Department of Zoology

The department of Zoology is a constituent entity of the faculty of Science,Islamia College of Science and Commerce. Since its inception in 1961 it has been the foremost centre of learning in all aspects of animal sciences ranging from evolutionary biology to nanobiology with many applied branches and skill development areas that play a crucial role in the scientific, social and economic development of a society. The department has been on the forefront in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and has produced renowned alumni in the field of academia, research, civil services, and entrepreneurship. Initial teaching efforts in the department were tailored to train students to obtain a BSC degree. In 2015, the department introduced semesterised and choice based credit system representing a wide spectrum of disciplines of Zoology and skill development in the areas of apiculture, sericulture, pisciculture, medical diagnostics, public health and hygiene and aquarium fish keeping. Subsequently a flagship programme offering three years undergraduate honours (six semesters), five years integrated (ten semesters) and two years post graduate programme (four semesters) in Zoology was launched in 2020. The department is run by efficient, competent and qualified teaching faculty supported by dedicated ancillary staff. The subject knowledge is imparted through lectures, tutorials, practicals, project work and student enrichment programmes (class seminars, group discussions, debates, quiz, zoological trips/study tours to biosphere reserves, national parks and sanctuaries) that makes the students proficient in animal experimentation and on spot understanding of animal life and behaviour which enhances their confidence to pursue higher and advanced courses in Zoology. The department honours the regular student feedback for course improvement and pedagogy.

To emerge as an excellent center of teaching-learning and research for delivering better educational services to the society.

1. To impart quality and value based education to the students for better career options.
2. To hone the innovative skills, competitive attitude and research aptitude of the students for a better success in academia and industry.
3. To inculcate amongst students discipline, morality, ethics and zeal for social service and national integration.
4. To overcome the challenges by making optimum use of our resources, strengths & opportunities to emerge as best educators, trainers & counsellors.

STRENGTHS
1. A well-spaced department towards south-east direction of the campus which gives it an added advantage of proper ventilation with scope of maintaining occupational and student health at an optimum.
2. Well-equipped student laboratories and a research laboratory with facilities for advanced research in animal science.
3. A well planned and elaborate museum with additional paraphernalia to meet the requirements of the practical components of the curriculum.
4. Fish pond for laboratory and experimental work in basic and applied zoology.
5. Departmental seminar library with a diverse collection of books catering to the teaching-learning needs of teachers and students.
6. Well qualified and experienced staff with international recognition in teaching and research.
Weakness
1. Space constraint for establishment of animal house for introduction of experimental and in-vivo research work.
2. Lack of documentation of local fauna.
3. Lack of expertise in animal identification and taxonomy studies.
Opportunities
1. Introduction of job oriented courses like aquaculture, apiculture, sericulture.
2. Faculty exchange programmes with other institutions within and outside the region.
3. Registration of faculty as supervisors for research programmes.
4. Funding to carry out minor and major research projects.
Challenges
1. Revise the curriculum as per local requirements, societal needs and global competencies.
2. Revisiting the pedagogy in view of the ICT revolution and smart learning.
3. Starting of basic courses in taxonomy and systematics to boost local faunal studies and establishment of database of regional biodiversity.
4. Introduction of undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and certificate courses in medical parasitology, human genetics, reproductive biology, wild life and environmental Zoology.

B. Sc.(Honor’s) Zoology
03 years (six semesters)
Intake capacity
Eighty (80)
Eligibility
Passed 10+2 with biology from a recognized Board with 50% marks for open merit and 45% marks for reserved categories.
Based on the merit (percentage) obtained in qualifying examination (10+2)
Integrated (B.Sc.-M.Sc.) Zoology
05 years (Ten semesters)
Intake capacity
Twenty(20)
Eligibility
Passed 10+2 with biology from a recognized Board with 50% marks for open merit and 45% marks for reserved categories.
Based on the merit (percentage) obtained in qualifying examination (10+2)
Integrated (B.Sc.-M.Sc.) Zoology
05 years (Ten semesters)
Intake Capacity
Twenty(20)
Eligibility
Passed 10+2 with biology from a recognized Board with 50% marks for open merit and 45% marks for reserved categories.
Based on the merit (percentage) obtained in qualifying examination (10+2)

Objectives
1. To impart inclusive and in-depth knowledge for comprehensive understanding of Zoology to aspirants for a bright & market oriented career.
2. To infuse comprehensive understanding & knowledge of diverse aspects of animal science.
3. To produce students with the knowledge and expertise to acquire a range of generic skills that are relevant to wage employment, self employment and entrepreneurship.
4. To acquire proficiency in techniques and methods of analysis appropriate to their areas of specialization.
5. To provide an opportunity to local students for pursuing higher studies.
Outcome
1. Will have obtained enough knowledge & skills to pursue higher studies for a better career in the field of academia, industry, civil services, forest services, fisheries, and public health.
2. Can immediately pursue bachelors course in education for immediate job opportunities.
3. Can pursue masters in Zoology and allied branches like Genetics, Human genetics, Biotechnology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology, Wild life biology, Environmental Sciences, Biostatistics, Mathematical Biology, Biophysics and Nano-biology.
4. After completion of the course, the students will have enough of the knowledge & skills to achieve a sustainable career in the field of academia & civil services.
5. Students can pursue masters in any field of life sciences after three years of stay including Zoology, Genetics, Human genetics, Biotechnology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology, Wild life biology, Environmental Sciences, Biostatistics, Mathematical Biology, Biophysics and Nano-biology.
6. On the whole a Degree in Zoology shall enable a student to become a multifaceted individual in the society and excel in his career in any of the fields with his determination and hard work.
7. At the end of this course, the students will have limitless career opportunities in revival of agro-based industries, medical laboratories, wild life rehabilitation centers, hatcheries, conservation agencies, museum services, environment consultancies and environment management sector.
8. The students can pursue career in civil and forest services.
9. Will be eligible for national level tests to pursue a career in teaching.
10. Will be able to pursue research degrees with fellowships & scholarships, develop careers as research scientists in R&D institutions and centers.

  1. M.Sc Zoology

    ZahidaMehraj
    Associate Professor ( HOD )

    Domain : Parasitology


  2. M.Sc Zoology

    Javaid Hussain
    Associate Professor

    Domain : zooplankton


  3. Ph.D

    SYEED A. UNTOO
    Associate Professor

    Domain : Animal Sciences


  4. M.Sc Zoology

    SAJAD SARVAR
    Assistant Professor

    Domain : ANIMAL DIVERSITY


  5. M.Sc Zoology

    MEHRAJ –UD-DIN GAGLOO
    Assistant Professor

    Domain : Limnological


  6. Ph.D

    Reyaz Ahmad Mir
    Assistant Professor

    Domain : Histopathological, Immunological and Biochemical studies

The department housed in a spacious area has the following physical infrastructure facilities in pace
A.Class rooms
The Department has three well illuminated and ventilated classrooms for effective teaching-learning processes. With traditional chalk & board facility, the classrooms are adequately planned for installing the multi-media projection facility in tune with the ICT based teaching-learning.
The department is in possession of sufficient teaching aids like LCD projectors, OHP, Digital presenter, Wall mount display screen, Computers and laptops, DVD player, Educational DVD’s and CD’s etc.
B.Research laboratory
For experimentation and research the department has a research laboratory equipped with high order infrastructure facilities like sophisticated microscopes, spectrophotometer, cooling centrifuge, laminar air flow, Autoclave, Oven, Microtome, Bio-incubator, digital image analyzer, camera lucida, electrophoretic apparatus, thermo-cycler (PCR), ELISA reader, Digital weighing balance, magnetic stirrer, digital pH meter, Clinical auto-analyzer, etc.) for carrying out basic, applied and innovative research in the field of animal sciences.
C.Student laboratories
i.Senior laboratory
The senior laboratory meant for carrying out laboratory work of 5th and 6th semester and PG students is equipped with the entire requisite physical infrastructure and important laboratory equipment’s duly adhering to the standard laboratory procedures.
like microscopes, high quality glassware, chemicals, reagents, etc.To mention a few are Dissection Microscopes, Compound Microscopes, Binocular Light Microscopes, Camera Lucida, pH Meter, Centrifuge, Spectrophotometer, Digital Weighing Balance etc.
ii. Juniour laboratory cum audio-visual room
The junior laboratory meant for the new entrants to the department is a spacious laboratory with an optimum bench facility and well maintained SOP’s to run the laboratory work including both wet and dry lab based exercises. Besides this room has been adequately planned and maintained to convert it into an AV room with all the requisite facilities to efficiently run the audio-visual facilities for the students.
D. Museum
The department has a 60X40 feet well planned and aerated museum with a diverse and rich collection of local and exotic fauna which is a great attraction for the students, teachers and the visitors to the college. Thousands of specimens in the form of stuffed animals, plasto-embedded specimens, alizarin preparations, models, charts, different embryonic stages of mammalian embryos (including human) for subject enrichment, phylogenetic research and type study. An aquarium with display of ornamental fishes adds to the charm of the museum.
E. Fish pond
A well maintained fish pond in the front lawn of the department is another unique attraction and caters to the needs of laboratory and research work related to different aspects of biology.
F. Teaching staff room
A big hall with all the basic facilities provides a suitable ambience to the teaching faculty of the department for healthy interactions about the emerging teaching learning pedagogy and to chalk out the departmental strategies for an effective functioning.
G. Non-teaching staff room
A separate room to house the non-teaching and supportive staff of the department has all the basic, typing, printing and copying facilities for a better support to the classrooms, laboratories and administrative matters of the department.
H. Store
Department has a store to keep all the extra materials including those of laboratories and classrooms in an organized and proper manner. The material is well protected in locked almirah’s and cabinets. AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS AVAILABLE IN THE DEPARTMENT
LCD Projectors: Two (02)
OHP: One (01)
Digital Presenter: One (01)
Computer System (Desktops): Two (02)
Laptop: One (01)
DVD Player: One (01)
Interactive Board: One (01)
Digital multifunction copier: One (01)
Video Camera: One (01)
Still Camera: Two (02)