School of Studies In Zoology

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Profile of the Department:

The School of Studies in Zoology was established in 1971 as one of the teaching departments of the Jiwaji University, Gwalior. The mandate of the School is to impart quality education and training to the students and to conduct research in Zoology and interdisciplinary areas leading to M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees. The School is well known for its excellent research works in various fields of Zoology and allied disciplines. Several research projects have been sanctioned to the School and its faculty by various agencies, like UGC, DST, DBT, DAE, DRDO, DRDE, DOE, CSIR, ICMR, ICAR, MPCOST, CCRUM, GTZ (Germany) etc. In the past five years, the department has received research grants worth more than three crores of Rupees. Based on its achievements, the school has been upgraded to the level of Centre of Excellence by the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of M.P. Large number of students have completed their research work from the School and have obtained D.Sc. (one), Ph.D. (155), and M.Phil. (80) degrees. At present, more than 20 research scholars, including post-doctorals and M.Phil. Scholars are working on various research projects/aspects under different faculty members. Large number of articles and research papers (more than 600) have been published so far by the teaching staff and Research Scholars of the Department in various national and international journals of repute and some books (10) have also been written and edited by Researchers at the School. The School is equipped with good teaching and research facilities, including library, computer and networking laboratory, animal bio-diversity laboratory (museum), walk-in cold room, tissue culture laboratory, animal house, Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy Lab and sophisticated instruments, such as atomic absorption spectrophotometer, all types of electrophoretic and blotting systems, vacuum concentrator, UV-visible spectrophotometers, high-speed and refrigerated centrifuges, auto-analyzer, ELISA reader, Gas liquid chromatography, gel documentation system, bright field and phase contrast microscopes, inverted microscope, Thermocycler. Recent addition of facilities in the department include UV-visible micro-plate spectrophotometer-cum ELISA reader, & micro plate washer, trinocular stereo-zoom microscope, ultrasonic homogenizer, trinocular phase contrast and bright field research microscope, lyophilizer, fluorescence microscope, Nikon Laser Confocal microscope etc.

Besides teaching and research, the School is also involved in popularization of science and extension activities in the fields of wild life conservation, beekeeping, vermin-composting, etc. On successful completion of first phase (5 years) of Departmental Research Support under Special Assistance Program (DRS-SAP) with thrust area Aquatic Biology, and second phase (5 years) Biodiversity Characterization and Environmental Impact, the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, sanctioned DRS-SAP phase III program for the next five years with thrust area Systems Biology and Environmental Toxicology, which is now completed. The School has also received funds twice under Improvement of Science & Technology Infrastructure (FIST) scheme from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology Govt. of India, New Delhi. University Grants Commission, New Delhi has sanctioned a special infrastructural grant of Rs. 40 lakhs, in two phases, for strengthening the teaching and research activities. Fifteen Research Fellowships, under scheme of research fellowships for meritorious students in identified SAP departments, and ten research fellowships, under the scheme of Rajiv Gandhi fellowships for SC/STcandidates,havebeensanctionedbyUGC,NewDelhi. The faculty members and research fellows of the department have visited several countries for their research work, training and for participation in conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and other scientific and academic events. Several awards and achievements have been given by national and international organizations to the faculty members and Research Fellows. The alumni of the department are well placed in India and abroad, and some of them have even entered in entrepreneurship.

Department has decided to start B.Sc. Zoology Honors form the academic session 2019-20 to train the students taking entry from school education to higher education in such a way that they get exposure of new frontiers of Zoology and sophisticated instrumentation

Contact Person:

Prof. I. K. Patro,
Professor & Head,

Teaching Faculty:
  • Prof. Sangeeta Shuka (on Lean)
  • Prof. I.K. Patro (Professor & Head)
B.Sc.Zoology Honors M.Sc. Ph.D.
About course

B.Sc.Zoology Honors

Course duration3 Years
Number of semester 
Criteria of admission10+2 with Biology as one of the subjects with 50% marks
Process of admissionOn the basis of the Index based on the merit in qualifying examination.
Fees structureI Year Rs. 23320 , II Year Rs.20260 , III Year Rs. 19760 .
Available seats :open= 20
Syllabus as per semester wise 
Exam Time Table 
About course


Course duration2 Years
Number of semester4 Semesters
Criteria of admissionGraduation with 50% marks with Zoology as one of the subjects.
Process of admissionOn the basis of the merit in qualifying examination
Fees structureI Semester- Rs. 9720.50 II Semester-Rs. 5600 III Semester-Rs. 6660 IV Semester-Rs. 5600
Syllabus as per semester wise 
Available seats :

Open = 30 Payment = 05

Payment Seat: M.Sc. - Rs. 7000/- per year additional to the fees for Open Seat.

Exam Time Table 

The Department provides opportunities to young scientists for working on various aspects of life sciences leading to the award of a Ph.D. degree on successful completion of the thesis. Candidates with a M.Sc. degree in Zoology or in any branch of biology and have qualified the DBT-BET JRF, UGC-CSIR NET JRF, ICMR JRF or similar tests may apply. Others may also be considered on the basis of their academic records and upon qualifying the requirements for Ph.D. admissions. For details, contact the Head of the Department.

Key areas of research

  • Hepatotoxicity, Hepatoprotection & Metal toxicity
  • Neurobiology & Aging
  • Wild Life Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Molecular & Human Genetics (Cancer Epigenetic and Genetics of Tuberculosis)


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