The inception of the Department of Microbiology was in the year 1988. Since then the department has
made remarkable progress and has grown in considerable ways. Since its inception, the department has
been offering three year undergraduate programme in Microbiology with Chemistry and Zoology
combination (MCZ) and Microbiology with Chemistry and Botany (MCB). In 1998, a post graduate
programme was instituted. Both the programmes are well designed keeping in mind the practical,
theoretical and research skills required. Under each program, we offer a broad spectrum of courses that
enable students to critically think, apply, analyze, evaluate and create. The courses are taught by professors
with high credentials who are academic practitioners and are engaged in research.
The Department intends to inculcate in the students an interest to explore the world of Microbiology and
contribute to the rapidly expanding field. We wish to offer the society, a generation of humble yet aspiring
young minds eagerly striving towards unraveling the mystery of Science.
The Department of Microbiology aims at identifying one’s potential to become a centre for augmenting
and contributing continuously to the vibrant field of Microbiology. We strive to create and provide an
ambient learning atmosphere and prepare students for academia, industry and productive application of
this knowledge in everyday life. It emphasizes the impact of microbes on environment and the human
Department provides a conducive environment for students to exhibit their innovative ideas, required
exposure to research institutes and industries. The department strives to enhance exposure to high end
laboratory facilities and pioneers in current research in the field of life sciences to cultivate an ambient
research culture among its students. Faculty from the department mentor students continuously for their
research explorations and career guidance. The department encourages students to perform better by
participating in academic discussions and extracurricular activities. In addition to this, students are vested
with the freedom to organize and engage in the department’s association activities, hence providing a
platform to showcase their leadership qualities.
The associations of the department are Microcosm – managed by the undergraduate students and
Microbiological Society run by the students from the postgraduate section. Faculty members have research
projects from UGC and have published research articles in journals of national and international repute.
M.Sc. Microbiology students have also published their dissertation work carried out in various reputed
research institutes like IISc., NCBS etc., Members of the faculty engage themselves in equipping the latest
skills in their subject-specific domains of interests by attending Faculty development programmes,
Workshops, Seminars, and Conferences. We have informal collaborations with academic and research
institutes like Indian Institute of Science, NCBS, JNCSAR, CCMB, GKVK, IAH &VB, CNBRCD,
Nimhans, St. Johns Research Centre, Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, HCG cancer Hospital,
and Maitems Analytics where our undergraduate students carry out their internships, summer fellowships,
and masters students carry out their dissertation in the 4 th semester. We have also collaborated with
Seattle University, USA. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate laboratories are well equipped.
Department has received grants from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India , Vision Group
of Science and Technology (VGST), Govt. of Karnataka and Department of Science and Technology
(DST), Govt. of India.
- Undergraduate Programmes
• Microbiology, Chemistry, Botany (MCB)
• Microbiology, Chemistry, Zoology (MCZ)
- Postgraduate Programme
• M.Sc. Microbiology
Department offers four certificate courses
1. Principles of Genetic Engineering
2. Food Technology.
3. Ethics in Life Sciences and Health care Sector
4. Environment and Health (In Collaboration with Seattle University, USA.,)
Open Electives offered under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)
UG: MICROBIAL DISEASES – Causes, Prevention and Cure
PG: MICROBES and US
Programme specific outcomes
B.Sc. in Microbiology has been designed to educate students in various important disciplines of
Microbiology. Students will develop the skills and competencies required for application of
Microbiological concepts, basic research findings and to work in Microbiology based industries or to
become an Entrepreneur.
M.Sc. in Microbiology has been designed to get an in-depth knowledge of basic and applied aspect of
Microbiology. Students will develop advanced skills and competencies to understand mechanisms in
Microorganisms. Students will be able to retrieve biological data, analyse, evaluate and then to formulate
research ideas. They will acquire skills specific to applied microbiology and convert the information to
knowledge through hypothesis, design, execution and interpretation. Students will have enhanced problem
solving abilities and also an expanded career option in research and development, industries, teaching or in