511 Zoology
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Mission Statement

The Department of Zoology is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service in the fields of animal biology and sustainable management of the environment in India and particularly Melghat, by providing stimulating and supportive conditions for students and staff.

AIM OF THE DEPARTMENT

Through enquiry, exploration and experiential learning, the department aims to produce post-graduates fully conversant with biological principles and rigorously trained in skills of reasoning, hypothesis generation, reading and writing, practical techniques and the sound scientific application of research findings, so that they are competent and versatile in dealing with future demands.

The department aims to promote varied research programs focused on contemporary issues and basic and applied concepts in animal biology, with particular emphases on the ecology of terrestrial (including spiders) and freshwater animals, evolution, systematic, physiology, and molecular biology and aim to provide consultative expertise in solving problems relating to interactions among humans, plants, animals and the environment.

TEACHING FACULTIES

Dr. G.N.Vankhede
Professor and Head,
Contact: vganeshan2001@rediffmail.com
Field of Research: Immunology and Arachnology

Dr.Mrs. C.K.Deshmukh
Associate Professor
Contact:
Field of Research: Entomology

Mr. V.K.Nagale
Assistant Professor
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Field of Research: Animal Tissue Culture

Dr.Mrs. H.N.Nagpure
Assistant Professor
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Field of Research: Physiology and Limnology

COURSES:

The department offers a full time four semester teaching course leading to Masters Degree in Zoology. It has an intake capacity of 30 students. There are four compulsory papers at every semester:

Semester I

Paper I        ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (NON-CHORDATA)

Paper II       ANIMAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (CHORDATA)

Paper III      MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

Paper IV     TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES IN BIOLOGY

Semester II

Paper V      GAMETE BIOLOGY

Paper VI     GENES AND DIFFERENTIATION

Paper VII    ENDOCRINOLOGY

Paper VIII   ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY

Semester III

Paper IX     MOLECULAR CYTOGENETICS - I

Paper X      MOLECULAR CYTOGENETICS - II

Paper XI     MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - I

Paper XII    MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - II

Semester IV

Paper XIII   BIOCHEMISTRY

Paper IV     ENZYMOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS

Paper XV    MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY - I

Paper XVI   MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY - II

During the tenure of the course, every student has to take up practical course based on their common and  special papers which covers experiments on Cytology, Genetics, Ethology, Embryology,  Animal  cultures,  Molecular Biology,  Colorimetry,  Chromatography, Electrophoresis, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics,  Haematology, Histochemistry and Environmental analysis. The students have to complete a project work for successful completion of the course.     

BASIC AND ADVANCED  FACILITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT

The department provides basic as well as advanced research facilities for PG learners and researchers. The department is recognized for its field activities, Arachnological records and efforts made for species conservation.

More than 650 spider species are available for study in the Arachnology Laboratory of the department.

RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION

The department admits the students for research leading to M.Phil. / Ph.D. degrees.

The department is now in a position to offer consultancy services to the farmers, pisci-culturists particularly with respect to the quality of water. The department has facilities to analyze various parameters of water samples. The department provides consultancy to Department of Forest for analysis of Scats and identification of species.

AREAS  OF  RESEARCH  IN  WHICH  RESEARCH  STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED FOR Ph.D.

1.         TAXONOMY (Arachnology and Entomology)
2.         IMMUNOLOGY
3.         WILD LIFE ECOLOGY
4.         PHYSIOLOGY
5.         TOXICOLOGY

The department has completed four major research projects till date and Following Major research projects entitled Development of an Assessment system and evaluation  of the ecological status of rivers in the Satpuda ; Spider diversity in Melghat; Spider diversity in Lonar Sanctuary; Spider diversity in Mahendri Forest ecosystem; Spider diversity in Pench Forest ecosystem; Spider diversity in Cotton fields from Vidarbha; Spider diversity in Orange fields; Spider diversity in Vairat and coffee fields  and Studies on silk glands and silk of Nephila pilipes are going on.

“Centre for wildlife education and conservation”

The department is running a “Centre for wildlife education and conservation” as an extension activity, which also looks after consultancy.

Ex–research students of the department and the titles of their research work for a degree leading to Ph.D. :

1. STUDIES  ON  SOME  ASPECTS  OF CALCIUM  AND PHOSPHATE  METABOLISM IN RELATION  TO  GONADS IN THE RAIN  QUAIL, Coturnix  coromandelica (Gmelin.) By Dr. S. V. Gudadhe

2. STUDIES  ON SOME  ASPECTS  OF  ENDOCRINE  REGULATION DUE  TO HEAVY   METAL   POLLUTION IN THE FRESH  WATER  FISH, Channa punctatus (Bloch.) By Dr. G. P. Patil

3. THE  STUDY  OF  CERTAIN   PHARMACOLOGICAL  AGENTS   AND   MAGNETISM   ON  THE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM   AND   BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF  ALBINO  RAT. By Dr. S. N. Niwane 

4. LIMNOLOGICAL  STUDIES  OF WADALI  LAKE,  AMRAVATI,  MAHARASHTRA . By Dr. C. B. Meshram

5. STUDIES  ON SOME   ASPECTS  OF  ENDOCRINE   REGULATION OF   THE   PINEAL  GLAND IN  THE  RAIN  QUAIL, Coturnix coromandelica (Gmelin.) By Dr. Shivaji  Deshmukh

6. EFFECT  OF  ANALGESIC  DRUGS ON SOME  ENZYMOLOGICAL  AND  BIOCHEMICAL   ALTERATIONS  IN  THE  ALBINO MICE. By Dr. R. L. Rahatgaonkar

7. LIMNOLOGICAL  STUDIES  OF  AMRAVATI  UNIVERSITY  RESERVOIRS WITH  REFERENCE  TO  TROPHIC  STATUS AND CONSERVATION. By Dr. Prakash P. Ade

8. STUDIES ON THE  TOXIC  POTENTIALITIES  OF  CERTAIN  HEAVY  METALS IN THE FRESH WATER FISH, Labeo rohita (Ham.). By Dr. Neha V. Bhatkar

9. STUDIES  ON  THE  EFFECT  OF  TRACE  METALS ON  OSMOTIC  AND  IONIC  REGULATION IN  THE  FISH,  Labeo rohita.  By Dr. Manisha M. Khandwe (Kalele)

10. ECOLOGICAL  STUDIES  OF CHHATRI  LAKE AMRAVATI  WITH  SPECIAL  REFERNCE TO PLANKTON  PRODUCTIVITY. By Dr. Ujjwala Shivaji Deshmukh

11. PHYSIOLOGICAL   REGULATION OF THE   MAJOR   ELECTROLYTES IN   THE   FISH, Channa punctatus  DUE  TO TOXIC  TRACE  METALS. By Dr. Varsha M. Borle

12. STUDIES  ON  SOME  ASPECTS OF HORMONAL  REGULATION  OF  LIPID  METABOLISM IN THE  BIRD, Coturnix coturnix coturnix (Linn.).  By Dr. S. S. Deshpande

13. STUDIES ON SOME  ANTIFERTILITY   PLANT EXTRACTS ON ENDOCRINE AND REPRODUCTIVE  ACTIVITIES IN  ALBINO  RAT . By Ku. D. P.  Ambulkar  (Dr.Mrs.D.S.Kulkarni)

14. BIOACCUMULATION  OF  SOME  TRACE  METALS IN  AQUATIC  ECOSYSTEM AND  ITS  IMPACT  ON  METABOLIC   ACTIVITIES OF   THE   FISH , Channa  punctatus (Bloch.) By Dr. G. A.Wagh 

15. ECO-TOXICOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF FLUORIDE ON SOME  FRESHWATER WEED FISHES.   By Dr. K. B. Sangave

16. STUDIES  ON THE  RESIDUAL  LEVELS  OF  PESTICIDES IN  THE  AQUATIC  ECOSYSTEM AND IT’S  EFFECT ON  SOME  INDIAN  MAJOR CARPS . By Miss. Shyamla V. Bramhane (Katke)

17. BIO-ECOLOGICAL  AND  FAUNAL  STUDIES OF  RIVER  TAPI FLOWING  THROUGH  MELGHAT  RESERVE  FOREST IN  THE LIGHT OF PROPOSED UTPS - II . By Dr. Atul  K. Bodkhe 

18. EFFECT OF STEROIDAL AND  NON-STEROIDAL CONTRACEPTIVE ORAL PILLS ON REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY OF  FEMALE   ALBINO RAT. By Dr. M. P. Chikhale

19. STUDIES ON BIOCHEMICAL ALTERATIONS IN MAMMALIAN BLOOD DUE TO HIRUDIN DURING ITS ANTICOAGULANT  ACTIVITY. By Shital S. Deshmukh

20. FLUORIDE  INDUCED BIOCHEMICAL AND HISTOLOGICAL ALTERATIONS IN THE WISTAR  ALBINO RAT. By Mr. G. B. Kale

21. EVALUATION OF CERTAIN MICROBIAL PESTICIDES FOR TOXICITY TO NON –TARGET ANIMALS. By Miss. Mangala B. Karlekar (Bhamburkar)

22. PREDATOR - PREY RELATIONSHIP AND PARASITIC INFECTIONS IN WILD ANIMALS FROM MELGHAT(SATPUDA). By Mr. Milind V. Shirbhate

23. ENVIRONMENTAL PERTURBATIONS  OF EPIZOOTIC  ULCERATIVE  SYNDROME  (EUS) IN  FRESH  WATER  FISHES: CAUSES,  IMMUNE  RESPONSES AND CONSEQUENCES. By Miss. Reena Laharia

24. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION OF COALFIELD  ATMOSPHERE  AROUND  WANI  Dist. Yeotmal (M.S.) AND IT’S IMPACT ON THE IMMUNE RESPONSE IN ALBINO RAT (WISTAR) . By Mr. Paresh Patel 

25. MICROBIAL ECOLOGY OF BAT GUANO AND IT’S IMPACT ON ASSOCIATED ECOSYSTEMS. By Mr. C. M. Bharambe

26. BIODIVERSITY AND HABITAT ASSOCIATIONS OF BUTTERFLIES IN SATPUDA. By Mr. Jayant S. Wadatkar

27. STUDIES  ON  THE  MORPHOLOGY  AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES  OF  BUTTERFLY  WINGS. By Miss Shikha Singhai

 

Research students in the Department :

01.   DIVERSITY   AND   ECOLOGY   OF  SPIDERS IN  SATPUDA
Mr. Amit Babanrao Vairale

02. STATUS AND ECOLOGY OF TIGER , Panthera tigris tigris (Linnaeus,1758) IN MELGHAT.
Mr. Ramanuj Chaudhary

03.    CHARACTERIZATION  OF  SPECIES  FROM MUSCLE  PROTEINS  -  A   FORENSIC   STUDY
Mr. G. B. Santape

04.    PREDICTION  AND EVALUATION OF  AN  EFFECTIVE VACCINE  AGAINST  GASTROINTESTINAL  NEMATODES.
Miss. D. B. Kadu

05.  STUDIES ON THE PLASMA MEMBRANE PROTEINS OF HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELLS OF ALBINO RAT AND APPLICATION OF  THESE STEM CELLS IN  THE TREATMENT OF ANEMIA
Mr. Vinod K. Nagale

06.  STUDIES  ON REGENERATION  OF EUTROPHIC  AQUATIC  ECOSYSTEM THROUGH  BIOREMEDIATION
Miss. V. U. Narnaware

07. ENVIRONMENTAL  IMPACT  ASSESSMENT  OF FLUORIDE  POLLUTION  IN YEOTMAL  DISTRICT, MAHARASHTRA
Mr. Shrikant R. Warhekar

08.  GENESIS AND COMPOSITION OF HUMUS IN MELGHAT TIGER RESERVE AND ITS IMPACT ON BIODIVERSITY. 
Mr. V.S.Mangale

 

RESEARCH PAPERS DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS

1) Prof. Dr. G.N.Vankhede

International

  1. Effect of endogenous melatonin on endocrine glands, behavior and metabolism in the rain quail, Coturnix coromandelica (Gemlin) Trends in Comparative Endocrinology, 39-42; 2004

National

  1. Alteration in branchial Na,Kase activity due to chronic exposure of the fish, Channa punctatus to CuS04 and ZnS04.J. Ecobiol.; 15(1 ),28-33(2003)
  2. Heavy metal induced biochemical alterations in the freshwater fish, Labeo rohita. J. Ecotoxicol. Environ Monit.14 (1),1-7 (2004)
  3. Seasonal variations in metabolite composition of the freshwater snail, Lymnea accumulata. Amravati University Research Bulletin,1 (1 ),89-91 (2005)
  4. Effect of pursuit on kinetic parameters of enzyme AchE system in the fish Channa punctatus; Bull.Fish Toxicol. ; Vol.14 (3); .202-207, (2005)
  5. In silico prediction of antigenic epitope in ABA-1 allergen from Ascaris lumbricoides. Journal of Cell and Tissue Culture, Vo1.6 (1), 663-667 (2006).
  6. Analysis of Tiger scats from Melghat Tiger Reserve for prey-predator relationship. Tigerwatch, Vol. 39(3), 208-216. (2006).
  7.    Spider fauna in cotton fields of Vidarbha. Journal of Biopesticides, Vol.16, 34-42 (2007)

Scientific Articles Published:

1.   Biodiversity of Lonar crater. Bio-con - Souvenir of International Conference on   "Modern trends in plant sciences with special reference to the role of biodiversity in conservation" held at SGB Amravati University during 17 - 20, February, 2005 pp, 9 -13.
2.   Luminescence in Bacteria. Souvenir of National Conference on Luminescence and Its' Applications Organized by Luminescence Society of India and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati  University during 7-9 February, 2006

2) Dr. Mrs. C. P. Deshmukh

1. Histomorphological modifications in the alimentary canal of the fruit-sucking moth (Linn.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae in relation to phytophagous and fruit-sucking habits. J. Ent. Res. 30(1): 7-15 (2006).
2. Effects of two pyrethroides on midgut epithelium and digestive enzyme activity in the fruit-sucking moth, Othreis materna L.(Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) J. Ecobiol.19(4) 377-383, 2006.

3) Dr. Mrs. H.P.Nagpure

1. Tetracycline and chloramphenicol induced alterations in the glycogen level of various tissues of the freshwater bivalve, Parreysia cylindrical. J.Aqua.Bio. Vol.18(2), 167-170.(2003)
2. The effect of trimethoprim on Oxygen consumption of the freshwater bivalve, Lamellidens corrianus(Lea). Asian J.of Microbiol. Biotech.. Env. Sc. Vol.6(3): 509-512.(2004)
3. The impact of tetracycline and chloramphenicol on protein contents in different tissues of the freshwater bivalve, Lamellidens corrianus(Lea). J.Comp.Toxicol. Physiol. Vol.2(I&II), 81-85. (2005)
4. The impact of trimethoprim on ascorbic acid contents of various tissues of the freshwater mussel, Parreysia cylindrical(Annandale & Prashad). Asian J.of Microbiol. Biotech.. Env. Sc. Vol.11(1): 151-155.(2009).

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