.

Research
The ongoing research is in the field of medicinal biochemistry – Bioprospecting for anticancer, antidiabetic, antimicrobials and other pharmacologically active compounds from biological sources.

 Future plan

  • Isolation, purification and large scale production of enzymes of commercial importance from natural sources.
  • To undertake collaborative research programme with sister departments (disciplines) as well as national and international laboratories.
  • Training personnel on quality aspects for selection of raw materials for various processing industries.
 
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