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.  The founder head of the department was Prof. V.B. Mehra. The department is presently running under the headship of Dr. (Mrs.) Komal Arora. A large Botanical Garden, Departmental Library and well-maintained Herbarium are the integral learning hubs of the department. Expert faculty, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art facilities provide a platform for students to excel in their academic pursuits and make meaningful contributions to their chosen field. The department is dedicated to foster a dynamic and innovative learning environment for students. 

Department of Botany


  • Dr. Komal Arora, M.Sc., Ph.D., Head
  • Dr. (Ms) Loveleen,  M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D
  • Dr. (Ms) Sapna Sharma,  M.Sc., Ph.D Post Doc
  • Dr. (Ms)Shivani Verma, M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D (C)


B.Sc. Medical

(Botany as a subject)

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

Distinctions of the Department

  • The Department is known for its Multidisciplinary Character.
  • The highly qualified faculty nurtures students of B.Sc. (Medical) and B.Sc. (Biotechnology) with great care and understanding.
  • The herbarium facility was established in the department in 2009 under the grant received for DBT-Star college scheme from the Government of India. The digital version has been launched on the college website in 2022.
  • Well maintained Botanical Garden with many rare and economically important species is an asset to the Department of Botany. It serves as a living classroom for learning biodiversity, conservation, and the delicate balance of ecosystems.
  • Under the aegis of Kashyap Biological Society, department organizes various activities like Educational trips, Workshops, Quiz and Poster making competitions, Van-Mahotsav, Conferences etc.
  • Use of Photo-imaging Systems, Projection microscopes, spectrophotometer, laminar air flow, autoclaves, other sophisticated instruments, Models and Charts etc. make the teaching and learning process quite apt with modern methodologies of e-learning.
  • The Book-Bank facility offers needy students to get books issued from the department as and when they need.
  • Regular student feedback is sought for improving teaching quality and amenities of the department.
  • The semester-wise record of the academic performance of students assists faculty in proper mentoring of students.
  • The department stress upon practical learning along with theoretical knowledge.

Seminars & Conferences organized

  • Extension Lecture on Plant Biodiversity organized on Sep 12, 2009, Resource Person: Dr. Daizy Batish (Panjab University, Chandigarh)
  • Two 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)
  • Extension lecture on Orchid Science to Orchid Mania on 24 Jan 2015 by Dr. Promila Pathak (Panjab University, Chandigarh)
  • A workshop on Photosynthesis Measurement through IRGA on 21 March 2015 by Dr. Renu Bhardwaj (GNDU, Amritsar)
  • A Workshop on – Sugarcane- An Agrarian Crop & Sugar Process on March 6, 2017 by Dr. Harkamaljit Singh (Retd Prof. GNDU, Amritsar) and Mr. Jasbir Singh (Retd. GM, Fazilka Co-operative Sugar Mill).
  • National Conference on Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future on 5-6 March, 2020.
  • Extension lecture on Genomic Selection and Prediction in Plants on 5 June 2021 by Dr. Salej Sood (CPRI, Shimla)
  • Interdepartmental Workshop on Mushroom Cultivation on November 18, 2021.
  • Extension Lecture on Career Prospects of Biodiversity Conservation
  • April 20, 2022 by Mr. Sunal Kumar Roamin (Project Co-ordinator, Uttrakhand Forest Department)
  • A Workshop on Vermicomposting on 23 March, 2023

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.
  • One Day Educational Trip to Central Potato Research Institute- Jalandhar Station on September 22, 2015.
  • Three Day Educational Trip to Dalhousie for plant collection on October 2-4, 2016.
  • Two Day Educational Trip to Chandigarh Botanical Garden, Sarangpur, PN Mehra Botanical Garden, Chandigarh and Punjabi University, Patiala on April 1-2, 2016.
  • Three Day Educational Trip to FRI, Dehradun on October 21-23, 2016.
  • One Day Educational Trip to Central Potato Research Institute- Jalandhar Station on January 17, 2017.
  • One Day Educational Trip to Bhogpur Sugar Mill, Jalandhar on March 6, 2017.
  • Three Day Educational Trip to Regional Research Station, IARI, Katrain, Kullu on October 28-31, 2017.
  • One Day Educational Trip to Centre for Excellence for Vegetables, Kartarpur on February 12, 2020.
  • One Day Educational Trip to Panjab University, Chandigarh on November 23, 2022.
  • One Day Educational Trip to Central Potato Research Institute, Jalandhar Station on November 17, 2022.

A large botanical garden and well-maintained Herbarium are the integral learning hubs of the department.