The Department of Zoology was established in 1977 with Prof. Leelamma Samuel as the Head of Department. The department currently offers the Under Graduate programme B.Sc. Zoology and a complementary course for B.Sc. Botany. Other courses provided are:

  • Add-on course on “Ornamental Fish keeping and Breeding”
  • Open course on “Public Health and Hygiene” (for S5 Under Graduate students of other departments)

The department has actively undertaken research initiatives and has successfully organized academic programmes at the national and international level. This includesthe International Seminar on Coastal Biodiversity Assessment (COBIA 2017), the first of its kind in the college, and theWorkshop on Foundation Lectures in Biology (2018) sponsored by the Indian Academy of Science, Bengaluru. The department has been methodically co-ordinating a number of activities via platforms such as Butterfly Garden and Birds Club International, with a view to instilling in students a scientific appreciation of the natural world. The efforts of the latter club have brought laurels to the college, most recently in the form of the prestigious Golden Hornbill Award for best short documentary at the second Rain International Nature Film Festival.The annual department magazine titled “Archean” featuring academic and creative articles by students, is another impressive endeavour. In addition, the department routinely oversees many student skill development programmes such as science exhibitions, quiz, invited talks, observance of days of scientific significance such as National Science Day, Ozone Day, Elephant Day, Tiger Day, Bird Watching Day, World Wildlife Week, etc.

At present the department has a faculty strength of four, of whom three are PhD holders. The faculty includes one recognized research guide. Dr. Rani S. Dharan is the current Head of Department.

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