Kalasalingam University (Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, KARE), was established as Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Engineering, in 1984 by the untiring efforts of philanthropist, Mr. T. Kalasalingam. The institution offers undergraduate, Masters’ and doctoral programs in various disciplines of Engineering,  Technology, Sciences and Humanities. The university also offers a special undergraduate program for students impaired in speech and hearing, which is unique. The institution is accredited by NAAC with an “A” grade. Six of the UG programs are accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

The university campus is situated at Krishnankoil, near  Srivilliputhur, an ancient town of religious significance. The university has many centers of excellence for research, including n-CARDMATH, Centre for Biotechnology and Center for Composite Materials. The International Research Center houses state-of-the-art equipment such as Scanning Electron Microscope, EDX, X-ray diffractometer, AAS and FT-IR. The university has signed MoUs with a number of universities worldwide for research collaborations and for faculty and student exchange programs.


Srivilliputtur, an ancient town of religious significance is the birth place of two of the twelve vaishnavite saints Periyazhvar and Andal. The town is famous for Andal Temple and is one of the 108 Divya Desams. Madavar Vilagam Vaidyanathar temple, enshrining a six feet high monolithic image of Nataraja, is another prominent temple in the town. The popular landmark of Srivilliputhur is 192 feet, 11-tiered temple tower which is the official symbol of the Government of Tamilnadu. Other religious places nearby include, Thiruvannamalai (5 km) Kattalagar Koil (9 km) and Sathuragiri Hills famous for rare medicinal plants.  The forest also has a rich variety of orchids and ferns. Shenbaga Thoppu forest (8 km) has a wildlife sanctuary which is home to the endangered Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Ratufa macrora. The sanctuary also hosts birds, mammals, reptiles and butterflies. Pilavakkal is a dam is one of the picnic spots of Srivilliputhur.  Pennington Public Library, established in 1875, is one of the oldest privately run public libraries in India. Srivilliputhur is known for a milk sweet called as Srivilliputhur Palkova.

The Department of Biotechnology offers B.Tech., M.Tech. and PhD programs in Biotechnology. The B.Tech. (Biotechnology) program is accredited by NBA. The department  has independent teaching and research laboratories, equipped with state-of-art equipment to train students and to do research in various disciplines of modern biology. The department has well qualified faculty members who are well funded for their research by various funding agencies.

Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists is one of the representative voluntary organizations of Microbiologists of basic and applied aspects, which looks after the interest of many eminent microbiologists, students and the wellbeing of the society. Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists was formed in the year 2000 under Tamil Nadu Society’s Registration Act 1975, under the leadership of Prof Dr. P. Rajendran. As an organization, it has continued to play an important role in its deliberations to help in R&D in the field of Microbiology. So far it has proudly hosted sixteen National Conferences in various parts of South India. Today it stands as a well-established Association which organizes periodic meetings, symposia, workshops and special lectures by eminent scientists world over.

IAAM Life Membership

Those who wish to apply for IAAM Life Membership are requested to submit the application form along with DD for Rs. 2000 to the Treasurer, IAAM.

IAAM Office Bearers

Dr Usha Anand Rao

Dr. N. Arunagirnathan

Dr Latha Sriram
Joint Secretary

Dr S. Anbalagan

IAAM Executive Committee

  • Dr. R Balagurunathan, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Microbiology, Periyar University, Salem.
  • Dr. Joseph C. Daniel, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Microbiology St. Joseph’s College, Cuddalore
  • Dr. A. Michael, Asst. Prof. & Head, Dept. of Microbiology, PSG College, Coimbatore.
  • Dr. A.K. Kathiresan, Associate Prof., Dept. of Microbiology, Vel’s University, Chennai.
  • Dr. Wilson Aruni, Associate Research Prof., School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, USA.
  • Dr. R. Rajan, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Microbiology, Mohamed Sathak’s College, Chennai.
  • Dr. K. Kavitha, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Microbiology, Madras Christian College, Chennai.
  • Dr. A. Vidhya, Head, Dept. of Microbiology, DKM College for Women, Vellore.
  • Dr. P. Sumithira, Head, Dept. of Microbiology, Dr. MGR Janaki college of Art & Science, Chennai.
  • Dr. S.S. Sudha, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Microbiology, Dr. NGP Arts & Science College, Coimbatore.
  • Dr. B.M. Kanthesh, Asst. Prof., Division of Molecular Biology, JSS AHER, Mysuru.

Microbiology is a wide-spread discipline covering the biology of a vast network of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. In recent years our knowledge on how microbes function has expanded vastly at a molecular level. There are tremendous progress in areas of  agriculture and food production, vaccines and microbial genomics. Recent studies on microbiota of human at various body sites particularly in the gut are leading to the greater understanding of the influence of microorganisms and the way they affect the host.  Composition of microbiome are demonstrated to be associated with non-infectious diseases including autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes etc.

This conference will bring in experts in microbiology from both academia and industry, from India and abroad.  The meeting will update current knowledge on various processes involving microorganisms and their impact on human welfare and will provide a platform for sharing and gaining insights into recent innovations in microbiology and allied fields.

The Conference includes the following thrust areas

  • Role of microbes in Agriculture and Environment
  • Food and Industrial Microbiology
  • Microbiota in human health and diseases
  • Microbial Genomics and Computational techniques in genome analysis
  • Microbial Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Therapeutic Microbial metabolites
  • Designing of newer drugs and vaccines