Department of Botany

Department of Botany

The Department traces its origin back to 1995, where it supported the requirement of the Biology Department. It elevated itself to offer B. Sc. (Hons.) Botany since the year 2017. Botany is the branch of biology which deals with the scientific study of plants. The emphasis of the UG program at present is to give comprehensive professional training in the field of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology. Botany is one of the preferred choices of study among science students in India. It focuses on an extensive plant study ranging from their structures, growth, uses, and processes of plant life- their evolution, aging, decaying, and death. The plants which range from the smallest bacterium to the largest Sequoia tree, provide food, clothing and shelter to mankind. Considering the current scenario, various factors like global climate change, population explosion, and urbanization, etc. are affecting the flora worldwide. Therefore, apart from an in-depth study of flora, a botanist is needed to explore all the possible ways to deal with issues related to agriculture, horticulture and the environment. The vision of the Department is to think big and achieve the same with the vision of the faculty and hard work of the students, as told by his highness Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India- “To explore and not to exploit the plant world”. The objectives of the Department are to bring forth disciplined, competent, spiritually and socially committed, morally upright students through quality education and research. The department trains the students to face challenges with the best teaching methods and strives to shape and mould students as worthy citizens, to build self-confidence in the students, to infuse ethics, values, and responsibilities in them, to provide academic excellence.We aim to develop an exemplary Department in the University and Country and to make the Department a center of excellence in thrust areas of Biological Science. Additional inputs are inserted in the curriculum with student-centric thought-provoking teaching aids with modern gadgets, modular course content, intensive fieldwork for collection of local flora which help them to know about the area and familiarize them with distribution and other patterns of flora. The department has a botanical society “PHYTOMICS” which aims to organize lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences to provide information on up-to-date development in the field of science and technology. Students are also encouraged to undertake summer projects in reputed Research Laboratories across the nation. The Department of Botany has well-equipped high-end instruments and infrastructure for this course. The laboratories are designed in such a manner that it is well illuminated and aerated,and with projector facility. The Department has various sophisticated and latest instruments specially PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Machine, Autoclave,Binocular and Trinocularmicroscopes, B.O.D. incubator, Electrophoresis unit and UV trans-illuminator, Electronic balance, Fluorescent microscope, Growth chamber, Ice Flaking Machine, Laminar flow, PC-based UV-Vis-Spectrophotometer, pH-meter, Refrigerated Centrifuge, Vortex shaker, Water purification system, etc. The Department has a well-maintained tissue culture room facility. Careers in botany are vast and variable because of its interdisciplinary nature. After completing the course, one can be a part of any reputed organization as an academia, scientist, plant explorer, conservationist, ecologist, environment consultant, horticulturist, plant biochemist, molecular biologist, taxonomist, plant pathologist, and farming consultant, sericulturist; marine/freshwater biologist; forest service employee; Environmental impact specialist; Greenhouse specialist; Agricultural Research Service employee; Botanical gardens and arboretums such as the National Arboretum; Lumber and paper industries; Biotechnical regulatory agencies; National Park Service Employee; National forestry or conservation expert; Science columnist; Researcher in food-based plants, Ayurveda; Entrepreneurs in above-mentioned fields, R&D; Forensic science; business and industry. One can be a part of more recent and interesting fields like space travel agriculture, artificial environments, hydroponics, and various other interesting areas of research. The demand for botanists is increasing in areas such as medicinal plant research, plant diseases, plant breeding, plant genetics, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, etc. Some botanists work in administration and also in marketing for biological supply in and from companies viz., seed companies, biotechnology firms, and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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Students’ Achievements

1. Ms. Ritu Kshatriya secured first position in Biotechnological Innovations Sketching Competition on the occasion of “Aarohan: RCB Open Day”, an outreach program on National Science Day held at Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad on February 28, 2020.

2. Ms. Riya Garain received a merit scholarship of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 from Indian Air Force Benevolent Association under SMS scheme in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

3. Ms. Shreevanee Sharma of second year has been awarded as ‘Best Delegate’ in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) committee at the Cogitate Model United Nations, Bilaspur, in December 2019.

4. Students (Nikhil Kumar Khatri, Nupur Bansal, Taslima Rahi, Shreevanee Sharma, Dishita Mishra, Ankita Chaudhary, Rushali Jain, Bijil Benny and Meenakshi Devi) presented a play on ‘Water Conservation’ in an awareness workshop on river Yamuna held on October 4, 2019 at Delhi Secretariat, Delhi, organized by Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi. Students were felicitated with cash prize of Rs. 2000/- and memento for their outstanding performance.

5. Ms. Khushboo Fulara of third year awarded Research Fellowship of Rs. 26,360 under the science academies on project entitled ‘Validation of the expressions of genes showing up or down regulation in Cfap300 zebrafish mutants obtained by next-generation sequencing’ at Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha from May-July, 2019.

Research Internship Programme

1. Ms. Aabiyeh Parveen, Ms. Mampy Bala and Ms. Ritu Kshatriya did a Summer Internship Program on “Isolation and screening of bacterial and fungal strains from the rhizosphere of various plants and screening for their antagonistic potential against plant pathogens and ability to degrade soil pollutants”from Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi, during July 1-15, 2019.

2. Mr. Deepak Kumar, Ms. Riya Garain, Ms. Sakshi Rawat and Mr. Vivek Chamoli did a summer internship at the Department of Biotechnology, TERI School of Advanced Studies on “Hands on training on Versatile methodologies and approaches implied in Plant Functional Genomics” from June 10-July 17, 2019.

3. Ms. Khushboo Fulara worked on a project entitled ‘Validation of the expressions of genes showing up or down regulation in Cfap300 zebrafish mutants obtained by next-generation sequencing’ at Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha from May-July, 2019.

4. Ms. Rushali Jain did a Summer Internship Program on “Methodologies involved in preparation and preservation of Bacterial culture, isolation and identification of microorganisms and antibiotic sensitivity test” from Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Agra, Uttar Pradesh from June 20-July 09, 2019.