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. Surabhi ShrivastavaDr. Surabhi Shrivastava
Course Co-ordinator

Email ID :
surabhi.shrivastava11@gmail.com,
lifewild119@gmail.com

Contact No.
9462707731, 9829007731
Dr. Surabhi Shrivastava the course coordinator of Wildlife Science has the experience of more than 37 years in teaching the subjects Zoology, Wildlife Science, Toxicology, Biotechnology in UG and PG classes in Government Higher Education Services Rajasthan. She is a Gold medalist in M.Sc Zoology from University of Rajasthan Jaipur. She is keen enthusiast in the field of Zoology, Agriculture, Toxicology and Wildlife . She has been participating in Wildlife activities during Wildlife week ( 1 to 7 October) every year for last 23 years has received about 10 appreciation certificates and trophies .Six candidates have been awarded Ph.D Degrees in Zoology under her supervision and Three candidates have been awarded M.Phil. degrees. Five research scholars are registered under her supervision for Ph.D. She has published around 55 research papers in national and International journals and presented about 20 research papers and 14 posters in national and International seminars and conferences. She has successfully completed six minor and one major projects sanctioned by UGC and DST. She has written 9 chapters of Toxicology in M.Sc Zoology text book of VMO University Kota .The department of Wildlife Science under her coordinatorship successfully organized two, one week Workshops (one in October 2016 and second in April 2017).The students of department of wildlife Science participated in many field Trips to KNP Bhartpur, Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary Pratapgarh, Sariska Tiger Reserve Alwar, Ummedgang Pakshi Vihar Kota, Bandha Dharmpura , Sorsan Blackbuck PA, Geparnath Vulture PA, Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve, Kolipura and Sheljar etc. from time to time under her supervision and with faculty members. The students regularly participate as volunteers in animal and bird census programs from time to time.