Department of Zoology came into existence in 1959 under the leadership of Late Prof. T Joseph. Zoology was one of the subjects of study for the intermediate programme started in 1955 along with the inception of college. Over the last six decades our dedicated Faculty has given their best in uplifting, illuminating and empowering the students and their families through sharing of knowledge. The holistic development and achievements of students assure us that their efforts were not in vain.
With its humble beginning as an intermediate subject, the department has now become one of the best in the college with its talented and multifaceted students. The diverse fields of expertise of faculty members along with the timely guidance from the Principal, Vice Principals and the Management contribute to the efficient functioning of the department.
Candidates in this discipline are basically taught regarding animal anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, evolution, ecology, behavior, environmental biology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics. Career options after pursuing a BSc, MSc and Ph.D. in Zoology are varied. Candidates find opportunities in government departments, environmental agencies, universities, colleges, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, environmental/ecological fields.
The department is equipped with well-maintained and updated laboratories which adequately support all practical sessions and research work to some extent. Some areas of research include Microbiology, Physiology, Community Health and Biodiversity studies. Besides UGC aid, the Department is also supported by DBT-FIST.
Transition from a traditional system of learning to a new era of skill based learning is made possible with the introduction of Employability Augmentation Courses- EAC and Kshamata Va Kushalatha/ Gateways to Success courses. These courses will help students to acquire basic life skills as well as entrepreneurial skills.
The continuous assessment strategies which include Grade Enhancement Assessments help advanced as well as disadvantaged students to achieve their expected learning outcomes. Student participation in minor research projects (UGC funded) as well as other projects like PAARISHTHIKAM (Directorate of Energy and Climate Change) instills scientific temper and aptitude in them. Faculty and students are updated in frontiers of science through conducting and attending seminars as well as organizing webinars at national and international level.
The well curated department museum with its rare specimens is a place to appreciate animal phylogeny and to study animals from different phylum. The department also holds a wide array of reference books in the department library.Various extension activities taken up by the department benefit different strata of society. Blood donation camps, preparing blood group data bank of college by our students, cleaning of District Hospital premises, cleaning of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Mangrove Restoration Campaign, and Smack Mosquito Campaign are some of the activities undertaken by the department. To showcase and foster the literary skills of our students, a department manuscript magazine PHOENIX is published annually by students. Along with four teachers and more than hundred students, the Zoology family of Bishop Chulaparambil Memorial College continues forward in her journey of seeking wisdom and Grace.
To inculcate highest values of life through transformative power of Science
To promote holistic development through quality education in Life Sciences
To develop research aptitude and scientific temper among students
To inculcate critical thinking and analytical capability among students
To provide skill based programme and to promote self-employability among students
Three year B.Sc Zoology programme with Botany and Chemistry as complementary subjects
Complementary course for B.Sc Botany, B.Sc family and Community Science and B. Sc Food Science and Quality control ( Self – financing stream)
Open course entitled ‘Health and Nutrition’ for fifth semester students
Two Employability Augmentation Courses ( Certificate Course)
-Ornamental fish breeding- culture and management
-Life skill education
Kshamata Va Kushalatha/ Gateway to success ( Zero credit course)
– Community Health and Education.