Acharya Prafulla Chandra College (APC College)

Acharya Prafulla Chandra College

Govt. Sponsored | NAAC Accredited A Grade College with CGPA 3.23

Affiliated to West Bengal State University

Acharya Prafulla Chandra College (APC College)

Dr. Sutapa Biswas


Contact Details :

Associate Professor
Department of Zoology
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Acharya Prafulla Chandra College, New Barrackpore, Kolkata-700131 West Bengal, India

Educational Qualifications :

  • Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi awarded in the year 2000.Title of Ph.D. the thesis: Visual Memory Function of the Giant Asian Honeybee, Apis dorsata.
  • M.Sc.(1993) in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • B.Sc. (1991) in Zoology from University of Calcutta (Presidency College).
  • Has cleared National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) conducted by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1993.
  • Has cleared Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) in 1993
  • Received JNU-UGC fellowship for five years for Pursuing Ph.D. in School of Life Sciences, J.N.U, New Delhi in 1993.
  • Awarded scholarship by Austrian Government (Austrian Development Cooperation Scheme for research on behaviour of honeybees between May.1996
  • AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS: Received National Scholarship awarded by Govt. of West Bengal on the basis of Secondary Examination results in 1986.

Present Employment :

Asst. Professor, Department of Zoology, A. P. C. College, New Barrackpore, N 24 Pgs, West Bengal, INDIA Since 2000

Teaching Experience:

Under graduate course in Zoology (Honours) since 2000. Courses Covered- Animal Behaviour, Ecology, Conservation, Biology and Animal Physiology

Area Of Research :

Ethology and ecology

Work Presented :

  • Poster presentation in First FIPS Congress, 1995, held in N. Delhi. The topic was "Some Aspects of Learning and Memory in the Giant Asian Honeybee, Apis dorsata".
  • Poster presentation in International Symposium on Trends in Life Sciences,1997, held in N. Delhi. The topic was "Defensive Behaviour And Nasonov Scenting in Apis dorsata".
  • Included “ Colony alarming behaviour in Asian Giant honeybee, Apis dorsata, (1997) SozialeInsekten, IUSSI-Tagung Graz 1997, ed. K. Crailshem and A. Stabentheiner, p 48, ISBN 3- 901864-00-8.
  • Included “Temporal and spatial patterns of defence waving in the Giant Honeybee, Apisdorsata”; SozialeInsekten, IUSSI-Tagung Graz 1997,ed.K. Crailsheim& A. Stabentheiner, p 47, ISBN 3-901864-00-8.
  • Included “Mechanisms in the cascadic alarming response of a Giant honeybee colony. (1998) Zoology, Analysis of Complex Systems 101, supplement I, 48
    Paper published in Ethology 104, 27-37 (1998) titled "Evidence of Nasonov Scenting in Colony Defence of the Giant Honeybee Apisdorsata" as a co-author.
  • Included “Alarming cascade in Giant honeybees (Apisdorsata)”. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioural Research (Groningen, The Netherlands, 18-21 August 1998). Ed by L.P.J.J. Noldus; p184. ISBN 90-74821-29-4
  • Included “The alarm cascade in the Giant honeybee colony”. Proceedings of the XIII International Congress of IUSSI, Adelaide, Australia, 1999. ed M.P. Schwarz and K. Hagendoorn. p.245
  • Included “Mechanisms of colony defense in Giant Honeybees”. Proceedings of the XIII International Congress of IUSSI, Adelaide, Australia. (1999) ed M.P. Schwarz and K. Hagendoorn. p.244
  • Paper presented in 10th State Science Congress, 2003, held in West Bengal. The topic was “Physical and chemical Characterisation of Nasonov gland”.
  • A short correspondence published in the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society titled “A prey-predator link between Therockbee Apisdorsata and the false vampire bat MegadermalyraGeoffroy based on their circadian rhythms: 104(3)(2007):23-24.
  • A short correspondence published in Current Science 92(9), 1199 (2007) titled “Is elephant tail hair osmetrichia?”
  • Paper presented in International conference on Biodiversity: Issues and concern, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Ant biodiversity and necrophoretic behaviour. (2007).
  • Paper published in Proc. Zool. Soc. 63(2), 87-91 (2010) titled "Necrophoresis in two Indian ant species, Camponotuscompressus (Fabricius) and Diacammavagans (Smith) (Insecta:Hymenoptera: Formicidae)" .
  • Paper published in Proc. Zool. Soc. 64(2), 23-28 (2011) titled A comparative account of behaviour pattern in two Indian ant species in captivity. Proc. Zool. Soc. 64(2), 23-28.
  • Paper presented in 36th Annual Conference and National Symposium On ‘Live Organisms and their expressions in the environment’ held In Kolkata on Non 26-28, 2012. The topic was “Aggressive and necrophoretic studies of Diacammavagans and some common ants


  • Worked in as a Ph.D. scholar in Neurobiology laboratory, School of Life Sciences, JNU, 1993-1999.
  • Worked in Neurophysiology laboratory, University of Graz, Austria, under the supervision of Dr. Gerald Kastberger from May 1996 to Feb.1997.
  • Worked in Animal Behaviour laboratory, Centre for Ecological Studies, I.I.Sc, Bangalore as Project Assistant, September 1999- Jan 2000

Minor Research Project :

  • Completed: Honeybees in threat: A comparative study of production of threat signal and its response in Apis dorsata and Apis cerana sponsored by UGC (No.F.PSW-044/00-01)
  • Completed: Behavioural studies (aggretion, Necrophoresis,food preference etc.) of certain ants of WB, sponsored by UGC(No.F.PSW-156/09-10)

Membership :

Life member, Ethological Society of India

Special Activity :

  • Evaluator of project Reports of the State Level Children Science Congress held on 30th Nov, 2001 and 30th Nov to Dec 1st, 2002.
  • Resource person for workshop on social insect on 12th to 14th May, 2003 organised by Development Research Communication and service Centre and delivered lecture on social life of honeybees available in India and there comparative studies. Also conducted practical observations on methods of research on social insect.
  • Resource person for study module on social insect on 3rd to 4th Nov, 2003

Extra-Curricular Activities :

  • Sangeet Bhushan in kathak dance (1981)
  • Participated in River-rafting programme organised by National Adventure Federation (1995).
  • Participated in Yoga Camp organised by Sports Club, JNU (1995).
  • Participated in intensive multi-media workshop (Drawing, Painting, Poster, Sculpture) organised by Lalit Kala Akademi, N. Delhi (1997).
  • Participated in Desert Trekking Program organised by Mountaineering Club, JNU (1997).
  • Organised a Popular Science Exhibition cum Seminar, 1-5th September, 2000 in A. P. C. College, New Barrackpore (2000).
  • Organised Seminar cum workshop on Back to Nature, 16-17th August, 2010 in A.P.C. College, New Barrackpore.
  • Organised UGC sponsored seminar on Faunal Diversity Assessment: Designing field studies on 9th September, 2011
  • Acted as Programme Officer NSS in 2002-04 Editor ‘Abahan’ a college teachers’ magazine 2001-2007.
  • Conduct Nature Club activities in A. P. C. College, New Barrackpore since 2013