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Department Of Microbiology

The Department:

Dr. S.P. Thiyagarajan, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Madras, inaugurated the P.G. Department of Microbiology in the year 1997. Since then it has built necessary infra structure to carry out research in various fields of Microbiology. The Department offers M.Sc and M.Phil

The key factors underlying the success of the Department are the leadership, commitment and effort of its staff. There is perceptible determination to stretch beyond excellence in research and teaching. The department provides comprehensive education to the students through effective planning and intensive training with recent trends in Microbiology with experimental knowledge. The faculty, staff and students of the department continue a long tradition of making outstanding contributions to Microbiology and Environmental sciences. We offer an unparalleled opportunity to perform research in microbiology, immunology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and Nanotechnology. The department hosts an array of major laboratories which include; Immunology and Serology laboratory, Aerobic bacteriology laboratory, Mycology laboratory, Parasitology laboratory, and Molecular biology laboratory.  All the laboratories have expertise, state of the art infrastructure and automation to function independently to carry out research. Proximity to diverse Faculty stream (Botany, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry and Physics) ) in the College campus and cohesive nature of laboratories under the ambit of Microbiology department with specific thrust areas of research enables cross pollination of research ideas and fuels active discussion and interdisciplinary and translational research.

The department library is self sufficient and has around 820 Subject Books and several books in the area of Personality Development & Motivation, English language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology books and has access to e-journals. Library is managed by the department and is open for all the members of the department on all the working days.

The Department has excellent infrastructure for teaching and research. There are three main laboratories, central instrument room, three classrooms, one seminar Hall and a Conference Hall. The Department is equipped with an E-classroom. The Department has up-to date configured computers with internet facility. The Department houses, apart from regular and routine bacteriological equipments, advanced instruments such as UV  Spectrophotometer, Gel-Doc system, Trinocular microscope that offers brightfield, darkfield and phase contrast features , High speed refrigerated centrifuges, laminar air flow stations, Inverted microscope, PCR-thermo-cycler and Electrophoresis facilities


Course Description:

The Masters Degree in Applied Microbiology is a two year full time SEMESTER programme, affiliated to the University Of Madras. The M.Sc. Microbiology is a full-time course designed to provide post graduates with the appropriate theoretical and practical skills in different fields in Microbiology.  In-depth studies include Pharmaceutical Microbiology,  Food and Dairy microbiology, Recombinant DNA Technology, Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology, Soil Microbiology, Microbial Physiology , Bio informatics, Bio process Technology and Bio Safety and Clinical research  . Each semester builds and equips the students to adapt to the demands in research and development units, industries and entrepreneurship in the areas of Microbial Biotechnology.  This course is intended to meet the growing demand for personnel with expertise in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology.



  • Our vision is to produce highly qualified, knowledgeable, and competent Microbiologists, skilled in all fields of microbiology, and prominently recognized within the food and pharmaceutical industry, clinical diagnostic laboratories, and research fields.
  • To transform students into devoted, gallant and value added citizens with sound scientific knowledge, to make highly economic and eco-friendly environment.


  • The Mission of Department is to promote good quality education and inspiring training in different disciplines of Microbiology to provide a compelling and applicable Microbiology curriculum that will train students at a high standard of scientific literacy and impart appropriate skill sets.
  • To inculcate in post graduates the spirit of professionalism enhance opportunities for research for students preserve, add to, evaluate, and transmit knowledge in the field of Microbiology; and serve society by promoting science.
  • To produce graduates with a cutting-edge knowledge, laboratory practice and professional healthcare skills that will be able to work professionally in the clinical laboratory

Special features

  • Extensive practical learning
  • Various study options for electives
  • Research experience
  • Certificate courses
  • Training programmes
  • Industrial visit
  • Internships
  • In-depth interactive lectures
  • State-of-the-art lab exercises.
  • Individual research projects.
  • Summer training and dissertation.
  • Guest lectures and seminars.

Career Opportunities

  • Post graduates in Microbiology are in demand in Educational institutions, Pharmaceutical, Food, Health, Biotechnology, and other industries and in Government.
  • Thriving companies of many types have also been founded by entrepreneurs holding a degree in microbiology.
  • Faculty positions that can combine teaching and research are available at the schools, college and university levels.
  • The food and pharmaceutical industries are major employers of microbiologists.
  • Hospital laboratories provide a source of employment for those interested in allied health professions.
  • Government laboratories rely on microbiologists at the state and federal levels in areas concerned with foods, drugs and environmental problems.



The candidate shall be admitted to the course provided he/she has passed the bachelors degree in Science, in Microbiology, Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Biology, Life science, Animal science, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Home science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Biomedical science, Medical laboratory technology, B.S.M.S (or) B.A.M.S (or) B.U.M.S and Paramedical sciences of this University or other University recognized by the UGC as equivalent thereto.

Candidate shall be admitted to the examination only if he/she has taken the qualified degree in science/medical subjects as mentioned after having completed the prescribed courses consisting of 12 years of study and has passed the qualifying examination.


 This is a full time course comprising of two years (Four Semesters). Through its infrastructure well developed over last 20 years, department offers instructions in wide areas of Microbiology such as Microbial metabolism, Physiology, Genetics, Molecular biology, Bioinformatics,  Medical Microbiology, Bioinstrumentation, Quality Assurance, Bioprocess technology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Nano Biotechnology, Immunology & Immuno Technology and Applied Microbiology; which is effectively facilitated by well balanced curriculum consisting of 13 different core papers, 4 elective papers and 4 practical courses. Every semester, the students will visit an industry related to their curriculum and four credits will be awarded for the same. The students should take an internship/ minor project at the end of the first year for minimum of 15 days to maximum of 20 days and 2 credits will be awarded.  Broad based curriculum of department makes it possible to meet the requirement of various national / international research institutes and industries.



            Semester IV consists of project and dissertation for 100 marks. Students are allocated individually to dissertation with the faculty of department. The format for dissertations is similar to the thesis style incorporating introduction, materials & methods, results, discussion and bibliography. The dissertation is submitted in a type written and bound form and a copy of each dissertation is submitted to the Department for permanent record. Each student should present/ publish a paper on his/her project.




            There shall be four semester examinations, first semester examinations at the middle of the first academic year and the second semester examinations at the end of the first academic year. Similarly, the third and fourth semester examinations shall be held at the middle and end of the second academic year, respectively. M.Sc. students are evaluated under 16 heads of courses. In each course of 100 marks, 75 marks are for final examination and 25 marks are for continuous internal assessment. The practical course is for 100 marks, 60 marks for final examination and 40 marks for continuous assessment. The project/ dissertation, Viva-voce is evaluated for 100 marks, 75 for external evaluation and 25 marks for continuous assessment.



            A candidate shall be eligible for the award of the degree only if he/she has undergone prescribed course of study for a period of not less than two academic years, passed the examination of all the four semesters prescribed earning 92 credits fulfilled such conditions as have been prescribed there for.


Semester Course Components Name of the Subjects  

Teaching hrs

Credit Max. Marks
CIA External




Fundamentals of Microbiology & Microbial Physiology  








I Core Medical Microbiology – I 4 4 25 75
I Core Basics in Immunology & Immuno Technology 4 4 25 75
I Core Microbial Genetics & Molecular biology 4 4 25 75
I **

Elective – IA

Bioinformatics 5 4 25 75

Elective – IB

Forensic Biology 5 4 25 75
I Core Practical – I *


6 3 40 60
Industrial Visit 1  
I Soft  Skills 2  


II Core Food, Dairy & Industrial Microbiology 4 4 25 75
II Core Soil and Agricultural Microbiology 4 4 25 75
II Core Medical Microbiology II 4 4 25 75
II Core Pharmaceutical Microbiology 4 4 25 75
II **

Elective – IIA

Tissue Biotechnology 5 4 25 75



Elective – IIB

Research Methodology and Biostatistics 5 4 25 75
II Core Practical – II * 6 3 40 60
Industrial Visit 1  
II Soft Skills 2  
II Minor Project/ Internship 3  














III Core Recombinant DNA Technology 4 4 25 75
III Core Environmental Microbiology 4 4 25 75
III Core Bioprocess Technology 4 4 25 75
III **

Elective – IIIA


Nano Biotechnology








Elective – IIIB

Herbal Technology 5 4 25 75
III Core Practicals – III *


6 3 40 60
Industrial Visit 1  
III Soft  Skills 2  
IV Core Microbial products 4 4 25 75
IV **

Elective – IVA

Bio safety and Clinical Research 5 4 25 75

Elective – IVB

Bio fertilizer Technology and Organic Farming 5 4 25 75
IV Core Practical – IV* 6 3 40 60


Project/ Dissertation  Viva – Voce  






Industrial Visit 1  
IV Soft Skills 2  


Total Credits: 100

* Practical Examinations will be conducted in even semester only.

**to be opted by Student


M.Phil. Microbiology (Full Time)

Eligibility for admission:

Candidates who have qualified the post graduate degree in Microbiology or other interdisciplinary subject (Botany, Zoology, Plant Science, Animal Sciences, Bio Chemistry, Biotechnology and M.Sc., Life Sciences) of this University or any other University recognized by the syndicate as equivalent thereto shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.).

A candidate who has qualified the Master’s Degree prior to 19.09.1991, with not less than 50% of marks, is eligible to register for M.Phil. Programme in this College. The SC/ST candidates are given 5% relaxation from the prescribed minimum marks.


Course of study

The duration of the M.Phil. programme shall be one year consisting of two semesters. For the candidates course – I, course – II, course – III, will be covered in the first semester and dissertation will be covered in the second semester.

Course of study for the degree shall consist of (a) Part-I comprising three written papers according to the Syllabus prescribed from time to time: and (b) Part-II Dissertation.

Part –I shall consist of Paper –I Research Methodology and Paper –II an advanced paper in the main subject. There shall be a third paper which shall be the background paper relating to the proposed dissertation conducted internally by the College/Department.



(Choice Based Credit System)





Name of the course   Credits Marks
IA UE Total
I I Research methodology and its application 4 25 75 100
II Advances in microbiology 4 25 75 100
III Guide Paper 4 25 75 100
II Dissertation and Evaluation

Viva voce

12 50 100 150


Total 24 500


Programme of Study:

The syllabi for courses – I, II, III, and IV shall be prescribed by the respective Course Committee. The syllabi for all the 4 courses shall consist of five units. The Question papers for Courses – I to III shall be set externally and valued by both external examiners and course teachers. The consolidated results will be passed by the Result Passing Board of the Microbiology Department.


Scheme of Examinations:

Course /semester Exam Hrs Credit Marks
Semester – I
Course I 3 4 100
Course II 3 4 100
Course III 3 4 100
Semester – II
Dissertation 12 200 (150+50)
Total 24 500


Written examination

The examination for courses – I, II, & III shall be taken at the end of the first semester (January/February). Each course shall have 75 marks for the Written Examination and 25 marks for Continuous Internal Assessment. The duration for each written examination shall be 3 hours.

A candidate shall be declared to have passed course I, II, and III if he/she secures not less than 50% of the marks in the College Examination and 50% of the marks in the aggregate (i.e. continuous internal assessment and the written Examination taken together).


Supplementary examinations

The theory courses shall be conducted depending upon the exigency.


Part II: Dissertation

The exact title of the Dissertation shall be intimated within one month after the completion of the written examination. Candidates shall submit the Dissertation to the College through the Supervisor and Head of the Department at the end of the year from the commencement of the course which shall be valued by internal examiner (supervisor) and one external examiner appointed by the College from a panel of four names sent by the Supervisor through the Head of the Department/ at the time of submitting the Dissertation.

The examiners who value the Dissertation shall report on the merit of candidates as “Highly Commended” (75% and above) or “Commended” (50% and above & below 75%) or “Not Commended” (Below 50%).

If one examiner commends the Dissertation and the other examiner, does not commend, the Dissertation will be referred to the third valuation and shall be final. Submission or resubmission of the Dissertation will be allowed twice a year.

The allotment of marks for (i) Theory (ii) Dissertation and Viva Voce are as follows

  • Theory Papers

Internal           :           25 Marks

External          :           75 Marks

Total               :           100 Marks

(ii)       Project Dissertation

Dissertation    :           100 Marks

Viva Voce       :           50 Marks

Internal          :           50 Marks

Total              :           200 Marks



(iii) Internal assessment for course I and II

                        Test                 :           10 Marks

Seminar          :          10 Marks

Attendance      :          05 Marks

Total               :           25 Marks

Viva-voce Examination

There shall be a viva-voce examination which shall be conducted by two examiners, one being the supervisor and the other who evaluated the dissertation. The maximum marks for the viva shall be 50 (joint evaluation). A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part – II Examination if he/she secures not less than 50% of the marks prescribed for the dissertation and 50% of the marks prescribed for the viva-voce Examination.

If the examiner who values the dissertation makes a qualified recommendation such as revision of dissertation, the candidate shall be advised to revise the dissertation in the light of the suggestions made by the examiners and re-submit the dissertation, within a period of SIX months. A sum of Rs.1500/- shall be charged as fee for Re-submission of dissertation. The revised dissertation shall be sent to the same examiner who evaluated the dissertation in the first instance.


Classification of Successful Candidates:

The candidate who passes written papers and dissertation in their first attempt shall be classified as follows.


Total Marks secured in written papers and dissertation Classification
80% and above I Class with Distinction
60% to 79% I Class
50% to 59% II Class


A candidate who passes the programme in more than one attempt shall be declared to have completed the programme under the II Class.

Conferment of Degree

No candidate shall be eligible for conferment of the M. Phil degree unless he/she is declared to have passed both the parts of the examination as per the regulations.


The candidates shall be permitted for Re-Registration based on the merit of individual cases. The Re-registered candidates are required to submit the dissertation not earlier than three months and not later than one year after the date of re-registration. No further extension of time shall be given.


C Prabhanand, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Phil.

Assistant Professor with 10 years of experience. Independent filmmaker, specialising in Documentaries. Travel and Photography Enthusiast.


C Prabhanand, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Phil.

Assistant Professor with 10 years of experience. Independent filmmaker, specialising in Documentaries. Travel and Photography Enthusiast.


C Prabhanand, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Phil.

Assistant Professor with 10 years of experience. Independent filmmaker, specialising in Documentaries. Travel and Photography Enthusiast.


C Prabhanand, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Phil.

Assistant Professor with 10 years of experience. Independent filmmaker, specialising in Documentaries. Travel and Photography Enthusiast.


C Prabhanand, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Phil.

Assistant Professor with 10 years of experience. Independent filmmaker, specialising in Documentaries. Travel and Photography Enthusiast.


C Prabhanand, M.Sc Electronic Media, M.Phil.

Assistant Professor with 10 years of experience. Independent filmmaker, specialising in Documentaries. Travel and Photography Enthusiast.

Contact: k.nithya27@gmail.com

Academic & Cultural Activities:

The department organizes conferences, seminars and workshops every year. The events for the academic year 2017 – 2018 are




The department every year conducts academic and cultural fest “MICROMATSURI”.  Near to 500 students from various arts and science colleges in and around the Chennai participate in this fest of science. The event is a platform for students from various departments to unveil their talents in both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


International Conference on Food Microbiology and Food Safety – Upcoming Changes, Technologies & Emerging Risks

The department organised an International Conference -“Food Microbiology and Food Safety– Upcoming Changes, Technologies & Emerging Risks” on 11 October 2017. The aim of this conference is to draw the attention of all participants towards sustainability and food security ensuring safe food from production to consumption. The conference had participants from various Arts and Science colleges. The level of participants included faculty, research scholars and students of both under graduation and post graduation. The proceedings of the Conference containing the abstracts and shortlisted papers were released.


Workshop on Microscopy and photomicrography


The department organised a one day Workshop on Microscopy and Photomicrography on 22 September 2017. The aim of this workshop is to impart a wide knowledge about different kinds of microscope, handling of microscope and photography of microscopic images. Nearly 183 students from 17 Colleges were benefited by this work shop.


. Certification program on Implementation on HACCP Level 3 – In house training

  1. G. and Research Department of Microbiology organized a training/certification program on “Food safety and its implementation on HACCP Level 3” for 2 days on 28th Feb & 1st March for students by SGS Academy (World’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company) in the department of Microbiology. Lead Auditors and Trained Professionals in Food Safety Management Systems from SGS Academy trained the students and issued certificates after evaluation.

Certificate courses

The department also offers certificate courses in various fields like Food Technology, Brewing Technology, Bioenergy and Biomedical, Industrial and Solid Waste Management along with the curriculum. On request HACCP, ISO certification courses and examinations are arranged during the study period.


Following are the list of few Organisations /Industries where the students got placed

  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Qatar Flight kitchen services, Doha
  • Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai
  • Health Plus General Trading & Al Baraka Meat Factory, Dubai
  • Shangri-la hotel, Dubai
  • Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai
  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • Plan Sri Lanka
  • Neon Laboratories ltd, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Esco Biotech pvt ltd, Mumbai
  • Sky Gourmet Fight kitchen, Mumbai
  • Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad
  • Ppd Pharmaceutical Product Development, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • LSG Sky Chefs, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Biocon Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad
  • Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad
  • BioGenomic, Puducherry
  • Lister Metropolis Laboratories  Ltd
  • Chennai Mettex Lab Private Limited .
  • CP Aquaculture (India) Private Limited
  • Sysmex India Pvt Ltd, Chennai.
  • Pfizer, Chennai.
  • GRT Grand Hotels, Chennai
  • Le Royal Meridien, Chennai
  • Caplin Point Laboratories Ltd, Chennai.
  • Hositra Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd.
  • Food Corporation of India
  • Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals ltd
  • Scientific Food Testing Services (p) ltd, Chennai.
  • National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai.
  • Hyatt Regency, Chennai.
  • Aachi Masala, Chennai.
  • Hatsun Agro Products Ltd, Chennai.