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.
ICT enabled Classrooms
ICT Classrooms (Information and Communication Technologies led Classrooms) with Wifi connectivity makes learning interesting and effective.
U.G Zoology Laboratory
The Zoology laboratory is equipped with all the required facilities for the practical sessions in the Undergraduate program. Maintenance of the lab and its facilities is done to regularly.
The Zoology Museum showcases an interesting collection of the wonders of the Animal World. Preserving, labeling, and exhibiting varied species of organisms, the Museum provides a learning experience for students as they familiarize themselves with the binomial names and specificities of the genus and species.
The Library is stocked with reference books and competitive examination guides which students can use to enhance subject knowledge as well as prepare for upcoming competitive examinations.
The plant species necessary for the Botany experiments are reared in the terrace garden from which the students are provided with ample plants required for practical sessions.
Fluttering colorful wings of vibrant butterflies adorn the Butterfly Garden where students can explore the host plants, observe the butterfly species and study their life cycle. A board has been set up indicating the scientific names of observed species so students can identify them more easily.
A Vermicompost is an excellent option that allows for an indoor composting operation in less space. Students are made familiar with the structures required for Vermicompost and the worm species used in this. They are helped with resources to install this in their homes and share it with others as well.
This display of varied preserved species of the insect world with their scientific names enables students to familiarize themselves with the characteristic features of the species, learn their binomial names, and practice methods of insect preservation.
P.G Zoology Laboratory
The spacious Zoology laboratory facilitates the learning and practical sessions for the Post Graduate students to enable a detailed understanding of the animal kingdom by exploring the physical, morphological and physiological characteristics of animals. Instruments required for microbial studies, spectrophotometric analysis and histological studies of cells and tissues are maintained here.
Farewell was organized by the department to the final year B.sc students on 31st March 2022. Ms. K Leena Joseph elivered 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 refreshment. 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 25th to 27 March 2022. The students visited Kurumbalakotta hills, Trekking Banasurasagar Dam, Meenmutty water falls (Trecking), 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 ecosystem, Dam ecology, lentic ecosystem and marine ecosystem. Students also visited Honey museum and a training session on ulture techniques was given by Sri. Hashim Ramees about different species of honey bees, Honey Bee-life cycle, communication mechanism. bee keeping methods and equipments,honey bee products especially royal jelly.Honey processing equipments, 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.
Christmas was celebrated in the department on 23 December 2021. Ms. K. Leena Joseph, H.O.D. of Zoology delivered Xmas message followed by various cultural programmes and distribution of cakes.
Department of Zoology and Coaching Centre for Minority Youth, Aluva jointly organized Certificate course in Pre-marital counseling from 3rd to 7th December 2021 for UG and PG students. Sessions were handled by faculties of minority welfare board, Thiruvananthapuram and discussions included Need ,functions and importance of marriage, by Ms. Fabil Varghese; Husband & Wife Relationship by Ms. Lakshmi Vinod; In-law Relationship by Ms. Munshida; Financial Management - Family Budget by Ms. Hajara; Physiology by Dr. Bindhu Philip; Early Child care- Parenting Adv. Charly Paul; Legal Aspects of Marriage Adv. M.K.Huq; Group Counselling Sapna.
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 session on ‘Medical coding: Career Opportunities’. 55 students from various science disciplines participated in the programme.
An online Student induction programme for the newcomers of BSc Zoology 2021-2024 Batch and to their parents was arranged on 28th September 2020 in Google meet. Main objectives of the Programme were to announce the core values of the institution to the students and to familiarize the learning environment and outcomes of undergraduate studies in the institution and the department.
Department of Zoology celebrated Onam on 20th August 2020. Ms.Teji K T delivered Onam message. Cultural programmes like onappattu, thiruvathirakkali etc. were followed by competitions like Selfie queen with Pookkalam.
An online departmental alumni meeting was held on 8th August 2021 at 5.30 pm. Ms. K Leena Joseph, Head, Department of Zoology welcomed the gathering. Retired faculty members and around 40 alumnae members were present at the meeting.
Department of Zoology conducted 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 and 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 places respectively
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 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 Department of Zoology created and presented an awareness video about white fungus, 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
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 were benefited from the programme. Ms. K Leena Joseph, Dr. Teji K T, Ms. Jerry Thomas, Sr. Mary Joe, Ms. Riji Joseph and Ms. Chandini P K handled various sessions on common ornamental fishes, breeding, nutrition, types and formulation of fish feed, common diseases of aquarium fishes and aquarium management and an activity of setting up of a freshwater aquarium and rearing of ornamental fishes. Evaluation was done through online exam in google forms and e- Certificates were issued to the participants after the successful completion of the course.
The students of 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.
Department of Zoology conducted an Essay competition on the topic ‘Sundarlal Bahuguna: The Man of Earth’ in connection with International Day for Biological Diversity on 22nd May 2021. Greeshma A U of III B Sc Zoology, Athulya K P of I M Sc Zoology and Ann Treesa Mariat of I B Sc FCS secured first, second and third prizes respectively.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Department of Zoology organized a webinar on 5th June 2021 in connection with World Environmental Day. Dr. Teji K T welcomed the gathering. 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 Zoofest of Ernakulam and Kalady zone organized by Zoological Society of Kerala on 26th January 2020. Ms. K. Leena Joseph served as Judge for the power point 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 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 were participated in the competition. This programme was organized with a view to remember the animal victims of human tyranny and call for the recognition of Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (UDAR).
Department of Zoology organized a slogan writing competition on the topic –‘conserve wild life’ in connection with World wild life conservation day 2020 on 4th December 2020. Aneesha Baiju of I B.Com, Libiya Baby of I BA Economics, Sr. Aleena Mary of I B Sc Zoology and Sr. Riya Jolly of I B Sc FCS won first, second and third prizes respectively. 14 students were participated in the competition. Wildlife Conservation Day seeks to raise awareness to preserve and protect the natural world and its inhabitants; discourage consumer demand for products made from endangered species and demonstrate efforts by citizens, activists, private corporations, and governments to bring an end to the illicit wildlife trade.
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.
World Fisheries Day
Department of Zoology organized an Essay competition on the topic ‘Social responsibility in the fisheries value chain’ in connection with world fisheries day on 21st November 2020. Sajitha of I B Com, Aarya Raj of I B Sc FCS and Ann Treesa Mariat of I B Sc FCS secured first, second and third prizes respectively.
Reptile Awareness Quiz
Department of Zoology organized an online national level Reptile awareness quiz 2020 in connection with national reptile awareness day, observed on 21st October 2020. About 400 people were participated in the Quiz competition and the participants secured 80% or above were awarded with e-certificates.
Department of Zoology organized Certificate course in ‘Zoonoses’ from 1st September to 30th November 2020 for UG students and 29 students were 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 Corona virus was emphasized in the present scenario of Covid -19 outbreak
Fundamentals of IPR
Department of Zoology organized a national webinar on “Fundamentals of IPR: Special focus on Life Sciences”. Ms. K. Leena Joseph, Head, Department of Zoology welcomed the gathering. The session was handled by Dr.Lawwellman.P, Associate Professor, Govt.Law College, Kozhikode. Sr. Mary Joe proposed Vote of Thanks. The webinar was hosted in Google Meet on 22nd July 2020. About190 people participated in the programme and the participants were awarded with e-certificates.
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.
Punarvanam-Exhibition of Medicinal Plants
Punarnavam -Exhibition of medicinal plants was organized by Bhoomithrasena club and Dept. of Zoology on 26th July 2019. The programme was inaugurated by Principal Rev. Dr. Sr.Rosily A V. students exhibited 150 different types of medicinal plants with notes on scientific name, common name, part of the plant used, medicinal uses and charts on related topics. students also exhibited books on medicinal plants and ayurveda. A light refreshment of 'chukkukappi' is also served
Department of Zoology organized an Exhibition and seminar on “Zoonotic diseases” on 1st February2020. Students prepared charts on various Zoonotic diseases, causative organism, mode of transmission, symptoms etc. The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Binsy Mathew, Assistant Professor, Dept of veterinary public health, KVASU, Mannuthy. Dr Binsy Mathew delivered a talk on “Zoonoses with special reference to Corona virus” and emphasized the relevance of preventive measures of zoonoses in the present scenario of Covid -19 outbreak.
Department of Zoology and Coaching Centre for Minority Youth, Ernakulam jointly organized the Certificate course in Pre-marital counseling from 3rd to 6th December 2019 for UG students. 31 students from various departments were benefited. Various topics like husband-wife relationship, budgeting, parenting, communication between husband and wife, happy life- healthy life, sexual health, legal aspects of marriage and group counseling were discussed during the programme. Sri.SanjuT.Kurien (Clinical Psychologist), Sri.Aibel Mathew (Clinical Psychologist), Adv. Huck, Adv. Kunju Moideen, Dr.Razeena Padmam (Rtd. Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, M. G. University, Kottayam ), Ms.Aparna V. V.(Research Scholar, Calicut Uty) were the resource persons.
Pre-marital counseling certificate course for PG students was conducted on 25th, 30th, 31st January and 1st February 2020 .32 students from various departments were the beneficiaries.
23 students participated in various competitions of Zonal Zoofest Kalady organized by Zoological Society of Kerala at Sree Sankara College, Kalady on 30th January 2020 and won prizes. Staff members, Ms. Usha K. R. and Ms. K. Leena Joseph served as Judges and Ms. Usha K. R., being Zonal co-ordinator felicitated the programme.
Bridge course was conducted for I B.Sc Zoology students by Ms.Usha K R and Ms. K Leena Joseph. A departmental aptitude test was conducted on 5th July 2019. Ms. Shahla P and Ms. Saranya S Menon won first and second positions respectively.
World Environmental Day
Department of Zoology organized one day state level programme in connection with World Environmental Day on 13th June 2019. The programme was sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science and Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and the focal theme was “Beat Air pollution”. The programme included an inaugural session, seminar, documentary film show on Air pollution and an intercollegiate poster competition. The programme was inaugurated by the resource person, Dr. Manju N.J, Associate Professor, Department of Geology & Environmental studies, Christ College, Irinjalakuda. This is followed by talk on “Air pollution and its impacts on ecosystem” 24 students from various Colleges participated in the poster competition. Kavya Madhavan, III B.Sc. Zoology and Fathima Femiya, II B.Sc. Physics of Morning Star Home Science College won the first and second prizes. Certificates for the winners and participants were distributed in the valedictory function.
World Oceans Day
Department of Zoology observed World oceans day on 10th June 2019. Alumni member Ms. Nivedita James Palatty (2016-19) delivered a talk on the focal theme ‘Gender and Oceans’ with power point presentation
Ms. Maneesha K T of III B. Sc. Zoology won Second prize in 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 TT participated in the intercollegiate photography contest and clinched second prize with her winning click.
Ms. Nihal M Zubair clinched the fourth rank in MSc Zoology M G university examinations March 2020.
Ms. Maneesha K T of III B. Sc. Zoology won 3rd prize in State level poster competition conducted by the department of Zoology, Carmel College Mala in connection with World Oceans Day on 8th June 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.
State Level Essay competition
Zonal Zoofest winners
World Environment Day
PG ( I year)
Dr.Sr.Naveena CSN Jubilee Research Scholarship instituted by the staff and student of the Dept. of Zoology to a deserving sudent in I M.Sc for her studies in Second year project.
Top Scorer in Botany
Endowment prize instituted by Prof. Reena Varghese, Former HOD of Botany to the student who scores highest total for complementary Botany in the MG University Examination.
UG (I year)
Scholarship prize instituted by the staff of the Dept. of Zoology in the name of Sr. Alphonsa M.K (former Principal) to a deserving student in I B.Sc for her studies in second year.
UG (II year)
Scholarship prize instituted by the former Heads of the Department, Dr. Nirmala Kumari K.R. and Prof. Marykutty Joseph to a deserving student in II B.Sc Zoology for her studies in final year.
UG and PG (I year)
Endowment Prize instituted by the staff and students in memory of Athira PA, III B.Sc Zoology student of 2013 batch to the deserving student in the I year B.Sc and I year M.Sc Zoology.
Top Scorer ( PG)
Prize instituted by the staff of the Dept. of Zoology to the student who secures the highest score in the M.Sc university examination.
Best Outgoing Student
Top Scorer in I year UG
Deserving Student in UG final year
Top Scorer in II year UG
The department rears small indoor plants that can adorn tabletops and inner spaces. We provide these samples to the other departments, promoting a culture that nurtures nature indoors.