Honours Programme

Life Science and Biochemistry – Interdisciplinary

Type: Workshop

Topic: Create your own Window sill/ Balcony garden

Description: Over the duration of 6 months, students will learn to cultivate their own window sill gardens using components easily available at home. Information on indoor plants, microgreens, herbs, flowering plants and food plants, factors affecting their growth, proper potting and care of plants in terms of organic nutrients, fertilizers, pesticides will be provided by gardening experts. The focus will be on growing balcony gardens in the typical urban homes of Mumbai.

Online component: 10 hours (as lectures from gardening experts, reading, contact hours). Rest will be offline – tending to the garden and hand-writing a daily journal which will be graded.

Assessment: Hand-written journal, photo-documenting the creation of the garden

Course coordinator: Dr. Maya Murdeshwar maya.murdeshwar@xaviers.edu

No. of students: 20 SY and/or TY across Arts and Science faculty

Course duration: Tentatively, starting in January, and it will be conducted over 6 months

No. of credits: 3

Course fee: Rs. 500/-


Type: Book Review

Description: Students will be required to choose a non-fiction book (minimum pages: 500), preferably in hard copy and not an e-version, in a subject area of their choice and read, critically evaluate and write a review on it. The fundamentals of ‘Writing a Book Review’ will be explained. Evaluation will be based on the hand-written book review submitted. 

Online component: 1 hour (from instructor’s side, more if student prefers to type the review). Rest will preferably be offline – reading the book, critical evaluation and writing the review.

Assessment: Hand-written/typed review of the selected book.

Course coordinator: Dr. Maya Murdeshwar maya.murdeshwar@xaviers.edu

No. of students: 15 SY and/or TY across Arts and Science faculty

Course duration: Tentatively starting in January for the duration three months

No. of credits: 2

Course fee: Rs. 300/-


For further questions/ clarification:
Department of Life Science and Biochemistry Honours Coordinator:
Dr. Manasi Kanuga
Email: manasi.kanuga@xaviers.edu

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