Awards & Medels

In recent years the Society arranges various endowment lectures, seminars, essay competitions among the young zoologists including the fresh postgraduates, in memory of former founder members. Several senior zoologists deliver special endowment lectures on endowments on topics of latest developments in the fields of both classical and modern aspects of the subjects. The awards and medals are given from the endowments. The awards are H. K. Mookerjee and D.N. Ganguly Memorial Lecture; D. N. Ganguly Memorial Medal; D. N. Raychaudhuri Memorial Medal; S. P. Basu Memorial Medal; A. K. Bhowmick Memorial Medal; M. M. Chakravorty Memorial Award & Medal; R. K. Sur Memorial Medal; S. P. Raychaudhuri Memorial Medal, Sudev Bhusan Ghosh Young Scientist Award; A. S. Mukerjee Memorial Medal; K. C. Ghose Memorial Medal; Manju Biswas Award of Excellence and Biswamoy Biswas Memorial Award.

Life  sketch of Honoured Scientists in brief:

Himadri Kumar Mookerjee (b.18.11.1898; :d.18.08.1955)

Passed the B.Sc., Examination in 1922 and M.Sc. Examination in Zoology in 1924 from the University of Calcutta. Professor Mookerjee joined the Department of Zoology as assistant demonstrator in 1922, two year before passing M.Sc. Examination.  He published his first paper entitled, “Reversal of thigmotropism in Hydra” with his teacher K/.Mitra, B.A (Wisconsin) in 1924.  He then went to London to work under the supervision of Prof. E.W. MacBride, FRS and got his D.Sc. degree from London University. He worked on the development of vertebral column and published two papers in Philosophical Transactions of the royal Society of London in 1930 and 1931.  In 1932 Professor Mookerjee joined University of Calcutta as Professor and he was the First Nilratan Sircar Professor of Zoology. Prof. Mookerjee being an outstanding embryologist, had far sight to realize the importance of fishery. In 1936 he established a fishery research laboratory in the University of Calcutta with the help of ICAR.  He could make substantial contribution in fisheries.  He also prepared syllabus for certificate and diploma course in fishery which was duly approved by the University.

He was the President of the Zoology Section of Indian Science Congress in 1936 and was the Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (former National Institute of Sciences of India).  He was also the key person in consolidating Zoological studies at the undergraduate level in Bengal.  Prof. Mookerjee was the first President of the Zoological Society (Former Zoological Society of Bengal) and served the Society as President till his death in 1955.  In order to commemorate Prof. Mookerjee, H. K. Mookerjee memorial lecture was established by Prof. N. C. Datta, the first H. K. Mookerjee Memorial Lecture was delivered by Prof. Hiralal Chaudhuri and the second lecture was delivered by Dr. V. G. Jhingran. Subsequently, a number of eminent scientists delivered H.K. Mookerjee Memorial Lecture. H. K. Mookerjee Academy of fishery arranged seminar lectures by the students of Fishery special paper from 1977.


Mukunda Murari Chakravarty (b. 4.10.1904; d. 28.6.1976)

Born in Mymemsingh (now in Bangladesh) moved to Burdwan in his childhood. He passed B.Sc. in 1928 and M.Sc. in Zoology 1930 from the University of Calcutta.  He initially started his research work on Cephaline gregarine and received Premchand Roychand Studentship in 1936. He joined as a lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta in the same year. The scientific contributions of Dr. Chkravarty had covered a wide spectrum that included several diverse fields of Protozoology. His works on Cephaline gregarine earned him international reputation and he was selected as one of the members of International Commission of Protozoology to revise the classification of the then Phylum Protozoa.  His proposed classification of a suborder of Cephaline gregarine was accepted as such in the classification.  His significant contributions in other fields of Protozoology include Myxosporidia of the food fishes, lunar periodicity on the conjugation of a ciliate Conchophthirus lamellidens, termite flagellates, haemosporidia of fishes and birds, coccidia of birds, etc. His important contributions on myxosporidian biology include the establishment of several new species. He also demonstrated for the first time the presence of extranuclear DNA in the spores of myxosporidian parasites.  His work on  cephaline gregarines and Myxosporidia has won him international recognition as a protozoologist of distinction, and most of his finding have been incorporated in many standard textbooks of Protozoology.  Dr. Chakravarty received his D.Sc. degree of the University of Calcutta in 1960.  He retired as Head of the Department of Zoology in 1969 and continued his research work as Retired Scientist, ICAR, till his death. He has inspired a number of research students in this field and supervised a good number of Ph.D. students. Mukunda Murari Chakraborty, a founder member of The Zoological Society, Calcutta, was President of the Society from 1969-1971.  He was a member of a number of National and International Scientific societies.  He was a man of pleasant disposition.  He was generous to faults of others, humorous,  creative and a highly self-disciplined personality.


Dhirendra Nath Ganguly (b.17.02.1916: d.05.01.1980)

Passed the M.Sc. Examination in Zoology in 1938 and joined the University of Calcutta in 1945. Prof. Ganguly worked under the guidance of Professor H. K. Mookerjee and subsequently he became his research collaborator.  After the sad and sudden demise of Professor Mookerjee, he took the responsibility of teaching and research in embryology and fishery.  In 1956, Dhirendranath as Rashbehari Ghosh Travelling Fellow visited many research and teaching centres of England, France, Holland, Belgium and Italy.  He delivered Easter course lecture on lower chordates in the Marine Biological Association of United Kingdom at Plymouth as a guest scientist.  Subsequently he was elected as a member of the said Association.  He worked in the British Museum (Natural History) in the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris.  In Leiden University, Holland, he worked on the functional morphology of fish as a Guest Professor. Besides making substantial contribution in the development of vertebral column from fish to man he studied life history,  food and feeding habit, and breeding habit of fish.  His work on functional morphology in fish with special emphasis on osteomyology deserves special mention.  He also did some work on ecology of aquatic ecosystem. He introduced the study of neurosecretion of invertebrates.  Prof. Ganguly visited USA in 1961-62. He was the President of The Zoological Society of India. He was also the founder member of The Zoological Society of Bengal (now named as The Zoological Society, Kolkata) and its President.  The entire responsibility of D. N. Ganguly Academy of Biosphere, instituted by Prof. N.C. Datta, has been handed over to The Zoological Society, Kolkata to arrange D. N. Ganguly Memorial and H. K. Mookerjee Memorial Lecture every alternate years.


Dhirendra Nath Raychaudhuri (b. 24.11.1924 :  d. 01.05.1981),

youngest son of the Late Ajitanath Raychaudhuri, was born in Taki, North 24 Parganas. After initial schooling, he did his intermediate course from St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata and graduated in Zoology from University of Calcutta. He obtained the M.Sc. degree of the University of Calcutta in 1947. Dhirendra Nath joined St. Zaviers’ College as a faculty member to teach Biology. Simultaneously he started serving City College and Charuchandra College. In 1954, he sailed off for Leiden, The Netherland to join Prof. Hille Ris Lambers and obtaineed his D.Sc. degree. He came back and joined St. Xaviers’ College where he initiated aphid studies. However, Dhirendranath continued to serve both City College and Charuchandra College. He in fact established the Zoology Department of the latter College and became Vice-Principal. In 1961 he joined in the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta as a faculty. Dhirendranath with pace initiated research on Entomology. He on one hand continued work on aphid studies as well as on the physiology of insects. Later, he diversified his field of research to several areas and with time he used to be identified as a man of both taxonomy and physiology including microbiology. Prof. Raychaudhuri with time was identified as the pioneer of aphid research in India also an eminent entomologist of the country. He was recipient of several major research projects. As a recognition to his contribution he received a certificate of appreciation from USDA. He was pioneer in doing the electrocardiogram of cockroach and accordingly proposed a concept on heart muscle development. Later Hokkaido University, Japan initiated a joint research program on insects of mutual interest with Dhirendranath and Zoological Survey of India. Prof. Raychaudhuri served the institution just only for twenty years meanwhile forty five students did their Ph.D. under his apt guidance. He together with his students had three hundred odd publications. Notable one include Aphids of Northeast India and Bhutan. He did establish several school of research namely aphids, soil mites, and insect physiology and microbiology.


Prof. S. P. Raychaudhuri, (b.  15.9.1907 ; d.   15.2.`994 )

An eminent student of Prof. H. J. Muller, Nobel Lauriat, Joined Calcutta University in the year, 1940.  He first took the real lead for initiation and development of animal genetics research in India.  Research on Drosophila genetics was first started in India in 1941 by Dr. S. P. Raychaudhuri at the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta.  However, due to several technical limitations, Dr. Raychaudhuri switched over to work on the chromosomes of grasshoppers and other arthropods. Till late 50s he confined his researches to chromosome studies of a number of animal species and to the effects of X- and gamma rays on them.  Later he revived his interest of Drosophila genetics with the help of Prof. J.B.S. Haldane in 1956. The present Drosophila genetics laboratory, was his farsightness and the first of its kind in India.  He later joined Banaras Hindu University in 1960 as a Head of the Department of Zoology and served there till 1972.  He formed a very well co-ordinated team of workers and published many papers in outstanding International Journals like Nature, Science, Proc. Roy. Soc. Edin., J. Heridity, J.Genetics etc.  He was the Fellow of National Science Academy, in the year 1956. Many of his students are very much eminent Geneticists . After his demise Prof. Govinda Kishore Manna donated for this award.


Krishna Chandra Ghose (b.28.08.1918; d.20.07.2006)

Born in Bhagabantapur village in Ghatal Subdivision of Midnapore district on Janmastami day. Hence he was named “Krishna Chandra”.An outstanding zoologist, Prof. K. C. Ghose, is a Gold Medalist in M.Sc. in 1941 from Calcutta University. He was a jubilee post-graduate scholar and received Sir Nilratan Sarkar Gold Medal, Matilal Mallick Gold Medal, Moat Gold Medal, and Hem Chandra Gosswin Gold Medal. After M.Sc. he got a job of Entomologist (posted at Dhacca) in the Department of Agriculture of the undivided Bengal. As his job included extensive travelling in the war period, he left the job and started business of wood supply in Chandrakona Road in Medinipore.  He joined City College as lecturer and continued their up to 1963. In the year 1964 he joined as a lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta continued till his retirement in the year 1983 as the Head of the Department.  In City College, he used to teach in the three shifts morning, day and evening. In addition to his normal academic activity he curved out a small space in the balcony in the City College and started his research work on ‘Achatina fulica‘ without any fund and facility.  He got D.Sc. degree of Calcutta University working in City College. His works were published in coveted Journal of London which are profusely referred in the Book ‘Invertebrate Zoology’, ‘Mollusca’ volume written by L.H. Hyman.  After joining University of Calcutta he established a good research laboratory of Animal Physiology and many of his students became eminent and contributed and enriched different aspects of the subject.  He was President of the Zoological Society during 1981 to 1983 and one of the founder members of Calcutta University Teachers’ Association (CUTA).


Satyendra Prasanna Basu (b. 21.1.1918 : d. 24.8.1960)

Obtained his M.Sc. degree in 1942 from the University of Calcutta and joined the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of West Bengal and carried out investigations into the utilisation of sewage for fish culture.  These studies led him to investigate into the fundamental problems on  respiratory physiology in fishes and with the support of the National Institute of Sciences of India continued his researches on this important aspect of fisheris research.  He went to Canada and obtained the Ph.D. Degree of the Toronto University in 1951 on respiratory Physiology of Fishes. On his return to India Satyendra Prasanna Basu joined his post as Superintendent of Fisheries, West Bengal.  In 1959 he was offered a position by the Department of Mines and Natural Resources, Fisheries Branch, Manitoba, Canada, to work on the problem of pollution in Manitoba waters and its relation to fish and fisheries. He went to Winnipeg in February, 1960, and had been working closely with the members of the Provincial Sanitary Control Commission of the Department of Health and Public Welfare.  He has published a number of scientific papers on protozoology as well as on fishery sciences.  He died under very tragic circumstances when he was conducting a pollution survey of Wintering Lake, near Thicket Portage. The canoe which was carrying him had swamped two hundred yards from the shore by high winds. S. P. Basu was a foundation member and became the Hony. General Secretary of the Society during 1957-58.


Ardhendu Sekhar Mukherjee (b. 01.10.1935 : d. 15.11.2004)

A brilliant academician, Geneticist in particular, was born in Patadanga, Birbhum district, West Bengal.  He obtained the M.Sc. degree in Zoology in 1957 from University of Calcutta and secured first class first position.  Thereafter he completed his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Curt Stern of University of California, USA in 1964.  Later, he went to Germany for his post-doctoral research work under Wolfgang Beermann. In 1965, he published his much acclaimed and popular theory of dosage compensation  in Drosophila in Nature.  He returned to India and joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta in 1965.  In India, he continued his research work mainly in sex determination and dosage compensation in Drosophila. He published about 300 research papers including four chapters in books on developmental biology and genetics.  He supervised forty one Ph.D. and four M.Phil. students. He was also fortunate that he could perceive his position in the history of our science through the many honours and awards which were bestowed upon him during his career.  He was an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, and the Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore. He was also the member of several scientific societies/academies. He served as the Hony.General Secretary, of the Zoological Society, Kolkata for some time and became The President of the society.  He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the “Proceedings of the Zoological Society, Calcutta” for a long time. He was General Secretary of the Indian Science Congress Association for the year 1998-2000.  He was elected as the Sectional President (Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries) of Indian Science Congress Association for the year 1985-86.  UGC honoured him by awarding Sir J. C. Bose National Award for research in Life Science in the year 1984 and many others. From 1965 to 2000 he held positions at the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, as Lecturer (1965-1974), Reader (1974-78), and ultimately retired as Professor (1978-2001). He was also the head of the department of Zoology for 1983-84.


Amiya Kumar Bhowmick (b.01.11.1935 : d.26.05.1989)

A distinguished teacher, writer and social worker, educated in Calcutta and passed M.Sc. with Entomology as special paper from the University of Calcutta. He joined Barisha Vevekananda College as a Lecturer and was an immediate hit with the students.  He was a natural teacher.  Deep knowledge of his subject, friendly and encouraging attitude, keen interest in sports and outdoor activities soon made him popular amongst the students.  The smiling face of Prof. Bhowmick surrounded by his students was a common sight in and out of class rooms. He was a tireless worker, starting practically from nothing, he panistakingly built up the Zoology department of his College by his individual effort. As a teacher, he felt the need of proper text books of life science in vernacular and wrote quite a few of them. He was in favour of retaining some scientific terms unchanged in Bengali texts because those terms are very similar to their Indian versions in sound and meaning. This original idea was highly appreciated by some well known scholars in the field.  He was very fluent in Sanskrit which earned him wide reputation.


Sudev Bhusan Ghosh (b.14.11.1914; d. 25.12.2000)

Passed Matriculation Examination from Bangabasi School, I.Sc. from Bangabasi College and B.Sc. with Zoology from Science College, University of Calcutta. After passing M.Sc. in 1938 he was appointed as a lecturer-cum-demonstrator in Science College in 1939 for one year. He joined Bangabasi College as lecturer in Biological Sciences in  1942.  In 1947 he persuaded University of Calcutta to introduce Zoology as a subject in the graduation level and Bangabasi College was the first college to introduce Zoology as a subject in the B.Sc. curriculum.  In 1955 under his leadership Bangabasi College became the first private college to offer Honours course in Zoology.  In 1961 he became the Vice-Principal of the college and thereafter, its Principal in 1972.  He retired in 1979.  He also taught in Belur RKM Vidyamandir where he helped in establishing the Science faculty and also in Narasingha Dutta College. He established many colleges among which are Satkhira Inter College (now in Bangladesh), Harimohan Ghosh College, Sunderban Mahavidyalay, Pathankhali College, Sushil Kar College, Dakshin Barasat College, Puras Kanpur Haridas Nandy Mahavidyalay, Mrinalini Dutta Mahavidyapith and Sree Chitanya College of which he was the founder Secretary.  He was also instrumental in establishing many schools particularly in the Sundarbans.  He was the key man to introduce Life Science as a full paper of 100 marks in the Secondary syllabus.  He was a member of the Senate and the Academic Council and acted for a long time as the Chairman, Board of Studies in Zoology of University of Calcutta.  He was also a member of the Science and the Agriculture faculties of the University.  He was attached to Kalyani University, Vidyasagar University, Burdwan University, North Bengal University and Visva-Bharati in different capacities.  He had also been a member of WBHSC and an adviser in the state PSC.  He was elected the President of Calcutta University Institute and was also an executive member of the Rabindra Bharati Society.  He also acted as a treasurer of WBCUTA .  He worked on  some protozoan parasites of the grasshopper under Prof. M. M. Chakravarty just after passing out but could not continue.  Never the less, he has always been enthusiastic about different research works and had established  Bangabasi College in 1952, the Acharya Giris Chandra Jib Vigyan Parisad and G.C. Bose Memorial Research Unit from where different renowned workers have published papers of repute as well as completed doctoral thesis.


Rabin Kumar Sur (b. 20.1.1947 : d. 8.1.1992)

Born in Liluah, Howrah.  In his school life he suffered from kidney problem which affected his school level studies. He was a student of Bangabasi College and passed B.Sc. from University of Calcutta in 1970 and stood first class first in M.Sc. in Zoology from the University in 1972. He started his research work on embryonic development of Heteropneustes fossilis under the guidance of Prof. K.C. Ghose and received his Ph.D. in 1979 from University of Calcutta and joined as lecturer in the Department of Zoology in 1980. Dr. Sur mainly worked on digestive physiology and anatomy of fishes, molluscs, crab, and other invertebrates.  His work on the role of chelidonium (homeopathy medicine) on damage repair of liver received wide applause. He attended two International Congress of Malacology in 1986 and 1988. He supervised some talented students for their Ph.D. work. In his short span of research he has published more than 40 scientific papers in reputed Indian and foreign journal.  Dr. R. K. Sur was a dedicated research worker in the field of animal physiology.
   Biswamoy Biswas Memorial Medal  (b. 02.6.1923 : d. 10.08.1994) : This commemoration award is introduced with the donation of Dr. Birendra Nath Bhattacharyya, former Head, Dept. of Zoology, Bangabasi College and Dr. Kamalesh Kumar Misra, former Head, Dept. of Zoology, Rishi Bankim Chandra College, Naihati in the year 2010.
Dr. Biswamoy Biswas was a renowned Ornithologist, who was widely acclaimed throughout the world. He was a brilliant alumnus of Calcutta University wherefrom he obtained his M. Sc. degree in Zoology and won Gold Medal. He studied at the “British Museum” in London and with Erwin Streseman in ‘Berlin Zoological Museum’. He also worked at the ‘American Museum of Natural History’ under the guidance of Ernst Mayr.
He received his Ph.D. in 1952 from the Calcutta University. A born naturalist and conservationist, Dr. Biswas spent much of his time on the field. He was part of the ‘Daily Mail Expedition’, sent to look for the Yeti around Mount Everest in 1954. In 1963, he was elected as ‘Corresponding Fellow of the American Ornithologists’. He won Chapman Grants from the American Ornithologists’ Union in 1965, 1966 and 1970 for research at the British Museum. He adopted the modern Genus concept and published in 1953, a ‘Check list of Genera of Indian Birds’ – the basis of all future taxonomic papers for the subcontinent. He also published a number of good articles on avian anatomy and mammalian taxonomy of greater importance. He wrote the fundamental 12-part ‘The Birds of Nepal’ (1960 – 1967), and jointly with Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley, ‘The  Birds  of Bhutan’ (1995). He was Joint Director of Zoological Survey of India till his retirement in1981 and the Emeritus Scientist until 1986. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings of the Zoological Society, Calcutta for a long period.

 


Manju Biswas Award of Excellence :  

Manju Biswas, wife of Dr. K. P. Biswas, born in 1940, has actively encouraged Dr. Biswas to write several books in English and Bengali on fish and fisheries, environment and marine sciences.  She was the instrument of higher education of Dr. Biswas and encouraged him to adopt academic persuits. As a token of appreciation, Dr. K. P. Biswas, M.Sc.,Ph.D.,D.F.Sc.(Bom) sponsored “Manju Biswas Award of Excellence” for post-graduate students under the University of Calcutta, with special papers in diversified fields to be instituted by the Zoological Society, Kolkata. The medal will be awarded every year to the student with outstanding contribution in special paper at the Annual General Meeting of the Zoological Society, Kolkata.

REGULATIONS FOR MEMORIAL LECTURES, AWARD OF DIFFERENT MEDALS & CITATIONS


M. M. Chakravarty Memorial Medal :

All Members and Fellows of the Zoological Society are eligible. The candidate must not be more than 35 years of age, on the last day of March of the year for which the award is due. Maximum three published original contributions in Protozoology/ Parasitology during the last three years prior to date of submission (on or before 31st December) will be accepted. The authorship must be single or senior authorship in joint papers. Four copies of synopsis of the contributions made should be submitted along with the published papers to reach the Hony. General Secretary of the Society on or before the last day of March of the year concern. The candidate desirous of contesting the award shall fill in a prescribed proforma obtainable from the Society’s office on request and shall forward the same along with publications. The paper will be examined by the adjudicators. The successful candidate will be given a medal and certificate at the Annual General Meeting.


M. M. Chakravorty Commemoration Lecture :

Every alternate year an eminent Parasitologist is invited to deliver a lecture. The name of the scientist is selected by the Executive body. A memento is also given at the time of lecture.


D. N. Ganguly Memorial Lecture & H. K. Mookerjee Memorial Lecture :

D. N. Ganguly Memorial Lecture and H. K. Mukherjee Memorial Lecture are arranged every alternate year in Collaboration with D. N. Ganguly Academy of Biosphere. H. K. Mookerjee Memorial Lecture is preferably on Fish and Fisheries and D. N. Ganguly Memorial Lecture on Ecology, Environmental Science, Wild Life etc. The executive body will decide the name of the Scientists who will give this lecture.


D. N. Ganguly Memorial Medal :

The medal is awarded every year at the Annual General Meeting of the Society. The candidates competing for the award should be a M.Sc. final year student in Zoology of the post-graduate course. The candidates should submit essay on the selected topic of Zoology to be decided by the Executive Committee.

Selection Procedure : The candidate desirous of contesting the award shall fill in a prescribed form available from the office of the Society on request and shall forward the same with four (4) copies of typed essay (2000 words) which should reach the Hony. General Secretary on or before the 31st March each year. The essay will be sent to two different adjudicators selected by the Executive Committee. The candidates would present a seminar lecture on the selected topic before a board of adjudicators. The successful candidate is presented a medal and a certificate.


D. N. Raychaudhuri Memorial Medal :

The medal is awarded every year at the Annual General Meeting of the Society to the student who will secure highest mark in Entomology special paper of M.Sc. (Zoology) examination of Calcutta University of that year. The candidate is presented a medal and a certificate.


S. P. Raychaudhuri Memorial Medal :

This medal is given to the young talented scientist below 35 years of age on the basis of their original contribution in the field of any branch of Animal Sciences through poster presentation in a seminar. The contestant will have to fill up the proforma within last date of March each year available in the office of the Society. A medal and certificate is awarded in the Annual General Meeting.


K. C. Ghose Memorial Medal :

The highest scorer in M.Sc. Final examination in Zoology from the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta will receive this award each year in the Annual General Meeting with a medal and certificate.


S. P. Basu Memorial Medal :

The medal is awarded every year at the Annual General Meeting of the Zoological Society, Kolkata for outstanding contribution in the  following branches.

(a) Ichthyology, including original researches on pure and applied aspects.

(b) General Zoology, including original researches on aspects of Zoology except those mentioned                       in (a). Award in each branch is made in alternate years.


Eligibility :

All members and fellows of the Zoological Society, Kolkata and Indian Nationals are eligible. No candidate shall be eligible for the award more than once. The candidate must not be more than 35 years of age on the last day of March of the year for which the award is due. Only unpublished original work on a particular aspect done during last three years prior to the date of its submission and not submitted or accepted previously for any degree, diploma, studentship and / or any other purpose, will be considered for the award.
                                                                                                                 Selection Procedure :
Four copies of typed research contribution, which the candidate desires to submit for the award, should reach the Hony. General Secretary of the Society on or before the last day of March each year (The candidate need not submit more than one copy of illustrations and / or graphs). After adjudication by experts, the successful candidate is awarded a medal and certificate in the Annual General Meeting.


A. S. Mukherjee Award  of Excellence in Genetics :

The post-graduate students of Genetics special paper of the Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta securing highest marks in M.Sc. Final Examination will be presented medal and certificate in the Annual General Meeting.


A. K. Bhowmick Memorial Medal :

The medal is awarded every year at the Annual General Meeting of the Society to the student who secures highest mark in B.Sc. Zoology Honours Examination from the University of Calcutta. The name is obtained from the Controller of Examinations, University of Calcutta.


Sudev Bhusan Ghosh Young Scientist Award :

Annually the award is given to the young talented scientists within the age limit of 35 years on 1st January of the awarding year on the basis of their original contribution in the field of any branch of Animal Sciences. Any citizen of India shall be eligible for the award.

Selection Procedure :
Applicants should submit six copies of their Bio-data with a summary of research contribution in prescribed proforma (obtainable from the office of the Society). Duly filled in application form with relevant documents should reach to the office of the Secretary by 31st March of awarding year. Applications will be screened by a Committee to be constituted for the purpose. The selected candidates will be invited to present their research work in a Public Seminar for recommendation of the award.


R. K. Sur Memorial Medal :

The medal will be awarded every year at the Annual General Meeting of the Zoological Society, Kolkata. The awardee will be selected on all India basis. Any scholar not exceeding 35 years of age on the 31st March of the awarding year should submit 4 copies of unpublished original piece of research work with single authorship or first authorship, by the 31st March of respective year. The research paper awarded for the medal will preferably be published in the Proceeding of the Zoological Society.

Selection Procedure : Four copies of unpublished original work on a particular aspect on Zoological Research done during last three years should be submitted. The work submitted or accepted should not be previously submitted earlier for any degree, diploma, studentship and/or any other purpose. Certificate and Medal will be given to the best-selected young scientist.


Biswamoy Biswas Memorial Medal :

Any Indian National is eligible. No candidate shall be eligible for the award more than once. No age limit for Eminent Researcher on Vertebrate Zoology or Field Ornithology.

Selection Procedure
Maximum Best three published original contributions on Vertebrate Zoology or Field Ornithology prior to date of submission will be accepted. The authorship must be single or senior authorship in joint papers. Four copies of synopsis of the contributions made should be submitted along with the published papers.

Topic        :     Vertebrate Zoology or Field Ornithology.

Deadline   :     31st March each year.


Manju Biswas Award of Excellence :

The Post-graduate students for best seminar presentation amongst selected students with different special papers in different post-graduate units teaching Zoology under theUniversityofCalcutta.

Selection Procedure
Four copies of unpublished original project / review work on a particular aspect done during  post-graduate course of studies to be submitted. No work will be accepted which has been previously submitted for any degree, diploma, studentship and / or any other purpose.