Department of Botany was established in 1995, with the introduction of B.Sc. Botany course as the fifth undergraduate programme in the college during 1995-’96. It has the privilege of being the first B.Sc. Botany course in the whole of Malappuram district. The course was officially inaugurated by Jb. E.T. Muhammed Basheer, the then Hon. Minister for education, Govt. of Kerala on 21-01-1996 in the presence of Jb. Panakkad Syed Muhammed Ali Shihab Thangal (Late), Jb. P.K. Kunhalikkutty, the then Minister for Industries, Jb. Ishaak Kurikkal MLA, Jb. Korambayil Ahamed Haji (Late), the then manager of the institution and several other dignitaries who assembled for the inauguration of the present campus at Koodakkara. The course was started with 18 students only and now the intake capacity is raised to the statutory maximum of 50 students. During 2013-’14 M.Sc. Botany programme is introduced in unaided stream with an intake capacity of 12 students and during 2020-’21, we got sanction to a second batch of M.Sc. Botany in aided stream with an intake of 10 students. At present, the intake capacity is raised to a total of 40 in both streams, 20 in aided and 20 in unaided stream respectively.
Presently, the Department consists of 10 teaching staffs and 2 non-teaching staffs. The department is offering high quality education in plant science, in order that the students are able to engage meaningfully in activities requiring botanical expertise. The training given by the department provides knowledge and a comprehensive appreciation of plants at the organism, community and ecosystem level. So far 24U.G and 7 P.G batches had passed out from the department with excellent academic achievements. By 2010-’11 academic year, 14 B.Sc. batches completed in annual stream and we produced 12 University Ranks B.Sc. Botany. From 2004 to 2011, the department claims the unique position of producing university ranks consecutively for 8 years out of 30 colleges offering B.Sc. Botany course in the University of Calicut during that time. Similarly, our Department bagged 1stand 8thranks in MSc. Botany of 2017-19P.G. batch. University of Calicut introduced Choice based Credit Semester system from 2009 U.G admission onwards and our students got better grades.
Along with academic activities, faculty members are actively involved in research and extesnsion activities. Likewise the students of our department also participate in all the extracurricular activities of the college including arts, sports, NCC, NSS, clubs etc.
Department at a glance
“The mission is to make the department, a center of excellence in plant science at undergraduate and post graduate levels through quality education and research relevant to local, regional and national needs, and also to make students competitive”.
“To be the best under graduate Botany department in the whole of Calicut University. We aim to achieve this goal through high quality education with highest level of honesty and professionalism”.
|1||Plant Extraction Process|
|2||Plant Anatomical Research|
|3||Plant Biotechnology Research Unit|
|4||Plant Physiological Analysis|
|5||Plant Pathological Investigation|
|8||Horticulture Research Station|
A well-developed vermicompost unit developed in the Department to produce the eco-friendly organic fertilizer. The organic compost prepared by using the following steps.
Plant Biotechnology Research Unit
For the in vitro culture of the plants, a well distinct laboratory with proper facilities was developed that included Laminar Air Flow Chamber, Shaker, pH meter, autoclave and hot air oven. Media preparation room, inoculation room and culture room, the basic needs of the technique, are included to regenerate the in vitro plants.
Plant anatomical research
The plant anatomical research is the key stone of the botanical studies. For the present work, the research microscope and Microtome are essential and introduced in the laboratory.
Plant physiological analysis
Plant physiological and biochemical analysis are conducting in the Department as part of the curriculum and project works. The equipments used for them are spectrophotometer, pH meter, colorimeter, centrifuge, weighing balance and water bath.
The edible Oyster mushroom production is the community out reach programme of the Department. A dark room with appropriate facility to hang the mushroom buds is the basic need of the cultivation practice.
Plant Pathological Investigation
The plant pathology laboratory is equipped to receive and maintain plant material in isolation for the identification and diagnosis of vegetable and fruit crop diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, phytoplasmas, insects, mites and nematodes. The instruments used for pathological works included Research microscope, BOD Incubator, Laminar Air Flow Chamber and Autoclave.
Horticulture Research Station
Two poly-houses keeping vegetable gardens are the main horticultural facilities of the Department.
Plant Extraction Process
For the extract preparation of plant parts, the Soxhlet apparatus and Grinder are maintained in the laboratory.