Department of Zoology

The Department of Zoology was started in 1927 when the subject was taught to the intermediate students. Rev. Fr. Foreau S. J., was the first lecturer and Mr. Krishnasamy Iyengar assisted him B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses were started in 1957 and 1979 respectively. The Department was recognized as a research Department in 1985 and from 1986 M.Phil course is being offered. The are five research units in the Department. The Department was recognized as DST-FIST sponsored in 2004.

The B.Sc. programme of the Department provides a sound foundation in the fundamental concepts of various branches of Zoology. Courses in Invertebrata, Chordata, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Physiology, Ecology, Genetics, Aquaculture, Molecular Biology, Introduction to Computer, Microbiology, Elementary Pharmacology, Evolution Bio informatics, Immunology, Environmental Biotechnology and Development Biology are offered.

The Master's programme provides in-depth study in Biotechnology, Techniques in Biology, Environmental Biology and Biodiversity, Microbiology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Physiology and Developmental Biology techniques for Biology Aquaculture and Entomology. The curriculum also includes dissertation work.

The M.Phil. programme offers specialized courses on Research Methods and Biotechnology and includes Project work in Aquaculture Biotechnology or Entomology.

  1. Dr. T. A. Sethuramalingam is the Director of Centre for Aquafeed and Nutrition. (ACFeN)
  2. Dr. M. Narayanan is the Director of Aquatic Biodiversity Centre. (ABC)
  3. Dr. Dunston P. Ambrose is the Director of Entomology Research Unit.
  4. Dr. K. Sahayaraj is the Director of Crop Protection Research and Extension (CPRE).
  5. Dr. M.A. Haniffa is Emeritus Professor and Director of CARE

The following eminent professors headed the Department:
Prof. Lazarus 1958-59
Prof. S. Raman 1960-61
Prof. M. V. Rajendran 1962-74
Rev. Fr. Stephen De souza, S.J., 1987-96
Prof.M. Thomas Punithan 1996-2008
Dr. T. A. Sethuramalingam 2008

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