About the Department
The department of Zoology of Shia PG College has a rich legacy of imparting quality education to science graduates in the city since its inception in 1947. It came into existence when the University of Lucknow extended affiliation to the college and granted it permission to run B.Sc. (Bio) with Zoology, Botany and Chemistry as the three subjects. The very first Head of the Department was Dr N N Srivastava whose tenure extended over a span of 30 years (1947-1977) and it was during this phase that the department assumed a position of prominence among the reputed centres of science education in the city. Dr Srivastava had a deep knowledge of the local flora and fauna which enabled him to establish an extremely rich museum with rare collection of animal specimens and slides. This museum continues to attract the attention of visitors and students from other colleges even today. Then it was Dr Agha Hadi Masih who led the department from 1977 to 1994 with utmost dedication towards academic excellence. His administrative skills brought more glory to the department and raised its academic standards. Three years B.Sc. was introduced during his tenure in 1987 which led to some vital upgrades in the department. Dr Ravindra Bahadur who assumed the chair of the department from 1994-2000 was extremely principled and committed towards the department. He built upon the work of his peers and gave a face lift to the department by acquiring new facilities for the students. The turn of the millennium marked the beginning of the tenure of Dr KC Misra (2000-2007) which proved to be the most happening period in the departmental history. By a sheer stroke of luck, the college saw the appointment of Dr MS Naqvi, a renowned Zoologist, as its principal. It was the vision of Dr MS Naqvi and the commitment of Dr KC Misra that earned the department permission to run PG classes. It was during this period that a whole new PG block was constructed for MSc laboratories and the library was considerably upgraded. The first batch of MSc passed out in 2008 and the course has been running successfully ever since. The dynamic leadership of Dr Ajai Bahadur (2007-2013) further enriched the department and brought about its all-round development. Several costly lab apparatuses were purchased for the instrument section during his tenure. Dr Nafees H Naqvi (2013-2018) who succeeded Dr Ajai Bahadur as the HoD was keen to start research activities in the department and also worked for this by allocating a separate research lab but to his disappointment the university did not grant necessary approval to enrol research scholars. After the superannuation of Dr NH Naqvi in 2018, the leadership of this department fell into the lap of Dr TS Naqvi who has been assuming this chair for the last 4 years. It is under his leadership that the department is scaling newer heights of success and is growing by leaps and bounds. There have been significant developments in terms of infrastructure and academic standards and the department is keeping its reputation intact by figuring among the most coveted centres of Zoology education at UG and PG levels. It continues to be a dream destination for MSc aspirants and has even produced a few University toppers. The insight of Dr TS Naqvi and his meticulous planning ensured a very smooth sailing through the very tough times of Covid-19 pandemic. The department stood to the challenge of online teaching during the pandemic phase and has been quite successful in its efforts to keep the process of learning unhindered and easily accessible to all students. The college management which is extremely cooperative in catering to the needs of students and teachers is looking forward to further upgrade research facilities ever since the enrolment of research scholars was allowed by the university of Lucknow in 2019.
The department of Zoology of Shia P.G. College, strives to spread the light of learning in keeping with the spirit of the numerous verses and traditions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) which point towards the value of knowledge and make it obligatory for a person to do his efforts in seeking and disseminating knowledge.
The department of Zoology is committed to carry forward the basic mission of the college which was to lift the educational standards of the Shia community in particular and of the whole society in general.
It aims to revive the grand legacy of knowledge which reflects in teachings of the Holy Prophet & infallible Imams in his progeny
The department is also in the pursuit of providing a conducive and safe environment for educating girls in UG, PG & Research, which is a great step towards bridging the gender gap that prevails in higher education.