The Department of Botany, which came into existence in the year 1989, has developed strong research programmes in the fields of stress physiology, structural & developmental botany, environmental botany, systematics, medicobotany, plant biotechnology and molecular biology. The first registration for Ph.D. was done in 1991. The post-graduate teaching programme started in 1994 leading to the award of M.Sc. degree. The first Ph.D. degree in Botany was awarded in 1995 and the first batch of students got M.Sc. degrees in 1996. So far 22 batches have successfully passed out from this department. A Post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment is also run by the department through distance mode of learning.
During the last 27 years as many as 95 students have been the recipients of Ph.D. degree. Alumni of the department have distinguished as teachers and scientists occupying important position in Indian universities, research institutions, colleges and non-governmental organizations. The department has been acknowledged for its excellence and creativity by various agencies of National/ International repute.
Thrust areas of research
- Plant response to heavy metal and environmental stresses
- Characterization of medicinal plants
- Ethnobotany and plant systematic
- Meristematic behavior and radial growth in plants
- Tissue culture studies for alkaloid production, clonal multiplication and preservation of endangered species
- In vitro embryogenesis, gene expression; in vitro mutagenesis and crop improvement; chromosomal, molecular and proteomic analysis of variant/tissues, enhancement of secondary metabolites using biotic and abiotic elicitation; cryopreservation of important tissue/cell lines.
- Development of nanosensors for measurement of in vivo flux of metabolites
- Development of diagnostics for the detection of plant viruses.
The Department has well equipped laboratories for research. The available equipments include Growth chambers, BOD incubators, Refrigerated microfuges, Laminar air flow, Shakers, Environmental shaker incubator, Double beam spectrophotometer, PCR, High speed cold centrifuge, Deep freezer (-20, -80,), IRGA (Photosynthesis System), Leaf area meters, Flame photometer, Sliding and rotary microtomes, Gel documentation system and Nikon Phase contrast microscope with photographic attachment, Weather station attached with gas monitoring sensors, Spectrophotometers, Chlorophyll Fluorometer, Plant Canopy Analyzer, Rotavapor, Sound level meter, Gas & dust analysing system and Inverted fluorescent microscope. A modest Green House and an environmentally controlled Glass House is also available.
Twenty three research projects from different funding agencies are successfully completed / going on in the department. The department has received substantial funding from DST and UGC under DS-FIST, UGC-SAP (DRS-I) programmes.