The Department of Zoology was established in 1968 as a subsidiary subject of B.Sc. Home Science. B. Sc. Degree in Zoology was started in 1993 with Chemistry and Botany as subsidiary subjects. M.Sc. Zoology with specialization in Entomology (Self-financing) was initiated in 2004.
The department has a well-equipped and well-maintained laboratory and a Physiology Lab for UG and two well-equipped laboratories for the PG course. A good stock of academic books is maintained in the department library. The department serves the society and public in a multidimensional manner by undertaking a number of activities of an interdisciplinary approach.SCAWEP (Society for Conservation of Animal World and Environmental Protection) is an unregistered society functioning under the department. ‘Biomirror’, a departmental manuscript magazine, is released every year from the year 2000 onwards. A Vermiculture unit was started as a self-employment programme for students and the public in 1998 which gives training to the students of Zoology, SCAWEP, and Biomirror members. The department offers the club, Bhoomithrasena.
The introduction of ICT classrooms in the Zoology Department has revolutionized the way students engage with the subject matter. These technologically advanced classrooms serve as vibrant hubs of interactive learning, where students can delve into the intricacies of zoology with the aid of digital resources, multimedia presentations, and online simulations. The use of Information and Communication Technologies not only enhances the depth of understanding but also encourages active participation and critical thinking
The Zoology laboratory is meticulously equipped with all the essential facilities needed for practical sessions in the Undergraduate program. Here, students engage in hands-on learning experiences, conducting experiments and explorations crucial to their academic development. This commitment to maintaining the lab’s functionality underscores our dedication to providing high-quality education, offering students a conducive space where they can hone their practical skills and deepen their understanding of zoology.
The Zoology Museum stands as a captivating testament to the marvels of the Animal World, offering visitors a fascinating journey into the diversity of life forms. Within its walls, a meticulously curated collection of diverse species is preserved, labeled, and thoughtfully exhibited. As they explore the exhibits, students delve into the intricacies of zoology, becoming acquainted with the binomial names and specific characteristics of various genus and species. Through interactive displays and informative labels, students gain insights into the natural world, enhancing their understanding of zoological concepts and inspiring a lifelong curiosity about the wonders of the animal kingdom.
The Zoology Library serves as an invaluable treasure trove of knowledge, housing an extensive collection of reference books and competitive examination guides. Within its shelves, students can find a plethora of materials catering to various aspects of zoology, from taxonomy and anatomy to animal behavior and ecology. The availability of such comprehensive resources empowers students to delve deeply into their areas of interest, enabling self-guided study and supplementing their classroom learning.
The Butterfly Garden on our campus is a picturesque haven, adorned with fluttering, colorful wings of vibrant butterflies. This enchanting space invites students into a world of natural wonder, where they can witness the beauty of these delicate creatures up close. Within the garden, students have the opportunity to explore the host plants, observe various butterfly species, and study their fascinating life cycles. A board has been set up, displaying the scientific names of the observed species. This informative feature aids students in easily identifying the butterflies they encounter, fostering a deeper understanding of the biodiversity within our ecosystem.
Vermicompost, a sustainable indoor composting solution, is introduced to students as an excellent option, particularly for those with limited space. In our educational program, students learn about the necessary structures and worm species essential for successful Vermicomposting. Equipped with this knowledge, they are provided with resources and guidance to set up Vermicompost units in their homes. Empowered by this eco-friendly practice, students not only contribute to waste management but also actively engage in environmental conservation efforts.
The captivating display of diverse preserved insect species, each accompanied by their scientific names, serves as an educational treasure trove for students. This meticulously curated collection allows students to intimately acquaint themselves with the unique characteristic features of various insect species. By studying these specimens, students not only learn the binomial names of each species but also gain practical experience in the methods of insect preservation. This hands-on exposure enhances their understanding of entomology, enabling them to recognize, identify, and appreciate the intricate world of insects.
The expansive Zoology laboratory provides an ideal space for Post Graduate students, enabling immersive learning and hands-on practical sessions. In this well-equipped facility, students delve into a comprehensive study of the animal kingdom, focusing on the physical, morphological, and physiological characteristics of diverse animals. The laboratory is stocked with essential instruments necessary for microbial studies, spectrophotometric analysis, and histological examinations of cells and tissues. Through these resources, students gain in-depth insights into the intricacies of the animal world, fostering a detailed understanding of animal biology and preparing them for advanced research and professional endeavors.
The Department of Zoology organized a farewell event for the final year B.Sc students on 21st March 2023. The farewell message was delivered by Ms. K. Leena Joseph, and Dr. Teji K T felicitated the gathering. During the event, the students had the opportunity to share their experiences and memories from their time in the department.
Prizes for various competitions were distributed to deserving students, recognizing their achievements. The farewell program also included cultural performances and a light refreshment session. As a highlight, the overall performance award for the academic year was presented to Ms. Sreelakshmi S of III B.Sc. Zoology, acknowledging her outstanding performance throughout her studies.
The Pathway-Social Wellness Programme, organized collaboratively by the Department of Zoology, Minority Welfare Department (Government of Kerala), and CCMY Aluva, took place from 8th to 10th February 2023. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Dr. Sr. Rosily A. V., the College Principal, and presided over by Mrs. Sulekha, the CCMY Principal. Throughout the event, participants engaged in enlightening sessions addressing diverse areas of social wellness. Topics ranged from ‘Introduction and Marriage for Social Wellness’ by Adv. Charly Paul to ‘Effective Communication Skills for Couples and Healthy Online Communication’ by Mrs. Lakshmi Priya. The program delved into essential themes like ‘Effective Management of In-law Relationships and Conflict Resolution Techniques’ by Mrs. Sapna K. S. and ‘Infant and Adolescent Parenting Skills, Sex Education, and Pregnancy’ by Dr. C. S. Ambika Devi.
The department celebrated Christmas on 23rd December 2022 with great enthusiasm. The Head of the Department of Zoology, Ms. K. Leena Joseph, delivered a Christmas message to the students and staff. The celebration included a variety of cultural programs and performances to commemorate the festive occasion. Additionally, cakes were distributed among the participants, adding to the joyous atmosphere of the event. The Christmas celebration provided an opportunity for the department members to come together, enjoy the festivities, and spread the holiday spirit.
The Department of Zoology organized a skill enhancement and capacity building program on 7th and 8th December 2022. The seminar focused on the topic of ‘Mental Problems: Causes and Measures’. The resource persons for the program were Ms. Gayathri Gopalakrishnan and Ms. Liya George, Teacher Trainees of Snehasadan College of Special Education and alumnae of the Department of Zoology. On 7th December, Ms. Gayathri Gopalakrishnan discussed the causes of mental problems, while on 8th December, Ms. Liya George spoke about the various measures to lead a normal life.
Following the seminar, an interactive session was conducted, allowing students to clarify their doubts regarding mental and learning disabilities. A total of 26 first and second-year undergraduate students benefited from the program. The event aimed to enhance students’ understanding of mental health issues and equip them with measures to address and overcome such challenges.
Steps to Success
On 9th November 2022, the Department of Zoology in association with Sree Sankara College, Kalady organized an international webinar on career guidance and counseling titled ‘Steps to Success’. The webinar was conducted on Google Meet platform. Ms. K Leena Joseph, Head of the Department of Zoology, welcomed the participants. The resource person for the webinar was Sri. Amal Anup, Human Resource Advisor at Capilano University, North Vancouver, Canada. The webinar aimed to provide valuable insights and guidance to the students regarding career choices and steps to achieve success in their chosen fields. A total of 75 students from the Departments of Zoology at Sree Sankara College, Kalady, and Morning Star Home Science College, Angamaly, actively participated and benefitted from the program.
On 31st October 2022, the Department of Zoology, in association with the National Service Scheme, organized an interdepartmental dance competition with the theme ‘Impact of Drug Abuse’ in connection with Laharimukthakeralam. A total of 35 students from various departments participated in the competition. The students’ performances were focused on conveying social messages related to women empowerment, gender issues, and women’s rights, among others. The first prize was awarded to M.Sc. Zoology students, the second prize to B.Sc. Zoology students, and the third prize to B.VOC students. The competition served as a platform to raise awareness about the negative impact of drug abuse through the medium of dance.
On 26th October 2022, the Department of Zoology organized a group activity focused on ‘Vermicomposting.’ The students were divided into groups and collected various raw materials such as broken bricks, pebbles, coarse sand, loamy soil, coconut husk, vegetable wastes (like banana stem), and farm wastes from nearby areas. Dried cow dung obtained from a nearby convent was also used. The students prepared a vermibed and introduced earthworms into it, followed by alternating layers of cow dung and vegetable wastes. Regular watering and monitoring of the vermibed were carried out. Vermiwash was collected from the bottom as a byproduct. This activity benefitted a total of 8 students, providing them with practical experience in vermicomposting techniques.
Freshers’ Day 2022
On 17th October 2022, the department organized a Fresher’s Day for first-year degree students, adhering to the principles of green protocol. The event commenced with an ice-breaking session, fostering a friendly atmosphere among the students. Various games, cultural performances, and refreshments were part of the celebration, creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Alumni Meet 2022
The department organized a departmental alumnae meeting in conjunction with the Alumnae general body meeting on 8th October 2022 at 11:30 am. The gathering provided an opportunity for the alumnae members to reunite with their friends and teachers, creating a joyful and nostalgic atmosphere.
Organized group activity in Vermiculture technology for final year UG students on 26 October 2022. Group activity led by Dr. Teji K T explained Vermibed preparation step by step and management of the vermicomposting unit.
The department conducted an Orientation Programme to familiarize the working methods of lab Instruments for the First year M.Sc. Students (Experiential Learning). Students understood the principle and working methods of different kinds of advanced laboratory equipment such as spectrophotometers, Water analyzers, Centrifuges, Microtome, Camera Lucida etc.
Freshers’ Day 2022
Freshers’ Day for first-year degree students was organized on 17 October 2022 by Green Protocol. The celebrations included ice-breaking sessions followed by games, cultural programs, and refreshments.
Field Study 2022
The department conducted a field study on pond ecosystems for I M.Sc students. The students gained knowledge on the biotic and abiotic factors in freshwater ecosystem
Department of Zoology and the Bhoomithrasena Club conducted an online Quiz competition on ‘Wildlife and Environment’ in connection with Wildlife week celebrations on 10 October 2022.
40 B.Sc. Zoology students participated and benefitted from the Programme. Anagha Sabu of II B Sc Zoology, Thasleena T K and Minnumaria Francis of III B Sc Zoology, and Aysha Nargees of II B Sc Zoology won first, second, and third prizes respectively.
Field Trip to KAU
The one-day field trip to the College of Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara was conducted for the open course and final year B.Sc Zoology students on 30th July 2022.
Dr. Ranjith M T, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Ornithology delivered an introductory speech on the significance of Apiculture.
Sri Mohanan S gave a detailed session on different species of Honey bees, the social organization, and life cycle of Honey bees, Beekeeping equipment, and maintenance and management of an Apiary followed by field experience and training on Honey Bee culture and handling techniques.
Visit to KFRI
As part of the curriculum program, a field trip was conducted for II M Sc. students to Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi. Students got the opportunity to observe and understand the activities of different departments like the Seed Preservation Center, Soil Museum, Wildlife Sanctuary, Butterfly Garden, and Entomology Museum. Students benefited from first-hand experience and an opportunity to meet and hear from the experts there.
Advanced learners of I M.Sc. Zoology, actively engaged in peer group learning based on Energy Cycles, aided with ICT tools. It creates greater confidence and independence in learning.
Department of Zoology and Oisca International in association with the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Govt. of Kerala organized a one-day nature study program at Salim Ali Nature Study Centre, Nedumbassery on 13 June 2022. The programme included a visit to Suvarnodyanam Biological Park, a Seminar and an interactive session was held. The programme was inaugurated by Dr S. Unnikrishnan, IFS; Retired Deputy Conservator of forests who delivered a talk on ‘Environment and Sustainable development. Sri. Sasindran S explained the biodiversity and medicinal importance of different varieties of plants in Suvarnodyanam. The visit to the Suvarnodyanam Biological Park helped the students to familiarize themselves with the plants, their ecological importance and the ecosystem. 25 first and final year B Sc Zoology students benefitted from the Programme
The program was aimed at developing a positive attitude and compassion towards our fellow creatures of our surroundings. The department observed World Entomology Day, on 8th June 2022 and as part of this, a poster competition was conducted. Theme: Butterflies- The Nature’s Angels. Students actively participated and prizes were distributed.
World Oceans Day 2022
Just a minute Speech competition on 8th June 2022 based on the theme “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean”. 10 students participated in the Programme. Anagha Sabu of I B Sc Zoology, Jewel Rose George of I B Sc Zoology, and Anu Sajan of III B Sc Zoology won first, second, and third prizes respectively
Farewell was organized by the department to the final year B.sc students on 31st March 2022. Ms. K Leena Joseph delivered the farewell message and Ms Dilsha Davis felicitated the gathering. The students shared their experiences and memories. Prizes of various competitions were distributed followed by cultural programmes and light refreshments. The overall performance award for this academic year was presented to Ms. Dona Jose of III BSc. Zoology.
A three-day field study programme was organized for II and III B. Sc Zoology students to Wayanad and Kozhikode from 25 to 27 March 2022. The students visited Kurumbalakotta Hills, Trekking Banasurasagar Dam, Meenmutty waterfalls (Trekking), Pookkode Lake, Honey Museum,Thusharagiri waterfalls and Kozhikode Beach. The students studied and experienced the aesthetic beauty and diversity of different ecosystems such as forest ecosystems, Dam ecology, lentic ecosystems and marine ecosystems. Students also visited the Honey Museum and a training session on culture techniques was given by Sri. Hashim Ramees about different species of honey bees, Honey Life cycle, and communication mechanism. beekeeping methods and equipment, honey bee products especially royal jelly.Honey processing equipment, honey bee products especially royal jelly, Honey with different flavors and tastes collected from different plants and parts of India. Ms. K. Leena Joseph, Dr. Teji K.T. and Dr.Sr. Philo T.J. accompanied the students.
Dept. of Zoology in association with Community lab organized a vermiculture training programme in vermicomposting techniques at Nazareth Nagar for people in the neighbourhood on 23rd December 2021. Training was handled by the faculty, K. Leena Joseph and discussed the importance of vermiculture in the present scenario and Vermibed preparation. Vermicompost was also distributed among the participants.
Department of Zoology in association with Al Salama Institute of Medical Coding organized a Career Guidance Webinar on ‘Coding and Billing’ on 26th November 2021. Ms. K Leena Joseph, Head, Department of Zoology welcomed the gathering. Dr. Dr. Pinky Anoj , BHMS delivered a talk on ‘Medical coder and Medical coding procedures’. Ms. Abhinaya Valsaraj, CPC certified medical coder and Faculty, Al Salama Institute of medical coding handled the session on ‘Medical coding: Career Opportunities’. 55 students from various science disciplines participated in the programme.
Departmental class-wise online PTA meeting was held for II B.Sc Zoology students at 4pm and for III B.Sc. Zoology students at 5pm on 3rd July 2021. This interactive session was aimed at giving awareness about online classes to the parents and motivating students for better performance.
Department of Zoology conducted a caption writing competition in connection with World Oceans Day celebrations on 8th June 2021 based on the theme “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods” and Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. 25 students participated in the programme and Sona Philip of I B Com, Aleena Shaju of III B Sc Zoology and Josmy Joy of III B Com and Dona Jose of III B Sc Zoology won first, second and third prizes respectively.
The students of the Department of Zoology created and presented an awareness video about white fungus, its mode of infection, symptoms, preventive measures and its impact on health in the present scenario of covid-19 pandemic through the link https://youtu.be/mH23Ot94KoI
The students of the Department of Zoology created an awareness poster on the mode of infection, symptoms and preventive measures of Black fungus in the present scenario of covid-19 pandemic.
World Health Day
World Health Day is celebrated every year to raise awareness about the ongoing health issues that concern people across the world. The day is also used as an opportunity to spread awareness about the overall health and well-being of people. The theme of World Health Day 2022 is “Our Planet, Our Health”.The PG Department of Zoology conducted a speech competition for first-year students on this theme. The venue of the competition was the ‘Speaker’s Corner’ of the college campus. Students shared their valuable views on this topic.
World Water Day
World Water Day was observed on March 22 to raise awareness about the importance of water and educate people to conserve it. The PG Department of Zoology conducted a speech competition for first and second-year students. The theme of World Water Day this year is “Groundwater, Making the Invisible, Visible”. Students actively participated in the competition. The winners were Akhila K (First Prize), Anusha G.& Sreelakshmi Baiju (Second Prize).
Alumni Meet 2021
An online departmental alumni meeting was held on 8th August 2021 at 5.30 pm. Ms. K Leena Joseph, Head of the Department of Zoology welcomed the gathering. Retired faculty members and around 40 alumnae members were present at the meeting.
Certificate Course on ‘Ornamental Fish Culture’ 2021
Department of Zoology conducted a certificate course in ‘Ornamental Fish Culture’ from 15th to 30th May 2021 for the I and II BSc chemistry students and about 50 students benefited from the programme. Ms. K Leena Joseph, Dr. Teji K T, Ms. Jerry Thomas, Ms. Riji Joseph, Ms. Chandni P K and Sr. Mary Joe handled various sessions on common ornamental fishes, breeding, nutrition, types, and formulation of fish feed, common diseases of aquarium fishes and aquarium management, setting up of a freshwater aquarium and rearing of ornamental fishes. The evaluation was done through an online exam in Google Forms and e- Certificates were issued to the participants after the successful completion of the course.
Department of Zoology celebrated Onam on 20th August 2021. Sr Aleena Mary of II BSc Zoology welcomed the gathering. Teaching faculty delivered Onam messages followed by various cultural programmes like Onappattu, Thiruvathirakkali, etc. Competitions like Selfie Queen with Pookkalam were conducted. Ms. Anu Johnson of III BSc Zoology and Ms. Riya Bavachan of II BSc Zoology bagged the first prize and second prizes respectively.
Zoonoses Day 2021
Department of Zoology conducted a poster competition in connection with world Zoonoses day observation on 6th July 2021 based on the theme “Let’s Break the Chain of Zoonotic Transmission.” 10 students participated in the programme and Aswathy A S of III B Sc Zoology, Aleena Shaju of III B Sc Zoology, and Ashma Thadevus of II B Voc. and Aiswarya C S of II B Sc Zoology won first, second and third prizes respectively.
The Department of Zoology organized a webinar on 5th June 2021 in connection with World Environmental Day. Dr. Teji K T welcomed the gathering. The Principal, Rev. Dr. Sr. Rosily A V gave an Environmental message based on the focal theme “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore” as tackling climate change and the loss of species is crucial to the restoration of ecosystems. Dr.Abhesh Raghuvaran, Assistant Professor, Centre of Science in Society, CUSAT delivered a talk on ‘At the point of no return’. About 100 students participated in the programme and Ms. Shahla P of III B.Sc Zoology proposed a vote of thanks.
Seven B.Sc students participated in various competitions in the Zoofest of Ernakulam and Kalady zone organized by Zoological Society of Kerala on 26th January 2020. Ms. K. Leena Joseph served as a Judge for the powerpoint presentation competition.
Animal Rights Day
Department of Zoology conducted an Intercollegiate letter-writing competition on the Topic ‘Letter to animal victims of human tyranny’ in connection with the International Animal Rights Day Observation on 10th December 2020. Tania Mariya John of Morning Star Home Science College Angamaly, Nandana Madhusoodanan of Sree Sankara College, Kalady and Angel G Oswin of Morning Star Home Science College Angamaly. 10 students from various colleges participated in the competition. This programme was organized with a view to remembering the animal victims of human tyranny and calling for the recognition of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR).
Department of Zoology conducted an e-poster competition on the topic ‘Jaguars-Icons for sustainability’ in connection with International Jaguar Day on 29th November 2020. Angel G Oswin of I B.Sc FCS, Aarya Raj T R of I B.Sc FCS and Ramya R of I B.Sc Chemistry secured first, second and third prizes respectively.
Department of Zoology organized a Certificate course in ‘Zoonoses’ from 1st September to 30th November 2020 for UG students. 29 students benefited. Various sessions and discussions included Classification, Pathogenesis, mode of transmission and Prevention of major zoonotic diseases, Life cycle, pathology and Control measures of vector-borne diseases. Ms. K. Leena Joseph and Assistant Professor, Morning Star Home Science College and Ms Niranjana Davis, Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrissur were the resource persons. The relevance and preventive measures of zoonoses with special reference to Coronavirus was emphasized in the present scenario of the COVID-19 outbreak
Department of Zoology observed World Environment Day. The first year M Sc. Students observed their homestead biodiversity and prepared posters on biodiversity of the varied species in their courtyards and identifying the diverse species in their premises. The venture was interesting, educational and inspired the research inclinations in the students.
The department of M.Sc Zoology started green practice in the campus. The aim of the initiative is to fill the campus with indoor plants and make even the indoors ecofriendly. Plants will be brought by the students and supplied all over the campus eventually. To begin with the M.Sc Zoology lab, classrooms and department has been decorated with indoor plants. Following this, plants will be supplied to other department staff rooms and classrooms. The benefit is that, these green plants provide continuous fresh oxygen supply and the lush green environment provides stress relief for the staff and students. Also it provides a soothing view to the eyes.
University Rank (7th Position) in M.Sc. Zoology
Ms. Akhila A secured the seventh position in MG University examinations.
Ms. Maneesha K T of III B. Sc. Zoology won Second prize in a state-level e-poster competition conducted by Red Ribbon Club, Sree Sankara College, Kalady in connection with World Blood Donors Day 2021.
Ms. Greeshma AU of III B.Sc Zoology secured the first prize in State Level Reading Contest organized by the Research Department of Malayalam , Little Flower College, Guruvayoor in connection with Reading Week observation on 26th June 2021.
Ms. Merly T.T secured a Second Prize in the Intercollegiate Online Photography contest organized by the Department of Botany and Biotechnology, Neuman College, in connection with International Biodiversity Day.
Ms. Nihal M Zubair clinched the fourth rank in the MSc Zoology M G university examinations March 2020.
Ms. Aswathymol M S of III B. Sc. Zoology won 3rd prize in State level Slogan contest conducted by the Department of Zoology, Marthoma College for Women in connection with International Day of Girlhood on 10th October 2020.
Essay Competition (State Level)
Ms. A. S. Aswathy of I B.Sc Zoology won first prize in State level Essay competition organized by OSAX, St. Xaviers college for Women on 8 February 2020.
Zonal Zoofest Winners
The students of the department became the winners of the Zonal Zoofest conducted by the Zoological Society of Kerala held at SS College, Kalady on 30 January 2020
First Prize(News Reporting)- Amala Antony, III B.Sc. Zoology,
Second Prize(Group song)-Bhoomigeetham
University Rank Holder (3rd Position) in M.Sc. Zoology
Ms. Varada V Unni secured fourth position in MG University examinations.
Embracing the concept of green living, our department actively cultivates small indoor plants ideal for tabletops and inner spaces. These lush greens not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of our surroundings but also contribute to a healthier indoor environment. In an effort to promote a culture of nurturing nature indoors, we generously distribute these plants to other departments within the institution. By doing so, we inspire and encourage a greener mindset among students and staff, fostering an atmosphere where the presence of nature is integrated seamlessly into our daily lives. This initiative not only beautifies our campus but also instills a sense of responsibility towards the environment, cultivating a deeper appreciation for the natural world within the academic community.
Head of the Department