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Department of Plant Molecular Biology


Revised Syllabi (with effect from Academic Session 2019-20)

The Department of Plant Molecular Biology was established in 1988 under the Faculty of Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences to cater to the needs of students in frontier areas of plant biology and to carry out research on Molecular Aspects of Plant Biology and Biotechnology. The Department was enriched by merger of the Unit for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology in 1988 (originally established by the DST), and award of COSIST grant by the UGC (1990-1995). The Department has been recognized for Special Assistance (DRS Phase I & Phase II) by the UGC (2002-2012) to strengthen research/teaching in the area of Functional Genomics.  Since its establishment in 1988, Professor S.C. Maheshwari (1988-1992), Professor Akhilesh K. Tyagi (1988, 1992-95, 1998-01), Professor Jitendra P. Khurana (1995-1998, 2001- 2004, 2014 - 2017), Professor Paramjit Khurana (2004 - 2007, 2016-  2019), Professor Anil Grover (2007-2010, 2019 - till date), Professor Indranil Dasgupta (2010 - 2013), and Professor Madan Mohan (2013 - 2014)  have served as Heads of the Department.

The research has been supported by major grants in the form of “Centre for Plant Molecular Biology” and “Genome Initiatives on Sequencing, Gene Discovery and Function” by DBT, in addition to other competitive grants from DST, UGC, European Commission and the Rockefeller Foundation. The faculty is involved in multi–institutional as well as international projects. The research has yielded about 750 publications and a few patents have been filed.  Efforts of the faculty have been recognized in the form of fellowships to national/international scientific academies and national/international awards.  While providing due emphasis for basic research and training, the Department endeavors to convert knowledge into application for human welfare.

Major Areas of Research
  • Stress Molecular Biology
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Signal transduction and photobiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Functional genomics
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Transgenics for crop improvement
  • Small regulatory RNAs
  • Plant viruses
  • Plant biotechnology for human health
  • Intellectual property rights


: Prof. Anil Grover




Department of Plant Molecular Biology
University of Delhi South Campus
New Delhi 110021


: 011 91 24115096




Arranged in alphabetical order
Dasgupta, Prof. Indranil 
Grover, Prof. Anil
Kapoor, Prof. Sanjay
Khurana, Prof. Jitendra Paul (Professor(Rtd);J.C.Bose National Fellow(SERB))
Khurana, Prof. Paramjit
Pandey, Prof. Girdhar Kumar
Sharma, Prof. Arun 
Tyagi, Prof. Akhilesh 
Raghuvanshi, Dr. Saurabh
Agarwal, Dr. Surekha Katiyar

M.Sc. Program in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (PMBB):

The M.Sc. Course in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (PMBB) at Plant Molecular Biology Department (PMB), University of Delhi South Campus (UDSC) has been designed to expose students to the latest developments in the exciting and burgeoning areas of modern Plant Sciences. This course aims to prepare students to take research in Plant Molecular Biology and allied areas as a possible career option as well as to enable the generation of manpower for the emerging Plant Biotechnology industry.

Admission to M.Sc. Program in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (PMBB) is based on a  written entrance examination.  A total of 12 students are selected in the order of merit in each category from general and reserved categories (reservation as per University rules).

For the session starting in July, applications can be submitted through the DU PG Admission Portal by the end of May (Keep a check on DU website for exact dates).


The Syllabus for Entrance test (M.Sc. in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)
The written test comprises of 100 multiple-choice questions relating to:

  • biological sciences taught at undergraduate level,
  • basic knowledge of physical and chemical sciences
  • data interpretation and
  • General awareness. 


The course is open to career-minded students with consistently good academic record and an aptitude for plant molecular biology.  The following points should be kept in mind by all candidates:

A student seeking admission to this course must have passed bachelor in biological, chemical or physical sciences with at least 60% marks in the main subject (in case of Hons. Courses) or in aggregate (for other courses).

The candidates must also have completed the 10+2+3 years of formal education.

Candidates whose results have not been declared but are expecting to pass in the first division can also appear in the entrance test.

Appropriate relaxation for candidates belonging to reserved category is applicable as per the university norms.

Admission Procedure - Ph.D. 

Over the years DPMB's Ph.D. program has produced a number of  researchers, teachers and professionals who have had major impact on the area of Plant Science Research and teaching in India and abroad. The DPMB faculty is considered among the best in Plant Biology Research in India.  

Moreover, being in the heart of the Capital of India and  close proximity of several high ranking University's and National Institutes involved in Life Science Research, DPMB provides a unique learning experience that extends well beyond the boundaries of laboratories and classrooms.

The Department of Plant Molecular Biology, UDSC invites applications for the Full-Time Ph.D. programme twice (in June and in December) in each academic year.

A limited number of seats (10-12)  are available in the areas of:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenomics
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • Molecular Basis of Plant Reproduction and yield
  • Post-harvest biotechnology
  • Abiotic stress biology (Heat stress, the role of small RNAs, signal transduction during stress)
  • Plant Virology
  • Database curation and Networking

The Department/University reserves the right to change the number of seats or not to award any Ph.D. position.


The candidate should have a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent CGPA score) in:

M.Sc. / M.Phil. / M. Tech. in Plant Sciences /Biological Sciences / Biotechnology / Bioinformatics or other Allied Sciences from a recognized university/institute with an aptitude for Plant Molecular Biology. 5% relaxation will be permitted for OBC/SC/ST and Persons with disabilities.

Selection Procedure:

  • Candidates will be selected on the basis of an Entrance Test comprising of a Written Test and an Interview.
    • The written test comprises of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to:
      • biological sciences taught at Postgraduate level,
      • basic knowledge of physical and chemical sciences
      • data interpretation and
      • General awareness.

The Syllabus of the Ph.D. entrance test is based on the M.Sc. Syllabus for Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (PMBB) of the University of Delhi, which is available on the DPMB website.

Candidates holding a (i) valid national-level research fellowship,  (ii) research position in current research projects of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, UDSC or (iii) awarded lectureship in the CSIR-UGC NET (or equivalent examination) are exempted from the written test, but will be required to appear for the interview for selection. For details, see Ordinance VI (2017) of the University of Delhi.

Based on the performance in the written examination, candidates will be short-listed for the interview. The list of short-listed candidates will be valid until the next written test for Ph.D. admissions.

The admission of the candidates for the Ph.D. programme is based on their suitability to specific specializations and also subject to fulfilling all other conditions laid down in Ordinance VI-(2017) of the University of Delhi.

Candidates who do not have any fellowship may be provided a Non-NET UGC fellowship based on its availability and only if the candidate is finally selected for the Ph.D. program.

No TA/DA will be paid for attending the written test and interview.

The candidates must carry a valid ID for the written test as well as the interview. 

All announcements will be made on the DU Ph.D. Admission Portal. Candidates are requested to regularly check the website for updates.

Note: Department reserves the right not to fill up the vacant seats of the Ph.D. program in case of the non-availability of suitable candidates. The admission is also subject to fulfilling all other conditions laid down in Ordinance VI of the University of Delhi.

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Last updated on - 05-Jun-20