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Department of Aquatic Biology


About Department
The Department was established during the 7th plan period and started functioning from September 1993. The Department has been training students for M.Sc. in Aquatic Biology and for the research degrees namely M.Phil. and Ph.D. The Department has got three teaching staff members.

Faculty :

Name Designation Specialization
Dr. G. Ragothaman M.Sc. Ph.D. Professor and Head Marine Biology
Dr. Mohini Gadia M.Sc. Ph.D. Reader Zoology
Dr. Kapila Manoj M.Sc. Ph.D. Lecturer Bio Sciences


Link: Aquatic Biology at the University of Alabama

Courses - Marine Biology and Marine Research



M.Sc. Degree in Aquatic Biology includes two academic year course viz., M.Sc.-I and M.Sc.-II. The curriculum includes total eight theory papers, practicals, fieldwork, excursion and dissertation based on original piece of work carried out by the student. Exposure to fields and visits to various organisations shall help the students in gaining practical knowledge. Details of theory papers, practicals and dissertation are outline below:

M.Sc. – I

Theory Papers

Paper – I Inland Environment
Paper – II Physical and Chemical oceanography
Paper – III Planktonology and Microbiology
Paper – IV Physiology


Practicals – I Hydrobiology
Practicals – II Biology of Plankton
Practicals – III Histology, Biochemistry and Genetics.

M.Sc. – II

Theory Papers

Paper – V Aquatic Ecology and Zoogeography
Paper – VI Pollution and Toxicology
Paper – VII Fish Biology and Fishery Science
Paper – VIII(Optional)
Aquaculture (A) Animal Culture(B) Plant Culture


Practicals – IV Aquatic Ecology and Pollution
Practicals – V Fish Biology and Fishery Science.
Practicals – VI Dissertation and field visits.

Intake of Students: Eco System
8 students are admitted every year to the M.Sc. Part – I.


A candidate who has passed B.Sc. examination with Zoology or Botany as Principal subject shall be eligible to apply for admission in M.Sc. Aquatic Biology Course. Also students who have studied Bachelor’s degree with Biosciences (Botany or Zoology as subsidiary subject) Microbiology (Botany or Zoology as subsidiary subject and students with Bachelor’s degree in Fishery Science are also eligible to join M.Sc. Aquatic Biology.

M.Phil and Ph.D. :

The department also offeres M.Phil and Ph.d. in the these fields of Specialisation :
Algology, Ecology, Hydrobiology, Pollution Biology and Fishery Biology.
Admission Procedure: As per the University Rules.

Reservation Policy:

As per the University Rules.

Fees Structure:

As per the University Rules


All instruments required for M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programme viz., pH meter, Colorimeter, Spectrophotometer, Centrifuge, Oven, Incubator, Water-bath, Hot plate, Autoclave, Single pan balance, Microscopes and Photo-Microscope are available in the Department.



Only one Laboratory for M.Sc. and for Research are available. The Department is also having computing facility


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