DEPARTMENT OF BOTANY

YEAR OF ESTABLISHMENT

Under Graduate –1952

Post Graduate – 2010

HOD : Dr. Roshni Rao., Associate Professor, M.Sc., Ph.D.

VISION 

  • To go beyond theoretical knowledge and introduce the students to the applied aspects.
  • To create awareness on the urgent need of conservation of medicinal plants and herbal wealth.
  • To instill love for nature through field trips, workshops and community development programmes.
  • To take care of primary health care needs using locally available herbs.

MISSION

  • To impart skill based knowledge and achieve heights of excellence.

THRUST AREAS:

Biodiversity and taxonomy, Stress physiology, Medicinal plants, Histochemistry and phytochemistry, tissue culture, Plant conservation programs, Herbal preparations for primary Health care. Students of this Department are placed in various teaching and research Institutes within Bangalore and across India and abroad.

COURSES OFFERED

UNDER-GRADUATE COURSES

  • CBZ (Chemistry, Botany and Zoology) – 1952
  • CBM (Chemistry, Botany and Microbiology) – 1989
  • CBE (Chemistry, Botany and Environmental Science) – 1993
  • CBBt (Chemistry, Botany and Biotechnology) – 2002

Eligibility: Any Science Student with Biology as a subject in 12th /PUC course.

POST-GRADUATE COURSES

Eligibility: A student is eligible to the admission to the M.Sc. course provided she has passed the B.Sc. examination with an aggregate of 60% minimum either with BOTANY as the principal subject or as subsidiary / interdisciplinary / applied / allied subjects.

SCOPE OF THE COURSE

The UG and PG students of Plant Science and Herbal Wealth have exposure to all branches of basic Botany. Regular field visits, Industrial visits, guest lectures and seminars are conducted.

The special papers deals with some of the applied aspects like conservation, bioremediation, herbarium techniques, research methodology, a thorough study of medicinal plants with regard to pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, ethnopharmacology, ecoplanning, stress physiology and tissue culture. They form a link between Indian System of Medicine and Herbal Industry.

The PG students have a special paper in Herbal Wealth every semester. The IV semester consists of a project. The project work builds in them good team spirit, leadership qualities and increases their scientific temper.

They have hands on experience with latest equipments and they publish papers in peer-reviewed journals. As part of their internal assessment the students are made to give seminars and write assignments which build confidence and improve communication skills.

OBJECTIVES AND IMPACT

  • To impart knowledge on traditional herbal medicine
  • Taxonomic knowledge on medicinal plants
  • Medicinal plant conservation with special reference to endangered plants.
  • Sustainable practices
  • Quality control of herbal drugs
  • Screening of phytochemicals in medicinal plants
  • Focus on Green Wealth and Herbal Technology.
  • The syllabus is framed keeping in mind the competitive exams.
  • Focus on empowering our students through awareness programmes and to create opportunities for self employment.
  • Provide good exposure to our students so that they get placed well.
  • Instill in the students the interest to pursue higher studies both in India and abroad.

National conference organized by the Department.

Green Wealth – A strategy for Health – Organized in collaboration with Foundation of Revitalization of Local Health Traditions during February, 2013

 
 
 
 
 

Workshops

  • Organized workshop on Swasthya for other college teacher and students during July 2017
  • Organized a workshop on Vegetative propagation for students during January , 2016
  • Organized a workshop on Tissue culture Techniques for students during August, 2016
  • Organized a workshop on Mycorrhizal Techniques for students during August, 2016

Invited talks

  • From bench to bedside – Identifying the cause of a disease and targeting the consequence by Dr. Prabha Sampath- Institute of medical biology, Singapore.
  • Use of Biotechnology for conservation of plants by Anuradha Agarwal, NBPGR, New Delhi
  • Recent advances in Algal biotechnology by Dayananda, E2E Biotech Private Limited.
  • Orchids – Lovely citizens of Plant kingdom by Bopiah, St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru
  • Applications of Herbal medicine by Dr. Seema Pradeep, Sri Sri Ayurveda Research Center.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and its management in Ayurveda by Shwetha.
  • Soil and Soul – Abundance and Life style by Preethi Rao
  • Ecolgy, Culture, Knowledge science and Society and Knowledge by Lawrence Surendra, Sustainability Platform.

MoU with other institutions:

  • Trans Disciplinary University
  • CSIR – Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Bangalore Test House

In addition the Department also brings out a student magazine entitled “Blossom” which encourages the UG students to write articles of their interest related to Botany.

RECOGNISED DOCTORAL GUIDES OF IGNOU

Dr. Roshni Rao

Dr. Lekha George

Dr. Shalini B.U.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • The department has three well equipped laboratories – research microscopes with photographic facilities, trinocular microscopes with projector facilities, Spectrophotometer.
  • A well maintained tissue culture laboratory with ex-plants of important medicinal plants.
  • A Botanical garden for teaching and research for students with herbarium, Polyhouse.
  • An herbarium of medicinal and threatened plants and an botanical museum.
  • An raw drug repository for storage of herbal plants used in primary Health Care.
  • The department has good library facilities with nearly 300 books for reference.

CONTACT

Email-id: mccbotany@gmail.com , botany@mccblr.edu.in

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Name of the Faculty

Title of the Project

Sponsoring Agency

UGC – MINOR RESEARCH PROJECT
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr.Roshni Rao Co-Investigator: Dr. George Lekha Formulation of high efficacy herbal beauty care products with special emphasis on hair and skin care University Grants Commission (2013-17)
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr.Shalini B U In-vitro evaluation and identification of medicinal plants with potent anti-aging property which find their utility in personal care products and cosmetology University Grants Commission (2013-17)
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr.Shalini B U Co-Investigator: Ms. Prasoona Bioconversion of an aquatic weed Eichhornia crassipes into a Bio-fertilizer by supplementing with diverse fungi and bioremediation of the mine tailings using the Eichhornia compost University Grants Commission (2009-11)
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr. Lalitha Rani Suresh Pharmacognosy and phytochemical analysis of medicinal plants University Grants Commission (2013-17)
MANGAGEMENT FUNDED PROJECTS
Major Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr. Savitha M Murthy Study of antimicrobial properties and GC analysis of essential oils from different parts of Marjoram hortensis Moench and Jasminum indicum L. Mangement Funded (2017-2019)
Major Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr. Shweta J Sabannavar Assessment of rancidity factor in different edible oils for their health and dietary applications Mangement Funded (2017-2019)
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr. Savitha M Murthy Screening of some medicinal plants for herbal hair oil Mangement Funded (2017-2019)
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr. Shweta J Sabannavar Screening of phytochemicals and productivity of biodiesel in desert date fruit Mangement Funded (2017-2019)
Minor Research Project Principal Investigator: Dr. Sumathi. R. Study on raw drug ‘AshokaChal’ Mangement Funded (2017-2019)

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