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Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Shah
Kashmir University
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Objectives of the course: The objectives of this course are to give the target students/audience an understanding of:

·         Fundamentals of the genetic basis of life and importance of DNA as the ideal genetic material

·         Genetic inheritance and gene interactions in Mendelian and post-Mendelian perspective

·         Organization and functioning of the extra-nuclear genome and extrachromosomal inheritance

·         Linkage, crossing over and chromosome mapping

·         Variations in chromosome number and structure

·         Structure and expression of genes

·         Gene mutations and repair mechanisms

·         Population and evolutionary genetics


Course duration: 12 Weeks


Eligibility for enrolment: 10+2 with Science background


Course pre requisite: The target students are expected to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Biology, in general, and Genetics, in particular. They are also required to have a fairly good understanding of the entire course structure and the coherence of contents/modules so that learning happens in a sequential and step-wise manner. A computer system, reliable and strong internet connection are the other pre-requisites.


Learning outcomes: The course would be an effective support to traditional teaching of genetics. Through the use of interesting video-graphics, discussion forums and e-contents it would significantly help to lever up the quality of delivering the course on genetic basis of life as an ‘add on’ to specialized teaching-learning process.





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Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Shah

Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Shah holds master’s degree in Botany from the University of Kashmir and worked for his Ph.D. jointly in the University Laval, Quebec, Canada, and University of Kashmir. He currently teaches at the Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, and has been a faculty affiliate in the Division of Biological Science, the University of Montana, USA. His basic research interests include molecular ecology and plant–soil microbial feedback interactions with a major focus on the biogeography of plant invasions. He has published more than 40 high-impact research papers and book chapters, in recognition of which he has been awarded several national and international fellowships and prestigious awards, such as the Paryavaran Mitra Award, Gold Medal from Indian Academy of Environmental Sciences, the DBT-CREST Award 2012, the Canadian Commonwealth Exchange Fellowship (Asia-Pacific) in 2010, Doctoral InternshipAward by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) in 2008 and Young Scientist Grant Award in 2009 by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). Dr. Shah is on the editorial board of some prestigious journals and has been an invited speaker at various scientific meetings/conferences within India and abroad. He is currently a part of some national network projects on ecological niche modelling, biological invasions, species conservation and mycorrhizal symbioses.


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