The Department of Zoology, from its very beginning always strives hard to uphold its aims and objectives. It provides the students a conductive environment in imparting knowledge, opportunities and exposures for their overall development.
Term-wise Teaching Plan: In the departmental meeting convened at the beginning of every academic year the term wise teaching plan is prepared concordant with the academic calendar of the college. The portions are furnished as per the plan and special classes are arranged to meet the stipulated dead line in case the schedule is not met with.
Tutorial System: Each class is under the charge of class teacher, who is in constant touch with his wards, all through the three years they are in the college. This enables him/her to know each student individually and guide him or her properly. It also provides an atmosphere of camaraderie, love and a feeling of fraternity among the students and between the students and the faculty- an ideal condition for personal growth.
Post Admission Test: From 2002 onwards the Department conducts an objective type test for the ‘Freshers’ to assess their background knowledge in the subject they opted.
Bridge Course: For those students who failed to obtain minimum 50% marks in the post-admission test, a series of classes are given by the faculty to equip them with the basics in zoology.
Test Papers: In addition to the routine termly examinations, the department conducts regular test papers to assess how far the students have imbibed the topic that has been taught. Attendance for the test papers is compulsory and the parents will be intimated and called for if their wards failed to appear in the examinations.
Remedial Course: On the basis of the marks obtained for the test papers the teachers concerned give special coaching to those students who lag behind in the respective papers.
Study Circles: Each class is divided into 3 or 4 groups consisting of 8-10 students under the leadership of a bright student. Programmes like Quiz, Group Discussion, Debates on current local environmental problems and other biology related topics are undertaken by these groups in a healthy competitive spirit and at the end of the academic year the overall best group is given awards of recognition by the concerned class teacher.
Satellite Learning Systems: Group of 4 or 5 students under the guidance of a bright student who will help others to understand the subject in which he is good at end will help to clear out their doubts are there in each class. Though it was introduced with aplomb it is not fructifying, as there is a dearth of brilliant students in the class.
Seminar & Assignments: Each student during the course has to submit at least two assignments per paper of the subject and has to present at least one seminar per paper in front of the whole class. This will give an opportunity to know how to prepare an assignment and the seminar provides a platform where the communicative skills could be horned and the students get confidence to deliver a topic which she/he has prepared.
Minor Research Project: Every Zoology Final Year Degree student has to undertake a minor research project under the supervision of a faculty member which is a pre-requisite for the completion of the course. The primary aim of this project work is to impart a spirit for further study in future and to imprint the process inherent in a scientific study. It enables the student to acquire the basics of research methodology.
Interactive Teaching: Instead of spoon-feeding the students with the knowledge harnessed by the teacher, the Departmental faculty always pokes students with brain storming questions and makes them to think instead of allowing them to remain as a passive listener or learner. They are always encouraged to ask questions and to share their opinions and observations about the topic in class where they critically examine them.
24 hours availability: The students are allowed to contact the staff at any time of the day when they feel so, either personally or over phone.
Parent-Teacher-Student Relationship: The relationship amongst these three basic components of learning system is so strong in this department that it helps very much in the overall development of our students.
Nature Camps: The students are taken for a 3-day nature camp in any one of the forests in Kerala during the course in order to instill a sense of oneness with nature and to understand and foster the need for the protection of this ecosystem.
Motivational and Study Tours: This is part of their curricular requirements in which students are taken to research centers like Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore
Field Trips: Regular field trips are organized to study different biotopes in and around the campus to get a firsthand knowledge about what they have studied in the books.
Experimental Demonstrations: Theory topics are supplemented with experimental demonstrations whenever possible so that the student can grasp the fundamentals in a better way.
Tie-up with Zoological Society of Kerala (ZSK): The Zoology department is in regular contact with the academic body of Zoology teachers in Kerala named ZSK, since its inception in 1988. Teachers and students of our department actively involved in its programmes organized for the welfare of zoology students and teachers in the state of Kerala.
Activities of Zoology Association for the year 2013-14
This year was indeed a good year for the Zoology Association, as far as concerned, as we were able to do some useful and purposeful activities for the department and students as well.
1. Zoology Association activities for the year were initiated with an inauguration by Dr. John Shiens Mathew, Head, Purchasing and Manufacturing Division, Merck , on 2nd August 2013. It was followed by an expert talk on ‘Research culture in Harvard University’ by Dr.JohnShiens Mathew. Following the inauguration and seminar session, the new members were given a very warm welcome to the zoology family, by means of candle ceremony. Various cultural programs by the students added flavor to the inaugural program.
2. Final year BSc. students display world famous quotations, sayings, prophecies, proverbs etc; on the Bulletin Board on a daily basis.
3. Fifth day, last period was reserved for ‘knowledge enhancement session’ for final year students, where debate and discussion on various current tendencies in diverse fields especially, biological fields were conducted. For first and second year students, the same is conducted by their respective class teachers at least half an hour in a week during the regular class hour.
4. A three day study tour was conducted for third year BSc. Zoology students, where we visited Kuttanad, Alapuzha beach, Kanyakumari, marine aquarium, Zoo, Kovalam Beach, Ponmudi etc.
5. A three day field study trip was organized for first and second year students in the Chinnar Wild Life sanctuary in the month of January (17th 18th and 19th). During the journey we visited the places like ‘Iravikulam National Park & Mattuppetty’.
6. We maintain and look after in-house medicinal plants and aquarium in the veranda of the department.
7. In addition to the departmental Library, we are setting up a ‘Book Bank’ in our department in order to create an awareness of various values in daily life among our students. The Book Bank contains various and famous books from different authors.
UGC FUNDED MINOR RESEARCH PROJECT : Prediction of Aminoacids Essential for the Stability of Human Acetylcholinesterase using CUPSAT server by Sri.Biju Thomas.
Executive Summary of the Project
•BACTERIOLOGICAL WATER ANALYSIS OF DRINKING WATER SAMPLES OF UZHAVOOR GRAMA PANCHAYAT: Sri. Biju Thomas
•IN-HOUSE MEDICINAL GARDEN WITH VARIETIES OF PLANTS INCLUDING ENDEMIC SPECIES
•VISIT TO VARIOUS DESTITUTE HOMES
BEST PRACTICES OF THE DEPARTMENT
Soft copy submission of Assignments
•Power point presentation of seminars and projects
•Departmental PTA meeting
•Effective mentoring sessions
•Regular updating of notice boards
•Financial support for needy students
•In- house medicinal garden
•Students movement register
Manuscript ( Windows) Publication
Maintaining ornamental fishes, lovebirds, pond turtles Ophiocephalus, Pearl Oyster, Fresh water eels
ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION 2015