The Department of Conservation Biology was designed from inception as a course to promote discourse, interest and research in the field of conservation, wildlife, forestry and Biodiversity. The importance of this field cannot be justified enough in these times and especially in India.
The need for such a course was recognized by wildlife conservation organizations in the 1970s. There have been several important milestones in the brief history of planning and implementation of this M.Sc. course. The first one came in the form of a national symposium on “The Role of University Teaching in Wildlife” hosted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) at Aligarh in early 1986. Conservation Biology has been an important course taught at various levels outside India for many years now. Our target is to promote this hard research in our geographical area. There are other institutions that have existed or grown up in recent years to tackle the same problem. Some of these are central universities, some promoted by bodies such as WII or TIFR, and some are Private Universities. But there are no such programs taught in the eastern region of the country.The M.Sc. course in Conservation Biology at Durgapur Government College under the University of Burdwan was introduced in the year 2007(G.O. : FC (S)/PG/Adm/21/2007-08/107 dated: 09/08/2007) to impart training in the field of Conservation Science and to further the cause of wildlife conservation in India and elsewhere. This course under the University of Burdwan was serving as a “Model Course” to train conservation biologists in India. The Department along with Durgapur Government College transferred its affiliation to KaziNazrul University, Asansol in 2015 (G.O.: 613-Edn(U)/1U (KNU) – 11/13 dt. 23.06.2015 and DGC/15/469/Prayer dt. 23/07/2015)
Durgapur Govt. College is perfectly suitable for this subject being taught here since the students of this subject have to visit and learn field study of various ecological systems like forests, marine, riverine, lake, paddy field, Industrial City, villages, towns, mountains etc. and we have all of these within a day’s journey. In addition we can have experts from local environmental NGOs, Forest Departments and various organizations visit Durgapur Govt. College since travelling to and from Durgapur is very easy. Finally the Durgapur Govt. College has a very big campus and a large part of it is untouched and can act as local field where the students can learn how to perform various practical works before they go to the real forests.After its establishment in 2007, the department has endeavored to inculcate in its student the philosophy of conservation and has taken students on field trips to places like Ranthambore, Kanha, Doars, Digha,Manas,Sunderbans etc. Students have been motivated enough to pursue Ph. D. in the same field and Dr DebnathPalit, Former Head of Conservation Biology (from 2011 to 2014), has 06 students enrolled for PhD of which 04 students are already awarded the doctoral degree. Various major and minor projects funded by DST, West Bengal have been run from this department. The students and faculty of the department have carried out Biodiversity analysis of Gorpanchkot, Panchet Hills as a part of EIA study on request of Mr. JayantaMoitra (M.D., EMTRC) an NGO based in New Delhi.
The Department offers post-graduate programme under the affiliation of Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol. Graduates in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry and other relevant subjects can apply for the programme.
Faculty members of Department of Conservation Biology are members of the PG Board of Studies of the Conservation Biology programme offered by Kazi Nazrul University and actively involved in the designing of curriculum and syllabus.
Teachers use both chalk and talk method and computer aided methods of teaching. Lectures are delivered with the aid of LCD projector and overhead projector in addition to chalk and talk method.
Know your campus drive was organised by the Department in collaboration with the Zoology Department and IQAC. Students participated in the Global Backyard Bird count in February 2017. Five Students from the department participated in the State level Synchronised Elephant Census held in 9th to 12th May 2017, organised by the Durgapur Forest Division. The students and faculty of the department have carried out Biodiversity analysis of Gorpanchkot, Panchet Hills as a part of EIA study on request of Mr. Jayanta Moitra (M.D., EMTRC) an NGO based in New Delhi.
• Class tests, Viva-Voce, Home assignments
• Group discussions, PowerPoint presentations, debate competition, dissertations, short-term field tours and report preparation, assignments etc.
List of Student Prize winners from Department of Conservation Biology
|1||2018||Pavel Ghosh||All India 2nd in Season Watch Winter Tree Quest||Organized by NCBS & NCF|
|2||2019||Poulami Sengupta||3rd position for poster presentation (student section) in Two day National Seminar on Contemporary Era of Sciences: Biological and Chemical interface||Dept of Botany, Dept of Chemistry, Dept of Conservation Biology and Dept of Zoology, Durgapur Govt. College along with DSTBT, GoWB|
|4||2020||Sanchari Sarkar||First position in National level e-poster competition in Backyard Biodiversity theme (March towards better future for clean environment)||IQAC & Department of Conservation Biology, Durgapur Govt. College and WINGS|
|5||2020||Pallabi Maity and Sharmila Soren||Joint third in National level e-poster competition in Pollution theme (March towards better future for clean environment)||IQAC & Department of Conservation Biology, Durgapur Govt. College and WINGS|
Events organized by the department
Seminar (15.02.2017)on Bird Survey and Wildlife Photography
Open House Discussion ((18.05.2017) on the topic of Environmental Awareness to celebrate the World Environment Day on 5thJune, 2017 at the Library Seminar Hall.
Special Lecture (25.01.2017)Speaker: Amit Kr. Dey, Research Biologist, BNHS, Assam; Topic: Vulture Conservation
Special Lecture (20.03.2017) Speaker:Avisake Chakraborty, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Zoology, Mohanpur Govt. College; Topic: Extinction and Metapopulation
Special Lectures (18.01.2017 to 19.04.2017) Speaker: Sagar Adhurya, Research Scholar, Visva-bharati University; Topic: Ecological Modelling using STELLA
Special Lecture (29.08.2017) Speaker: Mr. Milan Mondal, DFO, Durgapur; Topic: Wildlife and Biodiversity
Special Lecture (06.09.2017)Speaker: Saikat Sarkar, Asst. Prof., P. G. Dept. of zoology, Jhargram Raj College; Topic: Snake Awareness
Special Lecture (06.09.2017) Speaker: Raunaq Ghosh, Research Biologist, BNHS, Assam; Topic: Virtual Lecture on Basics of Wetlands
Special Lecture (13.09.2017) Speaker: RajNarayan Saha, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, NIT-Durgapur; Topic: Wastewater Management
Special Lectures (11.10.2017 – 09.01.2018) Speaker: Sagar Adhurya, Research Scholar, Visva-bharati University; Topic: Ecology
Special Lecture (16.11.2017) Speaker: Sudin Pal, D.S. Kothari fellow, Dept. of Chemical engineering, Jadavpur University; Topic: Wetlands – A Biological Supermarket
Special Lecture (04.12.2017) Speaker: Avisake Chakraborty, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Zoology, Mohanpur Govt. College; Topic: Wildlife Corridors