Gauhati University (www.gauhati.ac.in), the host institute, is located in Jalukbari area of Guwahati, Assam. It is the oldest and one of the most renowned universities in Northeast India. It was established in 1948. The institute is accredited with grade "A" by National Assessment and Accreditation Council. At present, there are 41 Post Graduate Departments, besides IDOL (Institute of Distance and Open Learning) and a constituent Law College. It has 341 affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post graduate courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law and Engineering. This university is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The University has impressive academic infrastructure such as well-equipped laboratories, central and departmental libraries and computer facilities.
Department of Zoology, Gauhati University
The Department of Zoology of Gauhati University was first established in 1963. It is one of the oldest and largest departments in the Gauhati University, Assam, India. It has contributed immensely for the development of Zoological studies in the North Eastern Region of India. This Department is recognized by the NAAC peer team as one of the best science departments of the University in 2010. This department has became a centre of research most closely in touch and sympathetic with the rich biodiversity, culture and tradition of this region. This department has been among the top university department in terms of Teaching & Research. The department has a clear vision, excellent staffs, researchers and good relations with the sister department of its affiliated colleges. This Department has been selected as FIST sponsored Department under DST (Govt. of India), Ministry of Science & Technology for building up the infrastructure for postgraduate teaching and research.
The department of Zoology of the university first initiated study on primate distribution in the year 1984. However, a major initiative was undertaken to conduct extensive survey and long-term studies on different species of non-human primates since 1994. Till date, several doctoral studies on non-human primates were conducted to its credit by this university. Presently, this department is taking a lead role on the research activity on primates and biodiversity in Northeast India.