PROFILE

Brief Introduction to the subject Botany

Botany subject plays vital role in serving the various allied subjects and professional subjects like Agriculture, Forestry and Ayurveda etc. The founding faculty laid an impeccable foundation for teaching and research. Utmost importance was given to teaching of basics of Botany subject i.e. Phycology, Mycology and Plant Pathology, Anatomy and Embryology, Taxonomy & Biosystematics, Ethnobotany, Plant Physiology, Evolution, Cytology and Cytogenetics, Mutation Breeding, Biochemistry and Biostatistics, etc.

History and Development of Department of Botany

The Department of Botany was established in the academic year 2013-2014 as a regular course, with the approval of Monitoring & Development Committee held on 1st October 2012. The Department of Botany is enriched with four faculty members who did their doctoral research on vivid fields of Plant sciences i.e. Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology, Applied Phycology, Plant Pathology, Mycology & Microbiology, Taxonomy and Forest Ecology.

M.Sc. Botany course was introduced as a regular course from the academic year 2013-14. The initial intake of students was only 30 at LMD campus in University College of Science, Karimnagar. Later Department of Botany was shifted to the main campus located at Malkapur Road, Karimnagar in 2015 with sufficient well furnished class rooms and laboratories to conduct all the practicals of the subject.

Objectives of M.Sc. Botany course

• The aim is to impart knowledge and training to equip students in plant sciences.

• To strive for excellence in the fields of teaching and research.

• To encourage the students to attend and present in the National seminars

• To empower students with information and quality education.

• To empower the students in handling the laboratory tools

• To utilize the modern tools of Botany in enriching the potential of traditional knowledge and practices of the plants.

• To apply the botanical knowledge to solve the present day to day problems

Vision of the Department of Botany

• To develop interest and enthusiasm among the students towards the subject.

• To attain excellence in teaching in Botany in general and Research in particular

• To enrich the students through knowledge and Botanical information.

• To enhance and improve the inherent potential of the students.

• To cultivate ethical values and make responsible citizens

• To apply botanical knowledge to social programmes like Haritha Haram etc.

• To provide resource persons to conduct various awareness programmes like National Forest Day, National Science Day, Soil day etc.

Departmental Library

The Departmental Library is enriched with books belong to various disciplines, not only in Botany but also various disciplines of Plant Sciences. We are planning to start a Research Journal ( Satavahana Journal of Life Sciences) in order to encourage students to ignite their minds to take up research as profession and to qualify CSIR/UGC/SET/ASRB-NET exams. Apart from that we also planning to setup a competitive cell to get all India services like IFS and IAS which have botany as an optional subject

Seminars and Conferences

Department of Botany conducted a National Seminar on “Recent Trends in Plant Sciences” on 22nd & 23rd August, 2014 with the financial support of Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE).

Extension lectures

We have a tradition to invite the eminent Scientists and Professors of different spheres of Botany and Life sciences to deliver their valuable extension lectures for the benefit of the students to get in depth knowledge of the subject.

Infrastructure

Department is well furnished with botanical laboratories including tissue culture and molecular biology laboratory.

Botanical Garden

Department is also planning to develop the botanical garden in two (2) acre land covering the rare, endangered and threatened plants of Telangana state in order to conserve the rare plant wealth and rich biodiversity of our Telangana state.

Botanical Tours

Department has the tradition to conduct annual Botanical (Educational) tours to botanical rich areas like Adilabad, Kawal Tiger Reserve and Pakhal wildlife sanctuary to create awareness among the students on the Plant Biodiversity along with the regular field classes in the campus.

Future Plans

• Planning to introduce certificate courses on Mushroom Cultivation, Horticulture and Organic farming to develop entrepreneurship among students.

• Expansion of existing Botanical Gardens by adding many medicinal, aromatic and rare, endangered and threatened plants of Deccan Plateau region

• Up gradation of PG and Research Labs by adding latest equipments.

• To strengthen the basic and applied research in botany by developing Mushroom cultivation unit, Biofertilizer unit and Museum

Alumni

The students after completion of M.Sc. course leaving the department with great confidence that they will be useful to the society. Many students settled in prestigious institutes like DRR (Directorate Rice Research Institute, Hyderabad) and qualified TSSET (Telangana State Eligible Test) and achieved Single Child Scholarships and UGC Merit Scholar ships