The course is being offered as per NEP 2020 of the University of Delhi
guidelines since 2022-23. The undergraduate degree course in BSc (hons) Biochemistry is an eight-semester course spread over four academic years. The new structure creates an undergraduate teaching-learning framework that entices young individuals to explore research, innovation, apprenticeship, social outreach, entrepreneurship, and other areas of biochemical research. This framework fosters an intellectually stimulating academic environment within the university and its constituent colleges. The main objectives of NEP include promoting holistic development, providing flexibility in learning paths, eliminating disciplinary hierarchies and silos, and fostering multidisciplinary and holistic education. It aims to cultivate creativity, critical thinking, and ethical values, while also emphasizing multilingualism, life skills development, and the incorporation of the Indian Knowledge System relevant to specific disciplines.
About the course
Institute of Home Economics is among the six colleges of the University of Delhi to offer the esteemed course in BSc (Hons) Biochemistry. The course was started from the academic year 2007-08 to cater to the growing demand of professionals in Biochemistry and allied areas. The course is multi-disciplinary in nature and imparts meticulous training to the students to shape them into Biochemistry professionals with conceptual clarity and updated laboratory skills. Theoretical knowledge as well as extensive hands-on practical training are provided to students in various advanced level theory and practical subjects. The program inculcates conceptualization of collaborative and multifaceted studies along with amalgamation and application of the basics of Biochemistry in research and technology. Analytical and problem solving skills are developed in students to cultivate competence in research and innovation.
Under the NEP program from 2022-23, students have gained significant flexibility. Exiting after the first year earns them an Undergraduate Certificate in Biochemistry, after the second year an Undergraduate Diploma, after the third year a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Biochemistry, and upon completion of 176 credits in the fourth year, a Bachelor of Science (Honours with Research/Academic Project/Entrepreneurship) degree in Biochemistry. The programme aims to impart in each student the competence for research and innovation in Biochemistry and Biotechnology as a skilled experimentalist.
Workshops, symposia, webinars, quizzes, educational trips and personality development programs are a part and parcel of departmental activities. Eminent scientists from various research institutes and industries are regularly invited to ignite the minds of budding Biochemists. Students are also encouraged to undertake in-house research projects and summer internships that aims to help students gain exposure to cutting-edge research facilities, develop essential practical skills and learn effective scientific communication. Alumni reunion meet and Career counselling seminars are conducted annually to keep the students updated on various career prospects in healthcare sector, basic research, hospital management, clinical labs, Pharmaceutical industry, etc. Our alumni have achieved outstanding success by pursuing higher education at prestigious institutions both India and Abroad as well as securing encouraging job placements.
The department has competent faculty members with vast teaching and research experience. Also, non-teaching technical staff is well versed and provides great support in conducting practical classes. The department has well equipped laboratories, an instrumentation room with UV-Visible spectrophotometers, Colorimeters, PCR machine, CO2 incubator, ELISA reader, laminar flow culture hood, BOD, Microscopes and Horizontal as well as Vertical Electrophoresis units. Students also have free access to computer laboratory with internet facility and various essential technical softwares. The Department emphasizes independent research projects, industrial/lab visits, and extensive written and practice-based assignments/review articles/posters by the students, moulding them as independent researchers.
Program specific eligibility:
Candidates must appear in CUET in any of the following subject combinations:
Combination I: Chemistry + Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry + Physics OR
Combination II: Chemistry + Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry + Mathematics
Merit will be based on the best CUET scores obtained from any of the above-mentioned combinations of subjects.
Candidates must have obtained a minimum of 30% score in any one language of List A in CUET
The course is designed to achieve the following outcomes:
For more details, the candidates may refer to syllabus (UGCF, 2022) available on the website of University of Delhi at: