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The Department of Animal Sciences was established in early 2006 and is among the first four departments in the Faculty of
Biological Sciences. The Department is providing teaching and research facilities in various Animal Science disciplines like
Physiology, Endocrinology, Developmental Biology/Embryology, Reproductive Physiology, Parasitology, Genetics, Fisheries
and Aquaculture. All faculty members are PhDs and have formal post-doctoral training. The Department offers M.Sc.
(Zoology), M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes. M.Sc. and M.Phil. students are admitted in each semester (Spring and Fall)
while Ph.D. scholars are generally enrolled annually. Presently, there are 108 M.Sc., 80 M.Phil. and 25 Ph.D. students enrolled in
the Department.
Since its establishment, 226 M.Sc., 116 M.Phil. and 17 Ph.D. students have completed their studies from the Department. The
Department also has a post-doctoral training program and one fellow has completed the training. Graduates of the
Department have a very good reputation and they figure well in their employment efforts. Mostly M.Sc. graduates go into
teaching at college level in public and private institutions. M.Phil and Ph.D graduates are often employed in leading
bioscience research institutes.
Well equipped core labs and specific research labs are available for M.Phil. and Ph.D students in the Department. Core
laboratory facilities include transmission electron microscope, HPLC, atomic absorption photometer, thermocyclers, tissue
culture instrumentation (laminar flows, incubators, microscopes), scintillation and gamma counters and Elisa plate readers.
The Department has a small Animal Facility and a Fish laboratory for carrying out experimental studies on laboratory rodents,
primates and fish. A unique feature of the facility is maintenance and experimentation on non-human primates. Rhesus
macaques are housed in special hand-squeezed cages and are used in reproductive physiology and neuroendocrinology
research. The Animal Facility has a surgical suite for carrying out surgical and specific sampling procedures on various animal
models. The Department has regular research ties with institutions like, PARC/NARC, National Institute of Health, Nuclear
Institute of Agriculture and Biology, and National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. The Department is
currently receiving research project funding from the Higher Education Commission, PSF andNorwegian Research Council.
Enrollment inM.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. Programs
Student Enrolled
Passed
M.Sc.
62
48
M.Phil.
40
25
Ph.D.
1
6
Professor:
2
Associate Professor
2
Assistant Professor
5
Visiting Faculty
3
Assistant Professor (HEC, IPFP)
1
Class
2011
Faculty
Annual Report
2011
Animal Sciences
Department of
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