About the Conference

The International Conference on Recent advances on Animal Biology and Conservation aims to bring together leading Zoologists, Academic Scientists, Researchers, Young Research Scholars as well as Zoology Students to exchange their views and experience in the field of Animal Development & Genetics, Reproductive Physiology and Biochemistry, Animal Biotechnology & Human Welfare, Molecular Biology & Evolution, Animal Conservation, Animal Ecology & Sustainable development, Animal Diversity & Taxonomy. This is a unique conference wherein eminent academicians, senior scientists will share their expertise, experience with young faculties as well as scientists. The young researchers and students will be inducted and inspired with the recent development, new challenges and strategies required for the improvement of animal health, reproduction, maintenance of biodiversity, emerging challenges and threats and conservation of various precious species in India and beyond. This conference would also provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Animal Biology and Conservation.

The University

The University of Kerala was founded as the University of Travancore in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore in 1937 by a promulgation of the Maharajah of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who was the first Chancellor of the University. Sir C. P Ramaswamy Ayyar, the then Diwan (Prime minister) of the State was the first Vice-Chancellor. The University was modelled after the best Universities of the United Kingdom, and even today retains some of these features. The University has a number of study centres in specialised areas such as Nano-Technology, Kerala Studies, Bioinformatics, Women Studies, Learning Difficulties etc. the university has over 150 affiliated colleges. To serve the students who are away from the head- quarters at Trivandrum, University study centres have been set up with UGC assistance at Kollam, Alappuzha and Pandalam. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has placed the University at the ‘A++’ grade.

The College and the Department

University College, Thiruvananthapuram, established in 1866, is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in India. Offering 18 UG, 21 PG and 18 Ph.D. programmes, the college is undoubtedly vibrant academically. Its student-strength of more than three thousand comprises young women and men from all social classes. As the selection procedure to all the courses is based on merit alone, the percentage of financially challenged meritorious students is highest in this college. The college has been accorded “College with Potential for Excellence” (CPE) status by the University Grants Commission. University College is identified as a heritage institution by the Government of Kerala. The College has secured 26th rank in the NIRF ranking by scoring 65.25 and has been re-accredited by the NAAC of UGC at the ‘A’ grade in 2018.

The Department of Zoology was established in the year 1922 with Natural science as a subject for the intermediate course. In 1924, Zoology was introduced as a subsidiary subject with Botany main for the BA degree course of the Madras University. In 1931, Zoology main course was started for B.A. Degree with 24 students. Dr. K.S. Padmanabha Iyer was appointed as the first Professor of Zoology. In 1937, when the Travancore University was established, the B.A Degree courses in science subjects were abolished and B. Sc Degree courses were introduced. The Department is providing research consultancy to the research students of nearby colleges & other Universities. The department has been identified by DST, Govt. of India under FIST programme and KSCSTE, Govt of Kerala under FIST programme. The Department has well-equipped Research Laboratory, Computer Laboratory and ICT enabled Seminar Hall.