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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Zoology offering B.Sc. course was established in 1947. The post-graduate course M.Sc. with specialisation in Entomology commenced from 1970. The Department is Grant-in-Aid department for UG and PG courses. It is a M.Phil./ Ph.D. Research Centre in Zoology recognised by the Savitribai Phule Pune University. Presently, the Department offers graduate and post-graduate courses leading to B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. ABOUT THE FACULTY: The Department has 07 highly qualified and competent faculty. Of these, 02 are M.Phil. Ph.D., 01 is Ph.D. NET, 01 is Ph.D. KSLET, 02 are Ph.D. and 01 is SET qualified. 04 faculty are M.Phil. and Ph.D. Guides recognized by Savitribai Phule Pune University. The faculty actively participate and contribute in the design and development of curricula of university courses in Zoology. They are involved in effective teaching, timely consultancy and extension activities. The faculty are involved in active research and have successfully completed 03 Major and 05 Minor Research Projects since 2011, whereas 01 Major Research Project is ongoing. The faculty have successfully completed the requisite number of Orientation Courses, Refresher Courses and Faculty Development Programmes required as per service conditions. The faculty actively participate in various International, National and Regional Symposia, Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Head of the Department Dr. N. R. Somawanshi was conferred upon the ‘Innovative and Dedicated Teaching Faculty Award’ by the Society of Engineers and Technicians, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Society of Professional Engineers Chennai, India. Mr. D. G. Bhalsing received ‘Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship National Award – 2016’ from Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi, Delhi. ABOUT THE STUDENTS: 01 research student has been awarded M.Phil. Degree and 03 research students have been awarded the Ph.D. Degree between January 2011 to December 2017. In the years 2006, 2007 and 2010, our PG students have been awarded Gold Medal by the University of Pune for securing highest score in Entomology. 08 alumni have cleared NET in Life sciences; 04 have cleared SET; whereas 01 has cleared GATE between January 2011 and June 2019. Many students of this Department are placed in various capacities in different academic and research organisations. LEARNING RESOURCES: The Department Library has a collection of more than 1489 reference books and few Research Journals of national and international repute. The Laboratories are spacious and well equipped with necessary scientific equipment. The department Computer Laboratory houses 07 computers with continuous Internet facility for the staff and students. The department’s Zoological Museum has a noticeable collection of preserved insects, other preserved animal specimens, slides, and scientific models. INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITIES: The department has classrooms (03), laboratories (03), research laboratory (01), computer laboratory (01), and seminar hall (01). Each classroom has Audio-Visual facility such as LCD projectors for delivering powerpoint presentations during teaching. The Seminar Hall is fully air-conditioned and equipped with LCD Projector, Screen, and Computer with internet facility and has seating capacity for 50 persons. SEMINARS/CONFERENCES ORGANISED: The department had organised Refresher Course in ‘Environmental Studies’ (2007), District level Seminar on ‘Globalization and Environmental Issues’ (2008),

ABOUT RESEARCH CENTRE IN ZOOLOGY -03 research students of the Zoology Research Centre were awarded Ph.D. degree and 01 research student was awarded M.Phil. degree between January 2011 to December 2016. Entomology, Apidology, Animal Physiology, Biodiversity & Taxonomy, Freshwater Biology, Reproductive Biology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Fisheries Management and Biochemistry are the major thrust areas of research at the Zoology Research Centre. CO-ORDINATOR OF THE RESEARCH CENTRE IN ZOOLOGY Dr. Nandkumar R. Somawanshi Head, Department of Zoology RESEARCH GUIDES OF THE CENTRE AND THEIR AREAS OF RESEARCH 1. Dr. Balraj S. Khobragade M.Phil., Ph.D. Guide Areas of research: Fisheries Management & Faunal diversity 2. Dr. Gajanan S. Pande M.Phil. Guide Areas of research: Animal Physiology & Biodiversity 3. Dr. Ivan J. Aranha M.Phil., Ph.D. Guide Areas of research: Reproductive Biology, Endocrinology & Immunology 4. Dr. Avinash I. Vanjare M.Phil., Ph.D. Guide Areas of research: Freshwater Biology & Zooplankton Diversity RESEARCH GUIDE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CENTRE AND HIS AREA OF RESEARCH 1. Prof. Dr. Satishchandra G. Suryawanshi M.Phil., Ph.D. Guide Areas of research: Entomology & Cestodology

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Faculty Name Qualification Designation Experience (Yrs.) Email ID Profile
Prof. Dilip Bhalsing M.Sc. SET Head, Professor 14.2 View
Dr. Balraj Khobragade M.Sc., Ph.D. Asso. Professor 12.1 View
Dr.Gajanan Pande M.Sc., NET, Ph.D. Asst. Professor 10.2 View
Dr. Ivan Aranha M.Sc., Ph.D. Asst. Professor 9 View
Dr. Avinash Vanjare M.Sc., Ph.D. Asst. Professor 9 View
Dr. R.R. Gaikwad M.Sc., Ph.D. Asst. Professor 2.8 View