The present department of Botany was established in 1934 .Since its inception, the department is continuing its academic programme which comprises of Under Graduate Honours course and General Course in Botany. The department first started Its Honours course in Botany in 2001 and since then it is running successfully. The department follows the syllabus of University of Calcutta, 2010. A variety of teaching and learning techniques are employed to impart knowledge and skills to students at Department of Botany.
At present there are three full-time faculties and two part-time faculties in the Department who are specialized in various fields of Botany like Taxonomy and Ecology of Angiosperms, Plant Physiology And Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics And Plant Biotechnology and Phycology. Two laboratory assistants are also there in the Department.
The Department of Botany aims at promoting an integral understanding for utilization of plants and to explore underlying mechanisms for promoting eco-friendly environment. Additionally, all our energies are directed at promoting conducive environment of learning and grooming talent through academic and co-curricular activities. Purpose is to nurture well-trained visionary manpower.
Our goal is to provide students with quality classrooms experience with opportunities for learning scientific method through laboratory practical sessions and field work , so that they acquire the biological literary, critical thinking skills necessary for successful carrier in education, industry, to continue their education in graduate and Professional Schools.
The Botany Department has 4 well equipped laboratories. One laboratory is exclusively for Biochemistry practical. Two laboratories are used for botany Hons. And general classes and one spacious laboratory is exclusively for the Botany IIIrd year Hons. Students which is well equipped with microscopes, LCD projector, autoclave and other necessary instruments, chemicals and glassware.
We also have a well-established Botanical garden of medicinal plants, a museum which displays rare exhibits of specimens, fossils, models and a departmental Library which volumes large number of books including books and journals, supporting the major interests of the botany department. Emphasis is on all aspects of plant science including Microbiology, Algae, Bryophytes, Pteridophyte, Gymnosperm, Ecology, Anatomy, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Angiosperm Taxonomy etc. Students are given permission to access the library whenever required. The library also houses several Botany practical manuals which are very helpful during the practical sessions.
At present the intake capacity of the Department in Undergraduate Honours course in Botany is 40 per academic session.