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The post-graduate teaching of microbiology was started in Raiganj University in the year 2016. Before that under-graduate teaching had been continued since 2003 under the erstwhile Raiganj University College, Raiganj. At present the Department of Microbiology, Raiganj University offering the degree of B.Sc (Honours) in Microbiology with 42 seats, M.Sc in Microbiology and also Ph.D. in Microbiology. Presently 9 faculty members are serving in the department with different research interest like Enzyme technology, Biofertilizer, Probiotics, Cell & Molecular biology, Infection Biology, Bioinformatics and Medical Microbiology. The additional grants for research and infrastructural development of the department have been sanctioned from UGC, ICMR, DBT and DST, Govt. of India, Govt. of West Bengal and also from private sectors like Biostadt India Ltd. and Sanzyme Biologics. Every year, a good number of research papers have been published in the journal of national and international repute by the faculty members. Students from this department have qualified NET, GATE, SET and other national competitive examinations. Passed out students of the department have been absorbed in different research laboratories as well as in industries. The curricula has been upgraded periodically and Emerging fields of biology is included in the revised course curricula to ensure that the fresh, young and creative-minds should acquaint with modern knowledge and skill to become globally competent leader in their respective fields.

Vision of the Department:

  • ● To engage in cutting edge research to address the current issues in Medical, Agriculture, Environmental and Industrial Microbiology.
  • ● To explore the local resources and promote them for highest benefit.
  • ● To screen the thrust area of societal need related to Microbiology and to encourage and train the young minds to address them

 

Mission of the Department:

The mission of the department is to disseminate the Microbiological knowledge in remote place like Raiganj and also to impart knowledge nationally which will help to build up a talent pool of skilled manpower and leaders in the field of Microbiology.

 

 

Level & Nature of the ProgramsDegrees Approved/Offered
BachelorsB.Sc.(H)-Microbiology
Masters (Taught)M.Sc.- Microbiology
Masters (Research)M.Phil.- Microbiology
DoctoralPh.D. (Science)- Microbiology

 

Objective of the UG Program

The undergraduate programs are designed to comprehend student concepts and intellectual skills, courage and integrity, awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of the society.

 

Objective of the PG Program

To make a significant contribution towards the development of skilled technical manpower to create an intellectual reservoir to meet the growing demands of the nation.

 

Future Program Planning (if any):

  • ● Valorization of local resources like vegetables, fruits and Jute.
  • ● Application of plant growth promoting Rhizobacteria and biofertilizer for growth enhancement and production yield of local resources like Tulaipanji Rice, Bighor Brinjal etc.
  • ● Low cost, point of care viral diagnostics development.
  • ● Introduction of skilled based diploma course on microbial techniques and bioinformatics.
  • ● To initiate research work on virology and nanotechnology.
  • ● Write research infrastructure development grants like DBT-FIST and DBT-Builder programme.
  • ● Expansion of Industrial consultancy

The Department has following facilities for its students, researchers and teachers-

  • ● Class rooms with projector facility
  • ● Library
  • ● Instrument facility
  • ● Computers
  • ● Internet Facility.

 

 

The Department has following research areas of interest as thrust area—

  • ● Plant microbe interaction
  • ● Agricultural Microbiology
  • ● Cell biology
  • ● Bioinformatics
  • ● Enzyme technology
  • ● Medical Microbiology
  • ● Fish Probiotics
  • ● Biochemistry
  • ● Immunology and Molecular Biology
  • ● Infection Biology

Number of Ph.D. Candidate Registered (if any) (from 2015)

  • Deepyaman Das- Molecular Microbiology
  • Joydeep Chakrabarty – Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Rabiul Alam- Food Microbiology
  • Anwesha Sarkar-  Fish Microbiology

 

Specialization of the Research Programs:

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Protein Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology
  • Virology
  • Agriculture Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology.

 

Thrust area of Research Programs:

  • Host pathogen interactomics
  • Microbial enzymes and Fish Probiotics
  • Purification of economically important peptides
  • Regulatory mechanism during cell division
  • Viral pathogenesis
  • Diagnostics and antiviral
  • Pesticide and its impact on soil bacteria
  •  Food Microbiology.

Number of Journal Paper Published (from 2015 to 2020): 91

Number of Conference Paper Published (from 2015 to 2020): 3

Number of Book Chapter Published (from 2015 to 2020): 3

Number of Book Published (from 2015 to 2020): 3

Student achievement in competitive Exams:
Award No of Students
CSIR-UGC NET 3
WB-SET 3
GATE 3

In 2015: National Seminar on Man and Microbes Sponsored by Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal

 

In 2017: National Seminar on Frontiers in Cell Biology and Microbiology, Sponsored by Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal on 31st march.

 

In 2020: International Webinar on COVID-19 Pandemic and Co-infections: Challenges, Prospective Treatment and Social Impact, 31st August, 2020.

Department of Microbiology

Main Building Annex (Backside)

Raiganj University

West Bengal-733 134, India

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Head/ Coordinator: subhasjana1959@gmail.com (Prof. Subhas Jana)