The Department of Microbiology was established in the year 1987 with an undergraduate course. The Department was recognized for a postgraduate course in the year 2005. The total number of teaching faculty is 14, out of which 4 are Professors and all are recognized PG teachers and 3 are Ph.D. guides, 4 Associate Professors out of which 1 is recognized PG teacher, 2 Assistant Professors, and 4 Tutor. The total number of non-teaching staff is 20. MBBS course started in 1987 with the present intake of 150 MBBS seats. The postgraduate course started in 2001 with the present intake of 2 MD seats & the Ph.D. course started in 2010. The Department also runs MSc. Medical Microbiology, BSc Nursing, and Post Basic Nursing Teaching Programme.
The Department is well equipped with very good infrastructure. Microbiology Department is having different sections: Bacteriology, Serology, Mycology, Virology, Parasitology, and Mycobacteriology which are available for various investigations.
We are proud to have State Reference Laboratory under the National AIDS control organization (NACO) which is NABL Accredited. The State Reference Laboratory in the Department is actively involved in organizing EQAS (External Quality Assessment Programme, Training of technicians of ICTC/PPTCT and HIV sentinel surveillance programme under NACO. Viral load testing laboratory under National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) was established in 2018 serving around 40,000 ART patients of Vijayapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, and Bagalkote districts. Molecular Biology Laboratory was established in 2020 which is also NABL accredited and ICMR approved, contributed immensely during the COVID-19 pandemic by testing around 18,000 samples.
The Department was fortunate enough to have Dr. B. G. Mantur from 1995 to 2006 at the helm of the affairs. From 2006 to 2019, the department was successfully headed by Dr. B. V. Peerapur, Dr. P. K. Parandekar, Dr. P. R. Shahapur, Dr. Aparna Y. Takpere. Presently the responsibility of heading the department is being ably carried out by Dr. P R Shahapur with the help of dedicated & cordial staff. As a result, the department is active in research activities & publications & has more than 100 publications in national & international journals to its credit. Totally 11 research projects are under various stages of completion. The department encourages undergraduates to undertake ICMR –STS Projects.
- To become a globally competitive Centre of excellence in infectious disease teaching, diagnosis & research.
- To produce next-generation graduates with sound knowledge of basic & clinical microbiology
- To produce highly skilled & competent microbiologists to face emerging infectious disease threats.
- To support our national needs of infectious disease diagnosis, outbreak investigations & preventive measures.