Department of Microbiology







About Department

The Department of Microbiology was established in the College of Basic Sciences with its establishment in the year 1991. It was strengthened by transferring the Microbiologists posted elsewhere in the University in 1995 with the simultaneous introduction of the M.Sc. programme in the discipline of Microbiology.
The Project Coordinator Unit of All India Coordinated Research Project on "Microbiological Decomposition and Recycling of Organic Wastes", funded by the ICAR, New Delhi was also placed in the Department till it was shifted to Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal in the year 1998.
The Ph.D. programme in the department was started in 2006-07. At present the department is engaged in looking after the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of its own college and other constituent colleges of the University.

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Head of the Department


Dean College of Basic Sciences is Head of the Department
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Mandate

The department of Microbiology works under the following mandate.

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Thrust Areas

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Research Projects


Research Projects in operation
Sr.No. Title of project PI Funding source
1 Development of liquid bio-fertilizers and bio-fertilizers based integrated nutrient management in districts of. Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur Dr. S.S. Kanwar RKVY
2 Bio prospecting of lactic cultures from cold desert regions to develop functional fermented milk products with potential health benefits Dr S.S.Kanwar as CCPI in Collaborative Project with NDRI, Karnal DST
3 Development of Potential direct fed microbial from rumen of migratory goats & sheep for enhancing livestock production Dr S.S.Kanwar as Co-PI in Collaborative project with IVRI, Palampur DST

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ii) Project submitted

1. Application of microbial bioinoculant(s) for extraction of flax fibre. Consortia Research Platform - Natural Fibres Project
Dr. S.S. Kanwar, PI
Dr. Satish Pal, Co-PI
Dr. Pankaj Chopra, Co-PI





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Post Graduate Student Thesis (Completed and Ongoing)

M.Sc. Thesis Completed
Sr.No. Name and Admn. No. Title of thesis Name of Major Advisor Date and Year of completion
1 Ms. Radhika Gulari (S-95-30-08) Production and evaluation of some fermented products from unmarketable kinnow fruit Dr.C.R.Sharma 31.12.1997
2 Ms.Neelam Kumari (S-95-30-06) Seasonal periodicity of coliforms in some water bodies around Palampur Dr.K.K.R.Bhardwaj 04.02.1998
3 Mr.Rajesh Rana (S-95-30-07) Studies on the antimicrobial activity of Eupatorium weed on nitrogen fixing and biogas producing microorganisms Dr.S.S.Kanwar 16.12.1997
4 Ms.Amita (S-95-30-05) Studies on the production of thermostable proteinase from psychrotrophicPseudomonas fragi Dr.VasuPunj 16.04.1998
5 Mr.Rajinder Kumar (S-95-30-09) Effect of anaerobic digestion on survival of some selected pathogen bacteria Dr.S.S.Kanwar 20.05.1998
6 Mr.Ramesh Chand (S-96-30-05) Isolation and identification of lipolyticpsychrotrophic pseudomonas spp. From perishable foods Dr.Vasu Punj 29.09.1998
7 Mr.Shivesh Sharma (S-96-30-06) Study on the comparative performance of different isolates of Rhizobium sp. On the symbiotic parameters and the production of black gram (Gignamungi (L.) Hepper) Dr.C.R.Sharma 28.07.1998
8 Ms.Shweta Chambial (S-96-30-07) Volatilization of insoluble phosphate by microorganisms isolated from an Alfisol Sh.M.K.Gupta 17.08.1998
9 Ms. Maya Devi (S-97-30-04) Evaluation of apple pomace as a substrate for generation of Biogas Dr.S.S.Kanwar 21.08.1999
10 Mr. Rajeev Kumar (S-97-30-05) Utilization of apple pomace as Phosphocompost through microbial and mineral enrichment Mr.M.K.Gupta 15.09.2000
11 Ms. Geetika Banta (S-98-30-06) Evaluation of nitrogen enriched Phosphocompost as a source of nitrogen phosphorus in wheat crop Dr.S.P.Dev 06.12.2000
12 Ms. Pooja Suneja (S-98-30-07) Microbiological studies on optimization of phosphate level in composting Dr.C.R.Shearma 06.12.2000
13 Ms. Raj Saini (S-99-30-05) Anaerobic digestion of lantana weed for generation of biogas Dr.S.S.Kanwar 08.11.2001
14 Ms. Sunita (S-99-30-06) Studies on microbial diversity during mesophilic land thermophilic phases of composting. Dr. C.R. Sharma 23.10.2001
15 Ms. AnujaAcharya (S-2000-30-06) Biomethanation of Poultry droppings under psychrophilic conditions Dr.S.S.Kanwar 14.11.2002
16 Ms. Pratibha Vyas (S-2000-30-08) Isolation and characterization of phosphate solubilizing bacter from the Rhizosphere of green manuring crops Sh.M.K.Gupta 13.11.2002
17 Ms. Rajni Verma (S-2000-30-09) Studies on microbial biodiversity under different cattle shed waste management systems Dr.C.R.Sharma 19.10.2002
18 Ms. Shikha Kalotra (S-2000-30-10) Processing and utilization of poplar leaves as Phosphocompost and its evaluation in soybean crops Dr.S.P.Dev 05.12.2002
19 Mr. Ajay Kumar (S-2001-30-07) Studies on augmentation of nitrogen in Phosphocompost through Rhizobium-sun hemp symbiosis and its evaluation in paddy crops Dr.S.P.Dev 15.12.2003
20 Ms. Chhaya Katoch (S-2001-30-08) Documentation land microbiological examination of traditional fermented products of Lahauland Spiti areas of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 08.09.2003
21 Mr. Pardeep Kumar (S-2001-30-09) Microbiological studies on the environmental impacat of city waste management around Palampur. Dr.C.R. Sharma 23.09.2003
22 Ms. Shiphali Katoch (S-2001-30-10) Studies on lthe comparative efficiency of the local phosphate-solubilizing bacterial isolates on the phosphate availability in Soybean Sh.M.K.Gupta 08.12.2003
23 Ms. Shivani (S-2001-30-11) Utilization of Clippings of Lantana camera under different wastes management practices in wheat crop Dr.S.P.Dev 24.11.2003
24 Mr.Brajesh Kaistha (S-2002-30-06) Anaerobic processing of Ageratum for generation of biogas Dr.S.S.Kanwar 18.06.2004
25 Ms. Meenakshi (S-2002-30-07) Studies on microbiological dynamics in an aquaculture ecosystem under mid-hill conditions of North-West Himalayas Dr.C.R.Sharma 07.02.2005
26 Ms. Pushpa Kumari (S-2002-30-08) Long term effects of chemical fertilizers and amendments on microbial dynamics in acidic soils of Western Himalayas Dr.S.S.Kanwar 08.04.2005
27 Ms. Smita Rana (S-2002-30-09) Studies on the antifungal activity exhibited by phosphate solubilizing microorganisms Sh. M.K. Gupta 08.04.2005
28 Ms. Arti Guleria (S-2003-30-07) Comparative evaluation of yeast isolates of alcoholic beverages of Lahaul and Spiti area of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 15.10.2005
29 Mr. A.Prasath (S-2003-30-08) Studies on antimicrobial activity of essential oils of certain aromatic plants of Himachal Pradesh Sh.M.K.Gupta 01.10.2005
30 Ms. Poonam (S-2003-30-09) Studies on periodical microbial dynamics under direct soil incorporation of green plant biomass of Eupatorium Dr.C.R. Sharma 09.01.2006
31 Ms. Pratibha Sharma (S-2003-30-10) Studies on Plant Growth Promoting rhizobacteria associated with soybean crop under mid hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh Dr.C.R.Sharma 09.01.2006
32 Ms.Nisha (S-2003-30-12) Anaerobic digestion of vegetable waste Dr.S.S.Kanwar 15.10.2005
33 Ms. Aditi Sourabh (S-2004-30-02) Phosphate solubilization and siderophore production by microorganisms isolated from the rhizophere of selected aromatic plants Sh.M.K.Gupta 13.10.2006
34 Ms. Rajni Ohri (S-2004-30-03) Studies on periodic incidences of coliforms in some water bodies around Kangra Township of Himachal Pradesh Dr.C.R.Sharma 04.01.2007
35 Mr. Sumeet Mahajan (S-2004-30-04) Long term effects of chemical fertilizers and amendments on soil enzymes in acidic soils of Western Himalayas Dr.S.S.Kanwar 29.12.2007
36 Ms. Nandina Kanoujia (S-2005-30-01) Studies on the effect of dual inoculation of Rhizobium and some plant growth promoting Rhizobacteria on the symbiotic parameters of soybean Dr.C.R.Sharma 29.09.2007
37 Ms. Natasha (S-2005-30-02) Preparation and testing of immobilized inocula of yeast isolates obtained from indigenous fermented alcoholic beverages of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 01.10.2007
38 Ms. Neemisha (S-2005-30-03) Molecular characterization of yeast isolates of traditional fermented food products of trial areas of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 01.10.2007
39 Ms. Swati Sood (S-2005-30-04) Studies on the Mycorrhizal association of some horticultural plants around Palampur Dr.C.R.Sharma 24.09.2007
40 Ms. Anamika Jain (S-2006-30-01) Analysis of indigenous yeast isolates of Western Himalayas for amylolytic enzymes Dr.S.S.Kanwar 14.08.2008
41 Ms. Sheetal Sood (S-2006-30-04) Studies on the mycorrhizal association of some economically important forest trees of KangraValley Dr.C.R.Sharma 14.08.2008
42 Mr. Manoj Negi (S-2003-30-13) Studies on Nodulation Status of Off-Season Peas of Kinnour District in Himachal Pradesh Dr.C.R.Sharma 16.05.2009
43 Mr. Mohinder Pal (S-2007-30-01) (SC) Retting of flax for extraction of fibre : Microbiological approach Dr.S.S.Kanwar 22.08.2009
44 Ms. Monu Jariyal (S-2007-30-02) (ST) Evaluation of biofertilizers potential on production of white button mushroom Dr.S.S.Kanwar 11.09.2009
45 Ms. Reetika (S-2007-30-04) (SF) Analysis of indigenous yeast isolates of Himachal Pradesh for pectinolytic activity Dr.S.S.Kanwar 21.08.2009
46 Ms.Ruchi Sharma (S-2007-30-05) (Sports) Studies on diversity of plant growth promoting bacteria in the substrate of white button mushroom Sh.M.K.Gupta 26.10.2009
47 Ms. Sohini Walia (S-2007-30-06) Fermentation of Seabuckthorn (HippophaerhamnoidesL.) juice with indigenous yeast isolates Sh.M.K.Gupta 21.08.2009
48 Ms. Gitanjali (S-2008-30-20) (SF) Co-immobilization studies with indigenous amylolytic and alcoholic yeasts for fermentation of starchy substrates Dr.S.S.Kanwar 13.08.2010
49 Ms. Keshani (S-2008-30-21) Optimization of production parameters for amylolytic enzyme from indigenous yeast of Western Himalayas Dr.S.S.Kanwar 13.08.2010
50 Ms. Madhu Kumari (S-2008-30-22) (SC) Salt-tolerant phosphate solubilizing bacteria isolated from the rhizosphere of plants growing around the salt mines of Himachal Pradesh Sh.M.K.Gupta 13.08.2010
51 Ms. Sapna Thakur (S-2008-30-23) (Sports) Studies on some plant growth promoting traits in bacteria isolated from Vermiwash Sh.M.K.Gupta 21.08.2010
52 Mr. Gaurav Sood (S-2009-30-29) (SF) Microbiological studies on Agnihotra, a technique of Organic Farming Dr.M.K.Gupta 25.8.2011
53 Ms. Himankshi (S-2009-30-30) Probiotic diversity of butter milk, a biocontrol agent in organic farming Dr.S.S.Kanwar 20.6.2011
54 Ms. Rajni Devi (S-2009-30-31) (SF) Studies on microbial diversity and plant growth promoting activity of termite mount soil Dr.M.K.Gupta 25.8.2011
55 Mr. Shobit Thapa (S-2009-30-32) (SF) Evaluation of tolerance level of indigenous biofertilizer isolate against some common pesticides Dr.S.S.Kanwar 30.9.2011
56 Ms. Nandita Sharma (S-2010-30-30) (SF) Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of Ajugabracteosa (Neelkanthi) against human and phytopathogens. Dr.M.K.Gupta 22.9.12
57 Ms. Nisha Chauhan (S-2010-30-31) (Sports) Purification and characterization of bacteriocin(s) of Lactobacillus spp. obtained from fermented foods of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 22.9.12
58 Ms. Poonam Sharma (S-2010-30-32) (SF) Behaviour of indigenous plant growth promoting rhizo bacteria under different stress conditions. Dr.S.S.Kanwar 22.9.12
59 Ms. Kalpana Rana (S-2010-30-28) Purification and characterization of bacteriocin(s) of Enterococcus spp. obtained from fermented foods of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 6.10.12
60 Ms. Meghna Sharma (S-2010-30-29) Biodiversity of Listeria spp. in dairy products and their interaction with indigenous probiotics Dr.S.S.Kanwar 19.11.2012
61 Ms. Aakriti Sharma (S-2011-30-11) Biodiversity of Listeria spp. in meat and meat products and their interaction with indigenous probiotics Dr.S.S.Kanwar 7.9.2013
62 Ms. Aditi Chauhan (S-2011-30-12) Studies on exopolysaccharides production by indigenous Lactic acid bacteria Dr.S.S.Kanwar 31.8.2013
63 Ms. Bindu Devi (S-2012-30-011) Optimization of growth conditions of indigenous probiotics Lactobacillus species and their interaction studies with foodborne pathogens Dr.S.S.Kanwar 10.10.2014
64 Ms.Anita (S-2012-30-009) Studies on rhizosphere bacterial diversity associated with Arnebia euchroma (Ratanjot) Dr.S.S.Kanwar 20.10.2014
65 Ms. Bindu Thakur (S-2012-30-010) To assess the probiotics potential of microorganisms incorporated in marketable food products Dr.S.S.Kanwar 20.10.2014

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Ph.D. Thesis Completed
Sr.No. Name and Admn. No. Title of thesis Name of Major Advisor Date and Year of completion
1 Ms. Aditi Sourabh (S-2006-40-01) Diversity of probiotic microorganisms in some traditional fermented foods of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 24.09.2010.
2 Mr.Ajay Kumar (S-2006-40-02) (SF) Development of a liquid biofertilizers with indigenous microbial strains of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 06.10.2010
3 Ms. Ruchi (S-2009-40-03) Evaluation of indigenous Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria of Himachal Pradesh and optimization of conditions for their mass cultivation. Dr.S.S.Kanwar 12.7.2013
4 Ms. Sohini Walia (S-2009-40-04) Evaluation of indigenous probiotics of Himachal Pradesh for functional and protective attributes Dr.S.S.Kanwar 24.5.2014
5 Ms. Keshani (S-2010-40-02) Diversity analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae population form North-Western Himalayan region using molecular markers Dr.S.S.Kanwar 10.10.2014
6 Ms. Natasha (S-2009-40-02) Microbiological studies on cow horn manure- a biodynamic preparation used in organic farming Dr. M.K. Gupta 27.12.2014
7 Ms. Ritika (S-2010-40-03) Bacterial diversity of salt tolerant nitrogen fixers around the salt mines of Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 16.3.2015
8 Ms. Sunita Devi (S-2010-40-04) Microbial diversity of aerobic culturable thermopiles existing in the hot spring of Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh Dr.S.S.Kanwar 17.4.2015

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Details of the M.Sc. theses in progress
Sr.No. Name and Admn. No. Title of thesis Name of Major Advisor
1 Ms. Shivani Anand Sharma (S-2013-30-11) Study on cellulolytic bacteria from the rumen of migratory sheep of Himachal Pradesh Dr. Birbal Singh
2 Ms. Ritu Sharma (S-2013-30-10) Evaluation of biofilm formation potential of bacterial isolates fron hot water spring of Manikarn Himachal Pradesh Dr. S.S. Kanwar
3 Ms. Kavita Rana (S-2013-30-09) Study on cellulolytic bacteria from the rumen of migratory goats of Himachal Pradesh Dr. S.S.Kanwar

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Details of the Ph.D. theses in progress
Sr.No. Name and Admn. No. Title of thesis Name of Major Advisor
1 Ms. Sakshi Sharma (S-2012-40-004) Evaluation of functional traits of indigenous bacterial probiotics of north Western Himalayan Dr. S.S.Kanwar





Trainings Offered by Department

The Department of Microbiology offers SHORT TERM training for students of Microbiology studying at other academic institutions.
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Alumni

Alumni of Department
Sr. No.NamePlace of working
1 MsRadhikaGulari Working as Microbiologist in Kuwait
2 Ms.NeelamKumari Serving in a nationalized Bank
3 Mr.RajeshRana Working as Quality Assurance Manager in ABOTT, Health Care Private Limited, Baddi, H.P.
4 Ms.Amita Working as Post-Doctoral Fellow in USA
5 Mr.Rajinder Kumar Working as Assistant Scientist in CSK HPKV, Palampur, H.P.
6 Mr.Ramesh Chand Working as Scientist in IHBT, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
7 Mr.Shivesh Sharma Working as a Associate Professor in NIT, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
8 Ms.Shweta Chambial Working as Assistant Professor in FLAME, University, Pune, Maharashtra
9 Ms.Maya Devi Working as Research officer in Indian Oil Corporation of India, Faridabad
10 Mr.Rajeev Kumar Working as Sales Representative in Pharmaceutical Company at Chandigarh
11 Ms.Geetika Banta Working as Research Associate at PAU, Ludhiana
12 Ms.PoojaSuneja Working as Research Associate in PGI, Chandigarh
13 Ms.RajSaini Working as Assistant Professor in YS ParmarUniversity of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, HP.
14 Ms.Sunita Doing Ph.D. at CSK HPKV, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
15 Ms.AnujaAcharya House wife
16 Ms.PratibhaVyas Working as Research Associate in CSIR-IHBT Palampur
17 Ms.RajniVerma House wife
18 Ms.ShikhaKalotra Serving in USA as Research Worker
19 Mr.Ajay Kumar Postdoc
20 Ms.ChhayaKatoch Working as School Teacher in Air Force
21 Mr.Pardeep Kumar Working as Post-Doctoral Fellow in USA
22 Ms.ShiphaliKatoch Working as a School Teacher
23 Ms.Shivani Working as Research Fellow in CSK HPKV, Palampur, HP
24 Mr.BrajeshKaistha Working as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Germany
25 Ms.Meenakshi Serving in USA as Research Worker
26 Ms.PushpaKumari Serving in Kaneda as Research Scientist in an Analytical Laboratory
27 Ms.SmitaRana Serving as Microbiologist in a Pharmaceutical Company at Baddi
28 Ms.ArtiGuleria Serving as Lady Officer in Indian Army
29 Mr.A.Prasath Doing Ph.D in Australia
30 Ms.Poonam Serving as Teacher in NavodayaVidyalaya
31 Ms.Pratibha Sharma House wife
32 Ms.Nisha Serving as a faculty member in a Pharmacy College, Nangal
33 Ms.AditiSourabh Serving as Scientist Fellow in IHBT, Palampur
34 Ms.RajniOhri House Wife
35 Mr.SumeetMahajan Serving as Ground Duty Officer in Indian Air Force
36 Ms.NandinaKanoujia Working as Research Assistant in IHBT, Palampur, HP
37 Ms.Natasha Doing Ph.D. in CSK HPKV, Palampur, HP
38 Ms.Neemisha Working as Research Associate in CSIR-IHBT Palampur
39 Ms.SwatiSood Working as SRF in CSK HPKV, Palampur
40 Ms.Anamika Jain House wife
41 Ms.SheetalSood Working as Biotechnologist at Bangalore
42 Mr.ManojNegi Working as Research Fellow in CSK HPKV, Palampur, HP
43 Mr.Mohinder Pal Doing Ph.D degree fromCSIR-IHBT, Palampur
44 Ms.MonuJariyal Doing Ph. D at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
45 Ms.Reetika Doing Ph. D at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
46 Ms.Ruchi Sharma Doing Ph.D at Y.S. Parmar
47 Ms.SohiniWalia Doing Ph. D. in CSK HPKV, Palampur, HP
48 Ms.Gitanjali Doing Ph. D. in Dr.YSParmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, HP
49 Ms.Keshani Doing Ph.D. in CSK HPKV, Palampur, HP
50 Ms.MadhuKumari Doing Ph.D atCSIR-IHBT. Palampur
51 Ms.Sapna Thakur Doing Ph.D. from Central University, Bhathinda
52 Mr.GauravSood Doing Ph.D from Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, HP
53 Ms.Himankshi Working as Research Assistant in IHBT, Palampur, HP
54 Ms.Rajni Devi At Home
55 Mr.ShobitThapa Doing Ph.D in Panjab University, Chandigarh
56 Ms.Nandita Sharma At home
57 Ms.Nisha Chauhan Working as Microbiologist in Unichem Industry, Badi
58 Ms.Poonam Sharma Doing Ph.D. at Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan.
59 Ms.Kalpana Rana SRF in Microbiology, COBS, CSK HPKV, Palampur
60 Ms.Meghna Sharma At home
61 Ms.Aakriti Sharma At home
62 Ms.Aditi Chauhan At home
63 Ms. Bindu Devi At home
64 Ms. Anita At home
65 Ms. Bindu Thakur At home
66 Ms. Ritika Kapoor At home

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