Ravindra Waikar, Minister of state for higher and technical education launched the first ever textbook for the first year students, made entirely by the faculty members and students of Zoology department of Mumbai University on 30th June 2015. At Phirozeshah Mehta auditorium at the Kalina campus of the university, the textbook was released in the presence of famous water conservationist and Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh. From the academic year 2015-16, the textbook would form the syllabus for Zoology students.
According to Dr Vinayak Dalvie, Chairman board of studies for zoology at Mumbai University, this initiative is first of its kind and the need of the hour was to prepare new quality study material and hence the faculty & students combined together and prepared zoology textbook.
Other departments of the University would follow this procedure for reasons as good revenue can be generated by this process and books can be provided to students at affordable rate. Uniform syllabus and study material for all regions could benefit both students from rural and urban areas. All these were taken into consideration in designing the textbook.
Payal Shah, student member of syllabus committee of zoology said that the unique feature of this textbook is that the book has been prepared by keeping in mind the job prospects of Zoology students. So topics included in the book are mainly industry oriented.
As a result, the zoology students can now have wider options in getting jobs as the students now can get job in the industry apart from teaching jobs or in the research activities.
Since the textbook is industry based, the zoology students would get familiarized with the equipments used in the industries and it is a major area where zoology students in the industries work. Textbook would make the subject advanced and uniform across the colleges.
Subjects such as instrumentation, health, nutrition etc have been included in the syllabus based on the suggestions given by the students. Combination of 21 faculty members along with 6 students including previous years rank holders as well as present batch under-graduate students designed this new syllabus for the benefit of students. More than 127 professors of zoology along with hundreds of students reviewed the contents of the textbook before it got published by the press.