Department of Zoology, Behala College started its journey in the year 1979 with a General course in Zoology under the affiliation of University of Calcutta. Honors course was introduced in the year 1998 with two Assistant Professors, two Laboratory assistant, one Graduate level Laboratory Instructor and with 15 student intake capacity. After 25 years of its persistent and sincere efforts, currently the Department is running in full swing with the dynamic effort of 7 faculty members and 2 laboratory Assistants, with 80 student intake capacity at Honours level.
Initially the Department followed 2+1 system, then 1+1+1 system from 2010. CBCS system was introduced in 2018.
The Department sincerely follows the curriculum for Zoology (Honours and General course) laid by its affiliating University, University of Calcutta, where the faculty members explore every scope to give a wholesome idea about classical as well as modern and advanced aspects of Zoological Sciences. Students are taught about Animal kingdom, Chordate and Non-Chordate Biology in relation to their Taxonomy, Eco-biology and conservation. Students are also taught about different aspects of Biochemistry, Parasitology and Immunology, Molecular and Cell biology, Endocrinology, Ecology and Ethology. Along with this, students attend several Discipline specific elective courses such as Fish and Fisheries, Animal Cell Biotechnology; and skill enhancement courses like Aquarium Fish keeping , Apiculture, Medical Diagnosis .
The Department always puts its best effort to conduct several fieldtrips/excursions to relate the subject knowledge with field derived practical experience. Students are indulged to take up project works on several aspects of their studied topics to have a wholesome knowledge.
2 Dedicated Laboratories
1-Gel electrophoresis unit
1-Paper Chromatography Unit
1 -20 Freezer
4-Digital weigh machine
50-Histology Staining Units
260-Presereved Permanent slide
181-Prserved Bottled Specimen
298-Books in Departmental Seminar Library
Departmental and Student activities
Department of Zoology constantly organizes-
∎ Seminars where subject experts /scientists from reputed Institutes are invited to deliver lecture on their research work. These seminars are followed by elaborative interactive sessions.
∎Student Seminars where students deliver review lectures on the relevant topics in relation to their undergraduate course of study.
∎ Laboratory visit, and
∎ Excursion to correlate the theoretical learning with field-based experience.
∎ Parent-teacher meeting as and when required.
Students from Department of Zoology actively participate in preparing.
∎Wall magazine and Wall posters delivering in-depth information of animal world to make the learning process more enjoyable.
Students from the Department of Zoology also participates in
∎ Seminar, Symposium, Workshops, Hands-on training, Quiz Competition and in different cultural activities in and outside the College.
∎ Department of Zoology has collaborated with WWF, India in completing ECHO project in the academic session 2021-2022.
∎ Our students are also actively associated with the ‘Save the Frogs’ and ‘Save the Frogs: India Chapter’ to deal with amphibian diversity and conservation issues.
Session-wise detail of Excursions conducted by the Department of Zoology
|Academic session||Name of the Institute/National Park/ Sanctuary/Site visited|
|2016- 17||Bandhabgarh National Park: Madhyapradesh.|
|2016- 17||Indian Museum|
|2016- 17||Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary|
|2017- 18||Gorumara National Park: West Bengal [North]|
|2017- 18||Nimpith KVK|
|2018- 19||Gopalpur, Monglajori, Ventai: Orissa|
|2018- 19||Nature Park, Taratala|
|2018- 19||Alipore Zoological Garden|
|2019- 20||Bhitarkanika, Monglajori, Gopalpur: Orissa|
|2021- 22||Sundarban National Park: West Bengal|
|2022-23||Digha, Sundarban National Park: West Bengal|
Hands- on training /Single day project work completed by students:
|Academic session||Name of place visited|
|2021- 22||Fleming Hospital: To learn tools in medical diagnosis|
|2021- 22||Balagarh Fish Farm: To learn pisciculture techniques|
Session-wise detail of seminars organised by Department of Zoology :
|Academic session||Theme of the seminar||Lead speaker|
Modern Thoughts in Research in Biological Science.
Dr. Sujoy Ghosh
[Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta]
Dr. Silpak Biswas
[Department of Diagnostic, Medicine/Pathobiology Division, Veterinary Medicine, Kanas State University, Manhanttan, USA]
|Environmental change- Impact on human health and Biodiversity|
Dr. Ashok Kanti Sanyal
[Chairman, West Bengal Biodiversity Board, Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal]
|Environmental change- Life style and Cancer|
Dr. Manas Ranjan Ray
[Former Senior Assistant Director, Office in Charge, and Head, Department of Experimental Haematology, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute]
|Awareness programme on Amphibian diversity and conservation|
Dr. Joytirmay Deb
Smt. Sarbani Nag
Wall Magazine by students:
|Theme Wall magazine||Date of publication|
|ZOOSPORE: Trends In Animal Science||28.02. 2019|
|Reintroduction of Cheetah: Issues & Development||02.03.2022|
|Conservation of Mangrove Forest||13.11.2022|
Detail of Student Seminar-
|Topics||Session and Date||Students Involved|
Students of Semester-III (Zoology Honours)
Students of Semester-IV (Zoology Honours)
Students of Semester-V (Zoology Honours)
Detail of the Seminar/ Webinar/ Workshop/ Poster presentation /Quiz competition/Extempore competition attended/participated by the students outside of the College
|Name of the Seminar/ Webinar/ Workshop/ Poster presentation /Quiz competition/Extempore competition||Name of the participating student(s)|
Extempore competition in Zoo Festival, organised by the Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata.
Secured 3rd position
One day National level seminar and poster presentation entitled How to checkmate Cancer organized by Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamadir .
|Subhayan Adhikary, Sayantan Dey|
A Five day online workshop on Science Illustration, organized by, Science Media Centre, IISER Pune.
|One day international webinar organized by Cytogenetics and Genomics research unit department of Zoology, Calcutta university, associated with Bijoy krishna girls' college. Date-19.08. 2020.||Maitrai Karak, Pranja Hazra and others|
International Zoo Festival Quiz Competition.
Webinar on Mangrove Forests organized by WWF volunteers
|Sujan Kumar Mondal and others|
A five day, online training program on “Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology” .
Recent Strategies and Prospects of Aquaculture” organized by the Department of Zoology, Vidyasagar College.
International webinar on "Comprehensive Current Approaches to Oncogenetics and Pollination Ecology" organised by Department of Zoology, Barasat Government College.
|Maitrayee Karak and Piu Naskar|
One month internship entitled as “The evolution of metamorphic organisms in a changing climate”
One day International level Symposium entitled Our planet, Our Ecosystem, Our Health, organized by Serampur College.
|Biswadip Sanpui, Susmita Chakraborty|
A Three Day workshop on Basic Molecular Biology Techniques.
|Biswadip Sanfui, Haimanti Sinha, Sambit Chakraborty, Priyankar Bag, Sheena Dalui, Anwesha Paul|
Environmental Services by the Department of Zoology –
|Session||Name of the Event|
|Name of the participants||Activities performed|
|2020-21||WWF-ECHO- ‘Building Environment Conservation Heroes.||WWF, India|
Dr. Abhisek Basu
|Created awareness related to healthy food habit to control the carbon footprint|
|2021-22||Creating awareness for amphibian diversity and conservation||Save the frogs-India Chapter, Wish Foundation|
Dr. Abhisek Basu
|Created awareness for amphibian diversity and its conservation through, organising seminar, online story writing competition, online photography competition,|