School of Life Sciences

Department of Animal Science

Supported by UGC-SAP- DRS-II and DST-FIST-I (Level-II)


The Department of Animal Science was established on 31st July, 1993. Since inception, the Department is playing active role in Teaching and Research.

The Department offers three programs with Choice Based Credit System (CBCS):

  • Master of Science in Zoology
  • Master of Philosophy in Zoology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, and interdisciplinary with specialization

The two-year M.Sc., Zoology program courses are blended with classical Zoology and Modern Biology within the frame of Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE). In addition, our program is research-intensive, providing personalized, hands-on training in Faculty member’s laboratory. Working together with their advisers, students design an independent, Faculty-directed research project that culminates in a formal written thesis.

The one year M.Phil., Zoology program is a hands-on program;; provides experience to the students in scientific methods through immersion in all aspects of scientific research, including the formulation of testable hypotheses, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of results as written articles and oral presentations (M.Phil., Zoology Course Structure).

Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology/ Inter-disciplinary subject: Interested candidate may directly approach the Faculty in Department of Animal Science. Faculties are working in different area of research such as Behavioral Neuroscience, Aquaculture, Nanoscience, Reproductive Technology, Cancer Biology, Mycopathology, Stress Biology, Pheromone Technology and Neuronal Stem Cells. Candidates can enroll into the Ph.D program through joining as Junior Research Fellow/ Project Fellow in Government sponsored research project to the individual Faculty. In addition, Bharathidasan University supporting the research program by providing financial support through University Research Fellowship.

The Department received financial support from University Grants Commission through UGC-SAP-DRS-I (2007-2012), UGC-SAP-DRS-II (2014-2019) and Department of Science and Technology through DST-FIST-I (Level-I: 2002-2007; Level-II: 2017-2022) with the total amount of Rs. 2,28,00,000/- during the last five years (2013-2018)

The Department has mobilized research grant of Rs.226 lakhs from different funding agency such as UGC, DST, DBT, CSIR, ICMR, MoEnF and ICAR during the last five years (2013-18).

A total of 121 papers have been published by the faculties in International journals, the articles published in a journal with the average impact factor of 2.897 and the articles earned average of eight citations per article with over all h-index of 14 during the last five years (2013-18).

The Department faculties guided 184 candidates for award of PhD’s and 34 are currently pursuing the Doctoral Research. After graduation, many of them are pursuing Post Doctoral Research in USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, France, Hong Kong, Israel, King of Saudi Arabia, Finland, Switzerland, etc. Others are placed as college teachers, scientists, academic administrators, entrepreneurs, etc.

The Department established common equipment facility with full range of molecular biology equipments and advanced equipments such as Quantitative Real-time PCR, Spectroflurometer, GC-MS, Cell Culture Facility with Flow-cytometer.

The Department has a well-established CPCSEA-approved Animal House, which caters to the needs of the other Departments in the University.

The Department has been further extended and includes the Centre for Pheromone Technology (2008) and the Mahatma Gandhi-Doerenkamp Centre (MGDC) (2009). Now, the MGDC activities have expanded as a National facility named as National Centre for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (NCAAE) funded by UGC under Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area (CPEPA) Scheme (2016-2021).

Former faculty members, Prof. M.R. Chandran, Prof. M.A. Akbersha, Prof. P. Subramanian and Prof. Chellam Balasundaram have contributed significantly to the development of The Department of Animal Science through teaching, innovative research and creative activity.