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The Department of Zoology was started in the year 1963 and Shri. H. Banerjee started taking Zoology classes on 22-07-1963 as a part-time teacher but left in August in the same year when Shri. Dhiresh Chandra Dhar of St. Edmund’s College continued with the job to be followed by Shri. Monoranjan Burman of Lady Keane College till Shri (Late) Kamalaksha Dutta joined as first full time lecturer on 1st October 1964 and also Shri. J.J. Rao as demonstrator. Shri. Dutta continued to serve as Head of the Department till his retirement but shri Rao left the job in 1965. Shri Parimal Chakraborty (1966-1972), Dr. Pranab Mukherjee (1966-1968), Shri Jahnabi Kr. Chattaraj (1968-1972) served the department with all odds but soon left with better opportunities. Dr. Samarendra Nath Dutta joined in 1969 and retired in 2003 as the Head of the Department. Meanwhile, many teachers served the college as part-time teachers. Smt. Rekha Devi joined in early seventies and then Dr. Malay Dey in July 1985. Smt. Suparna Choudhury joined as demonstrator in seventies and was engaged in managing the higher secondary practical classes. Smt. D.N. Shabong joined during the nineties to be followed by Smt. Jennifer Lyngdoh. Smt. Lyngdoh left the job in 2005 to be replaced by Dr. E.M. Pala. Dr. L.M. Jyrwa and Dr. Shanwell Khongwir joined the department in 2008 and 2009 respectively, upon the retirement of Smt. Rekha Devi and Smt. Suparna Choudhury.
Interestingly, Dr.M. Dey was appointed as the Vice-Principal of the college and Head of the Department of Zoology from 1-9-2008 to 31-7-2019. Dr. M. Dey then resumed the position of Principal In-charge upon the retirement of our former Principal Dr. K.D. Ramsiej from 1-01-2019 to 30-06-2020. As of now the department is under the headship of Smt. D.N Shabong since 31.08.2019.
The laboratory of the Department is well equipped with lot of collections of species and suitable infrastructure and Shri. Ethelbert Pyrtuh, the laboratory attendant is taking care of the laboratory meticulously. Over the years since its inception, the Department has produced excellent results with some of them find placed in the merit list. A few to be remembered include: Dr. Malay Dey (presently Principal in-charge of the college) ranking 1st class 1st in Zoology Honours in 1981 and Shri. F.A. Lamare (presently Associate Professor, St. Anthony’s College), Smt. Anamika Gupta and Smt. Jane Kharbudon  repeating the same feat in 1991, 1994 and 2016. Likewise, the students of the Department of Zoology have the credit of bringing high percentage of distinctive examination results conducted by NEHU at the undergraduate level.
The teachers of the Department of Zoology have credit of as many as four Science projects conducted with the cooperation and active participation of the students and financed by the State Unit of the Department of Science and Technology. Former Head of the Department, Shri (Late) K. Dutta, conducted a research project entitled “A,B,O Blood Group in Khasi and Jaintia People in Meghalaya” inspite of the limited facilities available at that time. Smt. R. Devi, Dr. S.N. Datta and Dr. M. Dey successfully completed three different research projects in the department entitled “Chromosome Analysis and Distribution of Some Spiders of Meghalaya”, “Study of the Role of Mitotic Activity in the Early Chick Embryo (local Breed of Meghalaya)” and “Electrophoretic Survey of L.D.H. Banding pattern in the frog spewcies of the Genus Rana from Khasi Hills, Meghalaya”. Recently, Dr. E.M.Pala, Dr. L.M.Jyrwa and Dr. S. Khongwir separately had successfully completed four UGC-sponsored minor projects entitled “Ultra-Structural and Elemental Analysis of Certain Tissues of Cyprinus carpio (Common Carp) Inhabiting Two Government Fish Farms In East Khasi Hillsa District, Meghalaya”, Studies of Nitrogen excretion pattern in different tadpole stages of Rhachophorus maximus” ,“Impact of Sand and Stone Quarrying on the Aquatic Ecosystems of Umtyngar River, east Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya”, “Physico-chemical Analysis of River Umshing With Special Reference to Drinking Water Supply in Mawlai, Shillong, Meghalaya”,
Students of the Department are also involved in research projects sponsored by the college under the supervision of the faculty members. They have also started a student activity club, ‘The Zoonic Circle’ from the year 2006 under the guidance of the teachers. The aim and objectives of the club is to involve all the students in various academic activities like seminars, scientific workshop etc, and also other supporting social and cultural activities of the college.
NameEducational Qualification

Working since

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Dr. Malay Dey (Principal –In Charge)



M. Sc., Ph. D.
08-07-1985[email protected]
Smt. D. N. Shabong (HEAD)


M, Sc.

01-09-1994

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Dr. (Smt.) E. M. Pala


M. Sc.( Net- JRF) Ph.D

05-07-2005[email protected]
Dr. (Smt.) Lucy Mary Jyrwa


M. Sc. (NET- JRF) Ph. D.
06-09-2008



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Dr. Shanwell Khongwir


M. Sc., Ph. D.
02-03-2009


[email protected]
BSc Zoology
The department is highly involved in research in which students under the supervision of the teachers undertake college minor research projects. These college projects have help in inculcating research methodology in young research minds. Beside these, teachers of the department have also taken up UGC –sponsored projects. Broad area of research is usually relevant to the subject where research papers are published in reputed national and international journals.
Completed college projects 8
Ongoing college projects-4
Completed UGC –Minor projects -4

The contribution of zoology in the day-to-day life of humans and other living beings on this earth is overwhelming. Zoology paved the ways and means for the development of modern medical science concerning human and animal body. Other branches of science like chemistry, physics, botany, mathematics and others of course surround the science of Zoology. The present system of learning is however inclined towards applied aspects of Zoology which is important; nevertheless the fundamental knowledge is even more important to device application. Keeping this view in mind the students of the Zoology Dept. Shillong College, proposes to form a club to generate interest among them to take up and study Zoology at the fundamental level and make them aware of the current development in this science. Such exposure will make us not only to educate ourselves but create academic and intellectual environment at home and at the place where we work/study everyday. AIMS & OBJECTIVES To educate ourselves on the fundamental Zoology and update our knowledge through various activities like 1. By organizing seminars. 2. By organizing popular talks. 3. Group discussions. 4. Exhibition. 5. Tracking recent developments through newspaper, magazines, journals and the Internet. 6. Organizing fieldtrips/ study tour to the places of interest. ZOONIC - BODY Chairperson- Principal, Shillong College (Permanent member) President - Head of department of Zoology (Permanent member) Vice president - One post, elected/nominated from 3rd year Bsc.Zoo (H) Secretary - One posts, elected /Nominated from 2nd year Bsc.Zoo (H) Joint secretaries – Three posts, one elected each from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Bsc.Zoo (H) Treasurer- One post, elected from 1st year Bsc.Zoo (H) Secretary for publicity and publication - One post elected from1st year Bsc. Zoo (H) Secretary for bulletin board - One post elected from 2nd year Bsc. Zoo (H) Executive Members - Four members, three from the teachers of the department and one from 3rd year Bsc. Zoo (H) ELECTION PROCESS Every year after students are admitted in the 1st year Zoo. Hons. Course, the 2nd year and 3rd year students will organize reception for them and a new body is to be formed to take over. Secretaries’ annual report, Treasurers financial report are to be presented in the meeting. Normally the President will preside over the meeting MEMBERSHIP Any and all the students taking Zoology Hons.are the members of the club, all the faculty members including laboratory attendant will be the members of the club. Any or other students or teachers interested in the science of Zoology may also become a member. Memberships are of two types—Annual membership and Life membership. FUNDS Collections of subscriptions of membership fee: 1. Annual membership fee Rs.50 to be collected which is to be renewed every year. This is to be revised according to the situation. 2. Life membership is ten times (i.e. Rs.500) that of annual membership. 3. Funds may also be received from college authority, NGOs, and government and non-government departments for organizing special programs. 4. Fund is to be maintained in a Nationalized Bank, which will be operated jointly by President, Secretary and treasurer (either all or any two).