Applied Microbiology


Established at Parishkar in 2014, the Department of Zoology extends into microbiology with applied microbiology at UG & PG level. The subject deals with all the applications of microbes in various fields. Some microbes are associated with various human diseases, while many microbes are beneficial in industrial fermentation (e.g. the production of alcohol, vinegar and dairy products), antibiotic production and act as molecular vehicles to transfer DNA to complex organisms such as plants and animals. Microbes are utilized to produce biotechnologically important enzymes. and in molecular biology techniques. Microorganisms are used for the biotechnological production of high-value medical applications. They are also helpful microbial biodegradation or bioremediation of domestic, agricultural and industrial wastes. Microorganisms could be useful in medical treatment. Some bacteria are used to study fundamental vital mechanisms also.

Objectives of The Programme 

  1. Explore microbial diversity: The programme aims to study and understand the vast array of microbial species, their interactions, and the ecological roles they play in different
  2. Investigate: The programme seeks to unravel the complexities of animal interaction causing Microbes are also studied to gain insights for production of certain enzymes and nanoparticles.
  1. Understanding of vital process of microbial life: The programme enhances the understanding of immunity leading to major diseases. Developing vaccines is also emphasized for Lifestyle
  2. Uncover physiological and anatomical microbial adaptations: By examining the anatomical and physiological features of various microbes, the programme aims to identify and understand the adaptations that allow them to thrive in diverse habitats and perform vital
  3. Contribute to conservation efforts: The programme strives to contribute valuable knowledge and research that can inform conservation strategies and help protect endangered species, preserve habitats, and mitigate the impacts of human activities on animal populations and

Programme Outcomes 

  1. Knowledge of Microbial Concepts: Graduates will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of fundamental concepts, including taxonomy, physiology, ecology, and
  2. Research and Analytical Skills: Graduates will be proficient in applying scientific methods and techniques to conduct research, including data collection, analysis, interpretation, and
  3. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Graduates will develop strong critical thinking skills to evaluate complex issues in diseases and, identify problems, propose hypotheses, and generate innovative solutions using logical reasoning and evidence-based
  4. Ethical Awareness: Graduates will exhibit a deep understanding of ethical considerations related to the study and treatment, including human welfare, and responsible research
  5. Communication Skills: Graduates will possess effective oral and written communication skills, allowing them to articulate scientific concepts and research findings to diverse audiences, including peers, professionals, and the
  6. Teamwork and Collaboration: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, engaging in cooperative projects and effectively contributing to collective
  7. Field and Laboratory Skills: Graduates will acquire practical skills in fieldwork, specimen collection, laboratory techniques, and experimental design, enabling them to carry out scientific investigations and contribute to the advancement of


BSc with Applied Microbiology (3years), Honours/Research (4years)


A major discipline is the discipline or subject of focus, and the degree will be awarded in that discipline. Students should secure the prescribed number of credits (about 50% of total credits) through core courses in the major discipline.

Minor discipline helps a student to gain a broader understanding beyond the major discipline a minimum of 12 credits from a bunch of courses.

4-year UG Degree (Honours with Research): Students who secure 75% marks and above in the first six semesters and wish to undertake research at the undergraduate level can choose a research stream in the fourth year. They should do a research project or dissertation under the guidance of a faculty member of the University/College. The research project/dissertation will be in the major discipline. The students who secure 160 credits, including 12 credits from a research project/dissertation, are awarded UG Degree (Honours with Research).

Other Courses: All courses under the Multi-disciplinary, Ability Enhancement (language), and Skill Enhancement categories may be of 3-credits.

Common Value-Added Courses: Courses under Value Added, Summer Internship/ Apprenticeship/ Community outreach activities, etc., for all majors, may be of 2-credits.

Final year Research project / Dissertation etc., may be of 12 credits.

The course of Applied Microbiology includes the basics of microbial physiology, production, medical microbiology, and food microbiology for wide employability. The courses are at par with the leading universities of India and abroad. The courses are divided into categories as major and minor course as per Choice of students from given courses and Skill enhancement course for Skill development and employability of students. Ability enhancement Course enhances the core ability of student.



The duration of the Master of Science in Applied Microbiology program is two academic years, divided into four semesters. However, students must complete the entire course within a maximum period of four years from the date of admission to the 1st semester. Failure to do so will result in the student being disqualified from the course. In addition to the regular courses, students are required to undertake an internship, either in-house or out-house, during the second semester.  They will  also be engaged in project writing during the third semester and an industrial internship during one of the semesters. These components aim to provide students with ample opportunities for practical training and exposure to leading job providers in the field.

The student will have to study twelve core courses, four Discipline Specific Elective courses for successful completion of the MSc degree Program.


Academic and Job Prospects for Microbiologist 

Academic Positions: A Microbiologist with advanced degrees (such as a Ph.D.) can pursue academic positions, such as professorships or research positions in universities or research institutions. These positions often provide opportunities for mentorship, teaching, and guiding the next generation.

Research Microbiologist: A researcher provides essential technical support in research teams to ensure that projects are successfully completed. They might even independently conduct experiments that have been devised by their superiors. Some researchers may also go to the field to collect samples of microscopic organisms to study.

Microbiologist: A microbiologist studies infectious microorganisms in a laboratory and records their observations. They aim to understand the characteristics of these organisms to help detect, prevent, and treat infectious diseases. They develop new medicines and vaccines to protect humans from infectious diseases and may often repeat experiments to make sure the data is accurate. They also may an authority in diagnostic labs.

Environment Microbiologist. An environmental microbiologist studies the interaction of microbes with plants and animals in their environment. They help in the development and sustainability of the environment.

Almost all the medical colleges and Universities have microbiology departments where further studies can be carried out or jobs can also be had.

Food technologists: Food Technologists ensure food quality according to production laws. They observe safe food is produced safely, legally, and without sacrificing the quality.

Microbiology Researcher: A microbiology researcher discovers answers related to issues caused due to microbes. Designing vaccines and their production is also one of the major jobs of them.

Medical Technologist: A medical technologist is associated with medical status; they work in laboratory tests and experiments. They regulate and maintain all the lab equipment.

Pharmacologist: Pharmacologists create new medications and evaluate their efficacy and safety. They might be experts in a particular class of medication, such drugs for animals.

Clinical Research Scientist: A clinical research scientist’s job is to manage clinical studies that explore the nature, benefits, and drawbacks of medicines. They assist in testing the effects and safety measures of pharmaceuticals on a healthy person, a patient, or even an animal.

Water Quality Laboratory Technician: Microbiologists member of team responsible to determine the water that is provided to the public is fit for drinking by working in laboratories and water treatment plants.

Food Industry: Food production, processing, preservation, and storage all depend on microbiology.

Production of beverages: For the creation of food and food ingredients, such as wine, beer, bakery goods, and dairy products, microbes like bacteria, moulds, and yeasts are used.

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