The Department of Zoology is not only one of the oldest Departments on campus but also leading in every sphere of activity. This Department was established by erstwhile J&K University in the year 1961. The Department has 7 well- equipped Research Laboratories and 5 P.G. Laboratories.
An independent Computer-cum-Microscopy Lab with Internet connectivity and all relevant software for training to the students and scholars. A full-fledged Seminar Library, as a supplement to the University Central Library on the Campus, having more than 5,550 books and, number of journals, dissertations and theses. Besides, a Departmental Museum and a Fish Pond. Department has got state-of-the-art scientific equipments, the important ones are: advanced microscopes (with digital Image Analyzers, Fluorescence, Projection and CCTV attachments), Cryostats, Centrifuges, PCR, ELISA Reader, Histokinete, Soxtec fatty acid analyzer, CO2 Incubator and Automatic hematology analyzer and Audio-visual aids, including LCD and Magnetic Board.
This Department has completed several research projects sanctioned by DST, CSIR, UGC, ICAR and J&K State Council for Science & Technology. This Department is not only DST-FIST funded but also SAP-DRS Phase-II funded, strengthening our teaching and research activities. After successfully completing the SAP Phase-I, in the field of experimental Parasitology and Immuno-diagnostics, UGC has sanctioned SAP-II Phase covering research activity in the field of Parasitology, Aquaculture and Integrated Pest Management.
Zoological Society (Zoo-Society) brings members on one platform for various programmes, including seminars, symposia, workshops, extension lectures, debates, etc. Apart from these, Zoological expeditions to high-altitude areas of Kashmir Himalayan regions for faunistic biodiversity study and for faunal collections, from the sea-shores and desert areas of India, are essential activities of this society.
Presently, the Department is blooming with diverse types of research activities. The main areas of research being Parasitology, Ichthyology, Entomology, Wildlife, Limnology and Molecular Biology