“Botany,—the science of the vegetable kingdom, is one of the most attractive, most useful, and most extensive departments of human knowledge. It is, above every other, the science of beauty.” — Sir Joseph Paxton
Botany is the study of plants, and we need plants to survive. Plants provide an essential foundation for life on earth, the food we eat and the beauty of the natural environment and as a result botany is considered to be an extremely important science. Botany is no longer confined to the study of how and why plants survive in the way they do. With the advancement of technology the study of botany means the study of how plants are used in biotechnology, the significant part that they play in ecosystems and of course how they can continue to provide food, medicines and even fuel to an ever-expanding global population.
The Department of Botany was established in 1935 with a view to train the students desirous of learning, understanding, teaching and practicing various aspects of plant sciences. A large botanical garden and well-maintained Herbarium are the integral learning hubs of the department. The department can be proud of having produced eminent scholars and administrators who have occupied high positions within and outside the country. In view of its academic excellence and to promote undergraduate teaching in basic sciences, the department has been recognized by DBT under Star College Scheme since 2009.
Under Graduation: Botany as one of the subjects in B.Sc (Medical)
Dr. Komal Arora, M.Sc., Ph.D., Head
Distinctions of the Department:
- The Department is known for its multidisciplinary character.
- The Department has been recognized by DBT under Star College Scheme.
- Well Established Herbarium Constructed under DBT Grant for Promotion of Life Sciences.
- Under the aegis of Kashyap Biological Society, department organizes various activities like educational trips, workshops, seminars, conferences.
- Involvement of students in research activities.
- Use of Photo-imaging Systems, Models and Charts.
Seminars / Conferences / Workshops organised:
- 2-day workshop on “A Plant Taxonomy”, organised on October 9-10, 2009.