The ‘Department of Himalayan Aquatic Biodiversity’ came into existence in the year 2010 and the department is dedicated for imparting knowledge and conducting researches on various facet of the Himalayan region. Himalaya, because of its uniqueness has always been the centre of attraction of researchers across the globe. Its beauty, biodiversity, sensitivity and vulnerability make it a good resource of research. The idea behind the establishment of the department is to provide opportunities to the eager, young minds for in depth studies and research in exploration and conservation of aquatic biodiversity and other relevant faunal and floral diversity across the Himalayan range.
Since, its inception the department is conducting post graduate classes. For each academic session eleven (11) inquisitive students are selected via screening for M.Sc. in Himalayan Aquatic Biodiversity (HAB). Students with high motivation and passion towards aquatic biodiversity studies can appear for the University entrance test, conducted yearly. Graduates in life science are eligible to apply for the entrance test. The four semester regular teaching programme also includes timely internal assessment, seminars, project assignments and group discussions. M.Sc. in Himalayan Aquatic Biodiversity aims to provide students with knowledge, skill and expertise in different facets of aquatic biodiversity. The content of the programme is designed to train human resources in aquatic ecology, water quality assessment, conservation biology and sustainable use of aquatic resources. The department has well equipped laboratory for conducting experiments as per the course requirement. Along with rigorous course curriculum, a variety of extra-curricular activities are regularly conducted to aware the students towards several aspects in conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity.
The department also provide opportunity for Ph.D. in various aspects of aquatic biodiversity and water resource management. The mode of selection for Ph.D. is university entrance test followed by interview/viva-voice. The Ph.D. programme provides opportunity to the students who aspire to work in various disciplines like Ecology, Aquatic biology, Taxonomy and Climate change. The successful students are encouraged to explore career avenues in universities, several governmental and non-governmental research organisations as Pollution Control Board, Forest Departments, Fisheries Departments, National Biodiversity Authority, Zoological Survey of India, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Namame Gange project, various NGOs and many more.
The department presently has young faculty members having vast teaching and research experience in various aspects of biodiversity. They have been awarded fellowships in the past from various prestigious scientific communities like CSIR-UGC NET, GATE, ICAR-NET. Faculty members regularly participate in International and National seminars/symposia/conferences and have published many research papers/articles in the scientific Journals of National and International reputation. The faculty is actively engaged in different area of research like freshwater ecology, aquatic biodiversity, water pollution and climate change