The Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology is a dynamic and flexible organization with local focus. It was established in the year 1976 in University School of Sciences at Gujarat University. Department offers the M.Sc., M.Phil. & Ph.D. programmes in the subject of Microbiology and Biotechnology. Major thrust areas of the Department are systematic bacteriology, industrial and environmental microbial technology. Department is having faculties with specialization in various areas of microbiology and they have guided Ph.D. students in various fields such as Plant and Soil Microbiology, Biofortification, Biofertilizer, Biocontrol Mechanisms, Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation. Department is shaping the future of students by building bridges with industry and connecting the various disciplines, institutions and community.
Nearly 1500 students have successfully completed their Masters Degrees; 85 M. Phil and 44 students have been awarded Ph.D. degree. Department is engaged in active research and have completed major research projects funded by private sector such as British Petroleum (UK) and government funding agencies like UGC, DST, DBT, GSBTM etc. Microbial strains and Bioprocesses have been developed by faculty and researchers like some promising strains of ‘Biofertilizers’ which are commercially used by GUJCOMASOL. Unique eco-friendly metal bioleaching consortia developed at our department is used by GMDC for efficient metal extraction. The on-going projects in the department funded by different agencies include GUJCOST, BIO-CARE, MOES, DBT and DST. Gujarat University was inducted as a part of the National Biotechnology M.Sc. Course in the year 1999. From the year 2005, Gujarat University has also introduced Higher Payment Programme in Biotechnology. These courses are currently conducted in the premises of Microbiology Department. The main thrust areas of this biotechnology course are microbial and environmental biotechnology. From the year2010 the department has started M.Sc. in Clinical Research and other diploma, certificate courses with collaboration with Shivrath and GSBTM.