Department of Zoology


The department was established in the year 2018 as a self-financing programme with Dr. Rahul Sarma as its founder faculty member. Ms. Sangeeta Choudhury and Ms. Deepsikha Moran joined the Department as Assistant Professor (Contractual) in the year 2019. The Department offers both Honours and Regular courses to students of the College.

            The Department was provincialised in the year 2020, creating three sanctioned post of Assistant Professors. Dr. Sudem Basumatary, Ms. Priyambada Chutia and Ms. Puja Bishaya were, accordingly inducted as Assistant Professors in the department against the created posts.  The department is also equipped with two modern laboratories to provide practical training to the students.


  • Campus Bird Count programme on 13th February 2021.
  • Field trip to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary on 6th February 2021.
  • Field trip to Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park on 18th October 2019

Faculty Profile

M.Sc.(Gauhati University) ; PhD (Gauhati University)

Assistant Professor


E-mail- [email protected]


Specialization: Fish Biology & Fishery Science

Research Interest: Fish Taxonomy; Fish Biology & Aquaculture

Publications –

  1. Basumatary, S., Choudhury, H., Baishya, R. A., Sarma, D. & Vishwanath, W. (2016). Badis pancharatnaensis, a new percoid fish species from Brahmaputra River drainage, Assam, India (Teleostei: Badidae). Vertebrate Zoology. 66 (2): 151‒ (IF: 1.059).
  2. Basumatary, S., Choudhury, H., Talukdar, B., Kalita, H. K. & Sarma, D. (2016). Length–weight relationships of three small indigenous fish species from the Lower Brahmaputra, India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology2017; 33:615– 0.845).
  3. Basumatary, S., Talukdar, B., Choudhury, H., Kalita, H. K., Saikia, D. J., Mazumder, A. & Sarma, D. (2016). Female Gonadal Histology of Indian River Shad, Gudusia chapra (Hamilton, 1822) – A Tactic of Reproductive Biology. Poultry Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences. 4: 173.doi:10.4172/2375-446X.1000173. (IF: 0.34).
  4. Basumatary, S., Jabeen, F., Dey, A., Choudhury, H., Kalita, H. K., Talukdar, B. & Sarma, D. (2017). Length–weight relationships of Garra birostris Nebeshwar & Vishwanath, 2013, Garra annandalei (Hora, 1921), Johnius coitor (Hamilton, 1822) and Raiamas bola (Hamilton, 1822) from the Brahmaputra River basin, Northeast India. Journal of Applied Ichthyol 2017; 33(6):1242–1243. 0.845).
  5. Basumatary, S., Choudhury H. & Sarma, D. (2017). Length-weight relationships of Hara hara (Hamilton, 1822), Pangio pangia (Hamilton, 1822) and Setipinna brevifilis (Valenciennes, 1848) from the Lower Brahmaputra River, Northeast India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2017; 33(6):1279‒ (IF: 0.845).
  6. Basumatary, S., Talukdar, B., Choudhury, H. & Sarma, D. (2018). Length-weight relationships (LWRs) of four freshwater fish species from the Brahmaputra and Barak river basin, Northeast India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2018; 34(1): 208‒209. (IF: 0.845).
  7. Basumatary, S., Baishya, R.A., Saikia, D.J., Kalita, H. K., Talukdar, B., Dutta, A. & Sarma, D. (2015). A preliminary study on plankton diversity in lower reaches of the river Brahmaputra, in Dhubri district, Assam, India. Tropical Zoology. 5:190‒ (ISSN: 09717978).
  8. Basumatary, S., Baishya, R. A., Talukdar, B., Kalita, H. K., Dutta, A., Goswami, U. C., Srivastava, S. K. & Sarma, D. (2014) Diversity of small indigenous species (SIS) in the lower reaches of River Brahmaputra, Assam. Ecology Environment & Conservation. 20(4) 1817-1824. (NAAS: 4.89).
  9. Choudhury, H., Thaosen, S., Dey, A., Basumatary, S. & Sarma, D. (2018). Length-weight relationships of three fish species from the Jatinga River (Barak drainage) in Assam, India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2018; 34(4): 1089˗ (IF: 0.845).
  10. Dey, A., Choudhury, H., Basumatary, S., Bharali, R. C. & Sarma, D. (2018). Length-weight relationships of three freshwater fish species from the Kameng River (Brahmaputra basin) in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2018; 34(4):1002˗ (IF: 0.845).
  11. Choudhury H., Mukhim, D. K. B., Basumatary, S., Warbah, D. P. & Sarma, D. (2017) Schistura larketensisa new cavernicolous fish (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae) from Meghalaya, Northeast India. Zootaxa. 4353 (1): 089 (IF: 0.972).
  12. Choudhury, H., Mili, S., Basumatary, S., Mazumdar, A. & Sarma, D. (2017). Length-weight relationships of Badis dibruensis Geetakumari and Vishwanath, 2010 (Badidae) and Lepidocephalichthys arunachalensis (Datta and Barman, 1984) (Cobitidae) from Subansiri River (Brahmaputra basin), Northeast India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2017; 33:1294– https://doi. org/10.1111/jai.13505)(IF: 0.845).
  13. Talukdar, B., Kalita, H. K., Baishya, R. A., Basumatary, S., Saikia, D. J. & Sarma, D. (2017). Cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of acid mine drainage on fish Channa punctata (Bloch). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. (2017) 144: 72–78 (IF: 3.13).
  14. Talukdar, B., Jabeen, F., Kalita, H. K., Basumatary, S., Choudhury, H. & Sarma, D. (2017). Length–weight relationships of two Nemacheilid fish species [Schistura fasciata Lokeshwor and Vishwanath, 2011 and Schistura reticulofasciata (Singh and Bănărescu, 1982)] from Simsang River, Meghalaya, India. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 33(5):1036– 0.845).
  15. Talukdar, B., Basumatary, S., Kalita, H. K., Baishya. R. A., Dutta, A., Srivastava, S. K. &Sarma, D. (2017). Effects of Acid Mine Drainage of coal mines on some haematological parameters of Channa punctatus (Bloch). National Academy of Science Letter. (Springer) (IF: 0.34).
  16. Talukdar, B. Kalita, H. K., Baishya. R. A., Basumatary, S.& Sarma. D. (2016). Evaluation of genetic toxicity caused by Acid Mine Drainage of coal mines on fish fauna of Simsang River, Garohills, Meghalaya, India. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (Elsevier) 131: 65–71(IF-3.13).
  17. Talukdar, B., Basumatary, S., Kalita, H. K., Baishya. R. A., Dutta, A., Srivastava, S. K. & Sarma, D. (2016). Effect of Acid Mine Drainage of coal mining on total protein content of muscle and liver in a freshwater fish, Channa punctatus (Bloch). National Academy of Science Letter. (Springer) DOI 10.1007/s40009-016-0444-2 (IF: 0.34).
  18. Baishya, R. A., Basumatary, S., Kalita, H. K., Talukdar, B., Dutta, A. & Sarma, D. (2016). Present status and diversity of small indigenous fish species (SIS) in the upper reaches of River Brahmaputra, Assam. Indian Journal of Fisheries. 63 (1): 1-7 DOI: 10.21077/ijf.2016.63.1.41764-01. (NAAS: 6.16),
  19. Talukdar, B., Kalita, H. K., Basumatary, S.& Sarma, D. (2016). Impact of Coal Mining on Soil Characteristics of Simsang River, Meghalaya, India. Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications.6:219. doi:10.4172/2090-4541.1000219 (IF: 0.76).
  20. Talukdar, B., Das, J., Kalita, H. K., Basumatary, S., Choudhury, H., & Sarma, D. (2016). Impact of Open Cast Coal Mining on Fish and Fisheries of Simsang River, Meghalaya, India. Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development. 6: 214. doi: 10.4172/2155-9910.1000214 (IF: 1.62).
  21. Talukdar, B. Basumatary, S., Kalita, H. K., Baishya, R. A., Dutta, A., Srivastava S. K. & Sarma, D. (2015) Histopathological alternations in liver and kidney of Tor tor (Ham) inhabited in coal mining affected areas of Simsang River, Garohills; Meghalaya. National Academy of Science Letter. (2015) 38:321‒324 DOI 10.1007/s40009-014-0346-0. (Springer) (IF: 0.24).
  22. Baishya, R. A., Basumatary, S., Kalita, H.K., Talukdar, B., Dutta, A. & Sarma, D. (2015). Status and diversity of indigenous ornamental fishes of the upper reaches of river Brahmaputra, Assam. Journal of Inland Fisheries Society of India. 47 (2): 70‒ (ISSN: 0379‒3435)(NAAS: 4.54).
  23. Kalita, H. K., Talukdar, B., Baishya, R. A., Basumatary, S., Barman R. Ch. & Sarma, D. (2015). Community based integrated fish-duck farming: A boon for rural development in agro climatic conditions of Assam, India, Aquaculture Asia Volume XX No. 4.
  24. Kalita, H. K., Talukdar, B., Baishya, R. A., Basumatary, S., Das, J., Dutta, A., Barman, R. C. and Sarma D. (2015). Role of duck droppings on pond productivity through fish-cum-duck integrated farming system in agro climatic condition, Assam. Nature Environment and Pollution Technology 14 (3): 541‒543. (NAAS: 4.94).


Publication of Book



Publication of Chapter in Edited Books

  1. Sarma, D., Talukdar, B., Basumatary, S., Baishya, R. A., Kalita, H. K, Das, J., Pandey, J., Mallik, S., Shahi, N., Sarma, D. & Dutta, A. (2014) Impact of open cast coal mining on aquatic biota of Simsang River, Garohills, Meghalaya. In M. S. Sheikh (Eds). Biodiversity Threats and Conservation. Vol-II. Publishers: Global publishing House India (ISBN: 978-93-81563-48-9).
  2. Basumatay, S. (2018) Indigenous larvivorous fish species from lower reaches of the River Brahmaputra, Assam, Northeast India. Vol-I. Publishers: ABT Publication, Panbazar, Guwahati, Assam (ISBN: 978-81-938255-2-5).
  3. Basumatary, S. and Sarma, D. (2019). Studies on Fecundity of an Indian River Shad (Gudusia chapra, Hamilton), in relation to Total length, Body weight, Ovary length and Ovary weight from the lower reaches of river Brahmaputra, Assam, Northeast India. In C. Basumata & D. Tamuly (Eds). “Role of Biodiversity in promotion of Adventure tourism and Entrepreneurship”. (ISBN: 978-93-85310-48-5).
  4. Basumata, C. and Basumatary, S. (2020). A preliminary study on Butterfly diversity of Rabindranath Tagore University Campus, Hojai, Assam. In R. Ahmed & A. N. Das (Eds). “Environmental Issues and Policies in India”. Vol-I. Publishers: Purbayon Publication, India (ISBN: 978-93-89940-56-5).

M.Sc. (Gauhati University)

SET (2017) & NET-LS (2020)

Assistant Professor


E-mail – [email protected]


Specialization: Cell and Molecular Biology

Research Interest:  Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Environmental toxicology


Publications –

  1. 1. Manas Das, Anuradha Kalita, Pritimoni Das, Priyambada Chutia, Krishna Das, “Toxic effects of the herbicide paraquat Dichloride on the freshwater mud eel Monopterus cuchia”. Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN: 978-613-9-94456-9.
  2. Dr. Manas Das, Priyambada Chutia, Pritimoni Das, Anuradha Kalita, “Hazardous effects of ionizing Radiation (X-ray) and commonly used pesticides on Animal Model systems”. HD International Educational Publishers, ISBN: 978-93-88475-14-3.
  3. Aquaporins: Structure and Physiology in Fish Priyambada Chutia and Manas Das. Journal of Bioresources 5(1): 1-17(2018) ISSN 2394-4315.
  4. Effects of altered pH on Antioxidant defence system of Monopterus cuchia (Hamilton, 1822) in Ex-situ Modulated Environmental pH condition. Amilee Konwar, Manas Das, Debjani Dey, Priyambada Chutia. Journal of Bioresources 5(1): 56-64(2018) ISSN 2394-4315.
  5. Toxicological effect of the herbicide Paraquat Dichloride on the air breathing Singhi catfish, Heteropneustes fossilis (Bloch). Pritimoni Das, Manas Das, Anuradha Kalita, Priyambada Chutia. Proceedings of the Zoological Society, Springer. ISSN: 0373-5893. Ref : MS. No. PZOS-D-18-00042R5


  1. Effect of altered pH on the transcription of Aquaporins in stinging CatfishHeteropneustes fossilis. Priyambada Chutia, Manas Das, Daisy Brahma. Journal of Bioresources, ISSN 2394-4315.

M.Sc.(Cotton University)

NET-LS June, 2017; NET-JRF,December, 2017 ; SET-2018

Assistant Professor


E-mail – [email protected]


Specialization: Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology

Research Interest: Animal Ecology and Wildlife Sciences

Research publications