“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) ) & Environment Studies as one of the subjects in TDC-II
- Dr. Komal Arora, M.Sc., Ph.D., Head
Mrs. Rajvinder Kaur, M.Sc., B.Ed., NET
Miss Hina, M.Sc., B.Ed.(RA)
Dr. (Miss) Loveleen, M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D
Miss. Harpreet Kaur, M.Sc.
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.
- Well maintained Botanical Garden with many rare and economically important species is an asset to Department of Botany.
- Under the aegis of Kashyap Biological Society, department organizes various activities like Educational trips, Workshops, Seminars, Quiz-Herbarium Collection Competition, Van-mahotsav Celebration, Conferences etc.
- Involvement of students in DBT Based research activities to uplift their knowledge and vision in perspective of Higher Studies.
- Use of Photo-imaging Systems, Projection microscopes, sophisticated instruments, Models and Charts make teaching and learning process quiet apt with modern methodologies of e-learning.
Extension Lectures / Seminars / Conferences / Workshops organised:
- Extension Lecture on Plant Biodiversity organized on Sep 12, 2009, Resource Person: Dr. Daizy Batish (Panjab University, Chandigarh)
- 2-day workshop on “A Plant Taxonomy”, organised on October 9-10, 2009, Resource Person: Dr. M.B. Siddiqui (AMU, Aligarh)
- Extension Lecture on Edible Vaccines organized on Aug 18, 2012, Resource Person: Dr Meena Sharma (HMV, Jalandhar)
- One Day Workshop on Cell Division organized on March 2, 2013 followed by Two Extension Lectures – Genetics of Cell Division & Errors in Cell Division Resource Person: Dr. MIS. Saggoo (Punjabi University, Patiala)
- Extension Lecture on Sustainable Development on Aug 31, 2013, Resource Person: Dr. Renu Bhardwaj (GNDU, Amritsar)
- Invited Lecture on Volatile Essential Oils on March 6, 2014 at National Science Colloquium March 6-7, 2014 by Dr. Daizy Batish (Panjab University, Chandigarh)
- Extension Lecture on Miracles in Botanical World on Aug 22, 2014 , Resource Person: Dr. Saroj Arora (GNDU, Amritsar)
Extension Lecture on Population Ecology on Sep 14, 2014- Resource Person: Dr. AK. Thukral (GNDU, Amritsar)
Educational Tours/ Excursions
- Two day trip to Forest Research Institute, Dehradun on Oct 17-18, 2012
- One Day trip to Botanical Garden and Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh on Nov 27, 2013
- One Day Education Trip to Emerging Life Sciences and Botanical Garden, GNDU, Amritsar on Aug 19, 2014.