With the setting up of Birla Government Degree College in 1962 at Srinagar-Garhwal, the Zoology Department came into existence by way of the teaching at UG level. Subsequently, it was upgraded as a PG and Research department with the inception of Garhwal University in 1973. Since then, owing to the determined efforts of the faculty along with the untiring hard work of the employee under able leaderships, the Department has made a steady progress in all spheres of higher learning.
Over the years, the department has developed a strong research base in thrust areas viz., Environmental Endocrinology, Chemoreception Behaviour and Freshwater Biology. Under these thrust areas both basic as well as applied researches, relevant to the region, are being addressed e.g. timing of seasonal reproduction, migration, thyroid biochemistry and physiology with references to iodine deficiency, chemoreception and pheromones, fishery biology, productivity and bioenergetics of freshwater habitats, conservation biology of endangered Himalayan pheasants, Musk deer and game fish Mahseer and Aquatic Biodiversity.
The important academic contribution of faculty members was recognized by the UGC, as the Department has been identified as a ‘Centre of excellence’ for teaching and research through its Special Assistance Programme (SAP-DRS-COSIST, 1994 onward). Also, DST-FIST (2003) and DBT-HRD (2008) have further strengthened the Department.
Till date, over 90 scholars have been awarded D.Phil. along with one D.Sc. degree in Zoology by the University. As such, the Department has the distinction of having completed 34 individual research projects. The students of the Department have placements in many prestigious Institutes/Universities of the country.
The faculty members have been honoured by various awards and fellowships viz., INSA Young Scientist, UGC Career Development Award, Royal Society (UK) Bursary Award, Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Science (Bangalore), Fellowship of American Ornithologists Union, SERC fellowship of DST, fellowships of National Institute of Ecology. Also, the faculty members have been elected to various prestigious institutional bodies e.g. International Committee of Avian Endocrinologist, International Union of Game Biologists, International Commission of WAVPPB of IUPS, International Ornithological Committee, Asian fisheries Society ( Indian Branch), and National Institute of Ecology.
The department has so far, organized 04 National and 06 International Seminar/Symposia/Conference. Faculty members regularly participate in International and National seminars/symposia/conferences, and have published more than 300 Research papers/articles in the scientific Journals of National & International repute.With the enforcement of the Minimum Examination Reforms Programme (MERP) of UGC in toto, the department has upgraded the existing PG courses (Zoology, Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology) with the aim to groom the students to achieve excellence in academic/research careers and prepare them for competitive exams. The Department offers specialization/electives in Reproductive and Wildlife Biology, Fishery Science, Fish Biotechnology, Immunotechnology, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, Food & Beverage Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology & Drug Designing, Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics and Environmental Biology. To support the teaching and research, library facility with access to multiple copies of latest editions of standard text and reference books have been established in the department