About the department

A sound knowledge of microbiology gives students a foundation in the diagnosis and management of diseases. Microbiology is an ever-expanding science and includes various branches like bacteriology, immunology, virology, parasitology and mycology. Students also undertake research in allied sciences like genetics, biotechnology and immunology.


M.B.B.S. students can expect to be given complete knowledge of contagious diseases in order to deal with the etiology, mode of spread, pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of infections in the community. Regular assessments ensure that they are progressing in their coursework.

The postgraduate program in medical microbiology is offered to biology graduates. A thorough foundation is given through theory and practice in basic medical sciences, namely anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology, biostatistics as well as in the sub-specialties of microbiology. They are introduced to basic research methodology so that they can take up fundamental and applied research. Students are also trained in teaching methods that enable them to excel in teaching assignments at medical colleges and teaching institutions.

The Medical College is MCI approved to conduct MD Microbiology course. Students  are trained to be competent consultants in Clinical Microbiology including Serology,Mycology and Mycobacteriology. Adequate training is imparted to them to evolve as good teachers through weekly culture seminars and topic seminars. They are introduced to research methodology through  research projects. They are encouraged to take part and present scientific papers in CME programmes , conferences and workshops.

Research projects

Students are encouraged to take up short projects with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). The faculty offers guidance for research to SRM students as well as students from other universities. The department is known for its active involvement in social service and has conducted several projects that have earned appreciation:

  • Two national level programs: Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program, and Counseling and Testing Center under TANSACS
  • Continuing Medical Education program at the national level
  • Annual World AIDS Day to generate awareness of HIV among public, medical students and practitioners