Department of Zoology:
The Department of Zoology was established in 1951 and offers B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. courses in Zoology. The founding Head of the Department, Prof. J. C. George (1951–1967), nurtured it as a teaching cum research institute. The Department has benefited from the expertise of numerous academics who excelled in both teaching and a range of research areas. Each of them put immense efforts toward building the academic temper of the Department and is reflected in the high academic turnover rate and successful alums.
The major areas for research in the Department include Animal Systematics, Ecology and Wildlife Biology, Insect Physiology, Neurobiology, Developmental biology, Mechanobiology, Toxicology, Wound repair and regeneration, Genomics and Systems biology, Chronobiology, Metabolic endocrinology, Nutrigenomics, and Cancer biology. In 1982, the Department received recognition in the form of UGC-DRS. It got upgraded to UGC-DSA in the year 1992 and continued till 2003. Infrastructure funding under the UGC-COSIST and DST-FIST Programmes strengthened the teaching and research activity. Under the UGC-BSR programme, the Department was also awarded a grant for infrastructure development. In addition, the faculty members received financial assistance from various funding organisations like the UGC, ICAR, ICMR, DST-SERB, DBT, MoES-OASTC, GSBTM, and GBB, among others.
It is a thriving and dynamic department that provides faculty and student members with a significant transformational role and offers to enable, empower, and motivate individuals to attain their goals. The Department fosters an environment of academic satisfaction among students and intellectual stimulation among staff members. There has been a persistent pattern of innovation in teaching. Frontier subjects are continually being added to the curriculum. Numerous curriculum revisions have been made to keep up with the subject's quick advancements, transforming it from the exam-based trend of student evaluation to regular seminars, field trips, institutional visits, project work and internship at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research students are urged to take part in national and international workshops and conferences with a global outlook to learn about the most recent research methodologies and paper-writing processes. The exploration of deeper facets of the subject is given priority, with the motto "Think globally, define regionally, and act locally."
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