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About Department


Postgraduate Department of Zoology

Overview

The Department of Biology came into existence in the year 1953 with 2 faculty members, one in Botany and the other in Zoology. It was bifurcated into Botany and Zoology departments in 1967. Prof. A. M. Joseph became the Head of the Department of Zoology in the same year.
B.Sc. Zoology was started in the year 1982, with ‘Applied Zoology’ as elective subject. M. Sc. Zoology was introduced in 2001 with ‘Environmental Science’ as special paper. The Department handles subsidiary Zoology of B.Sc. Botany Main since 1967.
The Department has at present eight faculty members and two lab assistants.
 
Goals and Objectives
 
The Department tries to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the college and also focuses on the following special departmental objectives:
♦Provide quality education in natural science
♦Inculcate the spirit of resource conservation and love for nature
♦Motivate students for self employment in applied branches of Zoology
♦Equip the students for higher education
♦Impart value based education and make them members of civil society and provide opportunities for professional and personal development through curricular and co- curricular activities
♦Conduct field studies - document biodiversity, water quality, soil profile etc. through student projects and faculty research, and
♦Provide consultancy and organize extension activities
 
Programmes Offered
 
1. B.Sc. Zoology
    Sanctioned strength-32
    Zoology Core, Chemistry and Botany Complimentary and
    Zoology (Comp.) of Botany core.
2. M.Sc. Zoology
    Sanctioned strength-12
    Specialization-Environmental Science
 
Infrastructure
 
Department has a total area of 361 sq.m, three laboratories (B.Sc. Lab, M.Sc.Lab.I&2) Museum, Fish pond, Vermi-compost unit, Aquaria, Specimen storage tanks, Bird cage, Water filter, Camera, Binoculars, Display Boards, OHP and Slide Projector. Other facilities are: - Three computers, Telephone, Broad band Internet connection and a Book Bank.
Instruments such as - Autoclave, Thermostat, Incubator, Camera Lucida , Centrifuge , Colorimeter , Kymograph  Electrophoresis Unit, Electronic Balance, Conductivity Meter, pH meter, Microtome, Binocular microscopes, Compound microscopes, GPS etc. are available in the department for the smooth conduct of both UG and PG Practical and Project work.
Computers in the Dept. and Computer lab. of the Commerce Dept are utilized for PG Practical and computer training for students. Statistical Packages like Minitab and EstimateS are also available.
 
Library
 
Books and journals are available from the central library and from book bank in the department. ‘Lib soft’- software programme is installed in the department. There are about1600 books available in the subject in general library and more than 516 books in the Departmental Book Bank. We have 13 Journals and 8 Periodicals in the subject. CDs on Genetics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Human Genome Project and Wildlife are available. Audio-visual technology and ICT are available for class room transactions.
The Department also maintains a ‘Green Corner” for providing environmental related reading materials to the students.
 
Museum
 
Good collections of specimens (more than 600 numbers) are kept in the museum, which are well preserved. A reference collection on the fish fauna of Muvattupuzha river is in progress as part of student project. Moth fauna of Muvattupuzha area is collected and preserved as an exhibit. The Dept. has plans to expand the museum in the near future.
 
Faculty
 
Former Faculty Members
Sl. No.     Name /Qualification              Period of Service
1.              Prof.  Abraham P. Jacob  M.Sc.                                   1953 - 1957
2.              Prof.  Ouseph V. M.  M.Sc.                                          1956 - 1967
3.              Prof. Joseph A. M. M.Sc.                                             1967 - 1989
4.             Prof. Emmanuel K. K. M.Sc.                                       1966 - 1997
5.              Prof.Cheriachan George M.Sc.                                    1967 - 1998
6.              Prof.Joseph K. C. M.Sc.                                               1998 - 2002
7.              Prof. Pennamma N.U. M.Sc.                                        1979 - 2008
8.              Prof  . Rose Mary Mathew M.Sc.                                 1981 - 2009
9               Dr.Shaju Thomas M.Sc.,Ph.D.                                     1983-2014
10             Dr.Sasikala K.Joseph   M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.                1984-2014
11             Prof.Laly Mathew                                                             1983-2015
Present Faculty Profile
Sl.No
Name
Post Held
Qualifications
Teaching Experience
Subject Engaged
Expertise
 
            1 Prof. P.C. Mary
Head,
Associate
Professor
M.Sc., M.Phil29Embryology, EvolutionMicro biology, Animal diversity
2
Prof. Dilmol Varghese
Associate ProfessorM.Sc., M.Phil26AnimalDiversity, Applied Zoology, BiostatisticsBiostatistics, Ecology
 
3
Prof. Jisha Jacob
Assistant Professor
M. Sc. NET.
4
Physiology, Biochemistry
 
Physiology, Animal diversity
4
Dr. Gigi K Joseph
Assistant Professor
M. Sc. Ph. D.
5
Microbiology, Cell Biology, Environmental Biology
 
Instrumentation, Field biology

5

 

6

 

 

 

7

Dr. Ani Kurian

 

Ms.Ambily Elizabeth George

 

 

Dr.Vinod K.V.

 

Assistant Professor

 

Assistant Professor

 

 

Assistant Professor

 

M. Sc. Ph. D.

 

 

M.Sc.,NET

 

 

M.Sc.,Ph.D.

13

  

 

1

 

 

1

Bioinformatics

  

 

Genetics,Evolution

 

 

Immunology,Physiology

Biotechnology, Microbiology

 

Genetics,Taxonomy

 

 

 

Taxonomy,physiology

 
 
Admission Process
 
Admission is based on merit and statutory reservations as per university rules and guidelines. The applicants and the students admitted are mainly from rural areas and majority are girls.
 
Curriculum
 
Board of Studies of the University design the curriculum for UG and PG courses. PG course was restructured into Semester pattern in 2001and the UG Programme now follows Choice Based Credit and Semester System (CBCSS), which was introduced in the year 2009-10.
 
Curriculum implementation
 
For proper implementation of the curriculum a Year planner is prepared. Every teacher prepares his/her teaching plan. There is monthly staff meeting for programme evaluation. Periodical student evaluation through test papers, seminars and question -answer sessions, continuous evaluation of lab performance and practical, field study, project works etc are also in practice.
 
Teaching-Learning Process
 
It is, time bound, based on teaching plan and involves all modern tools and techniques in transaction.
 
Teaching innovations
 
A post admission test is conducted for the first year degree students, which help to identify their standards. Teaching is made more learner centered and teaching innovations are in practice. Remedial classes are arranged for slow learners, and advanced learners are given special guidance for excellence.
Following are some of the innovations in teaching practiced in the Department :Peer teaching, Field study and research institution visit, Group Discussions, Practical demonstration using CDs, Subject based quiz, student seminars, continuous evaluation for the practical and lab performances, Preparation of study materials by students (Maps, charts etc) Question bank, Group activity and project works, Net based assignments, Experimental learning.
 
Academic support for students
 
Special coaching for advanced learners. Remedial classes for weaker students. Seminars and workshops in modern topics by experts. Academic counseling available to all students. Support for progression, career and placement are also provided.
In addition, the Dept. provides financial support to the neediest students by an in-house mechanism.
 
Tutorial system
 
Efficient tutorial system is functioning in the Department. Each tutor will have students from UG and PG class under his/her tutor ship. Tutors keep the Teachers diary and bio-data register of the students. The tutor personally cares and shares the academic and other problems of the student and gives guidance and counseling. A central counseling cell is functioning in the college and if necessary the students are directed to the professional counselors. The former Head of the Department Prof. K.C.Joseph is a professional counselor who visits the department on request.
Evaluation- of the students is done as per University guidelines and by independent in-house mechanisms. Student evaluation of teachers is also practiced for improving standards.
Results-Maintains consistently good results with 100% pass in several years for both UG and PG programmes, and University Ranks occasionally.