Department of Zoology, of the Institute of Science, Nagpur, is a renowned teaching and research centre with well equipped laboratories. It is one of the oldest departments of this Institute with 85 years of existence. It was established in 1929, and postgraduate courses were started in 1930.
The Department offers, both under-graduate and post-graduate courses. For post-graduation, this department has 20 seats. Students can opt for Mammalian Reproductive Physiology, Fresh Water Zoology or Cell Biology as a specialization. Many students from the Department have topped in the University and brought laurels to the Institute.
Number of students and faculty members are actively engaged in research. More than 100 students have received Ph.D and many of them are engaged as Educators, Administrators in various parts of the country and abroad. Major thrust areas in research include Reproductive Biology, Endocrinology, Embryology, Limnology, Plankton Ecology, Fishery Biology, Chronobiology, Neurobiology and Toxicology.
The contribution of renowned Zoologists, like Dr. M. A. Moghe, Dr. Bhalerao, Dr. Karam Singh, Dr. S.M.H.Khatib, Dr.K.V.R.Murthy, Dr.H.V.Kashyab, Dr.A.Gopalkrishna, Dr. V. B. Marathe, Dr. P. V. Rangnekar, Dr. K. B. Karim, Dr. V. M. Sapkal, Dr. Mrs. S. A. Bhide, Dr. M. M. Gadegone, Dr. N.V. Huilgol, Dr. M. R. Thosar etc, from this Institute has been recognized at National and International level.
Government of Maharashtra has honoured Dr. Gopalkrishna with a Best Teacher award. Dr. Miss K. B. Karim has received D.Sc. degree from Nagpur University. The Department has organized many symposia and Conferences. So also, the Department has been organizing Expert Lectures on various topics for the benefit of the students.