The Department of Microbiology possesses a faculty and training programme that is one of the best in the field. The faculty interests include basic research on the molecular biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, microbial pathogenesis, and diagnostic methods. The department provides high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and a breadth of research programmes covering areas of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology and molecular biology.

The department of Microbiology has a well equipped laboratory for diagnostic work. The laboratory at the hospital functions round the clock on all the days of the week. Routine serology, bacteriology, parasitology & mycology tests are carried out at the hospital laboratory. Special serologies, bacterial including T.B culture, fungal culture are done in the laboratory at the college which functions on all days. All the sections of the laboratory are well equipped with necessary equipment and skilled manpower.

  1. The department has a good museum containing tabletop charts, mounted specimens, wall mounted charts for the benefit of the students.
  2. The department is involved in the formulation of hospital infection control, Bio medical waste management & Antimicrobial policy.
  3. The department is actively involved in the national programmes like RNTCP, screening for H.I.V etc.
  4. The department has a well equipped animal house having all varieties of experimental animals viz mice, rats, guinea pig and sheep. A well qualified, experienced veterinary surgeon is imparting care to this animal house.

The department is actively involved in researches being conducted at undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty level. Research projects completed from 2006 till date are enlisted below:

ICMR Short Term Student Projects

  1. Sero prevalence of Brucellosis among patients with PUO and Arthritis. -Miss. Ilamathy , Dr.R.Gopal
  2. Prevalence of MRSA among hospital utility items. -Miss. Inbarasi, Dr.J.Shanmugam
  3. Prevalence of intestinal coccidian parasites among patients in rural area. -Miss. Siva sankari, Dr.R.Goapl
  4. Study of the baseline Widal titers among healthy individuals of rural population in Pondicherry. -Miss.Jaberlinsneha, Dr.D.Jeyakumari
  5. Post operative wound infections – A clinico Microbiological study.-Miss.BhavaniSagar, DR. Shanmugam

Academic Activities

The department has expert staff with good academic credentials. The department is actively involved in teaching of undergraduate students of II MBBS, P.G students of M.D Microbiology and Nursing students.

Guest lecture on ‘HIV’ held on 15.02.2018

The department of Microbiology organized a guest lecture on ‘Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV’ and an update on Antiretroviral Therapy of HIV Positive mother by Dr.Chandrasekaran, Medical Manager ‘SAATHI’ on N.G.O organization. The lecture was attended by students of 2nd MBBS, P.G Students, faculty members of various departments and nursing staff. The meeting was held on the 15th of February 2018 from 2PM to 3.30 PM, Dr. T. Mangaiyarkarasi, Associate Professor of Microbiology delivered the welcome address and Dr.Sunil Shivekar, Associate Professor of Microbiology proposed the vote of thanks.

Conference and Workshops

  1. SOZOCON MICRO 2008 – 1st South zonal conference of Medical Microbiologists held on 19th January 2008
  2. SOZOCON MICRO 2011 – 2nd South zonal conference of Medical Microbiologists held on 11TH& 12TH March 2011
  3. CME PROGRAMME ON HIV / AIDS – held on 1st December 2011
  4. A hands on workshop on “Molecular techniques” (RT PCR) was organized on 10th of July and a CME on “Microbial Infections an update” on 11th of July 2015 by the dept. of Microbiology, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College & Hospital under the auspices of the IAMM Puducherry chapter. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr.S.C.Parija, Director of JIPMER and president of IAMM, Puducherry chapter who delivered the presidential address. The guest speakers included senior professors of various Medical colleges, who spoke on various topics of interest the meeting was attended by about 77 delegates from in and around Pondicherry. A special session on free oral papers and posters was held in the afternoon. A total of 12 posters presentations and 12 oral presentations were made on the occasion.

The topics covered in the CME were,
  • Recent advances in the lab diagnosis of T.B by Dr.Nandita Banaji, IGMCRI, Puducherry.
  • Ebola virus an update by Dr.J.Shanmugam, MGMCRI, Puducherry.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship by Dr.V.Jayabal, IGMCRI, Puducherry.
  • Blood stream infections by Dr.Joshy M Easow, SVMCRI, Puducherry.
  • Oral Candidiasis by Dr.S.Jayaraman, IGDC, Puducherry.
  • The CME Programmes were accredited by Tamil Nadu Medical Council.

PG Student s - Paper Presentations: (Oral & Poster)

  1. Rhinocerebralzygomycosis – A case report Dr.A.Priyadharshini – PG Student
  2. Multiple cutaneous manifestations in a HIV patient – A case report Dr.A.Priyadharshini – PG Student
  3. Seroprevalence of HCV – Hospital based retrospective stud Dr.Vanigopal – PG Student

PG Dissertation

  1. Prevalence of HIV & TB co infection - A hospital based study Dr.A.Priyadharshini : 2011 - 2014
  2. Clinico etiological study of vaginal discharge among adult women – A hospital based study. Dr.Vanigopal : 2012 – 2015

The faculty of this department has been acknowledged with several Awards & Honors for their remarkable contribution to the subject.

Dr.J.Shanmugam , Professor Microbiology

  • IAMM endowment oration award -2008
  • Got elect as the founder president of the Puducherry chapter of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists(IAMM)
  1. Study of the prevalence and characterization of staphylococcus aureus including MRSA isolate from the healthy staff students and patients in rural area of Puducherry. -Dr.J.Shanmugam
  2. Seroprevalence of H.I.V and Syphilis among Antenatal mothers attending in a rural hospital. -R. Gopal, Dr.Jayasree

Ongoing research projects

  1. ESBL producing strains of Escherichia coli & Klebsiella among clinical isolates from stool samples of patients received in Microbiological laboratory identification & Characterisation. -Dr.JShanmugam, Dr.G.Muthukrishnan
  2. Dendritic cell based therapy for cancer in murine model using EAC carcinoma cells. -Dr.SunilShivekar
  3. Boifilm production among uropathogens isolated from diabetic patients – Hospital based study. -Dr.T.Mangaiyarkarasi and Dr.A.Priyadharshini

The department has various publications in indexed journals and paper and poster presentations of departmental research in various conferences.


  1. Shivekar S, Senthil K, Srinivasan R, Sureshbabu L, Chand P, Shanmugam J, Gopal R. Intestinal myiasis caused by Muscinastabulans: A case Report. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology 2008; 26(1): 83-85.
  2. Jeyakumari D, Gopal R, Eswaran M, Maheshkumar C. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome: A pictorial Education. Journal of Global Infectious diseases 2009 (Jan - June); 1(1): 45-47.
  3. Jeyakumari D, Gopal R, Balamurugan M, AmbedkarRaj K, Girija S. Subcutaneous Aspergillosis with co-existing Atypical mycobacterial infection: A case Report. Indian journal of Pathology & Microbiology 2010 (Apr - June); 53 (2): 359-60.
  4. Girija S, Karthikeyan K, Jeyakumari D, Gopal R. Norwegian scabies in a malnourished young adult: A case report. Journal of Infection in developing countries 2010; 4(5):349-51.
  5. Gopal R, Jeyakumari D, Girija S.Poncet’sdisease : A correspondence. Indian J of Rheumatology 2010;5(1):56.
  6. Girija Subramanian, JeyakumariDuraipandian, GopalRangasamy, Pavan Chand
  7. Acute Brucellosis in a young adult – A case report
  8. Sunil Shivekar, Pavanchand, GopalRangasamy:Soil transmitted Helminthes in a rural population of Puducherry – A hospital based study.