Microbiology is one of the four subjects covered in the second professional M.B.B.S. course.
The syllabus for the undergraduate course is spread over three semesters of six-month duration and starts after the completion of the one year first professional M.B.B.S. course.
The postgraduate course in Microbiology is covered in three years leading to the M.D. Microbiology degree and is of three years duration, which runs as per MCI guidelines. Presently the Medical Council of India has recognized the course and has permitted department for an annual intake of two candidates.
The department is spacious and accommodates the teaching and non-teaching faculty members. It has a seminar room with audio-visuals, a departmental library, a departmental museum, a demonstration room, a media preparation room and a departmental office room.
The department is well equipped with facilities for research as well as for routine diagnostic work. It is equipped with instruments such as autoclave, hot air oven, incubator, colony counter, refrigerator, deep freezer, bio-safety cabinet, anaerobic systems, refrigerated centrifuge, hot air bath, electronic balance, electrophoresis equipment, ELISA system, binocular microscope, students' microscope, centrifuge and VDRL shaker and all other necessary glassware equipment, chemicals and reagents. Anti-sera and reference strains for all common pathogens are available for laboratory, research and diagnostic work.
The department carries out all routine diagnostic activities in its special microbiology section attached to the college central laboratory. All specialized investigations are carried out in the service laboratories located in the department.
The department has a postgraduate research laboratory, a students' laboratory and seven service laboratories for immunology, serology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, mycobacteriology, and mycology to cater to specialized investigations.
A centralized animal house caters to the requirement of animals for experimental and laboratory purposes and provides pedigreed animals.
Apart from regular teaching-learning activities and research, the postgraduate students participate in intra-departmental and inter-departmental seminars, journal reviews, and group discussions. The research activities culminate in the submission of a thesis to the university, for consideration of award of the M.D. (Microbiology) degree.
The department actively participates in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) and the Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre (VCTC) & Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) of HIV conducted by the Government of India.
Sterility testing of Operation Theatres, wards and blood banking equipment in the college premises continues to be a responsibility of the department. This ensures sterile environment in the vulnerable locations and instruments and maintains a high safety standards.
The department associates with approved part time and short-term projects and training of external students for fulfillment of project requirements in other institutes, colleges and universities