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Department of Microbiology
The Subject Microbiology is taught in the second year of B. D. S. course. The Department of Microbiology has a full time Professor and Reader, supported by a trained laboratory technician and attendant. Prof. Asha Mathur, M.D., F. N. A., FASc, FAMS, FRCP (Pathology) is the head of the department. The syllabus prescribed by the dental council of India is covered in detail. All the teaching is conducted with the help of audio-visual system. Students are also updated with the latest developments in the field. The syllabus for microbiology consists of general microbiology, bacteriology, immunology, virology, mycology, parasitology and oral microbiology. Detailed information about medically important microorganism and microbiological procedures is provided to the students. The Department has a fully equipped laboratory for conducting practical classes. Each student has the facility to individually use the microscope and other equipments. Practical consists of bacteriological staining methods and demonstration of immunological methods, serological tests and important tests for virus identification. Added information is provided with the help of gross specimens and latest immunological techniques such as gel precipitation, gel precipitation, gel electrophoresis, antigen-antibody reactions, ELISA etc. Regular assessment of the students is done by periodic internal assessment exams, class tests, group discussions, seminars, poster presentations and viva-voce. Subject improvement guidance is provided time-to-time.
The department takes
care of the post-graduate course of basic science by interacting with the PG
students in the form of seminars. At present, a M. D. thesis is going on in
the department, on oral microbiology utilizing the culture facility of both
anaerobic and aerobic bacteria. The faculty is highly research oriented and
currently the department is actively engaged in the research work. A
three-year research project, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt.
of India. Is going on Dental Fluorosis. A senior research fellow and social
worker have been appointed in the project. A screening of 10,000 populations
in fluorotic and non- fluorotic area in different districts surrounding
Lucknow, is being done. The faculty and the research staff have been
attending All India conferences and presenting their work.
The Department has a well-equipped clinical pathology and microbiology laboratory. Diagnostic facilities to the dental patients as well as to the college staff and students, are provided free of cost. All the biochemical, microbiological and pathological test are done, such as isolation and identification of bacteria and their antibiotic sensitivity, estimation of hemoglobin, blood-grouping, total and differential leukocyte count, general blood picture, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, bleeding time, clotting time, liver function tests, routine and microscopic urine examination etc.
Apart from all routine
equipments like hot air oven, centrifuge, incubator, autoclave,
spectrophotometer etc; the department has number of specialized equipments
such as biohazard hood, cold centrifuge and electrophoresis unit to support
the research work.
Achievements of the Department
The Department of General Pathology, caters to the teaching of the undergraduate students as well as the postgraduate student (Ist year of post graduation). All the topics as prescribed by the Dental Council of India, New Delhi are taught in toto.
General Pathology is a subject which teaches the basis, etiology, pathology, and prognosis of the disease, hence is an important part in study of every branch of medicine. Students are taught through series of lectures, audio-visual and practicals.
The Department has coached more than six batches successfully and has achieved excellent results at University levels. All the batches had a result of more than 85% in the department of Pathology/Microbiology. Students of various batches have been participating in seminars, conferences and poster presentation. During this short duration of six years the department has made a wide collection of haematology, oncology and other histopathology slides for teaching purposes. A museum of gross specimen has also been established in the department to facilitate a better teaching way to the students.
The postgraduate students as apart of their first year curriculum are given topics for the seminars and various paper presentation. These are conducted in the department of Pathology. Some of the faculty members of our department are co-guide in the research work carried out by the postgraduate student. For facilitation of this research work and the thesis of the students the department is well equipped by the research equipments like the laminar flow, cold centrifuge and the electrophoresis equipments. These machinery not only improves the research work of the students but also helps the patients.
For the theory classes, well-equipped lecture theaters are available, mode of teaching being oral as well as audio-visual. In the theory classes all the students are made conversant with the subject topics. The students are made aware of the latest technique used in the field of Pathology. Separate practical classes are held for the General Pathology and Microbiology subject. In this, the students are made conversant with the common hematological, biochemical, histopathology & immunology test. The students have to perform all the tests individually and thus become well versed with the subject.
Adequate teaching material is provided in the form of all slides of tissue sections, and of various hematological lesions are available to the students. Gross specimens of the diseased organs are also made available for demonstration. Periodical tests are taken to assess the students. Review classes, seminars group discussion pertaining to the topics are held.
The Department is well equipped with separate laboratory for the students practical and for clinical investigations of the patients coming for the dental treatment. In clinical lab, for investigations of the patient all the routine test are done to support the dental clinic. Routine tests done are as follows:
The above mentioned routine investigations are done FREE OF COST for the patients, students & the college staff.
Research & Projects
The standard equipments required for the above investigations are available recently the department has started undertaking research work and quite a lot of data has been collected on Dental Fluorosis. The lab has also acquired instruments like cold centrifuge, laminar flow, electrophoreses etc. for both research & for postgraduate use.
S. K. Saxena, M. Singh, A. K. Pathak & Asha Mathur.
S. K. Saxena, M. Singh, A. K. Pathak & Asha Mathur.
Formerly Prof. & HOD Microbiology, KG Medical College, Lucknow.