Department of Zoology & Genetics

Objectives of the Course :

To understand the basis of biological diversity and a greater insight into the evolutionary process. To provide a strong foundation in the concepts of animal structure, function and behaviour. To provide practical skills and knowledge of applied aspects of zoology which can pave the way for self employment opportunities in aquaculture, apiculture, vermiculture etc.

The new combination of Zoology with Biotechnology and Chemistry, intends to give an overview on the basic sciences and the current development in biotechnology. It enables the students to appreciate and understand the chemical mechanisms of life processes. It introduces the importance of conserving the biodiversity for the benefit of mankind

Courses offered :

Zoology, Chemistry, Botany (CBZ)
Zoology, Biotechnology, Chemistry (BtCZ)

Department of Genetics

The Genetics department was started in Jyoti Nivas College in June 2005 with an intake of 20 students. The last century has seen a tremendous explosion of knowledge in genetics, so much so that it has become a central discipline in biology. 

Objectives of the Course :

- To appreciate the underlying genetic mechanisms by understanding the important concepts in classical, molecular and population genetics. 

- To provide a strong foundation for a better understanding of current advances in genetics and its practical significance. 

- To focus on human genetics, its relevance in human health and diseases. 

- To inculcate critical thinking and analytical skills to enable students to pursue higher studies and research in genetics or related fields of biology. 

- To enable students to develop a strong sense of responsibility to make informed decisions on social and ethical issues that have arisen with the profound discoveries in genetics. 

Courses offered :

Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology (BBG)
Genetics, Chemistry, Biotechnology (BCG)

Staff details :

Name Designation Qualification
Dr. Leena Alexander
Associate Professor & HOD
M.Sc., Ph.D. View Profile
Dr. Sitavi Yathiender
Associate Professor
M.Sc., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D View Profile
Mrs. Geetha Mathew
Associate Professor
M.Sc, M.Phil. View Profile
Mrs.Vinutha R Bhatta
Lecturer
M.Sc., B.Ed. View Profile
Mr. Kemparaju S
Lecturer
M.Sc, M.Phil, B.Ed., View Profile
Dr. Mrs. Reema Orison Lobo
Lecturer in Genetics
M Sc., PhD., NET Qualified View Profile

Zoology Activities :

A host of co-curricular activities are organized every academic year to make learning a beyond the classroom and fun oriented experience. Activities include seminars, workshops, guest lectures, interclass, interdisciplinary and intercollegiate competitions, field trips etc.

The department also organizes a science fest every year, to coincide with the national science day. Some of them are: Mushroom culture and ornamental fish keeping, Building blocks of the Universe - finite to infinite, Workshop for school teachers on practical skills in Life sciences, Project green rescue for wild life conservation, Bioessence - intergrated healthcare.

Short term courses offered :

Hues and Strokes (Course in Painting and Sketching)

Activities in Genetics:
The staff and students in the department are involved in various research activities, which include UGC funded short projects, and students projects as a part of their curriculum. T hese projects have included topics ranging from classical to advanced genetics such as study of gene and genotype frequencies of Mendelian traits in human population, Dermatoglyphics, bioinformatics, gene transfer, karyotype variations in human disorders, behavioural Genetics etc. 

A host of co-curricular activities are organized every academic year to make learning a beyond the classroom and fun oriented experience. Activities include seminars, workshops, guest lectures, interclass, interdisciplinary and intercollegiate competitions, field trips etc. It has been time-out for the teacher and the taught! Some of the activities are biosymphony, zoogen, synergy, wild life week and intercollegiate exhibitions. 

Apart from actively participating in various competitions conducted by other colleges, the department also organizes national level or state level conferences every year, to coincide with the national science day. Some of them are: Mushroom culture and ornamental fish keeping, Building blocks of the Universe - finite to infinite, Workshop for school teachers on practical skills in Life sciences, Project green rescue for wild life conservation, Bioessence - intergrated healthcare. 

Field trips are organized by the department every year to provide the students an insight into the recent advances in research work in genetics and also as a part of Industry - Institute collaboration. Some of the places visited are an organic farm at Manjalgiri, the Centre for Molecular Biology at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, National Drosophila Stock Centre of Mysore University, nature camp at Kulgi, Dandeli, DNA fingerprinting centre, Madiwala, Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry college, Hebbal, NIANP etc. 

Students are encouraged to present papers in National and International conferences and also to publish their research work in the in-house research journal for students called Scientia. Guest lectures are organized for the students every semester by well known persons from the industry to increase their knowledge about the subject. Journal Club - This is an initiative for the final year students to develop skills in scientific writing, motivate the students to access the journals in the library including online journals and to critique these research publications. This inculcates in the students a scientific temper, motivating them to take up research as a career.

Short term courses offered in Genetics:
Certificate course in Medical Laboratory Technology