The Department of Microbiology has a well-equipped laboratory, which provides necessary back-up to the clinical departments in the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. It carries out various microbiological investigations viz., Microscopy, Culture & Sensitivity (conventional as well as automated rapid) and Serological tests. The Department has well equipped tuberculosis laboratory. Besides the strict internal quality control, it participates in the External Quality Assurance Programme to ensure quality reporting. It also undertakes necessary surveillance studies and other activities for the prevention and control of hospital-acquired infections. It has a good collection of mounted slides of parasites and other microorganisms for teaching purpose.
The Department is involved in the research activities in the area of tuberculosis, drug-resistant infections and hospital-acquired infections. It is also a designated Microscopy Centre (DMC) for Tuberculosis as a part of revised National TB Control Programme as well as a counseling and testing centre for HIV as a part of National AIDS Control Programme. It has implemented some innovative teaching-learning methods for Microbiology at UG level such as application-based learning. Several faculty-members regularly participate as resource persons in Medical Education Technology workshops organized by Regional Teachers Training Center. The PG students, as a part of their curricula, are sent for advanced training to other institutes within and outside the State.