Environmental Microbiology

About Department

Started as Innovative Programme with M.Sc.in Environmental Microbiology under Department of Environmental Sciences in the Session 2007-2008 it was sanctioned as independent department by UGC in 2010 under the School for Environmental Sciences. The department also started PhD programme in Environmental Microbiology from 2011. Three new PG courses were started under Innovative and Contemporary programs in the Department from the session 2013. At present there are two associate professors, three assistant professors and six guest faculty in the Department with diverse area of specializations.

Objectives Of The Department

  • Teaching and research in diverse branches of Environmental Microbiology, particularly covering the contemporary global issues
  • Promote R&D activities in the emerging areas of Environmental Microbiology in national and international scenario
  • Community service and awareness programs related to microbiology
  • Creation of Center for Microbiological Techniques so as to develop skilled manpower in the diverse branches of microbiology (proposal has been submitted in KUSHAL scheme of MHRD)

Vision and Mission

The focus of the Department is to combat the diverse problems of the environment as microbes can provide sustainable solutions to several of them. The vision of the Department is:

  • Development of Centre for Excellence to apply microbes for sustaining the environment by utilizing green and low input biotechnology
  • Establishment of a nodal national center for Microbial Diversity and Bioremediation
  • Provide solutions to industries in relation to environmental problems and remediation of ecosystems
  • Develop trained and skilled manpower according to the needs of industry and society
  • Development of sustainable techniques and approaches in the field of environmental and agriculture microbiology for a better and sustainable future

Major and Minor Facilities

  • Phase contrast microscope (01)
  • Bioreactor (01)
  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (02)
  • High speed centrifuge (01)
  • Milli-Pore water assembly (01)
  • Gel Documentation system (01)
  • PCR (2)
  • Multi parameter machine (01)
  • pH Meter (02)
  • Centrifuge (05)
  • Distillation Unit (02)
  • Laminar Flow (06)
  • BOD Incubator (03)
  • Autoclave (06)
  • Sonicator (01)
  • Deep Freezer (-20°) (01)
  • Hot Air Oven (05)
  • Weighing Balance (04)
  • Compound Microscopes (08)
  • Microwave oven (01)
  • Overhead projector (01)
  • Rotatory shaker (02)
  • Electrophoresis units with power supply (04)
  • Refrigerators (10)
Course Name M.Sc. (Environmental Microbiology)
Intake 40

Course Name M.Sc. (Food Microbiology and Toxicology)
Intake 20

Course Name M.Sc. (Industrial Microbiology)
Intake 20

Course Name M. Sc.(Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)
Intake 20

Course Name Ph.D(Enviornmental Microbiology)
Intake As per Ph.D. Ordinance

Prof. Ram Chandra
Professor & Dean

Environmental Microbiology Bioremediation and Metagenomics Biodegradation and their Environmental Effect of Distillery and Pulp Paper Mill Effluent Environmental Biotechnology Environmental Impact Assessment

Qualification:M. Sc. , Ph. D.
Teaching Experience:15 Years
Research Experience:27 Years
:9450652324 :prof.chandrabbau@gmail.com
Dr. Pankaj Kumar Arora
Assistant Professor

Editorial Board Member: Scientific Reports, Frontiers in Microbiology (Associate Editor), PLOS ONE

Qualification:Ph.D (Environmental Microbiology)
Teaching Experience:03 Years
Research Experience:11 Years
: :arora484@gmail.com
Dr. Harish Chandra
Assistant Professor

Immunotoxicology; Immunoproteomics of microbial pathogens; Environmental Microbiology, Novel Drug Targets/ Vaccine Development; DC-T cell Interaction; Host-Pathogen Interaction; Microbiome/Metagenomics

Qualification: M.Sc, PGD, Ph.D
Teaching Experience & Research Experience:14 Years
:+91-7701848635 : chandrhh@gmail.com


Dr Naveen Kumar Arora received "Young Achiever Award" for significant contribution in the field of Agricultural Microbiology by the Asian PGPR Society in national workshop on 'Advances in PGPR Research' held on 7th to 8th October, 2014, at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

Dr Naveen Kumar Arora and Dr Jay Shankar Singh were awarded by honorable Governor of Uttar Pradesh for high impact research work in 2014.

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Departmental Achievements:

Department has been sanctioned DST-FIST Program (2014)


Title of project

Principal Investigator

Funding Agency

Total Cost

Field scale demonstration of pulp paper mill effluent detoxification after secondary treatment by combination of biostimulation and constructed wetland treatment process

 Dr Ram Chandra

DST, Govt. of India

Rs. 53.00 Lakhs

Screening of sewage pollution in Ganga water and assessment of its impact on ground water along the path of river flow in Kanpur

Dr  Naveen Kumar Arora



Rs 10.00 lakhs


“PCR mediated detection of methane-oxidizing bacterial diversity from dry tropical forest soils”

Dr Jay Shankar


UGC, New Delhi


Rs. 6.00 Lakhs



Characterization of the recalcitrant organic pollutants (ROPs) and bacterial communities in tannery wastewater (TWW) after secondary treatment process and it’s toxicological effects in environment

Dr Ram Naresh Bhargava

DST, Govt. of India

Rs. 50.00 Lakhs


Microbial Biodiversity and Pollution Monitoring through indicator bacteria of Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh

Dr V S Baghel


Rs. 9.00 Lakhs



Research Papers (2013-14)

  1. Tewari S, Arora NK 2014. Ameliorating the growth of sunflower using stress-tolerant Pseudomonas aeruginosa PF23. Climate Change Environ. Sustain. 2(2): 116-121.


  1. Tewari S, Arora NK 2014. Talc based EPS formulation enhancing growth and production of Hellianthusannuus under saline conditions. Cell. Mol. Biol.60 (5): 67-75


  1. Arora NK, Tewari S, Singh R 2014 Comparative study of different carriers inoculated with nodule forming and free living plant growth promoting bacteria suitable for sustainable agriculture. J. Pharma. ChemBiolSci 2(2):143-149


  1. Tewari S and Arora N K. 2014 Multifunctional exopolysacccharides from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PF23 involved in plant growth stimulation, biocontrol and stress amelioration in sunflower under stress conditions. Current Microbiology69(4), 484-494.


  1. Singh S, Gupta G, Khare E, Behal K K and Arora N K. 2014. Effect of enrichment material on the shelf life and field efficiency of bioformulation of Rhizobium sp. And P-solubilizing Pseudomonas fluorescens. Science Research Reporter 4(1), 44-50.


  1. Singh R., Arora NK, Gautam P, Lal S. 2013.Enhancement of plant growth of Trigonellafoenum-graecumby Coinculation of fluorescent Pseudomonas and Rhizobium for the sustainability of agriculture. Asian J Plant Sci and Res 3(3):74-79.


  1. Khare E., Chopra J., Arora N.K. 2013. Screening for MCL-PHA-Producing Fluorescent Pseudomonads and Comparison of MCL-PHA Production Under Iso-osmotic Conditions Induced by PEG and NaCl.Current Microbiology 68: 4, pp 457-462


  1. Arora N.K., Tewari S., Singh S. and Srivastava N. 2013. Analysis of water quality parameters of river Ganga during MahaKumbha, Hardwar, India. Journal of Environmental Biology, 34, 799-803.



Book Published (2013-14)

1.      Arora NK. 2013. Splendid Wilds……..safari through Corbett. Shree Publisher, New Delhi, ISBN: 978-81-8329-507-9

2.      Arora NK. 2013. Plant Microbe Symbiosis: Fundamentals and Advances, Springer. ISBN 978-81-322-1286-7

3.      Arora NK. 2014. Plant Microbe Symbiosis: Applied Facets, Springer. ISBN 978-81-322-2067-1

4.      Arora NK, Mehnaz S, Balestrini R 2015 Bioformulations: for sustainable agriculture (In Press)

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