Dept. of Microbiology was established when St. Pius X College,
Rajapuram, came to existence in 1995. First academic batch with 24
students, for B. Sc. Microbiology, started in August. The course with
Microbiology main, Physiology and Chemistry as subsidiaries was
affiliated to University of Calicut. It was the first of its kind in Kerala
State. The decision to start such a course at graduate level by our
management, Archdsiocese of Kottayam, was much appreciated in the
academic circle at that time, since it was an inspiring and model step for
others to start such job oriented programs in Arts and Science colleges.
It is very much evident from the fact that at least fifteen different
colleges affiliated to four different Universities, are now conducting the
same course in the state of Kerala.
Dr. KK Anilkumar joined the department on 14 th August 1995, as the
first faculty. In the third academic year Dr. Sarala Gopalakrishnan and a
Guest Lecturer, joined as faculty members. First batch came out from
the department in 1998 with 20 First Class and One Second class out of
the 21 students registered for the examination. Since Kannur University
was established in 1996 our affiliation was changed to this University
from second batch onwards. After the first batch had passed out, strength
of the batch (Number of students admitted per batch) was increased to
28. Further, it was increased to 34 from 2001 admission onwards.
Course pattern was also changed to LRP (Language Reduced Pattern)
from 2003 onwards according to the directions of the University. In this
pattern, language is taught only in the first year and theory and practical
hours of the main subject Microbiology, was raised accordingly. When
the new pattern was introduced, there arouse the need for one more staff.
In the year 2004 one more permanent faculty member Dr. Denoj
Sebastian was joined in the department. In the year 2009, Dr. Denoj
Sebastian was relieved from the service to take a faculty position in the
University of Calicut. In his vacancy Dr. Vinod NV was posted and he
joined in service on 9 th October 2012. Mr. Shelvin T Kuriakose joined
the Department on 1 st September 2015 as guest faculty. Dr. K K
Anilkumar had retired from service on 31 st March 2019. Dr. Sinosh
Skariyachan was posted as Assistant Professor and joined the
Department on 18 th October 2019.
Twenty two batches of students have passed out from the department till
the year 2019. Thirty University Ranks in B.Sc. Microbiology were
bagged by our students. On an average, above 85% of the students
admitted had been graduated. The drop out of students is below 5% even
though most of the students are from educationally and socially
backward regions of the society. Around 90 % of the passed out students
joined for higher studies, choosing Microbiology or Biotechnology as
their Masters programme. A small number had chosen Management
studies or other fields for higher studies.
Regarding our Alumni, more than 30 of them have got excellent
academic achievements, 30 of them were awarded Ph.D from various
institutions including centers of excellence like Indian Institute of
Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Central Universities of India
and from abroad institutions. Many of them are pursuing Ph.D in
reputed institutions of CSIR, ICAR and State Government. Around 20
students had been qualified NET and out that 16 of them were awarded
with JRF. Some of the former students of this department are serving as
Assistant Professors in various colleges and University departments like
Punjab Central University, Kannur University, University of Calicut etc.
Around ten of them are working as Post doctoral Fellows or Research
associates in various foreign institutes with high reputation. Six out of
them are working as research associates in various research institutes of
India. 125 have got placements in public and private sectors and more
than 20 of them work as professional Microbiologists in various Indian
and foreign industries. These industries include related fields like
Biotechnology, Hospitality, Food and Health, where they serve as
quality control officers, hygiene officers, technicians etc.