Department of Zoology

Departmental Profile:

The Department of Zoology, Sipajhar College was established in the year 2018 with the objective to spread knowledge and awareness regarding the animal world. Since its beginning, the department is continuously working for the betterment of students as well as the community as a whole. The department had started with one contractual teacher namely Sri Apurba Saikia. It has its own laboratory and library facilities with ample numbers of museum specimens and books (both hard and soft copies of many). Along with the other activities, department also concentrates on the overall development of the students by arranging time to time exposure programmes, talks by visiting professors and also have arranged parents teachers meet. The department has one well furnished teachers' common room, spacious hall for practical and theory classes and a room with computer facility. For connecting globally, the department also has high speed internet facility.

Current strength of the Department:

Faculties :

(working -2, vacant-1)


  • A. Dr. Dibya Jyoti Saikia
  • B. Miss Mridusmita Mahanta

Students (Major):

Year Number of students
(First semester)
Number of students
(Second semester)
Number of students
(Third semester)
2018 15 Nil Nil
2019 23 14 14

Currently, there are as many as 41 pass course students (in third semester) and 37 regular students (in first semester) also along with the major course.


Year First class
(First semester)
First class
(Second semester)
First class
(Third semester)
2018-19 2 4 N/A
2019-20 N/A N/A Will Appear

Faculty Members :

1.Dr. Dibya Jyoti Saikia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Position Assistant Professor
Contact no. - (+91) 9365591805
Area of interest Fish pathology, Fish genomics, Eco-toxicology and environmental safety
Research Activities
  1. Working experience as a Project Assistant in the DST sponsored project entitled "Fish faunal diversity, Distributional pattern, Habitat Ecology and their conservation strategies of the River Brahmaputra, Assam".
  2. Earned doctor of philosophy on the topic entitled "Studies on causative agent of tail and fin rot disease of Channa punctata (Bloch, 1793)"
A. Paper published in journals
  1. Saikia DJ, Chattopadhyay P, Banerjee G, Talukdar B and Sarma D (2017) Identification and Pathogenicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa DJ1990 on Tail and Fin Rot disease in Spotted Snakehead. J World Aquacult Soc. 49(4).DOI: 10.1111/jwas.12476.
  2. Saikia DJ, Chattopadhyay P, Banerjee G and Sarma D (2017) Time and dose dependent effect of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection on the scales of Channa punctata (Bloch) through light and electron microscopy. Turk J Fish Aquat Sci. 17 (5): 871-876. DOI: 10.4194/1303-2712-v17_5_03.
  3. Talukdar B, Kalita HK, Basumatary S, Saikia DJ and Sarma D (2017) Cytotoxic and Genotoxic Affects of Acid Mine Drainage on Fish Channa punctata (Bloch). Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 144:72-78.http:// j.ecoenv.2017.06.007.
  4. Basumatary S, Talukdar B, Choudhury H, Kalita HK, Saikia DJ and Sarma D (2016) Female Gonadal Histology of Indian River Shad, Gudusia chapra (Hamilton, 1822)-A Tactic of Reproductive Biology. Poult Fish Wildl Sci. 4(2). DOI: 10.4172/2375-446X.1000173.
  5. Saikia DJ, Narzaery B, Talukdar B, Amalesh Dutta and Sarma D (2016) Occurrence of Pseudomonas Septicemia in Mystus tengera in a paddy cum fish culture system of Kokrajhar district, Assam.5:132-135. ISSN-0971-7978.
  6. Basumatary S, Baishya RA, Saikia DJ, Kalita HK, Talukdar B, Dutta A and Sarma D (2016) A Preliminary study on plankton diversity in lower reaches of the river Brahmaputra, in Dhuburi district, Assam, India.5:190-196. Tropical Zoology. ISSN-0971-7978.
B. Book chapter published
  1. Nutrigenomics Approach of Diet- Gene Relation in Fisheries Research. Accelerating Science. (Vol.3). ISBN: 93-82661-24-7.
  2. An appraisal on the environment toxic chemicals and government regulations. Reviews on Envirnmental issues. (Vol.1). ISBN: 978-81-2028-827-0.
Awards and achievements
  1. UGC- BSR Fellow
  2. Member of American Microbiological Society.

2.Mridusmita Mahanta, M.Sc.
Position Assistant Professor
Contact no. - (+91) 8486454126
Area of interest Phytochemical study and Toxicological study
Research Activities Effect of Acid Mine Drainage of Coal Mine on certain Haematological Parameters of Heteropneustes fossilis.
  1. Comparative study of certain haematological parameters and glycogen content in Testes of two cat fishes.
  2. Comparative Study of Certain Haematological Parameters (Total RBC, WBC Count and Haemoglobin Estimation) Among Four Species of Live Fishes.
  3. Effect of Acid Mine Drainage on Quality Deterioration of Aquatic Ecosystem and Behavioural Changes of Aquatic Organisms.
  4. A Study on the Diversity of Aquatic Insect Communities of Kaliabor Subdivision, Nagaon, Assam.
  5. Ethnomedicinal plants used for the treatment of female reproductive health problems by boro tribe of kaliabor sub-division of Nagaon district assam, india.
Book chapter:
  1. A study on cytomorphological changes in blood of Indian fresh water cat fish, Clarius batrachus induced by lindane.
  2. Environmental Monitoring By Bioindicators.
Awards and achievements
  1. SLET (2014)

3.Kumar Kritartha Kaushik, M.Sc.
Position Assistant Professor
Contact no. - (+91) 8638589259
Area of interest Probiotics, Metagenomics, Ecology
Research Activities Pursuing Ph.D. in Deptt. of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology from Tezpur University, Sonitpur, Assam
Manuscripts Published and in Preparation:
A. Journals:

  1. Kaushik, K. K., & Sahu, P. Effects of lindane (?- isomer) on adrenal glands in mice (Mus musculus). Int J S Res Sci. Tech. (IJSRST) 2018 Mar-Apr; 4(5): Page No.:1508-1514 (ISSN: 2395-6011). DOI: 10.32628/IJSRST1845407.
  2. Kaushik, K. K., Sahu, P. & Nath, R. Length-weight relationship of Notopterus notopterus (Pallas, 1769), Anabas testudineus (Bloch, 1792) and Clarias batrachus (Linnaeus, 1758) from Pokoriya river, Morigaon, Assam, India. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research, Oct 2019; Page No.:3087-3088. (ISSN 2277-8616). Scopus.
  3. Kaushik, K. K., Sahu, P. & Dutta, K. Protozoan diversity in Deepor Beel, Assam, India. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research, Dec 2019; Page No.:1703-1706 (ISSN 2277-8616). Scopus.
  4. Kaushik, K.K., Sahu, P. & Chutia, B.C. Diversity and abundance of butterflies in and around Sivasagar tank (Borpukhuri), in Sivasagar District, Assam, India. Ecology, Environment & Conservation, Vol 26, Issue 1, 2020; Page No.: 135-141. ISSN 0971-765X. Scopus.
B. Book Chapter:
  1. Nath, Dr. R., Kaushik, K.K. & Sahu, P., 2019. Land Restoration in Mining Areas and Environmental Concerns. Ecology, Environment & Conservation. Published by ALA publications, Guwahati, India. Edited by Dr. A K. Hazarika. ISBN: 978-81-903242-2-5.
  2. Sahu, P., Kaushik, K.K., Lu, T. & Dong, K., 2020. Surfactin -a biosurfactant against breast cancer. Microbial Biosurfactants - Preparation, Properties and Applications. To be published by Springer Nature. Edited by Dr. I Inamuddin, Dr. I. Ahamed, & Dr. R Prasad. (Accepted)
Seminar Presented:
  1. Participated in UGC sponsored National Conference on "Wildlife Trafficking and Concern to Biodiversity of North East India" organized by Deptt. of Zoology, Dhing College, and presented a paper on "Biodiversity of Assam and its Conservation" on 17.06.2017.
  2. Participated in UGC sponsored State Level Conference on "Prospect of Applied Ethnobotany in Northeastern Region of India" organized by Deptt. of Botany, Dhing College, and presented a paper on "Ethnomedicinal plants used by Tiwa tribes of Mayanguri Village, Morigaon, Assam, North-Eastern India" on 21.06.2017.
  3. Participated in "National Seminar and Workshop on Applications of Nanotechnology and Biotechnology in Daily Life (NSW-ANBDL) - 2019" organized by Sibsagar College, Assam and presented a paper on "Production of Cellulase and Protease in the gut of Pati hanh" on 27.09.2019.
  4. Participated in "National Seminar on Current Research in Drug Discovery and Development- 2019" organized by Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dibrugarh University, Assam and presented a paper on "Isolation of Potential Cellulase and Probiotic Bacteria in the Gut of Pati hanh" on 14.11.2019.
Awards and achievements
  1. INSPIRE Fellowship awarded by Department of Science & Technology, India in 2018 for Ph.D.
  2. Qualified GATE: Life Sciences (XL)-2017, Ecology & Evolution (EY)-2018.
  3. Qualified SLET: Life Sciences-2017.
  4. INSPIRE SHE Scholarship awarded by Department of Science & Technology, India in 2012 for B. Sc. & M. Sc.
  5. Selected for Science Academies' Summer Research Fellowship Programme by Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru in 2016.
  6. Selected for first Bijnan Jyoti Jatra organized by Assam Science Technology & Environmental Council in 2010 and won first prize in Quiz competition.
  7. District Level merit scholarship and award for securing 10th position at Class-VII merit examination in Nagaon district. (2006).
  8. District Level merit scholarship and award for securing 3rd position at Class-IV merit examination in Nagaon subdivision (2003).

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