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Report of Activities under Star College Scheme

 The word "Plants" to most people, means a wide range of living organisms from the smallest bacteria to the largest living things - the giant sequoia trees. By this definition plants include: algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers and flowering plants. With the modern belief that bacteria, algae and fungi are in their own distinct kingdoms, botany courses still deal with these groups. A study of the structure, function, classification and evolution of plants has inspired many great minds. Plants are unique as converters of solar energy and act as providers of energy to the living world. One is awed by their diversity and life span extending to thousands of years.

The ever widening scope in the subject has resulted in many kinds of plant biologists, which is an indicator to the different opportunities available. Botanists interested in ecology study interactions of plants with other organisms and the environment. Field botanists search to find new species or do experiments to discover how plants grow under different conditions. Some botanists study the structure of plants. They may work in the field, concentrating on the pattern of the whole plant. Others use microscopes to study the most detailed fine structure of individual cells. Many botanists do experiments to determine how plants convert simple chemical compounds into more complex chemicals. They may even study how genetic information in DNA controls plant development. Botanists study processes that occur on a time scale ranging from fractions of a second in individual cells to those that unfold over eras of evolutionary time.

The results of botanical research increase and improve our supply of medicines, foods, fibers, building materials, and other plant products. Conservationists use botanical knowledge to help manage parks, forests, range lands, and wilderness areas. Public health and environmental protection professionals depend on their understanding of plant science to help solve pollution problems.

The study of Botany is fascinating and renewing and updating its components has been the essential ingredient of any vibrant academic system. In tune with the recent developments in the subject, the curriculum has been designed to introduce innovative concepts, provide a multidisciplinary profile and allow flexible initiation of new papers to cater to frontier developments in the concerned subject. The curriculum thus designed incorporates basic classical botany integrated with adequate applied aspects like biotechnology, nursery management and floriculture, environmental science and pharmacognosy to make this course competitive. The course also provides opportunities in practical field experiences.

Students who opt for a degree course in botany have the option of a combination with Zoology and Chemistry coupled with appropriate languages. Since its inception in 1957, the faculty has engaged in student centered approach, enhancing skills through 'Learning by Doing' which enable a student in the department to hone all the necessary qualities to meet the demands of the modern day. The cordial relationships between faculty and students combined with firmness when required keep the students active and alert while working towards achieving their goals.



" Teaching - Through quality teaching, moulding our students into "Women of substance with a Human Face", striving towards excellence in all aspects of all round development.
" Learning - Striving towards excellence in the aspects of knowledge and developmental skills and also learning for all round development.
" Evaluation - Both teacher and students evaluate each other in an impartial time bound objective way and the evaluation is followed by regular follow up.
" Research - Orientation and training of students towards research." Extension - To reach out to society through the subject by imparting top quality knowledge of Botany wherever and whenever needed.


" Learning - To be active participants in the various classroom activities. To acquire various skills in the process of learning. To use the opportunities provided to enhance quality of knowledge, reading, skill development and ability of comprehension.
" Skills - To develop skills of observation, creative imagination, scientific thinking to develop an overall attitude of scientific temper.
" Research - To utilize the various programmes and opportunities provided by the department to inculcate a thirst towards research." Extension - To transfer the knowledge and skills acquired for the benefit of society through the extension programmes planned. Also to serve society with values of humaneness, concern and dedication.


Project work on People Biodiversity Register

Ms.Froidy Fernandes and five students of IInd year BZC conducted a project work on Peoples Biodiversity Register (PBR) of five different Panchayaths in Belthangady Taluk. PBR is a project done in collaboration with the Forest Department in order to document the traditional knowledge about agriculture, flore and fauna.The team conducted several field visits to the site of study and gathered information from the localities there.

Environment Day Celebrated

Department of Botany, celebrated environment week from 3rd July to 7th July,2018. Vegetable seeds and flowering plants were exhibited and distributed to those interested on this occasion. Both faculty and students of the college were benefited and appreciated this act. This has helped the students to develop their skills on plant breeding and development.

Botany - Papers Offered

Semester Course Code Title No. of Hours / Week Credits
I BOT 101.2 Microbial Diversity 4 2
BOT 151.2 Microbial Diversity 3 2
II BOT 201.2 Plant Diversity - I 4 2
BOT 251.2 Plant Diversity - I 3 2
III BOT 301.2 Plant Diversity - II 4 2
BOT 351.2 Plant Diversity - II 3 2
IV BOT 401.2 Cell Biology, Genetics, Anatomy   and Embryology 4 2
BOT 451.2 Cell Biology, Genetics, Anatomy and Embryology 3 2
V BO T 501.2 Plant Physiology 3 3
BOT 502.2 Molecular Biology 3 3
BOT 551.2 Part- A (Plant Physiology) and Part – B (Molecular Biology) 4 2
VI BOT 601.2 Plant Biotechnology 3 3
  BOT 602.5 BOT 602.6 (Electives) Environmental Biology and Biometrics Horticulture and Floriculture 4 2
BOT 651.5/   BOT 651.6 Plant Biotechnology & Environmental Biology and Biometrics / Horticulture and Floriculture Or   Project Based on BOT 602.5 / BOT 602.6 4 2
Name : Dr. Maria Gretta Lobo
Department : BOTANY
Qualification:M.Sc., Ph. D., Post Doctoral, USA

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended

Date Level Title Place Participation Type
Feb 26. 2016 National Seminar "Trends and Innovations in Marine Biotechnology" Alva’s College, Moodbidri Participated
Oct 31. & Nov. 1, 2. 2014 International Conference on "Trends in Plant Systematic s. Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapall, Tamilnadu Presented
Dec.16,17 2013 National Seminar "World Heritage Tag and Conservation of Biodiversity" St. Philomena College, Puttur Participated
Oct. 28-30, 2012 National Conference on "Innovative Prospects in Angiosperm Taxonomy" Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati, Maharashtra Participated
Dec. 2 - 4, 2011 National Conference on "Biodiversity and Climate Change" Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa Presented

Papers Presented

Year Level Theme Place Participation Type
2014 International Nutrient analysis of Cassia tora leaves and seeds -International conference on "Trends in Plant Systematics" Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli Presented

Papers Published

Year Level Paper Title Book Title and Publication No.
2017 National Pattern of fungal colonization and co-occurrence in Avecinnia officinalis woody litter on a South-Western Mangroove of India KAVAKA 48(1):17-21
Name : Ms. Froidy Adeline Fernandes
Department : BOTANY
Designation:Assistant Professor

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