About the Department

The Department of Microbiology, Vivekanandha College of Arts & Science for Women (Autonomous) was established in 1995 with a view to provide knowledge, skill and services in microbiology. Department presently runs four academic programmes B.Sc Microbiology, M.Sc Applied Microbiology, M.Phil Microbiology and Ph.D Microbiology. The alumni of the department occupy positions of great responsibilities in colleges, hospitals, R&D institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Department has excellent infrastructure for teaching and research. Department has produced 1 doctorate, 90 M.Phil graduates and thousands of undergraduate and post graduate students.

The electronic class rooms are equipped with ceiling-mounted LCD projector, screen and audio system for the use of computer aided teaching. Separate laboratories are available for undergraduate, post graduate and research scholars. The labs are equipped with air conditioned inoculation chambers, Laminar flow stations, Mycological hood, Bright field Trinocular microscope, Bright field binocular microscopes, Bright field monocular microscopes, ELISA microplate reader, High speed cooling centrifuge, Clinical centrifuges, Bacteriological incubators, BOD incubator, Hot air ovens, Autoclaves, Deep freezers, Electronic balance, Dhono balances, Water bath with shaker, Serological water baths, Shakers, Electrophoresis apparatus, UV Tranilluminator, Membrane filter apparatus with suction pump, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, Water distillations sets and other minor instruments.

Vision & Mission

Vision of the Department

  1. Women empowerment through scientific education.

Mission of the Department

  • To nurture the students with in-depth knowledge in the field of microbiology and peripherals of biosciences.
  • To produce good scientists for the country and to take up challenging research and teaching assignments.
  • To motivate the students from rural background to become good microbiologists.

Salient Features

  • A complete and contemporary educational experience.
  • The department offers a comprehensive learning environment with personal freedom and a wide range of non academic activities.
  • Well qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers.
  • Innovative teaching and learning methodologies.
  • Spacious separate labs for under graduate, post graduate and research programmes with state of the art equipments.
  • Add on certificate courses for developing entrepreneurs.
  • Jennerian club and Idea club for bringing out the talents of students.

Course Offered

UG Courses

  • B.Sc Microbiology

PG Courses

  • M.Sc Applied Microbiology

Research Programmes

  • M.Phil (FT)
  • P.hD (PT/FT)


UG Course

B.Sc Microbiology

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate who has passed higher secondary examination in any one of the biological sciences (Academic/Vocational stream) under higher secondary board of examination, Tamil Nadu or as per norms set by the Government of Tamil Nadu or an examination accepted as Equivalent thereto by the board of studies of this college subject to such conditions as may be prescribed thereto are permitted to appear and qualify for the B.Sc., Microbiology degree examination after a course of study of three academic years.

Duration of the course

3 Years (6 semesters)

PG Courses

Eligibility Conditions For Admission

M.Sc Microbiology

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate who has passed the B.Sc., degree in any Life Sciences [Microbiology / Applied Microbiology/ Industrial Microbiology/ Botany/ Plant Sciences and Plant Biotechnology/ Zoology/ Animal Science/ Applied Animal Science and Animal Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics/ Biology/ Life Sciences/ Home Science/ Food Science and Nutrition/ BHMS/ BSMS/ BAMS/ BUMS/ Chemistry with Botany or Zoology as Allied Subjects of this University or any other University accepted by the Syndicate as equivalent there to shall be eligible for admission to M.Sc., Degree Course in Applied Microbiology.

A candidate shall be eligible for the award of the degree only if she has undergone the prescribed course of study in a college affiliated to the University for a period of not less than two academic years, passed the examination of all the four semesters prescribed, earning 90 credits and fulfilled such conditions as have been prescribed therefore.

Duration of the course

2 Years (4 semesters)

Research Programme

  • M.Phil Microbiology
  • Ph.D Microbiology

M. Phil Biochemistry (FT)

Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have qualified for Post Graduate Degree (any biological sciences) of this college or any other University recognized by the board of studies of this college as equivalent thereto shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in their respective subjects and undergo the prescribed course of the study.

Candidates who have qualified for their Post Graduate Degree on or after 19th September 1991 shall be required to have obtained a minimum of 55% of marks in their respective Post Graduate Degrees to become eligible to register for the degree of the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of the study.

For the candidates belonging to SC/ST community and those who have qualified for the Master’s of Degree before 19th September 1991 the minimum eligibility marks shall be 50% in their Master’s Degree.


One year (two semesters)

Ph.D Microbiology (FT/ PT)

Eligibility Criteria

For the purpose of admission to Ph.D., programme, a candidate should have obtained a Master Degree with not less than 55% of marks or an equivalent grade. For the candidates belonging to SC/ST community and those who have qualified for the Master’s degree before 19th September 1991 the minimum eligibility marks shall be 50% in their Master’s degree.

Duration - Full Time

A candidate registered as Full Time candidate for the Ph.D. degree possessing Master’s degree shall work continuously in the department under the supervisor concerned for a minimum period of three years and maximum period of five years from the date of provisional registration but before the submission of thesis.

Duration - Part Time

A candidate registered as Part Time candidate for the Ph.D. degree possessing Master’s degree shall work for a minimum period of four years and maximum period of six years from the date of provisional registration before the submission of thesis.

Annual Report

2017 - 2018

Date Name of the Event Description of Event Chief Guest No. of Beneficiary
03.07.2017 -05.07.2017 WORKSHOP - Dr. J. Subburaj 120
07.07.2017 GUEST LECTURE - Dr. E. M. Shankar 150
07.07.2017 GUEST LECTURE - Dr. Rajesh Sankaranarayana 150
07.07.2017 GUEST LECTURE - Dr. B. Shanmugavadivu 150
07.07.2017 GUEST LECTURE - Dr. M. Thiyagarajan 150
22.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. Shanta Dutta 320
22.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. Wilson Arunii 320
22.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. Pachamuthu Balakrishnan 320
22.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. Kumaramanicavel 320
23.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. A. Arunagirinathan 320
23.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. B. L. Sarkar 320
23.09.2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE   - Dr. Kumerasamy Thangaraj 320
24.08.2017 GUEST LECTURE Yoga Awareness Program K. Thulasi Balasubramani, 93
15.06. 2017 MOTIVATIONAL PROGRAMME - Dr.Selvaraj  93
16.06. 2017 MOTIVATIONAL PROGRAMME - Dr.Selvaraj  93
11.08.2017 ASSOCIATION ACTIVITES - Dr. Jeyathasree Balakrishnan, Coimbatore 289
16.09.2017 ASSOCIATION ACTIVITES - - 289
19.06.2017 - 21.06.2017 ASSOCIATION ACTIVITES - Vedhathri Maharishi Asram 95
06.02.2018 – 08.02.2018 EDUCATIONAL TOUR Cochin, Allepey, Munnar K. Gobianand 90

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016