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About the Department
The Department of Zoology, University of Lucknow, shares its birth with that of the university itself, the year 1921. Zoology is one of the founding departments and main stays of the university and was formed as a result of the bifurcation of the Department of Biology, Canning College. The roots of the department were strengthened by the initial leadership of the officiating head, Dr. G.S. Thapar (Ph.D. London, 1925), and then by the first Head of Department, Dr. K.N. Bahl (D.Sc., D.Phil., Oxford, 1921) in 1923, who later became a Professor. He successfully nurtured the department till 1950 into an establishing ground and leading light for many Zoology departments of the country. He was succeeded by Prof. G.S. Thapar, who laid the foundation for Helminthology in the country. The next Head, Prof. M.B. Lal, added new heights to the field of Physiology and Experimental Zoology. Subsequent Heads of the Department, Professors PD Gupta, Ram Rakshpal, BK Tandon, Bhoomittra Dev, KC Pandey, Vinod Gupta, Nirupama Agrawal, Minakshi Shrivastava. A. K. Sharma, Madhu Tripathi, Omkar have contributed not only to their respective fields but have added new dimensions to the department. Under recent four leaderships, the department has been identified as UGC-SAP (DRS-I & II), DST-FIST, DST-PURSE and Centre of Excellence (Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. UP) department.
Current Faculty members are contributing in the areas of Protozoology, Parasitology, Environmental Toxicology, Entomology, Chronobiology, Endocrinology, Neurobiology, Fisheries, Human Genetics, Molecular Biology, bone Biology and Wildlife.
Dr. M.Serajuddin is presently Professor and Head. He has a brilliant academic career throughout, and he is fellow of Zoological Society of India and Academy of Environmental Biology. Several awards of national and international reputes were given to him. Some important out of them are Shikshak Shree-2017 of U.P.Govt., Adarsh Vidya Saraswati Rashtriya Puraskar-2017 from Gujrat, Indo Global Excellence Award for Zoology-2017 by the International Benevolent Research Foundation and Confederation of Indian Universities, and Prof. Harswarup Gold Medal Award-2015 for his outstanding research and contribution in the field of Fish Biogenetics by ZSI. Prof. Serajuddin have conferred upon the award of Distinguished Faculty for the contribution and achievement in the field of fish and fisheries by Venus International Foundation in the year 2016. He has been involved in research and teaching for over 30 years with biology and biodiversity. Dr. Serajuddin acted as Principal Investigator in major research projects funded by DST, ICAR, UGC, UPCST, Centre of Excellance and Research & Development (U.P. Govt.). He has already supervised 20 students for the award of their Ph.D. degree in Zoology. He has to his credit more than 95 original research papers in peer reviewed journals of national and international reputes. He also edited 07 books bearing ISN numbers. Besides attending several national and international seminars and conferences he has delivered several plenary/invited talks and chairs the session.
The Department is already one of the pillars of classical Zoology across India. It is our aim to strengthen this foundation, while making deeper and stronger forays into fascinating aspects of the animal world, using modern path breaking techniques. We are as a department committed to spreading the wonders of Zoology to the specialist as well as the commoner.