About the University

Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune), one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. According to Times Higher Education World University Ranking Savitribai Phule Pune University has been ranked No. 2 among the universities in India. The university is NAAC re-accredited at A+ level and has status of University with Potential for excellence by UGC, India. It is also DST-PURSE sponsored University.

About the Department

Microbiology is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field with diverse avenues such as Bacteriology, Mycology, Molecular Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Microbial Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The Department of Microbiology was established in 1977. It is now widely recognized as a Centre of Excellence in Microbiology, both with respect to teaching and research. More than thousand students have completed their Masters’ program and more than 50 have completed the Doctoral program from the department. The alumni of the department occupy positions of great responsibilities in different institutions all over the world. The Department is dedicated to advance the cause of higher education and create a centre of academic excellence in the field of education and research in Microbiology. It also provides a sound academic background for overall development of personality for a successful career in the field of Life sciences. The Department has been providing an environment that fosters continuous improvement and innovation in the subject by inculcating required skills in students towards their self-development through its activities like contact group session, Saturday Meets, visits to research facilities and industries, Science Exhibition and public service programs. The Department, served by highly accomplished faculty and friendly administrative staff strives to nurture high moral values in students to live up to their civic responsibilities.

About the Conference

Some of the key important challenges that need to be addressed but is not restricted to are emerging antibiotic resistance, decreased crop yields, solid waste management, disposal or utilization of large amounts of agricultural waste, decreased soil fertility due to accumulation of heavy metals, pesticides and other recalcitrant compounds. The objective of this national conference is to invite established as well as enthusiastic entrepreneurs who have developed a technology to address the above mentioned challenges by using microbes or microbial products. Distinguished entrepreneurs will deliver key note talks during the conference to inspire budding entrepreneurs. Oral and poster presentations by postgraduate and doctoral students as well as young researchers having potential ideas for using microbial based solutions to develop new technologies will also enrich this scientific gathering.

Climate and Clothing

Climate in Pune during late January would be pleasant. Days would be warm with maximum temperature of about 28 degrees Celsius and nights would be cooler with a minimum temperature of about 10 degrees Celsius. Cottons during the day and light woollens during evening/night are recommended.