Department of Wild Life Science (M. Sc.)
The landscape of Rajasthan has wide and colorful range of Wildlife and broadly varies from the infertile arid wilderness, dense scrub-thorn woods, rocks, and gorges to swamps and lush, very thick grassy woodlands. And each of these huge parts is a beautiful home for a big diversity of amazing endangered beasts and birdlife. Some of them are rare while some seriously scarce. The state houses tigers, black bucks, chital, sambhar, chinkara, nilgai, desert fox, the greatly threatened caracal, the great Indian bustard, the gavial, monitor lizard, wild boars and porcupine. Exotic travelling birds like common crane, ducks, coots, pelicans and the rare Siberian cranes, imperial sand grouse, falcons, buzzards herd to this land throughout the bitter chilly winter months. Rajasthan proudly lays claim to three National Parks, three Tiger Reserve, two dozen sanctuaries and two closed areas.

Kota is very rich in flora and fauna and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve is one of the prominent outcomes of the rich biodiversity notified by Govt. of India. Since the well-being of humanity, the environment and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depends upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And with the ticking of the clock, the degradation of the environment is going on. The situation and the happening of the environment, and the mother Earth requires the better understanding and effective mitigate steps. Being students of wildlife science they are able to understand the need and the urgency of the situation which can be better tackled in a more scientific approach.

So the growing need of scientific studies with public awareness in wildlife science has triggered University of Kota to initiate the PG degree course as self-financing scheme of Kota (Rajasthan) in the year 2010. The wildlife science program is a very rigorous program designed to provide the education and experience for being of wildlife professionals. The course is entirely taught by the Guest faculty and Extension lectures of specialized experts from India and Abroad are conducted to ensure the exposure of the students to the latest research and monitoring skills, techniques and software in their respective field. Students from all over India are undergoing the course. Department has students from Ladakh, Srinagar, Sikkim, Nepal, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. One student from California, USA is pursuing the course. The intricately structured course ensures the right amalgamation of theory and practical training, it instils in the young minds the spirit of scientific enquiry and acute sensitivity to environmental issues, conservation and also serve as a model for developing higher education elsewhere in the country.


Objectives
Wildlife science focuses on the biology and management of wild animals, including their ecology and conversation. As a wildlife scientist one will study native and the exotic birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in natural or created environments, their biodiversity and human-wildlife interactions. The major gives the ability to implement and evaluate wildlife management programs for captive and free-ranging wildlife.one will develop a strong scientific knowledge of wildlife anatomy and physiology, breeding, reproduction, nutrition, health, husbandry, ecology, welfare and behavior with excellent wildlife trapping, identification and handling skills, one can make a major contribution to the wildlife, game and vertebrate pest management industries in the country. With their study they can provide healthy habitat to the animals in the artificial environments.


Course Structure
The M.Sc. course in wildlife science is a two year full time curriculum having four semester since its inception. Each semester is structured into theory paper, assignments, field practical’s, tour journal and lab practical paper which will be evaluated during the semester. The first three semesters have three theory papers and two practical papers, each with one assignment topic based on any of the theory papers respectively, seminars based on such assignments will be organized during the respective semester and are compulsory. In addition, three semester will also have the tour journal assignment, field and laboratory practical. The assignment and practical exercise will be administered separately by expertise faculty. The fourth semester is a six month dissertation program (four month field / lab work and two months for data analysis and writing). There is an equal emphasis on providing theoretical understanding and developing practical skills. Classroom, lectures, assignments, group discussions and extended field visits are therefore given equal importance.

Course / Programme Offered Established in 2010

Name of course Duration No. of seats in take Eligibility Admission criteria Fees (Rs)
M.Sc.Wildlife Science 2 years
(4 Semesters)
20 Bachelor degree in Science/ Medical Science/ Engineering/ Veterinary Science/ Agriculture/ Forestry/ Pharmacy/ Computer Science/ Computer Applications or degree recognized as equivalent thereof should have studied in the Science stream at Higher Secondary or other equivalent board
Minimum aggregate marks in Bachelor’s degree recognized by UGC for unreserved category (UR/Gen) is 55%
SC/ST/OBC/SOBC: Minimum Pass Marks.
Other State: 60%
Merit basis Rs 18000/- per annum

Ph.D. Program/ Thrust Areas of Research
There are several universities including University of Kota that offer a Ph.D. program in the subject. Students may also apply for Junior Research Fellowship in Wildlife/Environment Science granted by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India for Ph.D. fellowships every year.

Thrust areas of Research:
  • Habitat and Population Ecology
  • Landscape level Planning and Management
  • Eco-development Planning and Participatory Management
  • Forensic and Pathology
  • Fishery and Agricultural
  • Rehabilitation, Reintroduction and Rescue

Events and activities
  • Workshop was organized on Population Ecology and Wildlife Forensics from May 2-11, 2016. The workshop was inaugurated by Hon’ble Vice Chancelor, Prof P. K. Dashora, Dr. Sandeep Singh Chouhan, Registrar and Prof. Ashu Rani, Dean PG Studies. Expert Speakers were Mr. Sunny Shah, WWF-India, Ms. Sailja Nayak, WWF-India, Dr. S. P. Mehra and Dr. Sarita Mehra, Rajputana Society.
  • Mr. RiteshViswakarma, Mr. Vijay Babu, Ms Agatha Momin and MsShikhaJasrotia were selected as the active volunteers, it was a three days training programme for WCCB volunteers from 16th to 18th February 2016, at New Delhi, organizedby Ministry of Environment and Forest Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, New Delhi. 
  • The report “Beyond the realms of Ranthambore” was inaugurated by Mrs. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan. The report was published by WWF India, New Delhi. They have acknowledge the work being done by the students of M.Sc Wildlife Science, University of Kota in Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve, Kota. 
  • Students worked at Mukundra Hills National Park Kota Rajasthan on 04 Oct. 2015 for the study of medicinal plant identification and use in Wildlife under the expertise guidance of Dr. S.N. Shringi.
  • Training Program was organised from Oct 5-17, 2016 on” GIS and Remote Sensing” under the expert Mr. Jatin Pandya, California, USA.
  • Students worked at Mukundra Hills National Park, Kota, Rajasthan on 13 Oct. 2015 for the study of GPS data collection under the expertise guidance of Mr. Jatin Pandya, California, USA.
  • Students worked at Sitamata Sanctuary, Pratapgarh, Rajasthan on 21 and 22 Oct. 2015 for study of vegetation and animal sign survey under the expertise guidance of Dr. Fatima Sultana, Dr. Satish Sharma (ACF Udaipur), Dr.Udairam (DFO) and Mr. Devendra.
  • Students worked at Mukundra Hills National Park, Kota, Rajasthan from 19th Nov to 22nd Nov 2015 for Socio-economic survey of villages (Girdharpura, Damodarpura, Roopura, Kolipura, Dara goan&Mashalpura) under the expertise guidance of Ms. ShailjaNayak Scientist WWF, India


Placements
  • Mr. GovardhanParashar, got placed as Veterinary Assistant Onley, Central Government Veterinary Hospital,Dadrs& Nagar Haveli, Silvassa.
  • Mr. Hemant Bajpai, got placed as Research Biologist, Vulture Safe Zone Program, BHNS, Bundelkhand,Damoh, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Mr. Rudrarishi Sharma got placement as Project Officer in TSA (Turtle Survival Alliance) and is posted in Itawa, Uttar Pradesh.

COURSE CO-ORDINATOR
Dr. Fatima SultanaDr. Fatima Sultana
Course Co-ordinator

Email ID :
drfatimaehh2009@gmail.com,
fatima_s@uok.ac.in

Contact No.
09413405786
Dr. Fatima Sultana the course co-ordinator of the course has an experience of more than 28 years in teaching zoology/wildlife science to UG and PG students. She is currently working as Associate Professor in J.D.B Govt. P.G Girl’s College Kota and a keen wildlife enthusiast. She is very knowledgeable about the biodiversity of Rajasthan especially Hadoti Region. Her doctoral thesis was on the study of the faunal diversity of Darrah sanctuary. She has completed major project sanctioned by UGC on “Ecology and Biodiversity of sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) inhabiting Darrah sanctuary”. She has organized National Conference on Environmental Health Hazards-2009.she has also organized more than 20 Entrepreneurship Workshops/ Seminars sponsored by DST and Wildlife Division, Kota. Dr.Sultana’s research study on sloth bears of Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary is a very valuable contribution of to the conservation of sloth bear in dry deciduous forest region of the state. Dr.Sultana worked in tandem with wildlife division of Kota and provided valuable inputs for preparation of Critical Tiger Habitat report. The CTH report was key document on the basis of which Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve was declared. She has undertaken lot of studies on National Chambal Sanctuary and her studies contributed immensely in strengthening the Management of Sanctuary falling in Rajasthan. The sanctuaryis important as it inhabits the most viable breeding population of critically endangered Gharial (Ghavialis gangeticus) and some globally threatened faunal species. She was awarded for her Excellency in the field of Environment and Wildlife conservation by Govt. of Rajasthan on 15th August, 2009. She is the member of many Advisory Committees of Forest and life Division, Kota, Rajasthan. “Van Vistarak” award was bestowed by Forest department, Kota for her contribution in conservation of trees. Dr. Sultana is an expert member of IUCN, Sloth bear specialist of International Bear Association, USA.
Foreign Visits
  • Dr. Fatima Sultana, had chaired a session: Bear Activity and Bear Immobilization at the 23rd International Conference on Bear Research and Management (IBA-2014), held from 5th to 11th of Oct, 2014 at Thessaloniki, Greece. She has  presented a Research Paper entitled – “Occupancy and Habitat Use of Sloth Bear (Melursesursinus) in Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, India”,
  • She has attended the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress at Sapporo, Japan from 26th to 30th July, 2015 to present a Research Paper entitled “Biodiversity Assessment of factors affecting the Management of Wetland Riverine System of National ChambalSanctuary in Rajasthan, India”. She has chaired a session on Wildlife Habitat Management on 27th July in Japan.