Deptt. of Zoology
Head of the Department
About the Department
Postgraduate Department of Zoology came into existence in 1963 after establishment of University of Jodhpur in 1962. However, the root of this department goes back to 1948 in the erstwhile Jaswant College, a premier institution of Rajasthan at that time. Officially Zoology department has been functioning under the university structure for last 52 years. This period was full of events, achievements and growth in terms of student intake, teaching faculty, research projects, publications and research grants. The department is fortunate in having Professor Vishwanath, Sc.D. FNA at its founder head in 1963. A distinguished zoologist, Professor Vishwanath relinquished in 1965 handing over the reign to World renowned Entomologist Professor M.L. Roonwal, Sc.D., FNA, who headed the department till 1967 before taking over as Vice chancellor of this university. In 1967 Dr. S. Khera, D.Sc. a well known plant Nematologist took over as head followed by Professor S.D. Mishra, Professor K.N. Katiyar, Professor V.S. Durve, Professor B.G. Kapoor, Professor S. Johnson, Prof. S.C. Bhargava, Prof. H.S. Nama, Dr. M.L. Gupta, Prof. S.M. Mohnot, Prof. A.K. Purohit, Prof. G. R. Jakher, Dr. R.K.Gupta, Prof. S.P. Singh, Prof. D. Mohan, Prof. G. Tripathi. and Prof. L. S. Rajpurohit Four members of this department have been elevated as Vice-Chancellors of reputed universities. The present Head Prof. Rajpurohit has been elected Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India (F.N.A. Sc.) in 1997 for life long. He has also been nominated as member Syndicate, JNVU Jodhpur.
Presently, there are 8 Professors, 1 Associate Professors and 12 Assistant Professors. The faculty teaches about 70 P.G. students and about 700 U.G. students every year. Faculty members guide about 25 research scholars at a point of time. They are working in the areas of physiology, ecophysiology, toxicology, ecology, animal behavior, environmental biology, radiation biology, cell biology, entomology and taxonomy, parasitology, fish biology and limnology, bioinformatics, primate behavior and wildlife conservation, palaeozoology etc. This department successfully carried out over 60 minor and major research projects funded by the UGC, CSIR, ICAR, DST, ICMR, DOE, DBT and other funding agencies. Presently, department is having UGC – DRS (SAP) program. The faculties represented in several national and International academic bodies and policy formation Committees of State and Central Governments.
Faculty Members of the Department