The Department of Botany was separated from the erstwhile Department of Biosciences and established as a new and independent department in the year 2009. In its 11 years of journey, the department has emerged out to be one of the most popular departments under the Faculty of Life Sciences. Today the department runs both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Botany where the admission is highly competitive. The department has 06 well-experienced faculty members and boasts of its excellent infrastructure, research facilities and a herbal garden to assist in the identification and conservation of important aromatic and medicinal plants. However, some of the most useful learning experiences are derived from the dissertation, which was integrated with the curriculum in 2011. To provide flexibility in the curriculum, the department implemented the Choice Based Credit System for M.Sc. Botany in 2013. The department works with the following Vision and Mission:
The department rums two programs: M.Sc. (Botany) with an annual intake of 40 students and Ph.D. (Botany). Engaging field visits, practical based learning, research paper writing, organization and participation in various seminars/conferences and a host of other co-curricular activities complement the regular academics.
Thrust areas of research
Plant Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Stress Physiology and Ethnobotany
Since the department started in 2009, it has significantly developed its resources to assist students in their academic journey. Science and Technology infrastructure was remarkably strengthened by a generous grant of Rs 40.50 lakhs from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India grant under its "Fund for Improvement of Science & Technology Infrastructure (FIST)" scheme (No. SR/FST/LS1-529/2012(C)) (http://www.fist-dst.org/). Apart from this an amount worth Rs. 1.20 crores has till now been procured in the form of research projects from various funding agencies such as DST, HSCSIT and UGC, which proved vital in sustaining the research activities of the department and establishing laboratories of the individual faculty members. Three of the faculty members received Raman fellowship from UGC in the year 2014 and acquired postdoctoral research experience from some of the best Universities in the USA. Improvement in the research output is a continuous endeavour of the department. The strength of Ph.D. students has grown from 5 to 33 (19 JRF and 10 URS holders) since the inception of the department. So far, 18 students have received their Ph.D. degree from the department out of which one was awarded the ‘Silver medal’ for the best thesis in the University and one more was given an appreciation certificate for the impressive work in Ph.D. Given the recent disruptions in academic activities due to Covid-19, the department is working to adopt and adapt to the online modes of teaching and learning.