Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, has invited applications for the combined biotechnology entrance examination to be held on May 25 for admission to M.Sc. biotechnology and agricultural biotechnology courses and the M.V.Sc. and M.Tech. biotechnology programmes in various participating universities in India.

The test centres include Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Madurai, Goa, Puducherry, and Visakhapatnam.

M.Sc. biotechnology

The participating universities are: University of Calicut; Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; University of Allahabad; Annamalai University; Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Jammu and Kashmir; University of Burdwan; Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore; Goa University; Gulbarga University; Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla; Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University; University of Hyderabad, University of Jammu; Kumaun University, Nainital; University of Lucknow; MS University of Baroda, Vadodara; Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak; Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai; University of Mysore; University of North Bengal, Siliguri; Pondicherry University; University of Pune; Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University; Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyangar; Tezpur University; TM Bhagalpur University; Utkal University, Bhubaneswar; Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, Jaunpur; and Visva Bharati, Santhiniketan.

Those with a degree in physical, biological, agricultural, veterinary, and fishery sciences, pharmacy, engineering and technology, or medicine with at least 55 per cent marks may apply. Those who qualified in 2010 or thereafter and those appearing for the qualifying examination in 2012 are eligible to apply.

Agriculture biotechnology, M.V.Sc.

The participating universities are: Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur; Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar; Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur; G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar; Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur; Madhya Pradesh Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya, Jambalpur; Marathwada Krishividyapeeth, Latur (Maharshtra); Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; University of Agricultural Science, GKVK, Bangalore; University of Agricultural Science, Dharwad; Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar (Pusa-Samsthipur); Guru Nanak Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana; Nagpur Veterinary College, Nagpur; and Assam Agricultural University, Guwahati.

Those having a degree with at least 55 per cent marks in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, veterinary science and animal husbandry, biotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular genetics are eligible to apply. Only those who have passed in 2010 or thereafter and those appearing for the qualifying examination in 2012 are eligible.

M.Tech.

The participating universities are the Cochin University of Science and Technology; Anna University, Chennai; and the West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata.

Those with a first-class BE or B.Tech. degree with minimum 60 per cent marks in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, industrial biotechnology, leather technology, chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, or chemical technology; a first-class B.Pharm. or M.Sc. biotechnology degree in life sciences, botany, zoology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, biophysics, microbial genetics and bioinformatics; or a first-class BE or B.Tech. degree in electrochemistry, bioengineering, pharmaceutics technology, or food technology; or a first-class M.Sc. degree in chemistry or physics; or an M.Sc. degree in marine biotechnology, marine biology, aquatic biology and fisheries, and environmental biotechnology are eligible to apply. Those who qualified in 2010 or thereafter and those appearing for the qualifying examination in 2012 are eligible to apply.

Apply online by logging on to www.jnu.ac.in or www.jnuonline.in till March 21.

Application form can be obtained by post by sending a crossed bank draft for Rs.260 drawn in favour of Jawaharlal Nehru University, payable at New Delhi.