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:

  1. Empowerment of students and making them competent in the fields of Biochemistry and Microbiology by providing a transformative educational experience
  2. 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.

VALUES:

  • Academic Integrity
  •  Transparency
  •  Quality

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.

Dr. Arun U.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and HOD

COURSES OFFERED:

The Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology offers an undergraduate course in BSc Biochemistry and Industrial Microbiology. The full-time course offered by this Department is recognized by the University of Kerala.

BSc Biochemistry and Industrial 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.

Syllabus: https://www.keralauniversity.ac.in/downloads/88syllabi_biochem_industri_microbio.pdf(2015)

https://www.keralauniversity.ac.in/downloads/2342431605175326.pdf (2019 Revised)

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

Faculty Members

Sl no Name of the faculty Designation with

Specialization

Phone/ Email Profile
1. Dr. Arun U Assistant Professor and HOD

(Biochemistry)

9447593973

a2nkrishna@gmail.com

arun@gcwtvm.ac.in

CV -DRARUN

2. Dr.Maya Madhavan Associate Professor

(Biochemistry)

9072304792

drmayamadhavan@gmail.com

CV – Maya Madhavan

3. Deepthi K S Assistant Professor

(Microbiology)

+91 9447019407

deepthi@gcwtvm.ac.in

Faculty details.docx DEEPTHI.K.S

4. Dr. Vineetha Mohan Assistant Professor

(Microbiology)

+91 9895976276

vineethamohan1@gmail.com

CV-Dr. Vineetha Mohan

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

Department Resources

  • Well-equipped Biochemistry laboratory.
  • Well-equipped Microbiology laboratory.
  • Department library with more than 800 text books and a few referred journals

Achievements:

  • 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.

Best Practices:

  • 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

Prestigious Alumni:

  • 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

/CGPA

RANK
2001-2002 Rajeswari Gopal       84.9% I
2002-2003 Remya A.S. 83.6% II
2003-2004 Selva Rani C. 89.6% I
Sabira Mohammed   88.6% II
2004-2005 Liza Esther Alexander

 

86.4% I
Akhila R.        85.7% II
Syama H.P.    85.6% III
2005-2006 Sajini S.R. 87.3% I
Divya S Mohan 86.9% III
2006-2007 Parvathy V.S. 87.5% I
Jayalekshmi G.         87.3% II
2007-2008 Tapati Nair M.          84.8% III
2008-2009 Reshma G.

 

91.6% I
Anju M.P.     

 

87.3% II
2009-2010 Meenakshi Lekshmanan 90.2% I
Aswathy S.S.

 

89.6% II
Lekshmi V.S.

 

86.83% III
2010-2011 Reshma S.     

 

86.2% II
Ambika K.

 

84.9% III
2011-2012 Sajeena A.

 

89.9% I
Athira S.S.    

 

87.6% II
Remya A.S.   

 

87.5% III
2012-2013 Lekshmi P.

 

3.76 I
Dhanisha S.S.

 

3.69 II
Vimala Mathew         3.67 III
2013-2014 Remya S.       

 

3.65 I
Ashitha N.     

 

3.55 II
2014-2015 Pooja Rajan S.

 

3.71 I
Begam Nahida M. 3.60 III
2017-2018 Gopika G.N.

 

92.49% II
2018-2019 Gopika Gopan

 

92% II
Kirthana Mohan

 

91.02% III
2019-2020 Aswathy G. Nair

 

92.39% II
2020-2021 Gayathri A. S. 95.67% I