This is one of the oldest departments in the university. It was established as an independent department in 1923, with research being started in 1935. The main thrust areas of teaching and research are Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Cytogenetic & Plant Breeding, Environmental Botany, Plant Biotechnology, Systematic Botany and Allelopathy. Presently teaching activities include under-graduate and post-graduate semester courses and M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. The department has made a steady progress in all these areas.
At present, 16 Professors, 02 Associate Professors and 04 Assistant Professors with 30 supporting staff are working in the Department. The department has produced 04 D.Sc., 330 Ph.D. and 220 M.Phil. so far. About 4000 research papers and 55 books on different aspects have been published. The department has also organized 10 seminar / symposium / conference / summer school so far. Fifteen students have been able to qualify NET and fifteen has also qualified GATE during the last three years. The department has distinction in having its alumni placed at various respectable positions all over the globe.
The department also maintains a Botanical Garden at the University Fort covering an area of about 95 acres. The Ministry of Environment (Government of India) recommended it as a Lead Botanical Garden of North India. The department has been identified for special assistance grant by various funding agencies including UGC (SAP DRS-I), DST (FIST), DST (PURSE) and DBT (BUILDER). Research Projects of about 6.1 crores under various research programmes are in progress. Faculty members also received various awards such as Prof. Hiralal Chakravorty Award, Vigyan Ratan Samman and Panchanan Maheshwari Gold Medal.
Vision and Mission
The vision of the department is to be a centre of excellence in thrust areas of the research and to equip our students to meet the nations demand. The department also intends to expand academic co-operation by offering new courses and upgrading programmes to a wider spectrum of students and researchers.