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In 1969 as Zoology Department of the then Raiganj College (University College) with the approval of the Executive Council, University of North Bengal. The Department of Zoology is one of the oldest Departments of the Raiganj University with a  commitment towards developing as a 'Center of Learning' in the Northern part of West Bengal. The Department had started its journey from 1969 as undergraduate Department of the then Raiganj College (University College).The Department took a giant leap in starting Zoology Honours course in 1980 with Dr. Phanindra Kumar Mandal,  Head of the Department and Sri. Ratul Sinha, both were lecturers. Dr.Sudhamoy Deb Mallick and Dr. Debes Chandra Deb, the two senor lecturers at that time were on study leave under the FIP of the UGC, shouldered the responsibility subsequently.

 

 

Since the beginning of Honours course, the Department earned the distinction of producing hundred percent First class Honours graduates in first two successive years and very commendable number  of meritorious students in the subsequent years. Quite a good number of these students are in high administrative services and high academic positions.

 

 

 The history of the Department was later augmented by philanthropic contributions of a galaxy of teachers and scientists. From the very inception, and subsequent up-gradation of Raiganj College (University College) to Raiganj University, the Department functions under Raiganj University with enthusiastic Zeal, committed Zenith and purposeful Zimmer  ensuring good academic opportunity to the students. In consonance to the tradition and also to enrich the rich long-established hierarchy, presently, all of the motivated teaching faculty members and supporting staff are engaged to promulgate 'new-thoughts' to the 'Zoology-family'.  Apart from undergraduate and post graduate courses, the Department has been carrying out  M.Phil and Ph.D programmes science the introduction of Raiganj University

 

 

The Department has highly competent and efficient faculty members with expertise knowledge in teaching and research covering various thrust areas. Recurrent participation of the faculty members in seminars, workshops and conferences give necessary acutance to them to disseminate   new 'thoughts' and 'knowledge'. Diverse model systems used for research and also class teaching provide new arena of the 'thought'. Effective teaching-learning process and hands on training with an emphasis on need-based learning enriches the joyful learning . Intermittent interaction of the students with the faculty of other University/Laboratory and Eminent scientists endure  systematic learning.

 

 

In addition to academic activities, the Department also arranges seminars and invited lectures by eminent Zoologists recurrently through the Departmental platform “Zoology Club”. The Department organizes seminar presentations and scientific model competition by the students to impart subject knowledge and cognitive skills. Extra-curricular like quiz competitions, poster presentation, theme based painting, debates, educational tours etc. are also organized to develop scientific temperament and side by side disposition of the same among themselves.

 

 

Semester based assessment system with the introduction of 'new time-fitted programmes and updated Syllabi enriches both theoretical and practical aspects. Recurrent revision of CBCS syllabi in consultation with various stakeholders and introduction of innovative soft skill development mechanism as a part of quality improvement programme invigorate the process. Inclusion of projects  and short field training programmes as the part of curriculum add new dimension.

Vision of the Department:

 

  • ● To acquire fundamental knowledge about biological world in order to make planet Earth more habitable, knowledge about the use of natural resources by human for designing suitable program against the warning of the negative environmental consequences.
  • ● To develop a centre for both training and research in the field of Zoology and allied sciences with special attention to judicious exploration of local resources.
  • ● To understand zoology holistically by “redefining Zoology” to the students so that they develop interest in the subject.
  • ● To develop research programmes that has relevance to the society and employability, i.e., 'Laboratory to Land' programme.
  • ● To impart 'quality education' in Zoology to the students for introduction of current practices of earning livelihood representing rural and economically weaker sections of people.
  • ● To provide a platform to the students to exhibit their talents and creativity.

 

Mission of the Department:

 

  • ● To provide inexpensive educational services, motivate to all the segments of the society to get acquainted with biological sciences especially with animal sciences.
  • ● To develop research aptitude and a scientific advancement in modern tool and techniques.
  • ● To inculcate' high values' through, 'free-thinking'educational platform and also to provide podium to have 'non-formal' educational services.
  • ● To bring about consciousness about nature and biodiversity and assist to solve diverse issues to create sound and peaceful environment and life for community and society.
  • ● To provide a broad range of 'transformed society'through the empowerment of youth.
  • ● To reinvent ourselves in response to the changing demands of society with high moral values as a good citizen.
Level & Nature of the ProgramsDegrees Approved/Offered
BachelorsB.Sc.(H)-Zoology
B.Sc.(H)-Zoology
(Evening/ Self Financed)
Masters (Taught)M.Sc.(H)-Zoology
Masters (Research)MPhil- Zoology
DoctoralPh.D.(Science)- Zoology

Head of the Department discuss regularly with the faculty members regarding the progress of syllabus.  By conducting internal assessment test regularly the 'structure' are assessed.  Feedback from faculty members and also from the resource persons is taken to resolve the difficulties ,if any, when dealing with the syllabus.

 

Objective of the UG Programme: The undergraduate programme aims at culminating scholarly and collective experience to the heterogeneous students representing mostly from the rural area. The programme also acquaints the students with basic knowledge of all the streams of animal science. In view with the program's objectives, the Department offers six student learning motto collectively:

 

Upshot 1 : An ability to identify, prepare, and understand fundamental biological factors by applying basic principles of biological sciences.

 

Upshot 2 : An ability to apply fundamental biological knowledge to get solutions that meet particular needs with contemplation of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic issues.

 

Upshot 3 : An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about the social awareness mostly related to environment.

 

Upshot 4 : An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities and also to make proper judgments. Such assessment will help a student to sustain  in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

 

Upshot 5 : An ability to act efficiently on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a reciprocal and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

 

Upshot 6 : An ability to build up and perform appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use biological understanding to draw effective conclusions.

 

Upshot 7 : An ability to obtain and apply new knowledge as needed, applying suitable learning strategies.

Under graduate students are expected to prepare project paper in the semester with the assistance of the faculty members. Field based training also helps the students to have direct knowledge about environment related issues.

 

Objective of the PG Programme: The Master of Zoology programme, which requires a culminating scholarly experience is appropriate for aspirant students who are willing to get animal sciences as intention for their life. However, students are encouraged to pursue the Master of Zoology as the degree most likely to enhance their career options. Out of that, many students continue study in research and get admission in M.Phil and Doctoral level programmes.

In order to keep up the  objectives of the programmes, the Department offers six motto learning programme collectively:

 

Upshot 1: Students will be able to plot, demonstrate, analyze, and interpret data for a biological observation especially in the arena of Zoology.

 

Upshot 2: Students will exhibit aptitude in the analysis and critique of scholarly work in their area of expertise in biological sciences.

 

Upshot 3: Students will generate the ability of innovative thinking and also develop the skills that are essential to write a project or research paper.

 

Upshot 4: Students will evaluate and demonstrate understanding of main theories and or issues in Zoological science broadly.

 

Upshot 5: Students will develop the skill to address their research finding clearly and effectively to the audiences.

 

Upshot 6: Students will comprehend the ethical principles of Biological sciences effectively.

PG students are required to prepare a project/dissertation paper in the final semester. Most students work closely under the supervision of the faculty member of the particular elective paper who is engaged in experimentation. Apart from syllabus, students take part in different extra and co-curriculum activities such as cultural programmes, debate competitions,  quiz competitions.

Grossly, students of both UG and PG levels are encouraged to prepare skits to be enacted to nearby population community for increasing their awareness towards social, environmental and health problems.

Specialization of the UG Program (if any): 

 

Broadly Aquarium Fish Keeping and Sericulture as skill enhancement course(SEC). SECs ensure the development of skill of the students to the particular topic that is economically viable. On the other hand, Endocrinology, Wildlife Conservation and Management and Parasitology are offered as discipline specific elective (DSE).

The Department strives continuously to improve its curriculum by using performance criteria of the student depending on periodic assessment of the students. There is also periodic assessment to evaluate the skill development among the students. Such assessment improve upon its curriculum and thus ensure that it is meeting the needs of its students.

Specialization of PG Programme: 

Presently, there are five elective papers each with two theoretical papers and one practical paper

Immunology: (i) Cellular and Molecular Immunology and Clinical and (ii) Applied Immunology)

Ecology:   two papers encompassing basic and applied topics

Entomology: (i) Insect Physiology and Biochemistry & Industrial Entomology and (ii) Insect Pests and Management

Endocrinology: Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology

Fisheries and Aquaculture: (i) Applied Ichthyology and Aquaculture and (ii) Fish Technology and Management

Future Program Planning (if any):

  • ● To apply for research projects to competent authority mostly related to Zoological science  and Conservation Biology.
  • ● To establish a training centre in order to develop awareness mostly among the farmers about Low Input Sustainable Agriculture (LISA) to avoid  toxic chemical input in agricultural field.
  • ● To Enlist regional biota as a part of People Biodiversity Registrar.
  • ● To develop an interdisciplinary centre on part with National and International research institutions.
  • ● To initiate a proactive and collaborative approach to augment the Departmental activity
  • ● To start a short term skill oriented certificate course

The Department has following facilities for its students, researchers and teachers---

Library: 

Apart from central library, Departmental library as the 'two-track' library system, offers opportunity to the teachers and the students to have the important books ready handed. The Department library is one of the oldest libraries among the science Departments. The Library has an admirable resource. It offers a agreeable and silence study space with plenty of natural light. The Library is equipped with about 70 quantity text books in hard binding and maintains about 150 e-books. The library has two PCs for use by the students with printing and scanning accessories. The library collections also include about two hundred project papers/summary report/review papers covering the extent of zoology teaching and research. Such documents are useful during writing  project, a postgraduate thesis or a research paper. All regular students of the Department are eligible to borrow books for reading room.

Furniture: 

The department is equipped with wooden furniture for the keeping  the equipments, glassware and chemicals. There are also wall- mounted almirahs to keep the museum specimens. The class rooms and practical rooms are furnished with wooden benches and tables. Steel almirahs to keep the documents are there. Both the theoretical and practical rooms have sitting wooden chairs and stool for the students. Wooden drawers for the students are available to keep the documents/materials in practical room. Wall-mounted projector system is present in smart class room.

 

Computer and Internet facility:

 

Apart from the computers for the Office and the faculty members of Zoology, there is an additional arrangement of computer with printing facility for the students.

 

There are a total number 07 areas identified as class rooms; out of which  01 class rooms with ICT facility, 02 Students’ laboratories, 02  extended laboratories, 01  Research laboratory and  01 computer  room. Places to take theoretical classes are there.

 

The Zoology-laboratory is equipped with instruments like Compound Microscopes, Dissecting Microscopes, Ovens, Incubators, Refrigerators, Fridge, Binoculars, Water baths, BOD incubator, Laminar air flow, Centrifuge Hot plates etc. Zoological museum with enriched collection evokes interests among the students and also to enthusiastic visitors. The Department has very rich collection of rare specimens. Educational charts, diagrams, practical of instruments related to syllabus are displayed to enhance learning potential of the students. Various academic co-curricular activities are conducted throughout the year to develop environmental awareness and also to motivate them to work independently for round development.

The Department encompasses a wide range of research areas encircling broadly the 'diversity' of animal life. The unifying theme is nothing but 'evolution', the solitary process that triggers all of the diversity of life. Research in the Department of Zoology is broadly based around the basic themes, which span all levels of the study of animal life, from cellular and molecular biology to whole organism topics in behavioural ecology and conservation. The themes of research are

 

  • ● Anatomy or morphology; 
  • ● Biochemistry and molecular biology;
  • ● Cell biology;
  • ● Developmental studies (embryology);
  • ● Ecology and ethology;
  • ● Evolution and genetics;
  • ● Physiology; immunology;
  • ● Endocrinology & reproductive biology,
  • ● Hydrobiology,
  • ● Classicalentomology,
  • ● Insect pest management,
  • ● Systematic  and region based IPM strategies.

 

Thrust area of Research in the Departments/ Programmes:

 

Researches in a number of areas are going on in the department to unravel the mystery of natural science giving due importance on inter-disciplinary approach—

 

  • ● Characterization, Documentation, Ecological settings and systematization of local faunal diversity with an emphasis on their economic utility and ecological significance
  • ● Assessment on Meta-community  in relation to zooplankton and avian diversity.
  • ● Experimentation on Limnology, Hydrobiology, Aquatic Toxicology and Aquaculture   related matter.                                 
  • ● Strategies to conserve regionally threatened organisms either by in-situor ex-situ conservation after modulating their behavioural activity.
  • ● Improvement of the existing strategy for the bio-prospecting of regional animal resources for production of commercial product.
  • ● Eco-toxicological screening of aquatic systems using fish and zooplankton as indicator.
  • ● Community structure and interactions of zooplankton population in relation to trophic status of limnetic systems - Impact of predation, competition, relative abundance, community structure, community composition in relation to resource utilization, cross compared between trophic systems.
  • ● Analysis of key ecosystem services and biodiversity components in socio-ecological platform of the Northern parts of West Bengal especially the Testa-Terai
  • ● Research on inflammatory and degenerative diseases in view of inflammation and degeneration, using in vitroand in vivo approaches will be designed in future. Drug discovery studies will be designed in future using natural products and their extracts, using stem cells, using a novel technology of antibody therapy, and also using probiotics organisms.
  • ● Exploration of bioactive compounds of the potential regional plants to study the relative anti-oxi-flammatory activities.
  • ● Characterization of 'model organisms' and ecosystems to narrate gradient of ecological disturbance due to urbanization.
  • ● Insect-plant interaction in relation to the agricultural landscape of West Bengal. Assessment of periodicity of field insect pests aiming to design insect pest forecasting equation. Furthermore the importance of crop phenology and biochemistry on insect pest incidence is given importance.

Faculty & Staff with CV - Click Here

Name

Qualification

(D.Sc./D.Lit/Ph.D/M.Phil)

DesignationSpecialization
Dr.Kaushik ChakrabortyM.Sc.,B.Ed,Ph.DProfessor and HeadEntomology
Dr.Amal BhattacharyaM.Sc.,Ph.DAssociate professorEcology
Sri.Partha Sarathi NandiM.Sc.Assistant ProfessorEntomology
Sri.Vivek RoyM.Sc, B.EdAssistant ProfessorEndocrinology
Sri Tapan SarkarM.Sc, B.Ed, M.PhilAssistant ProfessorImmunology
Dr. Debashri MondalM.Sc, B.Ed, Ph.DAssistant ProfessorFisheries

Specialization of the Research Programs (if any):  Immunology, Ecology, Entomology, Endocrinology, Fisheries and Aquaculture

 

Number of M.Phil. Candidate Received their Degrees:

 

Name of the Candidate: Swarnali Nag

 

Title of the M.Phil Thesis: Observation on the Population Status, Ecology and Behaviour of Migratory Birds at Raiganj Wild life Sanctuary, West Bengal, India with suggestive Conservation Measures. (2019)

 

Name of the Candidate: Priyanka Mishra

 

Title of the M.Phil Thesis: Physio-Chemical and Biological analysis of soil of Raiganj Wild life Sanctuary (2019).

 

Name of the Candidate: Papi Nandi

 

Title of the M.Phil Thesis: Avian faunal diversity at Kaliaganj, Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal (2020).

 

Number of Ph.D. Candidate their Degrees (if any)

 

(Name of the Candidate with Title of the Thesis and Year of Award)

Name of the Candidate:                               Nil

Title of the Ph.D Thesis:                             Nil

Number of M.Phil. Candidate Registered (if any) (from 2015)

(Only Name and Research Area)

 

Name of the Candidate:    Manasi Sarkar

Research Area:   Hydrobiology

 

Number of Ph.D. Candidate Registered (if any) (from 2015)

Registration of 4 candidates are under process

Number of Journal Paper Published (from 2015 to 2020):

Dr.Amal Bhattacharya M.Sc.,Ph.D 07

Dr.Kaushik Chakraborty M.Sc. B.Ed.,Ph.D 10

Sri.Partha Sarathi Nandi ,M.Sc 12

Dr. Debashri Mondal, M.Sc,B.Ed., Ph.D 04

Sri Tapan Sarkar, M.Sc, B.Ed., M.Phil 03

Sri.Vivek Roy, M.Sc ,B.Ed 01

Number of Conference full Paper Published (from 2015 to 2020):

Dr.Amal Bhattacharya M.Sc.,Ph.D              00

Dr.Kaushik Chakraborty M.Sc.,B.Ed, Ph.D              00

Sri.Partha Sarathi Nandi ,M.Sc 00

Dr. Debashri Mondal, M.Sc,B.Ed., Ph.D 00

Sri Tapan Sarkar, M.Sc, B.Ed, M.Phil 00

Sri.Vivek Roy, M.Sc,B.Ed 01

Number of Book Chapter Published (from 2015 to 2020):

Dr.Amal Bhattacharya M.Sc.,Ph.D             02 (ongoing)

Dr.Kaushik Chakraborty M.Sc. Ph.D             00

Sri.Partha Sarathi Nandi ,M.Sc 01

Dr. Debashri Mondal, M.Sc,B.Ed., Ph.D 02

Sri Tapan Sarkar, M.Sc 03

Sri.Vivek Roy, M.Sc 03

Number of Book Published (from 2015 to 2020):

Dr.Amal Bhattacharya M.Sc.,Ph.D 00

Dr.Kaushik Chakraborty M.Sc. Ph.D 00

Sri.Partha Sarathi Nandi ,M.Sc 00

Dr. Debashri Mondal, M.Sc,Ph.D 01

Sri Tapan Sarkar, M.Sc, B.Ed, M.Phil 03

Sri.Vivek Roy, M.Sc, B.Ed 00

Please Refer CV for the further details

  1. As a part of field survey, the Department has gathered good number of sample zoological specimens.
  2. A good number of ex-students from the Department are working in reputed institutions world-wide rendering services to the society.  Some of them are placed in research laboratories and are also attached to noble teaching profession .
  3. Enlisting the major birds of Uttar Dinajpur District, West Bengal with an attempt to understand the important avian fauna is under progress.
  4. The study of animal diversity as paramount importance, assessment of soil-biota primarily of different areas of the district of Uttar Dinajpur is going on successfully.
  5. Social awareness programmes like Malaria Day, World Environment Day, World Diabetics Day, World Aids Day are being observed by campaigning, street corner meeting, popular lectures  and also by arranging  seminars.
  6. Periodic campaigns are arranged among farmers to reduce the application of insecticides in the agricultural fields aiming at sustainable agro-production.
  7. Effective effort has been taken to update the knowledge level of fisherman and also to inform them about the newly introduced fishing gears in order to economize fish production.
  8. The students have opportunity for recurrent interaction with the invited faculty members from both  National and International levels, so that they can develop the talent to understand, preserve and to do research on the field of science with an interdisciplinary approach.

In  2015: 

  • ● Hands on training for UG students on laboratory safety and security.
  • ● Field based training to assess the avian diversity in the adjoining areas of Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur

In 2016:

Field based training to assess the avian diversity and hydro-biological parameters at the adjacent region of Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur.

Filed based training to assess the soil-micro arthropod population in Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur and its adjacent locations.

In 2017:

Arrangement of an interactive talk on 14th November,2017 on the occasion of World Diabetic Day.

Observation of International AIDS Day on 1st december,2017

National Seminar on 'Recent Trends in Life Sciences', on 26th February in order to provide an interactive platform for the students with the scientists.

In 2018:

Arrangement of special talk by Prof.Ashis Kumar Panigrahi, Professor, Department of Zoology, Kalyani University on  the 'Importance of limnological parameters for fish farming.

Hands on tainting on the assessment of micro-organisms in forest floor.  

In 2019:

Arrangement of Interactive talk by Prof.Sudip Barat (Retd.), Professor, Department of Zoology, North Bengal University on the topic entitled importance of limnological parameters for fish farming.

Arrangement of special lecture by Prof. Jaydeb Pal (Retd.), Professor, Department of Zoology, North Bengal University on  the topic entitled biodiversity and sustainability for better livelihood.

In 2020:

Arrangement of an special interactive session on hydro-biological quality assessment on 14.02.2020 in the presence of Prof. Sudipta Kumar Sil, professor ,Department of Botany,University of Gour Banga, Malda,West Bengal

Arrangement of an interactive webinar on 14th November,2020, the 'World Diabetes Day'.

Observation of International AIDS Day on 1st December,2020

Department of Zoology

1st Floor,

Rear of Main Building Complex

Raiganj University

West Bengal-733 134, India

 

Email:

Departmental:

Head: kaushik_apdcollege@rediffmail.com (Dr. Kaushik Chakraborty)