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ZOOLOGY

 

Zoology is the study of animal life, which is one of the main branches of biology. The study reveals the evolution of life on Earth, the habits and habitats of animals, and the interactions of animals with one another and also with their environment.

The Zoology Department started its journey as Department of Biology in 1953 with one English medium section in B.Z.C. under the able leadership of Sri. G. V. S. Prakasha Rao, the founder Head of the Department. The Botany and Zoology were bifurcated as separate departments in 1954.One Telugu medium section was started in the academic year 1971-72 and the strength of the faculty increased to nine. The Department has been offering Zoology for B.Sc. at undergraduate level since the days of its inception. The Department strives for academic excellence in teaching and research in Zoology and allied subjects. The students of this department have good placement record across the globe.

Over the years, new faculty and courses have been regularly introduced which kept the department forerunner in teaching and research in Zoology. Situated in coastal region of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh state, we are in easy reach of diverse habitats including the marine habitat of Bay of Bengal, freshwater and estuarine habitats of Godavari river systems which provide a potential area for aquaculture activities. Thus excellent opportunities exist in this area to work in Fisheries and Aquaculture. As the aquaculture practices were started and increasing rapidly in the surrounding areas, there is a need of Fisheries graduates. Hence our management opened B.Sc., Fisheries with Botany and Zoology combination in 1986 and produced several Fisheries graduates.

The Department has the credit of having excellent, well established museum and the peer team of NAAC recognized it as the best museum during their visit to our college in 2006. The Department of Zoology is recognized for its outstanding research contributions to the field of aquaculture at national and international level. It has strong base in teaching, research and consultancy services. Some of the members in the present faculty have received advanced training in research areas related to aquaculture and established active research collaborations with international scientists besides industries and other research institutes in India.

The Department has been functioning since 1954 with a set of dedicated, well qualified, experienced and energetic members with a thirst for teaching and research.  A number of technical seminars and training programmes in aquaculture are conducted by the faculty along with MPEDA, Aqua feed companies and university institutes for the development of aqua industry. It may be more appropriate to mention here that the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh has identified our institution as a resource centre in Aquaculture. Accordingly Dr.P.Saibaba of Zoology Dept. was selected by Govt. of A.P as a member in three member Aquaculture Expert Committee and sent to Punjab for the development of aquaculture in Punjab state on the request of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab Shri.Prakash Singh Badalji during August 2014. The Expert Committee submitted a report with necessary suggestions for the development of aquaculture to the Govt. of Punjab state.

Zoological Museum

The Zoological museum houses more than 1000 preserved animals in Jars, stuffed animals in boxes and cabinets, and several models of extinct animals. Many of them are valuable treasures, evidence of rare and extinct species that were gathered from many parts of the world and are proof of the potential of evolution in the animal kingdom.

            Mr. G.V.S.Prakasa Rao, founder Head of the Department of Zoology was the pioneer in the development of museum and assisted by Mr. B.Rama Jogeswara Rao, Mr. K.V.S. Prasad, Mr. A. Venkatapathi Raju and Dr.P.V.B.K.R.L.Saibaba. Due to good interest extended by the succeeding staff members, the collection continually grew along with their importance, and the museum received good reputation and recognition. Mr. A. Venkatapathi Raju, former Head of the Department of Zoology served his maximum for the beautification and reorganization of the museum. Various specimens collected by staff members of the department are fundamental basis for the enrichment of the museum.

            From the very beginning, the collections served research and teaching purposes. The gates of the museum are opened to anyone interested in viewing the diversity of animals. The museum is opened even on holidays for families, individual visitors, students and teachers of educational institutions who are looking for opportunity to gather information on a specific focus of the exhibits. In order to live up to these requirements, the collections are being continually gathered both from local area and distant places.

            We are proud to mention that our museum won the appreciation from the members of the NAAC peer team during their visit for the assessment and accreditation of our college. The chairman of the peer team Prof. Siva Subramanian commended the efforts of the staff members of the Department in the development of the museum. He passed comments in the visitor’s book as “Highly impressive by the different collections and also the maintenance. Please keep it up. Congratulations”.

            The collection is given below.

                                                       Specimens                   -- 906

                                                       Stuffed specimens       -- 40

                                                       Models                         -- 96

                                                       Skeletal structures       -- 267

                                                       Plastic Mounts             -- 48

Community Service provided by Student’s Charitable Trust

A charitable trust named “Sudheer Charitable Trust of Biology” was started by the B.Z.C students of 2014-15 batches with Sri.A.V.S.K Ravindra as Mentor and all the B.Z.C students as members on 21-08-2014. The students raise fund by contributing Rs.10-50/-each student per month and also collecting donations from the staff of the college.

The main objectives of the Trust are as follows:

Ø  To help the economically backward students of Biology

Ø  To serve Old and Poor people

Ø  To serve Blind and Orphans

Ø  To extend services during natural calamities

The activities done by the Trust are:

Ø  UPS worth Rs.1880/- was donated to the hostel of Louis School for the Blind, Amalapuram, E.G Dist. on 1-9-2014.

Ø  Donated kirana items worth Rs.2300/- to Hari Manovikasa Kendram, Amalapuram on 15-10-2014.

Ø  Participated in Plantation programme in the college campus on 27-11-2014.

Ø  Paid IInd  term fee of Rs.1350/- for Ist B.Z.C student, Mr.K.Raju on 27-12-2014.

Ø  Arranged free meal for one day for the inmates of Prasanthi Old Age Home and Louis School for the Blind on 05-01-2015. 

Dr.P.V.B.K.R.L.Saibaba

Head Of The Department

                                                                   

S.K.B.R.College,

Amalapuram-533201,

East Godavari District,

Andhra Pradesh,

India

E-mail: sapthagirilab @ yahoo.co.in

Mobile: +91 9441025877

Residence Address:

4-4-101/1, Kurasala Street,

Amalapuram-533201,

East Godavari District,

Andhra Pradesh,

India

Personal Information:

Date of Birth: 04-10-1957

Qualifications: M.Sc., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D

Specialization: Fish and Fisheries, Aquaculture

Experience: 35 years

Title of Dissertation /Thesis:

M.Phil: Pond Environment and Shrimp Health with Special reference to Culture Ponds of

            East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.

Ph.D: Studies on the quality of postlarvae of Tiger Shrimp with reference to viral

          incidence and interference and performance in culture systems.

M.Phil and Ph.D done from Andhra University under the guidance of Prof.R.Madhavi, HOD of Zoology (Retd), Andhra University and Ex Vice Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila University, Tirupati.

Skills Known:

Ø  Histopathology

Ø  Microbiological methods

Ø  PCR Screening of shrimp viral pathogens

Ø  Post Larval Quality analysis of shrimp

Ø  Health evaluation of aquatic organisms

Ø  Soil and Water quality analysis

Research Publications:

1. Multicolor poster on common diseases of Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) in India in 1994.

2. Presented Invited paper titled “Diseases of Pond Cultured Penaeid Shrimp in India” in National symposium on Frontiers in Applied Environmental  Microbiology conducted by School of Environmental studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, from 11th to 13th Dec 1995.                                                                                                        

3. Presented a paper titled “Common diseases of Tiger Shrimp (P.monodon) in the Cultured Ponds of Coastal Andhra Pradesh” in National Seminar on Diseases in Aquaculture at Aquaculture Research and Training Centre (CIFE) Kakinada, March 5-6, 1996.

4. Contributed a photo showing classical white spots of WSSV on the carapace of juvenile P.monodon which is referred in a book titled “A Handbook of Shrimp Pathology and Diagnostic Procedures for Diseases of Cultured Penaeid Shrimp, edited by D.V. Lightner (1996). World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA and FAO Publication No.402/2.

5. Presented a paper titled” Important and Emerging Viral Diseases in Cultured Tiger Shrimp in India“in National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Aquaculture” organised by Department of Zoology, D.N.R.College (Autonomous), Bhimavaram, West Godavari Dist., A.P on 5th & 6th October 2009, in association with UGC and Dept of Science and Technology, New Delhi , 5th & 6th  October 2009.

Research articles in vernacular dailies and magazines:

1. Scampi culture: An alternative to Tiger shrimp. Eenadu, 30th Sept, 1999

2. Loose shell disease in Tiger shrimp and its control.Eenadu.16th July, 2000

3. Control of off -flavor in cultured shrimp. Eenadu, 12th Jan, 2003

4. Diseases in scampi culture. Eenadu, 11th Jan, 2004

5. Are the shrimp ponds are suitable for Tiger shrimp culture.Eenadu, 7th Jan, 20005

6. Soil quality of pond bottom in shrimp culture. Eenadu, 5th Feb, 2005

7. Importance of astaxanthin in shrimp feed. Eenadu, 12th Jan, 2006

8. Health benefits of eating fish. Sakshi, 19th Jan, 2012

9. White tail disease in vannamei. Eenadu, 29th March, 2012

10. Black gill disease in vannamei. Eenadu, 6th April, 2012

11. White spot disease in vannamei. Eenadu, 21st, Sept 2012

12. Oil exploration and Hilsa extinction. Sakshi, 5th Oct, 2012 and many more columns in dailies and regular articles in a monthly magazines like Aqua Tech and Raitu Mitra

Participation in seminars/symposia/workshops/training programmes/academic courses:

International:

1.Ist International PCR Training Workshop on Application of PCR for improved Shrimp Health Management in the Asian Region, sponsored by NACA (Thailand) MPEDA, CIBA (India) and ACIAR, CSIRO (Australia) at Chennai, 17th to 21st Oct., 2005.

2. IInd International PCR Training Workshop on Application of PCR for   improved Shrimp Health Management in the Asian Region, sponsored by NACA (Thailand) MPEDA, CIBA (India) and ACIAR, CSIRO(Australia) at Chennai, 23rd to 26th Oct., 2006.

3. International Workshop on Brackish water Aquaculture Production Systems and Environment Management sponsored by Central institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture and Coastal Aquaculture society of India, Chennai, 10th & 11th, July 2007.

4. Free Webinar on Early Mortality Syndrome in Shrimp: Managing The Perfect Killer organized by the Global Aquaculture Alliance on 10-12-2013 from Vietnam.

National:

1.      National symposium on Frontiers in Applied Environmental Microbiology at School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, 11-13 Dec.,95.

2.      National workshop on Aquaculture of Freshwater Prawns at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, organized by Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, College of Fishery Science, Nellore and MPEDA, Kochi, 8th and 9th Feb.,2000.

3.      National Workshop on Health Management in shrimp culture at Ocean Science and Technology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 26-28 March., 2001.

4.      National Workshop on Technology Needs of Aquaculture Industry organized by OSTC, Andhra University at Kakinada, 20th    Sept., 2006.

5.      Training programme to Shrimp farmers of Andhra Pradesh on Good Management Practices in shrimp culture, sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad at State Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kakinada, 4th Dec 2006 to 31st Mar., 2007.

6.      National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Aquaculture conducted by UGC and Dept of Science and Technology, New Delhi at D.N.R College, Bhimavaram, 5th and 6th  October 2009.

7.      Participated in one day technical seminar, titled “Profit on Aquaculture 2014” on 30-3-2014 at Amalapuram, East Godavari District along with international scientists like Prof.Yoram Avnimelch of Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, Prof.Nguyen Van Hao, Research Institute of Aquaculture, Ho Chi Minch city, Vietnam and Prof.Yew-Hu Chien, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan.

8.      Participated in UGC sponsored Two Day State level seminar on “Mangrove ecosystems of Andhra Pradesh” on 8th to 9th January, 2015 at P.R. Government College, Kakinada.

9.      Participated in the one day State Level Workshop titled”Bio Analytical Techniques” at Government College (Autonomous) Rajahmundry on 11th Feb., 2015.

10.  Participated in the one day State Level Workshop titled “Marine Leasing Policy and Setting up of Fishery Development Board” for Andhra Pradesh” at S.I.F.T, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh on 8th July, 2015.

11.  Attended one day State Level Workshop on “Training Needs and Harmonization of Aqua Lab Operators” at S.I.F.T, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh on 4th Aug., 2015.

12.   Participated in One Day Orientation Programme  on “Better Management Practices in Aquaculture” organized by Dept. of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh at Amalapuram on 19th Aug.,2015.

Guest lectures: (Total-21)

1.      Delivered a lecture on Common diseases of Tiger Shrimp in a farmers meet on “Eco friendly and sustainable shrimp farming” at Amalapuram, organized by MPEDA,SRC(Aqua), Bhimavaram, in association with Konaseema Prawn Feed Dealers Association and Konaseema Shrimp Farmers Association on 16th Feb.,1999.

2.      Diseases of cultured Tiger Shrimp in National Workshop on Health Management in shrimp culture at Ocean Science and Technology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 26th and 28th March., 2001.

3.      Health Benefits of Eating Fish, at Govt. Degree College, Kothapeta, East Godavari Dist, Andhra Pradesh on 12th Dec., 2005.

4.      Medicinal values of Sea Food, at Ideal College of Arts and Sciences, Kakinada, East Godavari Dist, Andhra Pradesh on 30th Dec., 2005.

5.      Pond Environment and Shrimp Health, at Y.N.M. College, Narsapur, West Godavari Dist, Andhra Pradesh on 18th Dec.,2006.

6.       Participated in the Training programme to Shrimp farmers of Andhra Pradesh on Good Management Practices in Shrimp culture and delivered 12 guest lectures for 12 batches at State Institute of Fisheries Technology, Department of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada, from 4th Dec 2006 to 31st Mar 2007, sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad.

7.      Delivered a lecture on “Present Status of Diseases in vannamei culture in Konaseema area” in one day technical seminar, titled “Profit on Aquaculture 2014” on 30-3-2014 at Amalapuram, East Godavari District along with international scientists like Prof.Yoram Avnimelch of Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, Prof.Nguyen Van Hao, Research Institute of Aquaculture, Ho Chi Minch city, Vietnam and Prof.Yew-Hu Chien, National Taiwan Oean University, Keelung, Taiwan.

8.      Delivered a guest lecture titled “Present Status of Diseases in Vannamei Culture and Mis (Massive) Use of Medicines” at Sri. Y.N.M College, Narsapur, W.G.Dist. on 26th Feb., 2015

9.       Delivered a lecture titled “ Diseases Affecting Vannamei Culture” in one day orientation programme on “Better Management Practices in Aquaculture” organized by Dept. of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh at Amalapuram on 19th Aug.,2015.

10.  Delivered a lecture titled “Over View of Major Diseases Affecting Shrimp Farms in Andhra Pradesh” in technical seminar organized by Sarat Sea Foods at Bhimavaram, W.G Dist, A.P on 11th Oct., 2015.

As Resource Person:

1. National Workshop on Health Management in shrimp culture at Ocean Science and Technology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 26-28 March., 2001.

2. Training programme to Shrimp farmers of Andhra Pradesh on Good Management Practices in Shrimp culture for 12 batches at State Institute of Fisheries Technology, Department of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada, sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad from 4th Dec 2006 to 31st Mar 2007,.

Refresher courses         : 2

Orientation courses      : 1

Honors/Awards:

1. Honorary advisor to M/S. Sapthagiri aqua labs, Aqua Disease diagnostic laboratory (MPEDA subsidized PCR Laboratory), Amalapuram, East Godavari Dist., since 2001.

2. First prize for oral presentation of paper titled “Important and Emerging Viral Diseases in Cultured Tiger Shrimp in India“ in National Seminar on Emerging trends in aquaculture conducted by UGC and Dept of Science and Technology, New Delhi at D.N.R College, Bhimavaram, 5th & 6th  October 2009.

3. Best Teacher Award of “Dr.Mantha Subba Rao Memorial Best Teacher” on the eve of Teacher’s Day Celebrations on 5th September, 2014.

Consultancy offered:

1. Establishment of Microbiology and PCR labs in shrimp hatcheries.

2. Disease diagnosis and management of hatchery systems, fin fish and shrimp farms.

3. Online free consultancy to aqua farmers at national level.

Extension/Academic Work:

1. Analysis and monitoring of drinking water produced at 10 different processing plants in East Godavari District and supplied to about 50 villages by Byrraju Foundation, a charitable Trust in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh during March, 2006 to March 2009.

2. Member, Board of Studies in Fisheries in Sri Y.N. College (Autonomous) accredited with NAAC-‘A’ Grade, Narsapur, W.G. District, A.P. during 2007-2009.

3. Member, Board of Studies in Zoology in P.R. Government College (Autonomous) accredited with NAAC-‘B’ Grade, Kakinada, E.G. District, A.P. during 2009-11.

4. The RJD nominee as subject expert, U.G.Board of Studies in Zoology, Adikavi Nannaya University, Rajahmundry during 2013.

5. Member, Three member Andhra Pradesh Aquaculture Expert committee constituted by Govt. of A.P to visit Punjab for the development of Aquaculture in Punjab State during 10th to 18th August 2014.

6.  Member, Board of Studies in Zoology in P.R. Government College (Autonomous) accredited with NAAC-‘B’ Grade, Kakinada, E.G. District, A.P. during 2015-16.

7. Member, Board of Studies in Zoology in Sri Y.N. College (Autonomous) accredited with NAAC-‘A’ Grade, Narsapur, W.G. District, A.P. during 2015-2016.

8. Member, Board of Studies in B.Voc Commercial Aquaculture Course in P.R. Government College (Autonomous) accredited with NAAC-‘B’ Grade, Kakinada, E.G. District, A.P. during 2015-16.

9. Member, Steering Committee, NAAC Self Study Report-Cycle-II, Nov. 2015, S.K.B.R College, Amalapuram.

Subjects taught:

Undergraduate level: Systematic Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Zoogeography,

                                 Cell Biology, Animal Physiology, Genetics, Clinical Science,

                                 Biotechnology, Embryology, Fish Biology and Aquaculture.

Post graduate level: Fisheries and Aquaculture, Fish and shrimp pathology.

Languages known: English, Hindi and Telugu

Life membership in professional bodies:

International:

                    1. International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS), Beijing, China

                    2. International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), France

National:     

                   1. Aquatic Biodiversity Conservation Society (ABCS), Lucknow.

                   2. The Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata.