Department of Microbiology

Microbiology Department

Department At A Glance

The Department of Microbiology is a unique department of Govt. V.Y.T.P.G. Autonomous College where multidisciplinary teaching and research have established permanent roots. The dept is running under self-financing scheme since 2002 for UG classes and since 2005 for PG classes. It strives to set a benchmark in quality higher education with an emphasis on preparing the students to face the world outside in a dignified manner. Considering recent innovations and rapid growth of microbiological approaches an applications in human and environmental sustainability, the postgraduate curricular is designed to promote all round development of students by inculcating a spirit of inquest, discipline and adventure through various academic and co-curricular activities.


The department has sufficient infrastructural facilities in terms of two well equipped laboratories and classrooms for PG, which can take care of 40 PG students, one central instrument room for the Ph. D scholars and one UG laboratory. The research laboratory houses apart from regular and routine microbiological equipment variety and advanced instrument like column chromatography, electrophoresis facilities, fementers, high speed refrigerated centrifuge, shaking incubator, laminar air flow stations, deep fridge and BOD incubators. The department is also equipped with e-classroom.


Research project supported by the department has undertaken minor research projects supported by funding agencies like UGC & CGCOST. Several research papers have been published in various national and international journals apart from presentations in local and outstation institutes. Apart from the syllabus, the department organizes guest lectures, workshops, seminars, group discussions, quiz programme, project work, industry visit, poster presentation etc. to install scientific temper and technical skills among students. Rahul Kumar student of Batch 2013-14 has been awarded INSPIRE Scholarship; a DST funded scholarship is undertaking cutting edge research on contemporary issues. Students go to various reputed research institutions to undertake project work for partial fulfillment of their PG course. The department has also signed an MOU with Dept. of Microbiology, Govt. ERR college of Science, Bilaspur (CG), to undertake Project work.


Students are directed for R&D activities related to their courses.  Extension camp and social awareness campaigns are regularly arranged in the department. VA Mycorrhizal, Rhizobium and Cyanobacteria based bio fertilizer formulations are being in progress in the department.


Over the years the department has established itself as a centre of higher learning promoting teaching and research.


Vision

To get the students familiar with the important inhabitants of earth “the microbes” and their activities central to human welfare.


Mission

1.  Provide a sound academic background  for an overall development of personality for a successful career in Microbiology 

2.  Provide an environment which fosters continuous improvement and innovation in the subject

3.  Inculcate in students the right skills oriented towards self development,  community orientation  and civic responsibilities in their      outlook 

3.  Develop an orientation towards the national and global needs as responsible citizen



Research Facility

The department is having separate labs for UG and PG classes. A common instrumentation lab is also there for some sophisticated instruments. The department has now developed with sufficient instruments and equipments required for research. The department not only caters the students of the other institution for their dissertation work but also facilitates interdisciplinary research. The Research scholars of Dept. Of Botany, Chemistry and Physics and PG students of Geology use the laboratory equipments and microbial cultures for their study.



Minor Project

S.No

Name

Topic

Amount (Rs.)

Funding agency

Duration

       1.

 

Dr. Anjali Oudhia and Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

Studies on antimicrobial properties of ZnO nanoparticles prepared from bio templates

4,60,000

CGCOST, Raipur

2014-2017

2.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

Screening, evaluation and in-vitro studies on soil fungal isolates for xylanase enzyme with reference to production and characterization

2,00,000

UGC

2012-2014

3.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

Establishment of pure culture, maintenance and mass inoculum production of Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi and study their effects on cultivated medicinal plants

50,000

UGC

2006-2008

 

Publications

Dr.Pragya Kulkarni

         

      Year             

Publications

National

International

Total

2016

01

-

01

2015

01

02

03

2014

03

01

04

2013

02

-

02

2012

04

-

04

2011

08

-

08

2010

01

-

01

2009

-

-

-

2008

01

-

01

2007

03

-

03

1991

01

-

01

1989

01

-

01


Publications Details

2016
1.  Morpho-Texonomic Studies of Cyanobacterial species from the paddy fields of Rajnandgaon –Durg district, India. Adv. Plant Sci. 29(2): 175-178, 2016. (IF– 2.7)

2015
1.  Green synthesis of ZnO nanotubes for bio applications. International Journal of Advanced Engineering Research and Studies, 4(2): 280-281, 2015. Savita Sharma, A. Oudhia, N. Brahme and Pragya Kulkarni.
2.  Study of Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange by ZnO Catalysts synthesized through biotemplates. International Journal of Computer & Mathematical Sciences, 4, Special Issue September: 47-52, 2015. Savita Sharma, A. Oudhia and Pragya Kulkarni.
3.  Heavy metal tolerance studies on the fresh water filamentous cyanobacterial species of Durg-Rajnandgaon dist., CG, India. Adv. Plant Sci. 28(2): 217-220, 2015. (IF– 2.7) Pragya Kulkarni and Chetna Gupta.

2014
1. Effect of Agro-Edaphic conditions on the association, diversity and distribution of AM fungi associated with indigenous weed flora. Indian J.Sci.Res.4 (1): 53-59. (IF 1.4) Pragya Kulkarni.
2.  Fresh Water Cyanophycean Algae from Durg and Rajnandgaon District (C.G.), India. International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), 3(8): 1337-1341. (IF : 3.358) Chetna Gupta and Pragya Kulkarni.
3.   Studies on removal tendencies of toxic heavy metals from water by Pestia stratiotes and Eichhornia crassipes Adv. Plant Sci. 27(2): 367-370. (IF– 2.7) Sujata Gaherwar and Pragya Kulkarni
4.  Heavy Metal Tolerance Studies of Cyanobacterial Species under Experimental Conditions. Periodic Research, 3(2): 93-95, 2014. Pragya Kulkarni and Chetna Gupta.

2013
1.  Screening and evaluation of soil fungal isolates for xylanase production. Recent Research in Science and Technology, 5(2): 33-36. Pragya Kulkarni and Nivedita.
2.  Antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticals obtained using Neem leaf extract as Biological Templete against
Escherichia coli. Adv. Plant Sci. 26(2): 367-370. (IF– 2.7) A. Oudhia, N. Brahme, Pragya Kulkarni and Savita Sharma.

2012
1.  Studies on absorption tendencies of chromium & zinc from water by Pistia stratiotes under experimental conditions. National Journal of Life Sciences, Volume 09 (1): 128-130(2012). Sujata Gaherwar and Pragya Kulkarni.
2.  Studies on removal of toxic heavy metals from water by Eichhornia crassipes National Journal on Scientific Research, 3(2): 99- 103. Sujata Gaherwar and Pragya Kulkarni.
3.  Evaluation of antimicrobial activity and characterization of soil Actinomycetes from Social Forest area of Bhilai Township, Chhattisgarh. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, 6 (2): 1985-1990. Pragya Kulkarni and Rozina Siddique.
4.  Bioabsorption of Zinc from pond water using water lettuce (
Pistia stratiotes). Journal of Ecobiotechnology, 4 (2):145-147. Sujata Gaherwar and Pragya Kulkarni.

2011
1.  A prevalence of sickle cell disease among various communities in Jamul area of Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India. In, Proceedings: National seminar on Sickle Cell Disease, Kabirdham Dist. 29-30 Jan 2011, pp. 80-83. Khilendra Dewangan, A.K. Shrivastava and Pragya Kulkarni.
2.  Aeromycological profile of the public parks of Bhilai Township, Chhattisgarh, India. Indian Journal of Science and Technology. 4(5): 19-21. Pragya Kulkarni.
3.  Biodiversity of ArbuscularMycorrhizal (AM) fungi associated with cultivated medicinal plants. Adv. Plant Sci. 24(1): 125-128. (IF- 2.7) Pragya Kulkarni.
4.  Response of ArbuscularMycorrhiza (AM) fungi on growth of cultivated medicinal plants. Adv. Plant Sci. 24(2): 487-490. (IF - 2.7) Pragya Kulkarni.
5.  Differential temperature and growth pattern of Bacillus subtilis strain isolated from different area of Bhilai (C.G.) In Proceedings National Seminar on Climate Change and its effect on Biodiversity.  Bhilai, 67-71. Khilendra Dewangan, A.K. Shrivastava and Pragya Kulkarni.
6.  Intramural Aeromycological studies in the environment of residential colonies near social forests of Bhilai Township, Chhattisgarh. In Proceedings National Seminar on Climate Change and its effect on Biodiversity.  Bhilai. Pragya Kulkarni.
7.  Airborn Aspergillus in different environments of Bhilai Township. In Proceedings of National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Scientific Research, 11-12 October 2011, Durg.  81-85, 2011. Pragya Kulkarni.
8.  Isolation, confirmation and amplification of α amylase from Bacillus subtilis soil isolates. Int. Res.J. Lab to Land, 3(11): 373-375. Khilendra Dewangan, Pragya Kulkarni and A.K. Shrivastava.

2010
1.  Vesicular Arbuacular Mucorrhizal infection process in Andrographis peniculata. National Journal of Life Sciences. 7 (3): 320-322. Pragya Kulkarni.

2008
1.  Occurrence of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal association and diversity in field weeds.  J. Bot. Soc. Sagar Uni. 43: 88-95. Pragya Kulkarni and Akanchha Singh.

2007
1.  Arbuscular Mycorrizal association and diversity with some weeds of cultivated fields. Adv. Plant Sci., 20(2):69-73. Pragya Kulkarni.
2.  Prashant Shrivastava, N.P.Dixit and A. Asthana, Mandeepkhol Cave: Natures wonder in Rajnandgaon Dist. Chhattisgarh, India. J Currt. Sci. 10(2) 757-762. Pragya Kulkarni.
3.  Mandeepkhol Caves: A classical site of Krast Topography, Rajnandgaon Dist. Of Chhattisgarh, India.Ultra Sci. 19(1):153-155. Prashant Shrivastava, N.P.Dixit and Pragya Kulkarni.

1991
2.  Studies on Pleurotus spp. as related to spawn production. Indian Mushrooms, 72-73. Pragya Kotwaliwale and S.S. Ali.

1989
1.  Assessment of yield and Biological efficiency of Pleurotus spp. on two natural substrates. Biome, 4(2):129-132. S.M. Kumar, S.S. Ali and Pragya Kotwaliwale.


Seminar

Year
Topic
Amount (Rs.)
Funding agency
Date
2011
National Seminar on Recent Trends in Plant and Microbial Sciences
50000/-
25000/-
UGC & CGCOST
26.11.2011
To
27.11.2011
(02 days)


Brief report
A National Seminar on the theme “Recent Trends in Plant and Microbial Sciences” was organized in the department in association with Dept. of Botany. A total number of 107 participants from different cities were participated the Seminar and take part in the discussions on the theme.
The guest Speakers were:
Dr. S.B. Nandeshwar CCRI (ICAR), Nagpur (MS)
Dr. R.P. Sinha BHU, Varanasi (UP)
Dr. A.K. Rai, Bhagalpur (Bihar)
Dr. R.P.Thakre RTM, Nagpur (MS)
Dr. S.K. Chile, Govt. Science College,  Seoni (MP)
Dr. D.K. Shrivastava, Bilaspur (MP)
Oral Paper presentation was given by:
Dr. Pooja Pandey, Mrs. Chrulata Philip, Ku. Tripti Thakur, Ku. Shweta Namdeo, Ku. Reena Sahu, Dr. Kavita Sharma, Mrs. KI Toppo, Mrs. Shubha Gupta
Poster Presentation was given by:
Dr. Bhawana Pandey, Dr. Sateesh Kumar Sen, Ku. Richa Dwivwdi, Ku. Naureen Shaba Khan, Ku. Pratibha Sharma, Ku. Seema Yadav, Ku. M.Lalita, Mrs. B.Shanti, Dr. Ujjawala Supe, Mrs. Seema Belorkar, Dr. P.K. Saluja, Mrs. Soniya Bajaj,  Mrs. KS Shukla, Mrs. Meena Chakravarti, Ku. Chitralekha Mandavi, Mrs. Sudha Verma, Mrs. Deeptimayee Das.


Guest Lectures

  S.No
Name of Guest
Topic
Date
1.
Dr. S.D. Hirpurkar
Professor, veterinary college, Anjora, Durg
  Antibiotic and resistance to antibiotics
16.11.2011
2.
Dr. M.P.Thakur
Principal, Agriculture college, Kawardha
1.  Microbial  disease of plants and Animals
2.  Mushroom Cultivation
19.11.2011
1. 
Dr. S.D. Hipurkar
Professor, veterinary college, Anjora, Durg
   Vaccines and vaccinations
10.11.2014

Antibiotic and resistance to antibiotics
16.11.2011
Brief report
The lecture covered origin and developmental history of antibiotics, different types of antibiotics, target ranges, damaging effects and resistance developed by different microorganisms against antibiotics.

Microbial disease of Plants and Animals
19.11.2011
Brief report
List of Plants and Animal diseases were described and etiology, disease cycle and prevention measures were discussed.


Mushroom Cultivation
19.11.2011
Brief report
History of Mushroom cultivation and different types of cultivable mushrooms were described. A common concept regarding method of cultivation for all mushrooms was discussed and detailed method for Oyster Mushroom was explained.


Vaccines and Vaccinations
10.11.2014
Brief report
History of Vaccine development was described. Different types of vaccines and method of administration was detailed.

Library

Thedepartment has its own library maintained for PG students. The text books areissued for 02 books per student on weekly basis and the reference books andjournals may be referring as and when required daily. 

Thedepartmental wealth as learning resource is as follwes:

1. Text books andReference books - 275

2. Soft Copies of Books  -  38

3. Animation CDs  -  04

4. Laboratory Manuals UG and PG - 07

5. Xerox Copies of Books  - 15

7. Research Journals   - 08 (Since 2007)

8. Proceedings of National Seminar  -  11

9. Souvenir of National Seminar  - 29


Activities

Activity: Training for High School teachers 08.11.2014

Participants

Teachers of Biology stream from Govt. H.S. Schools of Durg District

Brief report 

Altogether 27 H.S. School teachers attended the training programme conducted under DBT STAR College scheme. The programme covered both theory and practical training about isolation and identification of microorganisms. The teachers prepared their own microscopic slides, get them stained and observed under microscope. They also differentiate bacteria on the basis of colony characters and gram staining method. Every teacher was given relevant handout for preparation of their reports.

Out come

  The pragramme was like refresher to the science teachers. All of them participated enthusiastically.


Industrial visit 13.02.2015

Name of Faculty involved

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni, Ku. Deepika Yadav

Particepents

Students of M.Sc. Sem II and Sem IV

Brief report

Students of M.Sc. Sem II and IV visited a Biofertilizer production unit run by an NGO, at Chhatagarh, Durg.  The students learnt the process and precautions for large scale production of Rhizobium and Verticillium based biofertilizer production.

Outcome

The students got aware of technology transfer and R&D procedures.


Social Activities

Date

Social activity

05.10.2014

Plantation in Department

15.10.2015

Plantation in Department

13.02.2015

Environment awareness camp

30.01.2016

Awareness of common prevailing diseases


Extension Activities

Date

Extension activity

13.02.2015

Information on Blood cells and Blood group testing 

30.01.2016

Information on Blood cells and Blood group testing


Extension camp
Date: 30.01.2016

Name of faculty involved

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni ,Mrs. Priti Mehta and Miss Deepika Yadav

Students participation

M.Sc. Microbiology Sem II and Sem IV

Brief report 

The department of Microbiology has organized a one day extension camp at a nearby Govt. H.S. School Anjora Dhaba (Durg) on 30.01.2016 The programme was volunteered by 36 students of M.Sc. (Microbiology). 
The blood samples from 164 students of class 8, 9 and 10 were taken with the help of paramedical staff and their blood groups were identified. The blood group cards were given to respective students with some tips on common and un common types of blood groups and required precautions.
At the end of programme, the Principal of the school extend the vote of thanks and congratulate the student volunteers for their activity.

Out come

This activity was preliminarily aimed to provide exposure to the students to extend their knowledge to society and also to provide hands on experience of their laboratory skills. 
All the students participated enthusiastically. 

 

Placement

S.No

Name

Qualification

Position held

Year of Joining

        1

Mrs. Rekha Gupta

M.Sc.

Asst. Prof. (PSC)

2012

         2

Ku. Deepika Yadav

M.Sc.

Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)

2012

       3

Khemlal Nirmalkar

M.Sc.

Research Fellow, Center for Research and Advanced studies Maxico City

2013

        4

Ku. Samiksha Tripathi

M.Sc.

Lecturer, S.N Patil College, Mumbai

2013

     5       

Loknath Deshmukh

M.Sc.

Research Fellow, Dept. of Bioscience, RD Uni. Jabalpur (MP)

2014

         6

Ku. Bhuneshwari Nayak

M.Sc.

Research Scholar, Pt. RSU Raipur

2015

        7

Ku. Prerna Pashine

M.Sc.

ICICI Bank Clerical

2014

      8      

Yogeshwar Prasad

M.Sc.

SE Railway

2014

        9

Ku. Bhavana Soni

M.Sc.

Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)

2015

     10

Ku. Snigdha Vaishnav

M.Sc.

Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)

2015

     11 

Upendra Kumar

M.Sc.

Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)

2015

     12   

Chadra Parkash

M.Sc.

Technical assistant Deobhog Milk, Raipur

2015

 

Faculty as resource person

S.No

Faculty Name

Topic

Institute

Date

1.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Workshop on Botany and Zoology

Education Department BSP Bhilai

11.09.2009

2.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Instrumentation and Techniques

Kalyan Mahavidyalaya, Bhilai

15.11.2010

                             3.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Guest Lecture on Applications of Biostatistics in Biotechnology

Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Bhilai.

06.10.2012

                            4.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Resource Person in two day state level work shop on applied aspects of Botany

Shri Shankaracharya Mahavidyalaya, Bhilai

25.11.2013

                            5.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Television show   Future Prospects and Job Possibilities in Microbiology

- Raipur Doordarshan,

06.12.2013

                             6.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Lecture on Preparation of Depatmental Profile

St. Paloti College, Raipur

14.08.2014

                            7.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Lecture on Preparation of Depatmental Profile

Swami Swarupanad Saraswati College Bhilai

25.11.2014

                           8.

Mrs. Priti Mehta

 

Presentation in Seminar  on Recent Advances in Life Science

Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Bhilai

11.11.2014

                            9.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Guest lecture on NAAC Preparation

Govt. Digvijay College, Rajnangoan.

07.11.2015

                          10.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Guest lecture on Environment Awareness

Shri Shankaracharya College, Junwani, Bhilai.

14.12.2015

                          11.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Resource person in two days National Workshop on isolation and Identification of Aerobiomolecules

Bhilai Mahila Mahavdyalaya Bhilai.

03.11.2015

                          12.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Guest lecture on Quality enhancement through best practices in One day state level workshop of RUSA

Govt. Bilasa Girls College, Bilaspur

13.02.2016

                         13.

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni

 

Guest lecture on Microbial Genetics and Applications of Biostatistics

Govt. Digvijay College, Rajnandgaon.

17.02.2016


Teacher-Parent Association

A Teacher-Parent Association is established in the department to look after over all development of PG students, to discuss their problems and to give them suggestions reading co-curricular, extra curricular activities conducted in the college or other institution. The Head of the Department issue notices regarding events and activities help the students to prepare for and motivate them to take part. The information’s regarding student's family background, previous academic records and hobbies are registered.

Activity: Parents meeting and feedback collection

Date: 16.01.2016

Name of faculty involved

Dr. Pragya Kulkarni, Mrs. Priti Mehta, Mrs. Geetika and  Ms. Deepika Yadav

Participants

Parents of P.G. Students

Brief report

The departments of Microbiology has organized a Parents meeting on 16.01.2016 with a view to get them aware of the facilities provided and achievements of the department and also get their feedback about the progress of their ward as well as to discuss their problems.

Out come

The parents get aware of available seats for PG classes, admission procedure, subject scope, teaching method adopted in the department, available instruments and their uses, result analysis and achievements of alumni.

The following are some common suggestions given by the parents -

Availability of water for working in lab and drinking should be made regular, information regarding competitive exams and other exams and possibilities of employment should be given, city bus facility should be provided for the students who come from remote area.

  All together 22 parents attended the meeting and be pleased about the role of the department in overall development of the students.


Alumni

S.No.
Name
Position held
Year of Passing
1.  1
Mrs. Rekha Gupta
Asst. Prof. (PSC)
2007
2. 
Ku. Deepika Yadav
Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)
2010
3.  3
Khemlal Nirmalkar
Research Scholar, Center for Research and Advanced studies Maxico
2012
4. 
Ku. Rozina Siddique
Teacher, H.S. School, Katar
2012
5.  4
Ku. Bhuneshwari Nayak
Research Scholar, Pt. RSU Raipur
2013
6.  5
Loknath Deshmukh
Research Scholar, RD Uni. Jabalpur
2014
7.  6
Ku. Prerna Pashine
ICICI Bank Clerical
2015
8.  7
Ku. Bhavana Soni
Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)
2015
9.  8
Chandra Prakash
Technical Assistant, Deobhog Milk, Raipur
2015
10.  9
Ku. Snigdha Vaishnav
Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)
2015
11.  10
Upendra Kumar
Asst. Prof. (Adhoc)
2015

S NoFaculty PhotoFaculty NameQualificationDepartmentDesignationMobile NoProfile
1 Dr. Pragya KulkarniPh.D. MicrobiologyAsst. Professor- View Profile
2 Mrs. Rekha GuptaM.Sc.MicrobiologyAsst. Professor- View Profile
3 Mrs. Priti MehtaM.Sc.MicrobiologyAsst. Professor- View Profile


Workshop


Venue : Govt. Science College Durg
Date : 14/03/2016

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Departmental co-curricular activity


Venue : Govt. V.Y.T.PG. Autonomous College, Durg
Date : 29/01/2016

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Awareness of common prevailing Diseases


Venue : Govt. V.Y.T.PG. Autonomous College, Durg
Date : 30/01/2016

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