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Welcome to the Department

 

The Department of Botany, University of Delhi, was established in 1947 with about 50 students and a couple of faculty, including the then Head of the Department, Dr. J.J. Chinoy. The dynamic and visionary contributions of several renowned botanists earned the Department international recognition for its teaching and research in plant morphology, development and embryology. Based on exemplary performance, the Department was recognized as a UGC Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) in Botany and also as a Centre of Excellence. In the recent past, the Department received further assistance under the COSIST Programme. For its exceptional performance both in teaching and research, the Department has been receiving substantial financial assistance over the years under FIST, SAP and DST Purse programmes.

The Department now has 28 faculty members training about 270 students (100 Ph.D., 20 M.Phil. and 150 M.Sc.). Current thrust areas of teaching and research provide students with substantial exposure and hands-on training in a variety of subject areas in plant biology. The disciplines studied include plant structure, growth and development, plant molecular biology, physiology and biochemistry, plant pathology, ecology, genetics, systematics, evolution, bioinformatics and transgenic technology on a variety of taxa ranging from algae, fungi and other microbes, bryophytes and vascular plants (ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms including crop plants) at the cellular, organismal, community and ecosystem levels.

Most of the faculty members are experts in their respective fields of research and teaching, and their contributions are evident through their high quality research publications in reputed international journals and recognitions by various national and international academic bodies such as Commonwealth Foundation, British Council and The Linnean Society of London (U.K.), DAAD and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), UNESCO/ROSTSCA, INSA, National Academy of Science, UGC etc. Quite a few collaborative international research projects and a large number of research projects funded by DBT, DST, CSIR, ICMR, DoE and UGC are being handled by the faculty to pursue excellence in plant biology research. In 2014, the Department organized an International Symposium on Plant Signaling and Behavior, and most recently in 2016, a National Conference on Plant Science Research: Looking Beyond 21st Century for Environmental and Agricultural Revolution very successfully.

In addition, the Department organizes training programmes for teachers, scientists and research scholars in frontier areas of plant sciences on a regular basis. Currently, with unique mix of focus on classical as well as modern area of plant science research, the faculty is showing excellent progress in research at par with various established international laboratories.

Alumni have gone on to become acclaimed teachers, scientists, administrators and managers in corporate institutions