ZOOLOGY Department

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About the Department

About the Department

  1. Establishment of Department – 1980. The Department was started in the year 1980 with B.Sc General course. One full-time teacher Dr. Subhash Chandra Sadhukhan started the department with 25 students. It was very hard to establish a subject that was unknown to the students in this area. At that time, the teacher made a meticulous effort to establish an unknown subject. The lab of the department is fully equipped with modern instruments for the fulfillment of the practical curriculum of the syllabus. Zoology is the scientific study of animals, the students got the theoretical aspects of the subject and applied the same concept in the real field of overall and personal development and moved toward the new avenues of life with confidence. The department with the support of the institute provides an opportunity for those deprived class of people who live near the island of Sundarbans and who can not go beyond the Sundarban Island for economic, family, and communication-related reasons outside the coastal area of Sundarbans and nearby for further & higher studies.
  2. Courses Offered- Undergraduate Zoology General course
  3. KeyHighlights- The department has a well-equipped and enriched laboratory with some rare specimens and an established fish museum with the locally important fish specimens of Sundarban. Department has a separate departmental library and a classroom with an ICT facility and with an internet facility. Yearly publication of Wall magazines on contemporary issues and field excursions.


  • Good inter-personal relationship 
  • Good teacher students relationship 
  • Good discipline 
  • Good Innovative Culture 
  • Strong Management 
  • Strong extension culture 
  • Remedial coaching is given to weaker students
  • Well-qualified faculty with continuing research activities
  • Publications of faculty in International journals with good impact factor and recognition as reviewer of national and international journals


  • Inadequate permanent Staff (Teaching &Non-teaching)
  • Restricted space for laboratories and research work
  • Need of equipment
  • Requirement of sufficient staff for laboratory.
  • Students from vernacular background
  • Low Demand in recent years 


  • The revised syllabus enables the students to remain updated through project/ field work and better career opportunities.
  • Intensive care is taken due to the limited number of students in the Department. 
  • CAS requirements enhance the efficiency of teachers 
  • Sufficient UGC and state funding may enable the department for better and more enriched laboratory. 


  • Space constraint 
  • Financial constraint due to the government's policy of remittance of 50 % tuition fees Inadequate facility in the department.
  • To develop sufficient infrastructural facilities for students as well as staff to conduct research in various fields of Zoology.
  • To have collaboration with regional and National research institutes as well as industries.
  • To inculcate Research temper among students. 
  • To enhance the employability of students. 
  • To improve the writing and Communication Skills of the students.
  • Creating awareness about Digital Learning
  • To cultivate research aptitude among students.
  • To train the academically weaker students to perform well in academics and help them pursue higher education

Best Practice(s) of Department: The syllabus is divided term-wise and the lecture schedules are pre-fixed much earlier than the beginning of the session consequently the entire syllabus can usually be completed in time. A good number of class tests and preparatory classes are taken to prepare students for examinations. Students are encouraged to present class seminars and class talks to increase their interest in learning. Field trips, Excursions, In-house seminar etc. is organized every year to enable the students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and their social skills development in the real world. Students are encouraged to participate in different inter-college competitions and seminars to enrich their knowledge.

The teaching methods practiced by the department are as follows –

• Chalk and talk /black , whiteboard-based teaching

• ICT-based teaching

• Home assignment / Open book assignment

• Students‘ seminar and group discussion

During the Covid 19 pandemic-

We arranged online teaching through LMS, used different online teaching apps, and delivered lectures through PowerPoint presentations and audio/ video recordings. We also regularly uploaded our study materials on the LMS of the college website.

Future plan

  • Our department aims to expand its research programs by investing in cutting-edge technology and equipment. This may include acquiring advanced microscopy systems, and other research infrastructure to stay at the forefront of scientific discovery.
  •  We want to collaborate with other departments and disciplines, such as ecology, genetics, computer science, and environmental science. Building bridges between different areas of science can lead to innovative research and solutions to complex problems.
  • Given the growing concerns about biodiversity loss and environmental conservation, our department wants to focus on research and initiatives related to preserving endangered species, restoring ecosystems, and understanding the impacts of climate change on wildlife.
  • We want to improve undergraduate programs, incorporate more experiential learning opportunities, and engage in science outreach activities to inspire and educate the public. We want to expand public engagement efforts, including science communication, public lectures, and community involvement, to raise awareness about the importance of zoology and biodiversity.We also want to expand and open our fish museum for common people and students
  •  We want to invest in innovative teaching methods and technology integration to enhance education through the development of online courses, virtual labs, and educational apps to make learning more accessible and engaging.
  • We want to expand our facilities, including laboratories, animal housing, and modernize and maintain existing infrastructure.
  • We want to establish international partnerships and collaborations with research institutions, universities, and conservation organizations to tackle global issues in fisheries and wildlife research and conservation.
  • Securing research funding is essential for the growth and sustainability of our department. In future, we want to include strategies for increasing the department's success in obtaining research grants and external funding.






Sl No Title Syllabus View
2 B.Sc Syllabus (NEP 2020) ZOOLOGY 2023
3 Zoology 1+1+1 system syllabus (old)

Departmental Notices

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1 Departmental notice
2 B.Sc. Semester VI Zoology General (CBCS) Practical Examination 2023
3 B.Sc. Semester II Zoology General (CBCS) Practical Examination 2023
4 excusrion notices
5 ADD ON notices 2022-2023
6 Add on notice 2021-22
7 B.Sc. semester III Practical Examination (under CBCS) 2023

Curricular Delivery Schedule

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1 curriculum delivery schedule EVEN SEMESTER
2 curriculum delivery schedule odd semester

Po & Co

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1 PO and CO
2 NEP 2023 CO and LO

Previous Year Question Papers

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1 2021
2 2020
3 2019
4 2018
5 2017
6 2016
7 B.Sc. (General) Zoology CU Examination-2022 Semester-I Paper-CC1-GE1
8 B.Sc. (General) Zoology CU Examination-2022 Semester-IV Paper-CC4-GE4
9 B.Sc. (General) Zoology CU Examination-2022 Semester-V Paper-DSE-A-2
10 B.Sc. (General) Zoology CU Examination-2021 Semester-IV Paper-CC4-GE4


B.SC. (General) in Zoology


  • Scientific Articles:
  • SX Yongkang Chen, Anisa Mitra, Samad Rahimnejad, Shuyan Chi, Vikas Kumar( ...).2023. Retrospect of fish meal substitution in Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) feed: Alternatives, limitations and future prospects.Reviews in aquaculture.IF 10.23
  • VK and A Mitra.2023. Renewable waste feedstocks for a sustainable aquaculture industry 2023.. In book:Bioproducts
  • Anisa Mitra,Fagr Kh. Abdel-Gawad,Samah Bassem (…),Vikas Kumar Giulia Guerriero.2023. Climate Change and Reproductive Biocomplexity in Fishes.Scholarly community encyclopedia.
  • Prabal Barua,Md.Mazharul Islam and Mitra,A.2023. Accumulation of Heavy Metals in Associated Irrigated Water, Soil and Production of Tomato around the Export Processing Zone of BangladeshAsian journal of water,environment and pollution 20 (4).IF 0.78
  • Mitra, A., Abdel-Gawad, F. K., Bassem, S., Barua, P., Assisi, L., Parisi, C., ... & Guerriero, G. (2023). Climate Change and Reproductive Biocomplexity in Fishes: Innovative Management Approaches towards Sustainability of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Water, 15(4), 725.IF 3.8 
  •  Mitra,A and Barua P. 2023. Coping Practices of Women Fisherfolk in Responses to Climate Change at UNESCO Declared World Heritage Site of Sundarbans. In book: Ecological Footprints of Climate Change. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-15501-7_28 
  •  Barua P, Mitra A, Islam M,. Effect of Salinity Intrusion on Sediments in Paddy Fields and Farmers’ Adaptation Initiative: A Case Study.2023. In book: Global Agricultural Production: Resilience to Climate Change. Springer.DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-14973-3_21 
  •  Barua P, Islam M, Mitra A. Socio-economic condition of the indigenous fishermen in and around an artificial lake of Bangladesh. MOJ Eco Environ Sci. 2022;7(5):162- 169. DOI: .15406/mojes.2022.07.00262 
  •  P Barua, S. H. Rahman, S. Eslamian [...], A Mitra. Sustainable Management Solution for the Water Crisis in Coastal Bangladesh. In: Water Scarcity: Global Perspective, Issues and Challenges (pp.67-105). NOVA Science Publisher, USA.2022 
  •  P Barua, M Islam, A Mitra. 2022. Developing a Sustainable Coastal Aquaculture Value Chain for the Rural Communities of Bangladesh.. IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management 19 (1), 7-44 
  •  A Mitra and P Barua. 2022. Water crisis and aquaculture sustainability: Present status and future perspectives. In: Water scarcity:Global perspectives,issues and challenges.Nova publishers.USA 
  •  R S.H.[,……] , A Mitra. 2022. Sustainable management solution for the water crisis in Bangladesh. In: Water scarcity:Global perspectives,issues and challenges.Nova publishers.USA 
  •  P Barua, S Elsamian, A Mitra. Sustainable management for conservation of urban aquatic forms in Bangladesh.2022. In book: Handbook of Uncertainty in Eurasian Forecasting.Springer. 
  •  Barua,P.,Eslamian S.,Mitra, A.,Islam,Ratna,F.M.2022. Freshwater scarcity scenario in a coastal area of Bangladesh. In: Water scarcity:Global perspectives,issues and challenges.Nova publishers.USA 
  •  Barua,P. and Mitra, A. 2022. Indigenous knowledge as adaptation strategies of farmers in response to climate change in Northwest Bangladesh. IUP Journal of Knowledge Management . Jul2022, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p44-77. 34p. 
  •  Mitra, A., Roy,D and Homechaudhuri S.(2021). Effect of N ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) toxicity on early development of Asian catfish Clarias batrachus (Linnaeus, 1758). International Journal of fisheries and aquatic studies. 9(6): 200- 204. NAAS Rating: 3.99 
  •  Roy,D., Mitra, A. and Homechaudhuri S.(2021). Differential Expression of Genes Responsible for Reproduction of Male and Female Danio rerio Following Interaction Between Estrogen Receptor and Cadmium. Proceedings of the Zoological Society DOI: 10.1007/s12595-021-00395-1.IF 0.71
  •  Mitra, A. Thought of Alternate Aquafeed: Conundrum in Aquaculture Sustainability?. Proc Zool Soc 74, 1–18 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12595-020-00352-4.IF 0.71
  •  Mitra, A., Roy, D and Homechaudhuri S.(2020). Evaluating the haematological and biochemical changes following acute toxicity of cadmium in air-breathing perch Anabas testudineus (Bloch,1792) Journal of Fisheries and life sciences 5(2):45-52 
  • Roy,D., Mitra, A., Biswas,M., Chakraborty,S., Pal,S. and Homechaudhuri S.(2019). Early ontogeny of the Asian catfish Magur, Clarias batrachus (Linnaeus, 1758) International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies.7(1) 287-292. Online ISSN: 2347-5129. Print ISSN: 2394-0506. NAAS Rating: 3.99 
  • Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2018). An Overview of Biology And Culture Potentials of Humped Featherback Chitala chitala (Hamilton, 1822) – A NewCandidate for Aquaculture Diversification. Reviews in fisheries science and aquaculture.26(3):371-380. Print ISSN: 2330-8249 Online ISSN: 2330-8257. Impact factor 10.5 
  • Roy, S., Kumar, V., Mitra, A., Manna, R.K. and Homechaudhuri, S. (2018) Amylase and protease activity in shrimps and prawn of Sundarbans, West Bengal, India. Indian Journalof Geo-Marine Sciences 47(01):53-59. ISSN, 0379-5136.Impact factor 0.289. 
  •  Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2017). A probiotic experiment with Bacillus licheniformis fb11 to evaluate the digestive efficiency and growth performance in Chitala chitala (Osteoglossiformes; Notopteridae). Proceedings of Zoological Society doi.org/10.1007/s12595-017-0227-x. ISSN: 0373-5893 (Print) 0974-6919 (Online)
  •  Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2017). Profile and partial characterization of digestive enzymes Featherback Chitala chitala (Osteoglossiformes: Notopteridae) during early development. Proceedings of Zoological Society 70(2)141-149. ISSN: 0373-5893 (Print) 0974-6919 (Online) 
  •  Kalueff,A.V.,Echevarria,D.J.2,5,Homechaudhuri,S.6 ,Stewart,A.M.2,3,Collier,A.D.2,5,Kaluy eva,A.A.3 ,Li,S.1 ,Liu,Y.1 ,Chen,P.1 ,Wang,J.1 ,Yang,L.1 ,Mitra,A. 6 ,Pal,S.6 ,Chaudhuri,A.6 ,Ro y,A.6,Biswas,M.6 ,Roy,D.6 ,Podder,A.6 ,Poudel,M.K.2,3,Katare,D.P.7 ,Mani,R.J.7 ,Kyzar,E.J.2, 8 ,Gaikwad,S.9 ,Nguyen,M.2,3,Song,C.1,9.(2016).Zebrafish neurobehavioral phenomics for aquatic neuropharmacology and toxicology research. Aquatic Toxicology. 170:297-309 ISSN: 0166-445X Impact factor-3.5
  •  Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2014). Allometric growth pattern during early developmental stages of Featherback, Chitala chitala (Hamilton 1822) (Osteoglossiformes: Notopteridae). Asian Fisheries Science 27:260-273. ISSN 01166514. IF 0.304
  • Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2014). Understanding probiotic potentials of Bacillus bacterial population isolated from Chitala chitala (Osteoglossiformes; notopteridae) by comparing the enzyme activity in vitro. InternationalJournal of Pure and Applied Zoology 2 (2): 120-127. Electronic ISSN: 2320-9585, Print ISSN: 2320-9577
  • Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2015). Histomorphological studyof gut developmental pattern in the early life history stages of featherback, Chitala chitala (Hamilton). Archives of Polish Fisheries 23:25-35.SNIP-0.82.Online ISSN: 2083-6139 
  •  Mitra A. and Homechaudhuri S. (2013). Trophic Niche and Nutritional Profile of two Mudskippers Periophthalmus novemradiatus and Boleophthalmus boddarti in their Native Estuarine Habitat. Science and Culture 79 (5–6):248-251. ISSN0036-8156 

Genbank accession no on sequence submission

 1. cyp19b MT487758 2. erba MT604214 3. erbb MT604213 4. era MT604215 5. vtg1    MT499882 6. bactin MT476026

  • Book:

 1. Biology and culture potential of Chitala chitala. Mitra A., Mukhopadhyay P.K. and Homechaudhuri S. (2018). Astral international publication. Delhi, India xiii+89. ISBN: 9789386071897 

  • Magazine:

 Mitra, A.(2016) Chital mach:kichu gyatobyo bisoy. Matsya sambad 1(3)34-37. 2. Mitra A. and Mukhopadhyay P.K. (2012).Chitala chitala an ideal species for aquaculture diversification. Agrovet Buzz 5(3):63-67. 

  • Paper presented:
  • Delivered online lecture on “Chitala chitala- a new candidate species for aquaculture diversification” as Guest speaker at the Department of Biology, Federico II University, Naples (Italy) for master’s students and Board members of the International Master School in Marine Biology and Aquaculture, curriculum: Aquaculture,May 2023.
  • Delivered online lecture on “Future Brief: sustainable aquaculture with new candidate species Chitala chitala” as Guest speaker at the Department of Biology, Federico II University, Naples (Italy) for master’s students and Board members of the International Master School in Marine Biology and Aquaculture, curriculum: Aquaculture 2022. 
  • Delivered an enlightening talk in the Online Orientation Course organised by the Department of Zoology in “Basic Ecology and Parasitology” for B.Sc. Zoology Honours and General Students of Bangabasi Morning College on 18th August, 2020
  •  Presented paper entitled sustainable aquafeed the conundrum in modern aquaculture in e consus international e conference on revisiting strategies for sustainable development organized by IQAC, BB college, Asansol on 13th -14th June 2020.
  •   Presented paper on THE GREENING OF AQUACULTURE: A STEP TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE COASTAL in Virtcon 2020 organized by Bhairab Ganguly College and Dumdum Motijheel college on 6th and 7th July 2020.
  •  Presented paper in national seminar on advancement of biology in the 21st Century on 28th -29th February 2020
  •   Presented paper entitled comparing dietary niche between two species of gobiidae in their native estuarine habitat of sundarban in the International seminar on Sundarbans:science to society organized by Sundarban Hazi Desarat college in collaboration with Sundarban Anilkrishna Mahavidyalaya on 26th January 2020.
  •  Presented poster in international conference INTZOOCON 2018 organised by Department of Zoology University of Calcutta. (Hundred-year celebration).1.2.2018-3.2.2018.
  •  Presented paper in Prof. Hiralal Chaudhuri Commemorative Conference. Organised by Zoological Society of Kolkata and department of zoology University of Calcutta.




Academic year 2023-2024

  • Nature walk with Arjan Basu Roy on 07/03/2024.
  • One day state level seminar on 'Connecting your internal world with your external reality:you and your emotional intelligence' was jointly organized by Department of Education and Department of Zoology in collaboration with Cell for Psychological counseling mental health and IQAC, Sundarban Hazi Desarat College on 25th August 2023.Dr. Mainak Sengupta, dept of Genetics,University of Calcutta, delivered an informative and thought-provoking lecture on “Music and genes towards human happiness and well-being”.Dr. Rajesh Kumar Saha, Dept of Education,Rabindra bharati University delivered the lecture on ‘Emotional intelligence:the power to change your world’.
  • As every year teacher’s day poster presentation was organized by the Sundarban Hazi Desarat College on 5th Sept, 2023 in which various departments have participated  by presenting their poster, in which department of Zoology had also participated and launched their Departmental wall magazine and the theme was Holi is not happy for dogs”.
  • One day Training programme on Pisciculture. Organized by Department of Zoology in collaboration with IQAC,as part of college management initiative, Sundarban Hazi Desarat College. Date 05.10.23.The one-day training program, brought together expert Dr. Bijay Kali Mahapatra,Former Principal Scientist and Scientist-In-Charge,ICAR-CIFE,Kolkata division, fisheries specialists, and eager participants, fish farmers, students from the Sundarbans and nearby regions. The objective was to disseminate valuable information on modern fish culture techniques, management of fish farms, and the promotion of environmentally friendly practices.

Academic year 2022-2023

  • World wildlife day celebration on 04/03/2023 organised by Eco club and department of zoology with IQAC of Sundarban Hazi Desarat College in collaboration with NATURE MATES. Topic- Wildlife around us       Speaker- Arjan Basu Roy      Participants-40
  • Special talk on women empowerment for student awareness as West Bengal government initiative for student week celebration 05.1.23 was delivered by Dr. Anisa Mitra.
  • Organized Krishimela 2023 in college ground in association with IQAC
    Organized science talent search examination for local school students to inculcate the knowledge of science in the school students as an organizing member of as a member of SHDC science teacher consortium.
  • On 5th Sept, 2022 department of Zoology published their Departmental wall magazine and the theme was “Bigyan o Rabindranath”. 
  • Visit to Indian Museum 12.11.2022 To study the rich and well- documented collection of historical and current specimens that can be used in scientific research. It greatly helped to understand many concepts such as biodiversity and evolution as per the curriculum of 4 th Sem student

                      Academic year 2021-2022

  • On 5th Sept, 2021 department of Zoology published their Departmental wall magazine and the theme was Plastic pollution”.

           Academic year 2020-2021

  • Published their Departmental wall magazine on Sundarban- the mystic mangrove”. 
  • Department of Zoology in collaboration with the Department of Botany and IQAC, SUNDARBAN HAZI DESARAT COLLEGE organized International webinar on Contemporary issues on Biological sciences on Sunday, 27 th September, 2020
    10:30am- 03:30 pm IST. Webex meeting link: https://rbt.webex.com/rbt/j.php?MTID=m86e0a89333aa715720b9bc93f871077e
    Meeting number (access code): 170 650 5844
    Concept note: Biology is confronted with the need to answer fundamental questions about how life and natural systems evolve, are governed, and respond to changing environments. The empirical observations of a multitude of life forms, the historical facts of evolution, and the ordering of biological knowledge into an overarching taxonomy of life—served to define the central practices of biology until the 1950s and still in many ways affect the attitudes, training, philosophy, and values of the biological sciences. But the modern biological sciences, rather the Integrative biology is an essential and effective approach to resolve the complex issues facing the 21st century. Though, the traditional biology has a tendency to break down observable life phenomenon into a list of parts and for determining their interactions i.e. reductionism whereas modern system biology attempts to describe complex and dynamic wiring of all elements in system and detect the emergent properties of it i.e. holisms. This cross-disciplinary and multitaxon practice is a way of perceiving and practicing science and of transforming science— its processes and its results—to deal with societal issues. Engaging more deeply with these issues in present time would sharpen our ideas concerning the philosophy of biology and its future possibilities. 

Resource person: Dr. Sujay Ghosh Assistant Professor Department of Zoology University of Calcutta discussed on the challenges and progress towards improving health for each individual with down syndrome. Down syndrome (DS) is a birth defect with huge medical and social costs, caused by
trisomy of whole or part of chromosome 21. It is the most prevalent genetic disease worldwide and the common genetic cause of intellectual disabilities appearing in about 1 in 400-1500 newborns.
Although the syndrome had been described thousands of years before, it was named after John
Langdon Down who described its clinical description in 1866. Scientists have identified candidate
genes that are involved in the formation of specific DS features. These advances in turn may help to
develop targeted therapy for persons with trisomy 21. Screening for DS is an important part of routine
prenatal care. Until recently, noninvasive screening for aneuploidy depends on the measurement of
maternal serum analytes and ultrasonography. More recent progress has resulted in the development
of noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) test using cell-free fetal DNA sequences isolated from a
maternal blood sample.He also discussed the situation of the children in this pandemic and how they
are coping.
Resource person: Agni Mitra Regional deputy director (Eastern region) wildlife crime
control bureau Ministry of environment Forest and climate change Govt of India discussed on
recent trends in wildlife crime. He discussed how Wildlife crime has far-reaching and
devastating consequences for society, public health and global economics. Often overlooked and
under-prosecuted, it is a sophisticated serious crime with high demand driving high prices and
violence.The profile of the wildlife criminal has changed.Now they are organized, innovative,
well connected, and run global syndicates that commission the mass slaughter and capture of
protected species in all parts of the world.  These criminals import and export endangered species
for international trade via the same routes they use to smuggle weapon, drugs and other illicit
goods.   The international characteristics of these crimes and their links with organized crime
make the role of police cooperation across borders fundamental to tackling wildlife crime.He also
discussed the mitigation policies to protect the wildlife.
Resource person: Dr. Tarun Keswani Senior Post Doctoral scientist of albert Einstein College of
Medicine New York,USA on recent advances in COVID -19 infection: immunity and vaccines. He

pointed out that the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is a rapidly transmitting and highly
pathogenic disease. The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 binds to the surface of angiotensin-converting
enzyme-2 (ACE2) receptors along the upper respiratory tract and intestinal epithelial cells. SARS-
CoV-2 patients develop acute respiratory distress, lymphocytic myocarditis, disseminated
intravascular coagulation, lymphocytic infiltration, and other serious complications. A SARS-CoV-2
diagnosis is conducted using quantitative reverse-transcription PCR and computed tomography (CT)
imaging. He also conversed the way to recognize and eliminate any barriers that affect rapid patient
care and public health management against the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic based on the natural history of
the disease, its transmission, pathogenesis, immune response, epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical
presentation, possible treatment, drug and vaccine development, prevention, and future perspective.

In our post lunch session, we had two speakers.
Resource person: Prof. Rajesh Tandon, Professor, Department of Botany, University of Delhi
discussed on how do flowering plants respond to pollination crisis?
Sexual reproduction is the predominant mode of perpetuation for flowering plant species. Successful
reproduction is not only the basis of stability of the species in their natural habitat but also for the
productivity of the crop plant species. Nearly 90% flowering plants use a wide range of animals and
insects for pollination. Flower visitors like bees, butterflies, etc. act as the main pollinators and both
the plants and pollinators share a mutualistic relationship. The pollinators benefits by feeding on
nectar and pollens from the flower and the plant benefits by dispersal of pollens for successful
pollination. But, in recent days, global pollination crisis has become a major concern due to decline
in pollinating insects. Habitat degradation, modern agricultural practices, introduced pests and
diseases are the major threats for such decline. Hence, to conserve biodiversity, to stop loss of
ecosystem services, and to protect crops, pollinator protection is necessary. In his talk, Prof. Tandon
vividly discussed about various flowering plant species, their pollinator and pollination modes and
their responses to pollination crisis along with beautiful photographs taken in the field. He
concluded his talk highlighting the urgent need of protecting pollinator species to conserve wild
plants in their natural habitat and to stop further loss of biodiversity.

Resource person: Prof. Abhik Gupta, Pro Vice Chancellor, Assam University Silchar, Professor and
former Dean, School of Environmental Sciences. He discussed on COVID-19 and other Zoonotic
diseases: some ecological and ethical issues.
Zoonotic diseases are those which are transmitted from animals to humans. The pandemic of
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2 has also been classified as a zoonotic disease.
An early animal to human transmission history of SARS-CoV-2 was found in China where bats were
identified as the probable factor. Detailed investigation also found that SARS-CoV was transmitted
from civet cats to humans. Similarly MERS-CoV transmission was found from dromedary camels to
humans. Presence of SARS-CoV-2 related viruses was also reported in Malayan pangolins. These
recent outbreak of COVID pandemic and outbreak of various other zoonotic diseases are cause of
increasing human population and various anthropogenic activities which have impacted the
environment. The talk highlighted that zoonotic pandemics are related to human activities causing
habitat destruction, deforestation, biodiversity loss, pollution, excessive urbanization and global
trade of wild animals. Consumption of wild meat, poaching, smuggling, capture and collection of
wild animals like pangolins, etc. are also increasing the risk of zoonotic diseases. On the other hand,
populations of these threatened animals like pangolins are also getting impacted. Protection of habitat, sustainable use of natural resources and more effective wildlife trade legislation are
required to reduce zoonosis-based pandemics.
In the webinar from all over the India and from abroad around 150 Scientists, Teachers, Students, Academicians and Researchers participated.

        Academic year 2019-2020

  • Participated in the Sundarban Dibas to represent our College and department as a part of Social outreach programme on 11th-12th December 2019,Gosaba to aware school students on animal diversity.
    · Anchoring as the host of the International seminar on Sundarban: Science to Society by Dr. Anisa Mitra
  • Visit to local poultry farm- Namita Mondal poultry farm  on 4.2.2020  As per the curriculum of 3 rd year general students to understand the poultry science which deals with egg and meat production systems, industry structure, processing, product development, egg and meat quality and economics.
  • Visit to Jhagrasisha Fish farm, East Kolkata wetland on 15.2.2020  as per the curriculum of 3 rd year general students to understand the importance of East Kolkata Wetland as an example for resource recovery through aquaculture and as a low cost sanitation model through participation of local people to meet the challenges of nutritious food, employment opportunity,treat waste water and overall sustainable development in food and non food sector
  • Visit to Indian Museum 11.2.2020 To study the rich and well- documented collection of historical and current specimens that can be used in scientific research. It greatly helped to understand many concepts such as biodiversity and evolution as per the curriculum of 4 th Sem student

      Academic year 2018-2019

  • Inter departmental quiz competition hosting on Briksharopon Utsab organized by Dept. of Botany 30.7.2019
  • Blood grouping and Thalassemia testing camp in collaboration with dept of Chemistry
    and South 24 parganas Thalassemia Society on 18/09/2018 for social awareness.
  • Excursion to Susunia Hill Bankura to study local biodiversity.
  • Visit to Indian Museum 01/03/2019 To study the rich and well- documented collection of historical and current specimens that can be used in scientific research. It greatly helped to understand many concepts such as biodiversity and evolution as per the curriculum of 2nd and 3rd year students.

                       Academic year 2017-2018

  • Wall magazine publication on Malaria.
  • Excursion to Ayodhya Hill Purulia to study local biodiversity.


Establishment of Fish museum in the department:

 The Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique and ecologically significant mangrove forest region located in South Asia, primarily in Bangladesh and India. The region is home to a diverse range of aquatic life, including many unique fish species. This fish museum for Sundarban fishes can serve as a valuable tool for conservation, education, and research, helping to protect the unique and biodiverse ecosystem of the Sundarbans. We have more than 50 different types of fish in our museum to date and we are trying to enrich the museum.





Contact Us

Department of Zoology, Sundarban Hazi Desarat College, Pathankhali, South 24 parganas, West Bengal-743611

e-mail: shdcollege1961@gmail.com (College e-mail)

  Dr. Anisa Mitra (mitra.anisa@gmail.com)

Mr. Suvajit Mandal (mondalsuvajit400@gmail.com)

 Ph Number: + 91 9153549274 (College Office, Head Clerk)