MICROBIOLOGY

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           The department of Microbiology was established in the year 1993.  Our college is the first affiliated college of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur to offer Microbiology as a self-funding course at the UG level with Biotechnology and Chemistry combination.

The Department has one faculty member, Dr. G. Sairamalinga Reddy, a product of Sri Satya Sai Deemed University, Puttaparthy.  He is well qualified and experienced. He has participated and presented papers in various national and international seminars. He has to his credit 10 papers published in different national and international journals. He has also authored 4 chapters for text book Introductory Microbiology prescribed for I BSc published by the Telugu Academy, Government of A.P. He is a member of the Board of Studies Microbiology, S.K. University, Anantapur. He served as Practical Examiner of M.Sc. Food Technology and Microbiology at Oil Technological Research Institute, JNTU, Anantapur. He also handles classes for MSc Biotechnology course in the college. 

Department of MicrobiologyThe Department caters to the academic needs of about 50 students of I, II & III Year UG Courses.  The students come both from rural and urban areas.  The ratio of boys and girls is 40:60.  The department is provided with a well-furnished staff room, two classrooms, two laboratories and one ICT classroom. Besides the regular lecture methods, the Department at present is also making use of computer, CDs related to subject topics, seminar hall for guest lectures, OHP, LCD Projector, magazines and journals for the purpose of widening the subject knowledge of the students.  The department also handles classes for I year B.Sc. MPCS students to teach Micro-organisms – Human Life under CBIDE. The department frames its own syllabi in the Board of Studies (BOS) under the guidance of outside experts and gets the same ratified in the Academic Council as the institution is autonomous.   

The pass percentage of the students has been above 90 on an average. The progression of the students has also been excellent. The percentage of students who reach the universities is around 75 and those who reach the level of M.Phil., or Ph.D., is around 5. This is all because of the semester system and also the hard work of the teachers which enabled the students to be thorough with the prescribed syllabi and prepare well for internal tests and semester-end examinations.  The department also constantly monitors the progress of the students by getting feedback from them with regard to the curriculum teaching-learning-evaluation.

Apart from the regular classroom teaching, use of computers and OHPs, encouraging the students to participate in group discussions, panel discussions and seminars along with teachers, are the healthy practices of the department. The students are advised to prepare charts and models.  Simple science projects are assigned to students to improve their scientific temper. The faculty regularly conducts seminars, guest lectures, group discussions, quiz programmes for the benefit of the students. Remedial classes are conducted for the slow-learners identified by the faculty. It also involves students in basic research projects, takes them to research institutes as beyond syllabus scholarly activities.
The faculty and the students participate in extension activities such as clean and green programmes, blood donation camps, plantation, awareness programmes regarding superstitions and diseases. Some students of the department are actively engaged in NSS and NCC programmes. Mustaq Ahammed, 2008-2011 batch student of the department represented the college as an NSS volunteer at Pre-Republic Day Camp at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, in October 2010.

department of MicrobiologyThe alumni of the department have been serving in various state, central government and private organizations in such positions as administrators, lecturers, teachers, scientists, registrars and so on. They often come to the college and meet the present students and share their views with them with regard to the subject and institution. Some of the alumni also extend their help for the development of the department. Correspondent of the college, Sri P.L.N. Reddy constantly visits and monitors the progress of the department for a better performance.

The department uses innovative methods of teaching as part of imparting quality education. It can boast of its well-equipped laboratories, good student progression and the supporting management. The department has been exposing its students to hand on experiments, guest lectures and interaction with eminent teachers from various colleges. It has some drawbacks such as not having permanent staff, the students not opting for the course as most of the students prefer to join professional courses after their intermediate. The department has plans to strengthen by getting a PG course in Microbiology. It is planning to conduct certificate courses in Molecular and Genetic Engineering Techniques, Immunological Techniques and Mushroom cultivation.

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