Department Of Advanced Zoology & Biotechnology - Shift 1

History

Zoology is the division of Biological Science that deals with the study of animal kingdom. It encompasses a fascinating and important body of knowledge that enables us to understand animals, their environment and ourselves. In Guru Nanak College, the department is one of the earliest departments. It was upgraded as a Research Department in 1987. The M.Sc. Course in Zoology was started during 2015-16

Mission

  • To impart to the students the contemporary advancements in Zoology
  • To impart a global perspective and such skills among students that benefit humanity

Vision

To inculcate the highest values of life, science education, respect for nature and concern for ethical values among students through good and scientific educational practices.

Objective

The course endeavors to:

  1. Provide holistic approach to the study of animals
  2. Appreciate diversity of animals by analysing anatomy in relation to habitat and behavior.
  3. Expose students to Recent Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology, DNA Technology
  4. Create interest in study of Nanotechnology, Immunology and Computer Application
  5. Equip students for employment opportunities in 
  • Industry
  • Research and Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Bioethics
  • Patenting
  • Environmental Protection
  • Conservation
  • Technical and Medical Profession.

Program Outcomes

The course in Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology has a strong focus on the study of animals typically from Southern part of India and its unique importance in the global environment. The Indian peninsular region having the largest coast land and the Western Ghats being one of the hot spots of diversity provide opportunity to learn about the diversity of animals in relation to ecosystem.  The course will explore the potential effects of environmental change on evolution, disease and physiology of animals and how they adapt to different environments. As a graduate, career opportunities range in areas including wildlife biology, Government quarantine, museums and zoological research, environmental monitoring and management. The general outcome of the program is to :

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of biology at the level of molecules, cells, systems, organisms and ecosystems
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in evolutionary biology, ecology, neurobiology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, developmental biology and physiology
  3. Demonstrate scientific quantitative skills, such as the ability to evaluate experimental design, read graphs, and understand and use information from scientific papers
  4. Demonstrate skill in communication of scientific data in standard format

Programme Specific Outcomes

Students with a B.Sc. degree in Zoology may be employed as Research assistants, Environmental Managers, Quarantine Officers, Pest Management Officers, Collection Managers of Aquaria and Zoological Gardens, Primary and Secondary Teachers (with suitable teaching qualifications), Museum Curators (with suitable Postgraduate Degrees), Research Scientists (with suitable Postgraduate Degrees), University Academics (with suitable Postgraduate degrees). Students with the Zoology Degree Plus suitable Postgraduate qualifications may then be employed as Research Scientists, University Academics, Museum Curators.
 

Staff Achievement

S.No.

Name of the Awardee

Award/Recognition

Name of the awarding agency with contact details

Year of Award

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

Dr. Dutta Munshi Gold medal for the contributions in Crustacean Biology

Zoological Society of India, Bodh Gaya

2017

 

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

Best Senior Scientist in Zoology

PEARL- A foundation for educational excellence, Madurai

2016

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

K. K. Tyagi gold Medal for contributions in Zoology in particular to the cause of environment at the National Conference on Environmental Protection and sustainability  held on 31st December2016 & 1st January  2017.

Indian Academy of Environmental Sciences, Haridwar

2016

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

Loyola award for social concern

Loyola College

2016

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

Fellow, Indian Association for Science and Nature, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Indian Association for Science and Nature, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

 

2013

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

Dr.G.K.Kulkarni Gold medal for the contribution in the field of Crustacean Biology

Zoological Society of India

 

2012

  1.  

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

SECNARM Environmental Award

SECNARM, Loyola College

2014

  1.  

Dr. J.Jayanthi

Inceptionary Prof. Ms. Shashikala Belsare gold medal for contribution in crustacean biochemistry held on 31st December 2016 & 1st January 2017.

Indian Academy of Environmental Sciences, Haridwar

2016

  1.  

Dr. J.Jayanthi

Smt. Amrita Devi Bishnoi Medal for Environmental Studies

Zoological Society of India

 

2012

  1.  

Dr. J.Jayanthi

Young Scientist Fellow

Title of work undertaken:  Toxicity of nanosized Tio2 on crustaceans Institution where fellowship was undertaken:     Department of Material Sciences,         Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology  

 

2007

  1.  

Dr. S.S.Jayaraj

Young Scientist Fellow

DST- New Delhi 

2012

Student Achievement

  • No.  of Candidates who cleared SET Exam – 5
  • No.of Candidate who Cleared NET Exam - 1
  • No. of Candidate receiving Fellowship -  1 (Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, UGC) 2017

UNIVERSITY RANK HOLDERS

S.No.

Name of the student

Rank

Year

  1.  

Vinolya. K

3

2005-06

  1.  

Premalatha. M

5

2005-06

  1.  

Geethapriya. M

6

2006-07

  1.  

Saranya Nagendran

4

2007-08

  1.  

Avinash. S

1

2008-09

  1.  

Shalini.R

2

2008-09

  1.  

Vigneswaran.A

3

2008-09

  1.  

Veena.P

4

2008-09

  1.  

Kalaiyarasi.R

5

2008-09

  1.  

Sairam. S

6

2008-09

  1.  

Arulmozhi. S

7

2008-09

  1.  

Archana. R

8

2008-09

  1.  

Soniya. V

9

2008-09

  1.  

Anandbabu

10

2008-09

  1.  

Manjupriya. L

1

2009-10

  1.  

M.Mohanapriya

2

2009-10

  1.  

G.Praveen Kumar

3

2009-10

  1.  

K.Balachander

4

2009-10

  1.  

V.Balapoorani

5

2009-10

  1.  

K.Anitha

6

2009-10

  1.  

P.Gayathri

7

2009-10

  1.  

R.Tamizlarasi

8

2009-10

  1.  

K.Mani

9

2009-10

  1.  

S.Sharmila

10

2009-10

  1.  

Rathish

1

2010-11

  1.  

Dhanapriya

2

2010-11

  1.  

Ramya. G

3

2010-11

  1.  

Baskaran. R

5

2010-11

  1.  

Esther

6

2010-11

  1.  

Rajeshwari

8

2010-11

  1.  

Seetha. R

1

2011-12

  1.  

Rajalakshmi. J

2

2011-12

  1.  

Geetha. S

3

2011-12

  1.  

Divya.M

4

2011-12

  1.  

Preethi.S

5

2011-12

  1.  

Dhanalakshmi.S

6

2011-12

  1.  

Kalaivani.S

7

2011-12

  1.  

Angel. K

8

2011-12

  1.  

Amulu. A

7

2012-13

  1.  

Subhashini. D

10

2012-13

  1.  

Lavanya. M

3

2013-14

  1.  

Shanmuga Priya. G

4

2013-14

  1.  

Lakshmi. B

5

2013-14

  1.  

Yashfeen Siddique

1

2014-15

  1.  

Sowmiya

4

2014-15

  1.  

Preethi

5

2014-15

47. Cibi. S 3 2015-16

Department Association Activities

2018 - Zoology Association

  • The Zoology Association “PLEXUS ‘18’” was inaugurated on 13th August 2018 by Dr. B. Meenakumari, Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority of India. She spoke on the importance of Biodiversity in an Ecosystem and the need for conservation of species. She highlighted the history of Biodiversity Authority of India and the activities since its inception till date. She elaborated on the structural components of National Biodiversity Authority, Legal instruments for conservation, patenting technological Innovations training programmes.

2017 - Zoology Association

  • The Association activity of the Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology was inaugurated on 18th August, 2017. Mr. Arvind Kannan a freelance educationist inaugurated the association and spoke on taking up “VEGANISM” as a lifestyle which is a way of living which seeks to exclude all forms of food from animals. He spoke on how veganism promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment and replacing animal foods such as meat, dairy, eggs and honey by other healthy and organic food alternatives.

Inter –Collegiate Drawing Competition

  • The Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology along with the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Food and Nutrition Board, Government of India conducted an inter-Collegiate Drawing Competition on the theme of “Swachh Bharath” on 3rd March, 2017.

Inter –Collegiate Event

  • Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology conducted a two day Inter collegiate event - PLEXUS’17 on 6th and 7th of September. Around 8 city colleges and about 300 college students took part in various events organized by the department. About 22 events such as paper Presentation, Dissection, Crime Scene Investigation, Channel Surfing etc., was organized under different themes. The overall championship was bagged by Madras Christian College.

National Symposium

  • Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology in association with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Food and Nutrition Board, Government of India conducted a one day National Symposium on “Life style associated nutritional deficiences among youth” on 1st September, 2017. Mr. Balbir Singh, Deputy Technical Advisor, Food and Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India was the chief guest of the occasion. A panel of experts from nutrition department delivered talks on the importance of taking a balanced diet and gave an overview on the deficiencies due to improper diet. A Cookery competition was conducted to create awareness among the youth on the importance of incorporating nutritive substance in daily diet and also on life style related nutrition deficiencies. Winners were handed out prizes for the same.

2016

  • The Zoology Association activity for the year 2016 was inaugurated by Dr. Nagaraja Rao, Professor, University College of Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad on 12th February 2016 at 10.30 am. His inaugural address was focused on the modern techniques in Zoology and he motivated the students to develop innovative ideas on learning and application. The inaugural address was followed by intradepartmental competitions.
  • The Valedictory function of the Zoology Association was held on 13th February 2016, Dr. S. Suresh Chand, Scientist, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkatta, an alumnus of the College, a doctorate from the G.S. Gill Research Institute, Guru Nanak College gave the valedictory address on the activities and objectives of the Zoological Survey of India and on the glimpses of G.S. Gill Research Institute. Dr. P. Suresh, Associate Professor and Head, Thiagaraja College, Madurai and Dr. Albert Santhosh Kumar, manager, Avigna Pharmaceuticals, Bangalore, alumni of G.S. Gill Research Institute offered their felicitations.

Workshop on Fruit & Vegetable Preservation

  • The Department of advanced Zoology and biotechnology in association with Community Food & Nutrition extension unit, Food & Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Chennai- 90 has conducted a Workshop on Fruit & Vegetable Preservation from 8th- 12th August, 2016. About 50 students were given hands on training in preserving fruits and vegetables. During this workshop preparation of different juices, smash, jam, ketch up and different pickles were for the students. The objective of the workshop is to encourage small scale industry development so that poor and young entrepreneurs can generate money on their own by doing small business.

Field /Institution visit

  • Every year we organize a study tour for the I Year students to Rameswaram to learn about the biodiversity, also visited museum at CMFRI, as part of their curriculum to observe the specimens in the Museum and learn about Systematics. and III year students for Hills stations like Ooty to learn about the ecological adaptation of animals in their environment.
  • Visit to the Ostrich and Piggery farm at Potheri.

Prominent Alumni

No.

Name

 

                                  Designation

1.

Dr. K. Dhileepan

 

Sr. Research Scientist Univ. of  Queensland, Australia

2.

Dr. S. Sunilkumar

 

Post Doc Fellow, Dept of Infectious Disease, Los Angeles.

3.

Dr. P. D. Partho

 

CEO, Syntach  Ltd. Philippines.

4.

Dr. G. Prasana

 

Herpatalogist, Canada.

5.

Dr. Rajiv Mallick

 

Head Risk Management, Amundi, Alt, Inv, USA

6.

Dr. T. Samikkannu

 

Asst .Prof. College of Medicine, Florida, USA

7.

Dr. V. Vishwanath

 

Scientist, Dept. of Microbiology &Mol Gen. New Jersey Medical School, New Jersey.

8.

Dr. Shahajan Johnny

 

Canada Forestry Service, NRC, Canada

9.

Dr. T. Ravikumar

 

Inst. of Regenerative Cures, Univ. of California, California

10.

Dr. R. Alexander Jesudasan

 

Principal Madras Christian College, Tambaram

11.

Dr. Arul Samraj

 

Head, Dept. of Zoology, MCC, Tambaram.

12.

Dr. A. Mohan Daniel

 

Associate Prof,Dept.of Zoology, MCC, Tambaram

13.

Dr. A. Muralidharan

 

Prof. SRM University, Katankullathur.

14.

Dr. D. Suresh Chand

 

Scientist G, ZSI, Kolkata.

15.

Dr. Albert Santhosh Kumar

 

EID Parry, TamilNadu

16.

Dr. K. G. Murugavel

 

VHS YRG CARE Infectious Disease Lab. VHS Hospital Campus TIDEL Park Road, Chennai

17.

Dr. P. Suresh

 

Associate Professor, Theargarajar College, Madurai.

18.

Dr. Thiagarajan Raman

 

Head, Dept. of Zoology, Vivekanada College, Chennai

19.

Dr. N. Meera

 

Associate Prof. & Head, Dept. of Zoology, Chellammal College for Women, Chennai

20.

Dr. Zakir Hussain

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Zoology, C. Abdul Hakeem College, Melvisharam, Vellore

21.

Dr. R. Eswaralakshmi

 

Asst. Prof, Dept. of Biotechnology, Hindustan College

22.

Dr. P. Amudha

 

Asst. Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Bharathi Women’s College,

23.

Dr. T.C. Mahesh

     Asst. Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Vivekanada College,  

     Kanyakumari          

24.

Dr. M. Sangeetha

    Asst. Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Poompuhar College

25.

Dr. M. Shanmugavalli

    Associate Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Quaid –E-Millath   

    College, Chennai

26.

Dr. D. Devakumar

Lab Head, Chennai Fertility Centre, Chennai

27.

Dr. S.K.M Habeeb

Asst. Prof, Dept. of Biotechnology, SRM University

28.

Dr. Bharathi Ravikrishnan

Asst. Prof, Dept. of Biotechnology, Guru Nanak College, Chennai

29.

Dr. J. Sivakumar

Asst. Prof, Dept. of  Biotechnology, Hindustan College

30.

Dr. T. Kumaran

Associate Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Dr. Ambdekar College

31

. Dr. S. Rega

Asst. Prof, Dept. of Biotechnology, KRMMC, Chennai

32.

Dr. Galdis Helen Hepsyba

Associate Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Dr. Ambdekar College

33.

Dr. V. Rama

Asst Prof, Dept. of Biochemistry, Venkateswara Dental College

34

. Dr. V. Kamaraju

Associate Prof, Dept. of Zoology, Ariyalur Government College

35.

Dr. T. Ramesh

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Biotechnology, Hindustan College

36.

Dr. M. Mohanapriya

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Zoology, Adhiyamaan College, Hosur

37.

Dr. P. Mahalakshmi

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Biochemistry, TS Narayan College

39.

Dr. S. Sharmila

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Biochemistry, TS Narayan College

40.

Dr. Lipshi Deb

 

Asst. Prof., Kairali Science College, Champua Dt. Odisha

41.

Dr. T.G. Nithya

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Biotechnology, SRM University

42.

Dr. D. Sumalatha

 

Asst. Prof. Dept. of Biotechnology, Valliammal College, Chennai

Research Projects Received

S.No

Title

Agency

Funded Amount

Year

PI

  1.  

Assessment  of the damage potential of acridids in  terms  of crop  utilization  by adults and nymphs at  different  stages  of growth  and development

UGC

Rs. 3.08 lakhs

1990-1993

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Nutrition modulated changes in the growth and reproduction of some acridids

CSIR

Rs. 3.85 lakhs

1990-1993.

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Studies on insect plant inter-relations in natural scrub jungle forest ecosystems around Madras

DoEN

Rs. 6.45 lakhs

1993-1996

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Cyto-physiological studies on the impact of natural hosts on the enzyme activity of some lygaeids

DST

Rs. 5.80 lakhs

1993-1996

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Host induced influence on the enzyme activity and haemolymph profile of some acridids

CSIR

Rs. 3.34 lakhs

1996-1998

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Gregarine as biocontrol agents- a technological approach

DBT

Rs. 19.0 lakhs

1997-1999

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Dynamics of the Orthopteran community of Tamil Nadu: a study in biodiversity

MoEF

Rs. 11.92 lakhs

2000-2003.

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Insect weed crop interactions in managed agroecosystems of cotton, groundnut, tomato and brinjal crops

ICAR

Rs. 14.54 lakhs

2002-2005

Dr.K.P.Sanjayan

  1.  

Effects of Methyl Farnesoate on the gonadal development of a freshwater crab, Paratelphusa hydrodromous

UGC

Rs. 1 Lakh

2005-2006

Dr. J. Jayanthi

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

  1.  

Bioaccumulation of Heavy metals in certain crustaceans of Pulicat Lake in Tamil Nadu

UGC

Rs. 1.35 Lakhs

2011

Dr.J.Jayanthi

  1.  

Students Minor Research Project:Influence of Fenfluramine on the gonadal development and on the biochemical mobilization in a female  Chennai  fresh water crab,Paratelphusahydrodromous (Herbst).

Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology

Rs. 20,000

1999-2000

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

  1.  

Effects of polychlorinated biphenyls(Aroclor 1254) on the reproduction of a female crab, S.tranquebarica and the ameliorative effects of vitamins C and E.

UGC

Rs.1.5 Lakhs

2009-2011

Dr. M.G. Ragunathan

  1.  

Studies on isolation, purification and immunological characterization of            β-1, 3 glucan binding protein in the serum of the marine mud crab Scylla Serrata

 

DST

Rs. 10, 29,717

2012-15

Dr.S.S.Jayaraj

  1.  

Isolation, purification and antimicrobial activity of β-1,3 glucan binding protein in the serum of the marine hermit crab Diogenes affins

DST

Rs.5.50 lakhs

2016-17

Dr.S.S.Jayaraj

15. Smart  dressing based on collagen exhibiting antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti collagenase activity DST (WOS A Rs. 27,70,000 2016-18 Candidate – Dr. R. Sripriya
Mentor 
Dr. S.S. Jayaraj
 

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Contact Details

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