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               Department of Microbiology & Biotechnology

University School of Sciences,

Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009.

Phone :  +91-79-23603225, Fax : +91-79-26308545

E mail : biotechgu@yahoo.com

Director         :           Prof. S. K. Menon

Head              :           Dr. S. R. Dave

 

Introduction

Brief History

Department of Microbiology was established in 1976. Department offers M. Sc. Degree in Microbiology with specialization in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology. Department is also have the facility for M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in various field of Microbiology and  Microbial technology. Department is engaged in active research and have completed many research projects funded by government as well as industries the brief outline is given below :

No.

Title of Project

Principal Investigator

Funding Agency

Duration

Cost (Rs.) lakhs

From

To

1.

Biohydrotechnology of minerals

S. R. Dave

UGC

1990

1993

1.80

2.

Bioleaching of GMDC concentrate

S. R. Dave

GMDC

1993

1996

4.0

3.

Development of biofertilizer

N. K. Yadav

GUJCOMASOL

1994

1998

1.34

4.

Scale-up study on GMDC concentrate

S. R. Dave

GMDC

1996

1999

10.0

5.

Soil microbial diversity of Balaram

S. R. Dave

Sristi, IIM

1998

2000

2.0

6.

Microbial diversity of semi-arid soil of Tharad region

S. R. Dave

Sristi, IIM

1999

2001

2.0

7.

Microbial Inventory

S. R. Dave

DBT

2002

2003

1.29

8.

Diversity of iron and sulphur oxidizers

S. R. Dave

DBT

1999

2003

20.85

9.

Two stage bioleaching

S. R. Dave

GMDC

2000

2005

10.0

10.

Biotransformation of arsenic and arsenopyrite

S. R. Dave

DBT

2004

2007

19.25

11.

Studies of biotechnology of heavy metals

S. R. Dave

GSBTM

2005

2008

24.0

12.

Microbiology of lignite mines for environmental and commercial applications, Narmada Window

S. R. Dave

DST

2006

2009

7.78

13.

Analysis of DNA of pesticide resistant mutants

Meenu Saraf

UGC

1995

1997

0.40

14.

Role of PGPR in Crop Productivity

Meenu Saraf

UGC

1999

2001

0.40

15.

Management of Soil Resources in Saline Lands

Meenu Saraf

UGC

2006

2009

3.70

16.

Effect of PGPR on Growth of Jatropha

Meenu Saraf

British Petroleum (UK)

2007

2011

45.00

Present Scenario

The department is having 5 faculties with specialization in various area of microbiology and microbial technology the detail is given below

No.

Name

Position

Research publications

Degree Awarded

Field of research

Ph.D.

M. Phil

1.

S. R. Dave

Professor

Head, Microbiology and Coordinator, Biotechnology

75

10

22

Industrial Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Bioprocess Technology, Biogeomicrobiology, Environmental Microbiology, Extremophiles, Microbial Diversity

2.

M. S. Saraf

Professor

23

-

09

Soil and plant Microbiology, Biofertilizers, Microbial biochemistry, Industrial Microbiology, Mycology, Biodiesel by Jatropha.

3.

B. V.  Patel

Lecturer

3

-

06

Soil  & Pesticide Microbiology, Biochemistry, Microbial Genetics, Industrial Microbiology

4.

D. R. Tipre

Lecturer

17

General Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Microbial growth and classification, Geomicrobiology, Microbial biomass, Microbial diversity

5.

N. N. Baxi

Lecturer (Biotechnology)

2

Environmental Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Microbial diversity

Research facilities are available for the major thrust area in the field of metal bioleaching, bioremediation of organic and inorganic pollutants such as metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, synthetic dyes etc., microbial diversity, extremophiles, microbial polymers, biofertilizers, PGPR,  pesticide degradation, microbial enzymes. Till date 22 students have obtained Ph. D., 50 students have obtained M. Phil and more than 1000 students have obtained M. Sc. from the department.  Department is one of the biggest department in India with having the student intake capacity of 50 students per year. Prof. S. R. Dave is recognized by Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat Vidhyapith, Ahmedabad and Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded as a Ph. D. research Guide.

Infrastructure & Facilities

            Department is having separate laboratory facility and classrooms for M.Sc., M. Phil and Ph. D. students.  Departmental Library is equipped with more than 750 books along with additional books in the central library of the University. Department is having various audio visual teaching aids useful in effective teaching. Equipments necessary for research studies in the field of Microbiology and Biotechnology are available in the department.  The list of the major equipments is as follows.

List of equipments available in the department

No.

Major Equipment

1.

Biolog software system for Microbial Identification

2.

Epifluorescence Research Microscope

3.

UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

4.

Gel documentation system

5.

Elisa Plate reader

6.

Polarograph

7.

Autoclaves

8.

PCR

9.

AAS

10.

Lab-scale Fermenters

11.

Pilot scale Bioreactors

12.

Bio-spectrophotometer

13.

Refrigerated and high speed Centrifuges

Highlights

The Department of Microbiology, Gujarat University was established in the year 1976 and since then the major thrust areas of the Department are Systematic Bacteriology, industrial and environmental microbial technology. Departmental faculty have guided Ph.D. students in major field such as environmental microbial technology, plant and soil microbiology, microbial metal leaching and remediation, microbial diversity. Even at Postgraduate level since last 20 years department offers the special paper on Environmental Biotechnology. In M.Sc. final the major thrust is on Bioprocess and Industrial Microbiology. Nearly 1000 students have successfully completed their Masters Degrees, 50 M. Phil and 21 Ph.D. from this Department. Department has developed some promising strains of Biofertilizer which are used by GUJCOMASOL. Unique Metal Bioleaching consortia are developed which are efficiently used for metal extraction from polymetallic ores and concentrates by ecofriendly process for GMDC and other sulphidic mines of India. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Biotechnology award for the year 2003-04 has been awarded for this research work. Students of this department are holding valuable positions in various Universities, Industries and Research Laboratories in India and abroad and also in Indian Army as scientist.

Gujarat University was inducted as a part of the National Biotechnology M.Sc. Course in the year 1999. From the year 2005 Gujarat University has also introduced self financed Biotechnology Course for Masters Degree. These courses are currently conducted in the premises of Microbiology Department. The main thrust areas of this Biotechnology course are Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology.

Courses offered


Course Name                                        :  M. Sc. in Microbiology.

Course Type                                          :  For M. Sc. 30 seats free in grant in aid and 20 seats in

                                                               Self finance fees.

Intake                                                   : 30 + 20

Eligibility                                               : B. Sc. in Microbiology.

Subjects offered / Specialization              : Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Duration                                                : 2 years

Course Commencement                         : June

Admission Process                                : By merit

Fees                                                     : Rs. 1150/-    per term for grant in aid

  Rs. 10,000/- per term for self finance.

Course offered at                                    : Department of Microbiology.

Placement/Future career Opportunity       : Department  is arranging  campus interview for the

employment of the student in various pharmaceutical,   Enzymes, Food and food products industries, research laboratories engaged in  microbial analysis,  molecular biology , waste water assessment , clinical and environmental assessment and control works. Every year considerable no of students are going abroad and they have been absorbed in further study or job.

As the course in emphasizing on industrial, environmental, microbial technology microbial diversity and  microbial physiology students from this department have very good career opportunity at State, National and International levels.

 


Course Name                                        :  M. Phil. in Microbiology.

Course Type                                          :  -

Intake                                                   :  -

Eligibility                                               : M. Sc. in Microbiology.

Subjects offered / Specialization              : Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Duration                                                : 1 years

Course Commencement                         : June

Admission Process                                : By merit

Fees                                                     :  -

Course offered at                                    : Department of Microbiology.

Placement/Future career Opportunity       : Same as Above.

 

Course Name                                        :  Ph. D. in Microbiology.

Course Type                                          :  -

Intake                                                   :  -

Eligibility                                               : M. Sc. in Microbiology.

Subjects offered / Specialization              : Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Duration                                                : Depending upon completion of the research work. But,

                                                              minimum 2 years from the date of registration.

Course started from                                : Month of June

Admission Process                                : By merit

Fees                                                     :  -

Course offered at                                    : Department of Microbiology.

Placement/Future career Opportunity       : Same as Above.

Course Name                                        : M. Sc. in Biotechnology

Course Type                                          : For M. Sc. 20 seats in higher fees.

Intake                                                   : 20

Eligibility                                               : B. Sc. in Biotechnology / Microbiology / Life Science /.

                                                              Biochemistry

Subjects offered / Specialization             : Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology

Duration                                                : 2 years for M. Sc

Course Commencement                         : June

Admission Process                                : By merit in all streams separately.

Fees                                                     : Rs. 15,000 per term and for NRI seat 50,000 per term.

Course offered at                                    : Department of Microbiology.

Placement/Future career Opportunity       : The major thrust area  are bioprocess technology

industrial biotechnology environmental biotechnology   and microbial diversity . Students will have job opportunities in Industry as well as environmental sectors in Gujarat and out side Gujarat.


Faculty

Name                                       :           Dr. S. R. Dave

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., Ph.D.

Designation                             :           Professor & HoD

Areas of Specialization            :          Ind. Microbiology, Microbial technology, Environmental Microbiology

Contact No.                              :           26303225 (O) 26853709 (R )

 

Name                                       :           Dr. (Mrs.) Meenu Saraf

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., Ph.D.

Designation                             :           Professor

Areas of Specialization            :          Microbiology, Agrimicrobiology, Soil and Environmental Biotechnology

Contact No.                              :           26303225 (O) 26853306 (R )

 

Name                                       :           Dr. B. V. Patel

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., Ph.D.

Designation                             :           Lecturer

Areas of Specialization            :          Microbiology

Contact No.                              :           26303225 (O) 27660239 (R )

 

Name                                       :           Dr. Devayani Tipre

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., Ph.D.

Designation                             :           Lecturer

Areas of Specialization            :          Microbiology, Applied & Environmental Microbiology

Contact No.                              :           26303225 (O)  27912077 (R )

 

Name                                       :           Dr. Nandita Baxi

Qualification                            :           M.Sc., Ph.D.

Designation                             :           Lecturer

Areas of Specialization            :          Environmental Microbiology

Contact No.                              :           26303225 (O)  9426922622 (M)