One of Mumbai’s prestigious colleges, Kishinchand Chellaram (K. C.) College received National Award as one of the top three colleges for Microbiology in India. The award is conferred by Microbiologist’s Society, India which was established in the year 1996 and today has a presence in India as well as overseas. This community of 500 life members and 7000 students is supporting the incredible work of microbiology by giving awards to worthy institutes for the last three years to recognize their best offerings in the field of Microbiology.
KC College – a Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board’s educational institution for higher studies, now a constituent of HSNC cluster University has been contributing towards the field of microbiology since the past 4 decades. Department of Microbiology was established in the year 1977 and offers BSc and MSc (By research and by papers).
Applauding the outcome of efforts, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost – HSNC University said, “We are delighted to add this beautiful father to our cap. The microbiology department has shone at its best. The entire department functions with an aim to provide a sound academic background for overall development of personality of students for a successful career in microbiology. With a strong focus on developing scientific and analytical thinking skills of the students, the department has always given importance to develop skills and competencies that have enduring value beyond the classroom so that continuous improvement and innovation in the field of microbiology is witnessed for the best of industry and mankind.”
The college has received Star status by DBT, Govt. of India and has been awarded with FIST programme by DST, Govt. of India, under which Microbiology department organises several co-curricular activities for the students. The department also has, in the past, associated with eminent organisations like BARC, IWSA, NIRRH, HiMedia, etc. to conduct several workshops and seminars.
Mentioning the achievements, Dr. Sejal Rathod, HOD of Microbiology explains their strategies to success stating, “To facilitate practical and hands-on learning, the students are provided with state-of-the-art research lab facilities. To take learning beyond the classroom, the department regularly organises interactive lectures, industry visits and group discussions. Research has been one of the strongest suits of the Microbiology department. Members of the faculty have, over the years, received research grants for many projects.”
The students in the department are placed at significant positions in the industry as well as research institutions. In the difficult times of the pandemic, several students of the department were working as Covid warriors in research labs throughout the year. It is an honour to have received this award by MSI in times where battling with the pandemic is the very first priority and with this badge the microbiology department at KC College is truly contributing at the best capacity.