DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY
0481 – 565235
The Department of Zoology was established in 1967. The Department remembers with deep gratitude the service rendered in different capacities by the retired faculty members. A glimpse on the achievements and activities of the Department is presenting here.
In 1993, the Department had the much coveted opportunity to host a Refresher course in ‘Environmental Biology’ assisted by UGC for the Zoology teachers under the M. G. University. Again we look back with pride at the occasions when we organized the Zoofest 2000, a one day workshop on Microbiology for college teachers in 2001 and ‘Zoosem 2003’ conducted under the auspicious of the Zoological Society of Kerala. The Department also organized a National Seminar on ‘Environmental Crisis Management and Sustainable Development’ sponsored by M. G. University in August 2006 and a Zoological Exhibition – Zooex-’07 in January 2007. In addition to these the Department conducted Animal Science Congress 2008 authorized by Zoological Society of Kerala and a 3-day workshop on restructured Syllabi for College teachers in July 2009 sponsored by MG University, Kottayam. A UGC sponsored ‘Recent Trends in Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics’ for College Teachers was conducted in August 2011. The Department also hosted CBCSS Zoology Curriculum Review Workshop for Zoology teachers in December 2011 which was sponsored by MG University. A National Seminar on the Trends in Biodiversity was also organized by the Department in March, 2017. The Department also got the privilege to host a P.G. Syllabi review workshop in January 2019.
The students have brought laurels to the department in the form of awards and recognitions, notably from 2016 onwards. In 2016, Aswathy Anilkumar secured 3rd position in the University for B.Sc. Zoology, followed by Anju Anna Alex (10th position) in 2017, Jithu Sunny (3rd), Ann Rachel Wilson (5th) and Sredha K.S. (6th) in 2018 and Raga Thankachan (2nd) in 2019. Three of our students, Jithu Sunny (2018), Nasrin Fathima (2019) and Abi Sebastian (2020) were selected for Summer Research Fellowship Programme (SRFP) and completed their internship in reputed institutes including IIT-M, HCU etc. Several accolades have also been won by the students in various arts and sports events. Many students have attended National and State level training camps as part of serving in NCC and NSS. The Department has also organized an inter-collegiate Fest, ‘Aswamedha’ in three consecutive years starting from 2017.
In 2019, the Department entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES), Kottayam. A Butterfly Garden has been set up in the campus by the Department as part of the MoU. The Department offers a Certificate Course ‘Skill Development Programme in Applied Zoology’ initiated in the year 2019.
The Alumni are a matter of Prestige for the Department as they shine in various professions within the country and abroad. Annual alumni meetings have been organized by the department during the years 2014 and 2015. Every year, starting from 2014, a scholarship in the name of Late Mr. P.P. Joseph (Rtd. Lab. Assistant) has been sponsored to a final year student on merit-cum-means basis. The Department has a well organized museum holding more than 400 preserved specimens and an excellent library for reference. The Department also has a well equipped Bioinformatics Lab, Microbiology lab and a General Lab.