Department of Zoology

Courses Offered / Distribution of Seats


Duration (Years)


Total Seats

Reserved Categories
SC/ST     BC       RA         Others

B.Sc. (Hons. School)




7              2           2             4  

M.Sc. (Hons.)




7              2           2             4





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B.Sc. (Hons. School):            (a) Senior Secondary Certificate (+2) examination from Punjab School Education Board with at least 50 % marks in aggregate in any science group or any other examination with 50 % marks in aggregate recognized equivalent to (a)  above by the Guru Nanak Dev University.

M.Sc. (Hons.): B.Sc. (10+2+3) in any science subject (any combination) from Guru Nanak Dev University with at least 50 % marks in aggregate or an equivalent examination from any other University recognized as such.
Admission for the above course will be based on merit prepared of the marks obtained in the qualifying examination.

Ph.D.: The candidate having passed M.Sc. degree in the relevant or allied subject with 55 % marks (50% for SC / ST).
Admission shall be based on the merit of the candidate in the Eligibility Test to be conducted by the University.
Exemption for Ph.D.: UGC / CSIR –JRF, NET or equivalent qualified candidates.

Special Features:
The thrust areas of research in the department include: Insect Physiology and Biochemistry, Fish and Fisheries, Aquatic Biology, Insect plant interactions, Parasitology and Nematology, Insect Bionomics,  Solid waste management and Cytogenetics. The department has well equipped laboratories for carrying out research work in these fields of specialization. The Department is DST-FIST  sponsored and has been recognized under the UGC-DRS.

 Satwinder Kaur Dhillon

Qualification Ph.D.

Designation Reader
Area of Specialization Insect Physiology
Area of Interest Insect – Plant Interaction/Insect Biochemistry
No. of Publications 43
Email Address
Contact Numbers 0183- 2258802-09 EPABX – 3398,99144-51077(M)
I am engaged in studying the influence of plant compounds on the development and physiology of insect pests. Currently two students in my lab. are working on the effects of some plant proteins (protease  inhibitors) and plant secondary compounds (polyphenols)  on the growth and survival of the melon fruit fly which is a major pest of crops belonging to the cucurbitaceae family.

Anish Dua


M Sc (Hons. School), M .Phil,  Ph.D.Punjab University

Designation Reader & Head
Area of Specialization Aquatic Biology
Area of Interest Aquatic Toxicology & Fish Boilogy, River & Wetlands conservation, Advocacy Tools in relation to population issues
No. of Publications 35
Email Address
Contact Numbers 098144-74466(M)

Working in the field of River & wetland ecology Dr Anish Dua has successfully generated baseline data about the rich biodiversity resource of Harike & Kanjili wetlands- the two ecosystems of International importance. The water quality of these wetlands is regularly being monitored to assess its impact on aquatic fauna.    

The status of threatened fish spp in these wetlands is established and the studies were undertaken to start the fish habitat restoration programme. The fish community health in Harike wetland is established through the population dynamics studies.  

Successful studies have been carried out on regional cooperation through environmental exercises where trans-boundary water channels (between India & Pakistan) are being monitored. The objective is to showcase the idea of addressing pollution problems through strategic partnerships.  

A total of 8 research projects were carried out with Ministry of Environment & forests Govt of India; University Grants Commission, New Delhi; Bombay Natural History Society; Salim Ali Center for Ornithology & Natural History, Coimbtore; Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh; Sandia National Laboratories USA, WWF-India and UNDP, India. Dr Dua has active collaboration with International organizations like Wetlands International South Asia, WISA; WWF-Pakistan, UNDP-Pakistan and International center for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD, Kathmandu.  

Dr Dua established the Aquatic biology laboratory in the Department of Zoology. Already 2 students have completed their Ph D and 18 students have done their M Sc Projects under his supervision. Along with the assigned course Dr Dua teaches Special theory papers titled, “Wetland Ecology”, “Fish Biology”, & “Fisheries in India” to the M Sc students. He is popularizing the field of Wetland Ecology and Environmental Management to the students of affiliated colleges of this University by conducting Extension Lectures, Nature Camps and Field trips.

Sanehdeep Kaur

Qualification Ph.D.

Designation Reader
Area of Specialization Entomology
Area of Interest Biocontrol of Insect Pests
No. of Publications 14
Email Address
Contact Numbers 0183- 2258802-09 EPABX 3529, 094176-71287(M)
I am working on control of insect pests of various crops with chemical and Biological control methods. A number of insecticides have been tested against insect pests of various vegetable and field crops. Biological control includes carrying out surveillance and monitoring of natural enemy fauna under various crop ecosystems their conservation and field testing.

Arvinder Kaur

Qualification Ph.D.
Designation Reader
Area of Specialization Aquatic Toxicology
Area of Interest Toxicology, Vermitechnology
No. of Publications 11
Email Address
Contact Numbers 99888-03135 (M)
Presently I am evaluating toxicity of azodyes and their microbially degraded products to major carps with respect to their development and detoxifying enzymes. I am also working on biosolid waste management with the help of vermicomposting, using exotic earthworms

Dr. Pooja chadha

Qualification Ph.D.
Designation Lecturer
Area of Specialization Cytogenetics
Area of Interest Genotoxic studies , Population Genetics, Human Genetics
No. of Publications 08
Email Address
Contact Numbers 09417312861(M)

Dr. Puja Ohri

Qualification Ph.D.
Designation Lecturer-Cum-Curator
Area of Specialization Nematology
Area of Interest Parasitic Nematodes, Plant growth regulatos and other plant compounds
No. of Publications

10 (Research Papers)

01 Book Chapter

Email Address
Contact Numbers 9855578923 (M)

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