The Department of Botany was established along with Zoology as Department of Biology in 1968. The B.Sc. course in Botany was started in 1982, which is flourished under the headship of (late) Prof. P. V. James, who retired in 1995. From 1995 to 2000 Prof. M. K. Narendranath led the Department, and then, Prof. A. Abdul Ayub, served as the Head, for a long period of 16 years. He served the department for a total of 31 years. Dr.M.M.Shajivas served the department for 30 years and Dr. M. Kamarudeen Kunju, for 11 years. Dr. P. Nusaifa Beevi is the present Head of the department. The department also offers Post Graduate course in Botany with biotechnology as elective paper,from 2013 onwards.
The results have been excellent and department has produced many toppers in degree level examinations as early from 1998 onwards. Majority of the students opt for higher studies in Botany.
The Department is stepped into active research in 2008 onwards taking up research projects from various funding agencies. The faculty members of the Department have successfully completed four research projects so far funded by UGC. The Department has already conducted four national seminars, and one national workshop. The Department has put up a full-fledged research laboratory in Plant biotechnology and Tissue culture, with the financial support from UGC and the Management. It provides facilities for PG and UG students for doing their project works. Preparations are going on for the submission of a Major Research Project and also for the up gradation of it into a research Department.
Faculty members were given class/semester charges to keep discipline.
Students of the department are always encouraged to participate in science seminars and conferences. The students are regularly participating in inter-collegiate Quiz competitions and Debates organized by various colleges. Regular field trips to Western Ghatsand Institutions are conducted for on field experience.
The department is equipped with Student and Research microscopes, single and double distillation units, hot air ovens, Cryo centrifuge, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Rotary shakers, PCR, Gel documentation system, Tissue culture laboratory, Laminar flow chambers, Sauhxlet apparatus, herbarium, green house, etc. for teaching and research.
The Department is having a small garden in the premises which enhances the beauty of campus. Along with angiosperms, ferns and gymnosperms are also blooming in the garden. The fresh plant materials needed for our practicals are also cultivated in the garden. The important medicinal plant growing in garden are Bixaorellana , Saracaasoka ( Ashok), Vateriaindica (Kundirikam), Piper longam (Thippali), Trichopuszeylanica (Arogyapacha), Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi), etc. Zamia sp., Cycas sp andPinus sp. are some notable taxa in gymnosperms. Some other noteworthy flowering plants in the garden are Clematis gauriana, Canangaodorata, Artabotryssps, Cassia fistula, Cassia biflora, Caesalpiniapulcherima, Bauhinia spss, Calliandrasps, etc, Various fruit trees are also cultivated in the garden.
A well-arranged Museum is also included in this Department with PG and UG level specimens, like Thallophytes, Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnospermsetc. Department also subscribes front line national journals in Botany.
The department is always keeping in touch with the ex-faculties, for their advice, guidance and inspiration. They are involved in departmental activities which is one of the foremost strength of this Department. A strong Departmental Alumni is also in function and gathered every three years.
|First Degree Programme in Botany with Zoology and Chemistry as complimentary courses.|
|M.Sc. Degree in Botany|
In University Examinations.
|Year||Position||UG/PG||Name of Student|
|1998||Second Rank||UG||Shaiju. P.N.|
|2010||Second Rank||UG||Divya. M.H.|
|2011||First Rank||UG||Soumya. R.|
|2013||A Grade||UG||Ganga .K.M.|
National Seminars/Workshops Organized and Conducted
|2009||Modern Trends in Plant Science||UGC|
|2011||Biodiversity Conservation: Issues and Challenges||UGC|
|2014||Mushroom Cultivation: A practical Approach||UGC|
|2017||Rescue and Restoration of Selected RET Medicinal Plants of Western Gghats||UGC|
|Sl.No||Name of faculty||Project Title||Status|
|1||A.AbdulAyub||Studies on the Riverarian Ecosystem in the Vamanapuram river.||Completed|
|2||Dr.M.M.Shajivas||Meliolates on Acacia auriculata||Completed|
|3||Dr.P.NusaifaBeevi||Biochemical characterization of taro (Colocasiaesculenta (L,) Schott)||Completed|
|4||Dr.M.Kamarudeen Kunju||Conservation of Rare and Endemic species of Western Ghats||Completed|
|Sl.No.||Name of Faculty||Research Papers Published in International Seminars/Conferences||Research Papers Published in National Seminars/Conferences||Research Papers Published in Refereed Journals|