Dept. of Biodiversity is Recognized Ph.D. Centre in Environmental Sciences.

Department of Biodiversity - M.E.S. Abasaheb Garware College, Pune

About the Department :

Department believes in and imparts ‘borderless education’ to the students by the way of ‘experiential learning’ process. It has a strong research focus with grass- root linkages. The research is supported by prime agencies such as Ministry of environment & Forests (MoEF, GoI), Department of Science & Technology (DST, GoI), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO-UoP), Department of Biotechnoology (DBT, GoI), University of Pune to name a few. Promotion of out of the box thinking has helped students reach higher echelons in their life as evident by Antarctic Expedition, Darwin Scholarship, Harvard Field Course at Borneo, Asian Geographic Photography prize etc. Besides, students have bagged research awards at National levels and themselves co-authored more than 15 peer-reviewed publications in National and International Journals of repute.

Department also offers Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and currently four students are pursuing their Ph.D. on topics ranging from Conservation of threatened species, Bioprospecting and Molecular diversity studies.


Our Vision

To be an academic Model for self-support, research output and global reach


Our Aim

To create awareness on wide range of opportunities in the field of Biodiversity

To impart Border-less education

To nurture creative research potential of students

To establish forward linkages with ongoing research projects

M. Sc. Biodiversity - Monitoring and Utilization (Credit system) is a two year postgraduate course of University of Pune, comprising of four semesters and is a unique program conducted at Abasaheb Garware College, Pune; since 2003. It is the only course of its kind in Pune University, sanctioned under Innovative Programs Scheme of University Grants Commission (UGC). The curriculum gives holistic coverage to the extremely valuable field of Biodiversity. It bridges the gap between excellence in field and laboratory biology.

Biodiversity is the largest source of potential wealth for the country, which remains grossly under explored. One of the reasons for the under utilization is the dearth of trained manpower. The current generation of biologists is largely divided into field-oriented taxonomists and ecologists on the one hand and the lab oriented functional and molecular biologists on the other. This divide has become a limiting factor in the study of Biodiversity. The present program intends to bridge the gap by inculcating excellence in field and laboratory biology simultaneously. This capacity building exercise will help generating wealth through a prudent and sustainable use of the country’s bioresources.

Highlights of the course :
Exposure and hands-on experience to the diverse fields such as ;

  • Plant, Animal & Microbial Diversity

  • Wild Life and Conservation Biology

  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

  • Environmental Pollution & Environmental Impact Assessment, Laws, Policies

  • RS-GIS in Biodiversity Studies

  • Quantitative Biology & Research Methodology

  • Molecular Tools in Biology & Bioanalytical Chemistry

Uniqueness :
Course involves innovative evaluation practices on and off the field.


Eligibility Criteria

B. Sc. with any branch of Life Science, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics Geography, Agriculture, Fisheries, Pharmacy, Medicine, Engineering(any branch) etc.

Clearing the entrance examination.

A minimum of 50% marks at B. Sc. (45% marks for reserved category) is required to be eligible for M. Sc. admissions.


Call for JRF

Call for Project Assisstant


Entrance Examination second round notice to be held on 28th


Admission Notice for second round of Admissions on 24 June 2016


Merit List for second round of Admissions


Entrance Exam Merit List 2016


Admission Notice 2016


Admission Notice for Pune University and Other University Candidates


M.Sc. Biodiversity Entrance exam 2016 on 11th June


Industry, NGO and Biodiversity Department tie-ups.


Dr. Ankur Patwardhan participating in Gathering of International Scholars at Arizona State University - April 2014


Prof. Stuart Roberts, UK giving tips to students regarding insect observations


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