JAMMU: The government is considering introduction of microbiology subject at higher secondary level, however, the introduction of the subject (Microbiology) as undergraduate course depends upon availability of faculty and infrastructure in the government degree colleges, this was stated by Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in the Legislative Assemblyon Thursday. Replying to a question by Javid Hussain Baigh, the minister said that universities of Kashmir and Jammu offer Microbiology as post-graduate course, while SMVDU, IUST and BGSBU have not started such courses as yet. He said the scope of microbiology was vast in multiple fields and that Applied Microbiology dealt with the application of micro-organisms which had scope in Industries, biotechnology, agriculture sector, pharmacy, food and dairy processing, water supply and bioremediation, etc., an official handout read. Replying to a separate question by legislator Rajiv Sharma, the minister said against 54 sanctioned posts of teaching and non-teaching staff Degree College Akhnoor had 43 in place and 11 were vacant. He said “The vacant posts have already been referred to the concerned recruitment agencies and will be filled after the selections are made.” He further said that college had adequate infrastructure to cater to the present needs, it read. Responding to another part of the question, the minister said that the posts of Lecturers and assistant professors in higher education department were being filled by the PSC under set norms. “However, the department is meeting the dearth through academic arrangement engagements from time to time,” he added.