Zoology

The Department of Zoology was established in 1963 with a limited number of Faculty and facilities. During the last 50 years, the Department has made all round progress and acquired a position among the leading departments of GU and other Universities of India. We offer specializations in several major disciplines of Zoology (e.g. Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Entomology, Fish and Fishery Biology, Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology) and also offer MSc in Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology. It has contributed immensely for the development of Zoological studies in the North Eastern Region of India. This Department is recognized by the NAAC peer team as one of the best science departments of the University. This Department has been selected as FIST sponsored Department under DST (Govt. of India), Ministry of Science & Technology for building up the infrastructure for postgraduate teaching and research. The UGC has supported the department with the SAP programme since 2002.

The MSc syllabus of the Department is based on the UGC National Curriculum and it is regularly revised and updated to incorporate recent developments. So far, about 1543 students have been awarded MSc degree. Further, during the last 50 years, PhD and MPhil degrees have been awarded to approximately 300 and 50 scholars, respectively. On average 3 to 4 research students qualify NET/SLET and GATE each year. A large number of its students are holding, besides government jobs, important faculty positions in the different Colleges of the region, Universities and Research Institutions of the N.E. region and other parts of the country. Department also have Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility (BIF) Sponsored by: Department of Biotechnology (Govt of India) engaged in various research activities and every year studentship and trainee fellowship are awarded for few students.

The department also run a society "Zoological Society of Assam", which coordinates seminar organizes inter-departmental Quiz competition, debates/discussion and field trip etc. They also promote public awareness by celebrating the 'World Environment Day" and "World Forest Day" etc. The Department has selected “Aquaculture and Biodiversity” as its major thrust area for research having special relevance to the North Eastern India. Based on the overall academic and research contributions, the Department was sanctioned DRS project by the UGC (New Delhi) in 2002 under “Special Assistance Programme” The Department successfully completed the first and the second phase of the DRS project from 2002 -2012 on October 2000. The Department was sanctioned the third phase of DRS in 2015 for another five years. It is important to mention that the Department has received a grant of rupees twenty lakhs from the National Fishery Development Board Hyderabad last year for further development of infra-structural facilities in in aquaculture and biodiversity centre of the department about 25 research sponsored by UGC, CSIR, ICAR, DST, DoEn, DBt , ASTEC, DRDO and NHPC have already been completed. These projects have a direct relevance to the socio-economic development of the N.E. region.

The faculty of the Department of Zoology is working in collaboration with National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, National Research Center for Cold Water Fisheries, Zoological Survey of India, several Indian Universities and outside the country such as King's College London and Brunel University. In recognition of the distinguished academic and research contributions, most of the faculty members have been awarded prestigious national and international fellowships/awards (e.g. Lever Hume Trust, Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, UGC post doctoral research awards). The faculty members have been attending various international and national conferences/ seminars/ symposia etc., in which they have chaired several scientific sessions. The department has so far organized many national symposia, Workshop, regional seminar etc. The faculty has published over 550 research papers in reputed national and international journals, edited books, manuals and monographs. The department publishes one peer reviewed journal “Tropical Zoology” every year.

Aquaculture and Biodiversity Centre

Zoology department have established one Aquaculture and Biodiversity centre to execute all the components of the objectives of UGC funded scheme Special Assistance programme under DRS (I & II) from 2002 -2012. The earlier site was allocated by University authority in the vicinity of 37 national highways with an area of about 20 acres of natural swampy land. However, due to conversion of 4 lanes high way of the 37 national highway University authorities have handed over the land to National Highway Authority and again reallocated about 16 acres of land in the heart of the main campus for construction of facilities & infrastructure in accordance with the objectives of both the thrust area.

The new campus have well protected boundary wall and approach road. A total of 09 pond (5 rearing pond and 4 Nursery pond) have been constructed. Two natural swampy areas are also kept inside the campus of the centre for rearing and culture of air breathing fishes. The centre has already procured facilities like Integrated Ornamental Fish farming Unit (already stocked 70 indigenous ornamental fish of N.E. Region) Hatcheries (Carp and Air breathing fishes), hatchling rearing unit, Office etc. Laboratory will also be constructed within the campus. The department has devoted full effort to achieve centre of excellence in Aquaculture and biodiversity with well defined Vision and Mission.

Our Vision

  • To develop technology in sustainable bio-resources utilization and conservation.
  • To promote applied research in the field of Aquaculture for developing sustainable and diversified freshwater aquaculture practices to enhance productivity and income
  • To adopt new approaches & scientific measures for the conservation of biological diversity and bio resources of NE India.


Our Mission

  • To select certain commercially important species available in N.E. India as candidate species of Culture Fisheries and Aquarium.
  • To improve brood stock management techniques in ongoing fish breeding research to generate commercially desirable traits in fish.
  • To develop molecular marker for genetic traits of economically important fishes, edible insect and other vertebrates in collaboration with advance institute of International and national repute. Blending of traditional knowledge with contemporary sciences on use of the flora and fauna to ensure the economic development while taking care of prosperity of the region.
  • To make an inventory of the components of biological diversity for conservation and sustainable utilization.
  • To build farmers' capacity for breeding and production of table fish using agriculture/aquaculture integrated systems. To equip trainees with basic aqua business skills for profitable and sustainable commercial management of fish farming enterprises.

 

Our Achievements

  • UGC has upgraded ongoing Special Assistance Programme of the department from DRS-II to DRS -III (2014-2019) with Aquaculture and Biodiversity as thrust area.
  • National Fish Development Board, Hyderabad has sponsored one Integrated Ornamental Fish farming Unit to the centre.
  • The centre has set up Fish Microbiology Laboratory for identification, Isolation and Characterisation of Bacterial Pathogen of Freshwater Fishes.
  • Plantation of Aquaculture & Biodiversity Centre has already been initiated.
  • Sponsored Training progamme for the benefit of rural stake holders has already initiated


 

Goals

In accordance with Vision & Mission of the Centre, following components will be carried out in 2015 to 2020

  • (a) Development of captive breeding and larval rearing protocol of Gudusia Chapra, Channa barca, Amblypharyngodon mola and Puntius sarana as candidates species in polyculture system.
  • (b) Improvement of Brood stock management, breeding and larval rearing techniques of Labeo bata and Labeo gonius.
  • (c) Hands on Training on quality fish seed production, improved larval rearing techniques of Air breathing fishes viz: Clarius magur, Anabus testudineus to rural beneficiaries and students.
  • (d) Practical training for popularization of cage culture of Anabus testudineus in pond.
  • (e) In integrated Ornamental fish farming Unit, Development of Aquarium rearing (retention of natural colour) and breeding protocols of Channa bleheri, Ctenops nobilis, Badis badis will be carried out.
  • (f) Hands on Training on different aspects of Aquaculture to the rural beneficiaries, researcher, students (PG & UG) and fishery officers.
  • (g) Phase wise exploration and evaluation of diversity and distribution patterns of available fish fauna, serico-genous insect, butterfly, avifauna, herpetofauna and mammals in some selected areas of N.E. India.
  • (h) Establishment of butterfly rearing and ranching facilities.
  • (i) Establishment of honeybee (natural population) conservation centre and threatened avian conservation centre.
  • (j) Development of molecular marker for genetic traits of certain biologically as well as economically importance fish, birds, serico-genous insects, edible insects and selected vertebrates in collaboration with advance institute of national and international repute.

 

Interested Researcher, stakeholders and alumni of the department can avail the facilities of the Centre. For details, please contact:

  • 1. Prof Jatin Kalita, Coordinator SAP (DRS-III) and Aquaculture and Biodiversity Centre, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati. (Phone: 9706021864(M). Email: kalitaj@live.com)
  • 2. Prof P K Saikia, Deputy Coordinator (Biodiversity) SAP (DRS-III) and Aquaculture and Biodiversity Centre, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Phone: (9435344883. Email: saikiapk@rediffmail.com)
  • 3. Dr D Sarma, Deputy Coordinator (Aquaculture) SAP (DRS-III) and Aquaculture and Biodiversity Centre, Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati. (9435314768. Email: sarma_dandadhar@yahoo.com)

Department is engaged in the following as a thrust area of research

  • 1. Aquacuture and Biodiversity
  • 2. Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology
  • 3. Animal physiology and Biochemistry
  • 4. Cell and Molecular Biology
  • 5. Fish Biology And Fishery Science
  • 6. Entomology

Courses Offered

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Department of Zoology
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Email : zoology@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/science/zoology

Assistant Professor

Banasri Mech
MSc (Gauhati)
Cell and Molecular Biology
banasrimech@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Bulbuli Khanikor
MSc (Dibrugarh) PhD (Dibrugarh)
Entomology
bkz11@gauhati.ac.in

Associate Professor

Dandadhar Sarma
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Fish Biology and Fishery Science
sarmadd@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Hrishikesh Chodhury
MSc (Gauhati)
Fish Biology and Fishery Science
choudhuryhr165@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Jatin Kalita [ Dean of Faculty of Science ] Head of the Department
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Entomology
jatink@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Jogen Chandra Kalita
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (King's College)
Animal Physiology and Biochemistry
jogenck@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Karabi Dutta
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Cell and Molecular Biology
kdutta@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professor

Manas Das
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (NEHU)
Animal Physiology and Biochemistry
manasdasne@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Prasanta Kumar Saikia
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology
pksaikia@gauhati.ac.in

Professor

Rakesh Kumar Bhola
MSc (BHU) PhD (BHU)
Entomology
bhola@gauhati.ac.in