Zoology

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.

Courses

M.Sc. Zoology (Specialization in Entomology) (Self Financing)
No of Seats : 20 Course Stream : Post Graduate
B.Sc. Zoology
No of Seats : 20 Course Stream : Under Graduate

Faculty

Ms. Leena Joseph

  • M.Sc.
  • B.Ed
  • NET
Read More

Dr. Teji K.T.

  • M.Sc.
  • M.Phil.
  • Ph.D
Read More

Ms. Ajitha TV

  • M.Sc.
  • NET
  • GATE
Read More

Ms. Lakshmi M. (Botany)

  • M.Sc
  • B.Ed.
  • KTET
  • SET
Read More

Ms. Jerry Thomas

  • M.Sc.
  • B.Ed.
Read More

Ms. Riji Joseph

  • M.Sc
  • B.Ed.
Read More

Ms. Chandini P.K

  • M.Sc
  • B.Ed
Read More

Facilities

ICT Classrooms

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


U.G Zoology Laboratory

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.


Zoology Museum

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.


Department Library

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.


Butterfly Garden

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.


Vermicomposting

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.


Entomology exhibit

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.


P.G Zoology Laboratory

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.

Activities

Faculty and Student Exchange Programme

The Department of Zoology at Morning Star Home Science College, Angamaly, collaborated with Carmel College (Autonomous), Mala, to organize a faculty and student exchange programme on March 20 and 27, 2024. Ms. K Leena Joseph from Morning Star Home Science College conducted classes for B.Sc. Zoology complementary students at Carmel College, Mala, while Dr. Sr. Rini Maria from Carmel College handled classes for final year B.Sc. Zoology complementary students at Morning Star Home Science College. The classes were conducted both online and offline, benefiting approximately 30 students from the programme.

World Water Day Observation

The Department of Zoology organized a quiz and idea competition in commemoration of World Water Day on March 22, 2024, centered around the theme ‘water for peace’. Thirty-eight students participated in the quiz, with Ms. Devika Rajesh and Afnitha P T of I M Sc Chemistry securing the first position. Additionally, twenty students participated in the idea competition, with Anju Devassy of II B Sc Zoology and Fairooz Fathima of I M Sc Zoology winning the first and second prizes respectively. The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of water and promote sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Morning Star Lecture Series: Human-Wildlife Conflict

The Department of Zoology organized a lecture series on “Human-Wildlife Conflict” on March 19, 2024. Dr. T V Sajeev, Registrar in charge at KFRI, Peechi, and a renowned environmentalist, served as the resource person. The session highlighted the causes and outcomes of human-wildlife conflict, fostering discussions on conflict management strategies. Seventy B.Sc. Zoology and PG students benefited from the interactive seminar.

Photography for Scientific Research Seminar

The Department of Zoology organized a seminar on research methodology titled “Photography for Scientific Research” on March 18, 2024. Dr. Kalesh Sadasivan from Govt. Medical College Thrissur and Research Associate at TNHS served as the resource person. The session, focusing on macrophotography and photographic techniques, provided insights into modern photographic methods in scientific research. Seventy B.Sc. Zoology and PG students from various disciplines participated and benefited from the program.

Student as Teacher Programme by PG Department of Zoology

The PG Department of Zoology conducted a “Student as Teacher” programme for advanced learners. In this initiative, students with deep subject knowledge took classes for their peers. This programme not only allowed these students to enhance their own understanding but also fostered a collaborative learning environment among the PG students.

Certificate Course: Industrial Floriculture & Gardening

The Department of Zoology and Botany jointly organized a Certificate course in ‘Industrial Floriculture and Gardening’ from January 17 to March 15, 2024, for first and second year B.Sc. Zoology students. Sessions covered topics such as floriculture importance and trends, plant selection and cultivation, greenhouse management, floral design, integrated pest management, water conservation, garden types, and maintenance. Ms. Lakshmi M led the sessions, emphasizing the relevance of industrial floriculture and gardening through a group activity on floral arrangement. Seventeen students participated, benefiting from the program’s focus on entrepreneurial skills and creative utilization of time.

Departmental Competitions Highlights

The Department of Zoology organized skill-based competitions to assess the acquired skills of B.Sc. Zoology students.

  • Seminar Competition (January – February 2024):
    • Final year UG students presented seminars with PowerPoint presentations.
    • Ms. Kasi Krishnan of III B.Sc. Zoology emerged as the winner.
  • Dissection Competition (March 13, 2024):
    • First year UG students participated in a dissection competition.
    • Ms. Fathimathu Sahadiya T A of I B.Sc. Zoology won the prize.
  • Participation:
    • Twenty-four first and final year B.Sc. Zoology students participated in the competitions.
  • Outcome:
    • These competitions fostered a competitive spirit among students, encouraging skill acquisition and better performance.

Certificate Course: Ornamental Fish Culture & Aquascaping

The Department of Zoology conducted a Certificate course in ‘Ornamental Fish Culture and Aquascaping’ from January 10 to March 12, 2024, for final year UG students. Fourteen students participated, gaining insights into various topics including the present status of ornamental fish culture in India, water factors, fish morphology, anatomy, breeding, nutrition, transportation, and common diseases. Ms. K Leena Joseph led the sessions, stressing the importance of ornamental fish culture and aquascaping for self-employment. The course aimed to equip students with entrepreneurial skills, facilitating productive use of their time.

Group Activity: Ornamental Fish Culture and Aquarium Management

On March 11, 2024, the Department of Zoology organized a group activity focused on ‘Ornamental Fish Culture and Aquarium Management’. Fourteen final year B.Sc. Zoology students participated in setting up an aquarium, collecting accessories such as pebbles, aquarium plants, aerator, and hand nets, and introducing fishes. This hands-on activity provided valuable practical experience to the students in ornamental fish culture and aquarium management.

ICT Skills in Bioinformatics Training

The Department of Zoology conducted a Skill Enhancement Programme on ICT Skills in Bioinformatics on February 19 and March 7, 2024. Sr. Marymol Joe, Assistant Professor from the PG Department of Zoology at Morning Star College, Angamaly, led the training, emphasizing the significance of computational tools in biology. The programme covered a general introduction to biological databases and tools in bioinformatics, along with practical sessions on various tools such as BLAST for sequence alignments, RasMol for molecular visualization, and PHYLIP for computational phylogenetics.

Medical Coding Career Guidance Seminar

The Department of Zoology, in collaboration with Cresco Safe, organized a Career Guidance Webinar on ‘Medical Coding’ on February 9, 2024. Sri Joy P. Mathew, Managing Director of Cresco Safe, discussed career opportunities in medical coding. Ms. Ashmy A. Baby, a CPC certified medical coder and hospital administration faculty at Cresco Safe, covered medical coding procedures. Fourteen final year B.Sc. Zoology students participated, and the vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Aysha Nargees.

Gyanotsav Exhibition Visit

Final year B.Sc. Zoology students attended the ‘Gyanotsav’ exhibition at St. Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva, on January 12, 2024, as part of the college’s diamond jubilee celebrations. Ms. Lakshmi M. accompanied the students.

Field Study Programme

From January 5 to 7, 2024, a three-day field study programme was organized for II and III B.Sc. Zoology students to Ramakkalmedu, Cumbum, and Kodaikanal.

  • Destinations Visited: Ramakkalmedu hills (Trekking), Theni, Cumbum grapes farm and vineyards, Guna Caves, and Kodaikanal.
  • Ecosystem Exploration: Students experienced the aesthetic beauty and diversity of different ecosystems, including forest, cave, and lentic ecosystems.
  • Accompanying Staff: Ms. K. Leena Joseph, Dr. Teji K. T., Ms. Ajitha T. V., and Ms. Lakshmi M. accompanied the students throughout the programme.

Pathway-Social Wellness Programme Highlights

From December 11 to 13, 2023, the Pathway-Social Wellness Programme was jointly organized by the Department of Zoology, Minority Welfare Department, Govt of Kerala, and CCMY Aluva.

  • Inaugurated by Ms. Shyny K. Ittiachan, with Dr. Sulekha K. K. presiding.
  • Sessions covered topics like effective communication, conflict management, parenting, and legal aspects of marriage.
  • Notable speakers included Adv. Charlie Paul, Ms. Saheera Thangal, Mrs. Sapna K. S., Dr. Ambika Devi C. S., Adv. Shaijan Joseph, and Dr. Razeena Padmam.
  • Feedback sessions and refreshments were provided.
  • Thirty-five students benefited from the program’s insights into social wellness and soft skills enhancement.

ZOONOVA 2023: Showcasing Student Research

The PG Department of Zoology proudly published ZOONOVA 2023, the departmental academic journal featuring the project works of final-year students. This ISBN-registered journal offers students the opportunity to publish their research, serving both as a platform for showcasing their hard work and as a valuable reference for future academic endeavors.

World Fisheries Day

In celebration of World Fisheries Day on 21st November, the department organized a field visit to Marine World in Chavakkad. The theme for this year was “Celebrating the Wealth of Fisheries and Aquaculture.” This program provided students with in-depth knowledge about the species diversity of marine fishes, enriching their understanding of marine biodiversity and aquaculture practices.

Experiential Learning: Industrial Visit to CMFRI

On October 6th, the department organized an institutional visit to the National Marine Biodiversity Museum at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kochi for second-year M.Sc. students. This visit aimed to enhance students’ abilities to monitor and assess the diverse species of marine and coastal environments while fostering a research-oriented mindset towards marine fisheries.

Field Trip to Mangalavanam Wetland Ecosystem: A Valuable Learning Experience

On October 6th, second-year M.Sc. students visited the Mangalavanam wetland ecosystem in Kochi. This field trip provided a valuable opportunity to understand the crucial role of mangroves in sustaining biodiversity. Through guided tours, students observed the rich flora and fauna, learning about the ecological importance of mangroves in coastal protection and carbon sequestration. The experience highlighted the need for conservation efforts and inspired students to contribute to environmental sustainability.

Bio-Scenique: Exploring Animal Life and Ecosystems

As part of the Education Expo- Educere, the Department of Zoology organized a two-day exhibition called Bio-Scenique on October 26 and 27, 2023. Bio-Scenique showcased the diversity of animal life across different ecosystems, including forests, deserts, and aquatic environments. The exhibition featured a wide array of entomological specimens, live fishes, and plants. Visitors had the opportunity to explore topics ranging from Cell and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, to Vermitechnology.

Seminar on Research Methodology in Cytogenetic Laboratory Diagnosis

The Department of Zoology organized a two-day workshop on research methodology focusing on cytogenetic laboratory diagnosis for UG and PG zoology students. Dr. Sajayan Joseph, a Diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists and section leader at Diagnostic Genetic Lab Plus, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand, served as the resource person. The seminar covered current scenarios and modern laboratory diagnostic techniques for cytogenetic disorders on August 23, 2023, and various research methodologies in the analysis of cytogenetic disorders on October 9, 2023. Fifty B.Sc. and M.Sc. Zoology students participated, gaining insight into modern diagnostic techniques and ongoing international research in cytogenetics.

World Heart Day Observation

In honor of World Heart Day on September 29, 2023, the Department of Zoology conducted a quiz and poster making competition centered around the theme ‘Use Heart, Know Heart’. Thirty students participated in the quiz competition, with Aleesha Jolly of II B.A. Economics and Aysha Nargees of III B.Sc. Zoology securing first and second positions respectively. Additionally, Niranjana Krishna K of I M.Sc. Chemistry and Alka Shaju of I B.Com secured first and second positions respectively in the quiz. In the poster competition, which had 17 participants, Niranjana K R of II B.Com and Nasreen Banu of II B.Sc. Zoology won first and second prizes respectively. These activities aimed to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases, prevention, and their global impact.

Zonal Zoofest 2023

On September 19, 2023, 17 B.Sc. Zoology students showcased their talents in various competitions at the Zonal Zoofest organized by the Zoological Society of Kerala at St. Peter’s College, Kolencherry. This event served as a platform for students and faculty to exchange ideas and concepts. The winners were:

  • Radio Talk (1st Prize): Sana Nasrin – I B.Sc. Zoology
  • Dissection (3rd Prize): Abina George – II B.Sc. Zoology
  • Abstract Writing (3rd Prize): Ann Maria Jojo – III B.Sc. Zoology

Field Study Programme: College of Horticulture

On August 7, 2022, open course and final year B.Sc. Zoology students participated in a one-day field study programme at the College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara. Ms. Sheeba K. S., Field Assistant, highlighted the significance of Vermiculture in solid waste management, discussing earthworm species, their life cycle, and vermiculture unit maintenance. The students also visited a quail farm at Meloor, where Mr. Siju Thomas provided insights into brooding, feeding, and management techniques for Japanese quail, including marketing strategies.

Entrepreneurship Workshop: “Honey to Money”

On August 7, 2023, the Department of Zoology organized an entrepreneurship workshop titled “Honey to Money” at the Department of Agriculture Ornithology, College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara. The workshop was for open course and final year B.Sc. Zoology students. Mr. Mohanan S., Field Assistant, explained the scope of apiary and various techniques for running a profitable apiary. He discussed different honeybee species, management of each species, and the equipment used in apiculture. Ms. Aysha Nargees proposed the vote of thanks. The workshop helped 36 students, along with Ms. K. Leena Joseph, Ms. Ajitha T. V., and Ms. Lakshmi M., to develop entrepreneurial skills in beekeeping.

Bridge Course for I B.Sc. Zoology and FCS Students

From July 31 to August 4, 2023, a bridge course was conducted for I B.Sc. Zoology core and I B.Sc. FCS complementary students to familiarize them with the syllabus, help them adapt to the new academic environment, and equip them with knowledge about career opportunities in the field. A departmental aptitude test was held, in which Ms. Vinaya K. D. and Ms. Arunima Shaji of I B.Sc. Zoology secured the first position.

Webinar on Monsoon Diseases

The Department of Zoology organized a webinar titled “Monsoon Diseases: An Overview” on July 27, 2023, via Google Meet. Dr. Niranjana Davis from Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrissur, served as the resource person. The event began with a prayer, and Ms. Ajitha T. V. welcomed the gathering. Dr. Davis provided an in-depth overview of various monsoon diseases, discussing their pathogenesis, transmission, and the importance of personal and environmental hygiene for prevention. About 50 participants attended and benefited from the program. Ms. Jewel Rose George proposed the vote of thanks.

Dengue Awareness and Mosquito Eradication Program

On July 21, 2023, the Department of Zoology organized a community lab program on ‘Dengue Awareness and Mosquito Eradication’ at Pakalveedu-Snehakkoodu. Ms. K. Leena Joseph and Dr. Teji K. T., Assistant Professors from Morning Star Home Science College, served as resource persons. The program began with a prayer, and Ms. Jobina Joy, Coordinator of Pakalveedu, welcomed the gathering. Ms. K. Leena Joseph discussed Dengue pathogenesis, life cycle, and transmission in the first session. Dr. Teji K. T. focused on mosquito eradication techniques and environmental hygiene in the second session. Awareness notices were distributed, and 26 participants shared their experiences. Ms. Vincy Sebastian proposed the vote of thanks, followed by light refreshments.

Class-wise PTA Meetings for B.Sc. Zoology Students

  • August 14, 2023: An in-person PTA meeting for second and final year B.Sc. Zoology students was held at 2:30 pm to raise awareness among parents and motivate students for better performance.
  • March 11, 2024: An online PTA meeting for final year B.Sc. Zoology students was conducted at 7:30 pm to analyze fifth semester university exam results and overall academic performance.
  • March 12, 2024: An online PTA meeting for first year B.Sc. Zoology students was held at 7:30 pm to motivate students for improved performance.
  • March 15, 2024: An online PTA meeting for second year B.Sc. Zoology students was conducted at 7:30 pm to review internal examination results and discuss overall student performance.

Orientation Programme for I B.Sc. Zoology Students

On July 10, 2023, an orientation programme was held for I B.Sc. Zoology students and their parents to familiarize them with the college’s rules and regulations and help them adapt to the new academic environment. Both students and parents actively participated, sharing their anxieties and expectations.

Field Visit to Vypin Island

On June 15, 2023, second and final year B.Sc. Zoology students visited Vypin Island. They observed various aquatic species and fish collection techniques. Fisherman Sri Manikandan explained the use of fishing gears like cast nets and Chinese nets. The visit, accompanied by Ms. K. Leena Joseph, Dr. Teji K. T., and Ms. Lakshmi M., familiarized students with the backwater ecosystem. The journey through the water metro included sights like Willingdon Island and Bolgatty Palace. Twenty-three students participated and benefited from the programme.

Nature Study Programme at Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

On June 15, 2023, the Department of Zoology, in collaboration with OISCA International and the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Kerala, organized a one-day nature study programme at Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary. Inaugurated by Sri. Manu Rajagopal, the event featured a keynote by Dr. N.C. Induchoodan on biodiversity conservation. Ms. K. Leena Joseph facilitated the seminar and interactive session. Twenty-three students participated, gaining insights into the sanctuary’s ecological importance.

World Oceans Day 2023

On June 12, 2023, the Department of Zoology celebrated World Oceans Day by hosting a crossword puzzle competition themed “Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing.” Twenty-four students participated, benefiting from the event. Ann Maria Jojo and Nandana Udayakumar of III B.Sc. Zoology won first prize, while Janani Ravi and Ardra J Modi of II M.Sc. Zoology secured second prize.

World Environment Day 2023

On June 5, 2023, the Department of Zoology celebrated World Environment Day by planting a Neem sapling in the college’s botanical garden. Ms. K. Leena Joseph, Head of the Department, welcomed the gathering. Principal Dr. Sr. Shemi George planted the Neem sapling, highlighting its efficiency in CO2 fixation, and emphasized solutions to plastic pollution under the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

Farewell 2023

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.

Social Wellness

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.

Christmas 2022

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.

Capacity Building

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.

Laharimukthakeralam

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.

Vermicomposting 2022

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.

Vermiculture

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.

Zootech 2022

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

Quiz Competition

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.

Peer Learning

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.

Nature Study

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

´

Entomology Day

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 2022

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.

Field Trip

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. 

Vermiculture

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.

Medical Coding

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.

PTA Meet

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.

Oceans Day

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.

White Fungus

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

Black Fungus

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.

ONAVILLU- 2K21

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.

Critical Point

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. 

Zoofest

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).

Jaguar Day

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.

Zoonoses

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

Environment Day

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.

Green Initiative

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.

Achievements

University Rank (7th Position) in M.Sc. Zoology

Ms. Akhila A secured the seventh position in MG University examinations.

e-Poster

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.

Reading Contest

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.

Photography Contest

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.

University Rank

Ms. Nihal M Zubair clinched the fourth rank in the MSc Zoology M G university examinations March 2020.

Slogan Contest

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.

Scholarships

  • The Dr. Sr. Naveena CSN Jubilee Research Scholarship is established by the Department of Zoology staff and students to support a deserving student in their second year project during I M.Sc studies.
  • Sr.Philo TJ CSN Endowment Award established by the Department of Zoology to the top scorer in first year Complementary Botany.
  • The Sr. Alphonsa M.K. Endowment Prize, created by the Zoology Department staff in honor of Sr. Alphonsa M.K. (former Principal), is awarded to a deserving student in I B.Sc for their second-year studies.
  • The Dr. Nirmala Kumari K.R. and Prof. Marykutty Joseph Scholarship Prize, initiated by former Heads of the Department, Dr. Nirmala Kumari K.R. and Prof. Marykutty Joseph, recognizes deserving students in II B.Sc Zoology for their final year studies.
  • The Athira Memorial Prize Endowment Prize, established by staff and students in memory of Athira PA, a III B.Sc Zoology student from the 2013 batch, is given to deserving students in the first year of B.Sc and M.Sc Zoology.
  • The PG Top Scorer Prize, founded by the Zoology Department staff, is awarded to the student with the highest score in the M.Sc university examination.
  • The Sri N. Karunakaran Nair Memorial Prize, founded by his daughter Dr. Nirmalakumari K.R. (Reader and former HOD), is given to a deserving student in III B.Sc Zoology.
  • The Sr. Genevieve Scholarship Prize, established by the teaching staff and management in memory of Sr. Genevieve (former HOD of Botany), is awarded to a deserving student in II year Botany.
  • The Sr. Sophia Endowment Prize, created in the name of Sr. Sophia (former HOD), is given to the top scorer in the second year B.Sc Zoology examination.
  • The Menachery Devassykutty and Thressiamma Endowment, initiated by Mr. Joe Sebastian Menachery, supports a deserving student in their first year of M.Sc Zoology.
  • Merit award initiated by Prof. Reena Varghese for the top scorer in 2nd year Complementary Botany.

Best Practices

Green Initiative

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.