Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College


Dr. Rahul Kumar Datta

General Information
Department Zoology
Designation Associate Professor
Qualification M.Sc.(Zoology), University of Calcutta (1997)
Ph.D.(Zoology), Vidyasagar University (2009)
Specialization Fisheries and Ecology

Teaching Experience

14 years of undergraduate and 10 years post graduate teaching experience.

Colleges Served

  • Bidhannagar College, Kolkata December 2001 to December 2008
  • ABN Seal College, Cooch Behar December 2008 to April2013
  • Bethune College, Kolkata April 2013 to till date


  • National Scholarship -1990 (for Madhyamik Pariksha), 1995 (for B.Sc. Honours)
  • Shoroshibala Chaudhuri Memorial Scholarship for B.Sc. Honours in Zoology, 1995


Ongoing Project

  • Study of fish diversity of Cooch Behar and its surrounding- MRP, sponsored by UGC.

Presented papers and attended/acted as coordinator/convener at several seminars and workshops

  • Presented poster in Biodiversity: Exploration, Exploitation, Conservation & Management-vision & mission- at Barasat Govt. College in collaboration with the Zoological Society, Kolkata (19.11.2016-20.11.2016):
  • Presented poster at Recent Advances in Life Science in the light of Chemistry at Bethune College in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry (9.11.2016) :
  • Values of Field studies in building Biodiversity Perception: Teaching beyond classroom, State level Seminar, Dept. of Zoology, Chandernagore College, Hooghly (September, 2014)
  • Recent Advances in Animal Research, Lecture workshop of Science Academy, Dept. of Zoology, Bethune college, Kolkata (September, 2013)
  • Biodiversity & sustainability vis-a-vis Economic development in the Northern parts of West Bengal, National Seminar, Dept. of Botany, Raiganj Surendranath Mahavidyalaya, Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur (August, 2012)
  • Trends in biodiversity & bioresource management, State level Seminar, Dept. of Zoology, ABN Seal College, Coochbehar (November, 2010)
  • Regional workshop on Bioinformatics, Workshop, Dept. of Zoology, ABN Seal College, Coochbehar (March, 2010)
  • Science Since Linnaeus, National Seminar, Bidhannagar college, Kolkata (March 2008)

Supervised PG Reviews/Dissertations in the colleges served.


Published research papers and reviews

  • Datta R.K. (2016) Evolution of Innate Immune system from invertebrates to vertebrates. Evolution of Innate Immune system from invertebrates to vertebrates Evolution of Innate Immune system from invertebrates to vertebrates
  • Datta, R.K. 2015. Fish diversity around Cooch Behar: A brief account.
    Heritage. Vol. 2. 138-140 [ISSN 2349-9583]
  • Datta, R.K., Saha, S., Das, K. and Banerjee, A. 2014. An observation of different
    Physico-chemical parameter of water and some avifauna at Rasik Bill, Cooch
    Behar. Heritage. Vol. 1. 95-98 [ISSN 2349-9583]
  • Datta, R.K., Mukherjee, A., Saha, S. and Chatterjee, A. 2013. Histological study of
    gut structure in herbivorous and omnivorous fish. Indian journal of social &
    natural science, Vol. 2(1) : 61-68 [ISSN 2277-6177]
  • Datta, R.K., Majumdar, M., Das, A., Mitra, E., Chakraborty, S. and Das, K. 2011. A
    study on diversity of fishes from different water bodies around Cooch Behar.
    BN Seal J.Sci. Vol 4. 46-49 [ISSN 0975-5624]
  • Chakraborty, R., Dey, D., Pal, D., Adhikary, P., Pande, P., Datta, R.K., Biswas, R. and
    Majumdar, M. 2010. A Review on Aquatic Macrophytes and its effects on Fish in
    Wetlands of West Bengal, India. BN Seal J.Sci. Vol 3. 71-79 [ISSN 0975-5624]
  • Biswas, R., Sarkar, A., Sarkar, S., Datta, R.K. and Jha, P. 2010. Aquatic
    macrophytes of Cooch Behar's Reservoirs. Trends in Biosciences 3(1): 86-87
    [ISSN: 0974-8431 (Print) 0976- 2485 (Online)]
  • Mukherjee, A., Datta, R. K., Sharma, M., Sengupta, M., Das, P., Chatterjee, R., Sikdar, S.,
    Biswas, T. and Mandal D.R. 2009. Zooplankton diversity of selected sewage fed & fresh
    water Fishery ponds in East Kolkata wetland. Recent Advances in Animal Science
    Research. Vol V. 626 [ISBN 81-88094-19-9]
  • Datta, R.K., Sengupta, M., Das, P., Sikdar, S., Kundu, I. Mandal, D. and Chatterjee,
    R.2009. A Study on Community Composition and Species Diversity of Gastropods of
    Sewage Fed & Fresh Water Fishery ponds (bheri) around Kolkata. Recent Advances
    in Animal Science Research. Vol V. 627 [ISBN 81-88094-19-9]
  • Datta, R.K., Sengupta, M., Das, P., Patra, B. and Mandal, D.R., 2008. A simple device for sampling of Benthic fauna in shallow water body: Zoological Research in Human Welfare (49) : 467-472
  • Datta, R.K. and Mandal, D.R., 2004. Global warming, climate change and aftermath-
    Procedings: Impact of Civilization on Environment. Published by Jhargram Raj
    College, Jhargram, Paschim Medinipur. 86-88


  • 1 Bengali Text book for class IX


  • Editor (Joint): Heritage (Volume 2, 2015)
  • Editor (Joint): Heritage (Volume 1, 2014)
  • Editor: BN Seal Journal of Science (Volume 4, 2011)
  • Member of the editorial board: BN Seal Journal of Science (Volume 3, 2010)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • H.O. D. Zoology, ABN seal College, 2009(March)-2011(September)
  • H.O. D. Zoology, Bethune College, 2013(May)-2013(September)

Academic Membership

  • Life Member - The Zoological Society, Kolkata [35, B.C. Road, Kolkata- 700 019]
  • Life Member - Indian Science News Association [92, A.P.C. Roy Rd., Kolkata-700 009]

Other Experience

Invited speaker at 5 days Training on Intensive Aquaculture & Hatchery Management under NFDB for year 2011-12 (Duration of Training 3.9.12-7.9.12) under Govt. of West Bengal at Meen Bhavan Training Hall, Cooch Behar. Topic - food, feeding habit & Induced breeding of Indigenous Species of North Bengal. Dated 06.09.2012