In the year 1954, Biology department was established under the headship of Dr. P. S. Karekar. In 1955, Dr. Nymphea Correa nee Almeida took charge of Biology department when Dr. Karekar was transferred to Fergusson College, Pune. In 1968, Zoology was taken as subsidiary subject for interscience and in 1971 the Department of Zoology was started functioning independently for the undergraduate course. Dr. P. V. Kothare was the first fullfledge Head of the Department till he voluntaily retired from service in 1998. Afterwards Prof Mrs. J. R. Bharucha took over as the next Head of the department till she retired in 2000.
Dr. Mrs. Nandini V. Deshmukh took over the charge of headship and she continued to lead the department till she voluntarily retired from service in 2012. PG courseses like M.Sc. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Zoology were started during her tenure as HOD. Thereafter, Principal Dr V. N. Magare continued to as HOD till 2017, he was BCUD director, when he left the college to join as Pro-VC of SNDT University. Professor D. D. Sangore is working since then till date as HOD of Department of Zoology. Dr. Mrs. Rupa Phatak, Dr S. M. Chobey and Dr Mrs. Khishori. U. Sinnar karare other esteemed members of Department of Zoology and who got retired or superannuated in various time frame.
Department has 7 sanctioned and approved posts for teaching faculty, but at present there are only 4 full-time regular staff members in the department.
Department has two laboratories for UG and one exclusively for PG; which are appropriately equipped with modern instruments like Oven, Ordinary & BOD incubator, table-top centrifuge and microfuge, digital balance, pH meters, Nephelometer, Conductivity meter, Colorimeters & Spectrophotometers, UV- transilluminators, Vertical & Horizontal electrophoresis apparatus etc. Smart-board and Vertical Laminar air flow cabinet etc are shared with Dept of Botany.
For the study purpose we have well maintained a fish aquarium, butterfly garden, museum collection of preserved- whole and dissected specimens, microscope slides, charts and photograph collection.
Small department library is maintained with books in English as well as Marathi having a collection of Zoology text and reference books and laboratory manuals.
The department is actively involved in organizing national and international conferences and publishing proceedings of the same in the area of Sustainable Development. It is an inter-departmental activity consecutively organized for three years from 2015-2017 in collaboration with the Dept. of Chemistry.
Students are motivated and guided for undertaking small research project activities for intercollegiate and Marathi Vidnyan Parishad competitions and Avishkar research festival of University of Mumbai
Prof. D.D. Sangore
M.Sc. ZOOLOGY, D.M.M.V.T.
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY ECONOMIC ZOOLOGY MICROTOMY
Dr. S. B. Donde
M.SC. ZOOLOGY, C.S.I.R. N.E.T., PH.D., P.G.D.E.M., L.L.M.
MARINE ZOOLOGY ENZYMOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BIOSTATISTIC
Dr. Vanita Kamat
M.SC. ZOOLOGY, D.B.T, C.S.I.R. N.E.T., PH.D.
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TAXONOMY