Department of Zoology

Brief Profile of the Department

In the year 1980 in the then Calcutta University Post Graduate Centre the Department of Life Science was established. Then Calcutta University Post Graduate Centre was converted into Tripura University in 1987. At some time on 12th June 2007 the Department of Zoology was established due to trifurcation of pre-existing Department of Life Science where three basic subjects were there in the department. Those subjects were Botany, Physiology and Zoology as well.

The Department of Zoology for the first time in Tripura developed captive breeding research technology on Ompok bimaculatus and also on Chitala chitala. Further, the department identified Triploid form of Clarius batrachus for the first time in North-East. A series of aquaculture researches are going on on different varieties of Pabda species. Research works are also in progress to identify the wild resource of different endangered, rare and threatened fish species in Tripura.

At the present period the Department of Zoology is actively engaged in teaching Zoology. Simultaneously, Pre-doctoral research on various fields of Zoology are also going on. The fields of research have been development of fertilization technology in some Endangered, Threatened and Rare fish species, aquaculture biotechnology on Pabda fish etc., endocrinology, earthworm biology and ecology etc. The Department presently offers specialization in the field of aquaculture biotechnology, ecology and environmental biology, endocrinology etc. This Department has facilities to work with sophisticated trinocular microscopes, electrophoretic system, gas chromatography, PCR system, lyophilizer and fraction collector as well.

Usually the Intake capacity for the MSc students in the Department is 30 and for Ph.D. scholars the number of intake capacity varies from year to year. RET Examination is conducted by the University for admission of Pre-Doc scholars in each department.

At present, the Department is working on enhancing its area of the research activities in different fields of Zoology. To enhance researches on different advance areas of biology financial supports from various central agencies were available such as DBT, DST, CSIR, Government of India, .

Year of Establishment:


Head of the Department:

Prof. Sukanta Banik

Courses Offered:

M.Sc. in Zoology
Ph.D. in Zoology

Intake Capacity:

M.Sc. 25 students /year
Ph.D. As per vacancy

Total Research Project Funding (Completed & Ongoing):


Syllabus for Various Courses Offered:

  • Post Graduate: Download
  • Under Graduate: Download
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Download
  • Ph.D. Course Work: Download
  • Research Eligibility Test (RET): Download

Seminar/Conference/Workshop/Refresher/Orientations etc. Organized

  • workshop on “Applied Chemical Zoology”, 29.04.2015 to 01.05.2015/li>
  • Third National Symposium on Earthworm Ecology and Environment, 9th - 11th November,2013
Organized byConference/Seminar/Workshop/ Winter SchoolDuration/DateSponsored by
Dr.P.S.Chaudhuri The Third National Symposium on Earthworm Ecology and Environment 9-11 November, 2012 ICAR, ICMR, CSIR, INSA,N.Delhi
Prof. B. K. Agarwala Winter School on Training in Insect Taxonomy 25.01.2010 to 06.02.2010 DST, New Delhi

Address of Communication:

Department of Zoology,
Tripura University,
Suryamaninagar – 799022
Tel. : + 91 381 237 9084
Fax: + 91 381 237 4807
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , hod_zoology[at]

Laboratory Facilities:

  • (i) Physical: Students Laboratories (02), Research Laboratories (05), Equipment Room (02), Green House (01), Experimental Field (01)
  • (ii)Academic and Research: Class Room (02), Practical room (02), Computers (12) with internet facility, LCD Projector facility, Water Distillation Plant, Power Backup (both generator and UPS), Animal House Facility (on sharing basis), Bio-statistical and Bioinformatics Programmes with License.
  • (iii) Major equipments available
    1. UV Vis Spectrophotometer
    2. Leica Research Microscope with photographic attachment
    3. Gas Chromatography
    4. Green House Facility
    5. Elecrophoresis with blotting facility
    6. Thermocycler 7. Microtome
    8. Refrigerated Centrifuge
    9. Systronics UV VIS Digital Spectrophotometer with PC & Data print out system
    10.Olympus Trinocular microscope equipped with photographic system

Details of Research groups:

  • Biosystematics and Biodiversity: Professor B. K. Agarwala has been engaged in exploration of vast areas of north-east India for systematic and biodiversity studies of insects with emphasis on specially for butterflies and aphids of Tripura state. He has recorded 179 butterfly species belonging to various genera and several families and assigned them to 91 ranks according to their relative abundance. He found that areas having high physical heterogeneity like Debabari and Maharani in Tripura show greater species richness and diversity than many other areas which show less heterogeneity in physical features. He is also investigating distribution of aphids in relation to their host and climatic conditions. He noted that widely distributed polyphagus aphids like Aphis gossypii and A. spiraecola show host specialized races or monophagy in the hot and humid climate of north-east India. Host-specific adaptation in viviparous population of A. spiraecola showed phenotypic plasticity in response to seasonality of host plants.
  • Physiology & Biochemistry: The Insect Physiology and Biochemistry laboratory headed by Professor D. Ghosh, is engaged to explore biochemistry of ovarian development and oogenesis of insects and other Arthropods resolved by Electron microscopy and Biochemical tools. It’s primary focus concern with vitellogenesis, vitellin and choriongenesis. He characterizes vitellin and chorion proteins of grasshoppers and at present actively engaged to explore the genetic background of the same. At the same time he is also engaged to characterize proteins and peroxidases from fruit sources to identify their immunomodulatory activity in mammals.
  • Aquaculture and Fish Biotechnology:Professor S Banik has been actively engaged in the exploration of various endangered, threatened, and vulnerable fish species of both lotic and lentic freshwater ecosystems of Tripura state for the purpose of Conservation of fish diversity with special emphasis on Development of Captive Breeding technology with the application of recent aquaculture technology. Simultaneously, for enhancing greater survival rate as well as growth potential of the fish larvae of those endangered, threatened, and vulnerable fish species a viable larval rearing technology has been developed in our laboratory. A successful captive breeding technology for an endangered fish Ompok bimaculatus is developed and standardised for the first time in the country. Breeding and larval rearing technologies for a rare fish species Nandus nandus and a vulnerable freshwater prawn species Macrobrachium dayanum was already standardised for the first time in the country. This technology for another endangered fish species Ompok pabda has also been developed in recent period. Puntius ticto a lentic water fish species in a recent study is identified as vulnerable fish species for which also captive breeding technology is developed for the first time in the country. In order to explore various economically important fish species a number of freshwater river ecosystem of Tripura such Feni river, Muhuri river, Gomoti river, Deo river etc have been investigating for habitat mapping of some wild fish species. Apart from this work some studies on identification of triploid form of Clarias batrachus was done in our laboratory.
  • Vermicompost forming and Earthworm Biodiversity: Another dimensions of work is undertaken by Dr. P.S. Chaudhuri. He engaged to evaluate the role of earthworm diversity in the important cash crop plantation i.e. rubber, pineapple etc. of Tripura - a biodiversity hot-spot of India. The soil of Tripura is highly acidic with depletion of organic carbon, phosphorus and calcium. He has also been working on amelioration of soil health for better crop yield through application of vermicompost produced by endemic variety of earthworm (Perionyx excavates). He has also elucidated the reproductive biology of fifteen species of earthworms of Tripura in order to evaluate reproductive potential of these earthworm — the “ecosystem engineers” for their future application in “in-soil earthworm technology”.
  • Endocrino-immunology: Dr S. S. Singh is actively engaged to explore new dimensions in area of endocrino-immunology.


Studies with Microsatellite marker in relation to genetic characterisation of Ompok pabda in collaboration with National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (ICAR), Lucknow is in considerable progress.

Non Teaching Staffs & Contact Details

PhotoNameDesignationContact Details
Paresh Chandra Debbarma Laboratory Attendent Ph:09862241926
Sankar Pal Technical Assistant Ph:09612928048, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ph.D. Scholars

PhotoNameTitle of Thesis & SupervisorContact Details
Prashanjit Laskar Modulatory role of melatonin in imune-endocrine regulation of thyroid function in mice
Supervisor: Dr. Shiv Shankar Singh
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Rahul Lodh Taxonomy and Patterns of Diversity of butterflies in Heterogeneous Landscape of Tripura, Northeast India
Supervisor: Prof. B. K. Agarwala
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Samik Acharjee Role of melatonin in modulation of HSP70 expression and immune function in thermally stressed mice
Supervisor: Dr. Shiv Sankar Singh
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Tapas Das Habitat distribution , abundance and biology of Micraspis discolor (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in cultivated and wild habitat of Tripura Northeast India
Supervisor: Prof. B. K. Agarwala
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Project Scholars

PhotoNameDesignationName of the Project & P.IContact Details
Dr. Abir Shib Research Associate Bioinformatics Centre,
P.I: Prof. Sukanta Banik
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Dipankar Kishore Sinha Project Assistant Network Project on Insect Biosystems (NPIB) funded by ICAR,
P.I: Prof. B. K. Agarwala
Dr. Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee Research Associate Network Project on Insect Biosystems (NPIB) funded by ICAR,
P.I: Prof. B. K. Agarwala
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