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Department of Biological Sciences

Where Evolution is a Norm
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About Us

Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences, BITS-Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa campus. The department presents learning by means of an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach. Classroom based lectures, problem-based learning projects, basic hands-on experience for developing laboratory skills, seminars with scope for interactive knowledge sharing are offered here. Courses cover diverse topics of biology with roots in microorganisms, plants and animals with varied outlook through experimental and computational approaches. The teaching and research efforts here range from understanding basic to advanced biology.

The department offers the following programmes :
  • M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Science.
  • M.E. (Biotechnology).
  • Doctoral Program (Ph.D.). 
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Research at the Department of Biological Sciences is multidisciplinary. The topics of exploration burgeon from plants, animals and microorganisms with perspectives from nano, micro and macro level. Efforts towards understanding biological objects and their working, has experimental and computational directions. Basic theories as well as application oriented concepts are being studied here.
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  • End sem DRC seminar series. Ongoing. You are welcome to attend.
Conferences / Workshops organised
  •           3rd Annual Conference of Toxinological Society of India and 1st International Conference on "Biology of Natural Toxins", 19-21              December,          2013. Sponsored by DBT, DST, ICMR, GSTE, BITS, CSIR and UGC.
    • International Water Association’s international conference  on “Microbes in Wastewater & Waste Treatment, Bioremediation and Energy Production”, 24 – 27 January, 2011. Sponsored by DST and DSTE.
    •   American Society for Microbiology sponsored International Workshop on "Bioremediation". in association with Prof. Max Haggblom, Rutgers University, USA, 4 – 16 January, 2010. Sponsored by American Society for Microbiology.
    • "From RNA to Protein: A Comprehensive Workshop", 3 – 9 June, 2012. Sponsored by GSTE and BRNS.
    •  National workshop on "Anaerobic Digestion and Renewable Energy through Microbes", 13 – 15 January, 2009. Sponsored by DAAD, DST and DSTE - Goa.
    • National workshop on "Executive Development Programme on Public Health and Ethics", 30th November – 1st December, 2008.
    •  63rd BRNS - IANCAS National Workshop on "Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes in Science - A Hands on Training programme", 20 – 28 January, 2007, organised by BRNS and BARC, Mumbai in collaboration with BITS-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus.
    • Short course on Wastewater Treatment for public works department, Goa in collaboration with Dr. Michel Torrijos Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement, INRA, Narbonne, France, 11 - 13 October, 2011. Sponsored by PWD-Goa.
    • Veeky Baths , The 4 th International workshop on multi-modal cognition was organized by the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus from 3 rd – 4 th of March, 2017.
    •  National workshop on “Experimental Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience” was organized by the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus from 15 th – 16 th December, 2017
    • Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri Workshop : Novel Sentation approaches and Emerging Trends in wastewater Treatment Technology. BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus from 15 th – 16 th December, 2017
    • Workshop on Engineering -Economics-Enterpreneurship In collaboration with Fulbright Educational Exchange Program at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus, India ,During Monday, May 28th 2018 to Friday, July 6th 2018 (6 weeks) (Dr. Anasuya Ganguly)
    • International Conference on Reproductive Physiology and Comparative Endocrinology (ICRBCE) and 36th Annual Meeting of The Society for Reproductive Physiology and Comparative Endocrinology (SRBCE- XXXVI) 20-22 January, 2018 BITS Pilani, Goa.( Dr. Arnab Banerjee)

  • DST Young Scientist Expert Committee Meeting, 13-14 September, 2013.
  • DST-PAC Meeting, 21-22 November, 2013.
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Some Recent Events 2

The workshop's theme is multi-modal cognition with an emphasis on the interaction between language and vision. More specifically, there is a central focus on how attentional and visual processes interact with spoken and written language processing. Why are attention and vision crucial to language comprehension? Prominent approaches to language-vision interactions have focused so far on whether language processing is like sensory processing (the 'embodied cognition approach') or whether cross-linguistic differences lead to permanent restructuring of cognition and perception (the 'linguistic relativity approach'). We know, however surprisingly little about the nature, representations, and mechanisms of every-day language-vision interactions such as when language guides our attention around the visual world. Core themes of the workshop are the (non)-intentionality of language-vision interactions, the nature of competition, selective processing, learning and development which suggest that the investigation of language-vision interactions by means of methods such as eye-tracking offers a window into the mechanisms of how high level representations involved in language and memory interact with visual input. The workshop seeks to encourage discussions which advance the field in important ways and lead to close collaborations between the participating researchers. It also discusses how research in this field can affect our understanding of consumer psychology and consumer neuroscience.

Visit the website at www.bits-goa.ac.in/attlis2017
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PhD Admissions (Sem-II, 2018-19)

PhD application portal for Sem-II is now open at
The last date for online application is 8th Dec. 2018, 5.00pm.

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New ME programme for the Academic Year 2019-20 is now open.

New ME programme on Sanitation Science, Technology and Management in Collaboration with IHE Delft, Netherlands for the Academic Year 2019-20 is now open.
Refer the following link for online application process: http://www.bitsadmission.com/hdmain.aspx
The last date to apply online is 30th April  2019. 
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Poster Day

Poster Day held on 24th April 2018 by the Research Scholars in the Department of Biological Sciences.
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Research Scholars awarded the Summer School on Resource Recovery and Reuse by International Water Management Institute.

for undergoing training in the International Water Management Institute to be held at Colombo, Srilanka (July 22 – 28, 2018).

Ph.D. supervisor- Dr. Srikanth Mutnuri

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Prof Gerardine G. Botte, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Russ Professor inivited talk on Electrochemical Conversion of Ammonia: from Wastewater Treatment to Ammonia Synthesis

Prof Gerardine G. Botte, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Russ Professor - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,  Director - Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER), Director - Consortium for Electrochemical Processes and Technology (CEProTECH), Ohio University, USA who invited the talk on 31st August 2018.

National Virtual Conference - 2020

Current Trends & Challenges in Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology
20-21 November, 2020
Last date of Abstract Submission is 10th November, 2020
for more detail click the below link:

Admissions open for ME BIOTECHNOLOGY

PhD Shortlisting Criteria

 1. At least 65% in qualifying degree

2. At least one of the preferences should be Goa

News and Updates

DD Telecast of Wastewater Treatment Plant built by Prof. Srikanth Mutnuri - featured in Hunnarbaaz
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Contact Us

Queries may be addressed to:

Dr.Srikanth Mutnuri 
Head, Department of Biological Sciences
BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus
NH 17B, Bypass Road
Zuarinagar, Goa, India. 403 726
Email: hod.biology@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in
Telephone: 0832 2580305

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