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This microbiology unit of the Department of Biology had its inception in 1971 and grown as department of Agricultural Microbiology during 1979. Since inception the department is concentrating on teaching, research and extension activities. The priority research areas are biological nitrogen fixation, waste recycling, food microbiology, industrial microbiology, microbial genetics and mass production and quality control of bioinoculants. Master’s and doctoral programmes in Agricultural Microbiology was started in 1979 and so far 252 M.Sc.(Ag.) and 95 Ph.D. students had graduated. The faculty is well recognized in various national and international scientific bodies and findings were published and patented. The department was recognised as an Advanced centre in Agricultural Microbiology by UNDP/ FAO/ ICAR during 1979 to 1986 and 1995 till date.