The Department of Microbiology was initiated at Govt Arts & Science College Kozhinjampara in 2005, on the very date of establishment of the college. The level of teaching initiated was at undergraduate to begin with and subsequently at postgraduate level during the academic year 2012-13. Presently, it is the only Govt college in Kerala offering both Graduate and Post Graduate programmes in Microbiology. The programmes run are affiliated to University of Calicut. Microbiology is the hub of the “Cutting Edge” sciences and has made rapid strides, both in basic and applied fields. It is at the frontier of research in life sciences and gives its practitioners a chance to serve humanity through various applications seen in Agriculture, Genomics and Pharmaceuticals to name a few. In a short span, the Department has established its laboratories and requisite infrastructure with relevant amenities. The department therefore attracts a large number of students for its UG and PG courses looking at the vast scope of the subject. The department has been recently upgraded to the level of a university approved ‘Research Centre’ and shifted to new Microbiology Block with fully equipped laboratory facilities to foster the upcoming requirements. The new research department will focus on studies of the various aspects in the emerging microbiological and other allied life science fields to foster the wellbeing of the mankind. The focus of the department in the coming years would be to strengthen its research base and develop collaborations with national and international institutes, which would open up new avenues and opportunities for the young minds in the field. The department has recently published some research articles in various journals to initiate its journey in that way. The entire faculty is young, qualified and active. The enthusiastic faculty desires to work towards higher qualifications. Features of the Department: The Department of Microbiology is young and budding. It was initiated in the academic year 2005-06 and has since developed into a place where students and staff are encouraged and motivated to improve their curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular skills. The entire teaching staff at the department of Microbiology is qualified as per UGC norms. The student strength for the current year is 110 The department is run with the help of qualified and dedicated staff The department comprises of three laboratories, five class rooms, one staff room and separate provision is made for storage facilities. The teaching practice is well balanced involving both conventional and modern methods such as ICT. Class room activities are designed to empower the students to develop with maximum level of knowledge and confidence. Post-graduate students, in their final semester, undertake research projects in collaboration with national recognized institutes. A microbiology association is in existence, and runs with the objective to develop the leadership and creative qualities of the students through invited lectures, motivational talks, quiz competitions etc. Our past students are well placed at reputed universities for higher studies. Some of our alumni are working in prestigious institutions in India for pursuing PhD.
Dr. Vineetha Mohan