Department of Zoology

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department enrolled its first batch of students in the year 1979, in Pre-Medical course. The B.Sc (General) course was started in the year 1986. The subject of Zoology, which was always a favorite with the students, got a boost with the introduction of Biotechnology Programme in1994 under the U.G.C vocationalisation scheme as the students found natural link between the two. Having established itself academically as a front ranking Science education college under Panjab University, it was time for consolidation. This started with the creation of first rate physical infrastructure, when the faculty shifted to the new Science Block in 2004. The New Labs are more than equipped to meet all the practical requirements of B.Sc degree classes. The Department is in a continuous process of growth and improvement with augmentation of Skeletons, Charts, Models, Aquaria (Fresh water and Marine) and Museum samples. Further expansion and up- gradation which is a continuous process is facilitated by grants from UGC (under BSR-CPE), DBT (under star college scheme), DST (under Fist) etc.

Courses Offered

At present, we offer only B.Sc. (General) programme where in the students can choose from any of the following:

  • Zoology, Chemistry & Botany
  • Zoology, Chemistry & Biotechnology
  • Zoology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Zoology, Chemistry & Industrial Chemistry
  • Zoology, Chemistry & Industrial Microbiology
Course offered
COURSES OFFERED Duration Seats Academic Qualification Mode of admission
B.Sc (Medical ) 3 Years 150 10+2 Merit Basis
FACULTY
Name & Email No. of Publications with ISSN number No. of Books with ISBN number Oral/
poster present-
ation
Conferences/
seminar
attended
Workshop attended Refresher/
Orientation courses /FDP attended
Area of Specialization
Dr.Indu Mehta
indu.mehta@ggdsd.ac.in
13 08 35 04

1 OC
2 RC
5 FDP

Immunology
Dr. Sonika Kapoor
sonika.kapoor@ggdsd.ac.in
08 11 17 06 Physiology
Dr. Preeti Kalia
preeti.kalia@ggdsd.ac.in
13 14 16 06 Applied Entomology
Dr. Jamuna Negi
jamuna.negi@ggdsd.ac.in
3 2 08 02 Entomology
List of Ongoing/Completed Research Projects By the Faculty
Name of the PI/ Co-PI Title of the Project Duration Funding Agency
Dr. (Mrs)Indu Mehta
PI
To explore the potential of Endomycopsis capsularis for industrial application 03 years UGC
Infrastructure
Detail of Laboratories Total Number
Working Laboratories 02
Zoology Museum 01
HOD Cabin 01
Store 01
EQUIPMENTS
  • Refrigerator
  • Water Bath
  • Centrifuge
  • Electric Balance
  • Simple Balance
  • Microtome Machine
  • Student Microscope
  • Stereoscopic Microscope
  • Research Microscope
  • Binocular Microscope (Small)
  • Binocular Microscope (Big)
  • Dissection Microscope
  • Aquarium (Fresh Water)
  • Aquarium (Marine Water)
  • Sphygmomanometer (BP Apparatus)
  • Air Conditioner (Samsung)
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Incubator
  • Bio Fermenter
  • L.E.D, T.V. and C.D Player
  • Desktops with Printers
  • Power Point Projector
  • Stethoscope
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Laminar Flow Hood
  • Colorimeter
  • pH metere
  • Magnetic Stirrer
  • Vortex Mixer
  • Gel Electrophoresis (Vertical)
  • Water purification system
  • Over Head Projector
  • Stethoscope
  • Wall Clock
  • Hot Plate
  • Autoclave
  • Trinocular Microscope
  • A poster making competition was held on 12 th Sept., 2017 with themes: ( i) Waste to Wealth (ii) Colors in Zoology ( iii) Parental care vi) Earth Optimism.
  • A visit to Science Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh was organized on 7 th Nov., 2017 to get an insight of extinct Reptiles; Dinosaurs, various types of rocks, minerals, fossils and human evolution. A group of around 35 students accompanied by Dr. Sangeeta Pandit, Dr. Sonika Kapoor and Dr. Preeti Kalia visited the museum.
EDUCATIONAL STUDY TRIP
  • A study tour to ZSI, Solan and DMRC, Solan was conducted on 15th of Sept., 2016.It turned out to be a very enriching and enjoyable experience with an informative presentation on Fauna of the Trans- Himalyan region, in particular, regarding lepidoptera by Dr. Avtar Kaur, Scientist D, ZSI, Solan.
OTHER ACTIVITIES
  • A poster making competition was held on 3rd Sept., 2016 with themes: ( i) Bird migration, (ii) Evolution of parental care, and ( iii) Evolution of social behaviour.
  • A workshop on Ecology: Conservation of biodiversity was held on 29 January 2016.
EDUCATIONAL STUDY TRIP
  • Education Trip was organized to ‘Evolution of Man and the Dinosaurs of India section’ of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, on 7 November 2015 for the students of B.Sc I.
  • Visit was organized to SAIF (Sophisticated and Advanced Instrument Facility), PU, to explain the working of Electron microscopy along with a lecture for the students of B.Sc III on 8 February 2016.
  • An Educational Trip was organized to Central Research Institute, Kasauli for the students of B.Sc III on 20 February 2016.

In celebration of Wetland Day an invited talk on “Decline in number of house sparrows: An indicator of continuous degradation of the environment” was delivered on 1 February 2014 by Dr. Ravneet Kaur, P.U.,Chandigarh

OTHER ACTIVITIES
  • Students actively participated in the Poster making competition which was organized in the department on the topic of “Climate Change” on 30 January 2016.
  • A workshop on Ecology: Conservation of biodiversity was held on 29 January 2016.
EDUCATIONAL STUDY TRIP
  • An Educational Trip to Panjab University was organized by the Department of Zoology on 16.09.2014. A group of around 20 Students were accompanied by Dr(Mrs)Indu Mehta and Mr Khema Ram. The students first visited SAIF (Sophisticated and Advanced Instrument Facility), PU, where they were given demonstration of Electron Microscope (SEM and TEM). After that students went to Anthropology Department, where they saw various models of Human Evolution, Life, Ornaments, Utensils, Clothes of the past. Students got a very good idea about the Evolution of Man. It was quite interesting and informative.
Other Activities
  • A poster making competition was held in the department on the topic “Curbing of tobacco epidemic in India” on 17 September 2014.Around 50 students from B.Sc I, B.Sc II, B.Sc III participated in the competition.
EDUCATIONAL STUDY TRIP
  • One day educational trip to Science Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh. A group of around 30 students accompanied by Dr. (Mrs.) Sangeeta Pandit, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Mehta and Ms. Taniya Das visited Science Museum, to get an insight of extinct Reptiles; Dinosaurs, various types of rocks, minerals, fossils and human evolution. It was quite informative and enjoyable trip.
  • Another One day visit was organized to, Ropar Wetland and Bhakra Nangal Dam to study exotic migratory birds. It was a one day trip, students got a chance to see many species of migratory birds and explore nature. Students also went to see Viraasat-e- Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib on 21 January 2014.
INVITED LECTURE

In celebration of Wetland Day an invited talk on “Decline in number of house sparrows: An indicator of continuous degradation of the environment” was delivered on 1 February 2014 by Dr. Ravneet Kaur, P.U.,Chandigarh

Other Activities
  • Slogan writing on the topic “Conservation of Biodiversity and “Bio sciences in the service of humanity” and an Essay writing competition on the topic “Evolution: The key to survival” were held in the Dept. on 21 January and 22 January 2014 resp
  • Students of our department participated in poster making competition to celebrate “Sparrow Awareness Day” on 20 March 2014 held at P.G.I Auditorium.
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