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 12 02 Chapter 09 35 05 1 OC 2 RC 9 FDP 2 STC Immunology
Dr. Jyoti Joshi jyoti.joshi@ggdsd.ac.in 12 1 Chapter 07 19 02 FDP – 1 Parasitology, Immunology
Dr. Parul Dhar Parul.dhar@ggdsd.ac.in 09 02 Chapter 04 16 01 04FDP Vertebrate Pest Management(Rodents)
Dr. Indu Mehta acted as
  • Sub- Committee Member of Post Graduate Board of Studies in Chemistry (2018-19).
  • Member of the Faculty of Dairying, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture (2019- 21).
  • Elected member of the Undergraduate Board of Studies in Zoology (2019 –21).
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
  • Seminar on “Role of Biomarkers in risk prediction and progression of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) related Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)” was organized by Zoology Department, GGDSD College, Chandigarh on 30.01.20 in which, Dr. Jyotdeep Kaur, Professor, Biochemistry Department, PGIMER was key speaker.
  • Educational Trip to CRI, Kasauli was organized for B.Sc III (Medical) students on 13.02.2020
  • Zoology Department Organized a National Webinar on the theme’ Laboratory Safety Measures and SOPs during COVID 19’ in which Dr. Veena Bhalla, DAV College, Chandigarh, delivered a lecture on 20.07.2020. Around 93 participants got registered. The talk was also attended by the non-teaching staff of the college.
  • Zoology Department, organized an International Webinar on 19.1.21 on the theme “Virus – Host Interactions, Therapeutics and more” in which, Dr. ( Mrs ) KamanaMisra,President, Association for Women in Science New Jersey, USA and DrMatloob Husain is an Associate Professor of Virology (senior virologist) in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Otago , New Zealand were the resource persons and delivered lecture. Around 199 participants got registered. E-certificates were given to all the participants.
  • Zoology Department, organized a National Webinar on 7.5.2021 in which Dr. Ashish Arora, Senior Scientist, Biochemistry and Structural Biology, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow, delivered a lecture on ‘NMR Solution Structure of an Anti-Microbial Resistance Target: Peptidyl-tRNA Hydrolase. Around 118 participants got registered. E-certificates were given to all the participants.
  • Aristotle Club of the Department of Zoology, organized a counselling and mentoring webinar for the final year students on 28.5.2021 in which Ms. Krishika was the guest Speaker. Around 75 participants attended the session. E-certificates were given to all the participants.
  • Aristotle Club of the Department of Zoology, organized counselling and mentoring session-II for the final year students on 31.5.2021 in which Ms. Kirti was the guest speaker. Around 45 participants attended the session. E-certificates were given to all the participants.
  • Aristotle Club of Zoology Dept. Organized Online Quiz on “COVID-19” Department of Zoology organized an online intercollege quiz on the current issue “COVID-19” on 27th April, 2020
  • Zoology Dept. Organized Online Slogan Writing and Quiz Competition Department of Zoology organized an Online Slogan Writing and Quiz Competition on “World Biodiversity Day” i.e on 22. 05.2020.
  • Zoology Dept. Organized Online “Concept submission on Locust Attack in India” Competition : Department of Zoology organized an Online Competition on “Concept submission on Locust Attack in India” Competition on 06.06.2020
  • A poster making competition was organized by the Department of Zoology, GGDSD College, for the students of B. Sc 3rd year on 27th August, 2019 in the Zoology labs to make students aware and explore their innovative ideas on following topics:
  • 30 students participated in the event and the winners were Ms. Jeevika(first), Ms. Shweta (second), Ms. Simran Kaur Kang (third) and the consolation prize was of Mr. Kanwarpal Singh.
  • A visit to Govt. museum and Art Gallery, Sector: 10, Chandigarh was organized for the B.Sc II year students under the guidance of Dr. Indu Mehta on 13th Sep; 2019. Around 50 students visited different sections of museum which enhance educational awareness about fossils, Human evolution, and Mythological history. The group was accompanied by Dr. Parul and Dr. Sandaldeep.
  • DBT- CTEP Biotechnology Popularization Programme was organized in MCM DAV College, Sector; 36, Chandigarh on 18th September 2019. Around 14 students from GGDSD College attended the programme. A poster presentation competition was also organized in the respective event. Three students from B.Sc 3rd year _ Anchita, Jeevika and Jeevisha participated in the competition. Speakers from reputed institutions were invited to deliver lectures and making students aare about the scope and innovation in field of Biotechnology. The seminar gave a lot of exposure to the students regarding aspects of Biotechnology.
  • The department of Zoology, GGDSD College organized Quiz Competition for B.Sc Medical students on 13th November, 2019. The quiz was comprised of five rounds. All the participants participated enthusiastically. Abshishek, Uday and Maanas of ‘Team B’ bagged first position. The event was graced with the presence of Dean Sciences, Dr. Sajeev Soni. On this event Dr. Indu Mehta, Head of Zoology department was present along with her staff members.
  • With an objective to create awareness about drug abuse and its harmful effects a lecture on “SUBSTANCE ABUSE” was organized by the Department of Zoology, GGDSD College, Chandigarh on 19th of November, 2019. Mr. Manish, team leader TSU (Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh) was the invited speaker for the lecture. He discussed how slowly and steadily the menace of drug abuse is crushing our youth in its grip, making it one of the biggest challenges being faced by our society. The lecture was concluded by mentioning various preventive measures that can be taken by society to diminish this portentous problem. The function was also graced by Dean Sciences, Dr. Sajeev Soni and Head of Zoology Department, Dr. Indu Mehta. The lecture was very informative and interactive. </
  • A talk by Dr. Jyotdeep Kaur, Professor, Biochemistry Department, PGIMER on “Role of Biomarkers in risk prediction and progression of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) related Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)” was organized by Zoology Department, GGDSD College, Chandigarh on 30th Jan., 2020. Dr. Jyotdeep not only discussed about the depredation of HCC but also about the early diagnosis & identification of potential targets of therapeutic interventions through the aid of biomarkers. The lecture was very informative and enlightening.
  • The Department of Zoology has organized a one day educational cum excursion trip to CRI, Kasauli for B.Sc III (Medical) students on 13th Feb; 2020. Around 52 students along with the faculty members have visited different sections like vaccine manufacturing lab, antisera lab etc of the institute. Overall it was very informative and enjoyable trip for the students.
  • 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
  • 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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