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The Department of Zoology was established in 1937. Department is a recipient of Star Status by DBT, GOI. The Department had several illustrious researchers as its faculty and some of its faculty members are renowned figures in the Zoology academic circle; Dr. N.N. Murthy, Dr. S.V. Shanbaug, Dr. Mrs. Rao, Dr. R. M. Pai, Dr. Mrs Gaikwad, Dr. Rohini Sivabalan, Prof. M. G. Dhavale, Dr. Mrs Mayya, Mrs. Phadnis, Dr. Sasikumar Menon to name a few. Zoology Department has rich research legacy especially in the field of Systematics, Haematology, Biochemistry, Physiology and Marine Sciences. The Department has taken several initiations at the University level specially to make the Zoology subject more contemporary. This Department has been known to be the nurturing centre for many Zoologists, who are active in teaching profession, especially in the University of Mumbai. The faculty motivates students to engage in research, curricular and extra-curricular activities to tap into their intrinsic and extrinsic capabilities. The department is dedicated for the versatile development of students to help them excel in all possible fields and reach desired milestone in their career.

Zoology Mission

  • To invoke an awareness of the need to explore, understand and conserve animal diversity.
  • To bring about sensitivity regarding nature, biodiversity and ethical values help them solve different environmental problems to establish a sustainable means of living for community and society.
  • To inculcate critical thinking and analytical skills and research aptitude to enable the students to pursue higher studies.
  • To provide opportunities for specialization and research in varied aspects of Zoology so as to make them employable.


Best Practice Zoo

  • Departmental Eco-Zoo Fest ‘Zoomanji’: Participants and visitors are made aware of different aspects of Zoology by a play way method.
  • Remedial class: Students are encouraged to meet the teachers in spare time to clear their doubts. If need be extra classes are organized.
  • Departmental Library: The Department has inhouse rich open library with several rare books, which can be directly issued by the students.
  • Departmental Museum: The Museum has many rare collections of perfectly preserved animals and fossils which are used by the students to enhance their knowledge.


Zoology Activity

Department conducts various activities for students, which includes Field Visits, Excursions, Workshops, Seminars, Training programs and Symposiums. Department festival ,Eco-Zoo is celebrated every year where the students showcase their various skills. Besides this, students are also involved in social activity like ‘Beach cleaning’.


Message from Head of Department

Department of Zoology, Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College aims at inculcating a philanthropic attitude amongst the students, towards environment and  respond to the needs of the society with total commitment and sincerity. The department is competent in academic excellence and offers BSc and MSc in Zoology with specialization in Marine science and Animal Physiology. It provides students with the knowledge and skill  that would make them ready for various multidisciplinary areas related to Zoology.

The department has well equipped laboratory, a very good museum, which has a wide collection of specimens and a good Library.

The faculty of department is well qualified with varied research areas like Environmental Biology, Toxicology, Physiology, Oceanography and Wildlife. With a team of dedicated faculty and support staff I envisage a promising future to all our students

Our Team

Dr. Gargi Rane

Dr. Swati P. Deshmukh

Ms. Anjali Mali

Dr. Vaishali T Phusate

Dr. Durga S Patkar

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