The Department of Botany was established with the inception of the University in 1946. Founder of the department was great Prof. R. Misra, FNA., the father of Ecology in India. Subsequently, it was nurtured under the leadership of Prof. S.B. Saxena, FNA., in association with Prof. Y.D. Tiyagi, Prof. L.P. Mall and many other stalwarts. Department has been a centre of higher learning in Plant Sciences and was recognized by University Grants Commission as DRS, DSA and SAP. Botanic Garden of the department is recognized by Botanic Garden Conservation International, Kew, United Kingdom as an Ex-situ conservation management center. Department has a credit for the discovery of a large number of new species and genera of fungi. The glory of department is evidenced by alumni who are holding important position in Universities and Institutes in India and abroad.
The department is now very well known for the excellent research contributions made in the field of Plant–Pathology, Ecology, Angiosperms Taxonomy, Limnology which have been duly recognized by U.G.C as the major thrust areas.
The Department of Botany at the School of Biological Sciences has an active program leading to undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. courses. The course contents are designed to encourage and promote the training of students in all aspects of Botany. The primary goal of the Department is to produce graduates who can relate to the needs of the society through their knowledge of the amazing
facets of plant life and plant products. The programs are designed to give an understanding of the basic principles of biological sciences and in depth knowledge in various aspects of Botany including Diversity of plants, Taxonomy, Biosystematics, Morphology, Mycology, Garden Management, Pathology, Plant Physiology, Ecology, Cytology, Genetics, Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering.
B.Sc. : 6 semesters
M.Sc.: 4 semesters
Ph.D. : 3-5 years
Botany department is equipped with several laboratories supervised by faculty members. The department provides laboratory facilities to under graduate and postgraduate students as well as research scholars. The facilities includes; microscopy and photographic facilities, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Flame photometer, GPS system, Rotary evaporator, Rotary shakers, Molecular biology, Tissue culture, Laminar flow chambers, Fungus culture facility, Mushroom cultivation, herbarium, Polyhouse, Glass house, Botanical garden for teaching and research. The Department also subscribes National, International Books and journals in botany.