DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The department has its inception in 1986 with an intake of 25 students at under graduate level.

The department offers two academic programmes namely B.Sc. and M.Sc.

Microbiology is offered with Botany or Zoology and Chemistry.

Biotechnology is offered with Microbiology and Chemistry.

Department was expanded to the Post Graduate level in the year 2001, with an intake of 14 students.

In the district, this is only the department having the PG programme.

The Department of Biotechnology is solely managed by Microbiology Department.

Department of Food Processing and Engineering was managed by Microbiology Department up to 2017-2018.

Department offered two UGC sponsored career-oriented Programmes up to 2016-2017.

ACADEMICS

The Department runs three years B.Sc. Degree with Microbiology/Chemistry/Botany, Microbiology/Chemistry/Zoology and Microbiology/Chemistry/Biotechnology, with six semesters and two years M.Sc. degree course spread over four semesters.

 

Sr. NoProgramme
Level

Name of the
Programme/
Course
DurationEntry Qualification
Sanctioned
Student
Strength
PatternSubject combinations
01Under
Graduate
B.Sc.6 SemesterH.S.S.C.-Semester
02Post
Graduate
M.Sc.
4 SemesterB.Sc.20+2CBCS-
The dissertation is a part of fourth semester. The students are assigned to the Department faculty for dissertation. The format for dissertations is similar to the thesis style incorporating introduction, materials & methods, results, discussion and bibliography. The dissertation is submitted in a type written and bound form and a copy of each dissertation is submitted to the Department for permanent record.

PhotoName of FacultyDesignationQualificationContact
Prof. Sanjay P. Timande
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Associate . Prof. & Head, Department of Microbiology & BiotechnologyM.Sc.
Prof. D. A. Chouhan
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Assistant Professor M.Sc., DMLT, NET, GATE
Dr. Ms. Sandhya D. Tambekar
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Assistant Professor M.Sc., M. Phil, PhD
Dr. Sneha S. Jaiswal
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Assistant Professor M.Sc., NET, GATE, PhD

DEPARTMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The department has excellent infrastructure for teaching and research. There are three laboratories, one central instrument room, one PG classroom. The P.G. classroom is equipped with a projector.
The department has up-to-date configured computers with internet facility. Multimedia system linked with LCD projector is permanently installed in the classroom for the benefit of all students. The department houses, apart from regular and routine bacteriological equipment, advanced instruments such as fermenters, high speed refrigerated centrifuges, laminar air flow systems and electrophoresis facility.
The departmental library has several subject related books, e-books and e-manuals.

Research Projects/Schemes undertaken by Teachers up to 2016

Sr. NoName of
Investigator
Title of Research ProjectFunding AgencyMajor/ Minor
01S. P. TimandeQuality of rivers of Bhandara district UGC Minor
02S. P. TimandeProduction of mold xylanase by
lignocellulosic waster fermentation
UGC Minor
03S. P. TimandeStudy on solid state bioprocessing of
rice by products for food grade enzymes
production
UGC Minor
04D.A.Chouhan Economic production of nisin from
whey and fish waste using Lactococcus
species
UGC Minor
Status: All the Minor Research Projects are completed.

Research Papers Published by Teachers up to 2022

Sr. No.Name of TeacherNumber
01Prof. S. P. Timande18
02Prof. D. A. Chouhan10
03Dr. Sandhya Tambekar27
04
Dr. Sneha Jaiswal04
Publications from 2016-2017 to 2020-2021

Sr. No.Name of TeacherNumber
01Prof. D. A. Chouhan04
02Dr. Sandhya Tambekar17
03Dr. Sneha Jaiswal02
Prof. D. A. Chouhan
1. A clinical study on antibacterial activity of tooth pastes against dental plaque and caries causing bacteria. Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical research. ISSN No: 2349-7750. April 2018.Vol 5. Issue4. pp 2534-2540. Impact factor 3.60.
2.Isolation, characterization and application of calcite producing bacteria for self-healing concrete preparation. International Journal of Life Sciences research. ISSN No. 2455-1716. September 2018. No: Vol 4, Issue 5, pp 2025-2036.Impact Factor 2.4.
3. Antimicrobial potential of Tridax procumbens plant extracts against phytopathogenic fungi. International Journal of current advanced research. ISSN No: 2319-6475. September 2018. Vol7. Issue 9. pp 15411-15415. Impact Factor 6.6.
4. Antimicrobial potential of Bryophyllum pinnatum extracts against Bacteria causing UTI Infection. World Journal of Pharmaceutical research ISSN No: 2277-7105.March 2019.Vol 8, Issue 3, pp 1026-1035.Impact Factor 8.0.

Dr. Sandhya Tambekar
1. Extraction and Partial characterization of thermostable, alkaline tolerant a-amylase from Bacillus oryzaecorticis. Pp- 206-210. Bioscience Discovery 8(2). 2016. ISSN: 2229-3469 (Print); ISSN:2231-024X (Online). Impact Factor 0.74.
2. Isolation and Characterization of Amylase from Lysinibacillus Xylanilyticus from Alkaline
Environment. Pp1–4. International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences (IJRSB) Vol.4 (6). 2016. ISSN 2349-0365 (Online). Impact Factor 2.991
3. Thermophilic Lipase from Lysinibacillus mangiferihumi: Screening and Partial Characterization. Pp 432- 434. Indian Journal of Applied Research; Vol.6 (6). 2016. ISSN: 2249-555X. Impact Factor 4.894
4. Isolation and Partial Characterization of Protease From Bacillus halodurans (AJ302709) From Alkaline Lonar Lake. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (IJPSR). Vol.7 (11). 2016. E-ISSN: 0975-8232; P-ISSN: 2320-5148. Impact Factor 1.79
5. Bioremediation of chromium (VI) by Haloalkaliphilic Bacteria Isolated from alkaline environment. American Journal of Pharmacy & Health Research. , Volume 3: Issue 4: 1-7. 2016. ISSN: 2321– 3647. Impact Factor 0.678
6. Extraction and Partial characterization of thermostable, alkaline tolerant a-amylase from Bacillus oryzaecorticis. Bioscience Discovery 8 (2).2017. ISSN 2229-3469 (Print) 2231-024x (Online). Impact Factor 3.42
7. Extracellular thermo-alkalophilic proteolytic activities of the Bacillus aerophilus: Detection and preliminary characterization. Bioscience Discovery, 8(2):255-260. 2017. e-ISSN: 2394-5532, pISSN: 2394-823X. Impact Factor 3.42
8. Open defecation along the railway tract: A prominent cause of water pollution. International Journal of Applied and Pure Science and Agriculture. (IJAPSA). 2017. e-ISSN: 2394-5532, p-ISSN: 2394-823X. Impact Factor 4.446
9. Drinking water quality deterioration in hostels in Amravati city. Indian Journal of Applied Research Vol: 7 (4) Pp: 189-190.2017. ISSN – 2249- 555X UGC Approved Sr.No.49333. Impact Factor 4.894
10. Can water: Is it safe? A survey. Indian Journal of Applied Research, Vol:7 (5).2017. ISSN – 2249-555X. UGC Approved Sr.No.49333. Impact Factory 4.894
11. Alkaliphilic Bacillus flexus: A Potential Source of Lipase Producer for Industrial and Medical Application. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Vol. 8(10): 4313-4317. 2017. E-ISSN: 0975-8232; P-ISSN: 2320-5148. Impact Factor 0.59
12. Detection of Enteropathogenic Bacteria Under Fingernails Of Females In Gondia District Of Maharashtra. International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews (IJRAR) Vol.5 (4).2018. EISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138, UGC Approved. Impact factor 5.75.
13. Microbiological analysis of Fingernails of Females in Gondia District of Maharashtra. International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews Vol. 5,(4).2018. E-ISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138 UGC Approved. Impact factor 5.75

14. Comparative Study Between Generic and Ethical Drugs against Uropathogenic Escherichia Species isolated from Gondia District of Maharashtra. International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews. 2019. E-ISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138, UGC Approved. Impact factor 5.97
15. Effect of Commercially available Generic and Ethical Drugs against isolated Uropathogenic Escherichia: A Study. Indian Journal of Applied Research, Vol.10 (1) Pp. 34 – 37. 2020. PRINTISSN No. 2249 – 555X, UGC Approved, Sr.No.49333. Impact factor 6.03.
16. Indian Currency Notes: A Potential Vector of Transmissible Disease. Global Journal For Research Analysis, Vol: 10 (2). 2021. Print ISSN No. 2277 – 8160, UGC Approved Sr.No.49177. Impact factor 5.956.
17. Bacteriological assessment of Packed Bottle Drinking Water Sold in Gondia District of
Maharashtra. International Journal of Scientific Research, Vol 10(08). 2021. PRINT ISSN No. 2277– 817, UGC Approved, Sr.No.49217. Impact factor 7.803

Dr. Sneha Jaiswal
1. Bioremediation of textile azo dyes by newly isolated Bacillus sp. from dye contaminated soil International Journal of Biotechnology and Biochemistry. 2017, ISSN: 0973-2691, Online ISSN:0974-4762. Peer Reviewed. Impact Factor 2.38
2. Prevalence of Pseudomonas sp. in urine samples of female students and their anti-drug potential against some common antibiotics, 2018. International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews (IJRAR). E-ISSN 2348-1269, P- ISSN 2349-5138. Peer Reviewed. Impact Factor 5.75
Seminars Organized
• Title: UGC & Ministry of environment and forests, New Delhi sponsored: Two day’s nationalseminar on Impact of environment pollution on biosphere and its control. Year: 2nd February 2003
• Title: UGC & Ministry of environment and forests, New Delhi sponsored: One day national
seminar on Role of biotechnology in waste water management. Year: 3rd February 2007
• Title: UGC, New Delhi sponsored one day National seminar on Plant tissue culture: Techniques and applications in plant improvement. Year: 3rd January 2009
• Title: UGC, New Delhi sponsored National seminar on Technological Options for Sustainable Solid Waste Management.
• Title: UGC, New Delhi sponsored National seminar on Molecular Biology Techniques. Year: 3rd February, 2013.
• Title: UGC, New Delhi sponsored National seminar on Environmental Security. Year: 27th
December 2016.
• National Live “Webinar on Nutrition and Health”. Year: 4th June 2020.
• Training workshop on organic farming organized by regional center of organic farming, Nagpur.
• National webinar on Biodiversity Conservation in association with NIDM, Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI. Year: 30th July 2021.

Books Published

Sr. No.AuthorTitle of Book PublisherBook Specification
01Prof. S. P. TimandeText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem I
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
02Prof. S. P. TimandeText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem II
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
03Prof. S. P. TimandeText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem III
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
04Prof. S. P. TimandeText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem IV
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
05Prof. S. P. TimandeText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem V
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
06Prof. S. P. TimandeText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem VI
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
07Prof. D. A. ChouhanText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem II
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
ISBN: 978-93-5202-
274-8
08Prof. D. A. ChouhanText book of
Immunology
B.Sc. Sem V
Dasganu Publication,
Nagpur
ISBN-978-93-84336-
47-9
09Prof. D. A. ChouhanText book of
Biotechnology
B.Sc. Sem V
Dasganu Publication,
Nagpur
ISBN-978-93-84336-
48-6
10Prof. D. A. ChouhanText book of
Metabolism
B.Sc. Sem IV
Dasganu Publication,
Nagpur
ISBN-978-93-84336-
55-4
11Prof. D. A. ChouhanText book of Molecular
Biology &
Bioinstrumentation
B.Sc. Sem VI
Dasganu Publication,
Nagpur
ISBN-978-93-84336-
52-3
12Prof. D. A. ChouhanText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem I
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
ISBN No: 978-93-
5262-335-8
13Dr. S. S. JaiswalText book of
Microbiology
B.Sc. Sem IV
Himalaya Publishing
House
ISO Certified
Dissertations for award of M.Sc. Degree

Sr. No. Name of the GuideAcademic SessionTotal
2016-17 2017-18 2018–19 2019-20 2020-21
01Prof. D. A. Chouhan051313141459
02Dr. Sandhya Tambekar02040305 07 21
03Dr. Sneha Jaiswal0203020203

STUDENTS’ RESEARCH

1. Title of the Practice: 

MOTIVATING THE STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS FOR HYGIENE MOBILIZATION.

  1. Goal: To educate students in areas of major diseases, healthcare options and hygiene including mobilization of community groups to better quality life.

 

  1. Need Addressed and the Context: Students from the Microbiology Department are in an ideal position to work with communities to create awareness of healthy living. This practice helps the community and also helps students to enrich themselves by community service.

 

  1. The Practice: Need-based community development programmes are planned through a dynamic process of communication between slum population, the staff and students of the institution. The following activities form a part of this practice:

Two days In-house Training Workshop and Community Awareness Program on ‘Mosquito Borne Diseases’ was carried out in association with District Malaria Office (DMO), Gondia on 6th & 7th March, 2019. This initiative is taken with an aim to spread awareness about malaria and malaria, the mosquito borne diseases among people living in slums. On first day, the In-house training workshop on ‘Detection of Mosquito Borne Diseases’ was conducted by the health staff of DMO, Gondia. They demonstrated various techniques used to diagnose malaria and malaria in patients and imparted hands-on training of detecting malarial parasites in blood using various techniques like microscopy, rapid diagnostic kits, etc. to students and many teachers at the Biotechnology Laboratory of the College. The team also has provided the guidance on ‘Prevention and Control of Mosquito Borne Diseases’, measures to eliminate every cause that helps in multiplication of the mosquitoes along with the details of parasitic life cycles through the effective PPTs.

On second day, the Community Awareness Program was conducted by all the trained students and teachers-in-charge along with the DMO team at the area Pendharitola, a slum near Kudwa Chowk, Gondia in order to percolate the information to the people living in there and hence tried to create awareness amongst them for the prevention and control of Mosquito Borne Diseases.

In this program, responses were collected from the people of slum to know their extent of awareness about these illnesses and the personal preventive measures through the survey conducted by the students. The common questions included whether they are aware of breeding sites, do they sleep in open, do they cover the water storage containers with lids, do they are aware of the medical care places where free blood checking and free treatment is available, etc. The DMO team and students carried out the blood tests on the field of the people having fever to check whether they are suffering from malaria using the diagnostic kits. Students have also checked the houses for the presence of breeding sites & unclean water storage containers. They persuaded the people about keeping their houses and surrounding area clean and the medical care centers where they can seek free medical treatment.

Both Dhote Bandhu Science College and District Malaria Office have signed a MoU between them for jointly conducting the community awareness programs and students’ training more often in future. Certificates were distributed to all the trained students. Pendharitola, a slum near Kudwa Chowk, Gondia in order to percolate the information to the people living in there and hence tried to create awareness amongst them for the prevention and control of Mosquito Borne Diseases.

In this program, responses were collected from the people of slum to know their extent of awareness about these illnesses and the personal preventive measures through the survey conducted by the students. The common questions included whether they are aware of breeding sites, do they sleep in open, do they cover the water storage containers with lids, do they are aware of the medical care places where free blood checking and free treatment is available, etc. The DMO team and students carried out the blood tests on the field of the people having fever to check whether they are suffering from malaria using the diagnostic kits. Students have also checked the houses for the presence of breeding sites & unclean water storage containers. They persuaded the people about keeping their houses and surrounding area clean and the medical care centers where they can seek free medical treatment.

A guest Lecture on ‘Cancer Awareness’ was organized on 24/08/19 in collaboration with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Cancer Hospital, Karanja, Gondia. To educate audience about the cancer Dr. M. Chaitanya Kumar, an Oncologist, Respected Centre Administrator of Reliance Cancer Hospital, Gondia was invited as a guest speaker for the program. During the talk Dr. Chaitanya shed light on the key risk factors of cancer, importance of cancer check-ups at an early stage and recognition of the early signs and symptoms of cancer. He said, if you are aware of risk factors then you can stay two steps ahead of cancer!”

Kuwar Tilaksingh District General Hospital, Gondia and Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) , Government of Maharashtra has organized HIV / AIDS Awareness program on 23th August, 2019 involving students of Red Ribbon Club (RRC) with the aim to make students aware about HIV/AIDS, so that the students can function as peer educators both inside and outside the college campus. On 13th September, 2019, the training workshop on “Know your status by HIV / AIDS test” was conducted at Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) department of Kuwar Tilaksingh District General Hospital by District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Gondia. Both D. B. Science College and District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Kuwar Tilaksingh District General Hospital, Gondia have signed a MoU between them for jointly conducting such activities more often in future. .

Global Hand washing Day on October 15 is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective way to prevent disease and save life. To promote the culture of hand washing with soap and increase awareness about the benefits of hand washing among common people Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology along with Science Forum of Dhote Bandhu Science College, Gondia celebrated the Global Hand washing Day on 15th October, 2018 in association with Sahyog Polyclinic of Sahyog Hospital run by Ramade Memorial Medicare and Research Institute, LLP, Gondia by organizing a ‘Science Drama’- role at Gayatri Mandir

Premises, Kudwa, Gondia themed on ‘Clean hands – A recipe of health’ which is also the Global Hand washing Day theme of this year. Along with performing role plays students also demonstrated the effective and correct way of hand washing with soap and recited many awareness slogans- ‘Don’t be dirty, Be neat, Wash your hands before you eat’, ‘Clean hands- A recipe of health’, ‘Infection Control, is in your hands’, etc.

Global Hand washing Day has been celebrated by Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology every year.

  1. Evidence of Success: Positive feedback from community and students
  1. Resources: Dedicated team of teachers, motivated students and health care providers.