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Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology was established in the year 1989. The department attained a Star College Status from DBT, Government of India in 2017. Department of Microbiology, offers innovative and inter-disciplinary dual major programmes in the scientific disciplines of Microbiology with Botany, Chemistry and Zoology within a vibrant and stimulating community where knowledge is constantly imparted and exchanged.
The programme aims to mould the conventional bachelor's into a more holistic science education experience, bringing together the Microbial, Plant, Chemical and Animal Sciences. Our students are encouraged to take part in research activities, thus providing them a symbiotic environment of education and research.

Vision

The Department of Microbiology envisions a life oriented, student centric and hands on education system that transforms and empowers students into socially conscious women.

Mission

Department of programmes of Microbiology aims to empower students by providing knowledge and training, placing importance on industry- academia, student research projects and skill based developmental programmes to lead a holistic and fruitful life.

Head of the Department

Dr. Sarayu Mohana, Assistant prof.,M Sc., Ph.D.

Email : mcc_micro@yahoo.co.in , micro@mccblr.edu.in

2023 - 24

  • A guest lecture on “Navigating Student Life – College and Beyond" by Ms. Medha Raman, Marie Curie Doctoral Fellow (Neurosciences), (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland) on 25th July 2023.
  • Microcampus Odyssey, as a part of the Student Council Fresher’s Day 2023- Advaya. The event was a combination of a quiz and treasure hunt held on 19th September 2023.
  • Department conducted a Fresher’s programme for the new Microbiology students organised around the theme of Barbenheimer on 3rd August 2023.
  • An online screening of the Sci-Fi thriller movie Contagion was held on 7th September 2023 with over 30 students in attendance.
  • Relay Mania, the Department’s event for Cul-week 2023 consisted of quintessential party games and attracted over 50 participants. The event was held on 12th September 2023.
  • A guest lecture on "Bridging Biology and Business: My Journey from Research to Entrepreneurship" by Dr. Ravishankar Bhat, Co-founder, Biological Research Innovation Centre and Solution (BRICS LLP), Bengaluru on 3rd October 2023.
  • Two day Peer Learning workshop on “Unmasking and Investigating COVID 19 Pandemic” on 11th and 12th October 2023.

2022 - 23

  • Department organized a Academia event on the theme of VEDASTHRA, The Ultimate Vidyayuddha: Reminiscing the ancient games of Indian mythology and tradition on 29th September 2022.
  • Department conducted Two day workshop on Scientific writing by Dr. Sneha Garge on 19th December 2022 and 4th January 2023.
  • Department conducted SCIENCE EXHIBITION on Awarness about testing drinking water quality using MPN procedure , Nipah virus and extraction of DNA from Bananas on 28th February 2023.
  • One day SYMPOSIUM ON SCIENCE BEYOND ACADEMIA was organized on 30th March 2023. GUEST SPEAKERS were eminent scientists from industry and research institutes Dr. Aparna Kasinath, Dr. Kesavardana Sannula Ms. Ashwathi V.
  • Community Development Programme was organized on 20th April 2023 to create awareness on Antibiotic resistance and Self medication and Awarness on H3N2 virus.

2021 - 22

  • Department organized a fresher’s day event Scienza relay on 23-08-2021.
  • To celebrate the International Microorganism Day on 17-09-2021 and 18-09-2021 poster making and creative writing on various topic of microbiology were conducted.
  • One day Webinar: Challenges and opportunities in microbiology in todays world was organized on 22-09-2021. Speaker was a very experienced scientist and professor in microbiology, Prof. Archana Gayatri, HOD Dept. of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, Gujarat.
  • Academicia Stoicheia 2021 an intercollegiate competition titled Meme-On : Educa-tion vs Meme-tion was conducted on 11-10-2021.
  • To commemorate the Global Handwashing Day, correct technique of handwash as suggested by WHO was demonstrated through vedios on 15-10-2021.
  • As a part of science association, Prathibimb Ayushi, a workshop on “Know your flora” was conducted on 28-10-2022.
  • Awarness programmes were organized on World Tuberculosis and Malaria Day on 24-03-2022 & 25-04-2022.
  • Community Development Programme (CDP) on Health and Hygiene Awareness for the Vasanth Nagar BBMP workers was conducted on 5 May 2022 in association with the Institutional and Social Responsibility Cell (ISRC).

2020 - 21

  • One day Webinar on “Your Eyes and Covid 19” in association with Narayana Nethralaya , Bengaluru on 3rd June 2020.
  • Two day Webinar on “Navigating through the Career Maze with Sciences” on 16th October 2020 and 23rd October 2020 from the alumni students.
  • One day webinar on ‘Invincible Corona’on 6th Novemeber 2020 from Dr. Vimala Francis, the former Dean of Science of Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru.
  • Guest Lecture “From Inoculation Loops to Whisks” on 29th October 2020 from Sonam Samtani, an esteemed chef at CUT, by Wolfgang Puck, Singapore. Microbiology.
  • One day webinar on “‘Time Flies, an Extraordinary Tale of Clock and Fruit Flies’ on 3rd March 2021 from Dr. Sheeba Vasu, faculty fellow in the Neuroscience unit, JNCASR Bangalore.
  • One day Webinar on ‘Entrepreneurship opportunities in waste water treatment’ on 20th March 2021 from Dr. D. C. Sharma, Professor, Rajarajeshwari Engineering College, Bengaluru.
  • Community development programme was organized (CDP) 2021- Distribution of Sanitization Kit to daily wage workers on 10th April 2021.
  • (CDP) 2021- Vaccination Drive for senior citizens, labourers and househelp on 15 th March to 4 th April 2021.

2019 - 20

  • Exhibition on “Efficacy of Hand Sanitizers” conducted on 23rd August as part of science day programme.
  • You Can’t B. cereus !!! – Quiz competition for all science students 23rd August as part of science day programme.
  • Exhibition on “Swatch Campus Abhiyan: Role of Microbiology in making clean and healthy Scociety” was conducted on 5th of September 2019.
  • The college was awarded the 2nd prize by MHRD Swatch Campus Ranking.
  • Department conducted 3 day webinar on Faculty Enrichment Programme titled “ Frontiers in Smart Learning” in association with DBT Star Colleges from 14th – 16th May 2020.
  • A webinar on “COVID 19- Unravelling the Virus” was organized on 26th May 2020 under DBT Star College Scheme.
  • One day Webinar on “Your Eyes and Covid 19” in association with Narayana Nethralaya , Bengaluru on 3rd June 2020 . Dr.Aaditi Anilkumar, Ophthalmologist, focused on protection of eyes from digital strain, conjunctivitis and other eye issues during Covid 19 situation. The webinar was viewed by 824 participants from all over India.
  • Workshop on “Biological and Physical sciences”, under DBT Star College Program, Govt. of India, was conducted on Wednesday, 13th September 2019 by department of Microbiology for under graduate students of 10 different colleges in and around Bengaluru.
  • Workshop on “Instrumentation in a Microbiology Lab” for Home Science and Nutrition and Dietetics students (60 students) of Mount Carmel College on 12th December 2019.
  • A guest lecture on “Skills, Career and Opportunities in Microbiology and Life Sciences"” by Dr. Nandakumar K.S., Principal Scientist, Bioscience Corporate R&D,ITC Life Sciences and Technology Center(LSTC),ITC Limited, Bengaluru on 18th January 2020.
  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (CDP) - Joy of Giving was organized on 20 December 2019.
  • Department organized COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (CDP) 2020- Oral health awareness Program, for Government schools in rural Bengaluru in association with Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Ramiah Institute of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, on 20 Febraury 2020.
  • Industrial visit to Gone Mad chocolate factory, Garuda Foods Ltd., Bommasandra and Kadu Sula Vineyards, Channapatna, on 16th December 2020. This trip was funded under DBT star college scheme.

2018 - 19

  • GUEST LECTURE was organized on the topic “STEM CELL CULTURING AND ITS APPLICATIONS” and SPEAKER was DR. NANADAKUMAR KS, PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST BIOSCIENCES, ITC LSTC ITC LIMITED, BANGALORE.
  • Community Development Programme was conducted in an attempt to raise awareness of how dangerous self medication can be, “say no to self medication!”.
  • The event was covered by Vijay Karnataka, leading regional newspaper.
  • CDP – INTERACTION WITH HIV INFECTED CHILDREN OF INFANT JESUS ORPHANAGE, BENGALURU (NOV-DEC 2018).
  • Established in the year 1989, Achieved the “DBT Star College Status”.
  • Courses offered: BM – Botany and Microbiology ZM – Zoology and Microbiology, CM– Chemistry and Microbiology.

BOS Constitution & Curricular Aspects External Members:

  1. Prof. Srinivas C (Chairperson, Professor,Department of Microbiology, Bengaluru University).
  2. Prof. Dipshikha Chakrovorty  (Dept. of Microbiology, IISC , Bengaluru).
  3. Dr. Aparna Kasinath (Head, Operations and Testing, Clinigene, BIOCON, Bengaluru).
  4. Dr. Ashwini Sateesh(HOD, Jain University, Bengaluru).
  5. Ms. Ashwathi V (Research Associate, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, Centre In Stem, Bengaluru).

Major Advancements in Curriculum:

  • The all new NEP syllabus implemented from 2021
  • Curriculum is Skill based, Research based, project based
  • Compulsory Internship at Industry or research lab for second year students
  • On par with national and global universities
  • Community Development Programmes
  • Workshops and Hands on training Programmes on latest techniques in the field of Microbiology
  • Employability: Industry, Research, Academics

Teaching - Learning Process

  • Well equipped Lab
  • Workshops , guest lectures and webinars
  • Industrial Visits
  • Journal Clubs and MicroBlog
  • Annual Newsletter
  • Community Development Programmes
  • Extension activities and Out Reach Programmes

Higher Education and Placement

Post Graduate programmes with integrated Ph.D :
Tata institute of Fundamental Research(Mumbai), IISER (Pune) , Centre for Human Genetics (Bengaluru), Maharaja Sayajirao University (Vadodara), Madhurai Kamraj University (Madurai), Vellore Institute of Technology (Vellore), NEURASMUS (Germany), University of Bonn (Germany), University of Maryland (USA), Ulm University (Germany),Max Plank Institute(Germany), Kings College (UK), University of Leeds (UK), University of Texas (USA) etc.

Industry Placements/ Partners :

BIOCON, SYNGENE, ELLYLILLY, IISC, LABCROP DRUGS, BREW 51,HIMALAYA DRUG CORPORATION, MOLECULAR CONNECTIONS, SUNFED, LINKEDIN, ACCENTURE, GODREJ AND BOYCE, BIJU’S etc.

Sarayu

Dr. Sarayu Mohana

M.Sc., Ph.D.

HOD & Assistant Professor

Anu

Ms. Anu Mariam Kurian

M.Sc., KSET.

Assistant Professor

Srimoyee

Dr. Srimoyee Banerjee

M.Sc., Ph.D., CSIR - NET.

Assistant Professor

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.

WE EXPECT OUR STUDENTS TO BE PROFESSIONAL AND UPHOLD THE VALUES OF THE COLLEGE AT ALL TIMES.

For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.

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