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Botany

Department of Botany, one of the oldest departments of Mount Carmel College was started in the year 1952 as an UG department offering courses in combination with Chemistry, Zoology, Microbiology and Environmental Sciences. Botany department started offering PG in Botany in the year 2010 with specialization in Medicinal Plant Botany. Under NEP system at present the Department is offering courses in combination with Zoology and Microbiology.
The UG and PG course offers a comprehensive professional training in the field. The course believes in amalgamation of basic botany subjects with recent developments in the field, like Morphometries, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Taximetrics. The Department encourages students to take up research projects at both UG and PG level, exposing them to adequate Wet lab techniques.
The course work of Botany Department has helped students pursuing higher studies in Oxford University in Conservation Biology, Edinberg, Nappier University in Biomedical Sciences, Erasmus Mundus Masters Integrated course on Conservation Biology, University of Exeter in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, Kiel University in Molecular Biology and Evolution. University of Alabama in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds in Plant Science and Biotechnology. Students have cleared KSET, CSIR – NET and have been placed in leading CSIR, MoEF Institutes and IISc.
The course work in Botany helps students to ponder and encourage them to understand the plant system better which may be the answer to many unanswered questions. With new plant and animal diseases emerging, the search for new drugs, medicines and useful genes from plants to improve health is the need of hour. The study of plants is key to answer many questions for humanity.

Vision

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

Mission

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

Head of the Department

 Dr. Shalini B.U, Associate Prof., M.Sc, MBA, M.Phil., SLET, Ph.D.

Email : botany@mccblr.edu.in

2022 – 23

  • Talk on “Innovations and patents in Plant Science” by Dr. Senthil Kumar, HoD and Associate Professor, Department of Botany, St. Joseph College, Trichy, on 8th August 2022.
  • Talk on “Mycorrhizal fungi for Sustainable plant productivity” by Prof. Dans Joseph Bagyaraj (Centre for Natural Biological Resources and Community Development, Bengaluru on 13th September, 2022.
  • Organised the event “Call for Conservation” presented by Adavi Alert Foundation at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India on 27th December 2023 under Institutional Social Responsibility Cell.
  • A talk on an awareness session on intellectual property rights and patent filing by Dr. Babita Pas Tharappan on 13th March 2023.
  • Guest lecture on Forensic Botany by Dr. Reena Susan Philip on 23rd March 2023.
  • Industrial visit to Biocentre, Hulimavu and Transdisciplinary university, Yelahanka.
  • Study trip to Pune- BSI, Kaas Plateau, Chivla and Malvan beach.

2021 – 22

  • Webinar on “Yamuna Biodiversity Park – A model for Urban sustainability and Resilience” organised on 27th August 2021. Resource Person – Dr. Faiyaz A Khudsar (Scientist in charge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park).
  • Webinar on “Where could Botany take you” organised on 9th September 2021. Resource person – Dr. P. Ravichandaran (Head, Department of Plant Science, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli).
  • Workshop on “Molecular Techniques” organised in collaboration with Azyme Biosciences under DBT Star College Scheme on 26th October 2021. Resource Person – Dr. Mahesh M. (CEO, Azyme Biosciences, Bengaluru).
  • Webinar on “NGS Applications and Opportunities” organised in collaboration with Bionivid on 31st January 2022 as an extension of MoU. Resource person – Sukalpa Mondal (Scientific Officer, BIONIVID).
  • Webinar on “Bamboo – A grass with Bright prospects.” On 5th February, 2022. Resourse person – Punati Sirdhar (Retd. IFS), Bamboo Society of India.
  • Organised an event “Walkathon – Freeing Trees from the Abuse of Nails Rode Signages & Posters” in association with Vruksha Foundation and Citizens for Citizens (C4C) – ISRC – Institutional Social Responsibility cell on 25th April 2022.

2020 – 21

  • Webinar on “Immunity enhancing Medicinal Plants to combat Covid-19 pandemic with special reference to Siddha System” organised by Dept of Botany on 04th June 2021.
  • International webinar on “Secret Treasures in Plant Science” from 19th July 2021 to 23rd July 2021.

2019 – 20

  • A talk on Urban Forestry and its Conservation by Dr. Vijay Nishanth on 18th January 2019.
  • A workshop “Sattva” was organised by Dept. of Botany, MCC, on 22th July 2019.
  • A workshop – “Standardization of herbal drugs and analysis of the active principles” by Dr. Revathi P. was organised by Dept. of Botany, MCC on 10th January 2020.
  • A workshop on “Histochemical Studies on Plant Tissues” by Prof. K.V. Krishnamurthy on 17th January 2020.
  • “Herbal Preparations” – workshop was organized on 24th January 2020 by Dr. Lalitha B.K.
  • An Industrial visit to Sri Sri Ayurveda on 02nd March 2020.

2018 – 19

  • Recent Trends in Algal Biotechnology on 5th January 2018.
  • A talk on Traditional system of Medicine and their importance was organized and the speaker was Dr. Nair M.N.B. on 29th June 2018.
  • A Guest lecture by Dr. Kennedy Andrew Thomas on Research Methodology was organized on 27th July 2018.
  • Workshop and community development programme – Samrohana – was organized on 3rd July 2018. As a part of the workshop a talk was organized by Dr. Poornima Devkumar.
  • Science Academies Lecture Workshop on Recent Trends in Plant Taxonomy, Conservation Biology and Ethnobotany on 13 and 14th July 2018.
  • Hand on training on Herbal Cosmetics on 08th December 2018.
  • Workshop on Microtomy on 14th December 2018.
  • Organized National conference and international webinar series.
  • Faculty presentations in national and international conferences.
  • Quality publications in national and international journals.
  • Student presentation in various conferences and journals.
  • Skill enhancement by industry personnel.
  • Students are trained for first hand experiential learning by working with communities across various sections of the society.
  • MoU with companies CIMAP, AZYME Biosciences, Bengaluru; BIONIVID Technology Private Ltd, Bengaluru; E2E, Bengaluru; Sri Sri college of Ayurvedic science and research, Bangalore.
  • Interaction with tribal communities – Soliga, Girijana and Thoda.
  • Community development programme on medicinal plants and herbal healthcare.
  • Regular taxonomic trips to study distribution of plants and ecology.
  • Industry visits.
George Lekha

Dr. George Lekha

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.,NET

Principal & Associate Professor

Dr. Shalini

Dr. Shalini B U

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., MBA, SLET

HOD & Associate Professor

Savitha

Dr. Savitha M Murthy

M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jayanthi

Dr. Jayanthi D

M.Sc., KSET, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Sumathi

Dr. Sumathi R

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Parvathy

Dr. Parvathi

M.Sc., Ph.D., NET.

Assistant Professor

Sandhya-Panicker

Ms. Sandhya Panicker

M.Sc., KSET.

Assistant Professor

Dr.PRIYANKA-SINGLA

Dr. Priyanka Singla

M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., NET.

Assistant Professor

Placement Policy & Guidelines for Students

The Placement Policy is applicable to all students registered with the Placement Cell of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, and is to be followed during their entire tenure at the college.

  1. The Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator are the facilitators and counsellors for placement related activities and will be responsible for all concerned activities & functioning of the Placement Cell.
  2. The Student Placement Committee will be assisting the Placement Officer & the Placement Coordinator in all activities related to placements.
  3. Neither the College nor the Placement Cell guarantees a job. The Placement Cell will facilitate and coordinate the placement activities on campus including bringing in companies, coordinating the recruitment drives, organizing recruitment training and other related activities leading to the successful placements of the deserving students.
  4. Applying for a company, getting recruited, joining a company is entirely the responsibility/decision of the student concerned.
  5. Opting to register for placements is completely the choice of the students. As some would want to pursue higher studies or other opportunities, such students can refrain from registering with the Placement Cell.
  6. Students are required to check the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for registering with the Placement Cell before registering.
  7. All final year students with an aggregate score of 60% and above and with NO ACTIVE BACKLOGS are eligible to register for placements.
  8. All registered students are required to MANDATORILY attend the recruitment training conducted by the Placement Cell and meet the necessary threshold of 75% attendance and 80% completion of the practice tests & assessments to qualify for applying to the cos. Failing to qualify may result in re-training of the student at an additional cost which is to be borne at actuals by the concerned student.
  9. The Placement Cell will notify all the registered students about the upcoming recruitment drives through mails and Whatsapp group notifications and not individually. The students are to be alert and keep a track of the notifications and apply as per their interest and eligibility.
  10. Once a student registers/enrolls for a particular company, she is expected to complete the entire recruitment process as relevant and required. Failing to do so, will result in the student being debarred from sitting for further recruitment drives. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Placement Cell only in genuine cases. Such cases/reasons to be formally communicated to the Placement Office over mail at least one day prior to the drive.
  11. The student has a choice not to participate in the recruitment process of a company after attending the Pre-Placement Talk. If she decides to continue, then she will be bound by the College Placement Policy to attend the rest of the recruitment process of the company as stated above.
  12. Students will not be allowed to participate in the selection process of a company for which she has missed the PPT.
  13. While the Placement Cell will do its due diligence and bring in the right companies, it is the responsibility of every student to check the company profile, eligibility, Job Profile and the Job Role before applying. The same will also be mailed and/or updated on the Notice Boards or social media groups.
    a. Ex 1- If a company requires the applicant to have an average of 70%, be well assured that you meet the criteria before applying to that company.
    b. Ex 2- If the company requires you to have NO standing arrears/backlogs at the time of attending the placement process, kindly DO NOT APPLY to the company if you do not meet this criterion.
  14. If, after being selected by a company, for some reason the student is not satisfied either with the pay, the timings, work allotted, etc during onboarding, she will need to take it up with the concerned within the company. The Placement Cell will not be able to intervene in internal matters. However, it is important that the students reach out to us in case there are major deviations from the terms mentioned by the company at the time of recruitment.
  15. A student can apply to as many companies as she wants and appear for interviews until the first job is secured. A student will be considered to have secured a job if her name appears in the final select list of a company.
  16. The Placement Office of MCC follows a strict “ONE OFFER PER STUDENT” Policy. However, if a student has been offered a job with a CTC less than or equal to INR 2 lakhs PA, she can opt to apply for ONE more company, subject to prior formal approval by the Placement Office.
  17. Once a student’s name appears in the final selects of a company, it is obligatory for the student to accept the offer. Rejecting offers is strictly not allowed. Defaulters will be required to submit a letter to the Principal along with a penalty fee which could be equivalent to one month’s salary being offered by the said company.
  18. Recruitment Process: All companies generally follow the following procedure (however they could be exceptions) –
    a. Presentation about the company & Job Profile (Pre-Placement Talk)
    b. Written Exam (Aptitude / Technical Test)
    c. Group Discussion and/or Task (Assignments)
    d. Interview (Technical/HR/Others)
    e. Verification of Documents
    f. Offer Letter
  19. Students are to strictly ensure the following for all recruitment drives:
    a. Must report on time as mentioned in the schedules
    b. Wear Business Formals for every recruitment process. Students wearing casuals during recruitment process will be sent back
    c. Always carry one folder containing resumes (2-3 copies), passport size photos, copies of mark sheets, certificates & stationery
    d. Compulsorily carry College & Govt. ID Cards
  20. Most companies require applicants to have Govt. ID – Aadhar & PAN. Hence it is advised for all students to apply for these before registering for placements.
    Students are not allowed to contact the Company / HR team directly for any reason through the recruitment process. In case of any issues or concerns, they are advised to contact their Placement Office and discuss their problems.
  21. Strict action will be taken against students found to be engaged in maligning the College or the Placement Office with the companies. Any grievances you may have, are to be brought to the notice of the of the Placement Officer for resolution.
  22. If a student makes any false claims in the Resume/Student Registration Form, her registration will be cancelled immediately and job offer if any, will be revoked.
  23. All companies conduct a thorough background check/verification. If the company finds that you have manipulated your marks / documents in any manner/or mis-represented any information, your job offer will be terminated, and your name will be blacklisted.
  24. Strict discipline needs to be followed by every student during the recruitment process. Any sort of indecent behavior/misbehavior which affects the decorum of the Placement Cell or the reputation of the College or the Company, will attract severe penalty and disqualification.
  25. Unless explicitly permitted by the companies, use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited during the recruitment process.
  26. Malpractice in all forms or marking proxies during the selection process and beyond, is strictly prohibited and those caught indulging in such activities would be debarred from the placement process. Also, note that no concessions in any form shall be made in such cases.
  27. It may happen that the campus recruitment process can stretch till late evenings. Students are required and prepared to be available accordingly. In case of off-line drives, students are to inform their parents and should arrange their own transportation.
  28. In case of virtual (online) recruitment drives, it is the responsibility of the students to ensure they have the necessary equipment (laptop/PC with functional webcam and mic) and sufficient internet bandwidth for seamless conduction of the process.
  29. Students are required to provide correct email IDs and contact numbers at the time of registration. These will be used for all communication from the Placement Cell and the recruiting companies. The onus is on the students to ensure the contact details provided are correct and up to date.
  30. Students are advised to check their mails regularly as all communication related to placements will be sent through mails.
  31. It is mandatory that once you receive an Intent Letter/Offer Letter from the Company, a copy must be submitted to the Placement Office. Failing which, the end semester examination Hall Ticket/results will be withheld.
  32. All students registered for placements will be bounded by the Attendance Policy of the College. Any exception to the above is permitted only through formal approval of the Placement Office and the respective Department Heads.

WE EXPECT OUR STUDENTS TO BE PROFESSIONAL AND UPHOLD THE VALUES OF THE COLLEGE AT ALL TIMES.

For all matters not covered in the above policy, the Placement Office will use its discretion to take appropriate decisions as and when required.

The above guidelines are to ensure a smooth process in the best interest of our students and the participating companies.

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