The inception of the Department of Microbiology was in the year 1988. Since then the department has made remarkable progress and has grown in considerable ways. Since its inception, the department has been offering a three-year undergraduate programme in Microbiology with Chemistry and Zoology combination (MCZ) and Microbiology with Chemistry and Botany (MCB). In 1998, a postgraduate programme was instituted. Both the programmes are well designed keeping in mind the practical, theoretical, and research skills required. Under each programme, we offer a broad spectrum of courses that enable students to critically think, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create. The programmes are taught by professors with high credentials who are academic practitioners and are engaged in research.
The Department intends to inculcate in the students an interest to explore the world of Microbiology and contribute to the rapidly expanding field. We wish to offer the society, a generation of humble yet aspiring young minds eagerly striving towards unravelling the mystery of Science. The Department of Microbiology aims at identifying one’s potential to become a centre for augmenting and contributing continuously to the vibrant field of Microbiology. We strive to create and provide an ambient learning atmosphere and prepare students for academia, industry and productive application of this knowledge in everyday life. It emphasizes the impact of microbes on environment and the human activities. The associations of the department are Microcosm – managed by the undergraduate students and Microbiological Society run by the students from the postgraduate section.
The School of Life Sciences focuses on offering students, the opportunity and resources, to dive deep into understanding the science of “life” and using that knowledge to uncover research ideas that can better the world we live in. Our commitment lies in inculcating an interest in students to explore the world of life sciences and contribute to this rapidly expanding field. We aim to create a conducive environment where we encourage students to tap into their full potential and prepare them for academia, industry and productive application of their knowledge in everyday life.
The School consists of six departments, namely Botany, Biotechnology, Environmental Science (ES), Food Science and Technology (FST), Microbiology and Zoology. We offer Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) courses in Botany, Biotechnology, ES, Microbiology and Zoology. The PG course in Biotechnology was started last year and we had a myriad of students apply for the course. We are very excited to be starting our PG courses in Zoology and ES this academic year. The various departments ensure that the knowledge of our students is not limited to textbooks and manuals. The courses include ample practical work along with lectures which are made as interactive and interesting as possible. Furthermore, the School encourages students to collaborate with various institutes and organisations for internships, summer fellowships and dissertations for Master’s students. Together with the experience in our well-equipped laboratories and various opportunities for collaborations outside, our students can have holistic development and be ready to take on real-life situations.
The School is proud of the excellent faculty members across all our departments. The members ensure that they regularly engage themselves in equipping the latest skills in their subject-specific domains of interests and keep abreast of latest technology by attending faculty development programmes, workshops, seminars, and conferences. Each department also runs several clubs for UG and PG students to be a part of. Students are not only encouraged to participate in various club competitions, talks, field trips, and events but also showcase their leadership qualities by being part of the club committee. The clubs are a great way to connect with students from different departments and provide an opportunity to learn about other branches of life science. The principle of science is collaborating the knowledge of one field with another, and the club activities are a first step towards that.
The School is proud to be the alma mater of innumerable students who are very successful and recognized in their respective fields. Time and again, we hear stories from our alumni about how they use the skills and knowledge they gained at St. Joseph’s University and apply it in further study and work in order to achieve more and create an impression. It gives us immense joy to see our students find their passion and excel in their work. We are proud of the quality of education we provide at the School of Life Sciences, because it is education that does not end when you graduate with a degree but education that lasts for a lifetime!
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