Zoology

The Department of Zoology had a vibrant year of programmes alongside teaching and learning. The 201 students registered in the department : FY-68, SY-37, TY-24+30

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • 8 students attended a shark identification workshop by an alumni, Mr. Evan Nazareth, on 18th June 2017.

  • 12 students worked with an NGO- ‘Welfare of Stray Dogs’ at  Mahalakshmi and learnt to take care of stray dogs.

  • About 10 students worked with NGO ‘Ek Prithvi’ and explained environmental science in a Muncipal school. 

  • 5 students of the department took several bird watching trips to Bhandup and Karnala bird sanctuaries to identify and record sighting of birds in Mumbai and Karnala  in the month of February. 

 

STAFF  ACTIVITIES

Dr. Sujata Deshpande 

  • Delivered a lecture on Astrobiology at the Extra Mural studies department of the University of Mumbai on 14th January 2018 and at SIES College on  24th January 2018,

  • took lectures on biostatistics for M.Sc. Microbiology in September- October 2017 at Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga,

  • attended refresher course from October 23, 2017 to November 11, 2017,

  • attended a Bioinformatics workshop arranged by K.C. college in collaboration with NIRRH on 12th and 13th July 2017.                            

Mr. Conrad Cabral was a member of the organizing committee of the International Conference on Religion from 9th -11th February 2018. He was also a Member of faculty debate team for ECC debate society.  

Dr. Madhuri Hambarde was the coordinator for an additional credit course on “Science communication skills”, 

  • was Faculty in-charge  of the Xavier’s Zoology Association,

  • was a Judge for the  poster presentation by Masters students in zoology and biotechnology,  as part of World science day celebration on 27th February  2018 at K. J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce.


The department members, namely, Dr. Smita Krishnan, Dr. Pushpa Sinkar,  Mr Conrad Cabral and Dr. Sujata Deshpande were actively involved in the organization of  DBT sponsored Seminar on “Statistics for Biologist” .Confluence ’18 on 13th January 2018 jointly organized by Botany, Statistics and Zoology departments. 

Dr. Sujata Deshpande, Mr.Conrad Cabral, Dr.Pushpa Sinkar, and Dr. Smita Krishnan  were members of the organizing committee of Friends of the Trees sponsored seminar entitled    “ SGNP: A Living Treasure Amidst Concrete Jungle & Sustainable Urban Forest Management” on 8th February 2018. 



Department publications

Chakraborty et al (2018) -Evolution of reproductive dominance in animal societies- lessons from a social wasp: proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy (online publication 24th January 2018).   (Dr. Sujata Deshpande is one of the authors of the paper)     

 

College committees

Dr. Smita Krishnan was the Convenor of the Unfair Means Committee and was also on the custodian committee. Mr. Conrad Cabral was on the ERP committee. Dr. Pushpa Sinkar was the Convenor of the TAQ committee. She was the QEP coordinator for the department.  She was also a member of the Women’s Development Cell. Dr. Madhuri Hambarde was the Convenor of the Staff Placement Committee. She was a member of the Institutional Bio-safety committee and the member secretary of the Institutional Animal Ethics Committee. She is also an elected staff representative on the Management board of St Xavier’s college. Dr. Sujata Deshpande was the Convenor of the End Semester Examination committee. 

 

Departmental trips 

  1. Entomological trip to Baif, Uralikanchan and Bee keeping institute at Panchgani  was conducted on 10th -11th Jan  2018 for TYBSc students.

  1. Zoological trip to Gir, Verawal, Somnath and Jamnagar, Gujarat  was conducted on 1st – 7th Nov 2017 for SYBSc students.

  1. Zoological trip to “Vishnu Baug”: an educational theme park maintained by Dr Solanki at Badlapur  was conducted on 6th August  2017 for FYBSc students.

 

Guest Lectures 

  • Dr. Ghaskadbi S.gave a lecture on “Regeneration in Hydra” along with demonstration of the technique.

  • Pallavi G.  delivered a talk on ‘A whistle  among growls’ on July 1st 2017

  • Dr. Merwyn Fernandes, Coordinator (Program) Traffic, gave a talk on ‘Trade in endangered species’ on 14th December 2017.

  • Mayuresh Gaggal gave a talk on data analysis of Sharks for SY and TY students on 14th December 2017.

 

QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME

Department of Zoology conducted the following activities for the “Quest for Excellence Programme” in the academic year 2017 – 18. Dr. Pushpa Sinkar was the coordinator.6 students qualified to receive the Honours Program Certificate at the 2017-18 Graduation.

 

1. BASIC ASTROBIOLOGY: IS THERE LIFE ELSEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE?

The course was conducted by Dr. Sujata Deshpande. 20 students registered for the course. The following topics were covered in the course: Origin of the Universe, Origin of the solar system, The Solar system, Origin of Earth, Origin of life on Earth, Evolution of life, Habitable zones in the solar system and Universe, Detection of exo-planets. Sky observation programme was conducted after monsoon season to Neral in collaboration with the Khagol Mandal

 

2. INTRODUCTION TO BEES : (BEES stands for Behavioural, Ecological and Evolutionary Sciences)

The course involving lectures and project work was conducted by Dr. Sujata Deshpande. 15 students enrolled for this program. This was an interactive course, where a small part was covered through lectures, and students were  introduced to the basics of measuring animal behaviour and relating behaviour to ecology and evolution. 

 

3. FORENSIC SCIENCE HONOURS PROGRAM

Ms. Alethea Vaz conducted this  lecture cum practical course on” Introduction to Wildlife Forensic”. 22 students from FY, SY and TYBSc students registered and successfully completed the program. 

During this introductory program, students learnt basic crime scene investigation protocols and specific analytical techniques for Wildlife Crime Investigation. The learnings of the students were enforced through the investigation of a ‘Mock Wildlife Crime Scene’. Students processed the crime scene, evaluated the available evidence, analyzed the items and reconstructed a case file of results obtained from the investigation. Dr. Smita Krishnan, Ms. Riva Pocha and Ms. Samyukta contributed their expertise towards this program.

 

4.  ORNITHOLOGY AND HERPETOLOGY

This  inter-disciplinary course on ornithology and herpetology was conducted by Dr. Leon Pereira.

Students  learnt about the Taxonomy, Classification and Biology of reptiles (Snakes) and birds through lectures and field trips. A field trip was conducted to the Khandala Villa to study the snakes and birds around the area. 

 

 

Dr. Smita Krishnan

Head, Department of Zoology

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