ABOUT THE COURSE:
The U.G. program in Microbiology was started during the academic year 1994 - 1995. Microbiology is the study of microorganisms which include bacteria, viruses, yeast, molds, protozoans, algae, fungi and other very small organisms.It is the youngest branch of biology that deals with study of micro organisms and their impact on human health and welfare. Microbiology is important because it helps us to understand and treat diseases.It is also important economically because it impacts the environment, research fields and biotechnology.This course is designed to introduce basic techniques and safety procedures in clinical microbiology. Emphasis is placed on the morphology and identification of common pathogenic organisms, aseptic technique, staining techniques, and usage of common media. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension in performing and interpreting basic clinical microbiology procedures.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION:
H.S.C passed with Botany/Zoology/Biology/Microbiology is eligible for admission.
DURATION OF THE COURSE:
The duration of the course is three years which includes six semesters with two semesters per year. Each semester has ninety working days followed by examinations at the end of each semester.The odd semesters shall consist of the period from June to November of each year and the even semester from December to April of each year.
To impart knowledge on General Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Immunology, Microbial Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biotechnology, Bioinstrumentation, Bio-Statistics, Chemistry, Cell Structure, Microbial Growth & Reproduction, Bacteriology, Virology Mycology & parasitology etc and to provide practical skills in the relevant techniques. The students are motivated to participate in the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for their overall development.
A career in microbiology can be a lucrative option in India as well as abroad. Numerous institutions all over India and abroad offer degree programs at under- graduate as well as at post graduate levels in the field of microbiology. Bachelor degree holders have employment potential as laboratory technicians or as biology teachers. Microbiologists find jobs in many places like research and development laboratories of government and private hospitals, research organizations, pharmaceutical, food, beverage and chemical industries. Universities, research institutes and industrial companies employ microbiologists to do basic, environmental, healthcare and agricultural research. Microbiologists can also become faculty members in Universities, Colleges or teachers in Schools, etc. For college teaching, a master's degree along with qualification of CSIR - NET but a doctorate opens more avenues.
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The department association serves as a platform for various kinds of co-curricular activities. The Department of Microbiology inaugurated the “BIOMICS” Club on 10th January 2014. A one day seminar was organized on the topic “The Common Infectious Diseases in Chennai” by Dr.SivaSangeetha.M.D-Assistant Professor, Department of Experimental Medicine from Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai.
BIOMICS 2013 -2014
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised a Seminar on “Herbs used in Traditional Practices”. The Guest Speaker was Dr.A.Saraswathy, Director, Captain Srinivasa Murthy Research Institute for Ayurvedha& Siddha, Chennai.
The session was followed by the lecture delivered by Mrs.Sangeetha, Asst.Prof., Department of Experimental Medicine, Dr.M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, on “Prevention of Common infectious Diseases”.
International Conference March 2013
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised an International conference on emerging trends and challenges in Science and Technology, March 1ST and 2nd, 2013. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Soumya swaminathan, Director, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and Dr. Rakesh Nigam, prof. Claremont Graduate University, California gave a key note address about conference. Dr. R. Vijayalakshmi, Asst Prof, Department of preventive oncology, Cancer Institute, Adyar, begins the session about cancer and its prevention and followed by Dr. S Gunasekaran Prof & Head, Dept of Physics, Pachaiyappas College was delivered lecture about spectroscopy as an investigation tool in pharmaceutical and medicinal fields and Dr. D. Sakthi Sekaran , Prof & Head, Dept of medical biochemistry was presented a paper on topic entitled role of antioxidants in cancer chemotherapy. Eminent scientist from international and National Institution and research scholars were participated and presented papers. Finally valedictory address was given by Dr. R. Prabakaran , Vice Chancellor, TANUVAS, Chennai.
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised an Inter collegiate fest on 16th February 2015. The fest was inaugurated by Mrs.S.Sethukarasi, Co-ordinator, StemCell Donor Registry, Chennai. The students had an eye opening session on Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donation. Nearly 90 students had registered for Stem cell Donation.
This was followed by many competitions like Rangoli, Quiz, Model Exhibits, Poster Presentations & JAM. Our Secretary Dr.S.P. Rajagopalan presided over the valedictory function and gave away the prizes to the winners.
The Departments of Biochemistry & Microbiology together organised a Seminar on “HLA and Human organ transplantation”on 30th September 2016. The Guest lecture was delivered by R.Dinakaran Michel, Dean, School of Life Sciences,Vels University, Chennai.
The Departments of Microbiology & Biochemistry together organized SCIENCE DAY-2016.,on February 26th 2016. The fest was inaugurated by Dr. Sriman narayanan
Professor & Head, Department of analytical science , University of madras, Guindy campus, Chennai – 25.
The session was followed by the lecture delivered by Dr.Jayadev raju Toxicology, Health Canada on” - Next generation in Life sciences – Perspective of a Toxicologist”
The session was followed by the work shop by Dr.P.Bama, Gloris Biomed Research Centre (Pvt).Ltd. conducted a work shop on “Plant secondary metobolite extraction and invitro antioxidant studies”
Our Secretary Dr.S.P. Rajagopalan presided over the valedictory function
BIOMICS 2017 - 2018
Two-day National Conference on “Recent Trends and Developments in Health & Chemical Sciences” was organised by the PG & Research Department of Biochemistry, Departments of Microbiology, Chemistry and Psychology on 30/01/2018 & 31/01/2018 at the College Auditorium. The conference was inaugurated by Dr.K.Mohana Krishnan, Director, Apple Plus Hospital, Professor in Microbiology, SMKMCH, Senate Member, TN Dr.M.G.R. Medical University and released the proceedings of the conference on day one. 74 titles were published in the proceedings, with papers from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.
On Day one, the inauguration was followed by Session I on Biochemistry. Dr.S. Subramaniam, Director, Regenix Super Speciality Labs, Chennai, was the chairperson. He gave a lecture on the topic “Recent Trends in Clinical Laboratory Techniques”. Session II was on Microbiology. Dr.B. Ganesh, Scientist – D, Assistant Director, National Institute of Epidemiology, ICMR, Chennai, was the Chairperson. He delivered a lecture on “The current development and future perspective in Genomics “.
On day two, the programme started with Session III on Chemistry. Dr. E. Murugan, Professor & Head, Department of Physical Chemistry was the Chairperson. He gave a lecture on “Drug Delivery”. Next was the Session IV on Psychology. Dr. V.D. Swaminathan, Professor of Psychology & Head i/c of Social Work, was the Chairperson, who spoke on “Cognitive Neuro Disorder- Beyond Biochemistry”.
Dr. Niranjali Devaraj, Professor & UGC-BSR Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Madras, was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function. Five papers were selected as best papers in each discipline and was awarded Rs.1000 as cash award for each.
BIOMICS 2018 -2019
One Day “INTERCOLLEGIATE FIESTA – BIOMICS 2K19” was Organized by the Department of PG and Research Department of Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology. Theme of the program was to “Beat Plastic Pollution”
The “INTERCOLLEGIATE FIESTA – BIOMICS 2K19 was inaugurated by our Principal madam Dr.C.N. Eswari, Prof. Mangai, Head PG & Research Department of Biochemistry and Prof. Manjula Devi, Head Department of Microbiology.
Chief guest for the valedictory function was Dr.B.R.Latha, Professor & Head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Madras veterinary College, Chennai.
Workshop – Foldscope instruments
A One Day Workshop on “Foldscope instruments” was organized by the Department of PG and Research Department of Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology on 12.02.2019. The resource person for the day was Dr.Veena Gayathri, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Stella Maris college.
BIOMICS 2019 – 2020
A Two-Day National seminar on “Recent trends in Life sciences” was organized by the Department of PG and Research Department of Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology on 04.10.2019 and 05.10.2019.
Day I: CHIEF GUEST & RESOURCE PERSON
- Dr. A. HANNAH RACHEL VASANTHI,
Professor, Department of Biotechnology,
School of life sciences, Pondicherry University.
- Dr. M. RAJADURAI,
Assistant Professor, Department of Food Technology,
Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore.
DAY II: RESOURCE PERSON
- Dr.ELANGOVAN VELLAICHAMY
Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry
University of Madras.
- Dr.S. JANARTHANAN
Professor & Head, Department of Zoology
University of Madras.