HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology is one of the youngest Departments in the Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. It came into existence in the year 1999 under the Department of Chemistry, with Smt. Raziya Y. as the first Head of the Department. The Department offers a UG Programme – B.Sc. Biochemistry and Industrial Microbiology, which is an interdisciplinary programme with Biochemistry as core course, Industrial Microbiology as the vocational course and Chemistry as the complementary course. The programme comes under the Career Related Choice Based Credit & Semester System (2a) of the University of Kerala. The Bachelor’s degree is awarded by the University of Kerala.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The programme provides major opportunities for in-depth studies in the modern aspects of Biology such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Pathology, Environmental studies, Genetics etc. ICT enabled teaching facilities are available.
The Biochemistry and Microbiology laboratories are fully equipped with state of the art facilities. The Department has young, skilled and well qualified faculty members who are actively involved in the classroom as well as laboratory teaching and other extracurricular activities for the students. The Departmental library facility is also available. The students have free access to a rich stock of books in Biochemistry, Microbiology and allied subjects.
The students completing this programme can choose Biochemistry, Microbiology or other Interdisciplinary subjects for their future studies and most of our alumni are well placed in reputed Institutions, laboratories and Research firms.
VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT:
- Empowerment of students and making them competent in the fields of Biochemistry and Microbiology by providing a transformative educational experience
- Inspiring students to pursue innovative, creative and successful careers in the global society.
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology strives to equip the students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation thereby providing them a chance for higher learning and subsequent careers in Life sciences.
- Academic Integrity
MESSAGE FROM HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT:
Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. We offer a basic science-based curriculum and the primary focus is to impart different methods to achieve academic excellence. Through the class room based teaching and well-equipped laboratories, the students are getting fundamental knowledge in the diverse areas of Life Sciences which are relevant to the medical field and the existence of mankind. We have started our journey in the year 1999 and the students get opportunities to participate in scientific deliberations, presentations, industrial visits and field trips which in turn inculcate a sort of professional training capable of exploring the new horizons in the challenging world of academics. The course contents are periodically updated and the students are encouraged to undertake projects as part of their curriculum. Each student is focused through a tutor and the faculty members are encouraged to participate in faculty development programmes conducted by the UGC and other educational agencies at various time points. This website provides an overview of the academic programs, facilities, profiles of faculty members, and details of student activities. We hope that whether you are a prospective undergraduate student, or industrial professional or a visitor you will find this website to be informative.
The Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology offers an undergraduate course in BSc Biochemistry and Microbiology. The full-time course offered by this Department is recognized by the University of Kerala.
BSc Biochemistry and Microbiology programme comes under Career Related Choice Based Credit & Semester System (2a) and consists of six semesters. Students need to study Biochemistry as the core course, Industrial Microbiology as the vocational course and Chemistry as the complementary course.
Key Components of the Curriculum:
Basics of Biochemistry & Microbiology, Biomolecules, Environmental Science, Microbial Taxonomy, Methods in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiological Aspects of Biochemistry, Food Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Metabolism, Molecular Biology and Clinical Biochemistry. The curriculum also includes laboratory experiments and the subsequent practical examinations in different semesters.
Programmes being offered by the department
|Name of the programme||Main Subject||Category||Duration||Annual Intake||Details|
|B.Sc. Biochemistry and Industrial Microbiology||Biochemistry & Industrial Microbiology||UG (Science)||6 semesters||24||See details|
Name of the faculty
|1.||Dr.Maya Madhavan||Associate Professor
|2.||Dr. Vineetha Mohan||Assistant Professor
|3.||Dr, Akhila Rajan||Assistant Professor
| Ph: +91 8893126163,
|4.||Ms. Anupama S.S||Assistant Professor
List of former Heads of the Department
1.Smt. Raziya Y. – 1999-2002
2. Smt. K.G.Indira Bai – 2002-2005
3. Smt. P.P. Narayanikutty – 2005-2007
4. Sri. Arun U. – 2007-2014.
5. Dr. Maya Madhavan – 2014-2015
6. Dr. Vijayan K.T.V. – 2015-2017
7. Dr. Arun U. – 2017 -present
- Well-equipped Biochemistry laboratory.
- Well-equipped Microbiology laboratory.
- Department library with more than 800 text books and a few referred journals
- Peer reviewed papers-14
- Presentation in National/International conference: 9
- Conducted an add-on course in Food Technology- funded by Kerala State Higher Education Council during 2014-15.
- Seminars are often conducted
- Talks by experts in the different fields are conducted
- Online seminar for interaction of students with alumnae
- Reviewing and updating of the syllabus of UG programme
- Appraisal of teacher’s performance by students
- Transparency ensured in evaluating students’ academic performance
- Mrs. Minnu P M (2007-2010 batch)- Secured 150 AIR in Civil Services Exam 2021.
List of Seminars/ Conferences/ Workshops conducted in the last five years :
|Year||Name of the event||Type||Co-ordinator/ s|
|2017-2018||Director of Collegiate Education sponsored three day seminar on “Recent Trends in Therapeutic Approaches for Diabetes Management” conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram from 10-10-2018 to 12-10-2018.||Seminar||Anupama.S.S.|
|2018-2019||National Workshop on Molecular Techniques in Microbial Identification conducted by Departments of Botany and Biochemistry & Microbiology, Govt College for Women- Thiruvananthapuram from 20/11/2019 to 21/11/2019||Workshop||Dr.Vijayan.K.T.V.|
Rank Holders of the Department:
|ACADEMIC YEAR OF PASSING||NAME OF STUDENT||PERCENTAGE
|2003-2004||Selva Rani C.||89.6%||I|
|2004-2005||Liza Esther Alexander
|Divya S Mohan||86.9%||III|
|2007-2008||Tapati Nair M.||84.8%||III|
|2014-2015||Pooja Rajan S.
|Begam Nahida M.||3.60||III|
|2019-2020||Aswathy G. Nair
|2020-2021||Gayathri A. S.||95.67%||I|