The Department of Zoology started functioning with its first batch from July, 2016.Currently, it is the only Science department which offers honours programme. The total intake capacity is 25 students per academic session. The syllabus followed by the department is that prescribed by the affiliating university (i.e. B.U.). The faculty members of the department are highly qualified and efficient teachers. Apart from teaching, they are actively involved in research and consistently publish articles, papers, reviews, and chaptersin journals and edited volumes of national and international repute.
The department has a well-equipped laboratory with instruments required for practical courses. It also has several museum specimens from which the students can gain in-depth details about the representative animals from different phyla across the animal kingdom. Field studies are also held regularly to meet the requirements of the syllabus. They give an opportunity to the students to learn beyond their classrooms. However, the laboratory is still developing and will be fully equipped with hi-tech facilities in the coming years.
At present, Dr.AnimeshMondal, a faculty member of the department, is the principal investigator of a research project entitled “Interaction of biflavonoid with alpha synuclein and its potential implication in aggregation of amyloids.” funded by WBDSTBT. The funds received are helping to improve the laboratory facilities of the department.
Lecture method is mostlyfollowed by the teachers for theoretical courses using blackboard or Power Point Presentations as teaching aids. Demonstration method is followed for practical courses with heuristic approaches wherever applicable. Blended modes are also applied whenever possible. The department organizes online lectures, either singly or in collaboration with other department(s)/committees, from time to time where the students get chance to communicate with renowned speakers from different institutions. This not only serves as tool for experiential learning but also gives them a scope to know about the prospects of the subject. These programmes also develop an understanding of the multidisciplinarity of their subject and its relationships with social and environmental issues. Furthermore, they help to develop the students’ e-competence.
The department does not have its own seminar library but boasts of a good collection of books by Indian and Foreign authors from reputed publishing houses. They are available in the central library of the college. Techniques of assessment and evaluation are those advised by the affiliating University. Periodic class tests are held to assess the students’ performances and guide them for improvement. Internal assessments are conducted for both theoretical and practical courses as per the academic calendar of the institution.
Students passing out from the department have already enrolled for Masters Programme in various Universities like The University of Burdwan, Calcutta University and NetajiSubhas Open University. Some are also pursuing B.Ed. courses from various institutions across the State. A few have secured employment as in the Border Security Force (BSF).