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About Department

The Department of Zoology offers two years P.G. Course in Zoology with major focus on Modern Biology. The M. Phil. and Ph.D. Program of the Department have been designed to facilitate the students with both theoretical and practical knowledge in different cutting edge area of biological sciences. The major thrust area of Department includes Biochemistry, Physiology, Applied Entomology, Nanotechnology, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Molecular Systematics, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Parasitism, Molecular Diagnosis and Biosensor.

List of External Mentors

  1. Dr. Atanu Kumar Pati, Former Vice-Chancellor, G.M. University, Mob-9826654829, Email:[email protected]
  2. Dr. Prafulla Kumar Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, Khallikote Unitary University, Mob-9238571378, Email:[email protected].
  3. Dr. Kamaraju Raghavendra, Retd. Scientist G, National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR) Dwarka, New Delhi, Mob-9868207635, Email:[email protected]
  4. Prof. Ashis Kumar Panigrahi, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The University of Burdwan, Mob-8824067268, 7980174362, Email: [email protected]
  5. Prof. Minakshi Sharma, M.D. University, Rohtak, Haryana, Mob-9996211189, Email:[email protected]
  6. Dr. Palmiro Poltronieri, CNR ISPA, National Research Council of Italy Institue of Science and Food Productions Lecce, Italy, Mob-39-3929705443, Email:[email protected]


Master Degree (M.Sc. - Zoology)

About the Course

M. Sc. Zoology is a two year (four Semesters) course program with fifty seats. Each of the semesters comprises of four theories and a practical paper, with each carrying 100 marks. Theory papers are examined through a mid-semester carrying 20 marks and end-semester carrying 80 marks. Practical examination is held at the end of the semester carrying 100 marks and of six hours duration

How to Enter into the Course

Student intake in the course is strictly made through merit-based selection considering their career and marks secured in the entrance test for admission into P.G. following the guidelines of Berhampur University statute and DHE, Odisha.

Class Schedule

There are six teaching days per week except the official holidays with allotment of both theory and practical classes every day following UGC, India guidelines

Master Degree (M.Sc. - Biotechnology)

About the Course

The Department of Biotechnology was initiated in the year 2005 at Berhampur University. It offers two year post graduate course in Biotechnology with major thrusts on Modern Biology, viz, Cell & Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Instrumentation, Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioethics etc. The department also produced few M.Phil students. In research, the Department has mainly pursued its interest in Cytogenetics, Bioinformatics, Genotoxicity, Cytochemistry, Cell Physiology and Biochemistry, Sericulture, Vector Biology and Biology of ageing.

How to Enter into the Course Programme

Any person who has passed the qualifying degree examination possessing B.Sc/B.Pharm./MBBS/B.V.Sc./ B.F.Sc./BE or B.Tech. in Bio-technology/B.Sc. Agr. with a minimum of 45% of marks in the aggregate or in the honours subject for the candidates belonging to the general category (a minimum of 40% of marks in the aggregate or a minimum of 45% in the honours subjects for the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes) can enter into the course programme.

Class Schedule

In each semester there are 6 teaching days per week.


About the Course

It is a one year program from January to December each year. The scholars are expected to appear for a theory examination consisting three theory papers with each carrying 100 marks and two seminar presentations 100 marks each. Including these, the student has to submit a dissertation of 300 marks regarding his/her research output.

How to Enter into the Course

Admission into M. Phil. course is being done strictly through merit-based selection considering their career, marks secured in University Research Entrance Test (URET) comprising of an MCQ paper of 100 marks of two hour duration and personal interview. The syllabus for the URET covers all the papers From P.G. Course in Zoology, Berhampur University. The minimum qualifying marks in URET is 50 and 40% for unreserved and students under SC/ST reservation category, respectively.

Class Schedule

On each working day there shall be two theory classes and in the rest time the students shall work for their dissertations in the respective research laboratories and in the library.


About the Course

The Ph.D. course of the Department consists of a Pre-Ph.D. coursework of six months duration and minimum of two years research work. The pattern and syllabus for Pre-Ph.D. coursework are same as that of M. Phil. After successful completion of the coursework, the aspirants are expected to present their synopsis in front of DRC for registration into Ph.D. Subsequently the researcher carryout their research works under the supervision of faculties from the Department. The submission and evaluation of the thesis for awarding the degree is carried out following UGC, India guidelines

How to Enter into the Course

Admission into Pre-Ph.D. course is done strictly through merit-based selection considering their career, previous research experiences, URET score, and personal interview. Subsequently, students can get registered into Ph.D. after successful completion of their six months Pre-Ph.D. coursework.

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Dr Prasanna Kumar Dixit
Associate Professor and Head
M.Sc., Ph.D.
Email:[email protected]
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Dr Prasanna Kumar Dixit, M.Sc. Zoology Gold Medalist of Berhampur University got his Ph.D. Degree of this University in 2002 availing the fellowships like JRF-NET (CSIR) and SRF. He started his teaching career as Faculty Member in ICFAI University, Tripura, Agartala in 2002 and continued till 2011. In 2012, he joined the Post Graduate Department of Zoology as Reader. During the last 8 years of Active service in the University, he has handled some key administrative positions in the University like Head of the Department, Member-Academic Council, Senate, Superintendent- Post-graduate Boys' Hostel, Member-NAAC Steering Committee, Research Coordinator, Secretary of Sports Council, Asst. Coordinator-Biotechnology (SFC), Member-DRDC, and Member/Chairman-Board of Studies of various courses apart from the teaching activity in the Department. He has played key role in management of University Deer Park for 8 years and finally the safe shifting of the deer park of the University as directed by the Government in April 2020. He has guided 06 Research Scholars for their Ph.D./D.Sc. degree and many other are currently working. He has published 51 research articles in Journals of National and International repute and authored many book chapters, reviewed many manuscripts for it publication in many reputed journals and adjudicated Ph.D. theses for the award of Ph.D. Degree of several Universities in the country. He is also the Life member of Different Professional Bodies of Biological Relevance. Currently, he is leading the Odisha Zoological Society as Joint Secretary. His research interest includes Stress Physiology and Biochemistry, Gerontology, Drugs Nano-suspensions, Drug designing and delivery etc.

Dr. Tapan Kumar Barik
Assistant Professor
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Email:[email protected], [email protected]
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Dr Tapan Kumar Barik received his Ph.D. Degree from University of Delhi in 2010. He started his research career as Project Coordinator at National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi and continued till 2011. In 2011, he joined as lecturer in the Post Graduate Department of Zoology, Berhampur University. He was awarded with Raman fellowship for post doctoral research at Huck institute of Life Sciences by University Grant Commission for one year in 2013. He was awarded with best teacher award for his overall performance by the Berhampur University in 2016. Three Ph.D and nine M.Phil scholars are awarded under his guidance. He has published more than 40 research papers in Journals of National and International repute. He has contributed several book chapters in the national and international books. He has submitted and published more than 50 gene sequences in NCBI gen bank. His research interest includes Vector Biology, Radiation Biology and Nanotechnology. During the last 5 years of active service in the Berhampur University, he has handled some key administrative positions like Coordinator-Biotechnology (SFC), Radiological Safety Officer, Member-DRDC, and Member-Board of Studies apart from the teaching activity in the Department.

Dr. Jaya Kishor Seth
Assistant Professor
M.Sc., Ph.D.
Email:[email protected]
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Dr Jaya Kishor Seth obtained his Master degree in Zoology from Sambalpur University and Doctoral degree in Zoology from Berhampur University. He has been teaching in the P.G. Department of Zoology, Berhampur University since 2011. Prior to joining the department he worked in the Sunderban Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India from 2008 to 2011.He has also qualified the Junior Lectureship Examination under Orissa Public Service Commission and served in a college for brief period of 3 month. His research interest includes Molecular Systematics, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Biology of invasive alien species and Evolutionary Biology.

Dr. Laxman Kumar Murmu
Assistant Professor
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D
Email:[email protected], [email protected]
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Dr. Laxman Kumar Murmu obtained his M.Sc. and M.Phil. from Utkal University and Doctoral degree in Zoology from Berhampur University. He briefly served as Junior Lecturer at Government women's College, Keonjhar, for one year and three months before joining Berhampur University. He has been working as Assistant Professor in the P.G. Department of Zoology since 2012. His research interest includes Parasitology, Systematics and Ecology.

Dr. Sandip Kumar Dash
Asst. Professor
M.Sc., Ph.D
Email::[email protected]; [email protected]
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Dr. Sandip Kumar Dash is working as Asst. Prof. in the Dept. of Zoology, Berhampur University and formally engaged in the field of Nanotechnology, Molecular Biosensors, and Molecular Diagnosis of different bacterial and viral diseases. His teaching area of specialization is Animal Physiology, Cell Biology, and Immunology. Dr. Dash has more than six years of research/teaching experiences during which he has published several research articles and book chapters of National and International repute. He is a life member of several National and International societies like ISZS, IAAM, ISCA, AMI, and SBC. Dr. Dash is serving as Editor/Reviewer in different National and International Journals like Acta Scientific Microbiology, Talanta, J Phys Chem Solids etc.


Seminar Library

More than 1000 books of National and International repute and previous issues of several National and International Journals are available in the Departmental Seminar Library for the reference of students.


One computer lab with more than 10 computers and internet facilities is available in the Department for the utility of students.


Apart from specific laboratory for each of the P.G. Ist year and IInd year students, a common Departmental central Instrument facility is available in the Department. A museum consisting of more than 1000 of different Zoological species organisms is available for the students in the Department.

Student Outings

The Department, each year organizes minimum of one study-cum-field and a picnic-cum-excursion tour for the M.Sc. students.

Animal Ethical Committee

An Animal Ethical Committee (IAEC) and an Animal House was established in the Department since, 2017 for providing opportunity of working with animal model involved projects by the research scholars of the Department and Colleges affiliated under the University.

Student Project Work

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Study Tour

M. Sc Zoology students participate in field study each year.


All the faculties in the Department have their own personal research laboratories for carrying out research in the fields of Bioinformatics, Genetic Toxicity, Cyto-chemistry, Stress Physiology, Biochemistry, Entomology, Biodiversity, and Nanosciences

Project Execution in the Department

Sl. No. Title PI /CO-PI Funding Agency Amount Duration


Screening of small molecules for antiaging action using Ceanorhabditis elegans and Zebrafish as organism models

Dr. T.K. Barik & Dr. I.P. Kumar


4.5 lakh



Studies on commercially important fish of Gopalpur coast, Odisha in Bay of Bengal and Development of database Using bar coding technique

Dr. T.K. Barik & Dr. U.R. Acharya

DBT, India

44.025 lakh



A genosensor for detection of Bacillus anthracis spores from water samples

Dr. S.K. Dash

UGC, India

10 lakh



Studies of Bionomics of two malaria vectors, Anopheles culicifacies and Anopheles fluviatilis with special reference to their behavior in response to intervention measures (IRS/LLINs) in Chhattisgarh state, India

Dr. T.K. Barik (Co-PI)

ICMR under MERA-India

70 lakh



Studies on the population structure, and genetic diversity based on D-loop region of mitochondrial DNA, and germplasm resources mapping of near threatened and vulnerable sheatfishes (family: Siluridae) of Odisha

Dr. J.K. Seth

Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Odisha

7.19 lakh



Molecular characterization, genetic analysis, and study of the life cycle of parasitic isopods of the family Cymothoidae found along the Northern part of the East Coast of India, and the Chilika lagoon

Dr. J.K. Seth

Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

37.2768 lakh



Development of a chemical optode for the detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7

Dr. S.K. Dash

ST Dept., Odisha

7.88 lakh



Biosynthesis and Characterization of Ag-MnO2 Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Application and Sulphonamide Conjugation for Ani-Parasitic Property Development

Dr. S.K. Dash

OSHEC, Odisha

4.92 lakh



Sl. No. Duration Name of the Event Funding Agency
01 15th to 28th Jan 2018 Induction training program for newly recruited lecturers (OES-Group-A) DHE, Odisha
02 24th to 25th Feb 2018 Annual alumni reunion meet-2017 and Picnic
03 29th to 30th March 2018 National seminar on Beach erosion and anthropogenic exploitation of coastal lines of Odisha and its effect on Olive Ridley sea turtle, Irrawaddy dolphins and fish population and measure for conservation AABHANA
04 03th to 23th Dec 2018 Refresher Course in Zoology for College Lecturers OHEPEE, World Bank
01 15th to 16th Feb 2019 National Seminar on Crossroads of biological sciences and its applications OHEPEE, World Bank
02 16th to 17th Feb 2019 Annual alumni reunion meet-2018 and Picnic
01 06th to 19th Jan 2020 Orientation Program for college lecturer OHEPEE, World Bank
02 12th to 13th Feb 2020 National Seminar on Advances and Challenges in Biological Sciences OHEPEE, World Bank
03 15th to 16th Feb 2020 Annual alumni reunion meet-2019 and Picnic



Frontiers in Biological Sciences

28th Feb to 01st March 2022

International Webinar


Communicative English

5th May 2022



How to succeed in competitive Exam

7th May 2022



The Alumni Association, Department of Zoology, Berhampur University has been established in 1994. The past and present students and the teachers of the department are the members of the association. At present, there are about 600 members. Every year the alumni meet with the current student members of the department in a reunion function during the Annual Day celebration of the Zoology Seminar and it is followed by the General Body meeting of the association. Besides, the Executive Body of the Association meets two to three times each year. The basic objectives of the association are to reunite the past and present students so that they can know and interact with each other; to extent financial help to the needy members; to encourage the present students in their academics by instituting different medals and prizes; to felicitate the retiring members of the association; and give oration to the members for their outstanding contributions in the field of science and to the society at large. In the reunion function, each year, one Gold Medal, one Silver Medal and 10 different cash prizes are awarded to the present and just pass-out students of the department for their significant achievements. Besides, a bulletin is published each year citing different activities of the association.


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Dr Prasanna Kumar Dixit
Associate Professor and Head
Email : [email protected]