St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), 30 Mother Teresa Sarani Kolkata 700016 West Bengal, India

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Department of Microbiology (M.Sc.)

Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Chowdhury M.Sc., Ph.D.
Head of the Department 

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The Department of Microbiology was initiated in 2003 as a general Department and subsequently upgraded to the Honours Department since 2005. From 2006 onwards, it started to teach a syllabus different from Calcutta University under the autonomous system. The first group of graduates did exceptionally well with about 60 %first class and occupied the first two positions under the Calcutta University. The results under the autonomous mode were even better and the students were admitted in the different institutions of international repute like the IISc, TIFR, NIV, JNCASR, NCBS and IIT etc. The students also joined Universities like the Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, BHU, JNU etc. The Department also has a unique student exchange program with the University of Manitoba, Canada.


The M.Sc. course was initiated in 2010 and our first batch passed out in 2012. Students did place themselves in industry and academic institutes. Students clear NET, GATE and entrance examinations of the research institutes. Most of the students persue higher studies while few go for job.


The syllabus of M.Sc microbiology has been modified and CBCS syllabus has been introduced in 2021.

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We believe life sciences as a multi-disciplinary branch of science and want to provide our students with the basics to cope up with the demands of modern research and teaching. Emphasis is given on holistic approach where students are exposed to: Microbiology, Environmental sciences, Plant and animal sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioinstrumentation, Bioinformatics and Computer applications.


The Department also has rich culture of research and students are actively engaged in different in-house projects as well they participate in summer training courses in research institutes and industries. Further students are encouraged to present research papers in different national and international seminars. The department conducts one national and one international seminar every year. Renowned scientists from all over the globe are invited to deliver talks and inspire the students. The national seminar titled “Modern Trends in Microbiology“ is organized by the students. The department also organizes monthly work-seminars by renowned scientist from different institute in India to provide opportunity to students to listen to research work as well interact with them.


Industry visits are conducted for students. The placement cell of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata organizes campus placements regularly.

Department Report

Annual Report 2020-21

Class timing: 10 A.M to 5.00 PM but in-house project may demand work after the stipulated time Attendance: 75%(minimum) Dress code and decorum should be maintained as per college rules Students should participate in laboratory and industry visits.


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