Under the Corporate Management of Malankara Orthodox Church Colleges, Pathanamthitta - Kerala - India.

Department of Zoology

Department of Zoology - Catholicate College Pathanamthitta

Department of Zoology

The Department of Zoology of Catholicate College, established in 1964, envisages moulding young minds with an aptitude in Animal Science, turning them into bright scholars in Zoology. The Under-graduate Degree programme began in 1964 followed by the commencement of Post-graduate degree programme in 1982. Since 1988, the department has been approved as a Research centre. Recently, the M.Phil. Degree programme commenced in 2014. The department has completed four Research Projects and has two On-going Research Projects. The various extension activities of the department include: Sale of Honey (Zoohoney) and ‘Chitone’ – a product of Matsyafed, Training in apiculture, ornamental fish breeding and training in aquarium maintenance and vermiculture. The Department also published a report on viral fever survey in 2007.

The Department has always believed in imparting quality education and the achievements of our students reflect the same. The department has produced students who have moved on to complete their studies in Universities abroad (Australia, Canada, and the USA). Several of them are faculty in different Colleges throughout the State and have completed their doctorates subsequently. The department has four research guides and produced nine Ph.Ds so far. The department has published several papers in various national and international journals. It has collaboration with state fisheries department for breeding ornamental fishes. It has a good museum and an Animal house. Whale’s lower jaw is an exciting scene in the Museum. It also owns a pond for hatching fishes. The department has a total of 345 books in the central library for reference. It also subscribes to eight journals. The department has a good library, reading room and a computer lab. The department has well equipped digital class rooms and laboratories.

B.Sc. Zoology
Complementary subjects: Botany and Chemistry
M.Sc. Zoology
Fishery Biology
M.Phil. Zoology
Environmental Science
Ph.D. in Zoology
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Certificate Course
Aquarium Setting and Management
Medical Laboratory Technology
Add-on Course
Additional Facility
Bio Science Theatre

Department Achievements

    National seminar

‘Enviromental Degradation and Human health’ Sponsored by KSCSTE & M.G University Date 14-15 Dec.2007

‘Recent Trends in Biotechnology’ Sponsored by UGC. Date: 02-03 February, 2012.

    Study report

Study report on ‘Viral fever outbreak in Pathanmthitta 2007’- A joint event of the staff and III DC students of the Department.


Published Articles in International / National Journals

    Dr. Manu Oommen
  1. 1. A Preliminary report of spiders with identification of the rare species from ward I Pramadom panchayat, Pathanamthitta, Kerala. J Zool. Soc. Kerala. 13(1&2) 32-44, 2010.
  2. 2. Effects of water borne Lithium on the metabolic and haematological indices in fresh water adapted fish Anabas testudineus. J Zool. Soc. Kerala. 13(1&2): 51-57, 2010.
  3. 3. Biochemistry, Human Physiology and Endocrinology – The fundamentals for Under-graduate students. Green Leaf Publications, Kottayam, 2012.
  4. 4. Development of molecular tools for the study of avian fauna of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. Catholicate J. Studies and Res. 1(1): 19-25, 2014.
  5. 5. Effect of hatching rate and larval survivsl of Cyprinus carpio (2014) Catholicate J. Studies and Res. 1(1): 103-113, 2014.
    Dr.M.S.Sunil
  1. 1. Length-weight relationship in Rasbora daniconius (Ham) from river Achencoil. Indian J. Fisheries. 47(3): 271-274, 1998.
  2. 2. Allometric studies on Rasbora daniconius (Ham) from Achencoil river. J. Zool. Soc. Kerala. 8 & 9: 105-108, 1999.
  3. 3. Recent appearance of Cabomba furcata in river Achencoil and its impact on the habitat of Caridina. J. Advanced Zool. 33(1): 20-23, 2012.
  4. 4. An attempt of mitigating mosquito menace by aquaculture of larvivorous fish Guppy using mosquito larva and Caridina larva as food. J. Advanced Zool. 34(1): 40-42, 2013.
    Dr.Sunil Kumar
  1. Preliminary studies on the polychaetous fauna of the mangrove areas of Cochin. Proceedings of the sixth Kerala Science Congress, 27-29 January 1994, Thiruvananthapuram, pp. 74-77, 1994.
  2. Paraheteromastus tenuis Monro (Annelida: Polychaeta), an indicator organism of pollution in Cochin backwater. Proceedings of the Third National Symposium on environment, 1-4 March 1994, Thiruvananthapuram, pp. 107-109, 1994.
  3. An action plan for the restoration and conservation of the mangroves of Cochin backwaters. Proceedings of Indian National Conferences on Harbour and Engineering Ocean, volume 2, 8-10 June 1994, Pune, pp G1- G12, 1994.
  4. Impact on environmental parameters on polychaetous annelids in the mangrove swamps of Cochin backwaters, south west coast of India. Indian J. Marine Sci., 23: 137-142, 1994.
  5. Community structure of macrobenthos in the lower reaches of Cochin estuary. J. Zool. Soc. Kerala, 5: 25-29, 1995.
  6. Comparative study on the community structure and distributional ecology of benthos in two mangrove swamps of Cochin estuary. Proceedings of the Seventh Kerala Science Congress, 27-29, Palakkad, pp. 121-122, 1995.
  7. Animal-sediment interaction with respect to the distribution pattern of polychaetous annelids in the mangrove ecosystem of Cochin backwater. J. Zool. Soc. Kerala, 43-48, 1995.
  8. Macrobenthos in the mangrove ecosystem of Cochin backwaters, Kerala (South west coast of India). Indian J. Marine Sci., 24: 56-61, 1995.
  9. Distribution of organic carbon in the sediments of Cochin mangroves, south west coast of India. Indian J. Marine Sci., 25: 274-276, 1996.
  10. Vertical distribution and abundance of soil dwelling macro-invertebrates in a estuarine mangrove biotope. Indian J. Marine Sci., 26: 26-30, 1997.
  11. A critique on the occurrence and distribution of macrobenthos in a traditional prawn field and adjacent mangroves in Cochin backwaters. J. Marine Biol. Assoc. India, 40: 11-15, 1998.
  12. New record of five annelids (Class:Polychaeta) from the mangrove habitat of south west coast of India. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. India, 41 (1&2): 116-118, 1999.
  13. A review of biodiversity studies of soil dwelling organisms in Indian mangroves. Zoos’ Print Journal, 15 (3): 221-227, 2000.
  14. A check list of polychaetous annelids from some Indian Mangroves. Zoos’ Print Journal 16 (3): 439-441, 2001.
  15. New record of the mud snail Hydrobia (Mollusca:Gastropoda) from the mangrove habitat of Indo-Pacific region. J. Bombay Natural History Soc. 98 (1): 142-144, 2001.
  16. Temporal and spatial variation in the distribution pattern of organic matter content in the mangrove sediments from Cochin, Kerala, India. Indian J. Environ. Ecoplan. 5 (1): 1-6, 2001.
  17. Habitat selection, distribution and population density of Sphaeroma terebrans in the littoral subsoil of a tropical estuarine mangrove ecosystem. Zoos’ Print Journal. 16 (6): 509-513, 2001.
  18. Mangrove detritus loading, tidal export and its large-scale effect on promoting biodiversity resources. Sehaiyana 9 (1): 6-8, 2001.
  19. Ecological distribution and population structure of mud dwelling Edwardsia (Cnidaria:Actinaria) in a mangrove habitat of Cochin area, Kerala. J. Bombay Natural History Soc. 98 (2): 308-311, 2001.
  20. Autecology of Dendronereis aestuarina (Polychaeta: Nereidae) in a brackishwater aquaculture pond of Kerala coast. J. Aquatic Biol. 16 (2): 25-27, 2001.
  21. Occurrence and distribution of juveniles of Macrobranchium rosenbergii (de man) in the mangrove soil from Cochin backwaters. Indian J. Fisheries 48(4): 417-421, 2001.
  22. Biodiversity and affinity of polychaetous annelids within the mangrove ecosystem of Indo-Pacific region. J. Marine Biol. Assoc. India, 43(1&2): 206-213, 2001.
  23. Intertidal zonation and seasonality of benthos in a tropical mangrove habitat. International J. Ecol. Environ. Sci. 27: 199-208, 2001.
  24. Biodiversity of Indian mangrove ecosystem: Problems and prospect. In: Proceedings of the national seminar on Indian contributions in Environmental Sciences, Biodiversity and Space Ecology, November 15-16, 2001, Thiruvananthapuram. (Abstract).
  25. Mangrove genetic resources: Current status and future need for conservation and management of mangrove wet land in Kerala. Proceedings of the 14th Kerala Science Congress, January 29-31, 2002, Kochi, pp. 778-779, 2002.
  26. Ecological status of mangroves and their urgent need for development and conservation in and around Cochin estuary in Kerala. Indian J. Environ. Ecoplan. 6(1): 71-74, 2002.
  27. Biomass, horizontal zonation and vertical stratification of polychaete fauna in the littoral soil of tropical estuarine mangrove habitat. Indian J. Marine Sci. 31 (2): 100-107, 2002.
  28. Capitella capitata and Paraheteromastus tenuis (Polychaeta: Capitellidae): Soil dwelling biological indicators of aquatic pollution-A review. In: Ecology of Polluted waters (Ed. A. Arvind Kumar), Ashish Publishing House, New Delhi, Vol. 1: 391-394, 2002.
  29. Macro-invertebrate fauna of mangrove soil habitat and its characteristic features: A case study from Cochin mangrove in Kerala. In: Ecology and Ethology of Aquatic Biota (Ed. A. Arvind Kumar), Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, pp. 89-96, 2002.
  30. Ecological status of mangroves and their urgent need for development and conservation in and around Cochin estuary in Kerala. In: Ecology and Ethology of Aquatic Biota (Ed. A. Arvind Kumar), Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, pp. 186-189, 2002.
  31. Biocoenosis and ecological relation of crustacean infauna in the mangrove habitat of a tropical esturary. J. Ecobiol. 14(3): 169-176, 2002.
  32. Habitat preference and environmental relation of Hydrobia sp. (Mollusca:Gastropoda) in the intertidal subsoil of a tropical mangrove region. J. Bombay Natural History Soc., 99 (2): 245-249, 2002.
  33. A checklist of species of polychaete species in some mangrove areas of Asia. Zoos’ Print Journal 18 (2): 1017-1020, 2002.
  34. Spatial and temporal diversity of zoobenthocoenosis in a fresh water pond ecosystem of Pathanamthitta in Kerala. In: (Ed. Arvind Kumar). Ecology and Conservation of Lakes, Reservoirs and Rivers. 2002.
  35. Soil macro-invertebrates in a prawn culture field of a tropical estuary. Indian J. Fisheries, 49 (4): 451-455, 2002.
  36. Occurrence of the burrowing sea anemone, Edwardsia sp. in Cochin mangrove area, Kerala. J. Zool. Soc. Kerala, 10 (1&2): 93-94, 2002.
  37. Distribution of wood borer Sphaeroma terebrans in mangrove sediments: A new record. J. Ecobiol. 15 (2): 103-106, 2003.
  38. Incidence of sipunculan worm in the mangrove substratum of Cochin in Kerala coast. J. Ecobiol. 15 (3): 207-210, 2003.
  39. Impact of sand mining on the Dragonfly population: A case study from Achankovil river at Pathanamthitta, Kerala. J. Aquatic Biol. 18 (1): 59-60, 2003.
  40. Species composition and diversity of Macro-invertebrate fauna in a tide fed pond, and aquaculture field, endowed with mangrove vegetation in Kerala coast. Asian J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. Environ. Sci. 6(1): 7-12, 2004.
  41. Impact of sand mining on the biodiversity of zoobenthos: A case study from Achankovil river at Pathanamthitta region in Kerala. In: Biodiverstiy and Taxonomy (Ed. A. Biju Kumar), Narendra Publishing House, New Delhi, pp. 351-355, 2012.
  42. Preliminary studies on epibiotic protista in the mangrove ecosystem of Ayiramthengu, Kerala coast. J. Marine Biol. Assoc. India 57(2), 2015.
  43. A preliminary study on the occurrence of Odonates (Class:Insecta) at Konni region of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. Catholicate J. Studies and Res., 4(1&2): 89-91, 2015.
    Dr. Kiran Joseph
  1. 1. Larvicidal and Ovicidal effect of a neem product on Aedine and Culex mosquitoes. The Ekologia, 8: 65-72, 2008.
  2. 2. Studies on biochemical changes in the liver & kidney due to sterling biotech limited industry effluent in fresh water fish, Labio rohita. (Hamilton). Indian J. Environ. Ecoplan., 16: 145-150, 2009.
  3. 3. Impact of Hindustan news print effluent on physio – chemical parameters of Muvattupuzha river, Kottayam (Dist.), Kerala. J. Basic & Applied Biol., 31: 93-107, 2009.
  4. 4. Phytoremediation of vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) against the nutrient levels of contaminated river water. Pollution Res., 28(4): 557-580, 2009.
  5. 5. Assessment of primary productivity of Muvattupuzha river, Kottayam (Dist), Kerala. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Monitoring, 20(4): 355-358, 2010.
  6. 6. Histopathological alterations in the blood of Oreochromis mossambicus exposed in pulp and papermill effluent. Synergia. Catholicate J. Studies and Res. 1(1), 2014.
    Dr. Rejitha V.
  1. 1. Nutritive value of fishes: A comparative study using three teleosts. Catholicate J. Studies Res. 4(1&2): 85-88, 2015.
  2. 2. Adrenaline and triiodothyronine modify the iron handling in the freshwater air-breathing fish Anabas testudineus Bloch: Role of ferric reductase in iron acquisition. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 181: 130-138, 2013.
  3. 3. Interactive effects of ambient acidity and salinity on thyroid function during acidic and post-acidic acclimation of air-breathing fish (Anabas testudineus Bloch). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 174: 175-183, 2011.
  4. 4. Salinity acclimation demands thyroid hormone action in climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch). J. Endocrinol. Reprod. 13(2): 63-72, 2009.
  5. 5. Thyroid hormone modifies the metabolic response of air-breathing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch) to nimbecidine exposure. J. Endocrinol. Reprod. 13(1): 27-36, 2009.
  6. 6. Interrenal response in climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch) to nitrate exposure: Hydromineral and metabolic considerations. J. Endocrinol. Reprod. 12(2): 73-79, 2008.
  7. 7. Physiological responses of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) to water-borne ferric iron: Effects on thyroidal, metabolic and hydromineral regulations. J. Endocrinol. Reprod. 12(1): 24-30, 2008.
  8. 8. Thyroidal and osmoregulatory responses in tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) to the effluents of coconut husk retting. J. Endocrinol. Reprod. 11(1): 23-30, 2007.
  9. 9. Handling of ferric iron by branchial and intestinal epithelia of climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch). Indian J. Exp. Biol. 45(10): 896-900, 2007.
    Dr. Anit M. Thomas
  1. 1. Monitoring of algal blooms along the southwest coast of India during 2008 to 2012. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae. Wellington, New Zealand. 2015.
  2. 2. Proboscia alata (Brightwell) Sundström bloom in the coastal waters off Bekal, Southwest India. Current Science, 106(12): 1643-1646, 2014.
  3. 3. Dynamic changes in bacterial population and corresponding exoenzyme activity in response to a tropical phytoplankton bloom Chatonella marina. J. Marine Biol., Article ID 918614, 2014.
  4. 4. Chattonella marina bloom in the coastal Sea off Mahe, southwest India. Current Science, 103(6): 624-626, 2012.
  5. 5. First report of Protoperidinium bloom from Indian waters. Harmful Algae News, No.39, published by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO, Paris, 2009.

Other Achievements

    Faculty Achievements
Sl. No. Name Faculty Awards/ Recognition Awarding Body Year
1. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Desamitra Special Puraskaram Consumer Federation of India 2009
2. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Gandhibhavan Award for Best Social Worker Gandhibhavan 2010
3. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Janaseva Puraskar Gandhibhavan  
4. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Best Blood Donor Motivator Award Terumopenball 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
5. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Paristhithi Award Kerala Environment Society 2010
6. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Ambedkar Fellowship Federation of SC/ST 2010
7. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Vanitha Samaj Seva Puraskar Kerala Hindi PracharaSamithi 2011
8. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Good Samaritan Special Puraskar Kottayam Social Service Society 2012
9. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Malayalapuzha Gopalakrishnan Pradhama Puraskar MalayalapuzhaGopalakrishnan Foundation 2013
10. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Satseva Puraskar Lions Club 2014
11. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Streesagaram Award Police Department 2015
12. Dr. M.S. Sunil Faculty Kunnamthara Award for Best Social Worker Kunnamthara Foundation 2015
13. Dr. Manu Oommen Faculty Best Teacher KHASHERO Award Dubai Alumni Chapter, Catholicate College , Pathanamthitta M.O.C. Management 2012
    Student Achievements
Sl. No. Name Faculty Awards/ Recognition Awarding Body Year
1. Adarsh M.P. Student Best N.S.S. Volunteer of M.G. University M.G. University 2009-10
2. Adarsh M.P. Student Best N.S.S. Volunteer of State Kerala State Government 2009-10
3. Adarsh M.P. Student Award for the Best male blood donor in the State Terumopenball 2009-10
4. Rajesh Kumar R. Student Award for the Best male blood donor in the State Terumopenball 2010
5. Shahna Shams Student Award for the Best female blood donor in the State Terumopenball 2012
6. Amrutha A. Student Award for the Best female blood donor in the State Terumopenball 2012
7. Shameena S. Student Award for the Best female blood donor in the State Terumopenball 2015
8. Noble Joseph Student Award for the Best male blood donor in the State Terumopenball 2015
9. Haritha Krishnan A. Student First position in Bird Counting and Checklist uploading in e-bird in association with Common Bird Monitoring Programme WWF 2014-15
10. Rekha R. Nair Student Second position in Bird Counting and Checklist uploading in e-bird in association with Common Bird Monitoring Programme. WWF 2014-15

Major Projects

  1. Dr. Manu Oommen - Studies on the community structure Phylogenetic and DNA barcoding of birds of Pathanamthitta region - Sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment in collaboration with Rajeev Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (Completed)
  2. Dr. Sunil Kumar R. – Community structure of macro-invertebrate fauna of Mangalavan Mangroves, Bird Sanctuary and adjacent non-vegetated habitats - Sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment. (Completed)
  3. Dr. Sunil Kumar R. - Studies on the ecology of Thangassery fishing harbor of Kerala coast with special reference to benthic fauna - Sponsored by UGC (On-going)

Research Minor Project

  1. Dr. M. S. Sunil – Ecology of Manimala River - Sponsored by UGC. (Completed)
  2. Dr. Manu Oommen- Biodiversity Monitoring- Sponsored by Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment. (Completed).
  3. Dr. Sunil Kumar R. – ‘Impact of sand mining on the benthic fauna of Achencovil River’ – CESS. (Completed).
  4. Dr. Manu Oommen and Dr. Mary John- ‘Studies on some aspects of biological pollution in River Pampa’- Sponsored by UGC. (Completed).
  5. Dr. Sunil Kumar R. - Studies on the community structure of benthic fauna in an around mangrove ecosystem of Ayiramthengu - Quilon - Sponsored by UGC (Completed)
  6. Dr. M. S. Sunil - Reproductive health of tribal women and health problems in tribal children -A study in Chalakkayam and Moozhiar forest near Sabarimala, Kerala Sponsored by UGC (Completed)
  7. Dr. Rejitha V. - Pharmaceutical compounds and its impact on aquatic organisms. - Sponsored by UGC (On-going)

Research Guides

  1. Dr. K.C. John
  2. Dr. Manu Oommen
  3. Dr. Sunil Kumar R.
  4. Dr. M.S. Sunil

Extension Activities

  1. Vermicomposting in the campus using the pit method and pot method.
  2. Blood donation camp are conducting every year.
  3. Sale of honey continued (Bottled honey are collected from the trained farmers and marketed)
  4. Sale of ‘Chitone’ (‘Chitone’, a product of Matsyafed is being marketed by the Department)
  5. Water quality testing in the nearby villages and provided with safety measures to get safe drinking water.

Consultancy service

Consultancy services in ornamental fish breeding and rearing; and making of low cost aquarium tanks are provided by the Department.

Satellite centre

The department has been identified as satellite centre for culture and breeding by the KAVIL

Academic Audit

Academic audit was conducted by Dr. Sanil George, Senior scientist, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

Departmental Events

  • ‘Environmental degradation :vector borne disease and public health (30.6.17)

    Department of Zoology

  • Salim Ali Day 2015

    Department of Zoology

  • Prevention of Life Style Diseases Using Chitone

    Department of Zoology

  • Hope for Success-A Charity Venture

    Department of Zoology
    Inaugurated By Shri. Lalu Alex

  • Green Participatory Programme

    Department of Zoology


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