Department of Botany
About the Department
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Botany is one of the oldest departments in the university. It was established as an independent department in 1923, in which post-graduate teaching was started as early as in 1930 an research in 1935. The present building of the department came into existence in 1931 by the financial assistance of His Exalted Highness Nizam of Hyderabad. The main thrust area of teaching and research are Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Cytogenetics & Plant Breeding, Environmental Botany, Plant Biotechnology, Systemic Botany and Allelopathy. Presently, teaching activities include under-graduate and post-graduate semester courses and Ph.D. programmes. The department has made a steady progress in all these areas.
At present, 14 Professors, 02 Associate Professors and 11 Assistant Professors with 36 supporting staff are working in the department. The department has produced 04 D.Sc., 425 Ph.D. so far. About 4500 research papers and 60 books on different aspects have been published. The department has also organized Seminar/Symposium/Conference/Summer school. The department also provides training to students from various parts of the country, and invites eminent scientists for delivering popular scientific talks very often. The department has distinction in having its alumni placed at various respectable positions all over the globe. The departmental library has significant number of books and periodicals and subscribe journals. The department also maintains a Botanical Garden at the University Fort covering an area of about 95 acres. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Government of India) recommended it as a Lead Botanical Garden of North India.
The department has been identified for special assistant grant by various funding agencies including UGC-SAP (DRS-II), DST-FIST, DST-PURSE and DBT-BUILDER. Faculty members of the department have received research projects funded from various agencies, such as Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science & Technology, University Grants Commission, UP-Council of Science & Technology, BNRS and Newton Bhabha (BBSRC-DBT) and UGC- Start up grants. Faculty members also received various awards such as INSA-Young Scientist Medal, Prof. Hiralal Chakravorty Award, Vigyan Ratan Samman, Panchanan Maheshwari Gold Medal, UGC-Research Award, UGC-Mid Career Award, Young Scientist/Eminent Scientist Award of National Environmental Science Academy. Prof. Nafees A. Khan received the recognition of Highly Cited Researcher, 2019 and 2020 (web of Science), Fellow of Linnean Society of London, Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences-India. The faculty got place in the World Ranking of top 2% Indian scientist in the subject Plant Science in a study conducted by the University of Stanford, USA. The members have also been recognized by various academic NGOs for excellence in research and teaching and honoured by various awards. They serve as specialist in various capacity in the academic bodies. The faculty members of the department received various fellowships, Raman Fellowship and INSA-DFG Fellowship, to get advance training of research abroad. They have also presented research work in national and international conferences. The department also received post-doctoral fellowship by CSIR, DST, UGC and DBT.
The department id committed to function as the Centre of Excellence in higher education and application-oriented basic research in the field of plant science
To perceive and disseminate the importance of plants in sustaining the earth and to understand the diversity, development ,and functioning in order to conserve and coexist with nature.
To bestow the students with basic applied understanding of the subject through innovative teaching and research, and to outreach on the arrays and processes of life
To strengthen quality education and research, through advanced infrastructural and technological facilities.
To provide an academic environment for the benefit of students and faculty to elucidate ways for the sustainable development under changing climatic conditions.
To promote and foster collaborative research for enhanced critical thinking and developing new ideas.
To expand academic co-operative by offering new courses and upgrading programs to a wider spectrum of students and researchers.