Central University of Rajasthan has started Department of Sports Biosciences under the School of Sports Sciences MYAS-CURAJ supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS). The department runs three M.Sc. programs: M.Sc. Sports Physiology, M.Sc. Sports Biochemistry and M.Sc. Sports Nutrition. These courses would enhance the knowledge of the students in Sports Biosciences and improve their level of understanding with underlying biological scientific principles in sports sciences. The courses would emphasize on both theoretical and laboratory aspects and most specifically the biochemical and nutritional analysis together with computational simulation. The program would also allow students to interact and carry out their practical tests both on the field with the athletes/sports persons during the games and sports. This would allow the students to enrich and sharpen their knowledge both in instrumentation techniques and software for understanding the underlying intricacies of sports activities and improvisation of the games/sports. Appealing to those with an enthusiasm for biosciences of sports, physical activity and human biology, these courses would teach how sporting performance can be improved to ensure individual level success and achieve improvisation in the potential of sports persons.
M.Sc. Sports Biochemistry
(a) Name of the Program: M. Sc. Sports Biochemistry (2 years)
(b) Objectives of the program: The students opting for the M. Sc. Sports Biochemistry programme will have an advanced understanding on the biochemical and metabolic aspects of Sports, physical activity and wellbeing. In the context of Sports, it will provide knowledge on drugs doping in sports, the Sports injuries and recovery, to achieve optimal performance, and in contributing to the understanding of the metabolic adaptations to sports training. The programme will also cover knowledge on nutrition, genetics, immunology, biomechanics, psychology, statistics, analytical biochemistry and anthropometry in the context of sports/exercise. This, course covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of sports biochemistry. The student graduating will have a better understanding of the key principles of biochemical functioning of the body during exercising conditions, better awareness of the major issues at the forefront of the discipline, will possess an in-depth understanding of biochemistry/sports biochemistry, to interpret experimental data, ability to present their work, including an original research proposal. Sports Biochemistry being a unique discipline, there would be a lot of demand of trained sports biochemistry experts globally.
(c)Intake and eligibility: Bachelors’ Degree in Biochemistry/Life Sciences/ any other branch of Science/or any other examination recognized equivalent there to or higher degree, any Medical (MBBS, BDS, BAMS) BPT/Allied Medical Sciences degree with 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for General category and 45% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates and must have at least one course in Biology at 12th standard/ Intermediate level.
M.Sc. Sports Nutrition
(a) Name of the Program: M. Sc. Sports Nutrition (2 Years)
(b) Objectives of the program: This program will help to develop a career in Sports Nutrition, where the students will systematically understand and be critically aware of the underlying basic nutritional concepts for a sports person. They can demonstrate advanced skills in the critical appraisal of research and the evaluation of interventions in relation to the current evidence based on sports and nutrition. They will develop in-depth knowledge and practical skill sets to ensure planning and implementation of sport specific nutritional support to athletes/sports persons globally by demonstrating skills on recommending healthy nutritional practices. Students will learn to develop a team approach, display adequate team building, and soft skills, to ensure implementation and monitoring of sport-specific nutritional support. They shall demonstrate an autonomous problem solving approach to the management of the sports persons within the context of both nutrition and inter professional practice. They will show ability to exercise initiative, show personal responsibility and manage themselves and others. The students will show aptitude for continuing to advance professional development skills and their lifelong learning.
(c) Intake and eligibility: Bachelors’ Degree in Nutrition/food and Nutrition/food technology/food sciences/Life Sciences/ any other branch of Science/or any other examination recognized equivalent there to or higher degree, any medical (MBBS, BDS, BAMS) BPT/Allied Medical Sciences degree with 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for General category and 45% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates and must have at least one course in Biology at 12th standard/ Intermediate level.
M.Sc. Sports Physiology
(a) Name of the Program: M.Sc. Sports Physiology (2 Years)
(b) Objectives of the program: This program would help to develop a career in Sports Physiology. One will be provided with advanced knowledge based on the latest research in the theory and practice of a range of different areas in Sports Physiology for the benefit of performance and health. This course offers thorough theoretical, conceptual and practical aspects on physiological assessment techniques, exercise performance and the physiological characteristics of the neuromuscular system with application to sport and injury. Every students would get an opportunity to improve his/her knowledge in research by carrying out dissertation work on applied fields of sports Physiology using the research facilities available in the Department.
(c) Intake and eligibility: Bachelors’ Degree in Physiology/Life Sciences/ any other branch of Science/or any other examination recognized equivalent there to or higher degree, any medical (MBBS, BDS, BAMS) BPT/Allied Medical Sciences degree with 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for General category and 45% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates and must have at least one course in Biology at 12th standard/ Intermediate level.
• Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry. • Research Trainee – Division of Cardiovascular Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Division of Biology
Associate Professor, Head, Coordinator-School
M.Sc. Applied & Industrial Microbiology, Utkal Univ. Odisha; Lic.Tech. Engg. Proc. Metall. LTU; Ph.D. Engg. Proc. Metallurgy, LTU Sweden; Post Doc. UCT South Africa; Scientist KIGAM South Korea; Asst. Prof. SRM Univ. Chennai; Marie Curie Fellow SDU Turkey
The department is in the process of developing a well-equipped laboratory to carry out the practical/laboratory exercises in the area of Sports Physiology, Sports Biochemistry and Sports Nutrition together with Computational facility. The laboratory set up at the department would allow the students to enrich and sharpen their knowledge both in instrumentation techniques and software.
The lab facilities at the Department of Sports Biosciences aim to expand further to cater the needs of the students in research. However, the current lab facilities include the assessment of the following:
- Anthropometric Assessment
- Body Composition Analysis
- Biochemical Parameters
- Anatomical Models
- Physical Fitness
- Physiological Parameters
- Computer Lab
The Sports Biosciences department strives to be on the forefront of research in the field of Sports Physiology, Sports Nutrition and Sports Biochemistry. These are the advanced research areas in the global scenario. The research in these areas addresses the need for improvement in sports performance and wellbeing/wellness of the sports persons. The department is currently in progress of establishing well furnished-state of the art laboratories. The School has a trained and dedicated pool of researchers to tap this potential. Various sophisticated equipment’s are in the process of procurement very soon in the near future to cater the needs of the M.Sc. students and research work.
Development of research proposals on few projects are under progress and is expected to get some grants in near future.
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Department organised its first successful event in the form of Sports Science Week named ‘Sports Kinesia-2018’ many students from various Departments of CURAJ participated in different events organised for the whole week and more than 100 people (including students and faculty) participated and got to know their body and nutritional aspects of their health and fitness analysed on the last day of the week in event named as ‘Know Your Body and Nutritional consultation’
Dr. Chandra Sekhar Gahan
Head Department of Sports Bio-Sciences
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF RAJASTHAN
NH-8, Bandar Sindri,
Dist-Ajmer-305817, Rajasthan [INDIA]