Welcome to Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer

Department of Microbiology

Small components are the most vital and potent parts of any system and so are microorganisms for the planet earth. The University started the first ever M.Sc. Microbiology program of Rajasthan in 1993. The Department of Microbiology (DoM) aims to quench the curiosity about life of organisms invisible to the naked eye. Knowledge about this microcosmos shall impart deeper understanding of the life as a whole. It answers how life is sustained (evolution), whether there is life on other planets (exobiology), how do the microorganisms live (cell biology, physiology and genetics), how many different types of microorganisms are there (biodiversity), what is their role, how do they interact with other beings and what are the extremes of their life (biogeochemical cycles-ecology) and whether man can utilize them for his benefit and for the continued existence of life on earth comprising fields of biotechnology, industrial, agricultural, environmental, medical, food, water and air microbiology. With a motto "unveil the hidden strength", the faculty tries unveiling the hidden strength of the students and that of the invisible friends.





The DoM was recognised as Satellite Centre for Microalgal Biodiversity in Arid Zones of Rajasthan(SCMBAZR) for 1999-2002 by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and as Prosthecate Bacteria & Micrococcus Centre (ProMiC) for 2000-2012 by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.

Algae Biofuel & Biomolecules Centre is the first and only interdisciplinary research Centre of the University being run under the aegis of the DoM which has collaborations from the faculty members of the Departments of Environmental Science, Food Science & Nutrition, Economics and Management. It has completed one MDS University coordinated research project in collaboration with Central University of Rajasthan (~Rs. 45 lakh) on developing algal cultivation systems and is running a project funded by the Parenteral Drug Association India Chapter (Rs. 50 lakh) for the development of moist wound care material.

Its research focus on desert microorganisms earned the faculty inclusion in Earth Microbiome Project and subsequent authorship contribution for an article on microbial diversity in the world's most prestigious scientific journal "Nature". The facultycollaborated in developing a mist based cultivation system for algae with the University of Georgia Athens USA, for which it has been awarded a US patent. For algae cultivation, it has worked on plant hormone based medium to stimulate growth of algae and poultry litter extract and carpet industry wastewater as media as replacements of fertilizers.

The faculty developed biopolymerbased moist wound care materialand presented a detailed protocol on evaluation of such material. For the first time it proposed and used an interactive biosorption process for anion (fluoride) removal. The DoM has also been the seat for deciphering- mechanisms of resistance of green algae to fluoride, quicker healing of wounds by ROS scavenging and triggering of desiccation tolerance by physical absence of water and not by osmotic water potential.

Facilities

The department has an online platform Microsphere: https://microsphere.wooqer.com/loginRegister.do#provided by Wooqer to deliver presentations (PowerPoint and video) to the students, obtain assignments and provide literature and extra teaching material to the students. 

The DoM has ICTenabled Class room, HPLC with PDA and RID, Gas Chromatograph with FID, ELISA Reader, Biolog, Oxitop BOD system with incubator, Brookfield Viscometer, Inverted and upright fluorescence microscopes, Phase contrast microscope, CO2 incubator, Cryogenic containers, Autokjeldahl Digestion & Distillation Unit, Automatic Titrator, Automatic 6 place Soxhlet distillation system, Weather Monitoring System, Fumehood, Growth Room and Inoculation Rooms,Millipore water unit for HPLC grade water, RO Unit, Refrigerated Centrifuge, Densitometer, Heavy Duty Refrigerated Centrifuge, Ultrasonicator, Thermocycler and Gradient Thermocycler, Semi Dry Blotter, Gel Doc, Gel Rocker, Microfuge, Electrophoresis units, Dry bath, UV Vis Double Beam Spectrometer, Cryogenic container, Lyophilizer, Refrigerated waterbath, and all basic instruments for microbiology and biochemistry.

 

  • Ph.D. - Microbiology

Eligibility:
The faculty may have a maximum of 16 Ph.D. students at any particular time. The vacancies for which are announced separately by the Research Section of the University. Interested candidate must go through the Ordinance 124 for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University
Programme Name No. of Seats
M.Sc. Microbiology (4 Semester Scheme) (Choice Based Credit System in Semester scheme)

Eligibility:
Min. 50% marks in aggregate in B.Sc./B.Sc. (Hons./B.Sc. B.Ed.) in any discipline of Biology or B.Sc.(Ag.).

About M.Sc. Microbiology

The program is modular allowing exit after each semester, successful completion of which will earn:

  • PG Certificate in Basic Microbiology (Minimum 1 semester)
  • PG Diploma in Microbiology (Minimum 2 semesters)
  • Advanced PG Diploma in Microbiology (Minimum 3 semesters)
  • M.Sc. in Microbiology (Minimum 4 Semesters)

On completion of requirements,a student may earn Certificate of Specialization in:

  1. Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms,
  2. Microbiology of Extremes
  3. Microorganisms Diversity and Ecology
  4. Molecular Biology
  5. Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology
  6. Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
  7. Biofuel & Bioenergy
  8. Medical Microbiology


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Pushkar By-Pass Road,
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Rajasthan 305009
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