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Zoology Department conducts seminar

Zoology Department conducts seminar on the findings of teh project on the theme “Study of physico-chemical & planktonic analysis with reference to fish production in selected water bodies (beels) of Garo Hills, Meghalaya”


“Analysis of gastrointestinal parasites in local chicken”

The seminar “Study of physico-chemical and planktonic analysis with reference to fish production in selected beels of Garo Hills, Meghalaya” under the teacher guidance of Dr. Biswajit Paul and Sir Surjoron Hajong and “Analysis of gastrointestinal parasites in local chicken” under the teacher guidance of Madam Rani Aruldass and Sir Tenang Marak, was completed successfully by the department of Zoology.


The Programme started with the inaugural session, where Fr Bivan Rodrigues Mukhim SDB, Principal welcomed the dignitaries and felicitated them with memento to the two Subject experts Dr (Mrs) Pamela B Marak AH & Vety. Officer, Clinical Laboratory Tura, West Garo Hills and Shri Roger Benister R Marak, Assistant Director of Fisheries,i/c Garo Hills Region, Tura, Meghalaya. The other guests present in the programme were Dr Aksana Neah Ch Marak from Environment Department, Madam Chichi Ch Sangma from Botany Department, Sir Bikki Ch Sangma from Sociology Department, Sir Ksanbor Kharkongar and Alwisha T Sangma from Geography Department, respectively.


The inaugural welcome speech by Fr Bivan Rodrigues Mukhim SDB, the Principal, introduced the dignitaries in the programme and commented on the significance of having these seminars. He highly appreciated the faculties of Zoology Department for doing such a valuable project works for the benefit of the students in the past few years. He highlighted the efforts of the department in bringing the study to its meaningful end. He also emphasized that these types of studies would go a long way to help the students in the near future.


The first subject expert, Dr (Mrs) Pamela B Marak, AH & Vety. Officer, Clinical Laboratory Tura, West Garo Hills deemed it as a prestigious moment to attend such programmes. She expressed her views in regards to the students participating in these types of events and also mentioned that the students will benefit from the presentation. She was overwhelmed by the presentation done by the students on the intestinal parasites in chicken intestine. She wished the students all the best for their future.


The second subject expert Shri Roger Benister R Marak, District Fishery Officer, in his speech mentioned that he was privileged to be a part of this programme. He expressed his desire that more studies be taken to enable the department to take necessary measures to benefit the consumers and the producers of fish. He emphasized that fishes play a vital role in mitigating the food security to the common man and especially to the rural sector where the majority of the population is under below poverty level, more so in the state like Meghalaya. He encouraged the students to make use of their study to cater to the needs of the society.


The key address was delivered by Dr Biswajit Paul, HOD of the Zoology department who is also the convener of the programme. He explained how the study was conceptualized and then with the support of the principal had gone ahead with the project. The main purpose of these programmes/projects is to capacitate the students to enable them handle similar programmes in their future. He suggested that the study may not be conclusive but definitely directive to highlight the course of similar studies in the near future. The convener mentioned that a report of the study on the two projects would be handed over to the respective Officers such as the Veterinary Officer and District Fishery Officer for necessary actions.

The IQAC, Coordinator Dr. Barbara S Sangma encouraged the students that every activity and individual contribution or performance done in the college counts and it enables them to walk ahead in the pursuit of excellence.


The vote of thanks was offered by Madam Bonme A Sangma of the department of Zoology. She thanked the dignitaries in the dais and all the students and faculties present in the program. Her special emphasis was for the subject experts Dr (Mrs) Pamela B Marak, AH & Vety. Officer and Shri Roger Benister R Marak, for sparing their precious time to be with the students and to attend the programme for the benefit of the students. She extended her gratitude to Miss Chiama R Marak, Student of BSc 4th semester Zoology Hons, to have compered the programme so elegantly and also thanked all the students who have presented their project work diligently.


The technical session started with the power point presentation by the 6th semester zoology major students. Two groups, 14 number of students in each group, so a total of 28 number of students narrated their findings in the study done by them under the guidance of the teachers from the department. At the end of the presentation, the students gave a constructive analysis on the study with a meaningful conclusion. Students belonging to Group A gave their recommendations, based on their study, to the District Fishery Officer, Shri Roger Bennister R Marak and the students from Group B gave their recommendations based on their study to Dr(Mrs) Pamela B Marak, AH & Vety Officer, Clinical Laboratory Tura, West Garo Hills.


After the presentation, the officers gave their insights and commented on the presentation. Dr (Mrs) Pamela B Marak was indeed delighted for the selection of the topic on helminthiasis by the students. She highly appreciated the hardwork put forward by the students in their presentation and the guidance given by the dedicated teachers in completing their study successfully. She was surprised to see the high prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites in the chicken intestine that appeared on a particular month. This might be as a result of continuous exposure of chickens to the free range condition. The study was performed on a selected market area ,Kabul Bazaar. She gave a general awareness on the occurrence and economic significance of the GIT parasites to the students. Overall, she was impressed by the students’ performance.


Shri Roger Benister R Marak was very much impressed with the study and the presentation made by the students. He said that it was good to observe that the students have taken their study seriously. He mentioned that Garo hills with its vast inland fishery resources offers tremendous scope for developing the fisheries sector and entrepreneurship. He said that there are certain species of fish which can survive in the water containing a pH level less than 5 or even 4. The beels with nutrient richness often enhances the productivity and supplies good planktons and fishery. Out of the three beels studied, Do.bol beel and Kumali beel had good number of plankton but Kudaldhowa pond had less phytoplankton and fish. He concluded that the water is highly contaminated with detergents. He suggested that these studies would help the department to take necessary measures in addressing the issues related to diversity of planktons and fishes and also facilitate the production of the fishes which are in demand. He also emphasized the importance of prawn culture and non-commercial small fishes which are important aquaculture product.


At the end on behalf of the students, department and the college, the Head of Department of Zoology, Dr. Biswajit Paul handed over the report of the study to the District Fishery Officer, Shri Roger Bennister R Marak whereas Sir Tenang Marak and Madam Rani Aruldass handed over the other report of the study to Dr (Mrs) Pamela B Marak, AH & Vety Officer, Clinical Laboratory Tura, West Garo Hills, respectively.

The certificates were distributed to the students by the two resource persons and the programme was concluded by singing the National Anthem.