The Department of Microbiology is one of the oldest departments, established in 1993 and was integrated into the School of Life Sciences, VELS University during 2008. The department offers B.Sc. Microbiology and a novel job-oriented course, M.Sc. Immunology and Microbiology in addition to M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in research. The syllabus of these programmes is fortified with the latest developments to facilitate easy employability. The curriculum is based on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) providing academic flexibility with Core and Elective courses enabling student community to prefer their electives of interest. Priority is also given to enhance the research ability among students and motivate them to become future scientists in the form of training/internship, group projects and dissertation works. This practice improves the analytical skill and logical reasoning of the student. Developing entrepreneurship skills among students is another priority given by the department. The department provides hands-on experience in microbiological techniques through two common laboratories and one research laboratory, equipped with basic and modern equipments such as PCR, Gel Documentation, ELISA Reader, Cooling Centrifuge, BOD etc.
The department comprises of dedicated, experienced and qualified faculty members with teaching and research proficiency. In addition to teaching, faculty members are actively engaged in research by applying and carrying out funded projects. Faculty members also have research publications of their research findings in reputed indexed journals. The thrust areas of research include Marine Bio products, Applied Immunology, Plant- Microbe Interactions, Molecular drug resistance mechanisms, Molecular interactions in biofilms, Medical and Applied Mycology, Bio-nanomaterials etc.
The department has organized many conferences/seminars/workshops/guest lectures for the benefit of the student community in providing opportunity to interact with scientists and delegates from other universities and industries. Students are also encouraged to participate/present their research findings in International and National Conferences. The department is also actively linking up with industries of high repute in terms of short-term training and student projects. The department has signed an MoU with Asian Enviro Labs for training of students. The alumni of the department are well placed in government and non-government sectors. The department along with a well functioning placement cell enables students to get good placements in healthcare, food, dairy, pharmaceutical industries. Overall, the department provides conducive environment to foster research led academic programs enabling students to be professionally competent.