Department of Physiology Brief History
The subject of Human Physiology has always been considered as a subject of great promise and potential to scientists and research workers of various disciplines all over the world for more than 200 years now. The Department of Physiology, Dr. Kanailal Bhattacharyya College started its humble beginning in 2008 when University of Calcutta, to which the college is affiliated, permitted the teaching of Bioscience General Course with Physiology, Zoology and Botany as combination subjects. In its initial years the intake capacity of the Department was restricted to only fifteen a year. The Department was established in the newly built ‘Science Block’ with one spacious laboratory. By this time one part- time teacher and one part- time laboratory attendant was recruited by college for the first-year students. By April, 2010 one Assistant Professor (full time) joined against the sanctioned teaching post via College Service Commission. The Department started teaching Physiology in the Honours level from 2012. At present the Department can enroll 18 students in Honours level and 40 students in General Course with affiliation from parent University. Currently the Department has one full-time teacher (FTT) and one state-aided college teacher (SACT) as faculty. Two more visiting faculties take classes on a regular basis. The Department follows Calcutta University syllabus for both Honours and General degree course in Physiology and offer a comprehensive study of human physiology, biochemistry, immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, environmental physiology, biophysics, chronobiology, pharmacology, instrumentation, sports physiology, ergonomics, nutrition and biostatistics through direct class room teaching and by using other modalities like student seminars, group projects, field- surveys, Web based seminars etc.
Currently the Department has three well-equipped laboratories with instruments like microscopes, centrifuge, spectro-colorimeter, chromatography, digital balance, pH-meter, etc. to meet the academic demands of the students. The Department has a small ‘Departmental library’ and a net-enabled computer for student’s use. The Department has organized an International seminar in 2010. The Department has successfully organized its first International Webinar in 2020. The Department has continued to promote different extra-curricular activities among its students. Students put up wall magazine ‘SOUL” at regular interval. The Department has successfully organized its first ever Online Quiz on ‘Covid 19 awareness’ in 2020. Students and teachers of this Department have participated in various ‘extension cum outreach program’ organized by college in past years.
Physiology as a basic science continues to find its relevance among scientific communities, researchers, educationists and clinicians all over the world. It continues to play a pivotal role in improving the quality of life with its multi-faceted approach starting from better understanding of various diseases, their diagnosis and treatment to the enhancement of efficacy of arm forces working in adverse climatic conditions of Siachen glacier. The Department will continue its endeavour to promote the study of this discipline of modern science among its students and to inspire them to take research and development in this field to a greater height for the benefit of human society.