Science is the systematic classification of experience-George Henry Lewes (1817-78).

Department of Microbiology of B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad is a multidisciplinary unit consisting of Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Serology, Parasitology section etc.  The laboratory facilities include state of the art FACSCalibur for Flow Cytometry System, BACT/ALERT, PCR and conventional microbiological tools for diagnostic services and research activities. The Department actively participates in the infection control programme of Civil Hospital Ahmedabad. Teaching is an integral part of the departmental academicactivity.  The department imparts the knowledge to the undergraduate students about the infectious diseases in terms of their etiology, pathogenesis, and laboratory diagnosis in order to efficiently treat, prevent and control the disease. Post Graduate courses are conducted for award of M.D. and PhD degree in microbiology.


  • To develop competencies, pertaining to medical and diagnostic Microbiology that required to be practiced in health care delivery system.
  • Establish and practice “laboratory medicine” for diagnosis of infectious diseases in hospitals and community in the field of bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology, serology and mycology.
  • Update with the recent advances in the field of medical microbiology and apply this knowledge in understanding etiopathogenesis and diagnosis of the diseases caused by microorganisms.
  • Carry out basic or applied research in the branches of medicines involving microbiological work including epidemiology.
  • Undertake teaching assignments in the subject of Microbiology for medical and paramedical fraternity.
  • Strengthen the epidemiological surveillance network across the state in collaboration with Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat.
  • To implement various national health programme.


Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

Man has evolved, so also the microbes. The diseases that were caused by infectious agents were firmly established in the 19th century and that founded the discipline of microbiology. Knowledge on microbiology changed the world and helped human progress in many means. The medical microbiology is a branch ofmedicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. In addition, this field of science studies of various microbes for the improvement of health. The communication between the microbiology laboratory and clinicians remains the most important aspect of patient care. For a medical undergraduate student, sound knowledge of the subject with an understanding of the principles and their application in clinical context is crucial. We try and help students learn important concepts of microbiology in patient care setting.

I wish you all to put your best efforts in learning microbiology and applying it synergistically to provide optimal care to patients.




For -IPD services- Microbiology Department, 2nd Floor B.J. Medical College, Civil Hospital Campus, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

For OPD Services-Room number 68, OPD Building, Civil Hospital Campus, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.


For –Inservice Patient Services-IPD - 9:00 A.M. To 5.00 P.M. Monday to Friday and Saturday 9:00 A.M. To 1.00 P.M.

Out Patient Department Services-OPD -9:00 A.M. To 5.00 P.M. Monday to Friday and Saturday 9:00 A.M. To 1.00 P.M.

After routine hours, Emergency Services are provided at Emergency Laboratory, in Trauma Centre, Ground Floor, Civil Hospital Campus.

Sections of Microbiology Department:

  • Bacteriology laboratory
  • Virology laboratory
  • Immunology laboratory
  • Parasitology laboratory
  • Tuberculosis laboratory
  • Mycology laboratory
  • OPD Microbiology laboratory
  • Research laboratory
  • HIV Testing laboratory
  • ICTC Center
  • Emergency Microbiology laboratory
  • Sterilization Room
  • Decontamination Room
  • Practical Class
  • Museum
  • Seminar Room
  • Demonstration Room

Microbiology Department- List of Diagnostic Services Offered






Bacteriology laboratory

Culture and sensitivity of various specimens, Gram stain, ZN stain , Albert Stain, Culture for OT surveillance


Virology laboratory

Dengue , Chikungunya & Leptospira IgM antibody estimation, H1N1 antigen Detection By rRTPCR ,


Immunology laboratory

HBsAg Detection, Anti HBc IgM Antibody, HBe antigen Detection, S.WIDAL, R.P.R ,ASO, CRP RA Test , HAV,HCV ,HEV IgM antibody Detection, TORCH( Toxoplasma, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus & Herpes Simplex virus) & CD4 Cell Count for HIV positive patients.


Parasitology laboratory

Stool Examination for Parasites & Stain


Mycology laboratory

Fungal Culture, Cryptococcal antigen detection.


OPD Microbiology Laboratory

Peripheral Smear for Detection of Malarial Parasite, HIV antibody Testing, HBsAg Detection, S.WIDAL, R.P.R ,ASO, CRP & RA Test


Research laboratory

Polio Virus Isolation- Culture and ITD ,Measles & Rubella IgM antibody estimation


HIV testing laboratory

HIV antibody testing, State Reference Center for HIV –II infection, EQAS Center - For ICTCs & Blood Banks



Emergency laboratory

HIV antibody testing, HBsAg Detection, Peripheral Smear for Detection of Malarial Parasite, Culture and sensitivity of various specimens, Gram stain, ZN stain , Albert Stain, Parasitological Examination, Culture for OT surveillance, Stool For Microscopy- Vibrio Cholerae






























Excellent undergraduate, postgraduate and paramedical teaching by audio-visual aids, departmental library, and very good museum with catalogues, models, charts.

  •  Teaching
  • MBBS
  • Postgraduates
  • PhD Microbiology
  • BSc Nursing
  • MLT
  • Physiotherapy
  • Seminar club/ Journal club
  • Research projects

Participation in

  • Investigation and diagnosis of Epidemics/Outbreaks
  • Infection Control Programme of hospital
  • Quality Assurance Programme
  • Internal Quality Control
  • Interlaboratory Quality Assurance:
  • Ahmedabad Interlaboratory Comparison Group (AILC) – Quality Assurance Forum, Ahmedabad
  • External quality assurance scheme
  • HIV & CD4 testing –National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) Pune
  • Microbiology & serology-Indian Association of Medical Microbiologist (IAMM)- Chennai

Advanced Technologies

  • Flow Cytometry-CD4 testing
  • Molecular Diagnostics for viral diseases- H1N1* flu and Dengue Testing

*First in Gujarat to establish the facilities for molecular testing of H1N1 flu during H1N1 flu pandemic.

State Reference Laboratory for

  • HIV testing
  • Dengue and Chikungunya testing
  • Diagnosis of diseases under Integrated Disease Surveillance Project-IDSP
  • Measles Project

National Programmes

Ø National Polio Surveillance Project Under Global Polio Eradication Project-Intensified Phase

Ø National AIDS Control Programme- -ICTC, ART Center, Sentinel Surveillance

Ø National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme

  • Dengue
  • Chickungunya
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Filaria

Achievements of Department -

  • National Accreditation for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) -Department of Science and Technology , India – Accreditation for various Microbiology and Serological tests
  • WHO Accreditation-Polio laboratory -One of the seven National laboratories accredited by WHO, National Polio Surveillance Project Under Global Polio Eradication Project-Intensified Phase.
  • First in Gujarat to establish the diagnostic facilities in Microbiology Department for the H1N1 flu testing by rRT PCR Method, serving the whole state of Gujarat during the H1N1 pandemic.
  • State Reference laboratory for HIV 2 testing



A course of lectures, demonstrations and practical in microbiology taught over period of three semesters (18 months).

               Teaching Learning Methods:

  • Structured interactive sessions
  • Small group discussion
  • Practical including demonstrations
  • Problem based exercises
  • Clinical case studies
  • MCQs

             Learning Resource Materials :

Ø Text books recommended

  • Textbook of Microbiology by Anantnarayan & Panikar
  • Textbook of Microbiology by Chakraborty
  • Textbook of Microbiology by D R Arora
  • Textbook of Microbiology by C P Baveja
  • Textbook of Parasitology by Chatterjee
  • Textbook of Parasitology by D R Arora
  • Textbook of Parasitology by R Bhatia & R L Ichpujani
  • Textbook of Microbiology by Jawetz Reference books

 Practical journals


Theory and Practical and Tutorials

II/I Term

  • General Microbiology
  • Immunology

II/II Term

  • Systemic Bacteriology


  • Mycology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • Recent advances

Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technicians-DMLT, Second year Bachelor of Science BSC-Nursing curriculum, Physiotherapy, Microbiology, curriculum

Theory and Practical

  • General Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Systemic Bacteriology
  • Mycology
  • Virology
  • Parasitology
  • nfection Control
  • Hospital Waste Management
  • Recent advances


Scheme of Internal Examination Marks:

Theory Practical

1st internal examination 4  2

2nd internal examination 4  2

Preliminary test 8  4

Day to day evaluation 4  2

Total 20  10

External-University examination scheme:


Paper Distribution:

Paper 1: General Microbiology, Systemic Bacteriology& Immunology

Paper 2: Parasitology, Mycology & Virology

Duration: 2 hours

Structure Of Question Paper :

Paper 1 & 2 Marks

Q.1 Write notes on Any 2 out of 3  2 x 5 = 10 marks

Q.2 Write short notes on Any 3 out of 4  3 x 4 = 12 marks

Q.3 Write short notes on Any 3 out of 4  3 x 4 = 12 marks

Q.4 Write brief answers Any 6 out of 8  1 x 6 = 6 marks

Marks distribution:

Paper 1 40 marks

Paper 2 80 marks

Internal assessment 10 marks

Total 100 marks

Practical Marks Distribution:

Oral viva 20 marks

Exercise 20 marks

(Staining and Stool Examination)

Internal assessment 10 marks

Total 50 marks



  • Professor & Head
  • Dr. M.M.Vegad
  •   Professors:
  • Dr Navin I Shah
  • Dr. Pranay K Shah
  • Dr. Neeta K Khandelwal
  • Associate Professors:
  • Dr. K. J. Patel
  • Dr. Minesh Vadasmiya
  • Dr. Sumeeta Soni
  •  Assistant Professors:
  • Dr. Praveg Gupta
  • Dr. Manisha Patankar
  • Dr. Rajesh Katara
  • Dr. Disha Patel
  • Dr. Hasumati Solanki
  •  Tutors:
  • Dr. Deepa Kinariwala
  • Dr. Ekta Gosaliya
  • Dr. Piyush Panchal
  • Dr. Viral Shah
  • Dr. Rinku Parmar
  • Dr. Piyush Patel


  • Lab. Technicians- 33
  • Lab. Assistant- 19
  • Counsellors- 02
  • Clerk- 01