The Department of Zoology at University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad was started in 1964 with humble beginnings and today, it is at the forefront as one of the leading teaching and research centres in the country and abroad. This has been largely due to the efforts and dedication of a devoted band of teachers, researchers, and students as well as the timely and appropriate financial backing of various National and International, Government and Non-Government Agencies viz., UGC, ICMR, DST, WHO, CSIR, GSBTM, GUJCOST, Lady Tata Memorial Trust, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Jai Research Foundation, GEER Foundation, INTAS Pharmaceuticals, Nirma Industries etc. The various research activities of the Department are highlighted, some of them being unique and the only one of their kind in the whole of the country in a University Department.
The Department of Zoology, Biomedical Technology, Human Genetics and Wildlife Biology & Conservation has grown and diversified in its research and teaching, keeping in mind these key Mission goals, concurrent with the University motto "યોગઃ કર્મસુ કૌશલમ" (i.e., More work and intelligent work alone leads to efficiency and progress).
This Department aims at the all-round holistic development of a student and therefore encourages each student from the first semester itself, to carry out small innovation based projects, designed by the student’s own thought process. Students are also motivated to join summer training programmes and workshops to sharpen their practical/technical skills in preparation for their IVth Semester Dissertation, as well as to inculcate a research-oriented frame of mind required for pursuing Doctoral Research.
Students of Semester-4 are motivated to design small projects and learn through experimentation. In addition, as part of the curriculum, students are then encouraged to carry out their Dissertation Research at independent/Govt/Private Laboratories, Industrial Units, Pharmaceutical Companies, National Institutes (such as NIOH, NDDB, CEE, GEER Foundation) or Research Institutes within/outside Gujarat State. Students are therefore acclimatized to the Industrial Research work environments. This helps to develop their thinking and analytical skills, and gives the student hands-on experience with the state of the art technologies rather than confine themselves to lab work which they have already learnt in the earlier semesters.
The Department of Zoology, owing to the expertise and facilities in Cytogenetic and Molecular Analysis, has within its infrastructure a Clinic Facility for the investigation of Human Molecular Disorders and Genetic Syndromes. This unique Clinic Facility is housed in a satellite building adjacent to the Department of Zoology and has the entire basic infrastructure for preliminary examination and history recording of patients, sample collection, Cytogenetic and Molecular analysis. All investigations are carried out in collaboration with visiting Medical Professionals viz. Gynaecologist, Paediatrician, Radiologist and Pathologist. Patients with gene related disorders, chromosomal anomalies, molecular and in-born errors have been referred from Doctors and Hospitals of Gujarat and the neighbouring States. Molecular, Cytogenetic, Endocrine and Biochemical analysis are carried out, with supportive Genetic Counselling to each patient, gratis or at a nominal cost. Reports are despatched to the patients and to their respective clinicians, with the idea of developing an interactive exchange of information between the Medical Practioner/Doctor and the basic Scientist/Geneticist. This helps to further the knowledge database in these rare Genetic disorders, as well as provide suggestions for management and therapy in certain cases. This unique clinic facility is also a vital teaching tool, where our PG and Research students obtain first-hand observational exposure to Genetic/ Molecular disorders
Developing E-content and Audio Visual Aids in collaboration with Educational Multi-Media Research Centre (EMMRC) Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
Over 300 online Nation-wide educational programmes have been developed by the Staff of this Department. These online programmes cover the entire UG & PG syllabus in Zoology on a countrywide basis. The MOOC (UGC) Programmes in Animal Diversity recently developed, not only provides an in-depth understanding on the topic but also has the flexibility of an interactive discourse with the online learner and holds regular online examinations, with assignments and is Online Certificate Course.
The Department has a unique Story of Life Museum, where a student can enjoy an interactive study of the theories and developments in Evolution through dynamic models, dioramas and explanatory figurines.