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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

The Interdisciplinary Research Centre of Malankara Catholic College is a recognized research centre of the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (Ref: No. MSU/RES/REGN/R.C/RC: Syndicate Resolution No: 03 dated 14-08-2008). The IRC was inaugurated by His Beatitude Cardinal Moran Mor Baselious Cleemis, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Church on 20-09-2009. Fr. Baby Joseph CMI, Ph.D officiated as Professor and Director till October 2015.


Dr. A.P. Lipton,UGC Emeritus Professor (former Principal Scientist of ICAR) is functioning as the Director (Hon.) of IRC from December 2015 onwards.

Dr. Lipton is an expert in disease diagnosis and disease management in marine ornamental fish and shellfishes including shrimps and lobsters. Through his research guidance, so far 25 scholars have been awarded Ph. D in Microbiology / Marine Biotechnology / Mariculture, Fisheries - Oceanography and Biology-Microbiology integrated subjects. Many of them are employed as Scientists and faculty members of different colleges/Universities. He worked as the Professor& Head of the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University at Rajakkamangalam. He was a Biotechnology National Associate of the DBT, Govt. of India in 1993-1994 and DBT-overseas Associate in 1995. Recognized as a Visiting Faculty of the Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University, USA (1995). Former Chairman of Board of studies in Marine Biotechnology, Microbiology and Microbial Technology and Coastal Aquaculture of M.S University. Published more than 300 research/technical articles & abstracts, 3 books, 15 Manuals and 10 scientific DVDs. Worked as Scientist in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for more than 39 years.


  1. Natural Products and Drug discovery
  2. Marine Biotechnology /Marine Biomedicine
  3. Metagenomics
  4. Symbiotic Microbes
  5. Bacteriocins / Halocins
  6. Natural products against Biofouling /Biofilms
  7. Bioremediation
  8. Aquaculture
  9. Fish and Shellfish diseases and their management
  10. Conservation biology
  11. Biopesticidal management (IPM)
  12. Plant Tissue Culture

Guidance will be provided for M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D candidates in accomplishing their research projects/Dissertation work.


The Correspondent / Principal, Malankara Catholic College (MCC) (or)
Write to the Director (Hon.), IRC, MCC